Friday, January 30, 2015

Wonders of Bawa

Geoffrey Bawa is a renowned architect well known in Asia and has received numerous awards.  Bawa’s work has had tremendous impact in Sri Lankan architecture.  Bawa embarked on a career as a lawyer and made a decision mid stream to become an Architect. 

His beautifully designed buildings are influenced by nature, modernism, water, lush countryside, and colonial architecture. Bawa’s work is now known as “Tropical Modernism”, he obviously carved out a stake in the history of Architecture.  Bawa’s designs incorporate interior design with landscape architecture and the inside merge with the outside.

When I grew up in Sri Lanka, I had heard of Bawa but was too young to appreciate architecture, I am now a great admirer of Bawa's genius work.  Bawa’s masterpieces are many and we were lucky to stay in a few hotels designed by Bawa.

I don't know about you, but I miss a beat every time I see beautiful homes.  I have missed many beats looking at Bawa's home in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Love the tree in front and the details on the front door.
 Found most of these photos through the web and some hotel photos are from my travels...

Example of merging inside with the outside.


Bawa's former office, now known as the Paradise Road Gallery Café.

Resorts built by Bawa...I am speechless!


The Light House Hotel deserves a special mention for the location, location, location!  You enter the hotel right into the veranda which faces the ocean.  The check in is sitting down at the verandah with a welcome drink and being checked in at the same time. 
I did not want to move from the veranda with the ocean at your door step.  This view is my screen saver, and of course I sit at this veranda everyday!!!



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Coming soon...home tour

I have had soooo many of you (readers) ask for a home tour.  Will post the pictures soon.  Welcome to my home, just opened the door !

Friday, January 16, 2015

Would you dare to paint the walls...Black!

Black walls, what can I say, I love walls painted in black and I also don’t want it in my house…is that possible!  I use black as my accent color around the house, pillows, settee, black frames etc.  So I decided to paint a feature wall in black.  After I painted the wall black, wasn’t sure if it looked gothic or gorgeous.  Then I begged my husband to paint it deep blue…well that is the color that spoke to me!   Black was definitely a black sheep in the design world until recently, and making a comeback with a mission. 

With black walls creative use of lights and contrast would be the key to making it from gothic to gorgeous.  Here are some pictures of the wall at our house with travel postcards framed in white for contrast, and other black accents. 
Additionally, some pictures of killer black rooms from other designers below.

Black walls by other designers.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Murals as signature style…south indian Interior Designer

Raji Radhakrishnan is a well known interior designer famous for her signature style of using murals to decorate rooms.   Raji hails from Chennai in South India and a self-taught interior designer residing in Washington DC.  She has made her name not by formal training but by her sense of art and architecture to create beautiful museum like homes.  Here are pictures of her home and some of her design work.  Raji was recently featured in the Luxe magazine and she uses warm whites for the walls to showcase the murals and artwork with contrasting colors.

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