Oct 31, 2011

Guest Post ~ Anu's Diwali Decor Ideas and Inspirations

Anu of My Dream Canvas needs no introduction. Her blog and her flickr stream have been a major source of inspiration for me. Anu is a versatile blogger, an amazing photographer and a very genuine and down to earth person. She is a busy mom of two tiny tots, an entrepreneur and a busy blogger. 

When I requested her to write for The Design Enthusiast, and she promptly sent in her ideas and inspirations for TDE readers.  Herez her post about Diwali at her place....


Sudha of The Design Enthusiast has been a friend ever since I began blogging. I admire Sudha as a person and she has always encouraged and supported me since I began My Dream Canvas. Today, I am delighted to be writing a post on Diwali here at The Design Enthusiast :-)

It was a wonderful week preparing for Diwali and finally the big day arrived :-) The key ingredients for my Diwali are family, friends, flowers and diyas! Diwali evening begins with a Puja at home followed by the lighting of the diyas. When I moved to the US eleven years ago, I have to admit that the first few Diwali's were  filled with nostalgia. I would miss India terribly and it would be an effort to partake in the celebrations and rituals. Over the years that has changed. Today, Diwali is about tradition and enlightening my two children about our culture and the symbolism of Diwali. My kids love this season beginning with Diwali, followed by Halloween, Thanksgiving and then culminating with Christmas :-)

Diwali decor for me is nothing fancy.....flowers and the glow of the diyas, tealights and candles seem to set the mood for me! I tend to reuse a lot of things that are already in my home. I could go on talking about Diwali decor tips but I think you all know this.....be yourself and create your own style. The best decor accesory for Diwali is to have your home filled with happiness and laughter. When you have that your home will look naturally beautiful and it shall be a Diwali to remember!

Images: Anuradha Varma@ My Dream Canvas.

 Thank you Anu for this wonderful post. The admiration is mutual, may be more from my side. :-). Glad to have you at the design enthusiast. Looking forward to another post from you...

Hope you all had a great diwali

Oct 24, 2011

Guest Post ~~ Vintage Love ~ Danish Dining

Jacob Hamilton from Arcadia Lighting approached me with the idea of a guest post. A few emails later, I had this wonderful post from his team. It goes with my blog theme, writing about vintage furniture and my love for clean line design. I am glad Jacob chose this topic and has provided wonderful design ideas....so read on


Hi, I'm Susi, from Arcadian Lighting where you'll find gorgeous lighting fixtures and lamps.  I love visiting blogs like The Design Enthusiast. Vintage Love this week focuses on Danish Dining, specifically Danish Modern.  This mid-century modern style is a hot collectible right now that has spawned new editions of classic designs as well as tons of copy cats.  Danish Modern style extends beyond the borders of Denmark to include the other Scandinavian countries.

Here are eight of our favorite Danish dining spaces filled with gorgeous Danish Modern style. Enjoy!
Danish Dining
This vintage Danish Modern furniture filled space displays the pieces that have become classics today. Warm teak wood, clean lines and modern designs create the signature look of Danish Modern.
Danish Dining
Classic Danish Modern chairs by Hans Wegner set the design for this contemporary dining room.  Mid-century Modern designs by Danish designers feel as contemporary today as they did a half century ago.
Danish Dining
Danish dining is all about form and function.  Tables that expand to accommodate bigger dinner parties can also shrink for intimate meals.  Chairs are gorgeously sculptural.
Danish Dining
A simple Danish Modern table is the perfect backdrop for more sculptural bentwood dining chairs.  Mixing straight lines and curves is typical in Danish Modern dining room furniture.
Danish Dining
Comfortable upholstered dining chairs by Eero Saarinen invite you to linger over dessert in this Danish influenced dining room.  Love the lines of the modern light fixture and lamps. Teak and rosewood are popular choices of wood for Danish Modern dining tables.
Danish Dining
Danish designed chairs, like these by Arne Jacobsen, are so versatile. Pair them with other Danish and modern designs or even with a rustic table for an eclectic look.
Danish Dining
One of the most versatile pieces of Danish dining room furniture is the credenza or buffet. Made typically of teak, these pieces can work in the dining room or living room in a modern room.
Danish Dining
While not truly Danish, one of the lead designers when we think of Danish Modern design is Eero Saarinen, who was Finnish. His Tulip table is one of the most versatile modern designs and can be paired with the Tulip chairs or any stylish dining chair. Looks totally at home here with a traditional painting and wall sconce.

Interested in discovering the latest lamp trends for your home? Check out Arcadian Lighting for some inspiration! Images: ( 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 )

I hope you have enjoyed the post as much as I did sharing it!!

Disclaimer: I am not a part of Arcadia lighting nor earn any revenue from them in any form. 

Oct 21, 2011

Vintage Love ~ Teak Credenza

Found this amazing credenza listed on the local C'list.

seller's desc: 
Extremely rare and large free-standing break-front cabinet designed by California Architect, Richard Thompson and produced by Glenn of California.

Oct 18, 2011

Art Direction ~ Indian Cinema

I had shared a video of a very classy song from a movie called Pyar Kiye Ja in this post >>Here and the post about international influence on Indian cinema- music, decor and fashion etc. The tamil version of the same movie was remade and instead of mid century modern interiors, the art directors chose to go antique-y...see what I mean

french, and english furnishings in the tamil version I(above)


a mix of mid century modern and some very faint french influence via accent pieces in the hindi version (below)
I personally love doing the movies masti magic post....i hope you enjoyed both the songs while letting allthe decor goodness sink in

PS: corrections to terminologies and style references are welcome..i m here to learn :)

Oct 6, 2011

Golu 2011

Hope you had a great Dassera this year. Mine was great!!

I wrote about previous year's golu>>Here. I used to miss home every festival and feel really lonely...This year was fun!! A friend decided to put up Golu and it was fun. I am glad I had such wonderful company. It took my mind off my doctor visits, xrays and pains. Here is a peek into Sindhu's golu :)

Lovely isnt it!! It was a delight to see friends pitch in and the celebrations ended with a sumptuous Prasadam dinner yesterday
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