An Indian Summer

An Indian Artist in London..

Caroline Jariwala, the artist of these intense paintings, is inspired by her Indian heritage and portrays the themes of culture, ritual and custom through a celebration of female form. Her paintings describe a fusion of visual imagery drawn from Indian Gujarati traditional arts with Hindu and Christian iconography.

Caroline along with being a painter, also leads art projects in schools, galleries and community venues as a teacher and an community artist.

I specially liked Caroline's portraiture of Indian women in brightly colored sarees, performing traditional household chores. It is also interesting to see her artistic journey through the different forms of paintings and iconography over the last some years...

Posted by Bhavna
over 11 years ago

Why do you build me up...

Build me up Buttercup, baby
Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around
And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby
When you say you will (say you will)
but I love you still I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darlin'
You know that I have from the start
So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don't break my heart

[The Foundations]

This song has absolutely nothing to do with today's post. It's just that I have been humming this song since morning and I HAD to get it out of my system by singing it aloud to you! Phew! Feel better already!

And now for the actual post. Today's post is all about:

Living Rooms from South East Asia!

If you have always wanted to have a living room or a sitting area that reflects the rhythm, serenity, vibrancy and ambiance of South East Asia, look no further. I mean do look in look below, for some awesome inspiration that you can easily adapt for your home. And once you are done, let me know...I'll send over some coconut water or maybe a cuppa chai to go with your new decor!

Wicker furniture is one of the specialties from South East Asia

Use of stone to bring in a touch of 'raw' to an otherwise contemporary straight line room

Fuchsia dominates, with a modern oriental work of art

The simplest of furniture in front of a beautifully panelled wall

Very zen. And very contemporary. Subtle touches like the reclining Buddha, lamps and tropical foliage add to the look

Traditional furniture restored. I think the piece on the left is known as the Java bed..

Comfortable planter lounge chairs, intricate screen/room divider, and a traditional roof

Notice the different forms of Ikat in the pillow covers design

The sitting area is towards the left of these gorgeous stairs

I can feel the warmth of the room, and hear the laughter of friends and family in this room..

Another traditional form of furniture in a more straight line design. You climb up and sit cross legged on the floor cushions

Old benches restored for modern use

Great inspiration on how to transform one wall or a corner of a room for that South East Asian look and feel

All these images are from different villas of Bali (Indonesia).

Posted by Bhavna
over 11 years ago

Who needs walls...

...when you can have a tent!

Specially tents as luxurious as these!

Be the queen (or a king) on a summer evening

Relaxing, wining and dining in exotic tents

That are inspired by the grandeur and opulence of Indian royalty

[And don't forget to invite me!]

Available at RajTentClub and WhiteCanvasTents
Posted by Bhavna
over 11 years ago

Oriental Art

I got an email from Paris Gerrad, who guided me to her mother - Jill's hauntingly beautiful work. Jill Barton, who resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, is in love with the ancient and is inspired by the venerable images of the past. She identifies with the Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi, which points always to what is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.

Her philosophy, and her technique are aptly reflected in her art. As she paints, she hopes that her paintings inspire, heal, open, connect and delight the viewer...

Here you will find a selection of her art that depict Oriental deities.

And some more of Jill's art...
Thanks Paris, for sharing the link!
Posted by Bhavna
over 11 years ago

Look, what I found!

I chanced upon Tara Home by chance. (sure, I get it. chanced by chance!). Read through a very interesting story behind this store and was captivated by the stunning photographs of very Oriental and Indian decor and products (take note: 'very' Oriental, not just Oriental!). Though the fabrics did not excite me that much, the overall effect of everything put together was stunning (yes, I have used 'stunning' before).

Given the sudden bearish run of my vocabulary, I think I better not write too much in this post. I will leave you to take in the visual delight of these stunning ('stunning' count = 3 now) images. (though the bit about 'bearish run of vocabulary' is quite creative...isn't it!)

Centre table is actually a chowki. Place a round cushion on it before you sit on it

Yep! Like this.

Diwan (Indian daybed) cum couch. In bright fabrics (in case you didn't notice...)

Detail of bed post (Tibetan most likely)

Metal detail on wood

For folks who would rather be outside than inside

Indian gazebo

Masala box

Love this Buddha statue..

Clockwise from top left: Idols of Tara devi, Ganesha, Buddha and Ganesh in marble

Posted by Bhavna
over 11 years ago