Indian Art Festival

Well, the real good news is that I visited Indian Art Festival. Though I have been to many such exhibitions and fairs earlier where one easily gets to see various arts & handicrafts of India but this was totally different from all those exhibitions. My profound love for Indian arts & crafts prompted me to visit the fair and witness the beautiful melange of colours, art forms, handicrafts and textiles that make India a diverse and culture-rich nation. Continue reading “Indian Art Festival”

Contemporary Interiors

Contemporary style decorating is trend that is of the moment and belongs to the same time. If you want to achieve the contemporary look for your home here are some guidelines and tips:

It’s after a long time that I have come across an interior design  that has such a distinct personality. Work is elegant to the core and makes excellent use of  design elements in a contemporary setting.

Furniture: ‘Less is more’ is the key while doing up home in contemporary style. Contemporary furniture should have straight lines, clean edges and bold color. Geometrical shapes looks very trendy.  Place the furniture in uncluttered way.
Furnishings: Minimal furnishing suits this style. Furnishing should blend well with color of wall. Don’t opt for contrast as it doesn’t work well for this style. Pastel or soft colors give perfect contemporary look.

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This is the house of  my relative who stays in Mumbai , contributing to the creative and contemporary fields of architecture, interior planning, styling and furniture design. Their philosophy of not adhering to a fixed formula, style or method, instead adapting ideas to suit the context and end user, ensures that each space that they design is unique. Take a look at my favorites.

Wall Color: Soft colors on wall with one wall painted in bold color for creating focal point. Wallpaper is also a good option for feature wall.

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Accessories: Funky accessories in color that blends with furnishing. But keep in mind that don’t over accessories your home if you want to decor your home in contemporary style.

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Floor: Floor should be bare and smooth. Wooden flooring is the latest trend and looks beautiful.  Rugs, carpets with geometrical shape and funky patterns are the best choice to achieve the look.

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This style of decor is serene, comfortable and stylish as well. It promotes simplicity to your home.

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These are some simple tips that can help you achieve desired contemporary look for your home.
To know more about other decorating style stay tuned!!

Hope you all enjoyed the post ! Stay Tuned for more updates 🙂

Dahi Vada | Dahi Bhalla | Dumplings

Dahi vada is a delicious  recipe with fried vadas i.e urad dal dumplings smeared with chilled beaten curd and topped with spicy and tangy chutneys.A delicious North Indian delicacy, dahi vada is best served chilled on a hot summer day. Continue reading “Dahi Vada | Dahi Bhalla | Dumplings”

Vibrant Home

Our today’s home tour is a giant step away from any ordinary one . A home where esthetics are defined by its youthful energy and bursting bold colors, that will leave you audibly gasped, just like me. 

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Ethnic Eclectic Home

Hello Decor Enthusiasts!!

Let me tell you that how true is the quote that “Your home is a reflection of where your heart is even when you are not there, There is an aura when you step into someone’s home that can not be described.” Dear folks, I bring to you the home tour of one my friend and her home is totally gorgeous, stunning, vibrant and happy place. 🙂

You may call it  ‘An Orange Home’,  ‘A Traveller’s Canvas’ or ‘An Ethnic Indian Nest’….whatever may be, but it is just like that!

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..for colours and warmth..

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In recent years pure silver yarns are replaced by synthetic yarns…
floral and animal motifs are commonly used…
Some of  Rajasthani Handicraft collections..
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my favourite corner…

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Are you looking for some ‘Ethnic Indian Inspiration(s)’ ?

 

 

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Colours of India….and a Diwali moment.

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Those lovely and lively, colour full, vibrant days. Till now I can feel the warmth…and miss it terribly at the same time.

As per ancient Hindu rituals  we worship Goddess Lakshmi….The Goddess of Wealth . The humble nest is slowly getting ready for the festival…The Festival of Lights….Shubh Deepavali.
On this very auspicious day of ‘Dhanteras  We welcome The Goddess with complete devotion….:)

Here, some Ethnic Indian Decor tips on ‘Dhanteras’ and Diwali or Deepavali….!!!….The Goddess is coming…:)

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With footprints of Goddess Lakshmi, Lakshmi’s pot, fresh flowers, faux gold coins, traditional earthen diyas, loads of copper and brass puja articles, a pot full of kumkum we welcoming her !! Let the festivities begin..:)
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May The Goddess bless us with health, wealth, prosperity and bliss….!!..:) 
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Women’s Day – DIY ( Happy #We day ) 😉👩

Can you imagine a life without women ? In fact there will be no life without women.👩

Happy women’s day to all the precious ladies in this world. It is one of the most special day for all the women. So all the ladies take some “me” time for you today. Do your most favourite thing today. Eat the best dish you like. Take some rest.Watch your favourite movie. Live the day happily for yourself. Meet and wish all the ladies you have known ! Those you can’t meet send your wishes to them. Continue reading “Women’s Day – DIY ( Happy #We day ) 😉👩”

Valentines’s Day Special Mini Cake : Feel The Love, Not The Guilt ! ❤️

Want to bake something sweet for your loved one on Valentine’s Day ?

Roses are red, chocolate is divine and hearts are pure romance, all the essentials to the perfect Valentine’s Day Mini Cake. These little gems are Devil’s food layers filled with raspberry cream and covered in glossy chocolate ganache. !!

3 cups granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1 cups cocoa powder , sift if lumpy
1 teaspoon baking powder
2  teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup hot coffee
Raspberry Cream:
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons raspberry preserves
Chocolate Ganache:
1/2 cup apricot jam, heated and strained if there are chunks of fruit
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons corn syrup
Bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped.
Blackberry :
2 cups frozen or fresh blackberries
3 tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line two jelly roll pans with parchment. 

Combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl and whisk until combined, set aside. 

Whisk together, milk, oil and vanilla until well combined. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.Slowly add the hot coffee to the batter and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes. The batter will be quite runny.

Top the cream with another layer of cake. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate while you make the ganache.

To make the ganache:
Heat the strained apricot preserves in a saucepan over medium-low heat until melted.Add the cream, milk and corn syrup and heat just to simmer. Remove from the heat.

Add all the chopped chocolate, swirl the pot to make sure the chocolate is completely covered by the cream.

Let sit for about 3 minutes and then gently whisk until smooth.

Pour about 1 cup of the hot ganache into a shallow dish and refrigerate for 10 minutes or until slightly firm, but still spreadable.

Leave the remainder of the ganache in the pot to keep it pourable.

With a small spatula, spread the refrigerated ganache over the sides of the cakes. The goal is to fill the gap between the layers of cake and make them smooth.

We want a smooth surface so that when you pour the ganache over the cakes you will not have any bumps.

To pour the ganache on the cakes:
Set the cakes on a cooling rack over a sheet pan lined with parchment. You want to do this to catch all of the dripping chocolate.Slowly pour the ganache over the cake, starting in the middle and working outward. Be sure to check all the sides as you go. There will be a lot pooled up on the parchment, but you can scrape that up and melt to use again.

If your ganache starts to get too thick, return the pot to the stove and heat on very low heat, just for a few seconds.

Allow the cakes to set at room temperature for about 20 minutes. If you need to refrigerate them, they will lose their shine.

Once you return them to room temperature the shine will come back. You can find edible roses at some grocery stores.

Cook the berries, sugar  in a saucepan over low heat at a simmer for about 5 minutes. Use an blender to puree the berries. Strain through fine mesh strainer.You are done ! Impress your Valentine with this Mini Cake ! 🙂

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A special message :
” Love is the memories we share ” 
♥♥ Happy ValentinesDay ♥♥
Happy Valentines day to all of you ! Stay Tuned for the next post 🙂

Chocolate Truffles – Chocolate symbol of love & commitment 🍬 ( Chocolate Day )

Are you feeling in the mood for romance ? One of the nicest ways to show someone how much you care, and how special they are, is by taking the time to make them a thoughtful handmade gift. So why not show someone you love them by treating them to some of these stunning  Valentine’s Day treats ? From Strawberry Rose ,   Eggless Molten Choco Lava Cake , No Bake Strawberry Jelly Hearts Cheesecake to  Chocolate Truffles 🍬  , there’s something for every love-bug in our round-up of the loveliest, most romantic Valentine’s Day recipes! Continue reading “Chocolate Truffles – Chocolate symbol of love & commitment 🍬 ( Chocolate Day )”

Strawberry Rose – Rose Symbol of Love 🌹 (Rose Day Special )

What better way to express your love than with roses ? This year, Rose Day will fall on a Wednesday. On Rose Day, people give roses to their loved ones as a symbol of their love. While red roses are traditionally associated with romance.

However, did you know that even cooking with roses can be pretty romantic ? ❤ 🙂 Continue reading “Strawberry Rose – Rose Symbol of Love 🌹 (Rose Day Special )”

Rajasthani Interiors – Padhro Mhare Desh!!

Welcome to the “Land of Kings ” – Rajasthan.

 

Rajasthan is a true state of contrasts, and Rajasthan travel reflects that  !

Jaipur – ” The Pink City ”

Udaipur – The “City of Lakes” or “Venice of the East”

Jodhpur – ” The Blue City ”

Rajasthani culture & interiors are beyond a superficial level.

Ever felt excited on hearing about the maharajas and maharanis of Rajasthan ?. Dreamt about the palaces they lived in, the way they decorated their interiors and led a luxurious life ?. Bright and beautiful is what we can describe Rajasthani décor with !!

Rajasthani culture is famous not only for its tradition but also for its beautiful interior designs and printings on walls which depict the tales of the folks.  We of course cannot bring back those times for you but we can try to help you make your place a royal Rajasthani piece of art. Continue reading “Rajasthani Interiors – Padhro Mhare Desh!!”