Monday, March 23, 2009

Summer inspirations...

The magical season is here. Summer.
Days of alfresco dining. Sheer white curtains fluttering in the cool gentle breeze.
Floral tablecloths, tall glasses of lemonade and fresh flowers.
Some summer eye candy for all of you:-)

Images from Petersham Nurseries, Taj Safaris, Fisherman's Lodge, Kerala House Boats, Pinakin Patel, Deodar's Guest House, Villa Balquisse and from some old posts.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Rang Decor Readers Creative Spaces: V

Priya Sebastian~ an illustrator, a blogger, a cat-lover, and a Bangalorean shares her beautiful and serene home with all of us today. A home surrounded by the lush greenery of her magical garden.Cindy her cat relaxing on her sofa.
Priya says, "I like clean lines and unfussy rooms. Not only does openness and lack of clutter give me breathing space, it also makes maintenance far easier."

The plants in her various bottles form such lovely design elements.
Warm tones and dark browns are splashed with hints of Priya's favourite colour – deep pink.
Her dining table is a great space where she photographs her Big Fat Brekkie
The rest of the colour comes from books on the shelf and from green plants dotted within the rooms which are an extension of the wild garden just outside.
Priya continues, "Placement of smaller objects and books in my house is ever changing. Adding a new potted plant, or replacing an object with another can change the mood of the rooms in a subtle manner. These changes, rather than being deliberate, reflect my interest and focus at that moment."She has the most lovely collection of seeds *sigh*
The Grand Piano is such a stunning piece against the warm coloured walls.
Priya says,"The room in my apartment that I use the most is my active studio which alternates between chaos and tidy. More often than not, it is strewn with paper, pencils, charcoal dust and a cat."
Whenever I see plants in glass bottles I can think only of Priya. She has used such simple arrangements so effectively in her home, what a grand way to bring nature into your home!

Her space reflects the warmth and the creativity that she is endowed with.
Thanks Priya for sharing your gorgeous home with all of us!

She blogs at the plum tree

P.S~ If you have any questions for Priya about her home, please ask in the comments section so she can reply to you.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Rang Decor Readers' Creative Spaces: IV

Rajee Sood
Rajee Sood
is a very talented blogger and a home-maker who lives with her husband and two lovely girls Aimee and Sarah in Navi Mumbai. Today she shares a few corners from her very elegant home with us.

The drawing room corner where Rajee sits and works on the laptop while enjoying the whole house with just the light from the table lamps.

Rajee describes her home as very urbane. The style throughout is an eclectic mix of European, ethnic Indian and a bit of orientalia.

Her coffee table, the center of her life in the house, always has flowers on it.

Rajee adds "It has to have some of my candles. Almost as if to say my coffee table reflects my moods"

Latest edition of Architectural digest and some recent books picked by the family.

She believes that her home is very subtly evolving with the comfort they look for in their home, with the things they collect, places they've lived, and the family as it grows.

One of the side tables in the drawing room , a lovely little flower arrangement of the latest blooms from her pots, the floribunda roses and hydrangea leaves.

Rajee says, "The strongest influence for my home and me has been California …a few years stint in San Francisco, opened me to a whole new aesthetics of designing with my eastern influences and western sensibilities. It gives me the calm and satisfaction I look for in my space."

Rajee's older girl Aimee snoozing with her teddy in the dining- drawing area.

Old project still underway, photos of three generations of her family.

The crockery unit. Rajee had this made centered around the carved panel from Rajasthan, it now houses her complete glassware, barware and crockery.

Dining area

A lovely corner with blue and white pottery.

Rajee, "My bedside~ another oriental table in my collection, with a Buddha, blue and white pottery piece from Rajasthan filled in with my husbands coin collection. I especially love the Chinese jar I bought at a San Francisco flea market, while antiquing one lazy weekend. A print of Thakur Singh's work."

Red crewelwork pillows and one of Rajee's own artwork in the back ground.

The antique silverware, the gerberas, the gorgeous furnishings and blue pottery blend so well into her unique urbane space.

Thanks for sharing these lovely corners from your home, your world, Rajee!

Do visit her stylish blog Rajee Sood.

P.S~ If you have any questions for Rajee about her home, please ask in the comments section so she can reply to you.