Tour: Colors of De-Cor

This past week my visit to Apartment Therapy was a real treat. Looks like the winter has taken a step back and it’s pretty cold and gray out here. So I was in need of some bright colors…that could inspire me for the rest of the week and I found the perfect dose of inspiration here at Apartment Therapy.

They featured a fabulous store De-Cor in Pasadena, California, owned by Deepali Pareek and packed with the most amazing handcrafted artifacts, hand woven textiles and the most gorgeous traditional furnishings from India. The moment you step into the store, it feels like you’ve come into a whole new world of colors.

I love the layout of the store. It has been designed to look like an open warehouse. Wooden roof and walls…simple perfection!

I have to admit I am a huge fan of gorgeous cushions and pillows; and De-Cor has a whole lot of them. Beautiful textiles in gorgeous traditional designs that depict the true colors of India are the first ones that catch the eye…motifs and floral patterns all packed with colors of life. See what wonders thread and color could do together…

De-Cor also has a beautiful collection of other antique and vintage items…hand carved furniture and other architectural elements too.

I’m loving this vintage three door window panel…it truly illustrates the old architectural culture and heritage of Indo-Pak subcontinent. This one is from a private mansion (Haveli) in Rajasthan, and there still are many many like this one in the old mansions in both the countries…and they all are one of a kind!

Thank you for reading this post I hope you liked it and if you did leave your feedback in the comments below and also, share your ideas about home decor. I would love to hear them and drew some inspiration. Thank you!

Photography: Capture Your Own Special Moment In 3.5 Seconds

Taking pictures is something everyone at one time or another has done.  Some pictures turn out good, others okay while yet others… not so good.  Money spent on getting all of those pictures developed and printed used to be time consuming and very costly.  Well, not anymore. With the advent of digital photography, all of the “okay” and “not so good” pictures go into the trash bucket without ever having seen the light of day.

No more paying for what you know isn’t great.  What a wonderful world of technology we live in. I could give you a history of picture taking with all of the boring stuff related to it but I’m not going to do that.  You don’t need to know how early cameras worked and what was involved in getting images onto a recording surface filled with all sorts of dangerous chemicals.  All you want to do is be able to take a great picture that will bring back fond memories, right?

Digital cameras have become so popular that the standard “film” camera has pretty much gone by the wayside.  35mm cameras do still have a place in some markets but to be honest you can take your digital camera and computer and create memories that are almost as high in quality as the old-school cameras.  It is, of course, a matter of choice.  If you prefer film cameras and have invested a lot of money in gathering all of the items that come along with them it will certainly be difficult to give it up for new technology.

I understand that. I would suggest to you though that they can both (standard and digital cameras) live in the same household without too much conflict.  Just keep them in separate rooms and they will never know that the other one exists. Here’s one hint that is very important.  Always, always and again always carry a camera with you regardless of where you are going.  You just never know when a photo op will present itself.

Sunsets, landscapes or even the occasional vehicle accident all offer picture taking moments.  If you don’t have your camera with you, you can’t get the shot.  It is as simple as that. And, on average, 3.5 seconds later (with you digital camera) you’ll be able to enjoy once again the particular beauty of the photograph you just captured for eternity.

So what’s stopping you? Digital cameras can be purchased for as little as fifty bucks.  Some are even waterproof for those of you that might be as “nimble-fingered” as me.  I drop things.  One thing I don’t want to drop though is the opportunity to create special moments.  They’re just too special to miss. Here’s to your next 3.5 seconds of memory making.  And like some commercials say “don’t leave home without it.”

That would be your camera.

5 Most Visited Australian Winter Sun Holiday Destinations

Over the past few years, travelling has gotten more and more complicated. You book your flights online. You select your spots from the thousands presented. More and more people are now looking for peculiar destinations because travelling to far off places isn’t the hard part anymore. Also, many tourists like to travel to places which aren’t the regular travelling destinations. On an average Europe, Americas, Caribbean and Mediterranean are the tourist hotspots, but now tourists love to venture to indistinctly destinations.

Australia is one such destination that if you are a tourist probing the perfect trip destination, then Australia is the exactly right country for you. Just keep in mind that if you’re headed to Melbourne, Sydney or Perth, it’ll be winters. If you think that Australia has much less to proffer than the other continents, you should go there and look at it yourself. Queensland Gold Coast will spoil you absolutely.

The Gold Coast has beaches with five star hotels, beach side apartments, miles and miles of the blossoming green golf courses. With warmth ranging from 9-21 degrees, even the meekly nippy weather won’t be capable to keep you in for long. Popularly known as Australia’s favourite playground, the Gold Coast would be far from a disappointment.

Darwin, perched on a peninsula, is another spectacular destination. It’s the capital of the Northern Territory. If you’re in mood for some adventures, then book your flight right now. Darwin has a large harbour, twice the size of Sydney. Crocodiles, snakes and the trademark red earth are all there in surroundings of Australia. This would be your time to check out the iconic natural wonders of the great country. If you are a history fan, then you can check out Darwin’s World War II history at the conserved sites including the ammunition bunkers, oil tunnels and air strips.

Cairns is a winter sun playground in the far north of Queensland. Full of different tours, activities and attractions, Cairns is one place you’ll never get bored of. Just like the typical north Queensland, Cairns has a balmy temperature and low rainfall. Your tour to Cairns will not be complete without a tour to the Great Barrier Reef or the Daintree Rainforest.

The Whitney Islands are a bloc of 74 lush green islands. The temperature drifts between 17 -26 degrees even in winters. The 10 luxury resorts on eight of its islands, Whitney Islands will not allow the tourists get worn-out. You can dissipate your day doing water sports or scuba diving, or better yet, go for a hike in Whitneys deep and flourishing forests.

Broome is the place with simple conditions: here is only humid period or the dry season. While in Broome, don’t discount to explore the astonishing Kimberley Region, Mitchell Falls, and the Bungle Bungles, which are just some of the highlights of the great Western Australia. If you’re in Broome, a must-see outlook is the Staircase to the Moon. On a cloudless night, you can see the face of the moon in the mud flats which makes it look like a stairway.

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