I am just back from a long visit to Mangalore, where Bernard and I have our roots. Mangalore boasts of an interesting architectural blend of the old and the new. Old colonial houses stand proud and stately alongside high rise apartments and commercial complexes. The colonial influence is evident everywhere. […]
Window frame from Trash to Treasure
Here is a wonderful makeover idea from an American children’s clothes designer, Gretchen Schock-Skovron. Gretchen always had this great idea of using an old window frame as part of her interior decor. When she finally saw one going free, she wasted no time taking it home. This is what it […]
Color me pretty – featuring the home of a young Swedish designer.
I’m back after an extended X’mas break, and I so look forward to another new year of blogging and reading. This is the perfect time to share with you some really awesome pics of Lisa’s designing efforts. She is 25 and lives in Sweden, studies art and design and likes […]
Loose Ends: Stuff less ordinary!
If you happen to be house proud and enjoy things that are unusual, you shouldn’t miss Loose Ends, a lifestyle store located in Bandra, Mumbai. The store promises to stock refreshingly eclectic day-to-day stuff that have the classic ‘Made-in-India’ feel and things you are unlikely to find anywhere else. Some […]
Pretty potpourri X’mas pouches
Make beautiful potpourri pouches for your X’mas trees. They will not only look interesting, but will smell good too! Many thanks to Cristina and her niece Inês who have worked really hard putting this tutorial together for us. To make these beautiful potpourri pouches you will need: – 2 pieces […]
Handmade stuffed ornaments to pretty up your tree
Those ornaments will look just perfect on your X’mas tree. If you are wondering how to get hold of them, well, you can make them right at home. Constança Cabral makes these beautiful Christmas ornaments by hand. When I saw her work, I requested her for a tutorial, to share […]
Enhance the Asian decor in your home with creative Rangolis
As promised in this blog post on how to decorate your home in the Indian style, here is a handy guide to creating a Rangoli in your home. Rangolis are often referred to as Painted Prayers. They are traditionally linked to a religious event such as a puja in India, […]
Festive Art: Candle decor for X’mas
First off, the Mumbai terrorist attacks have saddened all us Indians and I am sure all you readers from across the globe too. It was such a gloomy day watching the news networks, and I almost didn’t feel like posting this one. On to the post. Here’s a great way […]
Using flowers in your ethnic decor..
Flowers brighten up even the dullest corners. But there’s a wee bit more you can do. Combine flowers with your ethnic ware – pots, statues, artifacts and crafts – and the effect is unbelievably stunning! Like so. Chandan Dubey Kaberi Kar Gupta Chandan Dubey Chandan Dubey Chandan Dubey Chandan Dubey […]
Despite knowing the value of using eco-friendly products, we often don’t end up buying them either because they are highly priced, lack aesthetics, or sometimes, because they are simply ‘different’. So, I felt rather serendipitous when I chanced upon Vivaterra.com, an eco products site that blends great colors, designs and […]