Travel

Weekend retreat on the Equator

May 8, 2017

We spent the last weekend at one of the most beautiful properties in Kenya, The Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nanyuki. This property belongs to Fairmont Hotels and lies on about 150 acres on the foothills on the magnificent Mount Kenya.

The fact that the hotel passes through the Equator line makes it even more special. Originally the retreat of movie star and Club founder, William Holden, this property has beautifully landscaped gardens and a small orphanage for wild animals. Its a perfect place to get away for the weekend. About 3 hours drive from Nairobi with beautiful views of the Kenyan Countryside on the way.

Magnificent view of Mount Kenya (image via: hotels.com)

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Huma’s warm and welcoming Nairobi home

May 5, 2017

I had a chance meeting with the very gracious Huma Butt when she invited a common group of friends to learn Baklava. Not only did I end up learning her lip smacking recipe but also couldn’t stop appreciating her tastefully done up home. I just had to share this gorgeous home with you all.

Huma originally hails from Pakistan but has been living in Nairobi for more than 30 years. Huma and her husband have put in a lot of hard work into designing and lovingly collecting furniture and artwork for their home, which clearly reflects in the warmth that this beautiful space emits.

Huma recalls that it was the positive vibe of this place that made her choose this apartment over others. When she chose this place about a decade ago, there was construction going on with rubble all around her but she went by her instinct and is very happy with her decision today.

So here is a tour of her warm and welcoming space! Enjoy!

Living Room

This is the heart of the home as the couple love to entertain a lot. The dining space seamlessly flows into the living space with easy access from the kitchen.

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Hanging furniture for your home

April 2, 2017

When I was young, we had a big swing in my mother’s garden and I have awesome memories of playing with my cousins and friends on it. In traditional Indian culture, swings played an important role and were placed mostly inside the house. American decor too incorporates porch swings. Imagine going to a friend’s house and when you see a swing in her balcony……everyone wants to sit on it. It is not just a conversation starter but also adds such playfulness to a space. Hanging beds and chairs also bring in a unique character to your decor. I have compiled some beautiful hanging furniture for you here…..enjoy…..

This is the swing I saw at a beautiful home I visited recently…..such a cozy nook to relax and unwind with a favorite book or music or tea…

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A soulful home with happy vibes

March 24, 2017

This is a topic close to my heart and I strive constantly to achieve this in my home. A soulful, happy home goes well beyond the style and size of your abode. Here I’m sharing some thoughts on achieving a home that all of us wish for.

Light and Ventilation

There is nothing  more put off than entering a dark, dim, stagnant place. A breezy room with lots of natural light pouring in would instantly lift up your senses and reflect positive vibes .

Light filled living room

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Dealing with a narrow space

March 15, 2017
My feature wall is in a long hallway which connects our living room with the bedrooms. This area is difficult to photograph as it is narrow. To work my way around this and add interest, I have tried to create  a vista which ends in a focal point. On one side of the corridor are my collection of masks and favourite objects and at the far end of the corridor is a focal point featuring a bright artwork.

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