Friday, 29 June 2012

Decor...
This so so pretty, I bet you want to decorate your home this way.......
Courtesy: Kearya

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Indian Marble Chattri
Floor sitting....
Turkey
Its magical...... like another planet....

CAVETOWNS AND GORGES OF CAPPADOCIA
For millions of years, the mighty volcanoes of the Central Anatolian Plateau erupted and spewed their contents across the land that would become the cradle of civilization. Blessed with a moderate climate and fertile soil, one of the world’s earliest known communities was founded 10,000 years ago at Catalhoyuk along the river banks of the Casambasuyu near Konya. Mankind’s first nature painting was found here and it portrays the most recent eruption of Hasan Dagi almost 9000 years ago. Today, its snow capped peaks dominate the Konya plain, awash in golden hues where vast wheat fields blend subtly with the ochre colored soil and the monochromatic palette is interrupted only where rivers flow and tall poplars flaunt their greenery.Another great volcano rises in the distance to the east of Hasan Dagi. Once called Mt. Argeus, the awesome presence of Erciyes Dagi inspired legends as the “Abode of the Gods” and the Persians built a Zoroastrian fire temple nearby. These two ancient volcanoes mark the western and eastern boundaries of a region known for its curious volcanic landscape that has been relentlessly carved by nature and by the people who have lived here. ‘Fairy chimneys,’ cones and strange rock formations have been sculpted by wind and rain while subterranean towns were excavated by a populace seeking shelter from the conquerors and would-be conquerors who crisscrossed the wide open steppes of the Central Anatolian Plateau. Ancient Anatolian tribes, Assyrians, Hittites, Phrygians, Turkic tribes from Central Asia, Mongols, Persians, Syrians, Arabs, Kurds, Armenians, Slavs, Greeks, Romans and Western Europeans have all passed through leaving behind some of their traditions as well as their genes and rendering Cappadocians as exotic as their surreal surroundings.




A must visit!!!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Dinning Room:
Designer. Kearya

Bedroom
Artistic & Elegant....so beautiful that u wana sleep !!!!
Designer.Kearya

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Sublime!! Now thats what i call a stylish picnic by Kearya......cushions look informal yet fun with a dash of romantic touch :)

Interiors...
Are u thinking its a fun paper on the wall??? Nah.... Flawless...it's hand-painted canvas panels.

Home at its best......so relaxing. 
We don't always require large space.... look closely its a nice to just be able to sit back and RELAX...... :)
Instant calm, peace, and beauty. Would LOVE to sit a spell. I'm sure you all agree and hope you can create a quite retreat for yourself !!

Friday, 15 June 2012

Taktsang monastery, the “Tiger’s Nest”
Location: Bhutan
Magic and Amazing Place.... I would like to visit!!!
Its an Unbelievable picture...how did they built it? Reminds me of the book: Life and Teachings of The Master`s of The Far East....

Description: The Taktsang monastery in the mountainous region of Bhutan is one of Buddhism’s holiest - and most stunning - scenic locations. It is believed to have been constructed in the 8th century by a holy man who flew to the site on the back of a flaming tigress. Taktsang is known as the Tiger’s Nest. Looking at the complex, perched upon a sheer cliff nearly 2,000 feet above the Paro river valley, the ancient legend may start to become believable!
Art of Feng shui
One of our recent project.....
Avoid sleeping with your head under the bedroom window. The art of Feng Shui states that this may damage your health. The reason is that the energy from the bedroom window enters your body's energy meridians at your head and travels to your liver where it knocks it out of balance.

Sanctuaries:
This is fantastic, I want to live here, not only to eat :)
Akkaya Garden Restaurant, Turkey


Dalaman, a hidden Turkish jewel, is known to locals as the secret valley. This is because the backdrop of the landscape is dominated by majestic mountains, running rivers, winding roads and tracks, secluding the reminisce of a town deeply embedded in the valley. Among the lush greenery, is another of Dalaman's beautiful secrets: the Akkaya Garden Restaurant. Designed like a fantasy out of a children's story book, with streaming ponds, seducing sounds of waterfalls, densely grown treetops, and wooden bridges - people are encouraged to climb up the trees and hide inside 'nests' to savior the food and view.

[Image Credit: Akkaya Garden Restaurant, © 2012]

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Far East Asia
Image Credit: Santhiya Resort & Spa.

In the hot and humid tropical climate, the airy, open quality of a Thai house and the broad overhangs of its roof protect the interior from both sun and rain. Elevated houses facilitate the circulation of air and offered a more comfortable living space. It was cooler to live in and protected the home from the risk of floods in the monsoon season. It also offered protection from hostile wildlife. The open space beneath the house was versatile. It was used as a living area in the hot season, as storage for the season's harvest, and as a place to keep livestock.


One practical feature of the Thai house is the ease with which it can be assembled or taken down. The entire house is built in light, pre-fabricated sections with each section forming a wall. Each wall is then fitted together and hung on the superstructure - a frame of wooden pillars - without nails. In former times, the fact that the house could be taken down and re-assembled with relative ease was well-suited to the indigenous way of life. When families decided to move, as they frequently did, the house would be taken down, stacked on a raft and floated down the nearest klong to a new location.



According to superstition and traditional Thai belief, the raised thresholds of Thai houses prevent evil spirits from creeping in at night and disrupting the sleep of the inhabitants. It also served a functional purpose. The raised threshold acted as a structural aid holding the wall sections firmly in place on their frame. Additionally the early settlements of the Thai kingdom were largely agricultural communities built along rivers, canals and waterways. Hence to prevent babies and small children from falling into the water, the thresholds of the door were raised.

Whole families would sleep together in a single room. In some instances, the open space was partitioned off into separate living areas to accommodate various generations. In a typical old Thai house, the various rooms would be separate units connected by open walkways and the staircase was on the outside. However in the interest of comfort and for aesthetic considerations, the main house does not conform with the traditional practices of Thai architecture. The connecting corridors and the entrance hall is enclosed.

A must visit......... :)

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

"Beauty doesn't last forever but a beautiful personality does... "
- Chanel

Monday, 11 June 2012

Reading Rooms:

"One room that got some serious attention was the library, with floor-to-ceiling shelves accenting the steeply vaulted ceiling, a beautiful tiled floor and some enviable ladders."

A bit more Comfy room.......


Spain House renovations.
Description: Taking on the renovation of a historic building is a mammoth task. As the above house clearly displays, one of the biggest challenges in these projects is always the shallow roof line. The architect was hit by the dilemma of how to get enough sunlight to flood the interior with a feeling of openness. To achieve this, two factors had to be taken into account: first, paying homage to the impressive medieval stone facade, wrought iron balconies and secondly, configure the chaotic room distribution and layout - turning a medieval structure that was in ruin, into a livable family home.


Brazilian Limeade



Hello Summer! Nothing welcomes summer like an ice cold, refreshing beverage does such as this Brazilian Limeade. This drink is simply incredible! I got inspiration for this drink from a Brazilian "Lemonade" recipe I've been making for a few years that came from Sunset Magazine. Yes, indeed that recipe was good, but I always felt like it could use something more. So, here is my version of Brazilian Limeade and why would I call it Brazilian Limeade you may ask? Because the ingredients it uses are Brazilian colors of course =). It also uses the flavors of Brazil.
Send yourself on a mini vacation by lounging out in the sunshine and enjoying a tall glass of this amazingly refreshing Brazilian Lemonade. It may just become a new summertime favorite!
Feel free to adjust this drink to suite your personal taste. Add more or less sugar to reach desired sweetness (1/2 cup was perfect for me). You could even add more lime juice if you want it a bit more tart. I think one of these times I'm going to have to add a few tablespoons of cream because how can I resist =). Enjoy!



Brazilian Limeade
Yields about 3-4 servings
Ingredients:
5 cups cold water, divided
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large overripe banana, peeled (peel should be speckled, not too overripe)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Zest of 3 limes
1/2 tsp coconut extract

Directions:
Combine 4 cups cold water (if your blender fits 5 cups well enough then you can add all 5 at this point), coconut milk, sugar, banana, lime juice, lime zest and coconut extract in a blender. Cover with lid and blend on low speed for one minute. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher, then using a rubber spatula press and rub lime zest back and forth against strainer to release oils from the zest into pitcher. Pour in remaining 1 cup cold water and stir. Serve over ice. Store in refrigerator and stir each time before serving.

Lychee and labneh frozen yogurt.

For those of you still fighting cold weather, I am sincerely sorry; temperatures are in the high over here .........
Well, labneh is drained yogurt, right? I had a jar of labneh in the fridge and I used it to make this, mixing it with a can of lychées and the result was conclusive. I will be using labneh from now on, it is perfect for a frozen yogurt treat once in a while.

INGREDIENTS:
1 can of lychees in syrup (8 ounces or 225 g.), lychees drained
8 ounces of yoghurt cheese (labneh)
rind of one lime
4 tablespoons of powdered sugar

METHOD:
Drain the can of lychées and reserve the syrup; place the lychée and 1/2 cup of the syrup in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture is puréed; add 8 ounces of yoghurt cheese and the powdered sugar and process. Add the lime zest and process.
Place in the bowl of the ice-cream maker and let it run until the mixture turns into frozen yogurt. Store in the freezer.

NOTE: If you don’t have an ice-cream maker, freeze the mixture and then place the frozen mixture cut into big chunks in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times and you will get the texture of ice-cream.

Use fresh lychées on the top....... :)

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Tswalu Kalahari -
South Africa


Tswalu Kalahari is the largest private game reserve in South Africa and a wonderful destination for luxe travelers who also love nature and wildlife. Perfectly blending into the landscape, the resort is an intimate, low-profile paradise that brings people closer to the wonderful live shows that Mother Nature puts on every single day.

National Geographic-like experiences will enchant you during your entire stay at Tswalu. Horseback safari, early morning bushwalks, game drives, these are some of the activities that will certainly make your vacation unforgettable. The resort also offers the possibility to just sit and relax in the sun, next to the lovely outside pool, and admiring the superb scenery.



Tswalu is owned by the Oppenheimer family, and guests can choose to stay at the owner’s personal home, Tarkuni, or at the resort’s main property, The Motse. Tarkuni can accommodate up to ten guests in lavish conditions: five luxe bedrooms with en-suite baths, two lounges with fireplaces, indoor and outdoor heated showers, a swimming pool and a covered deck. The Motse features eight individual suites and can accommodate up to twenty guests. They all have en-suite facilities, private sun decks, open fireplaces and Wi-Fi access.
Before you retreat to your lavish room, you are invited to enjoy a fine dinner with delicious dishes and expensive South African wines. Visiting the spa here is also a must, but the opportunities for fun and relaxation do not end here. Hot-air balloon rides, visits at ancient archaeological sites, flights to the Augrabies Falls, these and more are all exciting activities that you must not miss at Tswalu.....
Truly Satisfying your worldly wanderlust....a must visit !!!
African Safari....
Singita Sasakwa, Tanzania




Onguma Tree Top Camp
Etosha, Namibia



Thanda Private Game Reserve



Saturday, 9 June 2012

Natural pink diamond .....
Gorgeous, dreamily, sheer beauty and different from the other ones..........

Diamonds with macaroons..........Girl best friend!.....

Beautiful Diamond ring,
Let it shine...

Thursday, 7 June 2012

The most expensive Avenue in the world !


Princess Grace Ave.

Avenue Princesse Grace is the most expensive street in the world to buy property, where 91.740Euro($120,000) will purchase just one square metre of prime real estate, according to a survey by Wealth Bulletin.
Prime residential property on the top 10 most expensive streets in the world saw their overall value fall by 12% in the last year, the survey found, with European streets faring better than their US and emerging markets counterparts.
That compares with price falls of between 20% to 30% in mainstream property prices in London and New York over the same period.
Avenue Princesse Grace might have been the most expensive street on the list, but prices for prime property there have fallen from a staggeringly high 145.000Euro ($190,000) per sq/m a year ago.

Via Suvretta in the Swiss ski resort of St Moritz was the only street on the list that saw prices rise for top properties in the last year. The street ranked sixth on the list, where property costs at least $45,000 per sq/m, an 18% rise on the 2008 price.
The second most expensive street was Chemin de Saint-Hospice on Cap Ferrat in the south of France, where prime property sells for $100,000 per sq/m

Ostozhenka in Moscow, at 26700Euro ($35,000) per sq/m, was the only street from an emerging market on this year's list.

The addresses that are streets ahead
Avenue Princesse Grace, Monaco, 91.740Euro ($120,000) per sq/m
Still the most expensive street in the world, expect to pay at least 91.740.000Euro($120,000) per sq/m on the iconic Avenue Princesse Grace for a modest apartment with one of the most spectacular views in the world.
But that looks like a bargain from a year ago, when top end residential properties on the street were $190,000 per sq/m.
A 334 sq/m four-bedroom penthouse on Avenue Princesse Grace is on the market at $50m - around 113.900Euro($149,000) per sq/m - not including a 220 sq/m terrace.
Local agents reckon asking prices are being discounted by as much as 20% and the above property will probably sell for closer to $40m.
Monaco-based independent agent Pieter van Naeltwijck said transactions had fallen 25% since last year. But he said super-rich Russians were beginning to come back into the market, fuelling renewed demand.

Chemin de Saint-Hospice, Cap Ferrat, South of France, $100,000 per sq/m
Less than 30 miles down the road from Avenue Princesse Grace, Chemin de Saint-Hospice is the second most expensive street in the world, where the top properties sell for $100,000 per sq/m
Chemin de Saint-Hospice snakes through Cap Ferrat with its 15 houses commanding beautiful Mediterranean views. Local estate agents say there is one property for sale on Chemin de Saint Hospice, but it is being sold privately and its price a closely guarded secret.

• Fifth Avenue, New York, $72,000 per sq/m
Fifth Avenue, New York City, has the most iconic status of all the streets on the list and retains third place this year. But prices on the best parts of Fifth Avenue have come off the boil in the past 12 months.
A 400 sq/m apartment with terraces overlooking Central Park on the Upper East Side of Fifth Avenue sold for $29m in June. Local estate agents say the market has been affected by the lack of supply, with residents reluctant to sell because of perceived price discounts.

Kensington Palace Gardens, London, $65,000 per sq/m
Kensington Palace Gardens, the private road that abuts Kensington Palace and houses several embassies, including the Russian delegation, is still the fourth most expensive street in the world. Prices on KPG, as estate agents call it, have come off no more than 15% to 20%.
Two properties have been sold privately on KPG this year, according to estate agent Savills, which indicates demand is still strong for London's most exclusive address.

Avenue Montaigne, Paris, $54,000 per sq/m
Avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondisement - which includes the Élysée Palace, official residence of President Nicolas Sarkozy, maintains its fifth place on Wealth Bulletin's list, proving the eternal allure of Paris among the world's wealthiest.
Estate agents say there have been little changes in the prices paid for top properties on the street in the last year. The strong euro also makes the dollar prices for residential property in the city higher than they have been for some time.
Avenue Montaigne is part of the city's Golden Triangle, which includes the Avenue Champs-Elysees and Avenue Georges V.

Via Suvretta, St Moritz, Switzerland, $45,000 per sq/m
The winding Via Suvretta in the exclusive ski resort of St Mortiz gets promoted to sixth place in this year's survey and is the only street that saw prices rise by 18%. Expect to pay at least $45,000 per sq/m for a top-end property on Via Suvretta.
Local agents reckon the rising prices are due to buoyant demand from the super wealthy looking to relocate to Switzerland, especially from countries, like the UK, where governments are increasing tax rates for the wealthy.

Residential prices in the top neighbourhoods of Geneva and Zurich are also experiencing a mini price boom. The strong Swiss franc is also inflating dollar prices for property in Switzerland.

Via Romazzino, Porto Cervo, Sardinia,$42,000 per sq/m

Via Romazzino makes this year's list for the first time. Top prices on Italy's most expensive street, in the exclusive resort of Porto Cervo, are at least $42,000 per sq/m.

Holiday homes of many of Italy's wealthiest individuals are located on the Via Romazzino, which is also popular with Russian billionaires. Alisher Usmanov, the Russian oligarch and owner of Arsenal football club, likes the street so much that he's allegedly bought eight houses located on it, or near to it.

Severn Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, $40,000 per sq/m

The Hong Kong residential property market is among the most volatile in the world - just how volatile was illustrated by the big falls in top-end property prices in the past year.

Number two on last year's list, with prices of $121,000 per sq/m, Severn Road has plummeted to $40,000 per sq/m.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Home Office:
Metal Secretary Trunk.......
Description: After seemingly circling the globe, a canvas-clad steamer trunk landed at a famed European antiques market. It was battered and worn, but its careful construction and handsome detailing marked it as bespoke luggage, crafted in early 20th-century England for a traveler of discerning taste (a traveler whose name – according to the brass plate mounted above the latch – was Tom Richards). Plucked from potential obscurity, the trunk made its way to the workshop of Timothy Oulton, where it was painstakingly dismantled – every pin removed and measured, every hinge and brace scrutinized. And from that well-made, well-traveled trunk, a collection was born. Our polished aluminum version was inspired by the gleaming nose cones and fuselages of mid-20th-century aircraft, clad in a patchwork of polished aluminum panels accented with exposed steel screws.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Fresh Mango Pudding



Ingredients
1 pound peeled and deseeded ripe fresh mango, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup + 6 tablespoons evaporated milk
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
3 ice cubes
diced kiwi, for garnish (or other fruit)

Instructions
Place the mango in a blender and process until smooth. You should have about 1 3/4 cups mango puree. Pour into a bowl. Add the 1/2 cup of evaporated milk and stir to combine.
In a small bowl, combine the hot water, sugar and gelatin. Stir continuously until the gelatin has dissolved completely.
Add the ice cubes to the mango puree. Pour the gelatin mixture in and keep stirring until the ice cubes have melted. Filter through a fine-mesh strainer.
Pour the mixture into six 6-ounce custard cups. Chill in the refrigerator until set, at least 3 hours.
Just before serving, top each pudding with 1 tablespoon of evaporated milk. Garnish with fresh kiwi. Serve immediately.

Hummingbird Cupcakes.....
Hummingbird Cake is very reminiscent of Carrot Cake, in my opinion. Pineapple, banana, pecans, and a touch of cinnamon combine to make this cake incredibly moist, flavorful, and fragrant. Top with Cream Cheese frosting and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and create a rustic and warm treat for what little is left of our winter.

                                         

But of course, what makes this cupcake a showpiece are the pineapple flowers that I placed on top. I discovered these while perusing Martha Stewart's site a year ago or more, and I decided to give them a go. What I discovered is that I really have to like someone to feel an obligation to forge these little beauties, because a toasted pecan works fine for me.

They are a pain in the... train.

But if you are (as I am) a glutton for punishment, grab a few pineapples and slice away! I place the flowers in muffin tins while they were still warm in order to set them in more of a floral shape. And they actually do taste really delicious. I must give an additional warning: you need a very sharp knife for this. And no fresh scissor wounds on your knuckles.