Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Purchase For The Dining Room

I am back from visiting my parents with the kids. It has taken a few days to get over jet-lag and I have a lot of catching up to do. Thank you to those who left comments on my posts while I was away. I do appreciate your visits and your thoughts very much.

I did a little shopping while I was in India. If I had had the time there would have been more but the priority was about quality time with my parents.

One of the rooms I wanted to shop for was the dining room which requires new curtains. I have the Silhouette® shades from Hunter Douglas in place already.

I wanted curtains which would be light and airy. I found these. 




These curtains are 100% cotton and are handwoven with this simple copper-like gold-and-white pattern.



 
And this elegant border was a pleasant surprise. The border will fall below the chair rail and the shape of the pattern coincidentally ties in to the ikat stencil pattern on the walls above the chair rail.


 
 
I also like to pair silver with gold in the same space.

Here is a picture of the window from across the room.
 
 
 
 
And here is what will dress it up.
 
 


I am off to see what I have missed in the past couple of weeks in blogland. Hope you are all enjoying your summer!

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Visiting My Parents

The kids and I are visiting my parents. They live in a place called Goa, situated on the west coast of India along the Arabian Sea.

Known for its exotic beaches and stunning world heritage architecture it is also a  former Portuguese colony, ruled by the Portuguese for over four centuries. Goa has a unique mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures.

There is a lot for one to enjoy in this region besides visiting family. The region boasts a tropical monsoon climate and is famous for its delectable cuisine which has Hindu as well as Portuguese influences. The laid back lifestyle, miles of beaches, flea markets, colorful, exquisite buildings reminiscent of eras gone by, ancient temples and centuries-old churches make it a haven for tourists all year round.




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The kids and I plan to do a bit of shopping while we are here - it is a must, and particularly having flown all this way. There is so much I would love to take back home with me, if only I had the space in my bags. Even just walking through the markets is such fun.


I apologize for not being able to visit you all in the past week or so. It has been busy and with the time difference and jet lag we are doing are best to enjoy quality time with immediate and extended family when we can. I will be back in NY in a few days and will certainly be back on schedule with my regular visits to your blogs then.

I hope you are enjoying your summer!


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Monday, August 6, 2012

A Contemporary House in Cape Town, South Africa

I love homes like these which are designed as an escape and create the impression that neighbors are not at close proximity.

The original house was transformed into this stunning home in the Bantry Bay area of Cape Town, South Africa. It was designed by SAOTA - Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects and Antoni Associates. It maximizes on every inch of available space while capitalizing on the location and drawing in stunning panoramic views with the indoor-outdoor areas.

This family home oozes comfort with the furnishings that have been chosen throughout the indoors and outdoors. 



 










 







 
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Friday, August 3, 2012

Wine Bottle Lamps

I love pieces of furniture or any accessory that is unusual - something one does not come across every day. This is a great upcyling idea by John Meng. Have you seen these neat lamps?  They would be perfect for a bar, on a desk or really any space begging for a great conversation piece.

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I love the various options with the design of a lamp using the wine bottles. I am also drawn to the warm glow of the ambient lighting.

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I think my favorite lamp would probably be the horizontal one although I love the idea of having a bottle upside-down as well.

Which one is your favorite? Could you see yourself using one of these in your own home?


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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Scotch Blue featured my projects

My projects have been shared on Scotch Blue's Pinterest and Facebook pages. I am thrilled!

This chandelier transformation was a project I completed over summer last year. There was no initial plan for it. It evolved gradually.


For more details on this fun project go here and here.

Scotch Blue also shared my dining room stencil work. I had used a ton of tape to hold up the stencils as I worked on this elaborate and intricate pattern around the entire dining room.


I have not revealed the entire dining room as yet - it is still a work in progress in terms of window dressings, artwork and so on.

To read more about the dining room go here and here.

I rely a lot on this great painter's tape for a number of different projects. Do you use Scotch Blue?

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Please Note: I have not been compensated in any way for this post. The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the shop and on my purchase of products.