Monday, November 9, 2015

On Diwali night...

Remember, I shared a post on some DIY activity for Deepavali. Sajavat's very ardent reader tried to implement one of the ideas and also shared a fabulous idea of her own. She is also my closest mate, been my partner in  crimes & secret adventures right from childhood.We share many common interests on art, decor, DIY, recipes, gardening and many more...None other than my adorable Sis Sapna Mahadevan.

On a wooden chowki she has painted a pulli kolam  (Dotted rangoli) and adorned it with strings of  paper marigold. This theme goes very well with the festive spirit.

I love such simple & easy to implement arrangements at home that makes your home beautiful and your efforts worthwhile!

Have a safe Diwali folks.

If you too are passionate and enthusiastic about giving a traditional look to your home and have such unique ideas share them here.Will be happy to post them,

Sunday, November 8, 2015

TUNI- Textiles, yoU aNd I

Have you heard of Tuni Interiors and the very talented founder Mrinmayee Dhobale? If not then it's time you know them.

Tuni interiors is an enterprise that brings textiles and interior design closer to each other.Textiles play a huge role in the decor of a home and that is where Tuni interiors come in.

About the founder:

Mrinmayee Dhobale is an alumnus of NIFT and London College of Fashion who began the conceptualization and planning of TUNI in early August 2013 and finally, it took shape on 29 January 2014 and had its successful debut exhibit in March 2014.

In Mrinmayee's words...

 'I have a huge weakness for art and all things handmade. Wanting to put together art and textiles, very simply put that's how TUNI was born. I absolutely love traveling and the search for beautiful art work takes me to various cities. Having, travel incorporated in my work has been the best part of it. '

Her future plans for Tuni interiors

'I want to collaborate with more artists (folk or contemporary) and bring their art form to life through various textiles and home decor products. The time of fabric tents and fabric wall coverings has been my biggest inspiration, I strongly feel textiles add the warmth a home needs. In the future I see myself filling homes with beautiful textiles from TUNI.  
 In collaboration with an interior firm in Hyderabad, I am currently working on the interiors of an apartment as well. In my opinion textile and interior design goes hand in hand and that is what I am experimenting with.'

Tuni interiors believes in exclusivity and therefore customization is its forte.They thoroughly understand the customers requirement and then work towards achieving aesthetic brilliance!
One aspect that pulled me towards Tuni was their involvement with the folk art forms &  regional textiles of India. Be it Madhubani, Warli, Kerala Murals, Ikkat designs, khunn fabrics...the list continues.

The designing at Tuni  is a two way process.On the core level they work in sync with their artisans, pairing their design skills with the executional abilities of the craftsmen, nurturing their relationship at each level.
Also while engaging in design development  of homes /offices they collaborate with the architects and interior designers to create the best as per the clients requirement.

TUNI has a well networked team of highly skilled artists, artisans and craftsmen from the interiors of India. They engage with the rural artists to create new designs and products exclusively for their clientele. In the process, TUNI helps them access new markets and possibilities.

Today I would want to showcase their Kerala Mural art form on textiles.Each and every piece is beyond description. It is a true example of art,textiles and decor blending beautifully to create the desired effect.

About this collection : Mural Virtuosity

TUNI brings to your coffee table, a story from Guruwayur, Kerala....

Once upon a time, in the land of Guruwayur, Kerala, there was a beautiful Devaswom (temple). Artists and devotees covered its walls in mural paintings. They drew inspiration from mythological and folk tales. The artists used vegetable dyes to add colour to their tales. In an unfortunate event in 1970, the Devaswom caught fire, destroying all this mural art. For a few years the walls remained barren of this beautiful art. In 1989, the Devaswom saw the need to restore this art, and the ‘Guruwayur Devaswom Mural Painting School’ was set up. The school takes pride in protecting and continuing this art form. Every year a batch of 10 students complete their training in mural painting from the Devaswom School. The art still retains the use of vegetable dyes and mythological themes.

Kerala mural paintings are the fresco's depicting mythology and legends which are drawn on the walls of temples and churches.
In this collection, TUNI has worked with students from the Devaswom School, led by Krishna Kumar to translate this art on home decor. As in with all their collections Tuni has strived to make art and functionality meet in home!

Coffee Tables with Kerala Mural Work.

Krishna & the calf...depicted beautifully!

Another in the making!

Some more enticing piece of artwork from Tuni that adorns my home. It creates the perfect traditional setting for the festive season.

There is no better way to give your home an ethnic and festive touch than the rich textiles & art that is popular across India and Tuni is where one should head to, to achieve this look.

For any inquiries you can get in touch with them at

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Every year it's the same question. How to make this Diwali a little different from last years'? One can find loads of inspiration on the internet these days.Sharing some ideas with all of you,  just in case you missed them. These are very simple ones but with a little more imagination & creativity from your side, you can give these arrangements a whole new meaning.

With Marigolds

I have always liked Marigolds but apart from the usual floating Marigolds, never gave much thought to it.This one looks real simple but can give a face-lift to your entrance. Do try this out.What you need are only many strings of Marigold and there you have a pretty decor idea ready to follow.

Image courtesy:Pinterest

Kolam from Rice paste

Pic courtesy:

Such a simple one. Don't stop at one design .Keep making these arch shaped designs continuously.The plumerias in these small earthen bowls create the necessary drama in the decor. Place flower bowls in each arch .Not only at the entrance but drawn anywhere inside your home, they would look appealing.

Paper torans

Pic courtesy:Pinterest

You can make torans from paper too. Just follow the step wise procedure in the image above to make such individual flowers. string them together in the pattern of your choice and a pretty toran for your front door or pooja room is ready!

Lights on Deepavali

Pic Courtesy: Pinterest

 This is a real easy one.Get hold of some T-light candles, paper bags and doilies.
Stick pretty doilies on these paper bags.Place the T-light inside the bags and you have a arrangement worth dying for!

So get going folks...Do share with me, your ideas too. I can share them with sajavat readers. Let us have a safe & prosperous Diwali.Stay blessed.

Coming up next is a wonderful post on, A Design & Decor Enterprise, focusing on art and textiles  and weaving fascinating stories.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Home décor elements inspired from some of India’s best known places…

Goa, Jaipur, Punjab, Delhi and Agra what’s the common factor among all these cities? They are the Pride of our country in more ways than one.

Agra boasts of the Tajmahal-One of the Seven Wonders of the World. A monument that celebrates true love. The beauty and allure of Tajmahal is such that it draws from tourists from far off places. Sitting pretty on the banks of Yamuna the Tajmahal is what lends uniqueness to Agra.

Goa-I know the name makes you feel lazy and relaxed. That’s we do in Goa. While you are in Goa enjoy the white sands, lines of palm trees and sparkling water. The Goan architecture is influenced by the Portuguese styled bungalows, the arched windows, the colourful exteriors with white and blue tile work make Goa a traveler’s paradise.

Jaipur- The name spells grandeur. Considered a flamboyant city with palaces that take you off your feet, Jaipur is the pink city of India. There is colourful chaos all around and the history and splendor of Jaipur’s majestic past enthralls the tourist like no other.

Punjab-It’s the land of five rivers. The people of Punjab are known for their high levels of energy, for their bhangra and their never say die attitude. The Harmandir sahib in Amritsar or the Golden temple is a must visit and popular shrine for one and all. The peace that you experience once you are at the Gurudwara surrounded on all its side by water is worth an experience.

Delhi- Delhi is about its havelis, forts & monuments. It is about the ‘dilliwala’.Popularly called ‘Dil walon ki nagari’, it can be an overwhelming affair to visit India’s capital city.
Apart from all that we discussed about these various jewels of India, there is another factor that brings them together. The’ Indie Tadka ‘collection by

You can now enjoy the spirit of each of these cities in the confines of your home. Each time you reminisce about your favourite city, feel them through the thoughtfully curated bed elements and coffee mugs from Indie tadka.

It’s an ideal gift for the festive season too! Anybody missing their hometown during this period, you can make their day…

For more info and to have a peak at their offerings, find the details below.

Also you can order the Indie Tadka collection from snapdeal. Find the snapdeal link on the topmost right hand corner of the blogpage.

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