Thursday, August 19, 2010

Window Farms

One thing I really miss in my home in Bombay, is a balcony. I had two balconies in my home in Bangalore, and although I don't consider myself as much of a 'balcony person'- the types to spend hours sitting out there with a cup of tea and a book, it's just nice to have an opening, some golden sunlight, space for a few pots, pretty flowers and spots of green, maybe herbs.

For those who don't have a huge house or a backyard 'Jamie-at-home' style, I came across this interesting site the other day. Ge this- you can grow up to 25 fresh live vegetable plants—lettuce, herbs, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, peppers, kale, small squash, edible flowers, and many mor in a normal 4'x 6' window in your home.

Seems like a simple DIY project, where you share your space year-round with a vitamin rich living harvest and a lush trickling fountain-like curtain. And the best part- it looks beautiful! Homes, classrooms, restaurant, I can see it going very well with any kind of design aesthetic.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Fluke by chance

Art Prints
Being new to Bombay, we had a tough time looking for unique pieces of furniture and accessories while doing up our place, the same lampshades, the same cushion covers scrounging through racks and racks at the various Homestops, and Fabindias, and so I am delighted to stumble upon

cushion covers and bags

furniture- center and side tables

For long I have loved the Indian pop art, artists like Krsna Mehta, Manish Arora, Loose Ends and festivals like Kala Ghoda trying to revive familiar urban motifs to create a style that is colorful, contemporary, modern yet Indian. If you too are a fan of Indian kitsch, this is yet another place where you can shop for itsy bitsy curiosities, from t shirts and bags to art prints and furniture.

Makes for excellent gifts although it's a tad bit on the expensive side! But considering every piece is individually crafted and painted by hand, you can't really put a price to it. If you are in a
mood to splurge, add this to your weekend shop stops.