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Today is Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Indians around the world.

I make my own little attempt to bring the light and love of Diwali into my home every year with a rangoli design.

Diwali is about spreading goodness and happiness into the world around you and dispelling the darkness and negative acts and thoughts.

The tiny candles or diyas remind us that we can surround ourselves with this positive light at all times.

It’s also a time of renewal when we can look back at our year and think about all the good wishes to come.

And let’s not forget the absolutely yummy sweets and treats!! I think I”ll go pick some up now!

Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali and a sweet year ahead!

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Growing up, we always had Indian fabrics from Gujarat, where my family is from, in our home. And today I like to incorporate my culture into my design.

And even though John Robshaw isn’t from the East, he still says he caught the “Asia bug” after going to India to find indigo dye for his paintings.

While there he discovered the local artisans making printed and woven textiles in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Since then he has brought us his line of pillows and fabrics.

John Robshaw

John Robshaw

Imagine them next to his intricately carved headboard.

John Robshaw

At a touch of exotic to your next party with this pretty card.

John Robshaw

And take a seat on this bone inlay chair.

John Robshaw

Robshaw not only picks up pieces from India, but also Vietnam, Cambodia, Zimbabwe and Bolivia.

He says that by working with artisans abroad, he is able to become part of their lives. They invite him to weddings and festivals.

Sounds like a great adventure!

Where are you hoping to travel next?

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Today has been a bit of a busy day, so I didn’t get a chance to put together a nice piece on wedding number two!

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Today I’m saying Happy Anniversary to my hubbie! Our love story is pretty crazy and too long to tell, but in the end it all worked out because we were meant to be. So here’s a little look at some of the special moments of just one of our wedding days!

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Happy Monday

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Mine was spent catching up on some DIY projects. Check out the Glam in my Home section to see what’s going on.

I”ll also be back later with some design ideas that I would love to try.

See you then!

Rina

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Shimmer and Shine

Growing up in a South Asian home, meant having one foot in the Western culture and the other in the Eastern.

Thanks to my parents, I came to have a great appreciation for my culture and its fashion!

I like to check out the latest designs from India to see what I might want to wear to the next party and to get decor inspiration. There is no comparision to the vibrant colours of South Asian style . Feast your eyes on these gorgeous pics from Kismet Magazine stylist Alisha Chandarana.

Zedds Boutique

Zedds Boutique

Zedds Boutique

I’m really loving this picture and outfit from Suhaag Magazine. I can just imagine how gorgeous this outfit must be with its shimmery stonework.  It’s soooglam!

Chandan

I love to pair these outifts with fancy earrings, like these ones from Jewelry Designer Amrita Singh.

Amrita Singh

Amrita Singh

Wouldn’t it be fun to store them in pretty tea cups.

Decor Amor

All this shimmer and shine make me want to rummage around my Mom’s closet to see if she has any older saris or little trinkets that she wants to get rid of. Hmmm I wonder what I can create?!

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Love is in the air

I am on cloud nine today. It is just one of my happy days. Do you ever have those?

Things seem to be going my way. I’m not talking big life changers, but just sweet little surprises like not getting stuck in traffic or sharing a smile with your loved one.

Today I’m pumped up and ready to take on the world. For me it’s life’s little gifts that keep me motivated.

For the last few days I have had my heart set on finding a faux bamboo piece. I didn’t know how long it would take to find one, but it was just one of those things that got stuck in my head.

So step one was to stop at a resale shop that someone told me about yesterday. No luck there. Then passed another resale shop on the way to work, but it was closed. Did a craigslist search, still nothing.

On the way home from work, I thought I would take a little detour and check out one more place my husband had mentioned. And as soon as I walked in, we locked eyes. Me and these fabulous faux bamboo nightstands that is. 😉

The stars aligned in my favour today. I nearly did a cartwheel out of sheer happiness when I saw these. You design folks out there probably understand where I”m coming from…the rest of the world would have thought I was nuts!

My discovery look nearly identical to these.

Circa Who

Except mine have slightly different pulls and are a dull yellow. They were only $25 a piece!

That all will change once I give it a glossy coat of lacquer.

Perhaps turquoise??

Sada Atelier

Okkkk enough about my fabulous find.

Yesterday I promised to show you the lovely papers that reminded me of my wedding.

Well here they are.

Paper Source


Paper Source

Do you see any resemblance to this?

These pics of my mehndi or henna, were taken by my extremely talented cousin Neal.

I love paisley, probably because of seeing it so many times in saris and bride’s beautifully designed hands. It can look very exotic and beautiful when it’s got the right colour combo.

Incorporating my South Asian heritage into my design style is important to me.

I’d love to get some of these papers to frame up and put in my rooms to add a dash of colour. I also want to get this black and white shot of me on my wedding day, up in a frame, with some of that lovely paisley decorative paper as a backdrop.

Your house should be a reflection of your life and your taste. And these pics showcase one of the happiest days in my life, so it’s nice to look at and remind myself of the great love I share with my husband, when he’s nagging me about my latest purchase. hehe.

Have a good night everyone!

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