Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Home Tour: Deepshikha Mammen's beautiful beach home

It is so good to get back to working on my blog after my long summer break! My break this time was good, lots of family time, pampering and un-winded with absolutely no routine…

Though it took me some time to get back into the routine after coming back… I felt so good to get back to my desk to continue with what I love doing the most… and today I’d like to start with a gorgeous home tour – my favorite segment. If you have been following my blog for the past few years, you would’ve come across an interview with one of my favorite artist – Deepshikha Mammen ( and her loved ones call her Naina) If you have not please click here to read the interview. I’ve always loved her distinctive sense of style and her taste of colours when it comes to art.
Her beautiful beach home, called Villa Naina, is an extension of her art, her personality and a true reflection of her taste. It is located on the Marari beach, close to Cochin. And this absolutely gorgeous relaxing retreat is designed by Deepshikha herself. Therefore there is a personal touch and deeper meaning in every corner of this beach pad. Her home is mainly ethnic in style and lots of elements of wood, therefore giving it an earthy tone to the space. There is a lot of traditional Kerala style and charm infused in her décor and everything is blended gracefully with her gorgeous paintings. 


So sit back, grab a cup of coffee or chai, and imagine listening to the waves of the ocean and browse through this beautiful beach home…

One section of the living room is pure Kerala style décor that is filled with beautiful wooden benches with embossed Japanese tiles and planters chairs facing the sea where her husband Adith sits and works and does his reading as well. The second section of living room is style with modern chesterfield in cloth couches paired with the traditional wooden chest. And both these areas have their walls adorned with Deepshikha's paintings. 








Between the drawing rooms there is a lot of natural light and ventilation and that area is decorated with a beautiful Ganesh statue, a five part granite kerala lamp and a traditional Urli with large palms kept at the tiny open courtyard. And from this courtyard you can hear the rains and feel the raindrops and also get a good amount of sunshine to the space. 


All the bedrooms have beautiful dreamy looking four poster wooden beds with embossed Japanese tiles, a dressing table and study table with embossed Japanese tiles and a stunning 1930 Pichwani art .



I love the tones used here... they balance with the furniture and that my eyes are glued on that cupboard.





The outdoor areas have beach beds facing the tip of the Arabian sea. And the highlight of this home is the sculpted Nandi(bull) made out of granite rock that is kept at the entrance of the house. And the entrance is framed beautifully with the traditional Kerala style wooden pillars. Imagine soaking in the sunset view everyday as part of your routine.... I call it luxury.





Thank you Deepshikha for opening up your beautiful beautiful beach home to me and my readers and for transporting us to a different world filled with culture and ethnicity.

Readers, I hope you had a great experience viewing this gorgeous retreat and inspired by décor style.
 Stay tuned for more home tours and other inspirations!



Above pictures are copyrighted





Sunday, June 30, 2019

Mango Meringue Cream

I find it impossible to walk by ripe mangoes at the market without grabbing a few… And these exceedingly juicy and wonderful fragrant mangoes make fabulous easy desserts like mango mousse, fruit salads, sorbets and upside-down cakes and I hope I have inspired you to make some of my favorite mango recipes over the past one year. Today’s recipe is another perfect summer recipe which you can make at the last minute if you have the ingredients bought and kept ready. Mango Meringue Cream is one of my favorite weeknight summer dessert when you are yearning for that touch of sweetness. And it’s beautiful to serve in pretty glasses and easy to impress anyone!



Ingredients:

Whipped cream:  1 1/2 cup

2 large ripe Mangoes to make puree

Chopped Mango for Garnish: 1 medium

Store bought Meringue (else you can make mini ones if you have time) – 1 big one or a couple of small ones

Chocolate for garnish

Method:
1. Peel the large mangoes and cube and puree it in food processor until smooth.

2. Beat the whipping cream and keep it ready.

3. Crush the meringue into pieces and add it to the whipped cream.

4. Layer the serving glassed with mango puree on the bottom, then a layer of whipped meringue cream and garnish it with cubed mangoes and chocolate. I used McVites Digestive nibbles for garnish as well.

It’s that simple and hassle free!!! And you can also improvise this recipe adding your own flavours like coconut or granola or nuts… possibilities are endless! I would love to hear if you loved this recipe.








Above pictures are copyrighted Tickled by Inspirations





Thursday, June 27, 2019

Recycle Ideas and Inspiration

I know many who are spreading awareness in recycling and doing their bit to save earth… and they have all inspired me to do my bit for our planet.  And I hope to pass the same values to my daughter… Kids these days are taught in school about sustainability and recycling which is brilliant as they shape our future leaders with responsibility towards our planet. Modern ideas help us to reuse and recycle old newspapers, wood, plastic and fabric.


I started collecting plastic containers and glass bottles to use as planters, storage and for décor…  So todays post is all about glass bottles and glass containers and how I recycle it…
 I generally use recycled glass containers for storage. They are great to store pulses, spices, herbs, homemade pickle and chutney or fruit pulp. I also use them for packed lunches like layered salad. 
And I use glass bottles as vase for home décor (especially coloured ones) or to store water, fresh juice or homemade wine. And as outdoor décor you can upcycle your glass bottles as candle holder for your garden or patio. 


I would love to hear from you if you have more creative ideas and tips. I hope my tips has made you think twice before you throw away any glass jar and bottle away and help you simplify your recycling habits and inspire you to reduce your carbon footprint. I hope to bring more posts on recycling and if you have more ideas please email and I would love to share your ideas. Until next time Keep Calm and Recycle!!




Above pictures are copyrighted Tickled by Inspirations







Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Table Setting Inspiration from my home


How do you feel about place settings? Whether its breakfast, weekend brunch or an intimate dinner, would you experiment with a perfect table setting in your home? I believe that a beautifully set table can add to the mood for any meal and bring together your family and friends.
I’d like to share a place setting inspiration from my home and I hope you get inspired and attempt to experiment in your home. 

In order to start the whole process of table setting, you need to decide if you wish to set the table with a fitting table cloth with placemats or none... or just use a table runner. I used a plain table cloth with placemats.

To set the mood for your table setting you need to arrange center pieces. Choose effortless yet elegant arrangements by using flowers, candles or fruits. I decided to go for a minimalistic approach… sticking to a simple flower arrangement and tea-lights. 


The last step is to decide on your flatware, glassware and napkins. After the flatware is arranged, layout the napkin on the plate or underneath the fork and Voila!! The table is set!


I hope this has inspired you and helps make the task seem less stressful and enjoy the whole experience!



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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Casual Table Setting Inspiration

A casual table setting is a simplified version of an informal table setting. You can choose your theme and colour scheme and match your flatware to set a tone. A simple family meal or a meal with friends where each has a plate, napkin, basic flatware and a water or wine glass is what constitutes a casual table setting. And you can blend in your creativity with gorgeous center pieces to set the mood. What I love about our casual table dining meals is that our dining table becomes the focal point which is often neglected in our busy routine! Try it out at least once a week as a nice tradition, you will be surprised to see yourselves eat together more often!

I am going to share with you a link where I normally run a rain check on how to set a table. Please click here. Thank God for Google and I pull out a cheat sheet to check the table setting etiquette all the time. But there are plenty of other links to go through and you may find better ones that will suit your taste.

Some of the basic pointers to keep in mind:

·         Use a fitting table cloth for your dining table.

·         Layout a placemat if using one.

·         Decide on your flatware, glassware and napkins.

·         Once the flatware is arranged on the placemat, layout the napkin on the plate or underneath the fork.

·         Choose effortless yet elegant arrangements using flowers, candle or fruits as center pieces.

Here are some pictures to browse through to set you in the mood and enjoy entertaining your family and friends.
Picture via HouseBeautiful
Love the rich hues and stripes...
Picture via HouseBeautiful
Enance your cutlery on your napkin by tying them up with a ribbon
Picture via HouseBeautiful
Spring vibe on the table

Stay tuned for more tablescapes!!




Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Table Setting Inspiration


An attractive table setting adds joys to the whole dining experience. And I love creating beautiful tables whether it is formal, casual or informal… You will find on the net different ways, methods and etiquette to set the table but styling it all depends on our taste.

So stay tuned to my upcoming post to browse through different kinds of table styling, whether it is casual, formal or informal. And how to make it look pretty in different styles!






Thursday, May 30, 2019

Nutella Buttercream Recipe


Nothing can go wrong to your cake if you use the right kind of frosting…. Nutella buttercream frosting is my all-time favorite and has me swooning all the time! It is simple to make, its rich, incredibly addictive and silky smooth. It is even better than I ever imagined!! And it goes well with any chocolate cake, or cupcakes and even better with chocolate coffee flavored cake! 

I recently baked a dark chocolate cake flavoured with coffee and layered it with nutella buttercream frosting, chocolate fudge and McVities digestive nibbles for the crunch… And this cake was baked for a special and gorgeous gal who is an amazing baker herself, who has baked many gorgeous cakes for me every year!! And I am glad the cake brought a huge smile and joy on her special day! This is probably the decadent cake that I have ever baked.



For those who want my recipe for the dark chocolate cake, please click here. This cake recipe is super simple and has never failed me!

And I adapted the recipe for my Nutella frosting from https://www.bakedbyanintrovert.com/nutella-frosting/

Here is the recipe



INGREDIENTS:

1 cup (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup (210 grams) Nutella

1/8 teaspoon salt

2-4 cups (240 grams)confectioners’, sifted

2-3 tablespoons heavy cream



Instructions



·         In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or with an electric hand mixer, beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth. 



·         Add the Nutella and salt and continue to beat until well combined for about 2 minutes.



·         Add 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar and beat on medium-low speed until most of the sugar is moistened. 



·         Gradually add the remaining sugar until the frosting is the desired texture, beating on medium-low speed until the sugar is moistened. You may need more or less sugar depending on how you plan to use the frosting.



·         Add the heavy cream and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.



TIPS



·         Make sure you use soft butter for this recipe. Set the butter out on the counter for at least 1 and 1/2 hours before using.



·         Frosting can be stored up to 4 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Let it stand at room temperature to soften before use.



If you are a chocoholic, I hope you get to try it out soon and let me know how it turns out!!! Wishing you all a happy weekend!!!!




Above Images are copyrighted by Tickled by Inspirations



Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Artist of the month: Pragya Bhatnagar

Wishing you all a Happy and Blessed Ramadan… May peace and joy prevail during this holy month.




Hello Readers!! Welcome back to the artist series… Today’s feature is on an artist who is a textile designer by profession but fiercely followed her passion for fine art and got herself trained. Pragya Bhatnagar is well-known in the artist community in Muscat and made her mark in Dubai art exhibitions and in India as well. She has showcased her work in several group exhibitions.  I discovered her work recently while visiting an art exhibition that was recently held in Oman. Most of her paintings have a sense of harmony because of her choice of colours and strokes she uses. Her artwork is an extension to her personality, there is calmness and joy. She has infused a lot of Middle Eastern theme in her work and the portraits she has worked on are all beautiful. 


Let’s have a look at her beautiful paintings and learn more from her about her journey as an artist...
The Whirling Darwish:
The sufi dance, the hidden language of the soul and the true rhythm of the heart, uniting one with everything that exists.


A brief about yourself

Art runs in my family as I inherited the skills from my father. From an early age, I was always busy capturing things around me in my art book. I went on to study textile designing during my college and worked in the leading textiles and garment companies in India. I turned my focus to fine art when I shifted to Oman in 2005.



How did your journey as an artist begin? Did you have any formal training or is it self-taught?

Art has always been a part of my life since my childhood. Whenever I used to get some free time while I was working in India, I used to sketch and paint. Art has always given me a feeling of joy and calmness; it is a form of meditation for me. Apart from my textile design background, I have done diploma from Drawing Academy, London. I have done many online courses and attended workshops from eminent international and local artists in Oman to improvise my skills. I also study the style and work of renowned artists from different eras to further enhance my knowledge of the global art landscape.    



How would you describe your art style?

I believe that every artist is on a journey of constant evolvement. And I’m not an exception either. If I reflect back on my journey, I started with realism in my early years of painting with a lot of design element but over a period of time I have started working more on expressive and impressionism.



What's your inspiration for your artwork?

I draw inspiration from the nature and my experiences in life; anything that gives me peace and happiness, and motivates me to bring it on a canvas. Most of my work is based on mandalas, intricate patterns in Islamic architecture, beautiful landscapes and people that I have come across in my daily life. As an artist there is so much one can get inspired from!



What is the most challenging aspect about your work?

The most challenging part for me in my creative process is to convert the ideas flowing in my mind into meaningful and thoughtful concepts on the canvas in a free flowing manner. An artist is drawn towards various conflicting visual depiction options and it becomes a challenge which path to follow. I follow my instincts and let the brush give shape to my visual imagination. It is like a bird flying in the air or a musician playing an instrument in their own space. It may sound easy but it’s not so easy. It is a part of the process, everyone learns it sooner or later, and it’s a blessing when the awareness finally comes.



What is your creative process like? And what keeps you motivated?

Sometimes I start working with an idea in my mind and sometimes it’s intuitive. I don’t structure the image with a pencil sketch beforehand, rather I like working directly with the paints and brushes. The joy of creating something different every time keeps me motivated. Even if I am stuck midway, I steps back, take a break and start again after a while, painting guides me further itself.



Do you commission different projects? And how can people purchase your paintings?

I do commissioned work for individuals and institutions customized to their preferences. I have displayed and sold my work in many international and local art exhibitions. I keep posting my work on my instagram and facebook page where people can see my work and get in touch with me.



What is your favorite art piece that you have done till date?

It’s very hard to pick just one as these are not just the art pieces for me but part of my life, my time, my patience, many hours of thinking and working. I have an emotional connect with each one of my paintings.

Any tips or words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
Do what gives you unparalleled gratification. Do not compare yourself with anyone, get inspired from others, keep practicing on a regular basis and work towards improvising your skills.


The Nature:
Landscape inspired from the rich natural beauty of Salalah blessed with greenery and waterfalls during the Khareef season.
The Gorgeous:
An innocent girl beautifully dressed-up in a traditional costume for a special occasion lost in her deep thoughts



If you wish to get in touch you can email her at : pragyab@gmail.com, or click here to follow her on facebook.



Above pictures are copyrighted via Pragya Bhatnagar.





Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Inspiring Ways to Style Open Shelves

Everyone has a strong opinion when it comes to open shelves.  Aesthetically it looks beautiful. An open shelf system is ideal when you don’t have storage and when you have a spare wall with no cabinets. But it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and definitely not mine, even though I have a couple of open shelves in my home. The thought of dusting it always puts me off… but lately I am beginning to get obsessed with open shelves. Most people love the styled look on an open shelf because it adds personality, charm and warmth but dusting is always a worry… but I guess it can be tackled. Open shelving is great for smaller homes because it can save space. And it breaks the monotony of closed cabinets and gives a big visual impact. It is also cost effective when compared to closed cabinets.

Image via House&Home
Image via here

Here are some tips on how to handle an open shelf
  • Style the shelf with a colour palette in mind
  • Groups of two clusters or 3 and each of them are in different heights to draw attention
  • Display your favorite things on open shelves that are attractive to look at but space them out to give an uncluttered look.  
  • If you have a spare wall in your kitchen and no pantry, open shelves is an ideal solution. 
  • If you own a set of gorgeous crockery, open shelves are the best way to show them off.
  • Use houseplants to add a green effect or use herb plants if the shelf is placed in your kitchen. 

Image via The Spruce
Image via Trendir
Open Shelves for Laundry Room, Image via HomeDit 

Do you love open shelves? Would you switch to open shelves if given a chance? Do you have any in your home and how have you styled it? If you wish to share your open shelf styling, please email me at tickledbyinspirations@gmail.com . I would love to share it with my readers!

Looking forward to hearing from you!