Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Chitra Santhe~ Art for All

Chitra Santhe is a one-day art festival organised by Chitrakala Parishad, where 1700 artists from all over India come together to showcase their work on the side pavements of Kumara Krupa Road in Bangalore.
It was a feast to the eye with artists showcasing various styles and forms of art. Here are some photographs that I clicked while we slowly walked the length of the road drinking in the beauty of a sunny morning and some hot chai;-)Vishwas M
There were loads of amazing work on display this year, but this was one of our favourites by artist Vishwas M.

Hope you enjoyed these colourful works by various talented artists.

Have a great day!

Rang Decor featured in Deccan Herald!

Rang Decor was featured in the Living supplement of Deccan Herald on Jan 17th, 2008.
A special thanks to Jayanthi Madhukar for writing this article.
Read it online here...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Rang Decor Readers' Creative Spaces: II

Shalini Bahadur
Shalini is a freelance writer and researcher. Today she shares a few creative corners from her serene oasis in Dubai. She describes her home as contemporary but also individualistic. Modern lines but with a sense of warmth and comfort. Her philosophy, that truly reflects in her home, is that one need not spend loads of money to buy paintings by famous artists to make one's home beautiful. Being creative and inventive is the key. (She has been extremely inventive given the fact that she left most of her art & paintings back in India, when she moved to Dubai with her husband.) This simple paisley design artwork has been handmade by Shalini.A close-up of the paisley design.
The horse and the rider print in her bedroom is actually a newspaper cutting that Shalini really liked.The black and white framed artwork is a wrapping paper from Borders! Teamed with beautiful cushions from Ikea, makes it a relaxing corner in her living room.* Very creative*

Shalini continues,"I like symmetry and pairing things, but not to the extreme. I definitely don't like the magazine perfect look".Mr & Mrs. as she calls them were picked up from a garage sale in Kansas City.A cotton durrie hangs on the wall was a gift from her mother-in-law.This bedroom corner has simple elements of nature. A set of four framed leaves picked up during her morning walks. The delicate leaf pattern on the table lamp goes really well with the frames.

Shalini loves surrounding herself with things with personal history, mementos from travels, arts & crafts and loads of books.
This photograph in the silver frame is of Shalini's maternal grandmother. * So beautiful*Books form an intergral part of Shalini's home space. Another very important thing in her home is nature's treasures brought back from morning walks:-)Delicate Neem flowers, Frangipani or even few stems of fresh neem leaves add that extra cheer to her space."My home is a place where you can put your feet up, curl up on the couch and simply feel at ease." says Shalini.
I completely agree.
Thanks for sharing some beautiful corners from your home Shalini!
She blogs at of travels and travails and shares her beautiful photographs on flickr as ganobristol

P.S~ If you have any question for Shalini about her home, please ask in the comments section so she can reply to you.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Feature~ Rang Decor Readers' Creative Spaces: I

New Year brings with it a fresh new feature on Rang Decor.

Rang Decor has been a medium through which I have 'met' so many creative and talented people from around the world.
For the next couple of weeks I will be featuring amazing home spaces of some of the readers of Rang Decor.
Yes, real people and their real homes.

Megha Punater
Ganesha Idol in her temple in the living room
Megha is one of the
most talented people I have met online. She is a potter, an artist and a designer who studied design in NID and now lives with her Belgian husband Steven and two lovely children Arth and Nitya in Belgium.

The colours in her home are vibrant. She says,
"The philosophy behind our home is warmth. Belgium being so cold and grey, we wanted colours in our home."Bright pink pooja plate in her temple.
There is a lot of Indian influence, given that she is from India and also her husband's love for India.
Megha loves handmade & hand embroidered textiles.
Sitting area with sofa covered with brightly coloured textiles. ( She descibes the colours as Kitschy Indian Bazaar)Popat green wall is a perfect backdrop for these antique casts. Coffee table with books & treasures picked up during various travels.
Hand painted Ganesha jacket cupboard.
Megha continues, " There is a lot of wooden furniture and especially European ones bought in flea markets and restored by me."
Kitchen shelf with books, vases and her grand collection of mugs. *Sigh*Megha's ancestral kitchenware and mesh egg holder, now a cookie holder displayed against a green wall.
Her room is painted in two colours inspired by Indian village homes and here you see some of her handbags displayed on hooks.
These frames were picked up from Rajasthan in India. *Love that peacock feather*
Her verandah wall painted in bright yellow. A paint called 'Delhi Bazaar' by Dulux.This is Megha's workspace. Her latest works and inspirations hang on this gorgeous yellow wall. Last but not the least, this Ikea cast in her children's room has been hand painted by Megha!
I end this post, with my eyes hungry for more colours and my heart greatly inspired by this very humble and hugely talented lady~ Megha.
Thanks for sharing your space with us.

Her blog,
arth and nitya is a glimpse into her creative world. Do say hello:-)

P.S~ If you have any question for Megha about her home, please ask in the comments section so she can reply to you.