Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Art for the Soul

Recently, I came across an artist - Sonatina Mendes, whose work seems mature and calm beyond her years. She is relatively new to the art scene but her paintings are amazing.. Something about the washed look of her collection I saw at the Hacienda gallery in Mumbai was spectacular and soothing at the same time. It is total fodder for the soul. Here are a few pictures I found online on different art sites:



Thursday, March 12, 2009

Stylkist brand spreads its wings!

To our dearest friends and supporters, we wanted to share the much awaited news of new retail partners for the Stylkist brand of decor in the south.

Stylkist decor can now be found at "The Design Store' in Bangalore and Coimbatore.



Do check it out and tell us what you think!


The Design Store
982 1st floor
80ft peripheral road
bangalore 560 034

T: 91 80 25522205/25502470


The Design Store
47/ 30, bharati park
2nd cross
saibaba colony
coimbatore 641 011

T: 91 422 4384702/4384802

Some other retail outlets where you can find select Stylkist Products:

Dcube, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad

Vanilla, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad

Monday, March 9, 2009

Neemrana Calling

You've been toiling way too hard at work. You can't bear looking at the cook's food on the table at dinner and the last thing you want to do is look at the unkept bed and your living room which as usual, is in a complete mess. You need a holiday. A holiday where you can pretend to be a queen. Here, look at these pictures and decide if Neemrana Fort Palace is the place for you.

Neemrana Fort Palace, Alwar. A 15th century fort restored by the acclaimed interior designer, architect and restorer, Aman Nath.


In an interview I read of Aman Nath in The Hindu, he talks about Neemrana Fort palace architecture, where he says the 15th century rooms were treated in a more Indo-Islamic way and the 19th century rooms more colonial in design.

These pictures come from a budding photographer and travel enthusiast, Arijit Sen.

The Baradari. You could perhaps take your handmade paper notebook and a pen, write
stories of love and betrayal over here in the evening? :-)

I love the way its restored. Colours and contemporary elements added, without disturbing the old world charm, like the stone pillar..




Plan that trip, pack your camera, and take along a book to read on one of their private terraces and get lost.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Green is in

We’ve all done our bit in furthering the ‘green’ cause. We’ve carried bags from home to the supermarket, chucked that plastic bottle in a bin, bought recycled paper, planted a sapling in the neighborhood park. We love all things green and certainly don’t mind that little Bonsai sitting on the ledge of our study window. And trust me, a few more of those indoor plants and your home will be the perfect place to breathe the freshest air. Besides, have you realized how much life and colour it adds to your interiors? See for yourself.

Here are a few stills from Mathanki’s house. This art director from Bangalore certainly has a high green quotient. Check out the plants kept in cozy corners and window sills to delight your soul.

Plant them in bottles, floor pots or dangling ones, they all look as beautiful as this. Money plants are also perhaps, the easiest to maintain too.

A bamboo plant for that oriental touch, or just for luck and harmony. Don’t miss the green wine bottles on the sill.

I have always loved a palm indoors. It gives the room so much character and personality!

These pictures come from a plant lover. Given a choice she’d live in a garden.

A plant for company, while you sip your tea and read

A yellow Chilly plant in a beautiful yellow planter to brighten the sink area.

I told you, a money plant is never one too many for a home.

A touch of green for the washroom.

Feeling fresh already? Bring that little plant in. Plants never go out of style. And while you are planing on bringing the green in this summer, do check out the Bodhi planter cum candle stand from the Stylkist store.