Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Furnicheer, Mumbai {Furniture Brand/Store}

colorful furniture with silk inlay

Imagine walking into a room and being pleasantly assaulted with color where you least expect it - not on the walls, or the accessories, not on the curtains or on the upholstery, but on the furniture itself! While most hardwood furniture comes in varying shades of brown, one particular company decided that 'Color in our life should be as omnipresent as our emotions'. 

And that led to a beautiful color-inspired range of furniture, quite aptly called Furnicheer!
 colorful furniture with silk inlay

colorful furniture with silk inlayThough just about a year old as a brand, the brain behind Furnicheer, Subhangi Vaidyanathan, has been in the business of decor and interiors for more than two decades.

"My passion for handicrafts, the need for modular furniture in urban spaces and love for solid wood are the inspiration behind Furnicheer".

 -Subhangi Vaidyanathan

colorful furniture with silk inlayCrafted out of good Mango or Sheesham wood this range of furniture is exquisitely designed, pleasing to the eyes, can be assembled with ease, and is quite compact, making it very suitable for urban homes facing space constraints. But the main reason you should buy it is, its looks of course.

I am in wonder at the way the PU finished stains have added vibrancy to furniture yet managed to retain the natural grains of wood. Folk paintings, handmade tiles, etc are some of the infusions in the furniture adding an Indian-ness to the furniture. It is upholstered using a medley of silk fabrics in bright playful hues.

colorful furniture with silk inlay

Furnicheer is located at:
127, Bhoomi Mall, Sector 15,
Palm Beach Road, Belapur,
 Navi Mumbai – 400 614. India.

More ways to get in touch
 Ph.: 022-27570736

All images in this post are the copyright of Furnicheer
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Monday, August 25, 2014

{Recipe} Quick Flaky Pastry Dough + Sausage Rolls

breakfast - personalized plates, sausage rolls, weekend baking

It's always a pleasure to eat something hot and fresh from the oven. Weekends are just perfect for some morning baking. The smell of freshly brewed coffee and a baked goodie is irresistible. These sausage rolls are a long-time family favorite. In fact, I grew up enjoying my aunt's version of these. Over time I have tweaked the recipe a bit. I thought it apt to share the recipe on The Keybunch. This will be a first in a series of 'keeper recipes' from my home to yours!
Here's the recipe!                                 Printable Recipe

Quick Flaky Pastry Dough + Sausage Rolls Recipe
    breakfast - personalized plates, sausage rolls, weekend baking
  1. 1 -2 cups APF
  2. 1/2 tsp SALT
  3. 5 Tablespoons of GHEE hardened in the refrigerator
    5 Tablespoons of Margarine
  4. 1/2 cup ICED WATER 
  5. 2 tsp LEMON JUICE
  6. 100 gram BUTTER
  7. 1/2 cup CHOPPED PARSLEY (you could use any other herb of your choice)
  8. 1 tsp GARAM MASALA (or more if you like it spicier)
  9. 2 tsp BAKING POWDER
  10. 1 beaten EGG
  11. 6 or more longish FLAVORED SAUSAGES

Method - Dough STEP 1
We will use ingredients numbered 1 to 8 from the list above.
  1. Make sure you are working with hardened ghee (if using) and iced water.
  2. Sieve together the flour+salt+baking powder+garam masala
  3. Mix in the chopped parsley/ the herb of your choice.
  4. Now mix in the ghee quickly with a cold knife (try not to work it into the flour too much - you should still see little bits of ghee & the same goes for the margarine)
  5. Make a well in the center and add in the cold water.
  6. Lightly mix it all up till it forms a shaggy lump. Knead lightly (no elbow grease at all) and bring it together.
  7. Chill for 1/2 hour in the refrigerator.
Method - Prepping the butter
  1. Place your pack of butter in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
  2. Then take it out, and lightly whack it with a rolling pin so that it is elongated and flattened slightly.
  3. Chill in a refrigerator until ready to use.                         
      Method - Dough STEP 2
      1. Bring the dough back to your work table. Dust lightly with flour.
      2. Place the beaten butter into the hollow of the dough, and fold the dough back on it, covering the butter completely.
      3. Sprinkle a bit of flour on the it and gently roll it out to an even 1 inch thickness.
      4. Now fold the dough in thirds, then into thirds again - you should get a layered square shape.
      5. Wrap pastry in butter paper in a closed container and keep in the fridge for 30 minutes.
      6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 a couple more times, careful to work quickly and lightly. Return once more to the refrigerator. It is now ready to use.

      Method - Prepping the rolls for baking.
        breakfast -sausage rolls, weekend baking
      1. Make sure the sausages are thawed and ready to use.
      2. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.
      3. Bring the dough back to your work table. Dust lightly with flour.
      4. Roll the dough out as detailed in steps 4 and 5 above, two more times, lightly dusting it with flour as you work.
      5. Now place the sausages carefully on the dough, leaving enough space in between.
      6. Carefully cut out strips around each sausage.
      7. Brush the sides of each strip with the egg wash, and fold over to encase sausage completely.
                      breakfast -  sausage rolls, weekend baking
      8. Arrange the rolls on a lined and greased baking tray, brush the tops with egg wash, and bake for 25-minutes, or until done.

        breakfast - personalized plates, sausage rolls, weekend baking, coffee
        Your sumptuous sausage rolls are ready! I served them with some basil tomato pesto.
      Note: If you have dough leftover, you could either make more rolls, or freeze the leftoverss. This is a versatile pastry dough, you could use it for other savory baked goodies!

      PS - While there is nothing 'quick' about this pastry dough, it is actually the quicker version of flaky pastry. The actual one is quite elaborate with several 'turns' and resting periods in the refrigerator. :)
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      Friday, August 22, 2014

      Painted Yellow Stool {DIY and Style it!}

      A while back, driving through Pune's Wakdewadi area, I saw some slum dwellers selling soft wood stools and cricket bats. I frantically asked my husband to stop the car - and you guessed it, I bought one of the stools - pretty badly finished, not polished even. But I was excited by the possibilities.

      yellow stool diy styling Here it is-quite an eyesore, but an eyesore with character, right?:------>

      Cut to last week: The long weekend, and with half the family away, I had some time to spare.  The stool was brought out, and sanded. I was smart  - I consulted Somu from Woodooz (read about Woodooz here) who told me,
      "The surface has to be really really smooth. As I see from the picture, the surface requires lot of sanding. Every level of sanding will remove the scratches that are there in the top surface and bring in additional smoothness. You will have to use different grades of sand paper. Start with 100 grit paper and sand the surface in the direction of the grains. From 100, move to 120, then to 150 / 180 and then 220. Eventually you will have a very very smooth surface. The smoothness is essential because stains take the shape of the grains and patterns in the surface."

      I already had the sandpaper, so I got to work. Once I had sanded it, I wiped it all clean with a clean cloth.
      Then I went to the local hardware store, where I picked up wood primer in white, and a bright yellow paint. :) I was unsure of the outcome, but I thought heck! if yellow looks bad, I could always repaint it!

      Back to the work area. It was a bright and sunny day, so I prepped my balcony with a few sheets of paper, placed the stool upside down (you start with the legs) and got to work. All I had to do is apply 2 coats of wood primer.

      yellow stool diy styling bedroom
       That done, I left it to dry overnight. With the sanding and priming done, I applied wood paint in yellow. I am sorry, I didn't click too many pics because I had my 3 year old around me the whole time, and I had to keep an eye because he loves to dip his hands into paint buckets! :).

      However, not to worry - because here is the step-by-step guide that Somu shared with me.

      yellow stool diy styling bedroom

      Painting a stool
      • Fairly simple. Sand the surface a bit.
      • Apply wood primer on the surface. Allow it to dry (8 hrs)
      • Sand the primed surface with 220 grit
      • Apply second coat of primer (Allow it to dry for 8 hrs atleast)
      • Apply the wood paint colour of your choice. Use a good quality brush (1 inch). Use a thinner one (.5 inch for small width surfaces). Dry for 16-24 hours
      • Apply a second coat (Dry for 16-24 hrs). 
      • You can also dilute the paint with thinner for getting a very homogeneous mixture that will not form blobs. 

      In addition to what Somu says, I also made sure I lightly sandpapered the painted stool, for the distressed look, and also for some imperfections. I hate perfect! :)

      yellow stool diy styling

      So the stool was painted, finally! Now for the styling! This stool looks good anywhere in the house...you just need to place it somewhere for a bright pop of color!

      On the balcony

      yellow stool diy styling
      A bright pop of color in the garden beautifully sets off the natural green!

      In the living room
      yellow stool diy styling living corner window
      This is the corner in my home that changes the most often!
      The yellow stool emphasizes the other warm colors,
      and draws attention away from the dull walls.

      Near the passage

      yellow stool diy carry forward colors from a painting
      The dull yellow and warm orange tones from Dithi Mukherjee's painting
      give way to the bright yellow stool - you could play with the colors
      from your decor elements.

      Dining area - either side of the dining table :D

      Kanika Bahl's patchwork cushion sits pretty on the yellow stool

      Yellow burst of color in my cream kitchen

      err..the bedroom too!

      This is where the stool is most used - in my bedroom. Though it looks colorful,
      it is really a utility item and a 'catch-all' here.

      and to add a pop of color to a brown and brass corner next to my front door.

      Please don't look at my dying aloevera plant! No green fingers, nope, none! :(
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      Wednesday, August 20, 2014

      Bengaluru Event Alert:Launch of Aarohi Singh's new line of Upcycled Furniture

      Mustard-colored distressed paint on the background wall, and recycled furniture placed in front of it - I fell for the poster without even reading it, and when I read it, I had to post about it here on my blog!

      What am I talking about? This image - it took my breath away!

      Aarohi Singh, of the painted tea-kettle and kitschy art stuff-fame has now brought out a range of upcycled, recycled furniture with her signature painted artwork on them! All the deets you need are on the poster at the bottom of this post, but I am also giving you a glimpse of what you will see at the launch. So go scroll-happy! :)

      When I asked her how this line came about, Aarohi explained,
       "The reason for reworking old pieces or upcycling especially for this range of furniture- 'My work is about connections. And the idea of using something already existing and infusing it with fresh perspective to enhance pre-existing memories on a given piece is really what dreams are made of for me. With each of these pieces that I rework I am looking to add a newer more contemporary dimension to an old weather-beaten piece. A box, a chair, a trunk. Something that has history in its very grain, the nuts and bolts, the handles that maybe broken because of the strain of carrying a lifetime of someone’s personal belongings. I don't particularly like the term vintage to describe what I work with – ‘covered in layers of history’ seems a truer definition. It may have to do with the fact that I hold a Masters degree in History"
      How beautiful does this ubiquitous dining chair look in its new avatar!

      I so agree -  this whole idea of enhancing old furniture with bright, modern colors makes me nod my head in agreement. I have just painted an old stool bright yellow, I love this style! :) just look at that chair in the pic above!

      Do you like the drama in this pic? :) The total desi feel of a home with a clothesline holding that bathtowel, and clothes..the carelessly strewn chappals.. :) pretty composition!

      A Suzani trunk. Aarohi envisions this beautiful painted trunk as a coffee/center table or a trunk for storage at the foot of a double bed.

      A peek into the spacious trunk!

      And the inspiration? 
      Aarohi says, "Memories and stories are important to me. They connect. The lines and colour on a re worked piece may appear disjointed in terms of a theme sometimes but they are a true reflection of the idea or thought I may have had at the time I reworked a piece. Like everyone else, I am not uni dimensional, and with the information overload of all kinds of media being available 24/7, I find myself delving into nostalgia in an effort to stayed rooted. It is not done for market sensibilities but to reflect my thought. I believe that there is that one soul somewhere who will connect to the piece and it will find a home. One where it is lovingly looked after"

      One soul? She's wrong there :) I know what she means - this is the kind of thing that will appeal to a certain kind of people, but I have no doubt at all that this line will be all sold out!

      So all you Bangalore-people, save the date~ you don't want to miss this event!

      For more information, and to contact Aarohi, please click here.

      All images in this post are courtesy Aarohi Singh. Please do not copy/republish/reuse without her permission.

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      Friday, August 15, 2014

      Happy Independence Day

      The tricolor has taken over my home today, and it's fun to see hues of saffron, white and green everywhere!

      Happy Independence Day all!
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      Tuesday, August 12, 2014

      Recycled Coasters {The Color Caravan}

      We love all things re-cycled and up-cycled, and had to share Swati Seth and her Color Caravan's new product line of recycled coasters. They are sold in sets of 2,4, 6 & 8 coasters,  and each coaster is 9 cm in diameter. These recycled fabric coasters are made using strips of fabric from old clothes, braided together and later coiled on cardboard. They are very pretty decor additions to your entertainment tables, and make perfect thank you gifts.

      Want to see more? Check out the entire range at the Color Caravan website.
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      Hi ! I'm Sharon.

      I am so glad you are here visiting. The Keybunch is primarily a decor blog, but it's lovingly peppered with lifestyle and food posts.

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