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"It was one of life's most wonderful coincidences when I heard about Pavitra through a relative of mine. I thought furnishing an entire new house would be chaotic and a headache to execute, but working with Pavitra made it not only easy as a breeze but exciting as well. Not many designers would take a client's personal taste into consideration when planning a space, luckily I ended up with someone who does. I've met many interior designers but Pavitra's name always comes first to mind when friends or family ask me for a recommendation."

- Maryam

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Saturday
Jul142012

It takes time to build a characterful homeā€¦..

Temperatures have hit 40 degrees here in Dubai and it only seems to be escalating here on till Eid! Well, we do have the malls where it is freezing cold all year round! So all I am left to do is ramble around the malls waiting for something to catch my interest, and indeed they did......here are a few “Funk Finds”….

All alone and feeling a little rejected stood this Lil Iron Pot! What a gr8 find I thought, people would think I travelled the seven seas meandering crowded streets to find this Lil Iron Pot….. and HEY IT WAS ONLY 13 DIRHAMS! I love a bargain …. Easy on the eyes and Eeasyyy on my pocket!

Now this Lil Iron Pot definitely desired a companion and I found the perfect one. A GUZMANIA an indoor plant that bore a red flower, apparently the Guzmania unlike any of us here in Dubai (at least I can speak for the Indian’s) thrive on high temperatures & humidity. So this duo appealed to me in every sense… Damn even the red and green color combination on the color wheel states they are “COMPLIMENTARY”. What better companion for my Lil Iron pot than this Guzmania to hold its hand through the scorching summer heat!

Play a little dress up game, I used bows and ties from my collection of saved bows from gifts I received in the past. What a great hostess gift this would make!

This tea light candleholder put me in a very festive mood. I adore the aged look of this one. It sits atop my coffee table book’s, this is one case where I do not recommend the amalgamation of aesthetics & functionality, just because like I never read my coffee table books I would NEVER light this candle!

Ok now for the fun finds….

I gasped a “WoW I Want ” when I laid eyes on it…. My husband gave me a queer look, as he knows my usual reaction to slimy creatures and it didn’t involve a screech that could blow his eardrums or a leap into his arms. But to my defense this one didn’t jump and nor did it carry any slime! Yes, it's a bottle-opener!!!  

 

For the longest time I was looking for a cheap Popsicle maker as I had never made one and I wasn’t sure I would continue making them. So I was ecstatic when I found this. Here is one for all the newbie lolly makers of the world. And considering I am a health freak I couldn’t resist sharing a healthy recipe from my very talented school friend Ankita aka Kajal’s food blog http://bit.ly/Lh4YhO , you can substitute the nectarines for mangoes or frozen berries .....Enjoy! Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds!

Like they say "Rome wasn’t built in a day". It takes time to build a characterful home….. so take your time….. add pieces that interest you from your journey and travels through life as at different phases of your life different things may appeal to you……keep evolving…….….. so till then STAY FUNKY!

 

                                     "All Images courtesy my husband Keigan Soans"

 

 

Sunday
Jul082012

"E-DECO"- How to measure a room

I have affectionately christened my Online Interior Design Service “E-DECO”

The biggest technological advancement of our times is THE WORLD WIDE WEB, it is changing the way we communicate, shop, learn and now design. It is literally transforming the way we live and interact in this world.

I have jumped on the e-wagon myself to provide you with this online interior design service. What I love about it is that this service is accessible to anyone around the world. Plus with so many e-shops available you do not have to limit yourself to the choices of furniture stores in your area. It is affordable & do-able! Learn more about E-deco, Pricing & Example

Here is a you-tube video guide on how to take measurements and how to use this layout to measure for flooring or paint  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2Qem0aMVjM 

 

 

Friday
Jun222012

Anantara's "Qasr Al Sarab"

One evening while I was in a meeting with one of my clients discussing design styles for her new villa, she happened to mention a Desert Resort called Qasr Al Sarab. Instantly the image of Aladdin, the magical Arabian land with oil lamps, flying carpets and exotic belly dancers beckoned me.

I set out to do some research and found that constructing this desert resort was an Architectural feat in itself. It is situated far far away from civilization in the Liwa desert, one of the world’s largest uninterrupted sand deserts called the 'Empty Quarters'. When they commenced construction there were no roads, electricity or water supply. In fact only 2 months prior to my visit they had received permanent electric supply from the Abu Dhabi government. During construction they incorporated an on-site water treatment plant to recycle the water, that reduces their consumption by 45% and also installed intelligent lighting and energy control systems that reduces their electricity consumption by 40%.They work closely with the local Bedouin community and source dates, camel milk, camel meat, herbs and vegetables available from the farms around.

So I grabbed my sketchpad, daughter and husband in tow to experience this desert oasis and a taste of the Bedouin life. What awaited me was far beyond my expectations, the Architecture and Décor just blew my mind. It was Inspiration overload!!!!

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Nestled amidst the vast desert......

A wind modeling technique was used to select this location to minimize the harsh effects of wind and sandstorms.

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Sustainable methods of construction included, geo- textile sandbags filled with local sand to build 5.5 kilometers of retaining walls, this reduced the cost as well as the considerable carbon footprint if they were to use concrete.

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I love how the Arabic architectural details were incorporated into these walls. Subtle yet significant, imagine how incomplete it would look without this detail. Like they say 

“GOD LIES IN THE DETAILS”

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The materials fit seamlessly into the surroundings. Simple methods of construction using natural materials, which are available from local resources. 

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The landscape was designed carefully by selecting plants and trees that could tolerate shifting sands, winds and droughts. Despite the arid conditions, the Liwa desert supports a rich variety of plants and animals like the Arabian Oryx Gazelle.

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Beautiful Arabesque patterns above the door openings, inserted onto this triangular door frame adds a unique feature to this façade. Traditional moulding designs on the corners of the openings are constant feature throughout the resort.

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This water way runs all around the resort and brings its cool and reflective qualities to compliment the setting. Water is one of the most valuable commodities in the desert, hence a traditional falaj irrigation system has been used.

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Entrance to the Resort....

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Lighting is crucial to bring any design to life, the lighting design here is breathtaking. The proportion of each lamp to the space is impactful, the combination of floor lights, wall lights and ceiling lights sets the mood brilliantly.

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The Souk (market)....the warmth of the lights and the intricate wooden ceiling supported by the robust columns and rafters draws u in….

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Accessories….

The use of rich textiles in carpets, wall hangings and upholstery is apparent throughout the resort. I noticed a lot of red and orange colors in the soft furnishings it compliments the earthy tones of the terracotta floor and sand colored walls perfectly!

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The Library....

Traditional handicrafts and accessories sourced from local communities provide a perfect setting to sip on Arabic coffee, grab a book and relax!

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I did not see any flying carpets while I was there, but after witnessing one of man’s engineering achievements, that day does not seem far away!

 

                                  "All images courtesy my husband Keigan Soans"

 

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