Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Vietnam via Cambodia...off for a few weeks until then enjoy these pictures

We are off for a few weeks to see the amazing gems in Vietnam and Cambodia.  Will be posting Instagram pictures on the right if you want to keep up with our travels. Until then Sayonara!!!  Will be enjoying the warm weather.




Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ktchen the heart of a home

For those who read my blog regularly, you know from the "kitchen progress" post  that I was helping to update a kitchen in a beautiful old colonial.  Lots of decisions to be made when you update an older colonial, with beautiful original woodwork.  It was a toss between, do we make it brighter with painting the wood or work with the original wood. 

We then decided to determine the color of the cabinets and then back track. Clearly not a "white" or "wood" kitchen client!  This is a sage green color cabinets which looks amazing. 

This kitchen is truly the heart of this home.  The owners receive their guests with open arms and guests never leave without eating right in this kitchen.  So who better deserves a beautiful kitchen to cook, enjoy and share the beauty. 



Their grand daughter Mia's painting was the main focus of this kitchen and jumping off point for the accent colors.


 
 


Reflection through the mirror.

 

 
 
 

 
We wanted crystal and brass handles to add to the interest. The crystal sparkles for sunlight and in the nights for the lights.
 

 
 
 
 
Here are some before and after photos.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
A small powder room got a facelift as well.
 
 
 
 Kitchen progress post

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Kalamkari in mainstream...Pottery Barn has upped their game!

Kalamkari is an indian art which is literally translated as "Pen Craft".  It is an ancient form of art originated from a town call Kalahasti which is about a 3 hour drive from Chennai...previously known as Madras.  We have been to Kalahasti several times to a well known temple.  The original Kalamkari art depicted hindu mythological scenes or dieties.  It has now transformed to other designs.  The fabric are hand painted or block printed using vegetable dye. 

I recently saw that Pottery Barn started to showcase Kalamkari pillows.

 Madhubani and Kalamkari


 




Medalion pillow


While browsing around in Pottery Barn, bought a pillow for good measure!  Here it is sitting in my living room. Not Kalamkari, but beautiful embroidery from India.






 Kalamkari is also on the runway


 

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