Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you! 

Image credit: Jose Villa Photography via Style Me Pretty.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010, Over a cup of tea

The last day of the year is almost here! Thank you to all of you who have shared this year (and many cups of tea) with me. I hope that you have found something here to delight and inspire you.   The blog has been a  source of sheer FUN and I have enjoyed the ride!  Thanks to my wonderful sponsors for their continued support. 

I am going to be traveling back home to California this New Year weekend and will be back to blogging on Jan 3rd or 4th 2011. I am leaving you with pictures of some of the many pots and cups of tea that I have shared with the blog ..and you, of course!
See you in the New Year, my lovelies! 

All images are taken by my and copyrighted to Once Upon A Tea Time. 

Office Inspiration

This office space inspires me so much! I can myself writing a book here, tossing page after page of my latest work down on the floor. I will take my meals at my desk, thank you!

Image from Style At Home, Canada

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Must Read: 36 hours in Marrakech, Morocco

I read the article, 36 hours in Marrakech, Morocco, in the NY Times and I am so tempted to drop everything and go there, roam in the souks and maybe visit a hammam or two. 
You can read it here.
Photos credit: Ingrid Pullar for The New York Times. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Magazine Inspiration: Covet Garden

I was traveling when the 5th issue of Covet Garden came out and I didn't get a chance to read it until yesterday. It features a globally-inspired home and since that's my favorite kind of home :), I wanted to share pictures from it. Read the entire magazine and drool over all the yummy photographs here

Visual and tactile stimulation where ever you turn!

All images from Covet Garden. 

Shopping Bag Finds: Ikat wrapping paper from FabIndia

Shopping find: Ikat wrapping paper

I am such a big fan of ikat weaves and I was thrilled to find this ikat wrapping paper in FabIndia. It's gorgeous, don't you think? 

Holiday sales: Wisteria

Wisteria is hosting their annual winter sale and I spotted these gorgeous suzani plates at 50% off! Aren't they lip-smacking beautiful!!

Visit Wisteria online here
All images from Wisteria dot com.

Postcards from Coimbatore, India

I am in the southern Indian city of Coimbatore. While much of the world is covered in a blanket of snow, we have just-right glorious sunshine and temperatures ranging from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Sending some sun and splashes of color your way...

India in Technicolor

(Making wishes come true)

Towering temples.2

Towering temples

India in Technicolor

"There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor." 
- Keith Bellows, Vice-President, National Geographic Society.

All pictures copyright Once Upon A Tea Time.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Holiday Sale: John Robshaw + Spring 2011 catalog

I have also been meaning to write about John Robshaw's Spring 2011 catalog- such vivid colors and striking prints! The Kumera print is rich and gorgeous and reminds me of henna..

More temptation in the form of quilts and shams..

and table linen..

Aren't they just lovely?! DROOL! Browse the entire catalog here.
Click here to read about a visit (and see beautiful pictures) to  John Robshaw's studio in New York . 

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Magazine Inspiration: Elle Decor (India)

 I am visiting India right now and I thought I would share this wonderful magazine issue with you- the Dec/Jan 2010 issue of Elle Decor, India. The cover is sensational ....
Very Raj-esque, don't you think? 
More gorgeous pictures from this issue ....

There are Indian editions of many decor magazines available here in addition to local decor magazines-  Elle Decor, Better Homes and Gardens, Casa Viva and Ideal Homes and Gardens to name a few. I like Elle Decor and Ideal Homes and Gardens the best (and not just because ID and H featured Once Upon A Tea Time :) because they best represent the different faces of the modern Indian home- from the very traditional to sleek minimalist. 

All images from Elle Decor India. Visit their website here.

Holiday Sales: Graham and Green

Graham and Green has announced a January sale with 70% off many of their beautiful products. I love their contemporary take on Eastern designs. Visit them here

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The last days of 2010..

The last few days of the year are here- 2010 was a mixed bag and it will be nice to to see a new year.  I have been thinking of New Year resolutions.  The only one I want to make is to have a more relaxed attitude towards life. Things usually work out, clouds do have silver linings and all is not as grey as it seems. I want to believe in that. What about you? Do you have a resolution or a list of them? 

I am passionate about homes and interiors and I am excited that so many people are expressing themselves via their homes and putting their personal stamp on their home's decor. It is a great time to be a design blogger :). This year has seen the launch of so many home magazines and I love seeing all the different styles that they showcase. But this holiday season as you strive to get the presents wrapped and delivered, the house looking perfect and dinner cooked, do remember its first and foremost a home- it will look fine and your guests will love dinner. Even if everything isn't exactly as it should be, its okay. The important thing to do is to be thankful for love shared with family and friends. 
Everything else is just so many cherries on top. 

Have a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year to all of you!

All images from Ikea's Life at home. Nobody does simple elegance like the Scandinavian countries.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Home for the holidays: Alternatives to a tree

I loved the ideas for alternatives to Christmas trees at Style at Home- check them out here.
Vintage bird ornaments on branches..Drool! 
Image from Style at Home

Postcards from Dubai

I have the fondest memories of visiting Dubai. I grew up in Muscat, Oman and we would often drive over to Dubai for a weekend trip. This was back in the time (almost 15-20 years ago) when there were just one or two malls- even then Dubai exuded a brash confidence. Today it is a city of contrasts- old souks and dazzling new glass buildings living happily together. I have some pictures from the souks as well as of the skyscrapers..enjoy!
All dressed up and ready to the gold souk in BurDubai.

Pink and sequins. A girl can't ask for more!

Where is my flying carpet??

Ahem..I like the indigo belly dancer's costume too.

Some serious bling in the Gold souk. I think it was the largest ring in the world or something like that. 

The tallest building in the world. 

It was great to go back and say, "that didn't used to be there" - which was most of the time! To share old haunts with the kids. To breathe in the warm desert air. To play with the sand. To watch the sun go behind the dunes. 

All images copyrighted to Once Upon A Tea Time. 

Hello Monday

Holiday home

How are you folks? I am in southern India visiting my family. It always feels great to be back here. What about you? Are you ready for the holidays? Is the tree up, the presents wrapped and the eggnog ready? Don't forget to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy yourself (and read Once Upon A Tea Time, of course).  I have pictures to share from my short stay in Dubai, so do visit often. I was hoping to meet up with Patricia of blog Colors Dekor in Dubai but unfortunately we had to leave for India early and I couldn't get in touch with her. Maybe next time :).

We aren't at home this holiday season. When we are, I don't really decorate much for the season except for putting up the tree and generally increasing the bling factor. I am sharing with you some random clicks that I took in the days before we left. As you can see, reds and greens are almost everywhere- which means I am surrounded by holiday colors all through the year.

(All images taken by me at my Northern California home)
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