Thursday, September 21, 2017

Home Tweak


I love moving things around in the house once in a while… be it furniture, wall hangings, shelf displays, décor accessories.. I even love to change my regular crockery with a new set… Why do I keep doing it? I don’t know… maybe it’s a creative surge to nourish my soul… maybe because changes brings in a new look… And I must admit it also gives me a kind of a “high” in some ways!! So I decided to start a new series called “Home Tweaks” where I share my space and my home tweaking process.

So for the past few days, while de-cluttering and reorganizing my space, I have been itching to change the display on my crockery hutch for quite some time and I finally managed to do it. I removed my old tealight holders and replaced it with a vintage Japanese teapot set which looks rather nice. What do you think? Have a look and let me know…


Old display on my crockery hutch



And viola!... replaced the tealight holders with a vintage Japanese tea set and an Ikea plant holder



And this is how it looks now!











Stay tuned for more in Home Tweak series…



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Monday, September 11, 2017

Villa Maya - an enchanting dining experience

Villa Maya, a fine dining place in Trivandrum, envelopes you with tranquility as you enter.  This place has spoiled me with its aesthetic ambience, classical architecture, fountains, excellent food and service. Every nook and corner, especially the outdoor area is mesmerizing. The stone archway, outdoor pavilions surrounded by pond, ancient lamps and stone sculptures are just a few highlights of this beautiful restaurant. As you enter you are cut off from the city chaos and you are welcomed by the serenity of this place. This three-storeyed restaurant is converted from a residence of a Kerala queen which was originally called the Amma Veedu and it has managed to restore its finesse, comfort and elegance. I had a feast with my camera as I was given a guided tour of this enchanting property...

The menu is carefully crafted …. They have a range of authentic Kerala cuisine twisted with a contemporary touch with excellent presentation.  And the menu also includes international cuisine and drool worthy desserts!

Sit back, have a cup of coffee and have a look at these pictures that gives you a royal era Zen feel to this place...  Enjoy the virtual tour!
Grand Entrance

Courtyard as you enter

Three storeyed mansion

The reception area


Love the wall art



Outdoor Pavilion surrounded by a pond


a beautiful sculpture near the pavilions



Mural art





Upstairs area where the bedrooms are converted into lounge and dining area







The outdoor reception area where the décor is minimalistic and ethnic

Will definitely go back to try out their other signature dishes


If you ever visit Trivandrum, please make sure you visit Villa Maya to experience the food and the serenity of this place.




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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Back into the Groove

I blinked and my one month break just whizzed passed by… My holiday was fun, jam packed with small travels, ate a lot of traditional food and spent a lot of time with family and friends… Each of my travel gives me a new focus and appreciate little things a bit more...

Getting back into the routine was so difficult. I am generally in a rush to unpack once I get back from my holiday… put everything back in its place and get everything in order… buy grocery and get the kitchen back in shape… decide on my next painting piece and plan my timelines for my next blog post and photoshoot as the urge to return to my blog space was strong… and here I am with you shouting out “I am back”. Many of you have sent me emails and anxiously waiting for my replies… and you will get them soon (and thanks so much for reaching out to me!)...



I know I have neglected this blog lately… and I feel bad about it … But if you were following me on Instagram (click here ) you will know I didn’t disappear completely and gave you glimpses on what’s going on. I have so much to journal and doodle… Meanwhile I have tons of inspiration to share with you all so stay tuned!






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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Curry Tree Design

Most of the eco-friendly and handmade products has a unique beauty and charm because there is lots of care and attention to details. And of course there is a lot of hard work and empowerment behind each product. Curry Tree Design is one such brand that is committed to being eco-friendly, sustainable and support local artisans. Ekta Aggarwal is the force behind this brand that comes out with fabulous bags and clutches.  Thank you Ekta for that elegant and simple clutch… the royal blue colour is just beautiful and I had fun styling it for you...
 
 
 
 
 
Have a look at some of her products to visually feel what it’s like….
 
 
 

 
  

 
Lets hear more from Ekta about her journey with Curry Tree Design
 
How did your journey with Curry Tree Design begin?
 
I have had a long standing interest in Indian craft especially Indian hand-woven textiles. On
returning to India after completing my masters in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts,
London, I gave serious thought to what I really wanted to do for the long term. I decided to start
Curry Tree Design. I think being away from India for an extended period of time made me
realize the strong influence of Indian traditional textiles on my aesthetics.
 
What kind of formal training did you need to start this venture?
 
I have a MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London and BA in
Economics from Hindu College, University of Delhi. I am at present studying for MFA in Art at
California Institute of the Arts. At CalArts, I am right now participating in Hybrid Incubator for
Visionary Entrepreneur (HIVE) program to develop the necessary business and marketing skills
to take my company forward.
 
Where do you derive your inspiration for your designs?
 
I am inspired by the textures, patterns, lines and colours of the Indian handmade textiles. The
beauty and flaws of these fabrics draw attention to the human hand at work. My designs strive to
acknowledge the labor of the traditional craftswomen behind these fabrics. I am inspired by their
simple lifestyle that is so attuned and connected to the land.
 
What is unique about your products?
 
At Curry Tree Design we make earth friendly bags using handmade fabrics in India. Our aim is
to provide a platform for Indian craft and jobs for craftswomen. Through Curry Tree Design we
want to create awareness for compassionate fashion. Curry Tree Design supports animal welfare
and 10 % of our profits go towards animal care. We make beautiful products that uplift the
people who carry them, see them and make them.
 
Is there a website or online store? And is it available for overseas customers as well?
 
We do have a website where our customers can view our entire collection. We are also currently
building a new website that would be connected to an online shopping platform, so very soon our
customers will be able to buy our bags online.
We are aware that there is a worldwide interest in Indian handmade products. Our bags are
available for overseas customers as well. We ship our bags worldwide.
 
What is your vision for Curry Tree Design?
 
I see Curry Tree Design as a medium to help build a strong sustainable community to support everyone in the world and to create a better environment for all of us to coexist
 
 
 
Thank you Ekta for sharing your journey with me and my readers... We wish you a growing success in everything you do!!!
 
 
If you wish to get in touch with Ekta please write to currytreedesign@gmail.com and click here to browse through her products.

 
 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Happy tea time and thoughts


As the summer in Oman is revealing itself with warmer temperatures, bright scorching sun and bright blue skies… I’m increasingly lured inside my home! And I have started completing a lot of unfinished tasks like clearing up store and finishing up an art piece that I have been working on… clearing my inbox (apologies to my readers for my late reply)  and reading other people’s creative journey. And what intrigues me in their stories is what drove them to their journey… it might be just a simple curiosity that has led them to what they are today… that changed their life around… I am on a quest to search for more stories and people who just turned around their lives based on their curiosity and ideas…. There is nothing more nourishing to learn more from each one's journey don’t you think? Wish I could have a cup of tea with you and just converse away and hear your story....

If you are one of them do write to me and I would love hear more about your journey…  you can email me at tbinspirations@gmail.com

Happy Tea time!





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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Photography Love

Photography is therapeutic to me… I shut myself off and just dive into the details trying to capture the beauty and love in one frame, experimenting with colours and textures. I have always loved going through old and new pictures ever since I was a child… because every picture has a story to tell…. And being able to capture memories and details is sheer joy. Through photography I try to capture beauty around me through mundane things… I just have to look closely… I see beauty in textiles, in intricate designs, in nature and in vibrant colours. I love photographing interiors, travels and still life…. Having said this let me confirm I am no professional photographer… To me photography is all about chasing beauty in our daily lives and the camera goes wherever I go. Each one of us has a medium to chase beauty and love… it can be art, dance, theatre,  … what is your medium? I would love to hear your journey.

 







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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Style your space with Bougainvillea

My bougainvillea flowers is the only thing that will survive the heat in summer and easy to grow as well. And it’s the next best thing to use it for landscapes as it comes in beautiful vibrant colours. This plant is one of the few that is surviving in my garden. So I decided to bring some indoors to bring some charm and drama to my space. I love the delicate and fragile look it gives and it is simple and elegant to use…  I am a huge fan of using flowers as décor and there is more joy when using your own flowers from your garden rather than splurging on flowers bought from store.








Tip: If you have any summer plant with flower, just nip it with long branches with flowers and decorate your space.

If you wish to share some unique flower arrangement, please email the pictures to tbinspirations@gmail.com  ... I will be happy to showcase it and fill "Tickled by Inspirations" wall with colours . Have a wonderful day!


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