Saturday, June 26, 2010

My products are featured in Elle Decor!

This is an exciting month! I just had to share this with you - my products have been featured in the June-July 2010 issue of Elle Decor. They are tucked away in the 'What's Now - The currant decor trend' page, two small pictures, I really had to search for it, but what the heck! Its Elle Decor, its the 1st time & I'm happy :)

Elle Decor happens to be one of my favourite reads & I love how they really cram the goodies in for readers. So much goes into putting one issue together. After I started blogging I really started appreciating what they do. There is an idea, a link, beauty & inspiration in every page. So it means a lot to me to get a mention however small in this magazine.
And coming up next is many pictures and stories from my trip to Kutch or Kachch (like they spell it now) Stay tuned :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

They Draw and Cook

Food is a passion and so is art. So what happens when these two come together? This ones for each one of you who cooks & draws. I can draw, but cooking... well lets just say, if I have someone else do the cooking for me I'm the happiest. But for all you talented chefs and artists out there, this is a website you MUST see. I spied it on the lovely Dithi Chakraborthy's Facebook. They Draw and Cook is a website where you can contribute your recipe in artistic form - draw it, design it whatever. Have fun!

And so what if whats cooking is not food but food for fun- Play dough! :)

Its amazing how each of these pieces are imbued in the spirit of the food and the artist. Such interesting cuts to our favourite foods.

A generous dose of whimsy and good weather is what brings this salad together.
And if you are thirsting for more of these ingenious recepies & drawings, click here.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pilgrim’s Happy Home & my 1st blog post in

1st - Happy News! :) I was super thrilled when the people contacted me to be an 'invited blogger' with them, as part of their all new website relaunch. - YE!!! I will now be writing for them regularly. This is the 1st post I made for their Living blog section. You can read it here or just scroll down.
Pilgrim's home like her work shows a rare felicity with colour. I love how happy and unpretentious it is and how it finds harmony in contrast. Superbright colours and prints jostle on her furniture and cushions, but are beautifully balanced by white walls. The shelves may have clean lines but the chairs have curves from another century. The art is young and happy and the uphostery is velvet and silk. Nothing is this house bores. Here's a peek into a home thats not afraid of colour.

I have never seen velvet and silk in such a contemporary setting before. Aah..., possibilities.

Cane headboard - unusual, headboard painted yellow - even more unusual.

For more of Pilgrim's brand of design and colour click here.
I had to add this alphabet series that she has just done.
q-z, the vocabulary of coolth.
And this badge will be a new addition to the right column of this blog.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Runjhun Jain's Art - on cushions.

I am privileged in my friends. In their art, in their madness, in their talent. What began as a regular working afternoon was transformed, when Runjhun told me her cushions have come. Like 2 excited girls we touched the fabric, exclaimed over the stitches & I was sounding like a broken record "This is brilliant Runjhun! My god, look at this! You have any idea how talented you are!" I will stop being OTT and show you pictures we shot of her cushions, running from room to room, seeing if they worked better on the floor, on her sofas or on her bed. And styling becomes a cakewalk when you have a backdrop as interesting as her home is.

"easy, quirky, honest. that’s how i’d describe my illustrations. from my childhood to now, i’ve continued spilling my head out on all kinds of surfaces; paper, steel cupboards, walls and more paper. so after filling endless sheets with my doodle-art, i decided to take them to a new medium - fabric." Runjhun Jain (the absense of capitals in this para is not a coincidence, she is in love with lowercase)
"i was sure i didn't want to simply transfer my drawings as line prints on to cloth, that for me didn't complete the step over to a new medium. i wanted to explore cloth – with textures, embroidery styles, stitches and still retain the madness and innocence of my art. like, I wanted the finger to follow the eye following my lines." Runjhun Jain
To see the original illustration from where this cushion came click here.

See the original illustration here.
And like me if you are dying to see the original work to see how its been taken to the next level, see most of her illustrations here.
"With ‘dori’ work, ‘chawal taanka’, appliqué etc., I managed to make my characters almost come alive, right here on the cushions. Each cushion has been worked upon by kaarigars on my original line work – that I recreated for them on the tracings. It was fun to step into this new world and i learnt constantly." Runjhun Jain

Regular readers of this blog must already be familiar with her work. And if you are not or you need to jog your memory, you can read more about Runjhun and her work here, here & read a nice interview of her here. And most importantly if you want to buy her cushions you can write to her at

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Ayan Ghosh's book friendly homes

Its finally pouring cats and dogs in Bombay & its raining home tours on my blog. And this ones long due. Ayan Ghosh, one of my readers sent me pictures of his beautiful homes across countries quite a long time back & it is only now that I have gotten around to posting them. What caught my eye was how the home was a testimony of the family's love for books. The Ghosh's have a beautiful collection of antique furniture that travels with them, so keep your eyes peeled for the detailing.
This is what Ayan says about his home/s: "We spent a decade living in South East Asia and travelling to a number of countries; and our home, which my wife and I share with our 3 year old son, my parents and uncle, definitely displays traces of our sojourns. The other point that distinguishes our home - I think - is that we have been constantly adapting, and have now integrated the furniture of three generations and households (my grandparents, parents and ourselves) in to a flat"

What do I say, each piece, whether it is the mirror, the dining table or the cubboard, is a piece of art.
That screen behind the sofa is such a neat piece of craftmanship.
The Ghosh family's living room in in Saigon

Books and cds must be the most insightful form of decor, it speaks about you and your tastes like nothing else.
I love the way the ceramic collection has been dispalyed to perfection in their different homes.

All the photographs have been sent to me in lots by Ayan Ghosh.