A Tribute to Kanhai

After a close association with Zaarga for almost 7 years, Kanhai takes a bow as Mukta Sharma moves on to pursue new opportunities. The Enchanting home accents by Kanhai were a visual treat to all Zaarga customers, the hardcore Kanhai fans and the casual browsers alike!

The vibrant coasters, whimsical keyrings, elegant bookmarks, dainty napkin rings, will all be hugely missed on Zaarga! Here is a visual tribute to Kanhai, one of our oldest and most popular brands! A picture is worth a thousand words….

Bookmarks:-
Kanhai bookmark Collage

Key Rings and Fridge Magnets:-
kanhai-keyrings-magnets

Whimsical Paperclips:-
Kanhai paperclip Collage

Dainty Napkin Rings and Curtain Tiebacks:-
kanhai-napkinring-curtaintieback

Vibrant Coasters:-
Kanhai Coaster Collage

And finally, the ever Enchanting Garden Lights, which has stolen innumerable hearts!
Enchanting Garden Light -1Enchanting Garden Light -2

We will miss you, Kanhai!

Love,

Team Zaarga

Home Furnishing Week – Adding colour to an all-white Kitchen!

The Home Furnishing Week is over!! We sign off with a great THANK YOU to Vaishali Sinha from everyone in the Z Community. The solutions were elaborate, informative and inspiring!

And we leave you with some great suggestions on adding colour to pristine white kitchen!

Home Furnishing Query:

Home Furnishing - View of door to deck
Kitchen cum Dining Area with door opening to deck

“I need blinds or whatever is apt for the french window shown in the picture attached.  It is a kitchen cum dining room and the door shown is an access to the open wooden deck where an outdoor dining table is going to be placed. Would like your advice in this regard.

Home Furnishing Week - View of deck
View of the Deck

Also, as you can see, the kitchen+pantry is a small area with white interiors. I need to include another wall shelf for some extra storage. Any tips on where this could be placed? And, would you give some suggestions on the kitchen decor/accessories that can help break the monotony of white with some colour highlights?”

Home Furnishing Week - The Kitchen Area
The Kitchen Area

Vaishali’s Response:

“The kitchen looks contemporary to me BUT I am not able to make out the layout of the kitchen or the type of furniture being used for the outdoor dining very clearly…..So I am going ahead and suggesting TWO very different looks you could pursue.

Home Furnishing Ideas - Adding colour to all white kitchen

1 – where whites are complimented with rustic unpolished wood shelves ( the look is more eco-friendly) & block print fabrics. The colour palette comes across clearly from the board
2 – where whites are complimented with bright peppy colours – in lamps, crockery, fabric for blinds & other nick knacks ( not much patterns but more solid colours).

Both the looks can be accented with suitable wall arts & artifacts

I hope one of them strikes a chord with your kitchen & deck ambience.
Best Wishes,
Vaishali”

And those of you who missed this opportunity, stay tuned to Z, we are going to give you another chance!!

Cheers!
Team Z

Home Furnishing Week with Vaishali Sinha – Brightening up a Living Room

All of you out there who are struggling to kid-proof your sofa or other home furnishings will love this post! Check out the conversation between a Z Customer and Vaishali Sinha!

Customer Query:

I did up my living room in a cream and brown combination. My queries related to my home furnishing:

1. I opted brown furnishing for my sofa the rationale being I have a 5 yr old in the house and the sofa and chairs (to put it mildly) are highly abused. Things are forever getting spilled on it. Though it has served the purpose well so far I wish I could do something to brighten up the room. Should I try colorful pillows or should I change the upholstery of the sofa’s? Again if its upholstery change that you suggest what fabric – color & material would go well with the rest of the decor and also not show stains?

Drawing Room and the Sofa
Drawing Room and the Sofa

2.As you can see the wall the TV is against is pretty plain. I’m thinking of getting a wall mounted TV unit sometime this year. In which case can I highlight that wall by painting or wall paper? which is better? Also there are quite some curios that we have collected (not big pieces but small ones, which I would like to display. Is it a good idea to do that on that wall & if so could you suggest a way I can do that without cluttering?

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TV Wall

Thanks in advance for taking the time out to resolve my queries!

Vaishali’s Response:

Hi!! I have a 7 year old too & I completely empathize as to how difficult it is to keep your sofas stain free. 

The LIVING ROOM looks very bare. The sofa is brown with brown textured upholstery with beige colour rug, with off white walls with light beige flooring. Except a Madhubani painting there is nothing else on the walls. YOU NEED SOME COLOUR, SOME PATTERN & A BIT MORE FURNITURE to make the place look more warm & welcoming.

To begin with:-– The upholstery seem to have a textured look (stripy texture). You can change the upholstery to be a solid colour (any neutral colour is fine too). If your wish to use textured upholstery then it should be non-directional – it provides a clean background for colours & patterns to be thrown on.

– Get a coloured rug & of a bigger size ( like ochre yellow, burnt red, wine colour or rust or olive…. ). You can use beige too BUT then we will need to throw in some coloured poufs or floor cushions. 

Furnishing Options given by Vaishali
Furnishing Options given by Vaishali

– Once you get your rug you know what cushions to coordinate with.

– You may need to add a centre table too.

– I cannot make out the layout of the room very clearly BUT it seems you do have corners to put a curio cabinet.

– The walls:-
A) You could do a single large painting on the wall BUT getting a single painting can be expensive & you need to really hunt for the right piece that you would like to own for a long period of time.
B) You can make a collage of small wall arts to create an interesting wall decor…this gives you flexibility of a lot of mix & match BUT you must plan the layout of the collage…with proper measurements.


For your second query on the wall behind the TV – wall paper sure can add life to the room. I am enclosing 2 suggestions – hope it helps!

Best Wishes!

Soft Furnishing Week with Vaishali Sinha – Re-furnishing for a Traditional European Home!!

We received this great query from a customer who just moved to a new home, and is finding it challenging to blend her new furniture and the existing decor. The query and the response covers so many parameters of decor, that we felt it deserved to be a brand new post!! So here you go…

Query:-

My husband, 5 year old daughter and I just moved into a new home and are planning to redecorate our family room, formal dining and bedrooms.

For our family room, we bought a leather set that includes-  3 seater sofa, loveseat and recliner. We also bought a coffee table and 2 side tables (rose- mahagony color). The sofas were listed as contemporary style and the salesman at the store said that the tables were traditional.



Views of the Family Room

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  • So now the main furnishings in my house are a mix of 2 styles!  I want it to blend well and don’t want it to look awkward like we couldn’t make up our mind as to whether we wanted contemporary or traditional!

  • Do you have any ideas as to how I can bring the room together by adding rug (traditionals or contemporary ?) and artwork (traditional or abstract?)

  • In the family room we also have a built in shelves (on either side of the fireplace) where we have lots of space for curios….I ‘d like to use this space too….Should I have a theme (by color or culture?)

I know this is an open question! but even if you could just give me some general guidelines I can follow to mix traditional and contemporary that would be great!

We plan to use the family room as central place for both entertaining and family time since the kitchen opens into the family room and the deck access is also from the family room (the room is empty right now, furniture will be delivered in a couple of weeks).

The Dining Room – We are still unpacking so sorry for the pic with boxes!

  • For the formal dining, we haven’t bought the furniture yet….but I am having a hard time making up my mind….sometimes I like contemporary and sometimes traditional….We don’t do big formal dinners or anything so the idea of formal dining is completely lost on me….so for this if there is some kind of advise you can give to help me arrive at what I want for formal dining that would be helpful!

  • For the bedroom….right now I have furniture in there that were brought as separate pices and together its ugly and I hate it…so I am doing a complete revamp….again all I know is I want a King size bed and I am okay with anything as long as it is not gaudy. So any design ideas that you can share for bedroom would be great! I have a great walk in closet so I don’t need the bedroom furniture to address storage needs.

Thank you for taking the time to read this! Anything that you can share would it be great!

Vaishali’s Response:-

Hi, you seem to be living in lovely green surroundings 🙂
Let us take the rooms one at a time:

FAMILY ROOM: the look is traditional european.
Space:
I can see that this room has
– door to the deck on ONE wall
– fire place on wall TWO
– built in TV & media cabinet on wall THREE


Here I see a little issue – you have the ‘door to deck’ which kind of divides the room into two – space A & space B; this will not let you have furniture placed in the central portion of the room. Then you have 2 focal points ( the point where the furniture will face) – ONE fire place & TWO TV cabinet.
I feel your furniture will be better placed in SPACE-A & of-course will be facing the TV cabinet. I assume the other side not showing in the pictures ( space B ) – somewhere has access to kitchen and again assume will have a corner where you can have another small corner seating.

Furniture:
The furniture in spite of being a mix of contemporary & traditional should not be a worry as the color is similar…& I feel will very well sit together.


Fabrics:
As all your furniture is ROSE MAHOGANY in colour & look of the room is traditional european, I have suggested some fabric designs you could use for cushions & drapes. You can compliment them with some solid colour cushions too.


Shelves:
I have enclosed some pictures of fire place with shelves – to help visualize the look – some nice painting above fire place is good AND in one of them you will see TV placed above fireplace thus combining the TWO FOCAL POINTS ( TV & fireplace) as one.

Curios get their due attention if they have light focussed on them ( so if possible you could get spot light set inside the shelves OR you could get wall paper placed in the back wall of the shelves to enhance the curios).
I suggest you follow the colour theme – for collection of curios ( don’t have to follow the colour palette too closely)



DINING ROOM: has panelled walls with curtains draped to give traditional european look.

Furniture:
The table could be simple & clean BUT some fun can be added in the chairs.
Pic 1 – the 2 chairs at the head & foot of the table have a design & colour BUT the other 4 chairs have different design & colour.
Pic 2 – the table need not be rustic ( it can be clean mahogany colour table) BUT the chairs have an interesting arrangement of a 2 seater on one side AND the rest as simple upholstered chairs.

This look will keep up with the existing ambience of the room as well as give some informality to the seating.

Wall Decor & Dining Cabinet:
It is functionally important to have a dining cabinet in the dining room. Here as it has panelled walls ; I suggest we keep cabinet matching the height of the panel ( as in pic 2).


We could decorate the wall above the cabinet with a collage of wall arts OR a single big wall art OR have shelves as shown in pic 2
On the wall (common to the kitchen & dining room) can also be a collage of family photos.



BEDROOM :
You will find a huge variety of designs if you just google the images of KING SIZE BED.
Just few things I can suggest:
– trend now a days is of low beds with 8 inch mattresses.
– I personally prefer 6 inch mattress & higher bedframe as it is easier & more comfortable to sit down & get up from the bed.
– Beds frames are available from 12 inches to 16 inches height + the mattress should comfortably be 18 to 21 inches

Ok so here we are…..I hope I somewhat managed to answer your queries 🙂
Best wishes!


– Vaishali

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WOW!!! That one response covered so many tips to learn and try!!! We hope you are having as much as we are!! And yes, we are eagerly waiting for more of such wonderful queries!!

Cheers!!
Team Z

Soft Furnishing Week with Vaishali Sinha

Vaishali Sinha, V Living
We are back with a bang after a great summer!! Z Community is buzzing with action because we are celebrating a ‘Soft Furnishing Week‘! We have roped in accomplished designer Vaishali Sinha (Textile Designer from NID with over 2 decades of experience, who is also a part of Z Designer Community) to answer all your queries…so if you are wondering how to redecorate your living room or spice up your dining room or are losing sleep over curtains, NOW is the time!! Get professional solutions from the expert!
 
We figured that the detailed solutions offered by Vaishali would be useful for the entire community, so we are kicking off this live post to keep you abreast of the interesting conversations!! So stay tuned and scroll down to see the latest additions!
 
Query 1:-
I have a query on blinds. I had two panels of roman fabric blinds customized for a window in my earlier residence. The window was a large and wide one which covered almost the whole of one side of a wall. Now that I have shifted residences, I am not sure what I can do with these panels. I checked with a local tailor to see if it be altered to fit an existing window and he said nothing can be done. Can you please suggest some ideas for reusability as I spent a fair bit of money on them and they are quite pretty.
 
Response:-
The roman blinds can very well be cut & fitted to the new size of your windows.
I hope you are talking to the same person for change of size who earlier customized them for you….because he will know how to change the size (a regular local tailor will not be able to do this job for you).
The procedure is – that the rods & the top fixture will need to be cut too along with the fabric from both ends to adjust to the new size. You could also check with the furnishing stores – the ones who sell curtain & upholstery fabrics. These stores usually have the tailors & carpenters who can do the alteration for you.
It is difficult to suggest an alternative usage unless i see the design/colour/print of the blinds BUT i suggest pursue finding the right tailor……..you should succeed.
best of luck !”
 
Query 2:-
Would like to know what color curtain would go well with brown furniture.
 
Pic of my living/dining area
Response:
Brown furniture is a classic base for earth colour furnishings….or say warm colour palette like – rust, olive, beige, off white, burnt red, burgundy etc.
I have enclosed some pictures for you to explain my suggestion.
The idea is to break the monotony of all brown furniture with some print & colour AND fill in more warmth in your living space.
 
 
OPTION 1
You can have a wall paper on the wall with the window & have a solid colour curtain.
OPTION 2
You can have off white wall with jacobean print, paisley print or classic european print curtains & then throw in a couple of cushions of the same curtain print on the sofa with some other solid colour cushions
OPTION 3
You can have a printed valance with solids colour curtains in 2 colours.
From pic 1 to 7 are some more of looks that you could pursue.
I hope the suggestion helps :).
 
Query 3:-
We have a theatre/ study room which I would like to convert to a casual lounge area.Currently the room only has a book shelf. Can you please suggest how can I do up this room?
 
Response:
For the Lounge area – with an informal atmosphere where you can put your feet up and chill. Let us look at your study – it has a rather modern look & is bare except the book shelf, the carpet & the curtains.
Keeping with that lets take the vertical space first & then we will come to the ground space:
 
FOR THE WINDOW:
Firstly we can replace the curtains by clean blinds in any neutral shade….this will give your space a cleaner look & increase the space by just of couple of inches but the feel quality will get better.
 
FOR THE WALLS:
You could get any one wall painted in colour & put a coordinated wall painting on the opposite wall.
OR
Keep the walls off white & put some colourful shelves & a painting to pep up the wall area.
 
 
FOR THE GROUND SPACE I suggest 2 options.

1) floor seating : all you need is get some good solid colour cotton fabrics, go to the local mattress maker & ask him to make colourful mattresses. Take same or coordinated fabrics & make cushions to throw around. This arrangement gives you flexibility to make different sitting combinations 
 
 
2) In case floor seating is not a comfortable idea for the family – take a rather neutral shade sofa accent them with colourful cushions & throw around some poufs. I have enclosed pictures to help you see my suggestion.
hope it works for you 🙂
 
 
 
 
Query 4:-
 
I live in Chennai and as you can imagine its scorching hot and bright. I am looking for pointers on curtains for my living area. I do not want to put heavy drapes as it makes the room too dark. I love sheers and thin curtains and want to know if there is anyway I can use these and still block out a lot of light? I cant put two layers as the curtain rods are the standard ones . Please help !
 
Response:You can solve the problem in either of the 3 ways I am going to suggest as per your convenience. I have enclosed some pictures to be able to put the idea across as clearly as possible.
 
 
1) VALANCED CURTAIN:
Here the valance is the extra portion that is hanging on the top. You can keep that upto 20 inches. The valance can be of opaque fabric or the same sheer.
The opaque fabric valance will cut the light from the top & the rest can be sheer & as you required it does not need 2nd rod. Valances can be different shapes & also adds to the decoration of the curtain.
 
2) DOUBLE SHEER:
You could take 2 co-ordinated sheers & place them alternately on the curtain rings ( so no 2nd rod required). When you wish to have more light, just tie up the 2nd curtain.
 
3) PANELLED CURTAIN:
Here I have shown 2 examples.
– the orange one has a small portion which is more sheer than the rest (you may not find a readymade material like this – you will have to get this stitched in paneled form)
– in the 2nd one – the whole of off-white central panel can be sheer & the top & bottom can be opaque fabrics
So none of the above need – 2nd rod, have light coming in partially and you do not need heavy drapes….I hope this will be of use to you.
cheers !

 
….More queries and responses coming soon!
Send us your queries soon!

Cheers!
Team Z
 

The Pretty Seating Contest

When I was asked to judge the ‘Pretty Seating Contest’ by my dear friend Indu Ananth of Zaarga, I had never imagined that what I had thought of as a simple task at hand, would turn out to be a herculean task for me! Being from the design background I was quite confident of selecting ‘the best’ among the entries, but, I was so wrong…
Aditi Gidh
 Seven best entries were forwarded to me for selecting  the winner of the contest. As I opened the images of each of these stunning seating arrangements, my mind started wandering through these marvellous spaces. I felt that not only was it difficult but also unfair on my part to be actually ‘judging’ such marvellous spaces painstakingly done up by each of the contestants. But sure enough, I had to pick the best one.
Each of these beautifully decorated homes had so much to say in their own way. Anusha Koushik‘s ethnic inspired room with beautiful wooden chairs had the cosiness that we all yearn for after a tiring evening. LeenaGavande’s simple yet artistic sitting space in bold coloured silks and cottons spelt a cheerful vibrancy and freshness. Rinal Mehta’s living room in beautiful shades of yellow was nothing short of a lavishly chic sitting space. DeepaliPaul’s living room in a serene palette of shades of white and a stunning lamp to compliment is a picture perfect setting.

Sheena Alex’s chic living room is a perfect blend of modern aesthetics and traditional roots. Clean and clutter free is what is most important to make your space look divine and she did just that!

 

Renu Menon’s living room had a very earthy yet sophisticated feel to it. I was quite impressed with the way the keg was put to use. Using beautiful earth tones, she created a very easy, relaxing space for her guests.


Aradhana Rathore’s Living Room

 

 

And last but not the least, our contest winner Aradhana Rathore’s living room – Something just struck me about this very vintage classic look that we don’t get to see much these days. This is not a typically picture perfect look, but there is something so special about the personal touch that was seen in this space. I was especially delighted to see how even a relatively older space with modest flooring can be transformed to a comfortable, classic and functional sitting space, without overdoing elements and keeping it simple yet stylish!
I would like to congratulate Aradhana for her very uniquely classic sitting space and for winning three exclusive pure silk cushion coversfrom Casa Omyaa in vibrant shades that would add an upbeat setting to her space! I would also like to heartily congratulate all our contest participants who have taken painstaking efforts while transporting their spaces from a ‘House to a Home’!

 

 

Warm Regards,
Aditi Gidh

Featured Designer – Aditi Gidh

We had a great month showing you some great cookware and tableware, and now its time to move on…! Yes, we have our next Featured Designer of the month – Aditi Gidh, fashion graduate and founder of C A S A  O M Y A A.

Casa Omyaa creates home furnishings that are neo classic, contemporary and rooted. Designed by blending traditional crafts and textiles with modern contemporary designs. The products are therefore truly classic, pieces that will never run out of style! Aditi also makes sure that they create a sustainable livelihoood for all the people involved with them in the manufac
 
Team Zaarga is happy to introduce Aditi Gidh to you – read on to find out more about this lovely lady! 🙂

Aditi Gidh

 
 1. Can you tell us something about yourself?

I have always been the moody, creative kid who excelled at sketching and art through her school and college. After graduating in Fashion Design from School of Fashion Tech. – (NIFT), I started out as a wardrobe designer in the fashion industry. I am always in search of creating something innovative and unique and have dabbled in clothing and accessories before starting out with Casa Omyaa. My parents and well wishers have been the driving forces in constantly motivating me and being my support through the difficult times.
 

2.  What inspired you to work in the area of Soft Furnishings?

Home furnishings actually happened to me by chance! 
After working in the clothing line for over 5 years, I wanted a creative change. My colleague and dear friend Krishnendu Datta was instrumental in convincing me to start with a line of exclusive handcrafted home furnishings. My love for Indian handloom and handicraft is also another big inspiration for entering this area! I love using beautiful hand woven fabrics and Indian craft techniques keeping my designs simple and elegant, which is a reflection of my personality.

Pure silk pin tucked collection of cushions


3. Can you tell us about your Design journey so far?

I have always tried to design and create something unique and elegant. My designs reflect my personality which highlights two important aspects – simple and elegant. I constantly try to evolve my designs based on my observations and the suggestions of my well wishing clients. I have been happy with my designs so far, but there is still a long way to go!

4. What/Who would you say is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration comes from observing the simplest of things around me! I look for the most unusual colors, textures, shapes and sizes and I get all this by observing the beautiful things nature has bestowed upon us.

5. Who is your Number One  my fan?

It has to be my friend Krishnendu Datta! Jokes apart, I feel we still haven’t reached our fans to the extent that we should have.
6. What are the aspects of your work that you enjoy the most?

Brocade & poly silk placemats and coasters

I enjoy conceptualizing and sketching out random design ideas on my mind. And when these ideas turn into actual products, it gives a sense of immense satisfaction and joy to me!

7. What do you consider the biggest challenge you face today related to your work or design in general?

The biggest challenge I face today is the marketing of our products domestically and internationally. Unfortunately I am not blessed with a great marketing acumen, hence it becomes a challenge to market my products in an effective way. On a positive note, we are working towards it and would hopefully have a great marketing team soon enough! 🙂

8. What is your fabric of choice and why?

I absolutely love Indian handloom textiles! I love working with a varied variety of silks and cottons & usually don’t prefer blends / artificial fabrics. I stick to natural fabrics for their pure feel.

Corded khadi silk cushion covers


9. How often do you add new designs to your catalog?

I only add new designs when I feel its required. On an average, I work on a new collection once a year, but if it sells well, then I may continue it further as most of my designs are classic and won’t go out of style.

10.  Do you offer customized interior solutions? Can you tell us a little more of the kind of projects that you undertake?

Yes, we at Casa Omyaa work on customized Interior Decor projects. Our area of specialization is customized furnishings and furniture for homes and commercial spaces. In addition to this, we also work on themed based apartments, bungalows, restaurants, etc from the concept to the entire execution, which involves working closely with the architect.

11. What is your vision for your work and design? Any exciting plans for the road ahead that you can share with us?

We plan to expand into handcrafted home decor & lifestyle products in the near future. We have already started our work with focused Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) from the rural areas in creating our products. We strive to provide them with a sustainable source of income whilst producing a range of products for our clients across the globe. We hope to have Casa Omyaa run by a strong women force in the near future, as they are the biggest strength in shaping the future of our country!

12. Can you share with us a dream project in your wish list?

Our dream project is to start a unique lifestyle store that houses rooted yet contemporary products made by Indian artisans and the underprivileged women of our society, by way of providing them better means of Income whilst producing exclusive handcrafted lifestyle products for all our clients. 

Handwoven Jute placemats & coasters

 
13. Your thoughts on Zaarga.


Zaarga is the perfect launch-pad for creative artists and designers of today! Not only is the entire team highly professional, but they share a caring relation with all their designers that puts all our worries about selling our products at rest. I would love to be associated with Zaarga for a long time ahead! I wish them all the luck for their future endeavors!

May all the dreams and aspirations of Aditi Gidh & her team at Casa Omyaa come true! It is indeed a matter of pride to be associated with Designers who are working towards inclusion of artisans and creating sustainable livelihood for them.We would love to be part of all their endeavours!!

And for all of you, we have a great month of fun and retail therapy on home linen!! Here we go!!
Cheers!
Team Z

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