Year: 2014

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Happy New Year! May 2015 be a wonderful year for you, filled with joy and happiness and dreams that come true! Whenever I see these teacups, I think of the expression, “everything is coming up roses” and that’s what I hope your year is like- wonderful, successful, and filled with abundance. And, of course, many cups of chai– whether…

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I don’t know how I missed finding out about Dvibhumi so far but having found them, I have to share them here. They are a jewelry label out of Singapore that works with silver to create contemporary pieces. I like all of their collections so far, be it the Bali-inspired Ayu, the Islamic architecture-influenced Vibhuti…

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There has been so much interest in the Purple Floral Bone China Teacup (with saucer) that was featured that I thought I would let you know where I bought it- at my local (SF Bay area) TJ Maxx/ Home Goods store. They were available as a set of teacup+saucer and also came in other colors- I spotted…

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  Oh for the love of a red suzani! A very quick post to share these pictures that I took today morning to welcome the latest addition to my suzani collection! With Diwali here, I’ve been sprucing up the home corner by corner and today when I was coming down the stairs, my heart just thrilled…

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Oct 20

Diwali Decor

Just a quick note to say Hello! Our blog feed has had some issues the last few days but hopefully, we have fixed it now. If you are looking for last-minute Diwali decor inspiration, we had tons of pictures in yesterday‘s post and I have added some from earlier years.   All images credit/copyright: Studio Collectivitea To subscribe to…

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Diwali 2014/ Collectivitea
Oct 19

Diwali 2014

This week is the grand festive occasion of Diwali 2014. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil (yay!), light over darkness. You can Google it to see all the different reasons that we celebrate Diwali and the regional variation in the way it’s celebrated. The overarching theme of Diwali, however, is to bring an…

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Have you seen the Safomasi Kawaii collection yet? I heard from them and I have to share it with all of you because they are beautiful and very contemporary. Safomasi, who design fabrics for the home, have a new collection that is inspired by their travels to Japan called the Kawaii collection. The textiles are…

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Once Upon A Tea Time
Sep 19

Fall+Tea

Fall + tea or falling for tea! I have a bunch of photographs that I wanted to share with all the chai lovers out there because with fall here, tea has become more a part of our day with an extra cup or two added to the daily routine.  Assembling tea trays, with teapots full…

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Our supporters and friends at Kalyana Textiles offer beautiful block printed fabrics for the home. They are based out of the United States and by shopping with them, you not only bring gorgeous fabrics into your home but you also support small business entrepreneurs here. They are currently offering free shipping on all US purchases over $50…

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Aug 6

Rigama

I want to introduce you to a new brand today, Rigama, that is based out of the SF Bay area. The woman behind it is Revathi Narayanan, a multitalented powerhouse of energy. She is a trained classical singer and teacher, she creates clay-based jewelry and dolls (think Navaratri, people), is a fervent believer of DIY…

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42 !! It’s very early on Tuesday morning as I write this and the sun isn’t out yet. Already the weather has started cooling here in the SF bay area and it makes me hope that we are heading into an early fall. (Summer is the time that I am most prone to migraines and I…

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Wood block printing! Can we ever have enough? It’s a glorious, sunny morning here in our corner of the SF Bay area! The kids and I are taking the day off – we are going to lunch and then to the park to see my older son fly the quadrocopter that he built this summer.…

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Kauai, the garden island of my dreams! My husband and I have dreams of retiring to Kauai and opening a small book store and cafe, and living happily ever after! And today, we have a blitz of colors for you all the way from Kauai, Hawaii! When we visited last, I stopped by my favorite…

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Hello to must-have jewelry from Sanskara Designs!  It promises to be a clear, sunny and hot day here in the SF Bay area, and we are finding refuge in the cool blues of  jewelry by  Sanskara Designs. This piece is from their collection Indigo Dreams inspired by the nomadic tribes of Africa. It reminds us…

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How have you been, my dear friends? I am sending you textile postcards from India! I am enjoying myself, visiting different parts of Bombay. I have been shopping though I don’t think I’ve bought that much.  The shopping has been more about the tradition of spending time shopping with my Mom- going to sari stores even…

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I want to share pictures of a recent tea party that I hosted where I was able to play around with colors and photograph to my heart’s content. I used my vintage tapestries and mismatched tea cups, and the only thing they had in common was a vaguely similar color palette. The color palette was a…

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Soumeiran Jewelry/ Collectivitea
Jun 2

Soumeiran

Our inbox has been overflowing with emails from every type of creative entrepreneur, and it’s been great to hear from so many people. Today’s post is about a handcrafted, jewelry line, Soumeiran based out of the UK and available for shopping online. The main components are silver sourced from India, Indonesia and Thailand. The designer and…

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Are you familiar with the House of Alva? They are based here in my corner of Northern California and they offer lovely, artisan-made scarves. They are a socially conscious brand that work with low-income women in India and with small-enterprises to produce scarves, as a way to improve their livelihoods and financial well-being. I met co-founder Mudita…

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Today’s giveaway is courtesy of Minou Bazaar and is a gift certificate worth $50 that can be used at their Etsy store to get your hands on some gorgeous handcrafted jewelry! Owner and creator Meenoo Mishra is an Indian-American and she makes jewelry, right here in the United States, that is inspired by the fabulous…

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One popular meaning of ‘nirvana’ is an ideal or idyllic place or state or mind or a state of peace. When I say decorating nirvana, I mean a state where you have achieved your ideal look. Whether you live in a rental property or your own, whether it’s an apartment or a house or everything…

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It’s 10 in the morning on yet another Monday (someone needs a holiday!) and here are some…..I have gotten off to a really slow start to my Monday. We had a busy weekend, almost completely taken over by the kids’ activities, plus a small party Sunday afternoon and I have gotten to Monday lunchtime without…

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Taking photographs and blogging takes on an even more wonderful quality on Saturdays. There is nowhere else that I have to be, and nothing else that I have to be doing. Everyone becomes their better, more creative self on Saturdays, don’t you think? So, today I was inspired by the changing light in our ‘chaikhana‘…

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How do you jumpstart your inspiration and creativity? All of us go through days when we feel like we are in creative funk or have a creative block, and there are no new ideas or thoughts, don’t we? How do you cope with that and what do you do to make it go away?  The…