Friday, September 28, 2018

Aesthetically Evolved Home (Home Tour of Vijendran Family)

We live in times where we are learning to treasure the sensibilities of yesterday and catch new ways of adapting with the novelties of today. Staying connected with its traditional roots while embracing the imprint of western culture, our today’s home owner has explored something new yet have created a look that wasn’t too much of a departure from the classic style she loves.
Glistening with sophistication and heavily infused with the quirkiness of popular culture, the hidden gem of Kausalya’s home in uber chic city Chicago awaits discovery. As I delved deeper into the enigma that is Kausalya’s home, I came back charmed…so thought of taking you along, come on in!
Meet, Kausalya, timid yet headstrong sari clad lady who always manages to look perfect while dressing rich and looking classy in her gorgeous collection of Kanjivaram/Banarasi saris. Just like her home, she follows a desi style statement and carries the six yards elegantly that brings out the complete magic it has (I have secretly stalked and admired her sarees/dressing on profile pictures countless times ;)).

Mamta's Ethnic Collection is Kausalya's all time favorite destination for all her sari needs. Her extensive collection of saris are mostly from there including this royal blue she is adorning.
Every visual element in her home feeds the home owner’s life and travel philosophy. Kausalya’s home is a cultural mélange and physical manifestation of her and her family. The Vijendran family loves to travel and her home is full of things they have collected on the trips. The prabhavalli frames are custom made by none other than our talented Chandan Dubey, while the rain chains are from GoodEarth.
Another masterpiece created by Chandan has become a room defining element in this corner of Kausalya’s home, which heightens the visual appeal. Love Kausalya’s modern take on working with classic elements. Saturated colors from the art piece, intricate patterns from all the brass and tangle of greenery add a splash of design magic everywhere you look.
At first glance, this living room may look traditional but it isn’t really. While the pichhwai fits that mold, the blend of the furniture and extra tall windows are modern in every sense of the word. An exquisitely beautiful Nathdwara painting that lords over the fire place is another score from Chandan. Kausalya’s husband executed the pichhwai into a frame which is a part of the delight in this room. With an endless amount of lovely small candelabras and brass diyas Kausalya brings her creativity in this eclectic setting furthering "old meets new" mix style. The intentionally mixed up combination makes it a rich corner that’s unpretentious and instantly welcoming.  
The modern way to work with classic elements is to pick and choose your favorite and then layer them on…all the soft warmth and welcoming comfort you see in this room is the result of strategically chosen and laid out décor by Kausalya. The room is cozy, stylish but also tough where everything is placed to be loved, used and not worried about (when you have two kids, it is very important). Brass pieces in her home beautifully echoes her South Indian elements. Each piece is true to its roots and conjures up memories of decades gone by for Kausalya.
Kausalya’s home is an epitome of gracious living but it is her hospitality which makes her the hostess with the mostess. Hosting allows her an opportunity to nurture other relationships like her friendships. I am sure her family and friends who have had the taste of her parties must have felt like winning a lottery by attending her most stylish, lavish and well-connected parties. 

Here is a glimpse of her laid down table that she quickly and affordably assembled for a hosted party.
Her every table setting is an instant eye candy which hints of her reputation as finest hostess. Happiest hours are spent here for preparing the party by adding the impressive level of details.
Buying art was more of a social trend than a passion but with the Indian art pieces going through the roof on the global scene, it is now considered a precious investment. Such proud and precious Tanjore paintings here are made to order for Kausalya’s home from South India. When the dining-table is an empty canvas, keeping the design eras from competing, burst of colors are juxtaposed with brass artifacts. 

A lover of all things beautiful, Kausalya has explored artistic streak in her, while admiring the same, she takes classes of madhubani art from a very talented lady Jayashree from Sage & Slingback. Many walls in her home now applaud Kausalya's art pieces, cementing them as the happiest walls in the house.

Art and furniture pieces are often added or rearranged but the basic language of the house is always controlled by Kausalya. Re-purposing and restyling are what makes a home personal. The accents of Kausalya’s American home allows her the freedom to incorporate history and her roots in an un-fussy contemporary way. 

She loves the art that tricks you into taking a long second look. They are intriguing and witty which is exactly the style she wanted in her home for the mask wall.
Beautifully mismatched lanterns curated locally and through their distant travel have been given the right treatment. A stand out corner that stole everyone’s heart on my instagram feed is also my personal favorite corner in this home tour. Kausalya gave her travel passion a place to reside that was respectful and aesthetically pleasing. I am sure they look ethereal when lit altogether in the evening hours.

Considering the cold weather of Chicago, Kausalya has preserved and well maintained the green touch indoor with some real great indoor plants. 

As we conclude the home tour...taking a leaf from it.....whether something is on trend or not, true style is just about confidence and following your heart that will lead you to the most powerful results. Follow your “gut-feeling” because it is only you, who can take your home to the next level of luxury.

With this positively exploding greenery, we end this home tour here. I would like to extend my thanks to Vijendran family for opening the doors of their home for us. Wishing you all love, luck and happiness, today and always!

Until we meet again, stay connected and keep decorating, toodles! 

(Images are taken by Kausalya. Please do not use the images without the prior written permission of the home owner and Pinkz Passion however, you may re-pin them from Pinkz Passion's Pinterest account) 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Ganpati Bappa 2018

Regardless where you reside, you are bound to be overtaken by the festive enthusiasm, where decorating is a natural extension and essence of the festival. My festive fervor shines through my decor choices. Bringing my signature luxe touch on this year's Bappa settings with rich and complex accents of brass is a pure delight. 


To ignite a new romance and unfold new décor stories at the herald of this festival, I moved forward in that eureka moment and revamped this wall in spurt of the moment. Now the new strong background strengthens the point of focus and spiritual ambience in our temple room. Here is the look of our last year's décor. 
More is marvelous when it comes to brass. I am addicted to brass and I use it often and sometimes unnecessarily. Best of the brass pieces are out on the table that add a visual delight in the company of our eco-friendly Ganesha. The strikingly bold and glamorous paintings of our daughter gives this setting a riotous splash on the wall. The ikat framed mirrors from our recent Egypt tour add enough razzle-dazzle.

Do check out her growing feed on Instagram here.. from where she also takes up orders of painting.

Despite the fact, how people love Ganesha, worship him with all their heart and hold genuine respect for him, how I wish we could maintain quiet dignity to this festive without commercializing it. The viral videos on social medias of throwing away statues of worshipped Bappa has dampen my heart and spirit of the festival. 
Ending the post with a hope and a prayer that more people can make a move towards celebrating this festival more eco-friendly way in coming years. Until we meet again, toodles! 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ganesh Chaturthi Wishes



Wishing you all joyous and glorious festivities 'Pinkz Passion' style. May Ganesha always shower his love and blessings on all of us. Here are some eye-candy images to begin the festival. 
'Happy Ganesha Chaturthi'



Here are the vignettes of Ganesh Chaturthi special if you missed on my social feeds. 





Friday, August 24, 2018

Strong and bold Indian flavors (Home Tour of Viji Jayaraman)

Have you heard of an exclusivity? Even if you have, this home tour will be of a different kind. There is not a single corner that you will not fall in love with this home so I don’t know where to start from? This home has everything my dreams are made of. You may run out of adjectives but you still will not be able to surmise the impact of its beauty, so get ready to get wowed!
Before you let yourself loose, meet the lady who calls it a home, and where her personal design sensibilities reign supreme. Viji Jayaraman - a woman of strength, courage, intelligence and beauty. Viji has a wealth of design expertise and experience when it comes to home décor, sarees or jewelry with an attitude that is smart, witty, and truly unique. She is natural when it comes to home decor and blindly trusts her 'sixth sense' for all her experimental decor style. I am yet to meet Viji, but I am sure she is as warm and friendly and as stunning as her home.   
I was invigorated by the pictures Viji shared with me first time, though much of our excerpts got faded but the images she shared kept her in my mind. What made the irony more delicious was that it was when Viji’s friend Shoba shared few more images of her home reflecting strong and bold flavors of Indian heritage, I knew, I have to share this home tour with you all.
BANGLORE. The word alone conjures parks, palaces and masala dosas...but tucked away somewhere in this IT capital of India is an unexplored home of Viji. Innately nourishing space with a remarkable visual appeal warns you at her entrance that every turn you will be charged and excited. Her house sits amidst lush almost tropical greenery punctuated with generous dose of potted plants in the front garden that is for sure to wow any visitor.
The impetus for this undeniably elegant home, reminiscent of a luxurious Royal Palace, is more humble than you might think. Lavishly layered Viji's home has many glamour filled moments as the home. Not a single square inch of the tediously decorated home is left untouched. The deeper you enter the more appetizing the home becomes.
Every time I have locked my eyes on this picture, I have been transported on this 'zula' at an instant. What a pleasure it would be to sit in such a bright and airy room either to work or to relax, all I would need is a good book. Viji's decorator instinct knew that it is a wonderful alternative to regular sofas. The restful spot looks even more inviting, thanks to those vintage cushions.
A grand visual statement has been made with ornate carved traditional South Indian pillars. A time tested attractions that are 136 years old solid wood with no joints and no makeover done whatsoever. To get the expertise and artistic excellence of master craftsmen, she personally goes through the grind of picking the pieces herself from the interiors of South India.

Warmed up by rustic elements and playful accessories, this tradition home definitely gets its good look with dramatic wooden columns and an inviting palette of plethora of brass . Choke full of  brass treasures are carefully handpicked by Viji during her travels in different part of India.
Jayaraman's family home, with traditional bones, is decorated with a clever mix of styles and lively hues where all the rooms rife with antiques and family heirlooms. A collection of well loved and much travelled pieces are put together with utmost love in ways that please the eye.

Decor is the mainstay of any home, but sometimes a personal touch can put the rest of the details in the air to shame. Sticking with the traditional plan and classic architectural details, Viji has incorporated 'aangan' concept by adding a central courtyard in her home. Bowing to her urban home necessities this central courtyard has comeback in a thoroughly modern format in Viji’s home.

As these central courtyards are recognized by various aliases, Viji prefers to call it her Brahma-Sthal, the soul of her home. This, open with a skylight, courtyard naturally becomes the hub of social activity for her extended family.
The place takes on various roles as the situations wanted. While performing 'pooja' the place becomes a sacred spot where only deities are placed for worshiping, and the same spot is a ground where she shares laughter and giggles with her grandchildren while teaching them yoga or playing cards.
Take it slow and give your soul a chance to catch up with all the beauty in this picture, friends. The diyas, the urlis, the columns, the zulas, the entire set up...what an opulent place dripping with such rich pieces, I am totally speechless...err...wordless!
The treasured pieces around the home have witnessed Viji's experience and deeply held memories she shares. Not only that but many of her curated collection reflect her well-travelled live also. Here are two such precious pieces from Viji's collection..her pichwais. Over a decade old exquisite Rajasthani pichwais were chosen for solely their beauty are blending perfectly in her décor scheme.
I love the fact how Viji eschewed trends when decorating her home, sticking to one major trend to make her entire home a true reflection of herself. A standout style that she proudly shows off with her collected brass that makes a mighty statement throughout the home.
With a bright orange cows backdrop and kavads from a temple in Tamil Nadu, Viji's home temple showcases her tasteful and impressive décor style.

Riotous medley of colors, Textures and vibes evident in all the corner of her home.
Nestled in the protective arms of Viji, her outdoor space is an envious one for any garden lover. With an eye-popping ideas in Viji's backyard, each element perfectly complements the other in a fluent language. 
Lush and serene escape just outside her back doors with an abundance of manicured lawn compels you to unwind outside the box of walls in this open space with charming plantations of these trees to give us company. I could lounge here all day with my morning tea to an evening drink.
What a brilliant use of Kerala boats as planters. Don't miss the lovely little shrine in her outdoors with Ganesha and Nandi surrounded by her tropical oasis.
Under her selfless giving and unconditional love, the beauty of mother nature is at the best in Viji's backyard. The diverse herbs and harvest of fruits offers Viji a world of flavors at her doorsteps. Viji proudly claims of owning trees of mango, coconut, guava, avocado, banana, chickoo and many more seasonal fruits in her 65 acres wide extended outdoors. 

Viji's home is not a design style but a way of her life where meticulously designed corners with traditional touches will never go out of style. I am dropping the curtains down for the tour with a perfectly apt quote by Vicente Wolf: "In the most successful spaces, you don't see everything at once, the more time you spend in them, the more you discover, they open up slowly like flowers."

With my heart filled with gratitude, I have to end this home tour. Viji, thank you for everything, your home gave me a feeling of having stepped into another era, enchanted by its vibe.

So, that's it folks, until we meet again with another home tour (hopefully soon) see you on the social media feeds, enjoy your rest of the warm days, toodles!

((Images belong to Jayaraman family. Please do not use the images without the prior written permission of the home owners and Pinkz Passion however, you may re-pin them from Pinkz Passion's Pinterest account) 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

My Home - My Pride (Front Porch)

Our ordinary porch turns into summer's hottest hanging out space during the season. Its actually an easy going, welcoming and a comfortable live-able space which makes us want to spend more time outside. Here is the mini tour for you all.
Just like any stylish indoor space, our outdoor space also possesses comfortable furniture, art pieces and of course plenty of flowers to brighten our entry and exit. Purposeful placement of each object here ensures glamorous look that is out to bowl every visitor.
I believe and insist on eco-friendly decorating, it allows to see the potential in existing pieces. Instead of buying out so many different plant stands this summer, I DIY'ed this plant stand with two blocks of wood pieces and a wood sheet on top for a rustic looking my very own plant stand.

We Canadians long for summer hence we spend inordinate amount of time outdoors during the season. This is my personal favorite spot on the porch where I don't only enjoy an iced cold lemonade but also a long chit-chat with husband dear after our evening walks.  

Nothing looks more hospitable than flowers as you walk through the front doors during summer time. Lavender and dotted marigolds are making the best eye catching combination this summer at my end.

The indoor pinkness is extended outdoor on our front porch as well with most beautiful pink flowers. My mild obsession of Buddha is enhancing the porch as well. The Buddha statues and little knick-knacks makes you stop and park here yourself before you whisk away from here.
Small area such as our porch feels larger when they have a clear purpose with little bit of creative touches. Hope you enjoyed this tour of our porch. Until we meet again on the blog sphere enjoy the summer and make the best of it, toodles!