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I had been closely following Pinky’s lovely home on social media for many weeks and was delighted when she agreed to share some “never seen before” pictures of her house. Its a breathtakingly beautiful home and more amazing is the ever growing brass collection. Pinky describes herself as A vegetarian Torontonian, pure Gujju at heart, a novice photographer and a passionate decor blogger. “Being brass the defining element, our home echoes our affection and flair…

So when I started writing this I probably deleted my first statement 5 times because I just did not know where to begin. There are so many things to talk about Deepika Shetty that you just can’t figure out how to start-  should you talk about Sadee Saree first , or how she MAXed all social media channels to successfully document her debut novel The Red Helmet or how she is persevering hard to get…

A visit to Jaipur would be incomplete without buying or atleast eye feasting on the traditional gotta patti sarees, lehengas or suits. A lot of Indian brides dream of wearing the regal gotta patti lehengas on THE day. And as luck would have it my recent visit to Jaipur brought me to stay in the wonderful Naila Bagh Palace locally popular as Naila House also the home of the erstwhile Prime Minister of Jaipur. Naila…

To my dearest readers , here is announcing the winner of the Cotton Rack Muffler . The beautiful muffler goes out to …. ………. ………. Cheryl Atkinson Please drop me an email with your address @ ilaDOTkapoor@peacocksintherain.com Others who participated , please don’t lose heart . Participate in our new giveaway here. #giveaway #khadi #fashion

Here is a short intro by Paulami on Kantha followed by her beautiful Giveaway neckpiece . The craft of Kantha stitch belongs to Bangladesh and few parts of West Bengal. To put it simply its just like a running stitch. However it originated as a form of necessity amongst the rural women of Bengal  who would pile up  their used mulmul and cotton saris together with such stitches to make new items of utility. Even…

Anuradha warmly agreed to let PITR feature her pretty house . From her personal collection of several kinds of boxes to handpainted doors, She is an extremely creative décor star. Hers is what she shared with me “I know this may sound strange but my interest in home decor started when I was a kid , in the times when nobody took much interest in the aesthetic appearance of a home . All you could see…

For a jewellery lover , Jaipur visits are incomplete without a visit to Johari bazaar or the upmarket M.I Road . While Amrapali at Paanch batti stands tall and seems to be indomitable and maybe it is … but there are always more gems to be discovered ( pun intended ) and Tholia’s Kuber is  one such gem. I had a brief interaction with Lala Tholia founder of the store . Like him I will…

Shivani an interior designer  is simple yet stylish . She oozes charm making heads turn and well is not actually like any other girl next door. “I always mix street stuff with some store bought stuff. I love the thrill of ‘discovering’ a value deal. Most of the clothes I am wearing here are from Santushti complex (Kapas and Anokhi), Sarojini Nagar, Nizamuddin, Janpath, The Shop, street shopping in Lucknow and Mumbai. ”   The light pink,…

I received an email from Vinayak when he heard about my Jaipur trip from a common friend. Vinayak along with his partner Rameshwari founded Cotton Rack over a year ago . They both had worked with brands like Fab India, ColorPlus etc before they decided that they wanted to reinvent Khadi garments in a more modern way. Vinayak is a lovely host and can talk for hours :) He enlightened me a bit about the state of Khadi in the…

“Like an old fashioned atelier, Madame Hall is the kind of designer you’d find discreetly tucked away off the high street. One with a bustling workroom full of trims, buttons, pins, tape measures; all in constant use.  Cardboard patterns hang on the wall among fashion sketches’, photos that inspire and notes about her clients orders…..Madame herself, is, of course always there, advising her 2 assistants and discussing the best approach to every garment; showing how…