Friday, January 22, 2010

My Wishlist

First month of the year and I am already dreaming of a wishlist for the house! Talk of material afflictions (LOL).... Well, the list mainly comprises of things that have caught my fancy over the years.

Things I have seen displayed elsewhere and wanted in my own space. Things that remind me of special memories and connections. Things I have admired for their beauty and craftsmanship. Sometimes even things that do not necessarily fit in but yet there is this deep craving to acquire (I'm sure the women will understand this one better!).

So, here is my wishlist for our home, in no particular order:

A beautifully carved, wooden jharokha for the living room

Image from unnamed source on the internet

Large statues in granite and sandstone for the garden

Image from Lotus Sculpture website

An arbor of plants in my terrace

Image clicked by camera phone from a magazine I was browsing in a bookstore

A porch swing in one of the sit-outs

Image from now-defunct blog Delightful Home

A rocking chair in my bedroom

Image from unnamed source on the internet

Phew! Does it ever end??? I should stop now and return from my flights of fancy. After all, we don't want the home looking overdone! ;)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Raindrops? No, Dewdrops!!

Today's post doesn't require too many words. Suffice to say that the fog this morning was very dense, and the dew so heavy that it might as well have been a drizzle!

I can easily pass off these winter pictures for monsoon ones. What say? :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Winter Vignettes

North India, as we all know, is freezing and fogged out. And if the experts are to be believed, then this changed trend of harsh winters is here to stay for at least the next 20-30 years.... Brrrrr!!! Not good news for folks like me who dislike winter anyway.

Winter makes me feel so dull, and foggy days makes everything look dreary. No impetus to do anything! Yet I forced myself to pick up my camera yesterday, and bring you some winter vignettes from around the house.

The sun has been gobbled up by the clouds and the fog.

Had this been the moon, it would've looked so romantic (remember the golden oldie Khoya Khoya Chand featuring Waheeda Rehman and Dev Anand), but the sun looks better when it is bright and cheery.

All our surroundings are enveloped in a blanket of grey.

This is the view from our balcony by day...

And by night...

Driving is such a nightmare in these conditions!

And this is what can be seen of the tree that was at least visible here.

Dewdrops form little beady necklaces on my plants everyday.

As I sit in my Tibetan woolly socks covering chilblained feet. Their colourful patterns are a welcome visual relief from the grey all around!

Hope you all are keeping yourselves toasty and warm this winter. Come back soon for more wintry updates from my home. After all, despite the big chill, a girl's gotta keep going.... :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Adding Warmth To The Winters

The new year has started with temperatures dropping recklessly and the days fogging up. So I decided to start the year with a winter decor idea.

I always make slight changes to the decor with the onset of full-blown winters. Rugs dot the floor, adding warmth to the rooms and bringing some relief from the cold tiles. I also drape old, unused shawls on the sofas.

The shawls serve well as warm covers, especially when you plonk in to catch a late-night movie on a freezing winter evening. Tuck in the shawl into the sofa seat cushions, throw in some matching cushions on top, and your winter seating arrangement is ready!

So this is what my regular TV-viewing sofa looks like in winters, all warmed up! :) Hope the idea helps around your house too.
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