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Tuesday, December 9

Delhi To Bombay

Hello and Hello! How is December treating you? Just a few weeks left for the year to end and I can't wait to get started with the next year! Many exciting things and moves and possibilities are lined up, with travel featuring prominently in all. Speaking of travel, you know that whenever I do not post for a week or so, that means that I am off wandering again. This time, I was in Bombay and I spent the last one week meeting up with old friends, fellow bloggers turned friends, work acquaintances turned friends, strangers turned friends, travel buddies turned friends - you get the gist. Extended chats over tea, lunches, dinners, walks by the sea and rapidly finishing wine bottles; we celebrated nostalgia, little successes, ideas, fun plans, gossip, bucket lists and a birthday. I never thought that I would miss a mad city like Bombay, but I so do right now!    

The other brilliant activity that I did was Heritage Walks in the city. Walking through interesting neighborhoods, listening to and chatting with erudite guides, photographing, soaking in - even if in tiny bits and pieces - the real Bombay. I had chanced upon Breakfree Journeys, an experiential travel outfit run by Rushikesh Kulkarni, and I am so glad that I found them! Rushikesh organized these heritage walks and I have come back very impressed by the quality of the experience and the brilliant people who guide the walks. To start a walk around an old Portuguese neighborhood with a quaint tea service laid out in the balcony of an old villa in the same neighborhood - I knew that I was in for a very interesting experience!  

And the 'design' and 'Oh-Look-So-Pretteh' highlight of the week was where I stayed. You remember my sharing Abode with you? That's exactly where I spent the last week and have come back completely enchanted and in love with this quirky, fabulous little boutique hotel! Located right at the heart of where the action is, I was at walking distance from many popular restaurants, new cafes, boutiques, museums, galleries, city landmarks, and the sea. And once back from the hustle and bustle of the city, Abode provided the perfect comfort to soothe the tired bones and the perfect prettiness to soothe the eye. Manned by an excellent staff, I felt totally at ease in a new city and was very well taken care of. Over a leisurely breakfast one morning, the owner of Abode told me about the design process they went through and how they sourced the interesting quirky decor elements. In Abode, I have happily found my home away home in Bombay and that's where you will find me each time that I travel to this city! 

As expected, I couldn't get enough of the prettiness and merrily clicked away whenever I got the chance to explore the lovely corridors, nooks and rooms of the hotel.


This superb vacation has started December on the right note for me. I like to consider the month of December as a holiday month, and I take the month to recoup from the year and plan for the next year. Which doesn't mean that I won't be here on the blog; just that the posts will be a bit sporadic and holiday-ey. Tell me how you plan to spend this month? And any big plans for the next year? I will be sharing mine very soon! :)

Monday, November 24

An Old Favorite..


Today was my day to refill myself with inspiration
Music, art, nature, travel, decor
You name it
And I browsed it!

While I can't share all that inspired me in one post
Here is a selection from my favorite blog Design Sponge
Spaces and rooms that I liked

Ain't the rooms pretty?
And the cats cute?

[All images: Home Tours on Design Sponge]

Thursday, November 20

The Brilliance Of Olaf Hajek

I can not take my eyes away from these color saturated, idiosyncratic, beautifully detailed, brilliant visual gems! Each art work is like exploring a rich story; there are bold and bright characters that immediately strike the eye, and then little nuances and details that draw you in. The fact that Olaf's work has a clear India influence, makes his art all the more intriguing. The yogis, the elephants, the jewelry and ornamentation, the use of mythology and folklore, oriental motifs - all put together in such a distinct and unusual manner! 

Olaf Hajek, born in Germany, is a celebrated illustrator and artist. Splitting his time between Berlin, London and New York, Olaf has worked with many well known publications, brands and designers. His work has been used across books, newspapers, advertising, fashion, editorials and interesting creative projects like commissioned wallpaper for 25Hours Hotel in Vienna. His home was recently featured on The Selby, a surprisingly pristine and sparse abode for a man whose work is so color and detail rich.

I am on the look out for places where you can get prints of Olaf's work. Let me know if you know of any, and I will update this post when I find any. Till then, luxuriate in Olaf's lavish pieces right here.

Update: You can find Olaf's prints here. Thanks M! :)

[All Images: Olaf Hajek. Creative Storyboarding: An Indian Summer]

Tuesday, November 11

Frédéric Méchiche

Large room awash with sunlight, walls either a rich deep color or pristine white, distinctly moorish decor and artefacts and lush textiles. I might have been describing a Moroccan riad except I am not! This is the house of the celebrated French interior designer Frédéric Méchiche, in Provence.  

Built by a Swiss architect in 1894, this villa called Aziyadé was acquired by Frédéric Méchiche and he transformed the run down structure into a home filled with oriental nostalgia from his childhood. The home has been done up with hand picked treasures from the antique shops and bazaars of Algiers, Samarkand, Cairo, Damascus, Beirut, Jerusalem and Istanbul, as well as London, Paris and the Cote d'Azur.


The following two images are from Frédéric's fisherman cottage in Hyéres..

As always, travel bug bites when I see such beautiful interiors in equally gorgeous locales.
Now my left foot wants to go to Morocco and the right one to France. Sigh.
I squarely blame Frédéric Méchiche for this.

And if above gorgeousness makes you want to shop, make sure to drop by Gaatha - An Indian Summer's latest sponsor, for some of the best picks from India. I think I should get a pretty piece or two myself to get over Frédéric Méchiche.

[Image and content reference: 1,2, 3]

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