Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Crazy Palette

Crazy Palette, based in Delhi, is a design studio for hand painted apparel and accessories. Rishma Lath whose desire for funk, colours and interest in painting led her to start Crazy Palette. Her collection includes hand painted bags, clutches, shoes, T-shirts, cushions and I-Pad covers.

Have a look at her vibrant collections and enjoy the craziness of some of the designs.

If you have any enquiry please write to or click here to access her Facebook page.
Images via Crazy Palette


Monday, July 29, 2013

Coco Chanel Inspiration

“An interior is a natural projection of the soul” – Coco Chanel

 Coco Chanel truly inspired me after I read her biography. Not just for her sense of style and fashion but for her courage to think aloud. She was brave and embraced her own unique style. She was a woman with lots of energy with determination and created her own life. Her approach to simplicity with elegance made her a fashion icon and Chanel influence crept into the world of architecture and interiors.

Pearls..... real or fake... are always part of Chanel culture

Chanel’s legacy still lives on and left the world some fabulous quotes for inspiration…

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same. “

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

 “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
Images are clicked by me

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wedding Inspiration

Some wedding inspiration to freshen you up on a Wednesday!

A beautiful wedding bouquet from Tulips, Image credit Home Life

Love this wedding gown, Image credit Belle the Magazine

Monday, July 22, 2013

Indoor Porch Inspiration

A porch is an extension of your home interior to exterior. It’s a perfect place to enjoy your iced tea with family and friends or laze around or read. I have many memories sitting and chatting with my grandparents and cousins on the porch and often enjoy the morning’s first cup of coffee and read my newspaper. If you have a small porch, why not convert it into a nice relaxing gathering spot. All you need is to accent the place up with some nice colours through pillows and accessories and outdoor furniture.
Here are some porch inspiration from Better Homes and Gardens

Love the contrast

a cozy corner

An eclectic theme... love the colours here

a rustic porch

Elegant porch with whites and red

Images via Better Homes and Garden

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Recipe of the month: Banana Upside Down Cake

One of the most exotic and tropical combinations is caramelized bananas and coconut. You will enjoy this banana upside down coconut cake and will definitely take you high with all the sweetness. In this recipe I was generous with the toasted coconut which gave a great texture and flavor. So let's not waste any more time and get down on this comforting recipe.


Yield: 16 slices
For Topping
·         4 ripe bananas sliced 1/4 inch thick

·         1 1/2 cups shredded coconut

·         1/2 cup brown sugar

·         1/4 cup butter

·         2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Cake Ingredients:

·         1 cup all-purpose flour

·         3/4 cup sugar

·         1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

·         1/2 teaspoon salt

·         1/4 cup vegetable oil

·         1/2 cup coconut milk

·         1 teaspoon vanilla essence

·         1 egg




Seems easy right? Trust me it is!!!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease round cake pans with cooking spray.
Spread flakes out on baking sheet. Bake for a few minutes, stirring every minute or so, until the coconut is lightly browned (watch it closely). Transfer to a plate to let it cool.
Place banana slices evenly on the bottom of the cake pan.
In a small saucepan melt butter. Add brown sugar and lemon juice and heat until dissolved.
Pour the brown sugar mixture into the round cake pan over the bananas.
Sprinkle coconut over brown sugar sauce.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the oil and coconut milk and whisk for 1 minute. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk it in well. Pour the batter over the banana mixture, evening it out with a spatula.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick in the center of the cake comes out with just a few moist crumbs. Let cool in the pan for exactly 5 minutes (more than 5min will harden in the pan, and less it might fall apart) invert it onto a large serving platter. Serve the warm cake with cold whipped cream or ice cream.

Images are clicked by me  

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Change is a good thing....

Change is imminent! We must enthusiastically embrace it, manage it, and craft it to our advantage. -Steve Craft

People change, seasons change, and eventually our homes evolve as well. Small changes make a huge impact in a home…. I enjoy changing things around at home, mixing colours and moving the furniture around for a new fresh feel. So I have been busy for the past few days trying to blend in some blues and reds in my home for now.
Bringing in blue through my potpourri




Changed my floor cushion cover to blue

My dining table in red

Love my tablecloth


So readers do you love making changes in your home?


Images are clicked by me

Monday, July 15, 2013

Bindaas Thankam Shots-Out Photography

A week back I accidentally discovered a talent in the photography world and I just knew I had to feature her passion and skill in photography. Popularly known as Bindaas Thankam, I personally love her food photography, the mood she creates for her pictures and some of her portrait shots are powerful.

Over to you Thankam to learn a little more about yourself and your work -
"Hi, I am Thankam Kumaran and in the photography world I am known as Bindaas Thankam. Presently am based in Kochi. Bindaas became my moniker thanks to my time at Radio Jockey Training. Photography was never my first love. I have always been into music and poetry. I was trained in western classical Piano and Vocals for 2 years. Had to leave music due to TB and it took me over three years to recover from it. This affected my vocal quality. So, I decided not to sit and cry about it, rather decided to do something that requires creativity. I use to take decent good photographs with my point and shoot, then my dear friend recommended me to put my energies into photography and for that he also advised me to get a basic course in Graphic Designing. It helps in the long run for editing and working on commercial photography.

I have invested myself into full time photography ever since my marriage. Being married to a naval officer enabled me to travel places and helped me photograph different places and faces. I love doing portraits more than anything else, but with weather, time n space I have taught myself to blend into different genres. Yes I am self taught. Google and studying works of masters like Steve McCurry has helped me a lot. I never copy anyone's style and always believe in making my own statements. More than technicality, I believe in bringing the candidness in every frame.

Food photography happened by chance. I have been cooking ever since I was a kid and after marriage I wanted to write a cookbook, so voila the idea of food photography came from there and there has been no stopping ever since. Apart from travel and food photography, I also love doing sunsets one of my favourite subject in landscape.

I provide professional services for small events like baptisms and music concerts and also do candid portraits for kids, family, women, and men. I also shoot for cake artists. Being a graphic designer, I also design albums, logos, catalogues. I am also a digital makeup artist. Upcoming assignments may involve me in clothing lines, restaurants and yes lots of Travel.

Photography has changed my life; it has made me more responsible and appreciative of life. I have dedicated my life to raise funds through my assignments to provide education to kids and to provide protection to wild life. My goal is not get famous but to contribute to the changing fabric of my world."

Here are some beautiful pictures clicked through her lens




Check out her page for Photography at BindaasThankam Shots-Out Photography and her food & recipe page called PinkWife-Fast & Fabulicious.  

Images via Bindaas Thankam

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Dreamy Whites

There is nothing more calming than a white room or white interiors.  White brightens up any room, creates an illusion of a larger space, gives a sense of comfort and you can never go wrong with white. I love the simplicity, purity and elegance of white. But unfortunately white is not for everyone, mainly because it’s hard to maintain depending on the lifestyle.

Nevertheless enjoy the soothing quality of white!

A calm sleeping space (Image via CountryLiving )

a rustic white kitchen (Image via CountryLiving )

Love white crockery (Image via CountryLiving )

A traditional white dining room (Image via Lonny )

Living room in white Lonny )

Kids room in White (Image via Lonny)
A white contemporary bathroom (Image via Lonny )

Is it too white for you??

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A Gift Bow from a Magazine Page

I came across a great tutorial on how to make a gift bow from a magazine. It is simple to make, very cute and a great idea for a gift wrap. The colored pages from a magazine also make the bow look funky.

Have a look at the bows I made!

I love this recycling idea. So get ready to jazz up those birthday gifts. Click here to view the tutorial and enjoy this eco-friendly project.

Images are clicked by me

Friday, July 5, 2013

Tickled by Inspirations featured on Colours Dekor

I feel so honored today as my Blog is featured in Colours Dekor today. Click here to read it....Many of you must already be ardent fans of this beautiful blog. Patricia Torres (also called Patty by all her loved ones), based in Dubai, is the author of this ethnic blog who has a bundle of talent, creativity and energy. She is an accountant by profession but enjoys spreading inspiration to her readers through her home. I personally adore her blog and love the freshness of her pictures. And she has a beautiful home filled with treasures... I hope to feature her home one day and meet her someday when I visit Dubai next. For those who are yet to visit her blog please click here to visit her blog and enjoy Patty’s inspirations.



Images via Colours Dekor