Sunday, February 22, 2009

An Indian Home in Geneva

You've seen Dithi's work & now here is her beautiful cozy home in Geneva. She carries India's spirit with her & this is very evident in the following pictures. From the Ganeshas' statue to the Tibetan scrolls to her Rajasthani puppets to her framed Goan Mario Miranda tiles, India is everywhere. And all of this is set off beautifully in her all-white home. Her living room holds her Ganesha along with a pretty mirror worked cushion.
I love the 'paduka's" or traditional Indian footwear on her pretty runner.
"Ganeshji was brought home from Mr. Suryani (a wonderfully warm person and now, friend)'s factory in Mysore with my first salary."
" The hand-fan that hangs from he mirror in my living area is an antique, a very Bengali touch. "
"We picked the Mario Miranda Tiles from a place called the ''Big Foot'' at Lotoulim or Ancestral Goa. I am a big Mario fan and given a chance, would love to have the Cafe Mondegar walls in my kitchen."
Dithi's love for interesting jars is evident here.
And she has quite a collection of them, from different parts of India, by different artists.
"I love ceramics and collect pottery when I can. I am an absolute fan of Adil's designs. I have some of his designs here, the jar with the Koli fisher woman, the 'Dancing girl from Mumbai' mug (that is a brush n pen.holder now) and the mortar and pestle with Mumbai CST print."
"The master bedroom, when we rented this flat, had that huge, white, antique-y fan. When we were asked by the ''Regie'' (which is what brokers for apartments are called here) if we wanted that removed, I insisted that the fan be allowed to stay. I built the theme around that and therefore, the four poster bed in a warm yellow along with a coordinated chest of drawers and bamboo roll-up blind, reminiscent of lounging in a tropical island. The poster-fabrics from ''Anokhi'' , to my mind, add a beautiful Indo-ethnic feel to the room. We collected the Rajasthani puppet-couple from Cottage Emporium in Kolkata. I am particular about 'my' side of the bed and that is precisely where the lady is placed, with her beau on Arnab's side!!! "

Diti's parrot makes an appearance in her home :)
"I have grown up watching Ma and my sisters add beauty and personality to home spaces. My eldest sister Ankhi is my mentor so far as decor and design is concerned. The puppet that hangs from my curtain channel in a far-east rendition of Lord 'Rama', gifted to us by her and my brother-in-law!
I loved this touch. She's beautifully lined the top of her floor length mirror with colourful cowheads. "The cow heads are from Kochin, they are said to be traditionally used by farmers as an auspicious symbol for great harvest!"
Dithi and Arnab are clearly book lovers and her home is chock full of them. When you have a lot of books they can be turned into an effective element of decor & this Diti knows well. I love the way the books & cds are all lined in an organised way.
And I don't know why but this pic HAS TO BE my fav picture of all of this eyecandy that she sent. Just look at this! Row upon row of books, stationary, lovingly collected little artefacts, all find place and add beauty in these white shelves. And here are the neatly arranged artists tools in interesting mugs (more Mario here)... her work space. Appropriately under Goddess Saraswathi's benevolent gaze. That's her blog 'Deezden' that is seen on her laptop.


Dithi said...

Chère (dear) Vineeta!

Arnab and I are all smiles after reading your post! You have such an eye for detail, it is an absolute honour to find our nest on your blog. Thank you. Love. d.

vineeta said...

Dithi, you are most most welcome :) I'm glad Arnab and you liked the post :) it is truly a beautiful home.

Arch at Rang said...

Dithi and Arnab - Your home is so lovely. Your collection of jars, the books, yes..Mario Miranda tiles:-) We have them plastered on our balcony walls:-) and the sheer curtains are all so beautiful!!!

P.S. How can I forget the antique ceiling fan!

Vineeta- I was actually waiting for you to post about Dithi's home and her gorgeous paintings:-))

Sharon Colaco D'Souza said...

"une si belle maison!"
I believe French is spoken a lot in Geneva! ;)

Well, I loved the story about the fan - you certainly did the right thing, Dithi! I also loved the MM tiles, I too am a big fan of Mario! Loved the ceramics, hell, I loved your entire apartment!

Great post, Vineeta!


Chandan said...

Hi Vineeta,
thanks for the lovely snapshots from Dee's home. Am a huge fan of her work and blog... !
wonderful post as ever.

Life Unscripted! said...

Vineeta, This is the first time i am coming to your blog and loved it instantly.

Loved the way you have captured the essence of Dithi's home.

Very Nice Home Dithi :)


~mE said...

lovely post vin...and dithi you got a lovely livable home..:) Every little thing is so well chosen and placed..:) Very nice
thanks for sharing your home

vineeta said...

Archana, what can i say? We in blog land are so interconnected :) :)

Sharon, Chandan, Thanx, Its my privilege that Dithi shared her beautiful apartment pics with me :)

vineeta said...

Kanchan, welcome to my blog, do drop by often :)
Sharanya, Isn't their home just so well put together? :)

Dithi said...

I have to post again: Thanks for all the LOVE guys! You are wonderful.

Gillian said...

I love this home.
It has so much personality.
And warmth.
I could move in.

Aditi said...

Such a beautiful home! The pottery and the bookcase pictures are my favorites.

vineeta said...

Gillian, so could I :) so easily :) They've created a wonderful home together :)

Aditi, Mine is the bookshelf- it wins hands down. the living room table pic and the bedroom pics come a close 2nd :)

Fernanda R. Lima said...

Dear Vinee, what a lovely post! Dithi´s house is gorgeous! Loved every detail.It is not a surprise for me, after seeing her beautiful work and blog. Thank´s for sharing. ;-)



VJ-Shillu said...


Beautiful stuff! I visited Dithi's blog after reading your post. Amazing work.

aimee said...

what a BEAUTIFUL blog you have, vineeta! i came here via pecannoot and i'm so glad i did! :)

vineeta said...

Fernanda, you are so right. That girl is seriously talented and I knew she'd have a beautiful home :)

VJ Shillu, isn't her blog kickass?! I love those videos of hers and have seen each one of them more than once.

vineeta said...

Aimee, you've so made my day :) do drop by often :)

bhumika said...

Wow! i'm just going crazy looking at her collection of ceramics and mugs. And those colourful books and stationery against the white backdrop - that's a visual feast!

Dithi - i just loved it!

Lakshmi Arvind said...

Vineeta ,Good work .Dithi and Arnab,both of you have a lovely home.Your collection of jars ,MM tiles,book racks,centre table and all of them are so lovely.

workhard said...

Lovely, i love the way u have added bits and pieces of Indian props here and there, and ofcourse the bookshelf:)

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Anonymous said...

Hi Vineeta,

Stumbled upon your blog yesterday while searching for "beautiful Indian homes" and was on it for the next three hours!! I absolutely loved your site and the homes featured in it. I am passionate about interior decoration and being an army wife, I get to experiment a lot on very plain and ordinary looking homes and convert them into presentable ones..


Surekha said...

Hi there,
Love the decor of ur house. I've got myself some mario miranda tiles too! Love the to share where u got that from, too! :)


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lovely, truly indian home...