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I’m at West Bengal for a fortnight. Contrary to popular belief, life is not laid back in the village. It’s bright and sunny at 5:45 a.m., and if you are like us, a ray of light sneaking through a crack in the window is enough to jerk us out of bed; no matter how much I’d like to pull the blanket over my head and sleep in.  What if the clock was set half an hour earlier for the eastern parts of the country? Monsoon has been intermittent this year. The fields are not lush-green. These pictures are from October…

Freedom

How are you folks doing this summer? I’ve never had so much fun in April-May the past few years…it’s been all about digging my head deep into five volumes of books for the exam always fell on the first Sunday of June, and when it was time to let my hair down, the school reopened.  Freedom is what I associate this summer with. I hope you are having a blast this summer, too. I’m on vacation for a month here in the US. Last afternoon, browsing through racks and racks of neatly lined china, and organizers, I felt like a bull in a china shop.

I’m not fond of Tupperware, and given a chance would like to get rid of all the plastic jars in my kitchen. Imagine my delight on finding white ceramic crockery and vintage jars stacked adjacent to each other :) Don’t you love this  jar?

white crockery

Good morning folks! Enjoying your Sunday? The color color game we played as kids came to mind as I saw this home renovation on Houzz. It does take character to stand tall amidst dozens of other photos in a typical mailer. And that’s just what Netherlands home of Matt Steinglass and Pauline Oosterhof did. Whenever it’s time to redo the kitchen, I know what color to go for. In fact, blue is my favorite color and you’ll find various shades all over the living/dining. It’s time to make way for this eclectic blue in the kitchen as well! That’s a…

I heard from the folks at Indian Artisans Online yesterday. Some of the products seemed familiar and I had this feeling I’ve written about them in the past, but couldn’t find the link. Now, I realise it used to be called Earthy Goods. Anyways the site is worth checking out in its new avatar. Some of my favorite picks from the site. The list is predictable: lanterns, baskets, tea lights… Image courtesy: Indian Artisans Online

You know how it goes when you are shopping for something particular and you don’t find it. To say it’s frustrating is an understatement. I’ve been looking for storage boxes to organize linen in the bedroom closet, party extras, and knick-knacks in the pantry. Goes without saying I have a budget, the number of boxes in specific dimensions, color choices, and extra brownie points if its easy to cart out and pleasing on the eye. Must I add I’ve been on the lookout for ages now from Total, @Home, More to M.K. Retail. If I can compromise on an inch…

The assignment read —

Send one picture each of the following neighborhood places by –.01.2014
Airport, restaurant, bus station and place of worship

It was 7:00 p.m.Sunday evening when I gear into action in preparation for school next day. These assignments, especially if they are boys, are more for the parents than the kids. So, I went about the task of looking for one in a pre-meditated manner. For some reason, I don’t like to cut out pictures from theme children’s books, and instead look for one in the newspapers. I was in for the long haul that evening. Scanning through the stack in front of me, one image cried out for attention in a Sunday supplement.

A stone-clad living room with high ceiling. On closer look, I saw it was designed by Mistry architects of Bangalore. Made a mental note to check them out the next morning. Needless to say work suffered Monday morning while I browsed through their projects.

Mistry residence

Good morning folks! How was your weekend? It’s time for yet another giveaway here. When it comes to instantly transforming a wall, what are the things that come to your mind with a little DIY thrown in for fun: stenciling a wall, Worli painting, asking your kids to stamp their palms in different colors, or donning the apron, climbing the ladder  and picking the paint brush yourself? What if there was a way to transform that was easy as peel and stick? Yes, you read it right! And that’s exactly what you get with Kwideko decal. They have wide range…

Today’s picks celebrates the fact that old is gold.  Be it age old designs, wooden blocks from our rich textile heritage, or brass/copper utensils from vintage kitchens, we bring in the old to give our space a whiff of fresh air and a break from everything glittering, shining and sparkling new. I feel that sometimes the sophistication that a rustic piece brings in can never be replaced by a brand new artifact.  What do you think? 1. Borosil sprakle Tea Light from Amazon for Rs.295 2. Vintage Spoons for Rs.2000 from Indian Shelf 3. Mosaic Ceiling Lamp for Rs.2640 from…

Today’s picks are from Craftmark, the license issued by AIACA to craft-based businesses in India for use on their products and labels.  I don’t think there is a way to buy any of the products online.

The exhaustive list of craft partners and artisans is impressive, and a gentle reminder of the rich cultural heritage of this country. It makes me immensely happy to see so many new businesses springing up so often to revive some inherent part of our local communities, which are at the risk of being forgotten and confined to history pages; be it Varnam, Porgai, Maati Crafts or The Color Caravan to name a few.

Table setting in Indigo

A few of my favorite picks for the home. The kottans from Tamil Nadu and black pottery from Manipur.