Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Get Inspired: Eclectic Rooms

Some homes are worthy of getting a place in coffee table books. Each item is hand-picked, gorgeous and neatly showcased. We admire them from afar and also drool over them but they we feel conscious and overwhelmed by their opulence and grandeur.

 Then there are homes that look well-lived and welcoming. You do not have to think twice before plonking on the sofa or sinking into the comfortable bed. They look inviting but not lousy or shabby. They also reflect the owner's love and passion for decorating with eclectic things minus the opulence. Here are some such spaces....

Home of Anahata Katkin

Anahata is a truely gifted person and has been influenced by different culture. Her parents had visited India and set up a meditation centre Ananda Marga where they taught meditattion. This was probably the beginning of her love affair with India. But she is a designers and entreprenuer and her home reflects a charm.

  Her name has an Indian origin. Anahata (Sanskrit: अनाहत, Anāhata) means unhurt, unstruck and unbeaten. The word Ananhata usually is associated with a calm serene sound, void of violence. It is the fourth primary chakra according to the Hindu Yogic and Tantric (Shakta) traditions.


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  In this picture the simple bed covers and throws used in the background caught my attention-- simple chic.



The bedroom is my favourite space in the house. So many patterns-- on the floor, on the blanket, cushions, curtains, pouf and the bedside cabinet. Very soul-enriching but understated elegance.


 She has assimilated a global taste and passion for art is evident in every corner home. But her product designs are exuding strong Indian motifs and symbols. 

 Here are some items from her store: Papaya

Starlet Giclee



Anahata in action!

Papaya bags

Other items from Papaya store

  Anahata shops and collects during her travels; paints and shares her passion with the world through her blog and her outlet. She is the founding artist of PAPAYA!, PAPAYA! Living Boutique, and Leelah Clothing. You can sample her work and thoughts in her blog at anahata.typepad

Via: bohemiantreehouse

and Anahata Katkin 


Emma's bedroom

Another bedroom (of Emma @ marionhousebook) that I fell in love with today is the following one. Probably the Indian effect in the kantha embroidered bedspread got me! But the overall effect with Moroccan pillows paired with kilim pillows, baskets and cane laundry baskets was very appealing.



Monday, April 15, 2013

Holiday House Showcase

This Designer Showhouse (2012) in Manhattan,   in benefit of Cancer Research Foundation,was decorated with jewel-like settings. These sample rooms were done up in soothing shades of lavender, purple, turquoise, emerald etc. And contrast colours were fused to create an overall drama. See for yourself. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Black Magic

I belong to a country where people embrace vibrant colours in a very natural way.  So, like me, many hesitate to decorate spaces with black-- infact, consciously stay away from it as black has earned a bad name for itself as an inauspicious colour. But I came across some spaces that, despite having doses of black, were balanced with other hues or black was injected in small doses to accentuate the stylish personality of the rooms.

Black, if used cleverly, looks very posh in a room. Designers often prefer to decorate men's pads with black as the colour has some masculine character about it. But when combined with other colours it can be fun. 

Introduce black in a little measure to begin with-- like on one wall, on a piece of furniture, on the rug, wallpaper etc. Then build up the theme by offsetting it with a single bright colour like turquoise, fuchsia etc or more colours in the form of cushions or upholstery. White most commonly partners with black. But do not be afraid to pair sunny yellow, crimson red, beige, orange, green or even mauve to do the trick with black.








Black and white wallpaper adds a dimension to the room

Turquoise and black make this bathroom attractive

Black and pink