An Indian Summer

Getting ready for Diwali...

(Mysore Palace, India on Diwali)

This is the time for my favorite festival
The festival of light and wealth...Deepawali
also known as Diwali
As we get ready to celebrate the festival,
let me share with you some inspiration...

Light up your nooks and corners using lotus paper lights, diyas (votive) and tea lights

Welcome Goddess Lakshmi into your abode by making beautiful rangoli designs with color and flowers

And why leave the table layout untouched? Take out your best glassware, and your grandmom's Kansa (bell metal) table setting! Add in some banana leaves, marigold flower and floating tea lights...And yes, don't forget the feast...including the mithai (sweets)!

Touches that add to the diwali decor

And some inspiration for how a contemporary home could look like, in a traditional setting on Diwali. I love the shloka (mantra) table with floating flowers in an urn. Bring out your brightest cushions and bedlinen...and this Diwali you have the perfect excuse to flaunt any textile which has even a hint of gold or copper!

In another two days, I will share with you images of my home on Diwali eve :-)

* Shubh Deepawali *

[Images from Indian design magazines - Inside Outside, Elle decor, Home Review, ID and Flickr]
Posted by Bhavna
over 11 years ago

Some sleeping and some blogging...

Hello World! I am back :-)

Back from Boston
And a whirlwind trip to London
where I spent a great day with my sis and 92% brother-in-law
92% since the wedding is just round the corner ;-)

At London, I hearted
Habitat, Zara Home, Lush, Muji, Stables market at Camden
Masala Coke at Masala Zone!

So much good work done at the workshop last week
with some (ahem..) shopping thrown in
(when I say 'some', that means that I had to pick up new luggage at Boston to fit everything in!)

And now,
I am soo glad to be back home!

With Diwali this week
(watch out for some pre-diwali and post diwali posts from me)

And my sis's wedding in another three weeks!
(will share some gorgeous wedding shopping in coming days and wedding snaps post the wedding)

Yes, I AM glad to be back... with you :-)

[images in this post taken by moi and sis]

Posted by Bhavna
over 11 years ago

Reporting alive and kicking...

Hi! You are watching AIS (An Indian Summer) News, and this is Bhavna, your news correspondent for the day! :)

Some highlights of my trip so far have been:
1. A great day spent with the team at my Cambridge office, followed by a fun evening of bowling and drinks

2. Walking up and down the Cambridge Side Galleria so many times that I can now write an inventory of merchandise at each and every store! The lady at Bath and Body Works just might consider hiring me as their official 'moisturizer/eau de cologne sniffer'!

3. Finding my shopping soul mate in a dear colleague...walking more than a couple of miles to get to the local Target, and shopping so much that we had to take a cab to haul back our booty! Got some awesome tableware...right now its all packed and stuff - will share these finds with you once back in India..

4. Spending an excellent sunny day at Newbury street today

5. Finally got to visit Anthropologie, and spent some happy shopping time at Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn

6. 'Would you like to wash your hands?' - The first thing we were asked by the lovely girl at 'Sabon', an organic bath and body boutique store. Once the hands were washed and were super soft (dead sea salts do wonders!), proceeded to buy yet more bath and body products (at this rate, I would be the cleanest and the nicest smelling person, with the softest skin as a bonus, for some time to come!) ;-)

7. Discovered a quaint European store that has recently opened shop this side of the world: Comptoir de Famille [see snaps below]

And, the biggest highlight of all:

I am finally uploading some snaps that I have taken! Old readers and friends know my paranoia of publicly sharing photographs taken by me...I am not necessarily what you call a 'good photographer'! Oh well, here goes...below is some of my "art" work! (you can click on them to open a bigger version)

Coming week will be busy with the strategy workshop (and hopefully an Ikea and Harvard square thrown in towards the evening!)

Au revoir till the next time...

Posted by Bhavna
over 11 years ago

Hello from Boston!

Thanks a bunch for your messages! (Hello Affinity, Jo, Terri, Jessica, Studio W!)

I just checked into the hotel after almost 23 hours between airports and flights (phew!). Now, I am ready to drop asleep right at this funky table in my room, after cheering Red Sox with fellow diners at Bambara (yes, that's the name of the hotel restaurant!)

And, I am so happy with all the suggestions about shopping in Boston....just can't wait for the weekend! :-D (thank you Christine, Tanya, Annie, Tara (I would LOVE to bike in this city!)

And, how can I leave you without sharing with you a visual of what is on my mind...

So, after 3.5 meals in a plane, I am soo longing for home cooked food with all the spices, the flavor, and the fragrance and the aroma...I know they mean the same thing, but need a word and my brain is sleep deprived right now ;-) .... you, ofcourse know what I mean! I think a spice box such as above could have fitted in nicely with my luggage...

Well, adios till the next post! Do keep dropping in your lovely messages! XO
Posted by Bhavna
over 11 years ago

Though we gotta say goodbye...

for a couple of weeks..
Darlings I promise you this
I'll send you all my love
Every couple of days in a post
Sealed with a kiss!

I am traveling to Boston (Cambridge) and London in the coming two weeks, and will be very busy with work ... hence the above ditty! I promise to keep dropping in a line or two, or share with you something unique which catches my eye...but most likely its going to be sporadic.

In the meantime:
New readers: do look through the archives for design inspiration..
Old friends: there are some excellent blogs listed on the left..
All: do keep dropping in a 'hi' or a 'hello'! :-)

Leaving you with something that I been looking at, and admiring, then looking at again, and then sighing, and so on and so forth!
If I ever needed to set up a home office, this is what it would look like! Me on the couch facing the window, and a laptop on my lap...and my 'office' is all set ;-)


And, do tell me if you like the selections for this week (in the left pane)?

P.S: Does any one have any recommendations for unique shopping experience in Cambridge [apart from the univ shops and Galleria]? Thanking you profusely in advance for any tips!

Posted by Bhavna
over 11 years ago