Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sharing memories of a past Diwali ...

I'd love to share some old pictures of mine with you ... not the best ones ...guess, back then ... I never knew then I 'd have a style and design blog :) ... but never the less ... here they are ...
I used to have a balcony through beautiful french doors ... this particular Diwali I decided to hang lanterns from the ceilings ... along the railing

... my candle collection went all the way up the staircase ... I like the Diwali feel inside the house as much as it is outside ...

... I was the mother of a toddler ... with time and energy being a premium ...

... but never the less ... when its Laxmi puja ... lights all over the house ... all the sweets in pure ghee and silks finding their way out of your wardrobe ...



... it just has to be Diwali ... that special time of the year ... :)

33 comments:

Patricia Torres said...

wow... so inspiring!! The lanterns... the lamps... sure feels like Diwali already... Thank you Rajee for sharing this one!! I'm in the festive mood now!

Dithi said...

Very beautiful! Miss home when I see these pics!

Edilene Rocha said...

Olá! Conheci seu cantinho e é tudo de bom! Lindo e criativo!
Amei mesmo!!!
Parabéns pelo seu trabalho!
Se puder, dê uma espiadinha no meu:
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Beijinhos carinhosos.
Itabira - Brasil

Urban Green said...

pretty pretty...!!!

Latin Sardar said...

This was really nice. Wonder why you'd call it not your best, it qualifies for that spot in my opinion.

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Patricia,
Its all about gettng in the spirit and get the planning part over with ... you'll have abeautiful and fabulous Diwali ... no sweating out over a last minute do ... :)
Always love to hear your comments ... thanks Patricia... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Dithi,
I can imagine ... I used to be sooo home sick at Diwali ... no place like home for Diwali ... on the same thought home is where your heart is :) ... truly wish you have a fabulous Diwali ... with all those lights and puja ... I am sure it'll be just like home ... thanks for taking the time to let me know ... these pictures touch a soft spot ... it means a lot ... thanks Dithi ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Edilene,
Thanks for dropping by ... leaving me your comments ... I will surely love to see your blog ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Urban Green,
Thank you ... it fun sharing with all of you ... :)

Devi said...

Lovely....so bright and nice..

DD / Shruti said...

:) lovely home! n i love the lanterns n the candles. Thanks for sharing them rajee. n with a toddler doing so much is amazing!!

Monika,Ansh said...

Lovely Rajee. I loved the idea of hanging lanterns. They look magical . Everything about your houes is so tastefully done up. ove the candles. I have lready started preparin g for Diwali myself, all thank to you.

purplehomes said...

Love the lanterns...n the soft glow at your home...

Rekha said...

Lovely !!!

The red accent wall, the collection of pics on the staircase, the mirror behind the sofa and of course, the balcony decor. Really enjoyed this post, Rajee

Cyma said...

Your blog is lovely and these pictures are fabulous. If this is not your best work then what have I been missing..Off to read the rest of your blog to find out :)

Ever Green Tree said...

Whoa! Thats some kinda of Pre-Diwali Luminous epoch with lights n candles galore. Thx Rajee for this Sparkling n Glittery blog!

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Praji,
I was not completely satisfied ... guess I am always trying to achieve a certan level of work standard out of myself ... damn and the bar just keeps eluding me ... :)
But I appreciate you liking it ... its good encouragement to me ... when thereare down and out moments ... thanks ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Devi,
Thankyou so much... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Shruti,
Thank God...my lil' girl has now started to love getting involved in all of mamas do's ... the trouble only starts when I hear ... "mama, I have an idea "...
Thankyou for the compliments ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Monika,
So glad you liked it ... guess, cheers to the Diwali spirit ... ;)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Purplehomes,
You know ... its all the magic of Diwali night ... it make all the lights look even more special ... :) ... o.k , I admit I am a hopeless romantic ... :)

Anuradha Varma said...

Really beautiful..Diwali is such a lovely time of the year. The lanterns hanging in your balcony is a lovely idea and very festive.

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Rekha,
I thought I had out grown the red ... but my old team of painters was helping me with this house and you know how they are ... love to believe they know how Mam' works ... and somehow there was so much red talk going on that ... red it was ... surprised me too ... but I could live with it ... :) ... Glad you enjoyed the decor ... always love to hear your comments ... thanks Rekha ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Cyma,
Hope you found more things on my blog thhat interest you ... a new reader is always beautiful to hear on the blog ... its like meeting a new friend for the first time ... hope you'll be back and tell me how you felt ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Radhika,
Thankyou so much ... guess that's what celebrations are for ... glad you liked it ... :)

Ananva said...

Beautiful Lanterns!! Did you buy them in India? I am so inspired to go to CHina town here in SF and search for something similar for my house for this Diwali. Thanks for sharing!!

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Ananva,
Now you are making me envious ... I soooo ... miss the China Town ... you just might get some great finds ... but try Cost Plus ... or all Z-Gallerie ... even pottery barn has a great range ...
I bought mine in India though ... I even remember some Indian stores in Berkeley used to keep brass nic-nacks ... well all the very best ... hope you find something you really love ...

Meenakshi said...

Hey Magical Girl,

what can I say as soon as I think of Diwali and visit your blog I get so excited and get so many ideas ...I know its tough being away form home but you said it right home is where heart is ... I love your idea about hanging lanterns and the whole decor ... man now I feel jealous of all the good stuff you have :) Let me ask you this .. how many days before Diwali you start decorating your house ? I was not sure if I should set my house ready at least one week and on day of Diwali make it magical by candles and lights ... let me know what you think .. and once again thanks for getting us all excited and sharing the lovely decor ..

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Meenakshi,
Its a high to get everyone around you as pepped up to celebrate as you are... ;) ... don't you agree ...
I am working on the planning for Diwali post ... will have it up as soon as possible ... :)
As always great to hear from you ... :)

Veda Murthy said...

hi rajee!


what a brilliant rich looking home n neatly organised inspite of having a toddler....very very beautiful!!!!thanks fro sharing these pics.....i m sure u will pass on more ideas for this yr!

regards
Veda

Anonymous said...

Dear Rajee - what a brilliant idea - hanging the lanterns!! I have a toddler too and am always nervous about lighting candles around him but I so love candles especially for diwali - what is diwali without lighting candles. I am going to steal your idea=)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Veda,
As always lovely to hear from you ... as for the house I have to say I had help... it was home trritory and I had all my old team come and help me out ... As for Diwali ideas ... I really hope not to disappoint you all ... but thanks for having faith in me ... :)

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Anonymous,
If you steal it ... there's nothing I'd love more ... hope to bring you back for more loot ... :)

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