Monday, April 24, 2017

Home tour - Saswati Hota

Today, we have yet another home tour on the blog which boasts of a unique personality. It's the abode of Saswati Hota from Goa.

Saswati is the food column contributor at Goan Espresso and the blogger at Delish Potpourri. She has traveled far and wide due to her husband's posting in the navy and that reflects in the decor of her home.
In her own words...

"A loving daughter, an incredibly proud naval wife to my man in white, a doting mother to two loveable girls, an avid food blogger, a home chef and many more other identities that define me. 
Being a defence officers wife for 19 years has taught me what is it like to live out of the box and the inevitable truth that nothing is permanent.This is our 16 th house in our 19 years of marriage!"




Are you getting the drift now, my dear readers when I say her home has a unique personality? 
It’s a crucial task when you are deployed to a new station and moving house every 2 to 3 years. And as they moved from one station to the next she realized housing wasn’t created equal everywhere. 

Saswati recollects her journey...

''Somewhere we walked into a comfy 5 room apartment and at times we were given a temporary barracks accommodation with one room and a kitchen and sometimes we just made the Naval mess our home till we got a house. And all these moving around and changing various houses has helped my creative juices to flow and aesthetic sense to make my home look bright and beautiful with the available amenities. Due to the continuous movement we cannot afford to overload our furniture but that has never stopped me to be a hoarder of beautiful artifacts. One look at my house and you will know where all we have been posted to, it’s a national integration of home d├ęcor. "

Love the way she has placed the puppets inside the jharokha. Very innovative I must say!


Regardless of the shape and size of your home , when it comes to carving out your own space..our homes reflect our personality and character.Staying in a Fauji house we have our limitations,there's nothing you can do to the structure or quality of the house, the walls, the flooring, the furniture ..so it's a challenge to create a personal space within the limitations. Nevertheless we always try our best to create a space which reflects our tastes and cultural heritage. 



This masked wall did it for me and I knew this home had to be featured on the blog.Her home signifies the amalgamation of various cultures within India and outside. 

I love traditional decor,I feel it promises warmth and welcome. We started off by collecting artifacts from different parts of India we visited on our postings and holidays . Our Russia posting helped us in adding some magnificent tapestries, decorative czar czarinas, multicolored matryoshkas ,to our collection.Right now our decor is an eclectic mix of The Egyptian Pharaoh to the crystal Cinderella shoes to our very own Kathakali and Durga  masks.

Folk art displayed thoughtfully!

Goddess Tara...The female Bodhisattva

Did you notice those crystal ballerina shoes?


This is an impressive cosy nook for a quiet evening chit chat and reading to your heart's content.I saw this pic and dreamt of Goa,(the place where Saswati resides) may be because it has such a calming and peaceful vibe to it!

The other areas in her nest are equally serene. She has created a space that talks about her life that is always changing and evolving for the better!
Let me share images of her bedrooms and the garden area.





The shelves are framed too!


Some takeaway tips for you readers from Saswati's home, is that the size of the home doesn't really matter.If you have the decor bug within you, each corner comes alive beautifully!

Those planter shelves on the wall are framed, did you notice that? Such an inexpensive way to create a statement wall! I can make out that her navy life has taught her the nuances of creating an impactful decor.

Be a little thoughtful, decorate it with souvenirs and pieces that hold meaning to you and the rest will fall in place!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Resort decor-Hoysala village resort

This post is going to be on a resort in Hassan,Karnataka called the Hoysala village resort.
Hassan can be your place of stay when you visit the famous temple sites Belur and Halebid.

For a decor blogger, Hoysala village resort was the ultimate treat to the senses. Set among lush greenery, the choicest fruit bearing trees like mango, coconuts, jack fruit and melons, flowering trees and plants this place was cool and it was a real paradise on earth even during the summer months.

The resort has Kerala styled cottages, impressive wood work and something that thrilled me to bits was the paintings on the walls.The paintings were everywhere right from the walls,earthen pots, lamps and even trash bins.These  were simple ones that can remind you of the village folks and their daily activities.Easy floral motifs drawn on the staircases, running high as borders on door and window frames and on the niches in the walls is a sight to remember forever!!!

Apart from these, were wood work that stole my heart right away.And another very important aspect of decor is the flooring.They had vibrant ceramic designed patterns which I loved to the core.Many a times it was such that I didn't quite know whether to look in front or to the stunner below my feet.Such was my confusion!


I know am creating quite a build up! Now, let me not keep you waiting further but lets just hop, skip and jump to view the enthralling pics.

These were some pics at the entrance near the parking lot and the reception area and I knew am going to love this place in totality!

Pay attention to the art on pots,lamps and even 'use me' bins










I liked the arrangement of earthen pots one above the other to create a distinctively unique piece.

Because I clicked so many pics and would like to share all of them with you,have created a collage.Yes, am being a little mean but otherwise it would have become a pic heavy post.The art on walls were strikingly beautiful.If you notice they are very simple motifs depicting nature and activities of the daily life in villages.

Some animal figures drawn on cafeteria walls...




Amidst nature even this metal cart induces the right mix of drama ...

 Now, let me show you the placement of rooms in the resort.There were different arrangements, some in the typical cottage style, some in the 'nallukettu' style which houses rooms on all sides with a central courtyard.










This is a villa styled accomodation
A 'mansion' within their premises is being constructed which shall be open to the guests soon.And my my it was huge with massive woodwork and  brass and copper embellished.The rooms were a real peep into our rich cultural heritage what with copper lamps by the bedside and pendant lights that you keep staring at and not to forget the copper bathtub that was the cynosure of the rest area!




Interiors of the bedroom in the mansion...

The room that we occupied...


Have a look at this room, the ceiling has been covered with traditional Kanjeevaram sarees.




This is their entertainment area where one evening we were enthralled with Bharatnatyam performance.




The tiles had their own story to tell...


At the reception area...



Moving to the restaurant area, again the ceilings had some master paintings.Have a look




I would also like to mention that apart from the interiors and decor that I have so much praised, their food and hospitality was no less.The staff was warm and welcoming, making sure that we had a comfortable and pleasant stay throughout.
The buffet included a delicious spread of the traditional and the continental.

As the evening set, the lamps were lighted and the place became quite and I sat here in tranquility,enjoying each micro second, for this is what we miss in our monotonous city life.

Hope you enjoyed this post.Whenever you make plans to visit this side of Karnataka, do not miss Hoysala Village Resort. Highly recommended, if you go by my words!

Coming up next is a home tour on the blog.Stay tuned folks!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Role of deities in Indian decor

As I sat one day lazily sipping coffee and watching an ad on t.v, I happened to gaze around my home and a sudden realization came upon me. How much we Indians love to have decor around our favourite deities!

Every corner in my home had an idol of Gods and Goddess ranging from Ganesha, Hanuman, Rama, Krishna, Durga and the likes. And to tell you, we really love it that way! Deities are omnipresent in our decor scheme.

Some of the Gods that we have are purely because somewhere we have a special attachment with them, some are so cute that you got to display them, some are considered auspicious, some because a certain God has a deep connection with an Indian art form, that you so much love and so it goes... Ah! the reasons are many.

Anyway sharing some images from my home.I know for sure that most readers will instantly connect with the point am trying to make.


Ganesha playing the flute is a little different because generally Krishna is seen playing the flute.


Lord Guruvayurappan, another form of Krishna is the main deity in Guruvayyur in Kerala This is special since it was a  gift from my aunt for my wedding


My home is blessed with the presence of Ganpati, in frames and idol form


Rama and Krishna among the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu on my coffee table


Hanuman in Kinhal craft which is a  traditional wooden craft local to the town of Kinhal, or Kinnal, in Koppal District, North Karnataka, India


Here Maruti is depicted as the courageous one (Viramaruti) ready for battle and thus tail in the upright position.Sometimes he is shown as the servitor,paying obeisance  to Lord Rama (Dasmaruti) where his tail rests on the ground.




This is a Ganesha  carved on wood, have been hugely inspired by Chandan Dubey to frame it this way by providing a backdrop with an orange hued silk fabric.The small motifs are handpainted.

These were some of the spaces in my abode, influenced by the divine power. How about you? Do you also gravitate towards the presence of the supreme being in your home.

Coming soon on the blog is a review and the interiors of a lovely resort in Karnataka. Stay tuned for more!



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