Thursday, September 25, 2014

Time for a break ... :)

The last couple of weeks have been rather busy ... inspite of the fact that I keep repeating to myself ... I need a break ... I need a break ... I need a break ... ???? ... I need a break ... Boom ! that didn't work ... so some crazy deadlines ... issues in the form of right lighting ... clouds rolling in on the day of the shoot  ... some JPEG related issues ...  and tons of file sharing issues ... ofcourse this was all that Mommy fits in ... in the middle cake baking ... tons of sandwich making for school sharing... school homework ... getting creative with collecting scraps for lil' brats artsy projects at school ... sick canine babies ... maids planning their leave ... PHEW !!!
And I can't even get a book deal for that ... cause it is just a mundane life of every mom I know ... :) ... RIGHT !!!
Oh! then I finally gave the green flag to some wonderful people I had been hanging in the loop for  ... like eeeeever ... told them to come shoot the home. My exact words ..."Aaah! yeah  ... I think I am ready" ... what ??? ... what was I thinking ... so I spent the better part of last week and all of early this week ...fixing the house ... was pretty sure there was a shootable home under all that what a family does to any livable space ...;))) And guess what ... we cleaned up quite decent .... ;)))
So while the creative director and her photographer went clickty - click yesterday ... my aching bones were thrilled ... for I pulled off a cleaning spree that was much needed. ( o.k if I were you ... I'd stay away from my store room door ... ;)) ... )
LOL ! o.k jokes apart ... it was great fun and amazing working with the pros, I'd say ... I sure want to share a lot more about them, soon. Well ! as soon as I am officially allowed to. So you can look forward to what we did at the photo shoot ... :)) ... well this morning I couldn't help take a few shots myself ... my OCD kicked in ... ;)
And this is how the workroom cum studio looked like. Would love to share the other load of pic.'s that I personally shot ... but I am taking the day off ... or atleast what ever is left of it ... aah! who am I fooling ... ;))
So ... but ... you get to see them in a day or two. I'll be right back ... so  ... be back, yourself too ... :))
 

Monday, September 1, 2014

A home in Karachi ... :)

 Yes, I am aware I do have a lot of love pouring in from across the border and it thrills me to bits ... and a message like this has me in a pot pouri of feelings ... emotional ... nostalgic ... loved ... thrilled. Nostalgic, bit being more than anything else ... gosh! getting off track here ... ;))
So, here's getting to know Simi and falling in love with her home ...

Hi Rajee :) I am a regular reader of your blog and a gr8 fan of you. I was delighted when I read about sharing pictures of our homes. A lil' introduction of me ... I am a Pakistani fan of you , living in Karachi, my name is Simi. This is my home tour:)
As I mentioned ... I was super excited to share some of the homes that are beautiful but couldn't be part of the contest because of geo-political  reasons ...* grin* ... ;)) So here's Simi's home in Karachi ... :)
 
Not to difficult to fig. why I love this home ... ;) ... 'cause it is a home collected and created ... :))
 

 Simi ... I am in love with that orange table runner of yours ... ;)) ... (Simi mention's that it is a Sindi Rili work ) ... aaah ! on my 'I want list' ... ;) ... I can well imagine all my collector readers are going .... WOW! ... I want that too ... yep ! thanks Simi ... you are sending us all immediately to Google ;) ... I like to pinterest too these days ... :))




 ... that's one of her wing back sofa's upholstered in textile from Sind ... am I intrigued ... in love ... :)
 Don't miss her colourful lounge  ... I can't believe she still has potential to fill it up with so many more books ... :( ... 'J' ... Simi ... simply 'J' of you ...
;)
 I look at her staircase and with all the details she shared about her collected pieces ... my mind goes ... and that kilim ... tell me about that ... Simi ...???
 As Simi shared ... " An antique cupboard which belonged to my great grand father who lived in Kanpur. But thanks to my grand father who managed to bring this beautiful piece from Kanpur to Karachi :)"   ... WOW ! ...
 
 ...a powder room with Mohammadi tiles which Simi, bought from a century old house which belonged to a Hindu merchant who migrated to India at the time of partition ...

A reading corner with the Swati Kilim foot stool..  wow ! now I am very curious to find out what is the swati kilim ... :) ... does it have some thing to do with Swat Valley ... ???
That's that folks ... loved it ... drooled over it ... and got many more add ons to our 'I want' list ... :))
Hope you all enjoyed it too ... wow! house calling at Karachi was fun ... will sure look forward to more. Simi, thank you so much ... you really have an amazing home and collections and ofcourse, not to forget you are a great sport to share your home with us ... much love ... from Me and all my readers ... :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Our Contest ends ... annnnnd ... the winner is ... :))

Tell me that yellow doesn't pop your mouth open or that you aren't lifting your jaw off the floor ... ;) Mine did too ... well! it was supposed to be a simple contest about us talking about the colours in our homes. But it has turned out to be anything ... but ... as simple as that ... :))
I received a peek-a-boo collections from many of your homes and as I sat down reading through ... I realised I had also received these pictures from Bennita about her home.
Put me in a fix there and then ... why ... well ! for all those who may be new to my blog ... here is why ... :))
I stayed at her place a couple of years ago ... and came back and wrote about her home ... :)
But just because she has already been on the blog doesn't mean she couldn't be on the contest ( unfair to her) ... but it doesn't stop there ... I have gone over all the entries at least three times again ... at the nth hour. I had to be sure of my decision ... :)
 I am ... and ... I do, find her pictures very beautiful. Her home in colours is definitely a winning entry. For all the points we were talking about and all the reasons we decided to have this contest ... I  feel she has done a wonderful job. And have to give her that credit. On all fair grounds, I do pick her entry as a winner.
 
Do read the lines she penned down to me ...
 
 "Arco Iris" means "Rainbow" in Spanish and Portuguese and hence we are literally living in a rainbow of colours.  
Arco Iris, our home for the last 5 years, is a 200+ year old Heritage Portuguese style villa in South Goa, which was unused for 40 years and was restored by us over a period of 3 years.  My daughter, Trusha, who was 4 years at the time, took one look at the ruin that the house was in then, and said it looked like "A Rainbow City".  Out of the mouth of babes..........We decided to name our home " Arco Iris" and our bedrooms (7 in all) the colours of the rainbow.  Hence, we have the Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red rooms.

Arco Iris is very much a labour of love as it took us 3 years to restore the house with much of the associated problems of contractors and labour.  Once the structural changes were taken care of, the rest of the restoration was carried out by us with the help of extremely passionate labour.  The interiors have been done by us on our own and are the result of my husband Ganesh's and my love for colour and art.

Happy to submit pics of our home for the " And....My Life in Colours contest" as I am a big fan of yours and your impeccable taste!!














Bennita ... thanks for being such a sport and joining in for our contest. And ofcourse ... Congrats, this contest is yours for the taking ...:)) ... I think you and Ganesh have done a fab job.
In the same breathe I want to say ... I also got entries from outside India but since Good Homes insists this is to be within India thingie ...;(( ... I am going to do the next thing on my mind ... and .... that is share with you a few of my fav. ones.
Hope you enjoyed our winners home. For all of you all, who send in their entries ... thank you so much for being a sport. I am thrilled to see how much more we Indians are dabbling in colours and how good we are getting at that.
Hope you are looking forward to seeing some of my other fav. entries.

SOON.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

And ... My Life in Colours ... :)

As we dig deeper into what gets us falling in love with which colour for our home ... I must add there is no one reason or logic ... we can all come up with our own reasons ... logic and justify it ... :)
Over the years in the few homes that I have been ... in and out of ... I realise I have lived with a whole diff. spectrum of colours ... the only thing that remained consistent ... :) ... were the things that I have collected over the years ...
 
... and these pieces have fit right in ... with the colors ... ofcourse ... my curtains have changed ... the upholstery has been redone ...

... but the funny part is I don't quiet know what makes me use the colour I use in the next home I move into ... I had a hot red wall in the dinning of the house above ... sorry,  just can't dig it up from the old files ... but in this beige home, I loved the tone on tone effect of the walls with the sofa ... and the gilded frames and mirror added the bling I used to love (sorry this is not the best picture... I could have done better, but I wasn't into blogging then)

... I would never have quite done this butter colour myself ... what with having lived in enough Army homes with that being the standard colour. But I had no choice in this temporary home ... ;))
 
... and of course when I moved into my current home ... I asked to be given bare white walls to work on them, over time ... :)) ...
 
... it used to be funny when the family asked what was brewing in my head about the colour that was going to go on the walls ...:)))))))))))))))))))))
 
Lol ... :)) ... guess what ... contrary to what you may think ... the family was really thrilled ... even loads of my friends have gotten over thinking of their walls being some monster to be played safe with ... and that in turn makes me happy ... happy ... and never mind that in the Diwali Special issue of Better Homes we could not make it to the cover ... cause you know Black and Diwali ... is a simple no ... no ...
 
... but the dear black wall made a great story inside that issue ... :)) if you remember.
So, I can't say I have used my fav. colours on the walls ... but yes, the walls and the home ... the light coming in ... there is a whole bundle load of things that make that colour just want to flow on your walls.

P.S - We are enjoying the homes we are getting to see as many of you share your homes ... duh! if you have no clue what I am talking about .... you probably missed hearing about the contest we have going on ... right here ... or scroll down to the last post ... :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Life In Colours ... contest ... for all house proud folks out there ... :)

Our colour talk is getting on to the next level ... quite literally ... :) ... looks like the creative team at Good Homes, is thinking colour too. I am told their latest issue talks all things colour at home and they are going all out talking to you about colours. With all the details I'm given ... honestly, looks like I'll be grabbing one copy myself to see what all the designers are talking about in it... :)

So, talk of next level ... :) Label -  Rajee Sood and Good Homes would love to hear from you what you make of colours in your home. Do join us as we explore along with all our readers ... with the girls and guys over at Good Homes aaaand with me ... :)
Are you the one among your friends ... who makes them say ... woah! you got guts putting that colour on the walls ... or are you the one who takes painting creams and beige's to a whole different level. :)) ... so either ways ... we all have our own special way of bringing in colour in our home ... and that is just amazing ... so time you shared that amazing ... with the rest of the world ... ;))
Charge those camera batteries and get set to click ... send us the pictures of your home. And tell us about it ... you know ... we are all suckers for the inside story ... the gossip and some pictures to ogle ... we'll love it ... and we'll envy ... hell, we may even get jealous ...;)) so go ahead ... click - click and ...
                                               mail them to me and here is where ...
                                                     rajeesood(at)gmail(dot)com
                                               no. of pic's  ... :)) ... no limit ...
( if you have the time and passion to click ... we'll assure you we want to see them all ... honestly )
                                                     send them in by  Aug. 24th
         (that means you have 2 weekends to shop a few things ... prep it up ... style and click )

 Honestly, all homes that are created with passion ... show it ... but we'll pick one winner on the 27th Aug.

And since you have so much fun with sending in your stories and your pictures ... the guys at Good Homes, want to add in a gift hamper of Rs. 3,000 ( sponsored by Tangerine and Printed Noise) for the winner.
So, do join in  ... do tell us your story ... you never know you'll be the next big inspiration for somebody.So is a winner sitting right there at home ... :))


P.S - incase you got a question feel free to reach out ... incase you are not sure the best way to click your home ... feel free again ... would love to help. If I confused you somewhere in all that talk ... the e-mail again ... is ... rajesood(at)gmail(dot)com

Monday, August 11, 2014

Flowers at home ... :)

What with the rain Gods  playing hooky ... the heat is getting muggier and muggier ... but the skies looked beautiful yesterday ... and there was this lovely breeze closer to afternoon. And bang on cue the flower wala was waiting ... :)
So the first flowers of the season ( or at least in anticipation of ... ) arrived yesterday. Having just a few stems feels like the house was barren without them ... :)) Talking all  about colour these days ... I love this addition to the scheme of things. Hopefully they inspire me more on many things,color n home n d├ęcor ... :))
Hope you all are having a great start to the week.

Friday, August 8, 2014

That decision about colours and you and your kind of colours ... ;))

source : pinterest
Some of you who follow me on pinterest may have noticed I spent the better part of the night, the other day ... digging up (on pinterest)... colour palettes and mood boards ... the reason ... of course I love pinterest ... and no I did not have a tiff with the hubby ... ;) giggle ...;)
So the real deal was that colours and co-ordinating colours ... even picking them ... for that matter, is a scary thought for most people ... co-ordinating the colour schemes into other material and textures ... :/ ...
You can well imagine then ... what brews when I have to work with clients ... there is a lot that goes into getting the colour theory right for a project. To put it in a nut shell ... yes, the whole hoopla about colour scheme is not really a hoopla ... its got a lot of sense working on it ... getting it right may save you  a lot of money and anxiety. So getting a professional involved may not be a bad idea at all.
 
                             source : pinterest
... if you'd be keen to get to know more about how colour boards  ... mood boards and how colour co-ordination works .. you might want to drop by and see some of what we have over at my pinterest board here.
I do promise to add more inspiration on this board. In case you love any particular colour and looking to work on that ... feel free to share your thoughts and concerns with me ... :) and as usual ... find us on facebook ... leave us a message here( I know blogger bombs a lot when comments are to be posted ... ??? ) ... or e-mail us at rajeesood(at)gmail(dot)com
 
 

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