Thursday, September 27, 2012

Auckland Organizing Citywide "Diwali Style" Home Decoration Competition

September 28, 2012

A citywide competition on decorating homes "Diwali style" is being held in New Zealand's largest city Auckland, challenging the Aucklanders to decorate their homes honoring Diwali, Hindu festival of lights.

Titled "Spice up your home", it would announce an "Overall Winner", a "Runner-Up" and a "People's Choice Award". "Winners not only receive prizes and bragging rights but a sign to display outside their home", announcement says. The initiative is the brain child of leading Auckland real estate company, Barfoot & Thompson; in partnership with government controlled Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).

Major day-long (12 to nine pm) Diwali celebrations will be held in the Aotea Square of Auckland on October 13 and 14, which will include cultural performances on three different stages including Gujarati folk dances by a 15-member group from India, classical music, Bollywood dance competition, fashion parade, etc. It will also include food and craft markets, Rangoli kids art workshop, Rangoli art demonstration, Sitar and Tabla workshop, talks on "My India Experience" by experts, street theater and shows, lighting displays and decorations, etc., and concluding with fireworks.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded New Zealand for embracing Diwali festival celebrating the cultural diversity of the country and bringing New Zealanders together to celebrate and experience Hindu and Indian culture in its various forms.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, has asked that Diwali be declared as a public holiday in New Zealand because it was important for Hindu families to celebrate Diwali day together at homes with their children, relatives and friends. Currently only Christmas, Easter and Good Friday are observed as public holidays in New Zealand and there are no public holidays covering festivals of other religious groups.

Diwali festivities in New Zealand are starting early this year with a photographic exhibition "Rivers of Colour" about people and places in India at Auckland University of Technology from September 29 to October 12, followed by Diwali celebration by staff and students of the Institute on October two, and a Diwali Symposium on October six.

Day-long Diwali celebrations will also be held in New Zealand's capital Wellington on October 21. Asia New Zealand Foundation is organizing the Diwali festival in partnership with the Auckland and Wellington city councils.

A "Diwali Walking Trail" is being created in Auckland to take the revelers to the festival venue entertaining them enroute by a variety of Indian performers and artists, including a spinning wheel for prizes. Various Auckland roads will be closed for the Diwali festival. A vegetarian "Diwali Taste On A Plate food challenge" is being organized on the occasion, a brainchild of ATEED and the New Zealand Restaurant Association. Free morning yoga sessions will also be held, including Surya Namaskara.

Rajan Zed has stated that New Zealand Parliament still opened with a prayer with a wording that was Christian in nature. Zed suggested that guest chaplains from various religions and denominations should be invited to read the opening prayer, thus each day starting with a new prayer. Zed, however, thanked the New Zealand Parliament for holding in the past official reception to mark Diwali.

According to Zed, Diwali, which falls on November 13 this year, aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up the lives and symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Hindus worship goddess of good fortune and beauty Lakshmi, god of wisdom and auspiciousness Ganesh, and mountain Goverdhan on this day. Also on this day, coronation of Lord Ram was held, Lord Hanuman was born, Lord Vishnu returned kingdom to monkey king Bali of Kiskindha, Lord Vishnu and goddess Lakshmi married, Lord Krishan killed demon Narakasur, and ancient king Vikramaditya was crowned. On this day of forgiveness, festivities, and friendliness; families and friends get together for worship followed by a sumptuous and elaborate feast. It is also considered a harvest festival. Besides Hindus, Sikhs and Jains and some Buddhists also celebrate Diwali, Zed points out.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Your home is your castle - so, what if it's a dump?

Should you care what your home says about you?
Shut up your assumptions to the contrary; caring about interior decoration is not just for Wilde, James, All Women and that Martha Stewart – there's a rich body of literature which speaks to the distinct relationship between masculinity and interior decoration. We are all, as Fight Club would have it, slaves to the Ikea nesting instinct.

Yet the fact is, not all of us occupy spaces fitted out exactly to our liking. Bothersome things like time and money and a lack of decorating confidence often get in the way. There's also the limitations wrapped up in renting (my reality), share-housing (growing reality), or still-at-home-living (your reality?).

So should we really judge a person based on their personal space? If we've wound up in someone's bed, staring at the ceiling, and the ceiling happens to be an awful shade of unsexy, should we let that diminish our feelings for the person who put it there (especially when that person mightn't be the one sleeping beside you)?

You might think it a superficial question. You might think it something beneath you. But let's be honest. We're wired to judge. We judge the appearance of people all the time, often unconsciously. It's not unreasonable to think we judge homes as well.

So should we care? Should you invest as much time and attention tending bricks and mortar and bed sheets as they do the body, mind and spirit? Would this make you more attractive or more desirable? Would it give you a competitive edge on the dating scene, or help keep your home life happy?

There are strong, well-established links between psychology and physical space. Here's a great study which shows how heterosexual British men who migrate to Dubai find their domestic house objects take on "a heightened significance in processes of identification". Here's another about ornaments in modernism and deep meaning contained within.

It is hard to deny the strong connection between space and culture. Whether our homemaking speaks to a national identity, or a political one, or perhaps even a class or creed, there are myriad mores enmeshed within our walls. So our spaces, and the things therein, influence our sense of who we are, or who we want to be. Let's not forget the many voices who argue longstanding laws of good design and feng shui also bind the mind to the material.

Of course, the relationship between furnishings and feelings works outwardly as well. You need only think as far as the Oval Office to understand the role space plays in shaping first impressions. This paper paints a muse-worthy picture of how the personal brand of each President was imbued in their selection of desk, drapery, rugs and more. Superficial objects? I think not. Something we can relate to? Yes. In a theoretical sense at least (damn you cost of things!).

But should we hold our lovers to the same standards as leaders of state?

Friends or partners who get a gander at my little bit of (borrowed) land would hopefully get some sense of me from my stuff and the situation of my abode (read; likes books, fresh flowers, hip deco stylings and inner-city-living). But my bedroom? Not as it could/would be (ie more silk, sexier bed, exotic wallpaper, 'treasure' chest...). Could this be damaging my life prospects or general constitution? Potentially.
So, should I be worried? I usually make a point of not worrying. Especially when it comes to the judgements of others. Do I consider the messages I send to other people? Yes.

Would I like my space to be more attractive?

Well. Who wouldn't?

What stock do you take of a person's house and home? Does it have a bearing on your wish to be with them? And what if you're in a relationship - how do you manage sharing space and an aesthetic - is it damaging if one person's decorative voice smothers the other (insert your conventional gender assumptions here)?

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Interior Design: Best of 2009

Interior Design: Best of 2009. Fore more, visit:

his is a video that features the best interior designs we came across this year. The designs featured in this video include the works of some of the world's top interior designers, furniture makers and 3d architectural visualizers.

As such we have not tried to limit the designs to any one room or space. So you are likely to find living room designs, bedroom designs, Kitchens, baths and even kids space design in this video. Hope you enjoy this!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Interior Design Marketing Ideas and Strategy

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Simply , Sharpness Modern Interior Design


Modern Interior Design : We use an sharpness color and warm feeling forest theme furniture. Creating an awesome interior space. Red, yellow and sky blue color is the main color tone in this interior design project. The decoration would be attractive. Whole design feeling would be also have a simply feeling.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Residence Interior Design : LOHAS PARK

Design Date: 2012-01-27
Interior Design Project: Lohas Park
Design Location: Tseung Kwan O

LOHAS, or Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, is a new global movement with the word balance at its heart. The balance between premium living and sustainability. The union of modern, sophisticated luxury and healthy living amid inspiring environments. The best of all possible worlds.

LOHAS is luxury redefined. It is the pursuit of personal satisfaction through chic, stylish living through spiritual fulfilment and through respect for others

One of the fastest-growing communities in the world, LOHAS already boasts a host of famous folowers - AI Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Orlando Bloom, Stella McCartney, to name just a few.

There's no longer a need to compromise. Quality of life now means time to think, room to breathe, natural surroundings and easy accessibility. LOHAS makes all this a reality.

Lohas Park Official Website

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Interior design: vintage back in the spotlight

Retro styles will be a force to be reckoned with at the next edition of Paris home and design show Maison & Objet (September 7-11 at Paris Nord Villepinte).

Objects, patterns and color themes will have that distinctive retro flavor, a trend that was brought back to the fore by acclaimed TV series Mad Men.

"Nowadays, vintage and industrial styles have become their own movement," explain the organizers of Maison & Objet, a trade show for interior design and home decoration professionals.

The Gras lamp which has been reissued by DCW, will be on show at the "now! design à vivre" area, alongside Anouchka Potdevin's retro furniture and Elipson's 1970s-style speakers.

Fabrics also took a trip in the time machine: Culture Maison is bringing back linens with a distinct 1950s flavor, such as Möve's bath linens that are inspired by a line created for the Helsinki Olympics in 1952.

"Whether it's nostalgia or performance, these cult-objects have never been so trendy," conclude the organizers.