Monday, November 3, 2014

Shoma's atypical home

I am super delighted to start my home tour series with this beautiful home shared by Alvin & Shoma and their teenage daughter, Aloma!!
In times where most suburban houses look boringly similar or are a gaudy display of pomp, this subtle home exudes simplicity, warmth and uniqueness.
Shoma, a self confessed home decor enthusiast and a flea market scourer, has an uncanny knack of sourcing stuff for her home without burning a hole in her pocket!!
You will not find a single piece of furniture that is typical or artifacts that are factory made or anything that is too matchy -matchy!!!

Like for instance, the place below the t.v., where one would expect a standard storage unit , she has used 'chira' or laterite stone commonly found in the Konkan belt of Maharashtra, that not only serves as a place to keep her t.v. peripherals but also gives it a fire-place-ish look!!

Or the wall above the dining with beautiful Kutchi 'lipan' art, which she got customized from an artist visiting Mumbai for a workshop.
More of 'lipan' art...
Every object in her home has a story to tell.
The wooden almirah  (**covet, covet) from one of her many travels, serves as her crockery/bar unit and she tweaked it a bit by doing away with the wooden doors!!
Or the octogenarian tribal lamp guy in her living room which she got all the way from Indonesia during one of her visits.
Little green things add to the earthiness of the home...
The open plan kitchen with a colorful back-splash must be taking away all the boredom from her everyday cooking because not only is she a great cook but a very innovative one too!!!
This pretty coffee table from Gujarat was actually a 'chakki' - a  mill- whose top she replaced with glass!!
The teenage daughter's room is lively with little pops of colour!
Simple and functional.
The  master bedroom has an earth red wall colour with an unusual reed head board.
And a chair sourced from a local exhibition years ago!
Warm Christmassy glow ...

Shoma's home is like an ever changing canvas where she constantly keeps moving, adding or changing little details here and there- be it through her collection of masks, plants and planters or simply bottles!!

Isn't it an atypical home in every sense??
How did you like it?
Let me know!

warm wishes,


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DIY wooden tray

hello there!!
After weeks of inertia I finally pulled myself into doing something I had been wanting to ever since I saw the DIY Tray makeover 
post on 
Patricia's awesome Colours Dekor. 
It featured originally in an another lovely blog by Reshma Sanjeev 

Back in July during the annual monsoon sale I had spotted this wooden tray and had picked it  up thinking that I would paint some warli designs on it.

It just sat like that for a couple of months.
I was wondering what I would decoupage the tray with till I remembered that I had some wallpaper left from my living room renovation!!!!

Now all I did was get some Modge Podge from Hobby Ideas, sanded the tray lightly, gave it a coat of acrylic colour and left it to dry.
Measured the tray/wallpaper, put some Modge Podge, carefully placed the wallpaper and smoothed it working from the centre towards the ends to avoid any air bubbles.
Once it had dried, applied 3-4 more coats of  Modge Podge over it for the paper to embed well,  allowing it to dry after each layer.

So here it is....after the makeover!!!!

What do you think??Has it turned out good?
Let me know...

warm wishes,

Images: Personal.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Kashmir in pictures (& in my prayers)

This post was long due.
I had'nt put up much pictures or mentioned about the place, here on the blog, after our holiday in Kashmir.
I kept thinking what could be said or written about a place, steeped in history & beauty, that wasn't said before!!??!!
Nothing sounded befitting!
But now when the flood situation in the state is really looking grim, I think I owe this one.

Mughal gardens on a crisp, sunny day...

Locals selling their fare...

A day in their lives..
Arches & entryways
Intricate woodwork, ornate chandeliers...
The picture perfect vistas...

Of faith ...
and hope..
The enormous Dal lake..
dotted with  house boats...
Women maneuvering their way through the lake

Calm, idyllic...

a street in Srinagar
With its share of turmoil over the years, the last thing the state should have suffered was nature's fury!!
Hoping & praying with all my heart that normalcy returns to the valley soon.

warm wishes,

Images: Personal.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To Amma, with love....

For somebody who has been born and brought up in a tam-bram family, the practice of adorning the threshold and entrance of the home with beautiful kolams (rangolis or patterns drawn using rice powder in South India) is a daily ritual.
Sights like these where women decorate the pathway of a home/temple with intricate patterns is pretty common in South India.

And like many women in most south indian households, my mother too would wake up early and go about doing her daily routine.
One..She would make a fresh batch of coffee decoction in the quintessential coffee filter...  
& Two..She would sweep and mop the tiny 2/2 feet space in front of our flat in suburban Mumbai to make small, beautiful kolams out of rice powder.
Each morning a new design, a new pattern.
Floral, geometric, free hand...nothing planned or thought out before.
Just spontaneous and  free flowing.
On festivals like Pongal, the tamil new year, etc., kolams used to be done using wet rice paste with just the right consistency...neither too thick nor too watery.
She used to dip a small piece of  muslin cloth and soak it in this paste and hold it between her palm and two fingers(the ring and the little finger).
This soaked piece of muslin would give her a continuous supply of the paste for  huge, elaborate patterns.  
As a kid, I used to be amazed, how, on Krishna Jayanti she used to dip her closed fists downways into the mix and make small feet patterns, adding little toes, from the doorstep right till the puja place.
Much long lasting than the loose rice powder.
Although beautiful in their own right, my liking is biased towards the kolam versus the colourful rangolis done in the north of India.
I find them humble, unpretentious.
The stark white against the grey
 I have so many vivid memories of her... preoccupied, bending over an elaborate design ...always enthusiastic.... be it a cousin's valaikappu- seemantham (ceremony held for a pregnant woman to bless her and her yet to be born child) or at a relative's engagement ceremony or even our building's annual puja.
 When I chanced upon these images on the Internet the other day, it brought back a world of memories of my mother.
Its a skill I am yet to master...
Some day I will, maybe!!??!!

warm wishes,

Images 1. here & here
2. personal (my mother's work of art)
3,4,5 & 6. Pinterest.