Thursday, August 25, 2016

Jay Shree Krishna!

Lord Krishna, by whose hail, we start our day, by whose name, we exchange greetings to everyone. His divine existence can not be only felt in our temple room, but also he can be spotted stealing a look with his smirk in the rest of our home. Yes, even though, our “Ganesha” crew ranks at the top list, our “Krishna" collection is likewise appealing. 

Unlike last year's traditional celebration, this year's joyful celebration is different. For this 'Janmashtmi' we are venturing where we haven’t venture before. Letting you in today, on our Krishna collection with some ideally suited festival vignettes of “Krishna” theme around our home. These treasured pieces have not only witnessed our experience but they often unlock the past and let in the deeply held memories with them.


The very first is our natkhat ‘Bal Gopal’, (a kid version of Krishna) combined here with complimentary accessories to honour the piece. His giggling smile pouring out a dollop of ‘makkhan’ (butter) is amply evident for his love towards it. Curated from all the way UK, this baby Krishna was rescued from my son’s bedroom to share on this post. 
Few pieces of our collection tug at my heartstrings and this Krishna is one of those. His handsome pose is infused here with few pops of red and hypnotizing flames to fall in love impulsively. He came into our life as our wedding gift (many moons back) from family members.
Another flute playing Krishna is a family heirloom piece that we proudly own. With intact imprints of the place and the year (Haridwar, Ganga River, 1969) this piece marks the oldest of our collection. Holding the pride of the place in our temple, it is a treasured ‘handed down’ gift from my husband’s grandfather.
And few glorious touches of celebration on ‘Krishna’ theme around the home also include some flat lays. Another gifted piece of flute playing Krishna is a brass frame, which is casually placed for a decorative tone.  Lately, I have sparked my interest in a flat lay styling and still learning the tricks of building a theme but floating flowers in diyas created this vignette effortlessly.  
Now we leap towards the vignettes of eternal love. A soulful and sensuous “Radha-Krishna” sums up the core of my next 3 styling. The colors of the piece itself complement one another and to harmonize the appearance I have floated few same colored petals in a brass bowl. A yellow dahlia from my very own tiny garden champions a fresh approach on this swaying away zula under the ‘kadamba’ tree figurine.

A shimmering silver vignette with limited color pallet has been added on my wooden shelf anchoring another ‘Radha-krishna’. Krishna, as spotted here under ‘kadamba’ tree, is playing heartwarming tunes from his flute; while Radha here is simply curling up to hear more melodies.
No Krishna celebration could be over without mentioning his unapologetically mischievous “raas-leela”. A very old frame (which followed us in each and every home of ours, is entwined in many memories) portrays different gestures of Krishna playing raas with Radha. Another flat lay sort of arrangement to justify the look of the frame is banded together with little strokes of color to give a melodic appeal.


Celebrations also call for special recipes of the family...this 'Gujarati Panjiri' (made out of 5 ingredients) will rock your celebration. Recipe calls for dry roasted whole coriander, whole roasted fennel seeds, dried shredded coconut and white poppy seeds. Grind equal amounts of every ingredient and add a drop of clarified butter (GHEE) and your Panjari for Prasad is ready, not only for Krishna but also to please your guests.

Signing out today's post singing "Happy Birthday" to Krishna and wishing you all a very "Happy Janmashtmi" celebrations at your end. Until we meet again stay connected on Facebook  and Instragram feeds of Pinkz Passion for more eye candy decors, toodles!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Color Crush!

Though I often find myself in the clutches of shopping tangle, there are the times when I know for sure for certain things I HAVE to, I MUST, I NEED to add to my décor. What thrills me more is that whatever new treasure I find, it magically expands to fit in my existing décor. When shopping God is on my side, I can’t help but collect things I love or catch my fancy (there…I said it…). This process though, makes my home ever evolving and interesting. 
Perfectly placed to catch the light
On few of such encounters, I happened to bump into a gaggle of these colored glass bottles and their perky and showy side, seriously made my mind to create a collection. For someone like me who doesn’t over-board on color and rather adds bits and pop of color in décor, these were just perfect. When it comes to our collection, we all are like little magpies ;). And today’s post is about roping you all into a saga of these uber adorable bottles and an unacquainted collection I happened to make.
I forked out these super cute set of bottles on a recent visit to “Hobby Lobby”, buried deep down in a clearance isle on 80% clearance of their original price….BINGO….there was no way I would have turned my back on them. The glimmer of an idea to bring them into my “custom styling” was good enough for me to become the catalyst that gave me the direction. Now they are happily layered to grab some playful use of color along with other things I love. Wouldn’t you agree that seeking out diamond in rough and seeing the potential within rummage is a great skill ;).
As you all know me by now, my coffee table is my fertile ground for my experimentation with pattern, color and presentation of my eclectic collection. Here are the votive candle holders from “Michaels” that came home (again on a clearance for $1 each). Entangled in the grips with the fact, I often find myself that leaving behind something that appealed to me is inevitable. Thus, after an inner battle between 'Love it' or 'Leave it'... these candle holders came home. Now every time I walk into this room, they instantly transport me back to my favorite store and that moment. These cups/candle holders will be now mixed and interpreted in myriad ways for positive results :).

Certain finds put me to the test…how far can one go for a deal? These vibrant mini bucket sort of candle holders from “Yankee Candles” are also a great deal and a recent loot. They turned out to be a real satisfaction score. Embraced with mix and match style, they make a statement piece placed anywhere begging an invitation for a closer look. Injecting them meticulously in a unique way and mingling them with the other accessories, completely erased the flat catalog feel and translated them into a personalized design.
 
From every story of my shopping gaga in the past, there is always something I picked or found with their future in my décor. Now they all happily co-exist in a diversely collected style which thoroughly defines me and my style. It is important to find out what moves you and let it tailor your personal style. Hope this post will inspire you to be the ‘Brand Custodian’ of your own style, in creating a successful and inspiring collection.

Until we meet again, stay connected with Facebook and Instagram for your daily dose of décor inspirations, toodles!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Taditional Soiree

I leave no stone unturned when we have to plan an elegant evening at home but on a recent visit to New Jersey at my brother’ place, I chanced upon planning a perfect soiree for their house warming. For someone like me who believes in a traditional approach it was just perfect to inject some "desi" touches with blissful colors to support the occasion.
 
With many thoughts in my radar, I grabbed few of the simplest accessories from my home that would blend beautifully and build a scheme. Along with my all-time favorite Indian dangling and bandhani dupattas came along few brass diyas. The cloth frame of “Ganesha” here is a return gift from a dear friend’s wedding, which I had adorned previously in our temple room here.
 
The speciality of “Gujarat”, these bandhani dupattas were about 100 rupees each and on my demand hubs dear got them from Kutchh. He knew I will definitely find a way to use them; hence he picked all possible colors for me. Now they are part of my any cultural décor.  You may read all about my Bandhni Craze" here.
 
Rich glows from diyas lend an added sparkle on the table. Since I reside in a country where flow of regular flowers from home garden is not possible due to cold winters, I have supplemented these artificial rose petals from Ikea store in my décor so I can use them as and when I want.   
Strong background with inviting palette of traditional accessories made a strikingly beautiful place for all our family pictures for the occasion. The atmosphere of celebration was graced by lovely guests who were greeted by this portrait and probably made their short stay for selfies ;). 
And one last image of this beautifully styled side table with "Pinkz touch" which I shared on my Instagram feed after the ceremony.

Hope this post will broaden your aesthetic sensibilities and bring the best of the simplest ingredients you already own. Until we meet again, have a great week and stay connected on facebook or Instagram, toodles!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August is like the Sunday of summer

Nothing beats jamming at the cottage in the pleasurable company of favorite friends, I am back and snuggling in the warmth and comfort of “Home Sweet Home” after all day’s work.


New loot of votive candle holders from Yankee Candles 
Ignoring few moments of displeasure we had another hit year of cottage stay where hilarious conversations, strong connections and team work with few favorite friends made it a huge success. Beside all the perks of cottage life we excursed sandy beaches, scenic caves and abundantly lush green Mother Nature. We put on the tune and woo away life’ stress with few leisurely games of cards and late night chit chat ‘chai’ parties to officially authenticate our absolute madhouse stay at cottage. Kids chuckled and giggled leaving behind memories for us parents to relish in our empty nest syndrome.  Though the compulsive long stroll after their “Pokemon Go” adventure definitely made them a lot more overexcited ;)
Even though, we Canadians are blessed with the richness of nature, we don’t have fairly enough hot days to enjoy outdoors and August being the typical hot month we have plenty of sun to soak up in the sizzling hot days. With the spilling long list of “things to do” in summer, for now, our disciplined 9 to 5-er life is far eluded. And with overflowing guests, I am always in the "hosting mode".
Though, until we meet again, you stay connected lovely peeps for few lined up posts up here and enjoy August. Don't forget to take a chill-pill as August is like the Sunday of summer J toodles!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Copper Crush!

Today's round up focuses on copper. Traditional brass has been kept at the bay  and copper has been experimented for new glam on the coffee table. Usually I find myself stuck at the edge of my comfort zone with brass and easily pull desired results, but playing around with copper made me realize they also go with....well...everything. Classic look of nicely aged copper has freshen up my coffee table by adding up a little bit of shine.

These copper urlis (Tamba Kundis) were gifted by my 'Ma' many moons back. Every time I visit her, part of her home treasures are destined to come home back here in Canada. Though, she was determined not to let me steal away her copper kundis, hence gifted me 4 of new ones for my home. I love their unique versatility when it comes to decorating them.

The "kamandal" or candle holder was spotted at a yard sale for $10 on our last year's visit at cottage, as soon as I locked my eyes on it, I knew it was coming home. For someone like me who revels in antique could have no way left it behind. Without fretting over it has been added to my copper collection proudly.


Classy hostess tray is gifted by a dear old school friend who visited me recently. A perfect gift of a perfect piece that will be cherished for long. My mind is racing infinite ways of styling this beauty.  


A little bit of old and a little bit of new are mixed and interpreted myriad ways with positive results for this vignette. Hope this post will inspire you to check your attic for copper that can be dusted off and shined to bring in your decor. ( For brass cleaning: A pinch of salt and a lemon slice works best for me) 

Leaving you with my shiny coffee table, until we meet again, stay connected on Facebook page or Instagram feed of Pinkz Passion, toodles!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

On the House (Luxury Guest House)

The post on your screen is brought to please your inner decorista senses.  No I don’t want you to admire only with “Wow” or “Huh”…. let’s move on to see how this place is totally infused with glamour in every square inch.

Parking ourselves today at the doors of “On the House” B&B homestay in Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi, a tastefully decorated place where there is no fear, only confidence.  Aradhna Lanba, an entrepreneur who had dipped her hands in travel and hospitality, meticulously designed this home stay, where practical requirements of luxury hotels are well served with an ambience to woo away your fatigue.  

Surrounded by a hodgepodge of art on every wall, curated antique furniture and concentrated collection of objects make this glitzy living room a visual and sensual delight.
Dinning Area

Taste a bit of razzle-dazzle along with your breakfast in the dining area.  The touch of soft lilac purple color adds the character in this “Fairy Tale” room, making the space more inviting. By grouping assortment of plates on the wall, the dining place has been brought to life.

Gulmohar Room
Aradhna didn't stay locked in one style, instead she embraced diversity by creating all different bedrooms layering multiple styles. The very first thing you react in this room is the scarlet color. By adding a bit of sparkle and shine this aptly titled “Gulmohar Room” channels a “Maharaja” vibe.

Oak Room
Catch up a long day in the warmth of calmness in this “oak room”, where soft background with warm neutral color struck a balance by using olive green accent wall. The room is blended old world style with modern looks keeping most of the furniture marginal so that surrounding art work and accessories stand out.

Cedar Room
The baby pink on this femininely designed “cedar room” denotes fantasy. The fuss free setting sets the tone of comfort and repose to soothe tired travelers.


Terrace Garden
Wouldn’t mind to snack and chat on this terrace garden. Richly layered with colorful flowers and garden accessories, the place is perfect for solo brainstorming or group gossiping. One could easily trade the turmoil of their urban life on this peaceful terrace.  

A lady with discerning eye embarked on a project with a motto and the results are pleasing beyond measure. “On the house” is fashioned by combining elegance, ethos and era that reflects the style and taste of Aradhna. Click here if you are craving to see more colors of this luxurious guest house. Until we meet again, stay connected, toodles!  

(Image 1: Houzify,  rest all Images: On The House bed and breakfast)

Monday, July 4, 2016

With July, it's officially summer!

Much awaited time of the year is here. Summer delivers oxygen to our frozen souls; hence we wrap our arms around every possibility to enjoy it.
 
Charming jumble of yellows and green for summer on my coffee table

Summer for us, is all about spending healthy dose of family time as we notice the veil of childhood innocence is lifting recklessly with our younger fella whom we have babied so much. Priorities have shifted rapidly from blowing bubbles to skateboard stunts, from long bicycle circles to roller blades and playing catch to kicking hard soccer. With a streak of silver in our mane, this mother is dishing out you a sage advice to plan ample of family time together this summer; be it a drive through movie under the star lit sky, or all day picnic with gossiping gaggle or camping in evergreen vistas near lake water lazing on Muskoka chairs while roasting marshmallows at night….list to do can go on and on, pick your favorite and sprawl out more to enjoy.  


Though, at the moment, my mind has started to think and get the ball rolling on new decorating adventures of the ongoing work at home front. Our basement is shaping up where all our family movie nights and hosting-entertaining of the crowd will be offered.  Along with basement, we have taken a leap closer to Mother Nature by building a patio where cocktails will be sipped overlooking the pond in our ravine and where I might plop down with pile of books in sunshine. Big plans, huh? Well, summer is all about outdoor fun for us Canadian to soak up some vitamin D to survive for the rest of the cold months ;).

We do have few inspiring posts this month including something shiny and glamorous..no..no..it’s not brass, I tried my hands on copper for a change and loving the results. Queuing up also a wonderful tour of boutique bed and breakfast place that will make you weak in your knees. So, I shall see you around until than wishing you all a wonderful summer, toodles!