Saturday, September 8, 2018

Exploring Tagore and Tagore's Dream House "KOKORO "in Shanthiniketan


“She is our own, the darling of our hearts, Santiniketan.

In the shadows of her trees we meet

in the freedom of her open sky.

Our dreams are rocked in her arms.

Her face is a fresh wonder of love every time we see her,

for she is our own, the darling of our hearts.” –  Rabindranath Tagore


Poet-curator Nilanjan Bandyopadhyay has embarked on the cross-cultural creative experiment in 2016, the centenary year of the Nobel laureate’s first Japan visit.Poet Rabindranath Tagore was so impressed with Japanese arts and architecture that he had once written, had it been possible he would take an entire Japanese house, decked up with its furniture, to Bengal. Over a century after the bard’s first of five visits to Japan in 1916, his dream is materialising in West Bengal’s Santiniketan. 

The team was led by an architect Kengo Sato,  Kazuhiro Aoshima (carpenter), Miku Watanabe (fashion designer), Nobuhiko Kawahara (doll maker), Shigeru Sebe (painter) and Sayuri Hashimoto (mending designer).Minimalism, which is central to Japanese aesthetics, lies at the core of the experiment. “There is nothing that violates the essential spirit of humbleness and sacrifice,” said Sato.

Stepping into the house transports one to a different culture







Full article courtesy https://www.architecturaldigest.in

Friday, March 30, 2018

Hasselholm part 2

Beauty of Hasselholm continues to excite me even today.Its almost going to be an year since we went to IKEA,but beautiful memories remains as part an parcel of the mind..
A toast to the lovely memories again

as I walked and walked all over the streets of Hasselholm

European buildings and lay out

Beautiful doll  house like

spring madness in Hasselholm

nights as pleasant as these 

as i look down

walkways as beautiful


colours as pretty as pastel

white and blues 

ink blues all over 

churches as magnificient as these

old benches

walkways

white pompom flowers

beautifully grand

nights as dark as these 

rained and rained..spring rains

beautifully trailing roses

raining beautifully

pink and delicate



All Images courtesy:Lakshmi Arvind


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Thank you Asian Paints!


When i open my windows ,i see opportunities.Everything is possible,you just have to get out of your comfort zone and go get them.

A Sincere "Thank You " from the bottom of the heart To "Asian Paints "for the Collaboration work with me for photography at Pinterest. 

Below are some of the pictures on Boards that are available on Pinterest. 
The link is mentioned as follows. Link:https://in.pinterest.com/lakshmiarvind/







Friday, January 12, 2018

New year and New thoughts:back to blogging spaces!




Wishing all my dear friends a very happy 2018.Its been ages since i have dusted my thoughts and my blog.New year..and the future.It will unfold..its thoughts for us..We live each moment with it.Happy to have come back to my space.My corners which always gave me warmth.I sincerely hope this year will bring me close to blogging and my stories..


Winter Mustards


Warmth of the carpets


Warmth of the browns


December Roses


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

a Journey to Sweden!


                          Thank you for including me and my blog in the journey to Sweden!



A well planned and meticulous trip to Sweden. Perfect relations planned the entire journey amazingly and it was wonderfully executed by India travel Desk(fcm)and thank you Nivedita. There were ten  of us from different backgrounds, different places. It was a wonderful bunch of us travelling all the way crossing oceans and seas  to the wonderful place called Sweden. Nivedita  from IKEA and Neena from Perfect Relations  for accompanying and giving us a wonderful journey of togetherness.There is so much to see and so much to immerse in.What we saw was a glimpse and we all hoped it should have been a little more days more..but good things need an end.Short and Sweet ,as we just got immersed in Almhult..The fairy land of IKEA...Love you IKEA for the love...A flight from Delhi to Munich ,to Copenhagen  and then by train to the lovely beautiful lady like town of the south of Sweden called Hasselholm.



Hasselholm you were too pretty to be captured in my lens,in my eyes. Your beauty is forever in my heart,body and mind. There was something so romantic about this small European Scandinavian place.The small town was so pretty with flowers everywhere,the amazing match box sized buildings,overflowing plants and colourful bounties on the window sills. It looked straight out of a Pinterest Board.


There's something so beautiful in all corners,the cafes all decked up in its own beauty,the earthy and rustic style and down to earth people is what I loved the most. People here know how to take care of this gorgeous country.The scenic beauty is at the best,the sun sets at midnight,the inside of the shops lit in the night,very different from what we see in India.

There's something so wholesome and healthy about Sweden from its scenic beauty to its edible bounty,no day was complete without a long walk on the forested trails around where we lived in Hasselholm. If I close my eyes I can feel me happily wandering in the streets of Hasselholm.


we landed first into munich



beautiful country side,amazing train journeys

small european windows


stacked beautifully,flowers


lovely mauves 



the beautful cafes 
the lovely light falling into the room





beautiful mauves




Images and Ideas :Lakshmi Arvind.
Please ask permission before you use the images.







Saturday, July 29, 2017

Its all about going Global ,Celebrations Decor in Almhult,Sweden,IKEA!


So far so Good..Thank you Celebrations Decor!

The humble journey with Celebrations Decor has been a roller coaster ride.

We travelled far and wide with kids in our hands to get materials for the blog, travelled to see places,enriched our knowledge,read about places and wrote about what we saw.

You have three choices in life,give up,give in,or give all..

I always remember the golden words, Do not be afraid to succeed girl,your hard work will payoff, stay focussed on your goals and yes you can do it.

I am happy that I gave  all my ten years in to my small little blog.

The year of 2017 has been so far kind to me and full of surprises.

How dreamy about getting Invited by IKEA to Sweden?

Yes it was like waking up from a dream to walk in to reality to the amazing headquarters at Almhult, Sweden to attend the Democratic Design Day 2017.

IKEA  welcomed a team of ten from India to a world of Inspiration. I was too  happy to be part of the media.






There isn't any introduction one needs about IKEA. IKEA started retailing in the woods of Sweden 70 years ago. IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad was born and grew up on the farm Elmtaryd, Parish of Agunnaryd, in Småland, in the south of Sweden. As a young boy Ingvar Kamprad knew that he wanted to develop a business. Various events during his upbringing gave him a strong drive to create his own resources and to be independent.


The IKEA concept has evolved during many years and is still evolving. Everybody  involved works together to create a product range that is simple and straightforward, with products that are hard-wearing, easy to live with and affordable.

  DEMOCRATIC DESIGN

 The golden principles of IKEA is that Good design should be available for the many, not the few. All IKEA designers design every IKEA product starting with a functional need and a price.Designers Creativity is tapped to create functional products and large volumes are purchased to push prices down even further.

                  and It is one of the world’s strongest brands today.

IKEA creates homes  to love, touch, try, explore and dream. IKEA is a place where one can  actually can go from inspiration to involvement by getting inspiration from solutions in the store, searching, finding and choosing the products needed, picking them up, buying them, bringing them home, putting them together and enjoying them the same day.

and the greatest news is IKEA is finally coming to India!

IKEA has been sourcing from India for nearly 30 years but they received approval to open retail stores only in 2013.The  first store is all set open in Hyderabad in December in 2017,a huge store spread over 35,000 sq ft of built up area.They are also looking put opportunities for opening stores in Mumbai,,Bengalure and Delhi...

The good news is we can find a lot of India inspired stuff like pressure cookers and tawas..

READ about more news for IKEA here..

Monday, May 22, 2017

Vintage Props and Food Styling Backgrounds!



Tastefully done backdrops and great vintage finds at Madras Pop Store.

I have personally come across vintage props being sold online ,but I think this is one of a kind keeping the food bloggers as well as  home decor  in mind. Never seen such wide array of Awesome vintage finds and food styling backgrounds. The photography has been done keeping in mind the rustic backgrounds that keeps us attracted to the vintage finds.

Madras pop store by Joby Abraham from Tamilnadu provides one of a kind props and backgrounds for food styling.They can also be doubled up as decor items in your home.The rustic backgrounds does the trick and attracts  one  to the vintage pieces. I also notice  the different kinds of backgrounds available from textured to wooden to coloured ones.They are even named as beautiful as The Shore,Dusky Moon,Withered timber,Grey Beauty textured and Grand Galaxy beauty.

There are a wide variety of props available too .They vary from brass vintage to enamel trays to glasses to bottles to bharanis to ladles.The cutest of the lot is the 5 inch diameter copper ports to coffee filters ,rustic enamel containers,cups,plates and yes  there is so much more:)-If you have something in mind ,i think they will try help  sourcing it for you too.

Cherished vintage beauties




chai:love

how old,how lovely!



enamel canisters

Coffee is an emotion. It's a token of joy. 

Brass platters and happiness

props used in food styling by simijois

All photographs courtesy:Madras Pop Store.
Please ask permission before the images are used elsewhere.
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