Year: 2014

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Happy New Year/Collectivitea

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 you enjoy it in happy solitude or in the loving company of family and friends. See you in 2015!

Happy New Year/Collectivitea

 

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Dvibhumi/ CollectiviteaI 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 or, my personal favorite, the Kutcheri collection that draws its inspiration from the style of the south Indian Carnatic music divas (pictured above and immediately below).

Dvibhumi/CollectiviteaI am drawn to Dvibhumi because they are one of those brands that draws on cultural heritage and builds on it to create a contemporary classic. I love the work! There is also plenty of contrast within the label- the matte, almost glowing white finish of the Vibhuti pieces, the corrugated and tactile-friendly surfaces of the Ayu. I imagine that the Kutcheri line was inspired by the flashy gold and diamonds of the female music divas of the Carnatic music genre and to see them reinterpreted in cool silver and yet retaining the original ornamentation, shapes and even the haughtiness is just wonderful! So do check out Dvibhumi- like their tagline says, Born of Asia, Goes Everywhere- so they do ship worldwide.

All images credit/copyright: Dvibhumi



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Purple Floral Bone China Teacup (with saucer) /Collectivitea

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 yellow too. Since I wanted something that would contrast with the indigo, I chose these. I don’t know if they are still available at Home Goods but if you are interested, the Gracie China Shop also has it. You can contact them to find out about shipping etc. Hope this helps!

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Red Suzani/Collectivitea

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 to this view of reds and greens- the pot/vase is pretty large and this bright, happy teal-green that is the same as the green in the suzani and paired together, it’s this lovely, joyous burst of color. When you ready your home for all the holidays that the latter part of the year brings, do consider using vintage fabrics to tie together disparate colors and to add a healthy dose of vibrant print and pattern to really wake up the space. This particular vintage suzani is from Uzbekistan. It’a curved wall, so I am still figuring out the artwork but I love it so far. What do you think? Do you use vintage fabrics in your home?

Red Suzani/Collectivitea

Red Suzani/Collectivitea

 

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Oct 20

Diwali Decor

Diwali decor/Collectivitea

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.

Diwali decor/Collectivitea

Diwali decor/Collectivitea

Diwali decor/CollectiviteaDiwali decor/Collectivitea

 

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Diwali 2014/ Collectivitea
Oct 19

Diwali 2014

Diwali 2014/ Collectivitea

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 abundance of light and joy and prosperity to your life and to dispel any darkness. We do this symbolically by lighting lamps or ‘diyas’ at home.  They are essentially like tea light holders though the traditional method involves lighting a wick dipped in oil. The diyas come in a variety of materials, styles and sizes- from the very basic brown terra-cotta lamps and traditional metal lamps, to heavily decorated, painted and sequined creations available in glass and metal. Everyone has their own tradition and style of celebrating Diwali and I want to share with you mine- it has it’s traditional bling-y component but after nearly 26 years of living, and celebrating, outside of India, my Diwali celebration has acquired that East meets West vibe that is reflective of my journey. Living in the SF Bay area, it’s easy to get access to most Indian products in the local Indian stores- including hand painted diyas flown here in time for the season. In addition our Diwali celebrations also take on a boho, laid-back California style and the results are truly a reflection of our lives so far. Whether your style is traditional, bold and bling-y, whimsical or boho all the way, I hope the pictures inspire you to celebrate this beautiful occasion.

 

Diwali 2014/ Collectivitea

Diwali 2014/ Collectivitea Diwali 2014/ Collectivitea

My favorite pictures are the ones that follow. It’s evening and the lamps have been lit and everything has taken on a warm, golden glow.

 

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Safomasi Kawaii collection/ Collectivitea

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 hand printed and capture both the serene and the colorful sides of the amazing people and their gorgeous country.  I haven’t visited Japan but I have a long history of virtual association with the country. All through my childhood summer vacations (every single one of them!), I watched wall projector slide shows on Japan because my uncle travelled to, and lived there for the better part of every year, and had this huge collection of slides. Fast forward to last year, and my older son started learning Japanese. This wasn’t part of school but he was fascinated by Japanese culture and fell in love with the language. He’s now an expert and reads books written entirely in Japanese, can carry out colloquial conversation (insanely proud mama!) and has made us promise that we are going to travel there soon. The reason I am writing it here is because I listen to Japanese music playing in my son’s room throughout the day and receive information, facts and trivia on Japan from my son when he comes across something new and am continually exposed to the different dimensions of  this culture. And now, I can’t wait to go there and see for myself! What I really like about the Safomasi collection is that it seeks to explore and portray the multifaceted aspects of the people and their lives and they do so in vivid handprinted colors (swooning over the blue and white!) and striking patterns. The designs make for great conversation starters! There are pillows and quilts in different sizes including one for baby. My favorite is the Festival quilt in gorgeous blue and white..

Safomasi Kawaii collection/ Collectivitea

Safomasi Kawaii collection/ Collectivitea

Visit Safomasi to see all the products and do check out the earlier collections- they are great at reinterpreting tradition for the contemporary world!

All images are courtesy of and copyrighted to Safomasi.


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Once Upon A Tea Time
Sep 19

Fall+Tea

Tea and fall/Collectivitea

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 of tea, is something we are doing often. The candles are lit, books are brought out and quick naps on the living room couch are a must. As I wind down for the week, I hope the pictures remind you of your own seasonal traditions and that they urge you to slow down and savor this time with family and friends. (I took the pictures, some  posed and with my camera and others quick shots with my phone as  I was drinking my tea.)

Tea and fall/Collectivitea

 

Tea and fall/Collectivitea

Tea and fall/Collectivitea

Tea and fall/Collectivitea

And lastly, this picture below- I have a few of these mirrored belts that can be used to accessorize your clothing (or for belly dancing as the seller told me) but that I use as tie-backs for my curtains. The mirrors catch the light and that discreet shine is beautiful. Which brings me to something else I wanted to write about- make your home a place that makes you happy. A lot of times people decorate to make a statement. Instead, what if you thought about what makes you happy and surrounded yourself with it?  After all, you live there everyday.

Tea and fall/Collectivitea

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Kalyana Textiles/ Collectivitea

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 and this is your chance to stock up on your favorite blue and white block prints (there are other colors too but this combination is my all-time favorite). They have lovely stuff- quilts, pillows, napkins- and there is block printed fabrics as well as some kantha and ikat. Indulge yourself and help them support us! Visit them here.

Kalyana Textiles/ Collectivitea

Kalyana Textiles/ Collectivitea

(I had to include this picture from their block printing workshop- it screams of creativity and possibilities!)

Images credit/copyright: Kalyana Textiles


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Aug 6

Rigama

Rigama/ CollectiviteaI 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 and upcycling and is on her way to becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Rigama/ CollectiviteaThis is what she has to say about herself, “My loves in life are family, music and creating beautiful things out of any kind of material – paper, wood, clay, plastic. I love upcycling and have several upcycled articles around the house and yard. Rigama was born through inspiration from color, terra cotta art and artisans worldwide. I am inspired by everyday things. If I dine at a restaurant and love an entree, I want to deconstruct it and try it at home, of course to varying levels of success! Similarly with art and decor – I fell in love with terracotta jewelry and intended to shop for some before a family wedding. Inspired by the designs I saw online I decided to give it a try with polymer clay.

Rigama/ CollectiviteaWhat started out as a hobby for jewelry slowly evolved into dolls for Navaratri and then into an entrepreneurial venture as Rigama. I sell through the Etsy shop as well as through Facebook and personal interactions. I do undertake custom orders, where one may specify colors and overall style, while leaving the creative content to me.  Rigama jewelry ranges in price from $8.00 to $150.00, depending on size, material, sets or individual pieces and intricacy involved.

Rigama/ Collectivitea

I learn and teach Hindustani music to children. I teach the traditional gayaki style of music. My goal in life is to make music reach as many children as possible and kindle a fire in them for ‘any’ genre of music that resonates with them. Toward this end, I’ve kick-started a musical flash mob with a bunch of child singers I know, and blended several genres of music – Indian film music, Indian classical, Western pop and rock music. The ‘NEON BEASTS’ as they’ve dubbed themselves, will be doing several street performances around the SF Bay Area this summer. .. My hope for ‘NEON BEASTS’ is to have it mushroom in communities across the world, embrace kids and teachers of all backgrounds, grow to include various genres of music and become a ‘music’ movement, spreading joy to everyone who witnesses it. Will be a nice bonus if some of these children blossom into musicians as well! “- Revathi Narayanan

Rigama/ Once Upon A Tea Time

Revathi’s clay dolls range from Indian mythological characters to Greek, Egyptian and Aztec gods and goddesses. For all those of you that are already looking around for gifts for all the festive occasions that are coming up and dolls for Navaratri, please do email Revathi at repanch@gmail.com and visit her Facebook page and Etsy stores so that you can get your custom orders in early.

Rigama/ Once Upon A Tea Time
Rigama/ Once Upon A Tea Time

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Hello 42 /Collectivitea

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 am always happy when the l-o-n-g days of sunshine are coming to a close.) For the past couple of years, I have written a birthday post sharing what I have learnt in that year and it has always been among my popular posts and I am continuing the tradition. Plus this is year 42 (“The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42.” Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.)  So, how was 2013-14?

Hello 42 /Collectivitea

1. Just when you think you have everything figured out, the universe has other plans! This has been true for me for the past year. I’ve merely been a spectator while my life was rearranged according to some other, dare I hope, grander plan. I really thought that now that I was in my 40’s (okay, 41) I was at an adult age, where I can make plans and carry them out. Wrong! The universe reminded me that I maybe older and maturer, but it was far more so than I would ever be. If that’s happened with you too, stay curious and please, don’t give into fear.

2. The more you resist, the harder it is. “No, this isn’t what I planned! What IS going on?” was my theme song but everything became simpler when I got out of bed every morning without any assumptions on how the day was going to turn out.

3. Change is exhilarating! It’s fun and I have done my best work when I have been challenged into doing so. (Including running a magazine that is now on its 9th issue.)

4. It’s okay to jump in with 2 feet.  So do you want to write a book, start a company, patent a device, or become a martial arts teacher? Whatever your dream, go for it. The only thing you will regret is not trying. I’ve been seeing this quote on the inter webs and it stayed in my mind, ‘you have the same hours in each day as Beyonce’, or words to that effect. And, believe me, if you really want it to happen, you will make the time. Jump in and give it your all.

5. Don’t carry the past with you. It’s a burden. Our extended family has gone through some tough times in the past and it has created a kind of fearful expectation in me until I can’t see the positives for the negatives. With a lot of help from family, friends and Eckhart Tolle, I am learning to let it go.

6. Do your best! Bring your best self to your commitments. And then, let it go. This has been my hardest lesson and, with the weird year I’ve had, one I have practically mastered. As long as I know that I tried my best, I am happy.

7. As women (and speaking to my mostly female audience), we judge ourselves harshly even though we may give others the benefit of doubt.  Be kind. To yourself, to those around you.

8. Do something that makes you happy.

Hello 42 /Collectivitea

If there are other things I should know and be practicing, please leave a comment and share with all of us!

Lots of love to all of you!

Priya

 

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Wood Blocks for Printing/Collectivitea

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. And then on to the craft store because we are going try printing with wood block prints! I am going to follow the tips that artist Kavita Gandhi generously shared in our anniversary issue way back in December 2013. There are still days left to summe,r and if you want to try it too, I have a clipping here for you. Just pin it to your Pinterest board, so that you have it for when you are ready. What are we making? We are going to try printing on paper first and see if we can make some beautiful art for a gallery wall I am working on.

Wood Block Printing/ Collectivitea

Wood Block Printing/ Collectivitea


Wood Block Printing/ Collectivitea Wood Blocks Printing/ Collectivitea

 

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Kauai @ Collectivitea

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 store there, On the road to Hanalei, and asked if I could take pictures to share with you. They said yes, and I was so excited because it’s like a photography treasure chest! They offer lovely blue and white ceramics, kantha quilts, clothing and a really awesomely curated collection of objects from around the world as well as work from local artists. We are revisiting them today for a jolt of much-needed color + who doesn’t want to go to Kauai on any given day?! Enjoy the virtual trip! Plus I am dreaming of running a store just like this one- just add a bookstore and a cafe! – Priya

Kauai @ Collectivitea

Kauai @ Collectivitea

On the road to Hanalei @ the curated magazine Kauai @ Collectivitea

Kauai @ Collectivitea

Kauai @ Collectivitea

 

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On the road to Hanalei (7) @ the curated magazine

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Jewelry by Sanskara Designs/Collectivitea

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 of inviting blue waters nestled into rocky, secluded beaches- which is where we’d like to be this July Monday! You can see more of Sanskara Designs’s collection at their Facebook page here. The pieces are handmade with gemstones of many types and you can buy from their existing collection or have a bespoke item made just for you. Get in touch with Sanskara Designs and chase away your drab Monday blues with these beautiful shades!

Jewelry by Sanskara Designs/Collectivitea

 

Images credit/copyright: Sanskara Designs


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Textile Postcards/Collectivitea

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 though I probably wear a sari twice a year, of spending time oohing and aahing over colors and patterns, of visiting all the places we have always meant to go to, and of taking hundreds and hundreds of pictures. It’s been a lovely time of renewing bonds. Let’s talk now about the fabrics themselves- just drool-worthy, gorgeousness! The intricate embroidery, the different materials and weaves, the studied block-printed cottons, the over-the-top, Bollywood-esque sequins and crystals, the sleek modern abstractions on matte silk-each one of them is a photographer’s delight! And everyone seems to take all of it for granted- I guess being around this beauty everyday blunts your reaction over time! Honestly, the most talented, industrious and creative people live here and being surrounded by them has reset and jump-started my own creativity like no other.- Priya
Textile Postcards/Collectivitea


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Tea Party/ Collectivitea

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 green/mint green/teal paired with pink and it was deliciously feminine, cool and soothing, all at once. If you are planning a spring tea party, or one for Mother’s Day, may I suggest trying these colors? As to how to mix it all up, and not having everything clash, first, pick one dominant color, one that is going to be on most of the pieces. Don’t worry about the patterns now. Just make sure the color is reinforced and shows up in varying degrees in the accessories. Next pick similar patterns, for example, floral, or all paisleys. Layer them as you would a sandwich 🙂 and voilà!

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Soumeiran Jewelry/ Collectivitea
Jun 2

Soumeiran

Soumeiran Jewelry/ Collectivitea

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 creator of the line is Suchitra Gulvady and she handcrafts every beautiful piece. Go on and support an indie designer and indulge yourself with jewelry that combines the traditions and design sense of the East and the West. (I wonder how long I can continue to write that because as the world becomes a global village, we are heavily influenced by each other and that shows in so many aspects of our life.) Visit Soumeiran at their Facebook page to see all the designs and to place an order.

Soumeiran Jewelry/ Collectivitea
Soumeiran Jewelry/ Collectivitea

Soumeiran Jewelry/ Collectivitea
Soumeiran Jewelry/ Collectivitea

 

Image credits/copyright: Soumeiran


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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 Tiwari for a cup of tea and was struck by her enthusiasm and her utter obsession with creating the perfect scarf and in helping and nurturing the artisan community. The House of Alva store has a selection of handwoven Cashmere, pure  silk, wool and cotton scarves. Today, they are giving away one scarf from their Royal Summer collection (pictured below) to you. I chose the colors I liked but there are more colors and patterns on their site…

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The giveaway is open to residents of the United States. So, what do you have to do to take part?

  1. Subscribe to the House of Alva mailing list on their homepage (bottom of the page) – www.HouseOfAlva.com.
  2. Bonus entries:
    1. Pin one your favorite items on their Pinterest Page
    2. Like House of Alva on Facebook
    3. Follow them on Twitter
    4. Follow them on Instagram  Be sure to come back and leave me  a comment stating that you subscribed/pinned/liked on FB or followed on Twitter etc. and help me keep track of the entries.  That’s it! The giveaway runs until Wednesday May 28th.


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Minou Bazaar Giveaway/ CollectiviteaToday’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 bazaars and markets of India. She gives them a contemporary twist so that the modern woman can wear it every day.  In Meenoo’s own words,”I make jewelry for women who are curious, romantic, and have a passion for other cultures, beauty, history, mythology, and art; women who aren’t afraid to wear jewelry every day, not just for special occasions. I am inspired by color, nature, history, literature, and of course, the shiny and sparkly. I love using vintage Indian bits and pieces of neglected components and findings and combining them with Lucite, glass, crystals, and gemstones to create something new. I take great care and time in choosing shapes, patterns, and colors that remind me of India and its endless source of inspiration.

Minou Bazaar Giveaway/ Collectivitea

I picked out my favorites and I went for both traditional pattens as well as slender creations perfect for daily wear. Minou Bazaar Giveaway/ Once Upon A Tea Time

 

Minou Bazaar Giveaway/ CollectiviteaTo take part in the giveaway, all you have to do is leave me a comment expressing your interest and telling me which particular item(s) at Minou Bazaar you will be spending the $50 on if you win! This giveaway is open to everyone. Shipping is free within the United States, which means if you live in the US, you can spend your entire $50 amount, if you win, on the jewelry of your choice. For international customers/winner, shipping will be have to be factored into $50 amount. The giveaway runs until just after Memorial Day, May 27th. Visit Minou Bazaar and on Facebook. Thank you for taking part!

Minou Bazaar Giveaway/ Collectivitea


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Decorating Nirvana/Collectivitea

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 in between, if you can create your ideal surroundings, you have achieved decorating nirvana! Let me explain. We moved into our current home 3 months ago, it’s our dream home and we love it.  Though we still have to change some furniture, we are almost done setting it up. (I am not including the boys rooms in this because they have become increasingly vocal in their objections to having their rooms prettified by me.) Which means I have hung art on the walls, there are frames leaning on the floor, a mix of contemporary photographs and traditional paintings; I have draped my beautiful vintage fabrics, set up piles of books and arranged my collection of objects from around the world. Add some flowers and a fern or two. This is how I create our home in every apartment, condo, townhouse or house we have ever lived in. I don’t see myself changing it. This is what interior decor means to me- creating that signature look which tells anyone entering the house our story and what we love (boho chic, all the way!). Once I have created this look, I am done. I will change the paintings around, rotate the objets d’art or switch this fabric for that or buy more but that’s it. After years of figuring out, we have arrived at a state of nirvana. Have you? If yes, what is it made up of? Whether you have already figured it out or are still in the process of doing so, write to me in the comments section below and tell me your story. 

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Enjoy The Journey/Collectivitea

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 much to show for my morning. So, what do I do? I quickly head to Pinterest to search for answers….Fast forward to Monday night (at least it’s still Monday here!). Every blogger, at some time or the other, struggles with what to write in a post and I had one of those feeling-phenomenally-uninspired days.  I really would like to go away on a holiday and be away from responsibility and routine, even for a short while. I am at somewhat of a crossroads in certain aspects of my life and I really don’t know which way to proceed. It would be nice if the paths were marked, “Take this, there is a 70-80% chance of it working out”  or “This way, the success rate is 45%.” It would make it easier to know which road to take, what goal to work towards. Of course, it means that I want the guarantee to success before I even try! We all constantly talk about how we are going to enjoy the journey that is our life and not obsess about the destination. How many of us do? I find it really hard. I want to enjoy each day rather than impatiently wait for  a point in time when I can yell, “Cut, everything is now perfect in my life! Let’s freeze this moment!.” And to a certain extent, I do- I cherish the time spent with family and friends and especially with the kids- but I would feel so much better if I learnt to do that in all areas of life. Thoughts? How do you do this?- Priya

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Chaikhana/ Home Office/ Collectivitea

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 to take pictures. The word  ‘chaikhana’ refers to a tea house, and given that tea time is a very special time in our household, we designated our favorite part of the house, the formal dining room, as a chaikhana. We just grouped chairs, layered them with vintage tapestries and voila, a boho den! We hang around here, read, listen to music, spend endless hours talking or playing with the kids.  I took over a corner of the chaikhana, put a desk there and made it my blog headquarters. All I need is my laptop, some cherished pictures and objets d’art, some flowers and lots and lots of creamy light mixed with green shadows thrown by the plum and apple trees outside my window.

Chaikhana/ Home Office/ Collectivitea
Chaikhana/ Home Office/ Collectivitea
Chaikhana/ Home Office/ Collectivitea
Chaikhana/ Home Office/ Collectivitea
Chaikhana/ Home Office/ Collectivitea
What do you think? Tea, anyone?
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Triumph Over Creative Block/ Vintage Tapestry/Collectivitea

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 simplest thing that I do to jumpstart my creative thinking is take a lot of hot showers! The shower is my time for clearing my head, getting my thoughts in order, and having that ‘Eureka’/lightbulb moment when ideas click together. But given California’s drought situation, long or multiple showers are out of the question.  The next option is to find the local flea market but these days, you end up seeing more plastic products than anything else!

Triumph Over Creative Block/ Vintage Tapestry/Collectivitea

 

Triumph Over Creative Block/ Vintage Tapestry/Collectivitea

I am most inspired when I see vintage fabrics- they provide a visual punch that reaches into the deepest wells of my creativity and disperse any mental fog (sorry about all the mixed metaphors!). Ideally, every time I feel dull or uninspired, I would step out into an open air market full of vendors hawking colorful, handmade products. Figurines, pots and pans, paintings, baskets, puppets, fabrics  and tapestries. I love vintage fabric tapestries stitched together from embroidered cloth remnants, especially those from Northern India (especially the Ladakh region) and from Tibet. These tapestries  and other vintage fabrics provide me with a jumpstart like no other- it’s something about the way different types of colors and fabrics are stitched together to make the whole tapestry. Each segment is beautiful and preserves its individuality while contributing to the gorgeousness of the entire piece.  For some people, it’s art or a book or meditation or a walk but for me, it’s being surrounded by these fabrics. I live in Northern California and there are stores and vendors here  that I visit or reach out to when I need that visual punch. Which brings us to the point of todays post.Triumph Over Creative Block/ Vintage Tapestry/Collectivitea

Triumph Over Creative Block/ Vintage Tapestry/Collectivitea

In honor of these beautiful but often under-appreciated works of art, I want to share with you a recent tapestry find. It’s in a trendy mint green-pale green color and is an exuberant display of joy, color and creativity. It makes me happy to just look at it. My first thought on seeing it was that it’s perfect for April- it reminds me of the green leaves replacing the flowers on the trees, of gelato, of blue skies and bright sunshine, and of new beginnings. What you can see is just one small rectangular section of the tapestry and in this part, there are blooming, half-medallion flowers (daisies and marigolds?). I am going to share with you just one section at a time and then come April, I will share pictures of the entire tapestry. It’s something fun for all those of you that love vintage fabrics, sewing and embroidery and also, for anyone that loves colors and creativity. I hope you will follow along on this small journey.

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