Monday, December 15, 2014

Lets talk flowers on a chilly winter morning ... :)

On a chilly winter morning like today here in Gurgaon ... a little talk about flowers can sure perk me up. Anyways, it has been sometime we talked about arranging flowers.
 
Bunch of green mums at my florists looked very attractive. And knowing my love for miniature arrangements around the house ... just one bunch and I had tiny lil' ones all over ... :) Ofcourse, not to say that I have a separate set of straight white glasses only for this.

Everytime I go on without the flowers or green ... it feels like something is not quite o.k around the house. And moment I get even a small bunch  ... hmmm ... you always wonder," ... now why didn't I think of it earlier ..." .... ;)
 
... and if it feels right to me ... bunch up a few glasses together ... why ... cause I can and I love it ... :))
Hope you are getting into the mood to experiment with some new variety of flowers ... or try some tiny arrangements like these ... ;) It sure puts you into a comfort zone and no calories to worry about either ... and incase you are going to be really happy and start snacking ... hey! join the gang ... :)))))))))))))))))))))))

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Have a peek into the Pottery Bazaar 2013 ... :)

 
Just got these pictures from Rekha Bajpe Agarwal ... from over at the Delhi Blue Pottery Trust. Thankyou soooo ... much Rekha ... I know you are right now swamped with tons of things  ... I should have shot some of these images myself, last year ... ;))
But I was a kid at the candy store ... seriously forgot all about the camera ... and I am sooo looking forward to seeing all those artists again this year and hoping for so much more ... :)) 
                                                


 







 I am not going to say much over this post ... just that the place ... the people ... and its the best setting one can wish for. Hope to hear from all of you who'll be dropping by... :)
See you all there ... and remember ... do bring along sturdy bags to carry back your treasures ... :)))

                                               Rekha Bajpe Agarwal ( Delhi Blue Pottery Trust)

And when you see the lady above ...
SMIIIIIILLLLLLLLLE  AND WAVE , PEOPLE ... SMIIIIIIIILE AND WAVE ... ;))
o.k so I am dead already ... :)

The Potter's Bazaar 2014 ...

There is something about the winter weekends that we all look forward to ... a bit of warm sunshine ... a bit of green somewhere  ... combine it with loads of creative people and make the location something as amazing as Anandgram and we are talking about a lovely weekend.
For all the collectors  ... for all those looking to start a new collection ... or those wanting to have a peek at the amazingly creative potter's from around India ... DON'T ... miss the Pottery Bazaar 2014.
If you have already been there before ... well just imagine what awaits this year ... if you haven't ... well take my word for it ... I love it each year. And sure I'll be there too ... nooo ... not as a potter ... but as a passionate aficionado of pottery... hanging around to be bitten by the creative bug ... :)
Get the details of the event on face book here.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanks Casaviva ... :))

Since this image appeared on fb ... with me tagged by Ragini Singh Joshi (Creative Director Casaviva and Better Homes and Garden )... there has been an explosion of activity in my life(read fb life) ... ;)) ... I am going bonkers trying to make sure non of my dear readers or friends gets missed being thanked ... so in case I did slip ... THANKYOU ALL ... ;))))))))))))))
 
So having hung Ragini and Anuradha Varma (Editor Casaviva ) ... in the limbo for over a year ... I had to finally stop being jumpy and jittery about shooting my home and say 'Yes' ... gosh! I don't think I was so jumpy about a Yes ... even when I got married ...;)) ... ooops come to think of it ... he never proposed ... Wooh ! ... that is half a life time too late realising that ... Excuse me ... could you hold the line while I go confront Mr. Significant other ... ahhh ! on second thoughts I'll let this one pass. He'd probably show me his grey hair and tell me hasn't he's suffered enough ...;)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
Oh! ... men ... I tell you ... they never stop complaining ... ;)
 
 ... well ! where was I  ... oh! yeah ... the home being shot ... so we pulled up our shocks ... shined up the shoes ... and tried putting our best foot forward ... ;) ...

 Ofcourse, you see my home in bits and pieces everytime ... a bit more, off and on in media features ... but this time its a LOT more than usual ... :))




Since, a lot of my readers overseas asked for an e-copy of the story ... ladies and gentlemen ... this is best of what I could come up with ... :)
I really did have a great time with the team while they where doing all the hardwork. Ragini ... Anuradha and  photographer Yashas Chandra ... guys ... thankyou ... you are wonderful professionals to work with ... would look forward to any collaboration in the future with loads of enthu ... :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Eye Candy before Diwali ... ;))

  I know its that time of the year ... inspiration for the holidays is all that everyone around is talking about ... :)) ... well ! so are we ... ;)
 
Annnnd ... what better than a peek-a-boo, into the home of 'The East Coast Desi ' ... :)) ... ah! the who ... :)) ... o.k its Shruti's home in Virginia. Would have loved to include it in our contest ... but I had to stick to picking entries only from India.
So this finance lady who keeps a beautiful home and blogs at ' The East Coast Desi' ... sure earned a feature on my blog  ... post the contest.

Shruti's first house in the U.S that they have loved moulding into their home over the last 3 yrs. I totally get that, Shruti ... homes are created over time ... atleast that's the way it works for a lot of us. And then again ... her home is filled with things that they have collected over a period of 15 yrs ... :)
Now, I know what you mean there Shruti ... nothing more beautiful than living in a home with all things collected over time ...
























Hope you enjoyed and were inspired by this lovely home that ... colour ... collections ... and a family's passion create.
Shruti ... loved your home ... thanks for sharing ... :))

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 ... :)
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