October 31, 2014

A Modern Victorian

The all-black exterior of this Upstate New York Victorian hints at the unconventional design inside.

I’m gushing over this house today. Look at that amazing colour! I can’t get over how stunning this black looks against all that green. Would such a colour work in India (for exteriors)? I’ve seen some pretty ghastly buildings painted in random geometric shapes including black but they look terrible. How would an old Goan house look in a dark colour scheme? It would certainly stand out against all the primary reds and yellows. And would it make the house hotter (in the temperature sense)?

Look at the ‘Before’ and ‘After’ – pretty awesome, huh? The visible changes seem to be the addition of two window boxes, lots more plants and of course, the dramatic colour of the blue woodwork and pink door.

 The all-black exterior of this Upstate New York Victorian hints at the unconventional design inside.

There are some pretty stunning before and afters here including shots of various rooms. What do you think? Were you bowled over too? Anything you would do differently? I for one, am bookmarking the article to steal some of their ideas!

Images via Lonny

October 30, 2014

Banoo Batliboi

Have you seen the work of Mumbai-based book sculptor and photographer, Banoo Batliboi ? I stumbled upon these incredible images of her home work through Lumitrix. Banoo’s work is ethereal and yet very grounded. Her book sculptures are amazing – I wonder how long each one took to create?


Image via Lumitrix

Above three images via

See more of her house here and browse through some of her incredible work here.

October 23, 2014

A Complete Guide to Modern Chairs

I’ve got chairs on my mind.

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Some of you might know that I live in a house that dates back to the early 1800s and was once the Mint of Goa. The house is built in the typical Goan-Portuguese style with high ceilings, wooden floors and big airy rooms. The house has been in my husband’s family for over 100 years and is full of old and beautiful antique furniture. The chairs in the house are typically part of a set, with cane seats and backs. Several tilt towards the ornate with elaborate carvings on the back.


Keeping this background in mind,  I must confess I am often drawn to the sparseness of modern furniture. Formal wooden chairs are lovely to look at but not always the most comfortable to lounge in. I feel that overtly traditional homes breathe better with a good dose of the contemporary in it. I would like to see the occasional modern chair in our house like a Barcelona or Eames Armchair Rocker. These would go into a quiet corner (dream on!) and would pair up with a tall floor lamp and a pile of books. (And earplugs – now, wouldn’t that be bliss.)

Do you know your Wassily from your Jacobsen? Curious to know who designed the Egg Chair or what the ‘Coconut Chair’ looks like? OneKingsLane has created an extremely helpful guide to chairs taking you from Pre-Modern to now. If you love design, OKL’s ‘Complete Guide to Modern Chairs’ is one of those staples that you must pin and download and save for future reference. 

Do you have any interesting chairs in your home?

October 19, 2014

I’d like to live here…

A beautiful orange house in time for Halloween. Look at how that gorgeous colour contrasts with all that incredible green! When can I move in?

Arne Maynard garden ; Gardenista

This charming home in Wales belongs to garden designer Arne Maynard. See more of it on Gardenista.

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