Monday, October 21, 2019

Arco Iris Boutique homestay: Goa

Early this month we spent good 2 nights and 3 days at Arco Iris Boutique home stay in South Goa.
I have been meaning to write this post for so long now but somehow procrastinating. Since, we have some good holidays around, before the year ends, i felt i should really get this going, as it may help many, who are eyeing Goa for their much needed vacay!

Arco Iris is a 200 year old, restored Portuguese colonial homestay in Curtorim, Goa belonging to Bennita and Ganesh, who were wonderful hosts and yes, i shouldn't be forgetting Fenny, their friendly dog.  It is a beautiful home with greenery all around.
Now, leave all that you are doing and just be with me as I take you around the place.

Read the captions against each image as I point out fine details that i found intriguing.

The steps leading to the home have beautiful Goan tiles inlaid on them.

Again, notice the name board ArcoIris . This has been sourced from 'Velha Goa'

Velha Goa specializes in traditional hand painted azulejos and also carries a line of ceramics and imported products. Its imports and raw materials are from Portugal but the final tile painting is done by their very own team of local artists at their workshop in Aquem. The retail store, Velha Goa Galeria in Fontainhas, Panjim has become a unique and popular upmarket shop for original Azulejos.

This is the mesmerizing scene as you look out from the villa

This was one of favourite place to idle away time, listening to the chirping of the birds, pretending to read a book and lose myself in the beauty of it all!

The interiors are well thought of and beautifully maintined.
The house, with a built-up area of around 7,000 sq feet, comprises a foyer, living room, dining room, five bedrooms (four on the ground floor and one on the first floor) with en suite bathrooms, lounge, library, fully equipped modern kitchen, utility area, two storerooms and accommodation for the support staff. It also has a balcony and gallery in front and a courtyard in the rear.

The first  common room as you enter the villa...

Inside the common room...

Notice the woodwork on the book shelf

Does the flooring floor you?

This is the courtyard flanked by colour themed rooms on either sides

Just outside the rooms you have these pretty niches on the wall which creates a very interesting look.There is a dining space for the guests overlooking the greens which we truly enjoyed. The entire home is filled with pretty souvenirs, antiques, knick knacks and a whole lot of plants. Just the way i love!

The niches...

Just outside our room
The dining area for guests

view from the dining area, overlooks our room

The dining area with cemented sit out  on the side, running thru the entire length of the space

Pretty walls lined with frames and souvenirs from various places

As I told you, the courtyard is flanked on either sides with bedrooms.The colours of the rainbow determine the colour of the bedroom, and therefore offers  a choice of Indigo, Orange, Violet, Yellow and Blue.

Coming to our room, the orange one, was the perefect sunset colour!

Let me show you around the blue room as well...

 Another bedroom...

The rectangular niche adding an element of interest to the whole room.
Some more fascinating sights around home...

This is the grinding stone from yesteryear...

So, tell me how did you like the tour of this homestay? I would recommend it highly to all. A very quiet place, in the lap of nature, amicable hosts and 'ghar ka khaana'. I didnt miss home at all, if you understand what i mean!!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Restroom makeover

Makeovers are real fun to execute. First, you have to come up with a solid foolproof idea, then comes the planning stage which includes buying the required materials and finally the execution of the project. Recently, i did a small addition/ change to our common restroom and all those who have seen the 'Before' and 'After' have liked these changes.

The restroom appeared dark with black/brown coloured tiles on the walls. These tiled walls looked classy when we moved in  but soon with usage and water stains that refused to go away even after multiple attempts prompted me to take up this makeover.

 Some time back, i had transformed the window pane from 'boring' to 'interesting' which  I have shared here.
So, now lets start with this one...


 I chose these vinyl wall adhesives -Moroccan styled mosaics which are waterproof and especially designed for bathrooms and kitchens. My main aim here was to give a cheerful look to the space which i think is achieved with these colourful ones.

This is the link if you choose to buy the same.

I chose to place these adhesives in a random manner. I only, had to visualize which one to place where but you know that's the trickiest of all!

This is how it progressed. Then i felt, the window sill too looked ugly. So another one cut to size, peeled and pasted. Now the look is complete. Am at peace with myself now. I feel it has added the necessary vibrancy needed in the restroom. what do you think folks?  Let me know in the comments.

The final look...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

'The story of my home' - Nehal

 Today, we have Nehal with us on the blog, who takes us thru her home. Join me friends and am sure you are going to have a virtual treat !

"We all have a story to tell. and part of the way we do this is through our homes"
- Nate Berkus

I’m unapologetically obsessed with home decor. Decorating my house to me is therapeutic. My home is my happy place and my creative outlet. And chances are, if you are here and reading this, you like home decor too, which makes me like you already :)

My happiness quotient is “joy in life is in the little things”. I am a strong believer of this mantra. My home resonates with all of the above :)

My husband’s work called for multiple relocations between countries and that gave me plenty of opportunities to venture into new home projectS. New county,new home,new project!! While a few may find the idea of multiple relocations crazy, for me, they were uber exciting! I thoroughly enjoyed and looked forward to it :) Now we are back to India, back HOME, and I am back to my new home decor project!

It will soon be a year since we moved to India...  

With years of travel and stay outside of the country, my home decor style has evolved... While my heart is still true to the warm and colorful palette of Indian colors, it melts to the neat furniture lines and the beige, grey and whites from the Scandinavian and western style. It was overwhelming what path to pursue when I first started thinking of ideas for my new abode. This is when I stopped thinking too hard and decided to let the creative juices flow naturally staying true to my natural style and instincts! As they say, true style has the chance to emerge when you stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, will think or might say... and do what makes your guts grin! Did exactly that!

I also think your home is a reflection of your personality and should be decorated in a way that it feels like a real HOME, one which can be actually lived in!! Have tried to achieve that.  
So here we are - Welcome to CAASA MIA - MY HOME :) 

PS: They are a zillion things that I already want to change in the house :) Till those changes happen, hope you like Version 001 of CASAA MIA :) 

Nehal, thoroughly enjoyed visiting your home virtually! Thank you so much for being a part of sajavat, my creative journey!

As a decor enthusiast, what struck me most was the vivid use of colours in Nehal's home. The plants, books, frames, rugs and other textiles like cushions, bed elements all add to the appeal without overpowering the other!
The flowers in a glass bottle/ vase,  stems of Chinese Eucalyptus on the shelf (if am not mistaken) and the fillers are little pretty things which actually helps turn a 'House to Home'

I find the lighting fixtures in the kitchen and living room worth a mention, which very well goes with her scheme of decor. Another very noteworthy feature is how the pooja room is done up with heavy wood work, the typical Indian way but how well it merges with the rest of the decor. That reinforces the fact, that decor is all about following your heart. Isnt it?
As someone wise said on the golden rule of decorating: 'Live with what you love!'

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