Monday, May 22, 2017

Vintage Props and Food Styling Backgrounds!

Tastefully done backdrops and great vintage finds at Madras Pop Store.

I have personally come across vintage props being sold online ,but I think this is one of a kind keeping the food bloggers as well as  home decor  in mind. Never seen such wide array of Awesome vintage finds and food styling backgrounds. The photography has been done keeping in mind the rustic backgrounds that keeps us attracted to the vintage finds.

Madras pop store by Joby Abraham from Tamilnadu provides one of a kind props and backgrounds for food styling.They can also be doubled up as decor items in your home.The rustic backgrounds does the trick and attracts  one  to the vintage pieces. I also notice  the different kinds of backgrounds available from textured to wooden to coloured ones.They are even named as beautiful as The Shore,Dusky Moon,Withered timber,Grey Beauty textured and Grand Galaxy beauty.

There are a wide variety of props available too .They vary from brass vintage to enamel trays to glasses to bottles to bharanis to ladles.The cutest of the lot is the 5 inch diameter copper ports to coffee filters ,rustic enamel containers,cups,plates and yes  there is so much more:)-If you have something in mind ,i think they will try help  sourcing it for you too.

Cherished vintage beauties


how old,how lovely!

enamel canisters

Coffee is an emotion. It's a token of joy. 

Brass platters and happiness

props used in food styling by simijois

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Monday, January 30, 2017

The Retreat,Bhimtal

The Kumaon hills winds and winds till the   Bhimtal lake and we see it shine in its emerald greens.A winding road to the side of the Bhimtal lake takes you upto the Retreat. Its all part of the Jones Estate.Retreat owned by the Smetaceks family. As you climb up the steep mossy green steps,the green tin sheeted roofs could be seen from far. I fell in love at the first  glance of the long verandah and the sundappled corners of the home.

It has a lovely old world charm to it..To see it is to believe it.

The Retreat,in Bhimtal is a lovely colonial,19th century built, old-world oozing beautiful cottage.The mud-and-stone walls,glass panes in the doors,wood and tin roof, antique furniture and ancient knick-knacks lend beauty inside. The forests and wilderness around are kept protected.The pines and conifers which lend the spaces an effect of a deep forest.The rustic lime-washed mud-plastered walls and wooden ceilings keep the rooms warm even in winter.

The windows of the rooms overlook the wilderness that surrounds the home and you could wake  up to the sweet chirping of birds.

The common lounge area of the house features a sitting area around an old fireplace, complete with books and antique d├ęcor that has been in the family for generations. The outdoor sit-outs are great for relaxing in the sounds of nature.

The place is run lovingly by Padmini (Paddy), her sons and daughters.

One of the blessed spaces to be in monsoons,I always thought i could weave stories and my frames could bring magic to the place.I am yet to see Bhimtal in Monsoons and i think this monsoons  i could be there..When your minds seeks loneliness and inner peace,I always thought this is the right place to be :)-

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Maranat Mana:)- Splendour and Simplcity!

Each trip to the native land ,encompasses us in warm splendour. Each visit intrigues us to know better of the place we were born. We are also letting that to be an eyeopener to our children to make them rich with life's experiences which will take them along way. Only when we move away from our native land do we realize the value of the  experience down south we have,we had and what not,living close to the parents too!

We are always  undecided upto the last moment,this was one of a kind of its trip to the Northern most part of Kerala,,the Malapurram district.

A travel in to the heart of the Malabar region, the famous  Maranat Mana,a 170 year old house managed and maintaned by a family of brothers for generations.

We were just in awe as the car went past their wide compound road.Totally excited on seeing the rich red loamy soil,red hand cut bricks on the boundary walls,lush green colocasias,trailing lush green violet flowered creepers on the walls,the huge old house emerged as if it was from an old vintage era,Mangalore tiled roofs,the inhouse ganesha temple,pretty corridors,the huge granary,the wooden steps,the huge mango tree the nagalingam tree and lush green yellow flowering hibiscus shrubs all over,green moss wherever you could see,..and lots more!

This home is a "pathiraukettu" which meant it had 4 courtyards,and so can we imagine the boisterity of the house,we had a glimpse of their house which even had the nagar kavu(snake temples) in one of their courtyards.I hear this house and surroundings had been in many a regional movies shot in the yesteryears.

It was a  feel,which we could never get elsewhere,living in their century old home, to see them hold strong their  part of the traditions. It was always wonderful to see a family strongly believing what the ancestors believed at a  time, still living and practicing it to the chore.When we struggle to make our children understand the values of our culture and traditions,the Mana stands as a testimonial to the past.This isn't a story of the past,but this is the  present .This visit and stay made for a lovely lesson in why traditions begun in the first place – possibly just to bring people together. Praveen and Vidya were the hosts,as the  stay were arranged by them above the granary which is theirs.

It was an absolute wonderful  experience, of yesterday intertwined with today, of splendour encased in simplicity. It was a lesson in warmth and togetherness in this increasingly isolated world. It was simply beautiful.

a lesson in simplicity

as it rained

a walk in the rains

crowded colocasias

thinking about the simplicties of life

as she sat like a painting

as he cycled 

All images courtesy:Lakshmi Arvind

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