Wednesday, 16 June 2010

The Red River

I was introduced to The Red River , an organization based in North East India by Kakoli Das (one of the founders) a few weeks back and I loved their home and lifestyle products.

The Red River acts as a medium between the weavers from the North East and the markets, that will help them with sustainable income.

Have a look at some of their amazing collections of cushions~
These designs have been inspired by the weaving patterns of river bank settler community - the Misings (or the Miris)

Bright weaves and threadwork...
Stunning collection designed with re-purposed fabric swatches...
Varnasi-inspired bling embellishments on the cushions...

Here are their other very interesting home furnishings~

The dyeing, drying and weaving process at The Red River
Kakoli Das with the locals in Assam, India.

You can get in touch with them on their Facebook page The Red River or visit their website The Red River

( images from The Red River)

Monday, 14 June 2010

Peaceful corners from lovely readers...

As promised here are some pictures of various Buddha corners sent by readers of Rang Decor.
Nina Pandya's beautiful Buddha corner...
Sun-kissed Buddha corner of Pree ...
Meena Sriram's 'Three wise men..."
Shilpa's serene Buddha...

Thanks a lot for sharing the special corners of your home with Rang Decor:-)

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

sweet imprints...

I recently became the owner of these beautifully crafted Sandesh moulds, that my mother found while clearing her old trunks.
Having spent most part of my childhood summer vacations in Calcutta, West Bengal where my grandparents lived for decades, my love for Bengali sweets and especially Sandesh is interwoven with my memories of days spent lazying around in the wrought-iron balcony with smooth red-oxide flooring... ( more on that later;-)
So when my mother brought these precious little pieces of terracotta moulds I was thrilled.

I just had to share these photographs with all of you.
Hope you like them.

( images by Arch)

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Master Bedroom Gets a New "Do" ....

Greetings ... remember me?!  I can't believe that I haven't been taken into custody yet for blog neglect!  LOL.  Shame on me!  I could say that I haven't been engaging in my decorating obsession lately (thus not having anything to share with you), but, alas, that would be a big ol' fib!  Actually, an intervention has been in order for awhile now, as I always tend to go into decorating overdrive in the Spring.  I've just been horrible about posting, and I sincerely apologize.

So, my latest decorating victim has been our master bedroom.  When I redid our master bath earlier this year, naturally, I had to then turn my attention to our bedroom.  I'm not quite finished, but I wanted to share what I've done so far.

BEFORE: (My apologies ... this is the ONLY *before* picture I could find. It's when our home was featured on the local Christmas Tour of Homes last year. This gives you an idea of the color scheme ... my typical reds/golds/greens:

AFTER:  I love how tranquil the colors make our resting space feel and truly enjoy relaxing in here now.  I am *this* close to painting the green portion of the ceiling SW Quietude and the white ceiling SW Rainwashed.  I also plan on painting the walls a shade lighter than they are now:

BEFORE:  Again, sorry that I'm reminding you of Christmas when it's now almost Summer!

AFTER:  I had to let go of the somewhat bulky recliners and place smaller parsons chairs there instead.  And, of course, I had to add the animal print runner for fun.

I'm on the lookout for soft brownish-gold slipcovers for the parsons chairs.

Being a huge fan of The Nester's window mistreatment tutorials, I think I took her lessons to a new level when I made these panels.  If you touch them, you will, undoubtedly, get stabbed by the bazillion straight pins that are holding them together!  The cream fabric used for the panels is from WalMart, purchased for $2.97/yd (yay)!  The satin-y checked fabric, admittedly, I splurged on at $17.99/yd.  And, the tassel trim was on clearance for $5.99/yd.

I truly love the new, soft fabrics on the bed (especially the bird print). 

The pillows are severly MIStreated, as well.  What you can't see are the safety pins in the back, holding the fabrics in place!  I'm patiently waiting for my neighbor to give me a crash course in sewing so that I can finish these off:


There's the master bathroom in the background ... I'm happy now that the two rooms "flow" together.

The runner on my dresser matches the fabric used for my window treatments/bedskirt/accent pillows.

A little accent chest fills the corner ... love painted pieces!

I recently purchased this bench from Kirkland's (and plan on replacing the fabric currently on here with the same blue fabric that covers the accent table by the triple window).

And, finally ... the bedside table lamps USED to look like this:

Now, they look like this:  (I added blue paint and tassels to the bases and gold "B" monograms to the shades).

So, that's what I've done thus far ... thanks for taking a peek.  I'll be sure to post pics as I complete the finishing touches!


On an unrelated (but fun) note ... every year, there is a great charity golfing event held here called "Monday after the Masters."  It was started by Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) a few years ago, and celebrities and professional (and semi-professional) golfers participate. My husband and I were fortunate enough to have VIP passes, which allowed us to have access to the clubhouse, private parties and a private concert where Darius performed solo (and with his former Hootie and the Blowfish  croonies), along with a few others (Edwin McCain, Colt Ford, Javier Colon, Gary Valentine, John Daly, singer from Creed and Josh Kelley). It was an amazing time, and we're already excited for next year. So ... meet my new friends:

Here is Gary Valentine (remember the oh-so-funny show "King of Queens"?)  He was hysterical. 

Any country music fans out there?  Here's Colt Ford ... what a truly NICE man.  He was so polite and truly humbled that people wanted his autograph.


What about golf lovers?  Here's young and cutie, Dustin Johnson ...

Annnd, my *giddy* hubby with Jim McMahan ... yes, this crazy man had the breakfast of champions ... eggs, bacon and a cold Mich Ultra!

Weeeeellll, friends, thanks SO much for stopping by and not giving up on me!  I'll post again soon of my lessons in layering around the house!

Take care,

I'm linking up with:

Thrifty Decor Chick for the Before and After Party