For our vacation in December, we went to the beautiful and colorful island of Puerto Rico. Apart from the amazing warm weather and the gorgeous beaches, one of the best things about visiting Puerto Rico is the beautiful neighborhood of Old San Juan. The beautiful blue cobblestones and colorful Spanish architecture makes for a very charming neighborhood. And oh the local artisanal shops! You know me by now... I can never resist shopping for local stuff :). 

The streets are packed with artisan shops and great restaurants. But the two shops that topped my charts and a must-see are:

1. Mi Pequeno San Juan

This beautiful shop has hands down the best Puerto Rico craft doors.

Right in the heart of old San Juan, a beautiful couple, Lady Lee Andrews and Nicolas Thomassin have been running this gorgeous shop for over 15 years. They make replicas of historical colonial building and the colorful houses San Juan is famous for! Lady Lee is also a well known poet in San Juan and has published numerous poetry books. 

She even gifted us one of her books, True Love :). 

Each door sculpture is made from scratch in the studio. Sketched, molded then painted and signed by the artist right here in their studio.

We got one for ourselves too :).

2.  Magia Arteacto 

Artist and owner, Manolo Diaz, has been collecting vintage and authentic Puerto Rican pieces and gives them a new quirky look with his imagination. His art is a beautiful compilation of his thoughts. Each piece is beautifully unique!

Be sure to check these places if you go to the colorful Puerto Rico :).

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We all have some special homes we associate our childhood with. One such gorgeous home is of a long time family friend, who is also a fellow blogger and an awesome person, Nivedita Sharma of d2sdesign. I call her Ditu di, and have known her since I was a year old (well, that was a long longgg time ago). My family and Ditu di were neighbors back then and have been in touch ever since.

Ditu di was always so patient with me - listening on to my endless kiddish chatter. We would play while she would make me eat all the vegetables that I would otherwise never eat at home! I still remember how her gorgeous home always had a wonderful smell of freshly baked cake...

Today, with all those happy memories in my heart, let me take you to her beautiful and breathtaking home in New Delhi.

Every corner in her home has a story. 

In her words,

"This is a special spot. The idol is of Ardhanarishvara. Half Shiva and half Parvati symbolizing the masculine and feminine energies. It's one of my very favorite pieces which I picked up from Delhi national museum. This is made by an award winning craftsman with a single wax mould. Meaning that there would be just one piece like this made by that particular craftsman."

"The buddha head is an original sculpture made by the famous sculptor - Ram Sutar. He made the sculpture of Gandhi at the Parliament House in Delhi too."

"This is a place where I have some of my favorite things in the home. 

The black idols are of black sandalwood from Tirupati and are of Vishnu and Lakshmi. It's a gift from my parents. 

The central picture is a very old Tanjore painting of Krishna and Balram with the calf. Surprisingly both are of the same skin color and intriguingly identical.

To its left is another small Tanjore of Lakshmi which I picked up from Surajkund mela along with the wooden panel depicting Shiva, Ganesha and Parvati. These pieces were picked up when we had just got married and had started to decorate my home just like you :).

The cushions are from Good Earth. I had to pay an arm and a leg for these but it's worth it and I would do it every year during their sale :)." 

Isn't her home just gorgeous with so many stories of beautiful treasures accumulated over the years, and stunning combinations of old and new!

Check out her Facebook page for more inspiration :).

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Diwali may be over but the festive season continues. Today, I want to introduce you all to a very special and talented quiller artist - Vaishali Rastogi of Kagaz Kala. I came across Vaishali's work earlier this year, and have found it to be absolutely fascinating since.

Quilling, also known as paper filigree, is a form of craft, in which strips of paper are folded, rolled and glued together to create interesting designs and patterns.

Vaishali stumbled upon the world of quilling while looking for something else on the world wide web (that's when all the best ideas come, don't they?). In her words, "I first saw a you tube video on quilling while searching for something else and got extremely fascinated by it. So, I decided to give it a try. My first quilling creation was a 2D picture frame which came out very well. Subsequently, I tried a 3D Kathakali dancer, which came out beautiful too. Since then, I have continued to explore myself more in this art form". 

My favorite is this Krishna below :).

Some of these sculptures have taken her more than 2 months to complete. Every last detail is perfectly finished and thought out...

Vaishali creates beautiful handmade Jewelry, sculptures and decor items.

For more of her work, check out her Facebook page here.

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Meet Jyotika and Rohan, dear friends of mine who recently moved apartments within San Francisco and have been busy setting up their new home over the last few months. 

I have always adored Jyotika's sense of personal style and have been pestering her to let me blog about her place. Her fun, eclectic style combined with Rohan's clean minimalism has resulted into a perfect modern glam home for the lovely couple and I couldn't wait to share it with all of you.

When I asked Jyotika about her design inspiration, she said," We love natural light and colors and wanted to create a beautiful place without it being too crowded"

The first thing you notice in the home is the amazing amount of natural light which opens into the room and how it creates more visual space. Every piece in the room looks hand picked, and the space feels warm and welcoming.

The CB2 orange sleeper sofa livens up the room instantly and doubles up as a bed when they're hosting guests. The chevron sofa table from One Kings Lane is a perfect divider between the living and the kitchen area.

The tall bookshelf and the two oversized mirrors, on the opposite sides of the room, create a visual illusion of space in the area.

The transparent chairs add to the funk in the room, and provide extra seating without impacting the visual space.

And I just love the happy yellow trunk next to the TV cabinet below. Great use of the space, while adding some smart storage. 

There are so many little knick knacks that add to the character of the room...

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How do you display something you love? Simple - you get it framed!!.

The paintings below are from Sanjay Patel's work- Jyotika's favorite artist. I love the depiction of Goddess Saraswati, Gautam Budda and Sita. The white frames match the wall and keep the focus on the paintings. These beautiful pieces on a white background provide a relaxed look to the room. Aren't they cute??

Here's the walkway to the bedroom...

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The bedroom feels calm and soothing with the warm earthy palette. A fun red trunk placed next to the bed is perfect for storing the bedside essentials and the trunk also doubles up as a storage spot that helps tuck away all the extra stuff that tends to accumulates in the room (don't we all heart clever storage options!!).

Keeping everything else in the room simple is a great way of enhancing art. The huge canvas print above the bed surely makes a grand statement. The couple loves nature and decided to get some greenery in the room through the art. It adds the right amount of softness to make it truly comfortable. And besides, isn't it nice to wake up in a peaceful room :).

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Nothing beats the hot afternoon like cold cold coffee!!

Enjoying the beautiful autumn sunshine.

Happy Thursday :)

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Can't believe October is here already! A month full of amazing festivals.

Sit back and enjoy. Let the festivities begin!

Happy October to y'all :)

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This little gem in the heart of Chinatown district called Shangri La Gifts, is one of my recent favorite stores in SF to pick that one-of-a-kind piece for my family and friends!

Fang Yi, the owner of the store, makes all the jewelry herself. Her gorgeous thread & silver neck pieces and beautiful bracelets will make your heart sing.

Be sure to check out this place if you are around Chinatown. You will certainly not leave empty handed. Whats your favorite piece out of these?

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