Oct 30, 2017

Daily inspiration on Instagram

I would like to invite you to join my daily photo and inspiration feed on Instagram. Follow along for daily inspiration and ideas on art, decor and travel.
Would love to know what you're sharing on that platform as well!


Meanwhile I will be posting here once/twice a month, on the same topics close to my heart. See you around, and hope you all have been doing great.

Oct 24, 2017

9 simple, gorgeous Diwali decor ideas

Hello there!

Rounding up some Diwali vignettes I styled and shot for a collaboration with Asian Paints.
I'd been waiting to share these easy DIY ideas you can put to use not just for Diwali, but also for any Indian festival for that matter.

(This time I chose wild, unmanicured gardens over manicured lawns!) What about a basket of roses casually sprinkled over the center table, with glistening drops of water on them? Threw in some gold/brass figurines, warm lighting and a sure conversation starter there.
Diwali decor ideas, festive decor - A Sunny Yellow Window blog


Dull, warm lighting can enhance gold and silver ware and the gorgeous reflection of tea lights on them. Brought in figurines and flowers to add life to the vignette.
Diwali decor ideas, festive decor - A Sunny Yellow Window blog


A South Indian Diwali vignette / center table décor. Dusted off those vintage paintings, gold plated diyas, gold jewellery, and my Kerala saree/Kanchipuram silk saree to add shimmer and shine this festive season. Grouped them in a spot with plenty of natural light, and I simply let the vignette take centre stage.
Diwali decor ideas, festive decor - A Sunny Yellow Window blog


A classic Indian - Mediterranean combo as Diwali center table décor. When it comes to the festival of
lights, the source of light doesn’t really matter. Paired my terracotta diyas with Turkish lamps for a
unique feel to it. You could enhance it with silver elements, flowers and shimmering fabric as the backdrop.
Diwali decor ideas, festive decor - A Sunny Yellow Window blog


Time to bring out those silver, enamel earrings. And pair them with your silverware and silks for a center piece that glitters, but is not gold. I so love these blue-green Lotus earrings picked up from one of the local bazaars, and I’ve been using them lavishly to infuse some drama in this year’s Diwali vignettes.
Diwali decor ideas, festive decor - A Sunny Yellow Window blog


This season, local markets are teeming with diyas of all shapes and sizes. It's a good twist to perk up the diya spread interspersing them with quick and easy Rangolis, done using the Rangoli plates which are available in hundreds of beautiful designs.
Diwali decor ideas, festive decor - A Sunny Yellow Window blog


It's a good ideas to deco up your Puja rooms tastefully this Diwali. Tried this beautiful no-brainer combination of terracota idols with diyas and mud cooking vessels, flowers and silks. Lit up incense sticks and diyas, and this space transformed into a sensory delight.
Diwali decor ideas, festive decor - A Sunny Yellow Window blog


Here's another easy Diwali décor idea. Jasmine garlands can add instant freshness to your Diwali decor. I mixed in a cocktail of lights and ornaments for some quick, sure-fire magic. A great idea for work-day evenings during the festive season when you hardly have time, but wish your home would transform magically in no time!
Diwali decor ideas, festive decor - A Sunny Yellow Window blog

Hope you all had a sparkly Diwali. And am sure you too are looking forward to more holidays and festivities until the end of this year!

(These images now belong to Asian Paints)

Nov 22, 2016

Awaiting the Chitra Santhe 2017, Bangalore...

While I look forward to visiting Bangalore's annual art festival on the street, the Chitra Santhe in Jan of 2017, thought I should share some of the pictures from this year's. Almost a year past, sigh.

Rightly known as "a Kumbh Mela of art lovers", this sea of mostly original artwork is an amalgamation of artists, well known and little known, newbies and some established ones, average and stellar, those with tiny canvases to mighty ones.

The Santhe is held just once a year. Kumara Krupa Road is blocked for traffic on the day, and let open for artists to set up shop for the day. The green cover in this part of the city is enviable, and makes for a splendid locale for this art fete.

I managed to elbow my way through into some of the tiny stalls and chat up with some of the artists... refreshing! And it is meant to be all in a day's work... 12 hours (all of 12 hours!) is never enough to see the whole exhibition, leave alone engage in conversations with the artists. Nevertheless it is a treat for art lovers, or even simply someone looking to decorate a wall in their home.

Here are some of the frames I caught early this year (why didn't I post these earlier - God knows why)...












Be sure to visit the Santhe if you are in Bangalore on Jan 15th (2017). 
This is no atmosphere like an elegant, elitist art museum or gallery. 
It is in fact a glorious riot of colors and craftsmanship you just cannot miss, a celebration of the lesser known artists across the country.

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