2008 Arabian Nights

Last week I was in Dubai, UAE. The purpose of my visit was primarily to spend time with my parents. My father is recovering from a health set-back and I was really glad to be with them. For me, time with family is precious and never enough. And it doesn’t help when you are thousands and thousands of miles from them. This time my trip coincided with my birthday and Diwali, a major India holiday. So we made the best of it all.

Dubai as you may know is constantly changing and growing. Construction cranes and noise from drilling is everywhere. But if you can push past that, there are some remarkable places to see. Everything is upscale and grand. My first stop was the Palm Jumeriah. You may have heard of three Palm tree shaped man-made islands being constructed in Dubai. The Palm Jumeirah is the first of the trilogy to be near complete. Some of the gorgeous homes here have been occupied and the famous Atlantis resort opened their doors here in late September.

My design inspiration came from the various light fixtures that I came across. Some very unique and some traditional. And yes I accept that I am obsessed with hanging light fixtures, chandeliers, candles, lanterns…… In case you haven’t noticed :-). I find them oh soo irresistible and festive.

This first three images are from a boutique in the Atlantis resort. I spent a lot of time just admiring this light fixture. I tried to find out who the designer was but all I found out was it is a Lebanese designer. If any of you happen to know the designer, let me know. I found the placement of four of these together even more appealing.


Lighting fixtures

Light 1

Light 1

The next fewimages below are from some other interesting lighting fixtures in Atlantis.





Villa living at the Palm Jumeirah


One of my favorite hotels in the world. An obvious choice for high-tea on my birthday. My photography skills, or the lack thereof, don’t do justice to any of these gorgeous Middle-Eastern lantern-like pendant lights. Mostly metallic and stained glass, the work on some of these is intricate and very Arabian nights. I want one for every room in my house. And then some.

High tea-Royal Mirage

Royal Mirage

Royal Mirage

Royal Mirage

Royal Mirage

I encourage you to visit Royal Mirage’s website, flip through their photo gallery and tell me what you think.


The One is a lifestyle/ interiors store in Dubai. They don’t have much of a presence online, so I tried my best to take decent pictures in their store. The first thing I thought of when I saw this was room divider that is so easy to DIY. Fairy lights and some buttons. Of course, you can expect step by step instructions on this one soon. I think this curtain made of fairy lights would be so fairytale like in bedrooms.



The one

I fell in love with these metallic pod chandeliers. Silver hanging and table lamps with intricate patterns. They had just arrived in the store that day. I couldn’t move away from them. And guess what?? I got one as a birthday present from my parents, along with a bunch of other awesome accessories. I can’t wait to hang the small one in my dining room.

The one

As for the other presents and accessories that I mentioned, well you wont have to wait too long. And there is a surprise. Wait for it.

All picture credits Manvi Drona-Hidalgo.

Summer days driftin’ away, to uh-oh those summer nights

Tell me more, tell me more….

Interesting finds for Outdoor Entertaining.

I can hardly keep myself indoors this season. Warm summer nights (or almost summer here in DC), Sauvignon Blancs, sea scallops, diyas or tea-lights and some lounge music (Buddha Bar maybe?). Creating an ambiance for company, interesting conversations, and relaxation. Here are some inspiring pictures from around the world. I find them elegantly simple.

Roche Bobois

From Roche Bobois Collection.

Royal Mirage Dubai

One of my favorite places in the world. Royal Mirage in Dubai, UAE. This is such a festive layout for outdoor gatherings – so cozy! I love the tray and lanterns.

Oberoi Amarvillas Agra

We were just here in March this year. This outdoor pool area has really inspiring details. Blue and white are such calming and peaceful colors. See more images of the Oberoi Amarvillas in Agra here.

B&B Italia’s Outdoor Collection

Villa 32 Taiwan

The focus on the lighting of this minimalistic outdoor area in Villa 32 (Taiwan) is brilliant.

Picture courtesy Luxuryculture.com

And some accessories..

Lantern Astroboy71 on Flickr

Lantern -find from Astroboy 71’s collection on Flickr.

Also take note of the Zen-like place setting.

Sea Urchin Vase

Sea Urchin Vase from Cerulean

The dimensions are 11″ by 13″. I imagine using 4 of these together and making this a wall accent. In a straight line or a tiled like a rectangle…

Pearl and Silver Dishes

Pearl and silver dishes, I’d use them for olives from Cerulean.

More soon!