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Wednesday, November 7

Getting ready for Diwali...

(Mysore Palace, India on Diwali)

This is the time for my favorite festival
The festival of light and wealth...Deepawali
also known as Diwali
As we get ready to celebrate the festival,
let me share with you some inspiration...

Light up your nooks and corners using lotus paper lights, diyas (votive) and tea lights

Welcome Goddess Lakshmi into your abode by making beautiful rangoli designs with color and flowers

And why leave the table layout untouched? Take out your best glassware, and your grandmom's Kansa (bell metal) table setting! Add in some banana leaves, marigold flower and floating tea lights...And yes, don't forget the feast...including the mithai (sweets)!

Touches that add to the diwali decor

And some inspiration for how a contemporary home could look like, in a traditional setting on Diwali. I love the shloka (mantra) table with floating flowers in an urn. Bring out your brightest cushions and bedlinen...and this Diwali you have the perfect excuse to flaunt any textile which has even a hint of gold or copper!

In another two days, I will share with you images of my home on Diwali eve :-)

* Shubh Deepawali *

[Images from Indian design magazines - Inside Outside, Elle decor, Home Review, ID and Flickr]


Claude Renault said...

Your blog is just beautiful.
I thought yu would be interested in this one

vineeta said...

You are back & with a BANG! love all the diwali colours & festive feel of this post. Beautiful!

rochambeau said...

Dear Bhavna,
This celebration looks beautiful. If you celebrate in your family, would you be kind enough to burn a candle for me? I would appreciate it very much!


studio wellspring said...

how festive and heart-warming ~ i love your collection of images and appreciate learning more about diwali too. glad you're back! :o)

patricia gray said...

It looks like a marvelous celebration...Light and Wealth blessings to you!!

Cote de Texas said...

This images are all so beautiful and exotic (to me! - probably every day stuff for you) haha -
love this post!

Terri said...

B., I love this beautiful post and all the wonderful colours and images. Diwali sounds like a wonderful celebration - do you have a holiday that day?

Donald Mckenzie Jr said...

Those are beautiful picutres. This is a really good blog post. Keep up the great work. I made sure to bookmark this blog.

Bhavna said...

Thanks for visiting Claude!
...and yes, I am very familiar with Vini's beautiful blog! :-)

Hello Vini! Yes I am back, and loving it :-)

Bhavna said...

Absolutely Constance! I would love to! Hugs.

Bhavna said...

Thank you Studio WS! I will share more information on Diwali in my next post :-)

Oh, thanks for your lovely wishes Patricia!

Bhavna said...

:-)...well, everyday is pretty much like everywhere else Joni...just a bit more color, a touch of ethnic and exotic, a feel for traditions..completes the Indian picture :-)

Yes we do have a holiday, Terri
...Diwali is one of the major festivals in India :-)

Bhavna said...

Thank you Donald! :-)...keep visiting!

Arch at Rang said...

Hey you...welcome back:-)

Happy Diwali to you and your family!

robyn said...

Wonderfulimages of your Holiday celebration. :)
All the best for Diwali.

Life Unscripted! said...


Wish you and your family a Very Happy & Safe Diwali!

So how was your trip? Waiting to see all the goodies as you previoulsy promised :-)


Maryam in Marrakesh said...

This is one of my very favorite holidays! So, so much fun!!

Amber said...

I absolutely love your Diwali photos! What a wonderful festival. I look forward to your photos! Your site is always a fantastic source of inspiration!

melissa @ the inspired room said...

What what a festive event! Very inspiring!

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