Come away with me.

To a land filled with art from the forest of honey and visuals that conjure up Indian-ness with a touch of modernity.

Presenting to you Dvara.

A first of it's kind visual Indian fusion coffee table magazine.

A quarterly magazine, which aims to bridge the generational gap between the ancient art forms, culture and traditions from India and today's youth interested in fashion, cinema, music, colour and flare.

Dvara, means doorway.

It opens its doors to a picturesque world of different facets of Indian culture which transcends across time and across generations. It offers a glimpse into the old way of life with a modern twist. The goal of the magazine is to inspire people to adapt these old traditions seamlessly into modern everyday life.
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It was one of the last weekends of late summer in Minnesota, when the heart yearned to spend every warm minute outdoors soaking up the beauty of the season. 

The Twin Cities which consist of Minneapolis and Saint Paul have distinct personalities. Saint Paul is influenced by early Irish, French & German Catholic heritage.

We decided to explore Summit Avenue which is the preserved heritage neighbourhood of Victorian mansions.
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Serendipity it was!

One weekend we were walking around, exploring the streets of Lyndale Avenue in Richfield and next minute we were entering the door to a store with a giant hot pink lotus painted on the wall.

Walking into the store we were enveloped in the fragrance of floral incense and a welcoming smile by Kelly the hostess at Khazana.

As we got talking she mentioned that she followed Rang Decor on Facebook.

Serendipity it was!

The exterior view of Khazana.
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With just a week left for Christmas, the festive mood is on the ascend. Yesterday's snow showers have got our hopes up for a white christmas.

Last two Christmas' we were away from home, travelling, visiting new places. 

This year we are enjoying the holidays at home here in Minnesota and hence I have had the time to put things together in our home that brings holiday cheer and festivity.
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The delightful holiday season is in full swing here in Minnesota.

Twinkling lights outline homes, there are shiny angels and festive wreaths on doors, as you pass homes you catch a glimpse of the festive atmosphere with families sitting cosy near fireplaces and the bright christmas trees.

Weekends leading to Christmas are filled with holiday markets and events.

We decided to visit Winter Wonderland: A Nordic Christmas at American Swedish Institute and the

Julmarnad last weekend.
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A guessing game ensued on my facebook page after I posted the photograph of this hot pink package that came from India last fall.

Now for the story…

Do Rang Decor readers remember the 'A tea party for three...' post about the creative get-together with the super-talented artists Aarohi Singh & Priya Sebastian before I left Bangalore in 2012.

Aarohi Singh gifted me her signature tea kettle with my favourite Frangipani flowers and Chai painted on it.
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In India, weeks leading to Diwali: The festival of Lights I would spend looking for interesting diyas ( earthen or ceramic oil lamps) flooding the local markets.

Back here in Minnesota what do I do?

I visit estate sales. 

They are treasure trove for people like me who are on the look out for unique finds.

I love combining vintage with the new. Styling classic with a bit of kitsch.
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Let's talk about my next Creative Connection: Maheshwari Janarthanan

She is an illustrator, an artist.

I had seen her work featured by many of my fellow design bloggers.

Simple, playful, magical and dream-like illustrations with subjects ranging from nature's flora to people.

I was piqued by her description of herself as a dreamer, mother-earth worshipper and healer.

Lady in the water...

K+S Wedding Invitation...
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Are we meant to meet the people we meet?

A question I have asked myself many times and every time it's a yes!

Through the world wide web I have virtually 'met' many multi-talented, creative people.

Photographers, Artists, Designers, Stylists, Bloggers, Potters and some amazingly inspirational people who just inspire by the way they live life.
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{We don't meet people by accident. They are meant to cross our path for a reason.}

What do you think?

Do share your thoughts.
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