When Ranjani Iyengar got married and moved to Mumbai 2 years ago she was faced with the task of designing and styling her brand new home. A task that may seem daunting in many ways to some, became her ‘dream come true’.
Ranjani, a close friend of mine, is one of the most creative souls I have ever met. As founder and owner of a leading creative company, Pink Whistle Man, her sense of style is quirkly, neat and ethnic all mixed in one. This is clearly reflected in her home. Here’s a sneak peek of Ranjani’s lovely and vibrant home.
Ranjani’s Guest bedroom is quaint and done up in pastel hues.
The Living Room doubles up as a cozy entertainment room.
The living room by day. I am in love with the grey lantern.
I love the turquoise desk in Ranjani’s Study. The use of old frames adds an ethnic touch.
The Dining space just for 2 gives an outdoorsy feel. The street lamp is a nice addition to the space.
Ranjani’s go-to space. Her Kitchen is bright and airy.
I hope you all had a great start to 2015. I’ve had a fabulous time so far. :)
I am so excited to share that I will be starting an all new Home Tours section for LifeLoveDecor. Those who know me well, know that I am obsessed with houses, and all things decor. Having seen beautiful homes on blogs like Design Sponge and Inside Outside, I have always wanted to share homes that are beautiful to me.
So look out for my new post on Home Tours. I do hope you’ll like it.
Hello Dear Reader, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas in whatever part of the world you are in.
I for one, had a fabulous Christmas at my Parent’s home in Vellore. This year we had one more addition to our family, our Golden Retriever puppy, Czar. There were many failed attempts at dressing him up in a Santa Hat and Reindeer Ears – Hopefully he’ll come around next year. :)
The best part of Christmas for me, is spending time with the family and we always have the most fun during a meal, around the table. I am still stuffing my face with my mother’s delicious Christmas Cake (a traditional Portuguese recipe).
So, just popping in to wish you all a wonderful Christmas – one filled with Love & Peace. :)
My husband and I felt that it was about time we needed a short vacation, to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and of course, the stress of work but most importantly the sweltering Indian Summer. We didn’t have to look too far. Along with a couple of friends we spent this much needed break in the lovely and quaint, Kodaikanal.
Apart from the disastrous journey by bus ( Strongly do not recommend this mode of transport to those travelling from Chennai), the weather was AMAZING. Wish I could have stayed for longer – but work beckons. Sigh.
Who doesn’t love visiting their home town? When I was a child, my mother would take me every two months to Fort Cochin, Kerala – the place where she was born and where she grew up. I spent every summer of my childhood playing at the once-beautiful beach, eating amazing and fresh sea food, getting chewed by mosquitoes, and reading old copies of Hello Magazine, courtesy my Ammachi, (Grandmum).
Unfortunately, ever since my Ammachi passed away over a decade ago, the trips have become shorter and fewer. But we endeavor to make a trip at least once a year. This time, it was a reunion of sorts with family flying in from abroad. And it was also the first time I was going back with my new husband. :)
Needless to say, we had an AMAZING time and as always. complained about how short a vacation it was. :)
Kochi or Cochin has changed in leaps and bounds – that’s the thing with tourism, you see growth and lots of change. Old houses converted into new hotels, old eating joints into new trendy restaurants. But no matter the influx of change, the beauty of Kochi will always remain.
So, here are a few pictures of My Kochi – The Way it was & The Way it is. :)
The Beach at one point of time had completely disappeared – as you can see, it’s slowly coming back.
The famous and historic Cochin Fishing Nets
As fresh as it gets! The first catch of the day – staight from the sea
Its amazing how quickly he transferred the live crabs from one box to the other
My Ammachi’s beautiful 400 year old Dutch home
Ammachi’s favoutite part of the house – her little verandah, where she had many conversations with friends and those who simply passed by.
Thakur House, by the beach.
David Hall – Now an Art Gallery
The St. Francis CSI Church, in Fort Kochi, was originally built in 1503 and is the oldest European church in India. The Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, died in Kochi in 1524 his body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon
One of the many homes converted into a boutique home stay
The Malabar House Hotel – Old house converted into an exquisite boutique hotel.