Home Trends to Try Out This Monsoon - Times of India

Romantic upholsteryThe best way to do up your pad is by giving your upholstery a makeover. Instead of using plain bright linens, go for something soft and soothing this season. It can simply be a few big flowers in shades of red and green. From bedspreads to curtains, table mats and linens - there is no end to it. Soul wall Many a times most people use one single colour in their house as the focal point. This trend is passé. Instead use a printed wallpaper to liven up any space in your home - bedroom, living area or balcony as well! Further, these wallpapers are often washable and you can thus keep them clean during the monsoon. Bright colours in yellow, red and orange are in this season. Go organic This is also the time of the year when your house looks beautiful if you have greenery around. For those who are fond of a balcony garden, you can create a faux grass and have flower pots placed on the side. If you do not have a balcony, don't worry, you can still go for natural stuff like bamboo, jute etc. Open up the windows of your living room and have jute or bamboo chairs placed right in front of it. You can sip on your hot cuppa chai while watching the pitter-patter of rains. Choose rugs and durries instead of carpetsWhile it is easy to have a carpet placed in your living area and bedroom, you can give it a rest this monsoon. Instead opt for small rugs and durries, which are easy to manage and can be washed during the monsoon, unlike carpets. Opt for ones which are light in texture and won't make your room look clustered. Replace balcony chairs with bamboo swings This is that time of the year when instead of sitting on the plastic or wooden chairs in your balcony, you can go in for swings which are made out of bamboo. There is nothing better than getting back home from work and then just sitting out on the swing in your balcony and reading your favourite book or just listening to songs. However, make sure that you don't have a swing which is made of wood, else it will get spoilt with the splashes of rain.

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By ALICE RAWSTHORNOCT. 21, 2007Theyre Scratched, Stained And Blotchy.The paint is peeling in some places and fading in others. If you spotted one of these battered old wooden chairs or stools in a yard sale, youd wonder whether anyone would buy it. Yet these rickety pieces are not in a junk shop but in the Dover Street Market, the London fashion store cum gallery called the coolest shop in the world by British Vogue, sitting right alongside pristine new ones.Old and new, the chairs and stools were all made by the Finnish furniture company Artek from original designs by its co-founder, the architect Alvar Aalto. They were all manufactured in the same Artek factory, using the same process, from birch grown in the same nearby forests. And if you swapped any of the legs from stool to stool, theyd fit perfectly, regardless of age.That longevity has made Artek a Finnish institution, and Aalto a national treasure. 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The clapboard exteriors are painted different leafy shades of brown, yellow, and green, and the houses kept the original front porches that inspired the name. Rooms are spacious and have painted wainscoting walls and painted wood flooring, and theres an outdoor heated pool and gazebo surrounded by delightful foliage. Read the full review: The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, North Adams The most stylish motels for the ultimate road trip in the United States T his former 1960s roadside motel , located at the foot of Monument Mountain in rural western Massachusetts, was redesigned with an interior recalling Scandinavian mid-century modernism, and an exterior that allows the surroundings designed by Mother Nature to have the final word. Rooms, though not large, dont feel cramped and each has different pastel-coloured painted walls and duvet covers, each in a Seventies-style impressionistic pattern. Read the full review: Briarcliff Motel, Great Barrington The best hotels in Massachusetts T he picturesque Chesterfield Inn is located among glorious farmland along the Connecticut River Valley, on the southwestern border between New Hampshire and Vermont. Inside, exposed barn wood, beams, and brick give a rustic feel to the inns elegant comforts, which include cosy in-room fireplaces and private decks. Drive the nearby backroads for a rolling scenery of autumnal hues: think ancient sugar maples, oak trees and evergreens. R ead the full review: Chesterfield Inn, West Chesterfield S nowvillage Inn is housed across three buildings, and rooms are done up in an American countryside twee style with floral bedspreads and exposed wooden beams. It occupies a prime spot on the slopes of Foss mountain, and so most rooms have tip-top views over the Presidential Mountain Range and Mount Washington. And even if your room doesnt, you can take in the vistas from Maxs Restaurant and Pub, which serves oysters, seafood, steaks and wild game. Pick up a map from the office for tips on the best scenic foliage routes (and lunch spots on the way). The best boutique hotels in New York City T his grand hotel tucked in the middle of Bretton Woods has long been a favourite retreat of presidents and poets, and its not hard to see why. The building is a mighty fine example of Spanish Renaissance architecture, and was named a National Historic Landmark when it was opened in 1902. Across the resort youll find a Donald Ross-designed golf course, spa, cosy rooms, nine zip lines for swinging between the ancient hemlocks and a selection of restaurants the main dining room has the best views. Theres even a three-hour canopy tour you can do across a series of zip lines and sky bridges. The best hotels in the United States W invian is set on 113 acres of farmland and forest so you can expect to see plenty of warm autumn colours even before you set off to one of the leaf-peeping destinations nearby. The original 1775 farmhouse is done up in a traditional New England white clapboard faade, and theres a series of cottages for bedding down in. The 35-foot high Treehouse brings you closer to the foliage, overturned tree trunks are used as sinks in Woodlands, and Log Cabin has a wood-burning stone fireplace. Read the full review: Winvian Farm, Morris The coolest cabin getaways in the United States T his six-floor mid-rise has an impressive open-plan lobby with gleaming marble, big windows looking onto the lawn and outdoor fire pit, and marvellous artwork including a fanciful piano and a spiraling seat made with 2,500 quarter coins. The spacious rooms and suites (some have kitchens) share a soothing backdrop of creamy beige and soft grey. Large windows add natural light and bring in the outdoors particularly pleasant if the room overlooks the garden. Read the full review: Delamar West Hartford Cool Catskills and Hudson Valley hotels you need to know about T his gracious inn s immediate neighbours are mighty dogwoods, weeping birch and pretty shrubbery the delights of Mother Nature. But more generally, its found in the wealthy Belle Haven residential area near to Greenwichs downtown and more importantly splendid outdoor areas for hikes among the peak foliage. Theres also an award-winning French restaurant and a selection of cosy rooms with enormous wood-framed beds decked out in richly coloured rust, green and mustard op-art chenille covers and cushions. Read the full review: Homestead Inn Thomas Henkelmann, Greenwich T he Goodwin once housed financier JP Morgans lavish apartment. Now, this characterful 19th-century building is a modern, vibrant boutique hotel with a vivacious restaurant and bar, Porrn & Pia. Its central location in Hartford, Connecticuts capital, means city life arts, museums, and dining are on tap. The citys beautiful park, Bushnell Park, is a five-minute walk away, while larger more rugged parks with more impressive foliage can be reached in under an hour by car. Read the full review: The Goodwin Hotel, Hartford The best hotels in Connecticut T his secluded forest retreat on Maines southern coast combines raw nature with ultimate pampering. You can sleep among trees in a luxury cabin, dine on local produce and ingredients from the on-site farm at the Earth restaurant, and relax at the aptly named Tree Spa where treatments are enjoyed in tree houses. It only gets better when autumn sets in: theres a bonfire to crowd round with smores in the evenings, you can leaf peep from your rooms windows by the gas fireplace, and there are heated saltwater pools. Read the full review: Hidden Pond,Kennebunkport S urrounded by trees, the Grace White Barn Inn comprises a 19th-century farmhouse and two equally aged barns. Rooms are quietly luxurious with pretty ivory and beige interiors, and supremely comfortable queen-sized beds; some have two-person hot tubs, or a fireplace and armchairs. Explore the 66 acres of the property on foot, to find gardens, woodlands and outdoor chapels, or borrow one of the complimentary bikes to go further afield. Read the full review: Grace White Barn Inn & Spa, Kennebunk The best hotels in Maine T his gorgeous Victorian house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and two minutes' walk from Newports famed Cliff Walk, offers immaculately restored rooms with spa bathrooms. It also houses impressive original Turner oil paintings that is, Beatrice Turner the American artist who once lived there. The added bonus to the fall foliage here, is that there's an extra shade of red as the roses at Cliffside Inn stay in bloom into early November. Read the full review: Cliffside Inn, Newport S ituated on historic Goat Island, within minutes of downtown Newport, this beautiful modernist designed hotel , offers breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay, as well as a sophisticated Italian restaurant and a bright spa, all wrapped around a working lighthouse right on the property. Fire pits on the outdoor deck mean the property transitions well into the autumn season too, when the state becomes awash with warm hues. Read the full review: Gurneys Newport Resort & Marina, Newport The best New York aparthotels you wish you could call home T his stylish 52-room hotel first built in 1912 has quite a unique character, which makes sense as its been, among other things, a church building and a brothel. Today, its also home to a karaoke bar, a coffee shop, a restaurant, and a cocktail lounge, making it a popular hangout for locals as well as guests. You can seek out foliage on many of Providences tree lined streets, or use the town as your starting point to explore the small state in its prime. R ead the full review: The Dean Hotel, Providence The best hotels in Rhode Island T his luxurious yet earthy inn , set in a tiny, picturesque village in southern Vermonts beautiful Green Mountains, has a must-visit restaurant with fabulous farm-to-table food, a back-to-nature spa, and lovely gardens leading to a river and woodlands. Furnishings are Nouveaux Classic but unshowy the small sitting room off the lobby pairs outsider art with a petrol-blue canvas chesterfield sofa by the fireplace leaving the setting of flower-edged ponds and woodland the strongest statement. Read the full review: Four Columns Inn, Newfane N estled among the magnificent Green and Taconic Mountains, the smart Kimpton Taconic has both the great outdoors and, contrastingly, some of the best high-end outlet stores on its doorstep. Wonderful Audubon wildlife prints hang in the hallways, a big fire pit glows on the patio, and the lobbys stone surrounded fireplace has inviting couches, creating classic New England hygge. Read the full review: Kimpton Taconic, Manchester The most unusual hotels in the United States S towe Mountain Lodge is found at the base of Mount Mansfield, and theres an alpine feel in the dcor throughout. Expect Vermont woods and stones in the rooms, as well as picture windows to make the most of the mountain vistas. Golf enthusiasts can combine their annual dose of autumn leaves with a round of the sport on the resorts course, and there are plenty more outdoor activities to get stuck into, such as zipline rides, hikes and treks, canoeing, bouldering and fishing. R ead the full review: Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe T ake one look at an aerial shot of the village of Woodstock in Vermonts Green Mountains, and youll see why its a leaf-peepers dream. The streets are lined with tall trees and the village is surrounded by many more. This historic inn exhibits a classic New England style from the exterior, and inside room are, for the most part, done up in pale hues. Wood-burning fireplaces and handcrafted bed frames are cosy touches. Read the full review: Woodstock Inn & Resort, Woodstock The best hotels in Vermont C ontributions by Lizzie Frainier, Linda Laban and Kim MacKinnon. Telegraph Media Group Limited 2019 Need help? Visit our adblocking instructions page.
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Sherwood Park Caf a Comfy Haven From Chilly Fall Weather
Acorner unit in a Sherwood Park strip mall a few doors down from Sluggos Soccer and Rugby might not be the first place youd consider when youre trying to find somewhere cheerfulto graba meal.But the Cafe Haven overcomes its utilitarian surroundingstoturn a former bank into a cosy nook where you canenjoy a bite while looking smugly at the chilly fall weather outside.The decormight be described as urban comfy, a mix-and-match collection of kitchen and game tables dotted with small vases of carnations, wooden chairs, upholstered armchairs and other second-hand furniture that encourages people to hang out.The big plaster fireplace surrounds a gas burner thatwill be increasingly popularas winter edges closer. When we visited, it was dotted with lamps made frommetal pipes and gauges sellingfor $160 to $260thatgave the mantela steampunk look.Aprivate room near the back occupieswhat used to be the vault, the heavy door tied back so it wont slam shut on the customers.The caf was bustling but not crowded during arecent brunch.Although it isnt initially clear, orders are taken at the front counter beside the display case with the sandwiches and other treats, then delivered to the table.It was cold the day my wife and Ivisited and hot chocolate sounded good, so I opted for the large mug ($4) topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream.While the drink wasrich and sweet, it was too much for me the smaller portion would have been plenty. Fortunately, theres a glass dispenser of cold lemon water to cleanse yourpalate.The cinnamon bun wegrabbed as a starter, baked by Old Strathconas Mill Creek Cafe (owned by the same people as Haven), was OK, but itdidnt have the multitude of raisins, nuts anddense goo I enjoy in one of these pastries.However, the proper ingredients of a good cinnamon bun isa hotly debated point.Many people have allergies or cant stand the extras and prefer their buns simple and unadorned.It was tastier when we took the countermans advice and had itheated.My wife was pleased with her breakfast bowl ($13), amixture of scrambled eggs, chorizo sausages, and sauted green peppers and onions served with nine-grain toast that hada light kick of spice just strong enough to warm her mouth.I didnt find my meat quiche ($11)sointeresting. It had bits of bacon and potato mixed with the eggy-cheesy filling, but the whole mlange was bland.Maybe some of that chorizo would have perked things up. The mixed green salad was, well, a mixed green salad.The Cafe Haven deserves kudos for supporting local food producers and live music, with performances on Thursday nights.While the brunch offerings, which change regularly, werent all scintillating, its a nice spot and a good place to hang out on a lazy weekend hours:Saturday 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.Address:9 Sioux Rd.,Sherwood ParkContact: 780-417-5523,aCost: About $35 for two, with taxand tipService:Counterman extremely friendly and helpful; food brought to table and dishes removed promptlyAtmosphere: Casual with lots of lightNoise: ModerateAccessible: YesLiquor available:YesVegetarian choices: Yes; five of eight menu itemsalso had gluten-free optionKid friendly: YesJournal judgment: Enjoyable, not always exciting, menu in a comfortable Sherwood Parksetting
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TKI Completes the Interior Design of New Wasabi Outlet.
Design inspired from the 'pleats' of traditional Japanese hand fan THOMAS Klein International (TKI), the region's leading restaurant and hospitality consultants, and its Chicago- based architects PS Studio, have completed the interior design of the new Wasabi outlet located on the Kuwaiti Corniche, in Point 5. The main inspiration behind the design of the new Wasabi restaurant stems from the 'pleats' of the traditional Japanese hand fan. "The radial geometry of the site resembled a form similar to the Japanese hand fan, therefore the idea of using the fabric and the pleating technique materialised in the choice of window coverings, light fixtures and movable partitions," explains architect Paula Palombo. "All the window coverings are pleated and can be raised and lowered to achieve the desired atmosphere. The light fixtures also have pleated fabric but with a unique angle that adds a new dimension to a familiar shade." The movable partitions, which are a fundamental element in traditional Japanese architecture, are used to allow spatial enclosure of the entrance and space for private dining. The outlet will also showcase a striking 'feature wall' which will serve as a backdrop for the activity in the dining area. "We chose a three-dimensional ceramic series called Bamboo. The cylindrical bamboo poles are stacked to create a vertical effect. The poles are also positioned at different angles to create a dynamic background, along with a variety of different finishes to add rich textures." "We also incorporated Torii Chairs by Bensen in the restaurant design, as the design of the chairs is inspired by the traditional wood entrance arches to the Shinto shrines in Japan. These simple, yet subtly sophisticated wooden chairs provide a definite sense of harmony and calm within the allocated space," added Palombo. Once opened, the new Wasabi restaurant will set the benchmark in design for any additional Wasabi outlets opened, while all the existing Wasabi outlets will be transformed to match the new brand image and positioning. "Currently the Sultan Group has four other Wasabi outlets operating as part of their portfolio, but they wanted to launch a totally new, fresh image. The newest Wasabi store in Point 5 will reflect the brand's new world-tendencies of freshness, transparency and lightness, offering a totally new look and feel," said Daniel During, principal and managing director of TKI. "We plan to adapt this new design to all future Wasabi outlets so as to convey a strong unified new image of the brand," concluded During. Wasabi located in Point 5 is expected to open in the second quarter of 2012. The Wasabi chain of restaurants is owned and managed by the Epicure Group, the food and beverage division of The Sultan Group. Copyright 2008 Copyright 2012 Al Hilal Publishing & Marketing Group Provided by Syndigate.info an company
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