Sunday, November 30, 2014

Styling Session at Good Earth!

That was a wonderful evening:)-with the designer Pavitra Rajaram Sharing the tips of styling your home and your dining table for your guests.Although she says a gorgeous white table cloth is a must ,she also tells us that you can play with colours.It was within minutes that she created magic on the table and her quick DIY tips were amazing.

Those included some brown beads on the table and some old patch work beneath the bowl to create a christmas effect and runner made of the same cloth.Also the golden cadbury dairy milk in the quarter plate along with a photo of Gayatri devi and her husband with quotes written on it and the table spreads were as simple as cloth bought per metre from the local markets of Delhi.!Voila and the spread is ready..

All Images Lakshmi Arvind.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pavitra Rajaram Design!

Pavitra Rajaram.The Interior designer and Head Designer and Director of Visual Merchandising of Good Earth, the flag ship store that retails in various locations in India.In addition to creating designs for textiles and table ware.

Rajaram conceptualises the interiors of the flagship and is responsible for the stores visual merchandising.

A wonderful opportunity with one of its styling sessions helped me in meeting this amazing designer,down to earth and always ready to share tips and tricks with styling ones house!

Her tableware and textiles are one of a kind,quite surprised at the various designs being churned out :)- Pavitra!
Here's a melange/profusion of images from her designs,her styling and her home...enjoy as I will bring in more of her table designs which she taught us at Good Earth!

a sneak peek into her home

in her words..where they play scrabble and monopoly

her book shelf which has been painted at the back
living room

another living room

a farm house designed by her

one of the apartments she designed

her collage of mixed media

textiles prints

all into textiles

an upholstered chair in ajrakh/cushion in ikat

a side table..always add trays for the design

a bedroom designed by her ,wall paper is her collection

another bedroom and wall paper

another bedroom

latest is the anar series on table ware and textiles

gorgeous table settings

finally a peek into pavitra!

All images:Pavitra Rajaram Design.please ask her permission before you copy it or use it.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mantra By Shalini James!

Being an ardent  lover of Indian textiles,just couldn't hold back my self from sharing the Indian By choice by "Mantra Design Studio"

Mantra Design studio is a venture by Shalini James.Indian textiles and textile crafts are used optimally to create a chic look.Mantra is distinguised by its sense of design and Indian rustic colours.

I would always go with what their Mantra is :)-Yes it is  a lovely potpourri of beautiful Indian textiles in silhouettes that are sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary and mostly, a unique mix of both!They have long jackets, angrakhas, embroidery, hints of Zari, textures, Kalamkaris, Mashru, a touch of velvet, stoles with frayed edges, printed pants, anarkalis, layering, palazzos, soft printed muls and so on .. a collage of fabrics is what it is! However, still, very Indian by choice!

They were in news recently coz they designed the sarees for the school of dance" Mamangam "By the film person Rima Kallingal.


Mamangam ,the dance school at Kochi and the person behind it..the stunning "Rima Kallingal"

more mantra for handloom sarees

stunning collage by Mantra for the look book

this work is yet to reach the online stores:)-

Shop for Mantra here

All Images form Pinterest and Courtesy @ Mantra..

All images conceptualised shot @ Mantra.
Ask their permission before you use it anywhere else!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thank You!

Encouragements,Good words and Blessings take you a long way:)-Its been a learning experience for me so far with my small time blog which just started as a result of decorating a small home in the Northern India and a love for photographing the small things at home. Greatful to all who have been reading the posts and loving my images.

Thankful for including my blog "Celebrations Decor" in "Hindustan Times estates" as one among India's top Interior Decor Blogs.

House of Kotwara@ Muzaffar Ali !

Rajah Muzaffar Ali is an Indian filmmaker, a fashion designer, a poet, an artist, a music-lover, a revivalist, and a social worker. He belongs to a royal Muslim Rajput family of Kotwara. Umrao Jaan,Anjuman,Zooni,Jaanisaar,Aagaman are all his movies.He is also a National Film Awardee too.The filmaker has also been presented with the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award!

Sita Wadhwani of Vogue says in her article 

The "House of Kotwara" is an interesting study in craft, education, culture and humanism promoted by art in all its forms including music and film, and couture is just one of them."

House of Kotwara has interested me in many levels.. There are an amazing list of things that set the mood in this historical Haveli. Old reading glasses,Urdu typewriter,collection of historical plates. The formal living area with ornate ceiling, arched doorways, old shaama dans and antiques, mirrors and portraits, nostalgic reminders of a beautiful historical time. The stunning dining room retains its old world ambience given a contemporary touch with its rust coloured walls.

Vogue says:

"The evolution of Meera and Muzaffar Ali's couture label House of Kotwara is also the story of the region of Awadh (an area in the centre of modern-day Uttar Pradesh) and the preservation of its people and its designs, while spanning a continuity of traditions in craft techniques from other regions with royal legacies, such as Kashmir, Hyderabad, Kerala and Bengal.

This season, the Alis offer a collection of classic and conservative bridal wear embellished with pearls, zardozi, gota and chikan embroidery, creating an intriguing collage of textures on Kotwara's signature ankle-length striped palazzo pants, lehengas, shararas, saris and choghas.

There's an ethereal quality to Meera's work as both a designer and architect, which meets the artistic flair of her husband and long-time collaborator, acclaimed filmmaker, poet, artist and present Raja of Kotwara Muzaffar Ali. I love the understated style in their home,which is so like me at our home.Spacious coridors covered with locally made dhurries, a palana in one bedroom.

This home is a testimony to their creative approach to restoration. While one wouldn't want to shift the layers of  a thousand years of history, their renovations, their controlled use of contemporary  colours and remodelling of artefacts for alternate usage, have made this home a bench mark of stylish yet sensitive restoration.ensuring that future generations will not forget the elegance and values of this era.

Courtesy: Text:Mridula Sharma, Photographs:Amit Mehra
Courtesy: Inside Outside Magazine

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