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Hello there !
It's been a long while since I last wrote. How have you been doing?
We've been pretty caught up with launching lots of beautiful new floor lamps, New Basics cushions- Limited edition and in fabulous new colours - and we brought home a little puppy ( not such a little one anymore, check our insta feed @olie_living_lighting to see tons of pictures of her, I may have been spamming a bit there ). We also did a couple of amazing shows, travelled a little with them too - something I rarely do. We went to Chennai for the By Hand from the Heart market, a lovely maker's show at a beautiful venue.
Then we did another show in Chennai - this time invited by the India International Handwoven Fair. This one was extra exciting, it was an export fair - something very new for us, and we met lots of makers, weavers and buyers ! While we were at the fair, we got awarded 1st Place for our display and our stall ! Pretty grand :)
That's me, enjoying the feeling of a plaque in my hands ;)
Post Chennai, we headed to Mumbai for the Lil Flea ! Though the market didn't go as hoped, we loved the city and absolutely enjoyed meeting all the folks who stopped by our stall !
Our latest bit of excitement however is that Olie has been featured by the famous International décor blog, Design*Sponge as One of Ten Indian Textile brands to watch for ! Completely out of the blue, so it had me staring at the screen with an open mouth. But this bit of good news has been a real great start to the week.
Read the full feature here : http://www.designsponge.com/2016/03/10-indian-textile-brands.html
And on that happy note - Im going to thank you once again for being around, being you and helping us keep dreaming big !
Lots of love , and have a great week !
Hello there !
If you remember, Olie means 'light' in Tamil and Lighting is one of the best things you could own from Olie. So - why ditch the plastic ones and go for something a little more soulful and natural ?
1. You're better than that plastic rubbish.
2. It doesn't do a thing for you other than throw some undiffused bright light in your home- doesn't help the love life (or peace of mind) at all ! You need some of that warm, rich hue that transforms the mood in your space (and looks gorgeous during the day too ! )
3. I've gone over the benefits of Shopping Local in an earlier post. Yes, you can do your bit for the environment just by shopping from craftspeople who craft your lighting using locally sourced materials and are ethically hand-made.
Now that we are done with the general plastic-bashing session. I'm going to share some of my all-time favourite lighting ideas with you. If you have any cool tips - feel free to write me at email@example.com. I always learn the most from you guys !
1. Lamps over a dining table.
A small lighting installation over the dining table could be that design element that changes the aesthetic at home. It looks beautiful during the day, and once the sun sets, it throws light on a space where you probably work/ eat and spend a lot of time.
2. Fill the corners with gorgeous floor lamps that light up your corners and are a work of art.
3. Wall lamps !
I wish I had some better pictures to show you, we have a giant-sized collection of wall lamps and haven't clicked any pictures of them. I'm sure all you small business owners out there are nodding knowingly. But- here is one not -so -great image to give you an idea ! These are wonderful for every room, and even in your bathrooms. They add a ton of style and design detail to your walls and come in every shape and size you can imagine !
So if you have been wondering about where to begin with your lighting, I hope this post throws a bit of light on that topic ( pardon the pun ;) ) For all of you who celebrate Diwali, this is a fabulous time to give your home that lighting makeover. We craft every single lamp just for you - so we need about 2 -3 weeks to fulfil your order. You know what that means, it's time to start ordering. Fill in our Made-to-Order form : http://www.olie.co.in/pages/made-to-order or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order.
Love & Light,
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 !Continue reading