Friday, July 13, 2018

That cosy,dreamy home!

 I have always been very selective about the homes that we feature here on sajavat. Spaces that convey the personality of the home owner are my kind of spaces! The home that I bring for you today, drew my instant attention.
Asha's home has a strong Indian element to it but somewhere I could see that she has a very global approach when it comes to designing her space. Asha currently resides in the silicon vallley of India.
Being an avid traveler, nature lover and a decor enthusiast her design style is earthy and nature inspired with a love for unique, hancrafted artifacts and textiles.She believes good design be truly global where art and craft from all over the world blend seamlessly. 

Let us invite ourselves to her abode and you will appreciate how she has kept it simple, a no-fuss decor simultaneously creating a zen like atmosphere for her loving folks.The home boasts of a traditional Kerala style architecture

Her living area  has a very beautiful earthy feel to it with sofas made of banana fibre. The wall decor has a striking mural with the wooden spoon holder on either sides.  A tribal art (mask) adorns another wall. If you are a keen observer you would have noticed a Buddha head, Madhubani basket , a bowl with some green arrangement placed on the shelf in the corner.

Another beauty that caught my eye is the wooden palankuzhi, a traditional game placed on the centre table.Asha says it has found an alternative use and she decks it up as a tea light holder too!

Her furniture are a mix of earthy, rustic wood and natural materials like cane and bamboo.

Her textiles are a collection from their various travels across Indonesia, Thailand, different places in India and good old Ikea. As you can make out Asha loves dhurries and tries to use them wherever possible. These kilim cushions she tell me, are from AmazonIndia

This home is very well laid out and Asha and her family have the luxury of  a central courtyard and a lovely garden and beautiful verandahs with red oxide flooring. She feels blessed to have found this place that has embraced their furniture and her design sensibilities.

Now, isn't that a wonderful piece? I had seen this boat shaped furniture piece used as a  seater in a hotel in Tanjore recently. Here Asha has used it as a bar cabinet.

A very Indian baithak . The coffee table that you see is an old door that has been re purposed.This whole setting gives a very zen like feel. As is evident by now Asha loves pottery and collects them in all shapes and forms.


I remember drooling over the next image when I first saw this in Pinterest. These cushions are from Chiang mail in Thailand.

 The next few images are from her verandah and outdoor spaces.They are sure to cast a spell on you. The thatched roof, red oxide flooring, greens and other knick knacks in the form of pottery, masks,wall art and the plantation chair, (how can I ever miss mentioning that! )are all tell tale signs of the classy decor that Asha enjoys in her home!

I wouldn't mind sitting here all day, doing nothing but day dreaming! I know, you all want to join me too!

Again, the Buddha here is a very special one, made of stone and  bought from Singapore which travels with them whenever they move houses.

I love her bedrooms with fabrics taking the centre stage.If you are lucky enough to own a four poster bed, you need not accessorize your bedroom with anything else! Who else agrees with me ?

With this, we come to the end of this post.Craving for more?
I have been going over the images again and again with endless rounds of tea and coffee, that's the kind of magic, Asha's home had on me!

You enjoy the tour and see you all real soon with  more such endearing posts.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Cherishing memories with Photojaanic

Remember the time of camera rolls? Yes...once upon a time and then technological advancement happened! In this digital age all the pictures that we click (which is every now and then) gets stored in files and folders of our high end gadgets. But for people like me who are torn between the "Guzara hua zamana" and the "Need of the hour" crave for seeing their memories in print often. So, then what options do we have?
Welcome to the world of Photojaanic !

Photojaanic helps you do wonderful things with your photos in a jiffy! It offers a multitude of services like photo books, tabletop mount, magnets, wall photo frames, collage poster and canvas lite.

Very recently, we celebrated our 15th anniversary and I really wanted special moments of our life to be captured and displayed in our bedroom wall. For this  I chose Canvas Lite.

This is a beautiful way to get your photos on to a canvas and they have varying sizes too, to suit your needs!

From one of our many travels...Before going up on the wall

Going traditional to celebrate the Big Day!

Let me give you an idea of how it works. In a series of  5 simple steps you can have your memories  printed and cherished forever on the canvas !

To begin with...

1.You visit the Photojaanic website
2. Look for Wall Art in the header and you again have a range of options to choose from.I opted for  Canvas Lite. You can even choose the size that you would want. This should be done in accordance with the wall where you would be displaying your photo art.

 I chose the 12*18 portrait size as I felt that the photos I had selected would suit the size.

3. Keep the selected photos ready with you  on your device and just 'Get Started' ! Yes! that simple.

4.Again here, you have various themes to chose from.Keeping the photo that you want to display, choose the theme. They have baby themes, themes for the newly wed, joyous moments and I went in for the Full image. A style for every occasion!

5. Upload your photo, edit it, if need be, look at the preview on offer, finalize, make the payment using all regular payment methods and now just sit back and relax!!!

Your shipment would be on its way and delivered to you safe and sound within 4-5 days.
Some details worth mentioning are:

1.Durable canvas material with gloss finish to protect your images.

2.Images wrap fully around 0.5" thin sides.

 3.Wall mount hook attached at the back for easy display on walls

These photo prints are ready to be  put up on the wall as soon as they have been unwrapped from the packaging. Canvas lite prints don't require glass and are lightweight, so they're safe and convenient to use. Let your walls do the talking!

 Some points worth remembering while you choose the snap to be printed are:

 1. A high resolution image is always recommended, otherwise you may not get the desired results.

2. There should be a sense of balance between the subject and the background

 My treasured memories are up on the wall now and this is how it looks!

Ideal for the bedroom... What say?

A closer look...

And its not only photos, it can be pictures of your home or your child's art that you would want to put up as art on the walls of your home. There are many options, I tell you! Go and check them out. Come back to me and let me know how you like it. Signing off for now .See you real soon!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Travel inspired design and decor tales

 As you travel and explore a place you gain a different perspective. The experience that you acquire thru visiting a new land is like none other!

We traveled to Bhutan this summer and this post will cover the various design inspiration and styling tips I gathered  during the stay. As one who is interested in decor and art, I felt I was lucky to be here.

Bhutan has beautiful dzongs or forts and the architectural detailing on each of them is very much similar. In spite of that, each one was eye catchy and we looked forward to seeing more of them each day! Add to that, the traditional homes in Bhutan have a certain pattern and they are supposed to follow that even for the newer construction.This gives a uniformity in design. The windows are expected to be built with arches on them.The size of the windows may vary but the arches remain. Have a look at the following pics and it will all make sense...

The patterned arch that you see in this window design is very typical in Bhutanese architecture.

 The melange of colours and painted art on doors and windows mesmerizes you. some of the bigger motifs that you see on the bottom most part are the sacred symbols in their religion denoting peace and prosperity.
The arch is invariably present in each one !
This is within a dzong
These doors and windows use a wooden panel with intricate carving and detailed motifs painted onto them. The colours are generally rust,golden yellow,green and a royal shade of blue. On many of them an extra square block of wood with art work was attached and this lifted the design and styling a notch above the rest.


Notice the wooden block on the topmost part of the frame with a 'shankh' or conch painted on it. I felt these are such beautiful design inspirations to take away and can be experimented on our very own console tables and the like, lending a very rich and unique feel to the entire set-up!

A closer look at the neat and vibrant design

Let us take a look at some more of these...

This is a  wooden box with enchanting wood work on it, concealing wires and all the other hardware stuff inside the box!
DOORS... Literally welcoming!

 When there are no doors, you will find these pretty applique worked screens obstructing direct view.

A typical sit out...

Are you sold out on these cute storage cum coffee tables? I sure am! 

perking up a mundane space...

Let us peek more into their furniture range for some more design inspiration...

Dragon motifs on the sides of the settee...We can perhaps follow suit with some of our very traditional motifs or simply a floral pattern

These mandala designs are very popular in Bhutan
Such an elegant looking seater!

 What struck me here was the Bhutanese textile used for the cushions. We can again implement one in khunn or ikkat weave

Apart from these I shared pics of  some beautiful planters from this ' Land of Thunder Dragon' on Sajavat's Facebook and Instagram feeds. You can check them out regularly for more inspirations on design and decor.

Let me end the post with a Buddha figure beautifully positioned inside a stupa. I felt the same would look great as a jharokha on the walls emanating peace and calmness!

The above ideas were some of the decor inspiration that I got, while traveling to Bhutan. Hope it helps you in some way while decorating your space. Signing off for the time being.
Happy decorating!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Mayura's Farmhouse styled home

We often try to run away from our urban chaos, to a quieter locale probably a farmhouse that we can call our own for the couple of days that we stay put there. But, what happens when your home itself is farmhouse style inspired ( with or without the farm animals! )? That is exactly how it is with Mayura.

Her insta stories propelled me to establish contact with her and request for a home tour.
Her home that we are about to uncover is 80 years old, though it is renovated, the basic structure is preserved. Mayura lives with her hubby, kid and her Mil here.All of them being decor enthusiast, they were clear from the start that the ethnic charm is not lost upon as they renovate the home!

 I feel the beauty of such spaces lies in openness of the plan.  The indoors merge easily with the outdoors creating vastness of space.

The interiors have been done in dark wood tones.Many traditional elements like the jharokha, brass artifacts which are proud heritage collections rule the place.Apart from these brass bells & lanterns lend a rustic charm!

Unique in itself are these rows and rows of neatly arranged brass  cooking vessels like pots, pans,urns, plates which have been designated a separate place yet assimilating their presence in the interiors as well!

 A sitting area which I understand opens into the outdoor...

 Yet another rustic feature wall with dancing warli motifs and woven treasures. Traditional game like the pallankuzhi board that you see on the ledge makes me remember my childhood  summer days. Oh! What fun it used to be when all the cousins used to gather over the game!

 A peek into her well laid out garden space...
The warli paintings are done by Mayura.

Such lovingly created corners!

 And see I told you it's a farmhouse styled  home...Look at those lovely ducks enjoying a  bath in afternoon sun!

 This is the perfect getaway for me in summers. what do you think? Mayura blogs at and you can have a look at her insta feed here. 
She would be happy to hear from you as well!

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