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 giant kite from Vietnam hanging over the desk. See more of this colorful house on Houzz Image courtesy:Houzz

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 or two, then it doesn’t  fit the bill. Rs.1,200 – Rs. 1,999 for a box. Time to invest in plastic companies, maybe huh? Anyways the…

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 of decals to choose – from quotes to ornate flowers and elephants, that too in pink :) Here are some of my favorite picks: …

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 Indian Shelf 4. Heart printing wooden block for Rs. 1,760 from Indian Shelf 5. Station clock for Rs. 1899 from Fashion and You

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.

“dress your home” has adorned a new dress today. It’s just a year late; yes, I’ve been procrastinating a responsive theme for months in quest for finding the perfect one. It’s the paradox of choice. Back in 2003, when I started blogging, things were so simple.  You just went with one of the dozen odd default ones – changed the header, and launched the blog. With so many choices, not one fit the bill until I decided on a whim to settle on this one, a few days back. I couldn’t have been more happier. Wonder why it took me so long to rediscover the pleasures of coding and customizing.  A few late nights to work on the look and interrupting the husband for his…

There are two things on his mind all day: origami and games. Well, add Charlie Brown of Peanuts, and make it three. Good grief! There was a time — not so long ago, like two months ago —  when every nook and cranny in the house had bits and pieces of paper and out popped an airplane of all shapes and sizes from the couch, dining table. You get the idea! And it was about the same time I was hooked onto Prison Break and Scofield’s mini creations. Turns out the famous swan takes only 39 steps. Intimidating but I’m up for the challenge with my son.

That’s the thing with kids – how easily new things fascinate their imagination. I think it’s a blessing; somewhere down the line we lose that spark. Don’t we? That’s why I am amazed to see grownups   with a creative edge. Now who would have thought that origami can actually bring in a whiff of fresh air into a home. Meet designer Lisa Marie Andersson, the creative genius behind the clothing label Up the Wooden HillsMore than her fabric line, it is the origami creations that’s captivating for me. Simple to look, complex in creating, crisp, sharp lines in soothing colors.