Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Diwali Delights 2017

Diwali, popularly referred to as the “Festival of Lights”

Diyas, flowers, firecrackers, home filled with aroma of sweets and  the warmth of families & friends. That’s the real essence of Diwali celebrations.

This is how I adore my home this diwali with the diyas lighted at the entrance, living room and the balcony. 

The substitute to marigold was some carnation yellow. 

Lakshmi vilakku decorated with flowers, arranged on the side table 

Floating flower in the brass uruli

Table decor

Dining table decor

Corner chest

Little Krishna & brass decor

Colorful diwali toran hanging at the entrance

However, Diwali is not just about burning diyas, fireworks and celebrating togetherness, but also rediscovering the inner peace.

May this festival of lights bring you peace, prosperity, success, health and immense happiness! 

" Everything in nature" wishes you all very Happy Diwali

{ Images by Veena and are Copyrighted }

Monday, October 16, 2017

Freedom Tree, Goa

I found this store Freedom Tree by sheer accident during our recent Goa trip. This store follows  contemporary and innovative style with their unique pattern which is something very different. 

Latika Khosla, the design director of Freedom Tree Design, a color and trend studio based in India, one of the founders of Takete Maluma, now brings the brand afresh to us as Freedom Tree.  

She is an international trend and colour consultant based in Mumbai, decided that India’s voice should be heard and wanted to bring ‘designed and made in India’ to the forefront of lifestyle living brands.  

Housed in an endearingly refurbished colonial portuguese abode, Freedom Tree stands brightly coloured with it’s welcoming warmth. You can't miss this store while you are driving from Panjim to Calangute beach.   

I really appreciate the concept of making products in India. The Goa store provides linen curtains, furniture, textiles, ceramics, accessories, lighting, dhurries, fragrances, lacquerware, table runners, bedsheets, unique cushion covers and many other trendy yet traditional and contemporary decor items. 

The Freedom Tree collection carries the kind of  furniture  that gives this store a unique look. A good collection and examples of Recycle experiments with different woods, repurposed timber taken from homesteads that are now dismantled and refurbished. 

Crafts of embroidery, patchwork and digital printing gives a lively look on cushion covers and quilts. Fabric is also available for purchase by the meter.

An array of colours harmoniously merging into patterns, encourages the young and old to start experimenting with what is available there
Lovely patterns of cushion covers that have signature style and expressive designs

Patterns range from modern ornamental prints to topical abstractions 

Other than lamps, furniture storage, kids study table, dining and office table are very refreshing in designs and practical from usage point of view

I engaged in an interesting conversation with Ms.Indrani, Store head about the store and the various designs. The skills of exclusively Indian artisans and small scale industry, inspired by representing the living culture that is home-life in India.

I grabbed these coasters and it has freedom tree's logo on it

Walking into their design studio will give you a first hand experience to see their wide range of home decor products / goods and office needs. 

Freedom Tree Design Store 
House No : 78, Mae De Deus, 
Chogam Road, Sangolda, 
Goa – 403511, India 
Tel: 07038690989 

And there are stores in Mumbai and Bangalore too ! 

{ Styling & Shoot by Veena Murali in creative collaboration with Freedom Tree, Goa Store. Images are copyrighted. Please do not use without permission }

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Vintage Cars

I have recently been to a Vintage cars exhibition in Chennai.

Huge collection of antique cars, vintage cars & classic cars and the ground was filled with motoring enthusiasts and photographers.

AV Meiyappan, founder of AVM Studios and Productions owned a 1938 Vauxhall 14 which was his first car.

Tamilnadu's beloved leader MGR used a Dodge car in late 50's and early 60's.
Dodge Kingsway 1957 Model

Chevy Impala 1959 Model

I could see people becoming passionate and nostalgic about certain makes, models, and styles. 

Remembering a quote. " All of these cars were once just a dream in someone's head".

These car's are the real beauties of an olden era or the golden era. Isn't it??

[ Pictures by Veena Murali ]
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