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Posted by Bhavna
over 11 years ago

India Inspired Wedding

Here it is! The first On Demand! post

About how to design and style weddings inspired by India

For all my readers who are passionate about

The great Indian Wedding!

Indian styled wedding can range from subtle and simple, to exuberant display of color, finery and kitsch. Based on whether you want to go for an all out Indian wedding, or have a wedding that has some Indian influence, you can figure out the right balance while planning and designing. There are some very good online resources and event planners who can guide you through the entire process (some listed below). Infact, there are specialized consultants who would help you plan a wedding in India if you so desire! I hope you, and the readers who have mailed me regarding tips on Indian themed weddings, find this post useful.

So with out much further ado

And I now pronounce you, man and woman, to read further! ;-)

Starting with the venue decor: Indian weddings typically have shamiana (tents). You can go wild with colors and even use saris as drapes and coverings. Find more Indian styled tents in one of my earlier post..

Low diwan style seating. Lots of cushions and bolsters on kilim rugs can also do the trick

Hanging tea lights or wax diyas...take your pick! The goal is to be dramatic!

Say it with flowers! Lots of them. Marigold flowers have a special significance in any Indian (hindu) festivities, and are specially used in abundance during weddings. Innovative use of bangles along with flowers in the third image..

Styling idea ~ Flowers and diya (tea lights) in brass or terracotta thaals and urlis (plate and urns)

One of the most important aspects of the wedding - the table decor! Colors like turquoise blue, orange, bright pink, plum, red, mustard and gold work well with the Indian theme

Indian style wedding cake! Designs inspired from Indian embroidery and henna designs

And those little details that make all the difference!

Elephant - real and fake, is a quite popular icon in Indian wedding theme :)

Multi hued glass bangles, ornate frames for name cards, zardozi sari fabric can be used for drapes, table covers or napkins, and add a touch of exotic with peacock feathers

Ganesha idol...considered very auspicious during weddings, bride/groom puppets in case some one gets bored from looking at the real bride and groom ;-)

Wooden elephant as a centerpiece, lanterns, wine goblets and miniature jewellery boxes

Embroidered is the limit of how you use fabrics to add to the design

And of course, you have the option of choosing from exquisite Indian bridal dresses and jewellery and apply henna on your hands, and voila! you are all set for an Indian style wedding!

But, Indian wedding attire and styling in another post sometime...

...If you have an On Demand! request!

[Image Sources: Regal Weddings, Aspiration photography, Design2Decor, India Proposal, Fatima Iqbal,, Marisa Holmes, Nancy Liuchin, Nirali, Oh how charming, Exquisite events, Regeti, Save the date nyc, Karen Wise, Lineament, Instyle weddings, Make love real, Andrena photo, The wedding travelers, Your wedding day, hgtv, White lilac Inc., Flickr ~ mksfoto, imatharu@rogers .com, through suzanne's eyes, mckavsavage, celeste]

Posted by Bhavna
over 11 years ago

New Feature: On Demand!

Well, its time to introduce something new on An Indian Summer. And what better thing to introduce than what you want to see...i.e. you ask me nicely, and you shall get it - On Demand!

I have been receiving many emails from my readers asking for recommendations on a variety of topics...all closely or loosely related to design, decor, travel, shopping and styling with Indian or Asian influence. While some questions require a personal response, some could be of interest to a larger audience. And those are the topics for which I will dig into my inspiration files, tap my creative cells, hum a song, and write up a post on!

So, tell me what you would like to see on An Indian Summer! Drop in a comment, or drop me an email [lookie...the left bar has the email where you can put in your request. And if you also name your favorite song in the request...well, you just got a step ahead in the queue! ;-)]

Look out for the first On Demand! post tomorrow. Nope, I won't tell you what it is! I will just go and relax on this daybed and gaze out of the window. ahem... prepare for tomorrow's post!

Have I told you as yet that I like ladders?

Posted by Bhavna
over 11 years ago

Robin Moore Ede Art

When I was in London earlier this month, I received an email from Piers who introduced me to the Robin Moore Ede Art Gallery. These prints, created by Piers and his father, interior designer Robin Moore Ede, are made on khaadi paper using a technique called Watergraph.

In Piers's own words:

"We call the technique a watergraph, which is a name that seems to describe the marriage of a photograph and a watercolour. We start off with a photograph, then work on them digitally before printing them on khaadi. Each one is then signed, numbered and embossed by my father. He's an interesting character in his own right actually - a well known British interior designer with private houses for Dustin Hoffman and Freddie Mercury in his portfolio, as well as big commercial jobs. Some of his drawings are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, and some of his furniture in the V&A"

Piers himself has been the winner of the DH Lawrence Prize for Travel Writing for the year 2007, for his book Honey and Dust! The art in his gallery reflect his many travels and keen eye for capturing details. I particularly liked the India coastal prints in the collection.

Do take a look at their online gallery, and if in London, pay them a visit!... while I figure out where to put up the two lovely prints Piers very graciously sent to me. Thank you Piers and Robin!

Posted by Bhavna
over 11 years ago


I came across an Argentinian design magazine Espacio Living and loved what I found there. Simple, classic homes and design. Effective use of colors and a knack of finding aesthetic appeal in day to day objects. Sharing some of the images that I liked the best...

A beautiful colonial home surrounded by greenery

Nature comes in through the massive glass panes. Love the old style sewing machine and thread spools in the table!

While I am ambivalent about the color of the wall, I liked the effect of everything else put together

Umm...this bathroom reminds me of Merchant-Ivory movies..

Incredible colors! I am becoming more and more tempted to re-paint my off-white walls

Kitschy! I can imagine how pretty this door would look in the evenings with the lights lit up!

Summer nights in this room...gentle breeze, and some mosquitoes for company ;-). Love the effect of a dreamy mosquito net..

The hanging paper lantern is of one of the most simple and common of designs, but still looks so pretty and perfect in the setting

A section in the e-zine covered coastal design. All things white and blue. Rugged, well lived in, made up of straw and things the sea brings to the shore occasionally. And perfect for simple living!

I have the urge to sandpaper all the wooden furniture in my home when I look at this! And paint them white! The two small settees are very common in India too. They are called moodha here..

Detail of one of the walls. Do you know how to make paper boats? Find a quick tutorial here! :)

Who could resist this room? I can't!

Love the wall lights and the shell thingie. And am wishing and hoping that the fish up on the wall isn't a real one... (it can't be..right? You can't stuff up fishes and hang them up. ... Or, can you?)

Ready for some fining dining? The kilim rug underneath will warm your feet as the food warms your bellies!

All images from Espacio Living
Posted by Bhavna
over 11 years ago