Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Living with Art

Many people love to collect paintings and other pieces of artifacts. And these items add a dimension to their rooms and tell something about the owners' taste. Some even collect quirky things. So let's see how art enhances an interior and add a touch of colour?

Vibrant Versace room-- Over the top

Mix of Classy and modern

An opulent look

Pictures grouped together...

A bedroom looks serene with a painting, a wall hanging....

or a painted cabinet can be teamed up with a statue...


 I also love the golden edged bed cover

Kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. So do not ignore this space....

A multi-coloured print against a white background

Hippie posters on kitchen wall

A cute wall sticker from Ferm Living

Quirky pieces create a point of interest

Some may find it obnoxious!

Pics courtesy: Elle Decor, Apartment Therapy, New England Home, Female network, Architectural Digest, House to Home and Apartment Therapy

Monday, May 2, 2011

Wadi Rum: Kate-William honeymoon getaway

The moment I read that the newly married Prince William and Kate were considering Wadi Rum, Jordan as a possible honeymoon destination, it reminded me of the dramatic and luxurious Desert Lodge carved out of deep sandstone clefts there.

Desert Lodge at Wadi Rum, Jordan

   While designing the structure,Florida-based Oppenheim Architecture+Design retained the natural fissures of the land to create a synthesis between the plush interiors and the raw elements of the nature.

Luxury redefined

On top of the world

    With floor-to-ceiling tinted glass walls, the guests can soak in the undiluted view of the nature but be untouched by the heat and glare. The accommodation for the guests include a rock lodge, spa lodge, tent lodge, hamams and reserve villa.

Plush interior

Enjoying the view from the other side

The Hamam
The outdoor pool in the midst of nowhere

The tents to recreate the Arabian Nights

   The Duke and Duchess are expected to take in some of Jordan's most famous sites, including the ancient city of Petra and the Wadi Rum desert valley. Jordan would also have great nostalgic appeal for Kate as her family spent two years there when she was a child. The 'rose-red city half as old as time’ was carved out of a deep sandstone cleft in the desert 26 centuries ago by the Nabateans, an Aramaic people. 

   Spread over seven miles it is Jordan’s star attraction, approached through a half mile-long entrance gully, and renowned for its amazingly preserved tombs. They are also expected to take part in a riding excursions to Wadi Rum, where it is thought they will stay in a luxury tented camp.

Via: Designboom, The Telegraph