Author Archives: shanti

may day fairy

It has been a while… Just over a year to be precise.  And though our blog has admittedly been neglected while we tend to the projects, homes (in some cases homes-to-be) and the people (aka clients) who inhabit them, we are still inspired –  with greater frequency than is evidenced here – and often intend to share those […]

Brooklyn Nets Playoffs Dish Towel

after the cheering…

after the trash talking…Nate-bashing…Broooooooklyn-chanting…BELIEVE-ing… after whipping the air of the Barclays Center into a frenzy during the all-important game 5 of the playoffs and being worn as Miyagi-esque head bands (yes we did; no I’m not posting evidence)… now serving as dish towels (and a reminder that hope dies last).

Sarajevo sunset

Belonging

I gradually became aware that my interiority was inseparable from my exteriority, that the geography of my city was the geography of my soul. Physically and metaphysically, I was placed. In the Sarajevo I knew, you possessed a personal infrastructure: your kafana, your barber, your butcher; the landmarks of your life (the spot where you fell and […]

brooklyn love

our crafty neighbours

via More Brooklyn love? Yup. I can’t help it.  Indigo and Ochre Design has been many things in the 6 months since Courtney and I first embarked on this (ad)venture; in this instance, a prism through which to see/learn about the incredible artisans crafting their skills all around us in our borough. One of our tenets […]

Holi: Festival of Colours

Today, the day after the first full moon of Spring (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), marks Holi. Celebrated throughout India and Nepal – and wherever diaspora communities dwell around the globe – this festival of colours boisterously & jubilantly celebrates the emergence of Spring. I know there are valid concerns now (environmental – the […]

Elements of Home: Music

So this is part lament, part inquiry, part music review, part Brooklyn-love story (yes, another)… My husband and I love music.  Not always the same music mind you (huge generalisation, but what is it about American men and their fondness for guitar-based rock from 40+ years ago?).  Nonetheless, it’s a joy and appreciation we share and […]

cheating on new york…

but not really. I’ve just returned from a few days on the other coast.  And it was lovely.  San Francisco’s charms are myriad…as evidenced below: clockwise(ish) from top left: 1. blue bottle coffee 2. oyster picnic at the Tomales Bay Oyster Company 3. Gandhi ji overlooks the farmer’s market at the Ferry Plaza 4. iconic […]