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The Week that Went by

 

Hello there !

It's been quite a week for us ! Last Saturday, for the first time, we hosted a cosy little event at our home + studio and it was such a wonderful success ! I was humming like a happy bee all day. We had nice music playing,  home-baked cake to munch on, a little puppy running around (when our guests insisted we let her out of her room! ). I thought the place looked beautiful, it had rained the previous day and the weather was lovely. See :) I'm humming again ! Most importantly, we had a wonderful small crowd come in, and they seemed to love Olie, and really really made the day worth it. We brought in 30 floor lamps and only have a handful left with us. The signs of a day well spent.

Couldn't take any pictures while people were milling around ( or rather, I should have but forgot! ) but here are a few ! The next time we do one of these, come by ! We would love to meet you too.

 

 See anything you like? You can pop over and shop it online. And of course, I'm always there to answer any queries at amrita@olie.co.in ! Go shop ! We still have a few pieces in stock, so you might get them sooner than the website tells you :) And have a wonderful weekend my loves.

 

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That Celebration of Lights !

It's here ! The Indian festival that I love ! Happy Diwali my loves !

Since our last post here, we have been newly rejuvenated and been really feeling the love. I don't think you know how much it helps our little business to hear you say all these lovely things to us and to see the pictures of your beautiful homes full of what we craft !

We have also had a fantastic response from the lovely press folk to our new collections. Here's what has us SO excited this season and this new collection !

 A feature by Elle Décor Magazine : http://elledecor.in/shopping-ideas/fabrics/wow-find-olie-new-range-popping-prints-fabrics

Little Black Book Bangalore has the loveliest things to say in this article : https://lbb.in/bangalore/olie-home-decor-bangalore/

THIS blogpost by Trumatter for Houzify picks the Lost in Flowers cushions as the perfect choice for your home this season ! http://www.houzify.com/cushions-brighten-diwali/

A post by the celebrated blogger Sheena with a review for some of our accessories ! http://thisissheena.com/blog/design-find-olie

 

This year in Bangalore, its cold, raining and it couldn't be better. The rain puts out the inevitable and much disliked (by a few) crackers that are horribly polluting and incredibly insensitive to the ears of our furry friends, so its an added reason to celebrate. Instead, out come the gifts, the lovely new sarees and little diyas and fairylights everywhere.

Anusha sent us this gorgeous picture of her bedroom with our Koi Cloud 24x24 cushions and a Windsong table lamp. And this is what she says in a sweetly worded letter "Love the play of colors in my bedroom, courtesy the beautiful cushions and the lovely bedside lamp.
Had some friend visiting me yesterday and all the Olie stuff at home was s big hit so thought of letting you know !
Keep up the awesome work! " Anusha.

See what I mean ? Big hugs all around ! How is your home looking this Diwali? Send us pictures :)

Shop our Cushion covers, Lamps, Table linen, Storage and Stationery on www.olie.co.in !

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4 Wonderful Ways to drown in Design Inspiration

Hello there !

How are you doing?!

I have news !  it looks like we (both Olie and I) are moving into a beautiful new home. I am so excited, and I find myself wasting glorious amounts of time pouring through design inspiration for the new home. Of course, I want to get a new look for the space - something fresh, bright -with tons of white and lots of foliage. And of course, I want our newest, brightest lights and cushions ( I cannot wait to show you what's in the pipeline - they are my new favourites! ) all across.

So here are 4 of my go-to blogs for daily design inspiration. I think you will enjoy wasting glorious many hours browsing through these too.

1. The Style Files : http://style-files.com/

The Style Files is Danielle De Lange's absolutely beautiful blog. The images she finds are beautiful and fresh and I never cease to be inspired by her feed. This all white bedroom looks so peaceful. I may add a pop of blue, but it definitely makes it to my moodboard for the new home !

2. An Indian Summer -  http://www.anindiansummer.in/

An Indian Summer is Bhavna's brainchild. I once wrote her and asked her how she finds so many beautiful pictures, and she simply wrote back saying nothing pretty escapes her eye ! And it's true. Hers is one of my favourite blogs that merge everything Indian in décor with the contemporary. I continue to crush on everything floral, it has a fresh yet vintage feel to it that will always remain a classic.

Once Upon A Tea Time : http://www.onceuponateatime.com/

Priya is a blogger whose blog isn't only a mine of 'great finds' (she unearths and introduces the most divine new accessories in the décor world including Olie!) But also is a wonderful space to spend hours browsing. I think that though Priya doesn't live in India - she has introduced me to the most number of talented Indian makers than any other blog.

4. Trumatter : http://trumatter.in/

 I discovered Rukmini's blog very recently, and was very taken in by the freshness of every image ( you must be familiar by now with my great love for all things white! ). This particular blog post (the one where this picture is from) talks about how you can grow bougainvillea in your apartment - that's just what I always needed to know. Since we left Pondicherry, I have always wanted to bring the Pondi vibe back by planting a little bougainvillea in my balcony - and Rukmini tells you how !

There are many, too many blogs that are incredible out there - if you know of any you think I should check out, do leave a comment below and I would be happy to ! It's the Ganesha festival here in Karnataka, and everyone's already caught on to the holiday spirit - have a great festival folks, and a wonderful week !

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That Simple Love.

" Do you know what elegance is? It is not only what you're wearing, it is how you wear it, who you are inside. It is the way you decorate your house, what you surround yourself with, what books you read, and what your interests are "  -Caroline Herrera

 

A sense of fashion or style, whether for clothing or for décor in one's home is personal in a way that allows an observer a glimpse into your personality itself. I am a deep admirer of classic, minimal styles - which leave room for easy change and a certain lightness that never allows for boredom to set in.

And then, I believe in accessorizing. Go crazy with some bright cushions that you can change around in a whiff and add so much character to a room (don't forget to play with shapes and sizes) and bring in some gorgeous lighting to set the mood. Beautiful lighting is something you need, don't underestimate it's sheer power. Tone down the walls, the colours on your couches and furniture - and voila! You have a home that is effortlessly elegant, and warm at the same time.

Here is some eye candy. Spaces that have that happy mix of colour, brightness and timeless elegance that we keep falling in love with !

Feel free to daydream a little, and smile in a silly fashion as you go through these. Lots of love x

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Luxury of the Local

 

Hello there, my world !

Since I've got this great new way to talk to you, I've decided that today - I would like to touch upon a topic that's been on my mind for months.

How to turn our constant need for beautiful things, our love for shopping into something that benefits our community, keeps our carbon footprint within that delicate line, and at the same time - remains an experience that one can only associate with true luxury. Shop Local.

With the words 'hand-made' and 'hand-crafted' being tossed around everywhere these days. I fear that in one of the few countries where the 'hand-made'  still exists, and the tradition is somehow being kept alive .. we are forgetting what it truly means.

When we craft a cushion or a lamp or even a little box at Olie, the process is what heartens us. The exchange of smiles, and happy banter as the fabrics come into our studio. Sitting with our talented artisans as we share our ideas and plans with them. They almost always contribute directly to the design of the product, with details that are added by hand, painstakingly and with love.

Every time an order comes in, everyone is excited. The pride with which the whole family sits down to craft the most beautiful accessories they have ever crafted before is one that always moves me deeply. To have our dream shared by these incredible people who then turn it into a reality.

And then of course, comes each tag that has been designed individually for each printed collection, the little hand-written notes that go into each package that is packed for an order. And finally the joy of having a customer come back to us with a sweetly worded letter that completes the cycle of the carecrafted.

With the product being made entirely by hand, we use less electricity, and therefore makes our impact on the environment that much smaller. The luxury of having so many hands from our little towns and villages breathing life and adding soul to every lamp or cushion cover that sits proudly in your home is one that cannot be added up. It is a sense of history that is attached, a labour of love and luxury in it's purest form.

It's a lovely way to do your bit. Shop Local. You will leave richer for the experience.
much love x

 

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Throwback to Raintree

I believe the most fun I have ever had, was after I booked the beautiful Raintree for Olie's first day out. I have always dreamed of making it my own, for even a day - and it all came alive, with the help of my sweet family and friends who worked tirelessly and kept our spirits high !

It was a wonderful way to take the plunge, and one I could never forget ! Here are some pictures from the two days when Olie was unveiled for the very first time to a response that I could never have imagined possible.

 

We created little worlds, one for each collection and ended up doing a little 'tour' of sorts to tell all our tales to the walkers-in .

So many of our products evolved and grew from the feedback that our first customers gave us. We put Olie into it's first stores 6 months later, bigger and better than ever before and we still value every email, or comment that comes our way. Feel free to engage, review and join us in this journey, we will love having you with us.  

Have a great weekend, and much love x

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Step into the Magic Realm

"See, this is my opinion: we all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. 

 

After you go so far away from it, though, you cant really get it back. You can have seconds of it. Just seconds of knowing and remembering. When people get weepy at movies, it’s because in that dark theater the golden pool of magic is touched, just briefly. Then they come out into the hard sun of logic and reason again and it dries up, and they’re left feeling a little heartsad and not knowing why. When a song stirs a memory, when motes of dust turning in a shaft of light takes your attention from the world, when you listen to a train passing on a track at night in the distance and wonder where it might be going, you step beyond who you are and where you are. For the briefest of instants, you have stepped into the magic realm.

 

That’s what I believe."

 -Boy's Life

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The Sea and I

Pondicherry is a little town in the south of india with cobbled streets and yellow french buildings, where time stands still and inspiration glows quietly in every corner.

Olie was a thought that was born whilst sitting by the sea with a pencil in my hand, in love with the beauty of the world. The simple lifestyle, the magic in the little things in the world around us, the art of dreaming - everything that you had time for in Pondicherry and that so many people living life in cities were too pre-occupied to notice, I wanted to bring that magic back into their everyday lives. Remind them of the whimsy that is all around them in every bug, tree, falling leaf , and the power of dreaming.

 

 

 

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