Hotel del Coronado

Hotel de Coronado

Hotel del Coronado is a beachfront luxury hotel on the Coronado Island, San Diego, California. Built in 1887 it is one of the few surviving examples of the 'wooden Victorian beach resort' buildings. When it opened in 1887 it was the largest hotel in the world. This is just the front facade; As soon as you enter you are greeted by a nice foyer. Don't be fooled by the 'usual high end hotel' look of the foyer, they are slowly easing you into the charm that awaits. The stunning reception area.  Look at all that woodwork! Even the elevator oozes vintage charm. The ground floor of the hotel has been converted to a shopping plaza with one of a kind stores and restaurants. Again the wood paneling detail was mind boggling. My favorite part though was this suzani/damask wall … [Read more...]

           
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LA’s Spanish Colonial Revival Homes

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One of the things that we felt was different in LA and San Diego from what we are used to were the homes! Per our tour guide these are Spanish style bungalows. Further research on the topic reveled that these homes might be different takes on the Spanish Colonial Revival style, which took root in the US in the coastal cities of California. The main characteristics of these homes are stucco or smooth plaster walls, clay tiled roofs, curved archways, decorative iron trim, and courtyards. Though the style was popular in the 1915 - 1930 time period I think many of these homes might be reproductions. All pics were taken while I was in the tour bus with an IPhone;  you can even see the reflection of the glass in some of them. Have no idea of the neighborhood, think it is near or in Culver … [Read more...]

           
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Mood Board – Indian Living Room

Whats Ur Home Story: Indian Living Room Decor, Indian Living Room Mood Board

Before we get into the actual post I would like to note how indebted I'm to be living in a country where online shopping is so prevalent that I can literally find pics (and the actual product) of anything that I want to buy. Unfortunately that is not the case in many other places. I realized that India is one among them when I spent hrs looking for home decor to put this mood board together. Luckily all the stars lined up and I was able to find what I wanted with actual source links. Yay! Coming to today's mood board, it is for a special reader, Sujatha from India who won the first ever custom mood board giveaway on WUHS. She wanted some help in changing the look  of her living room while keeping her existing furniture. Here's a look at the room. The other side; Now for my … [Read more...]

           
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Tudor Homes of Van Ness St

Whats Ur Home Story: Tudor home

Two weekends ago we had gone to the National Zoo with my in laws. Every time we go to that neighborhood we take a different route and on every route we find beautiful homes. This time it was the Van Ness St  and for once I remembered to take pics. Last two times I forgot. :( First some info on this style (found most of it on CNN Money). Tudor homes are based on the architecture of England at the end of medieval times. Half-timber framing, stucco walls, turrets, arched entryways, substantial chimneys, and steeply pitched roofs with cross gables are characteristics of this style. Though initially the Tudor homes built in the US were mansions by the 1920's the style spread to modest income neighborhoods. This particular DC neighborhood is pretty coveted and is very family centric, … [Read more...]

           
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Back to the Roots

It is Vishu, our new year's day, on Sunday. So the last few days I've been all nostalgic about India and how we used to celebrate the festival back home. That's when I realized I never showed you pics of our beautiful village in the southern most state of India, Kerala. Surrounded by coconut trees and lush paddy fields our village (B's birth place and where most of his family hails from) is set in rural Kozhikode district. Right outside our home is a huge granite hill that was quarried out. All that is left are some lakes set in between rocks. We always make it a point to visit this scenic hill and enjoy the sunset from there. This is the only large rock left over from the original hill. My monkeys loved every minute of it. Here they are hiking up the hill and walking down … [Read more...]

           
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Indian Resort Style

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More memoirs from our trip to India. I promise you I'm at the near end of my stash of India posts. Maybe two more then I'm done. :) We went to a 5 star resort called Kadavu in B's home town, Kozhikode, for lunch. We ate at the multi cuisine restaurant, Oottupura. The food was ok but not worth the hefty 5 star price tag. However the ambiance and the beautiful setting on the banks of the Chaliyar River is worth a visit. The architecture reflects the local style very well. As soon as you enter the lobby you are greeted by a trio of giant tiered traditional lamps. Disclaimer: All pics were taken with a ITouch. That day I had diligently taken the DSLR with us so that I could take great pics but forgot the battery at home! All we had was the ITouch which my daughter had (thankfully) sneaked … [Read more...]

           
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Antiquing in Jew St, Fort Kochi

Whats Ur Home Story: antiques in Kochi, Jew street Fort kochi

The last few weeks I've been raving about Fort Kochi and all my antiquing finds. Today let me take you to the store where I found most of the stuff. Kochi is the oldest Jewish settlement in India dating back to 70 AD. In the 16th century with the advent of more Jews the community flourished. There was even a Jew Town. Today most of the Jews have emigrated leaving only a few behind. The Jewish part has mostly shrunk to the Jew St, which is dominated by antique stores and spice traders.   We hopped into the first store we saw, Leen's Exports. To be greeted by this........... I was jumping up and down squeezing the hell out of B's hands in joy. Seriously, it was all mouth watering antiquing goodness. The pic below was taken from the middle of the store looking all the way to the … [Read more...]

           
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Home Decor Indian Style

Whats Ur Home Story: Container Water garden, Porch water garden

We are back to Kerala, my home state in India exploring my favorite home, of course, my parents'! ;) You've seen glimpses of the home before (here, here, and here). This time around we are checking out the accents around the home that we might have missed earlier. Before we start have to show you my amma's (means mom in our language) WUHS inspiration project. A water garden teeming with guppies in her front yard. Don't you just love that blood red aquatic canna? Sadly she hasn't had much luck with the lilies. I think it is the same plant (ranunculus aquatilis) that was in Mala's garden that we'd showcased here. On the porch you are greeted by hanging pots of ferns and a terracotta wind chime. I tell ya these chimes are huge in India. Every road side vendor worth his terracotta weight … [Read more...]

           
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Back in Full Swing

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Just a reminder: The $50 Curly Q Wall Decals Giveaway is open till 1/31/12. You can enter here. ************************************************************** I'm back! The last few weeks we were in India visiting family. We had loads of fun. The kids got some much needed grandparent bonding time. And for moi, lots of inspiration. It has been a week now; we are slowly falling back into our schedule. To tell ya the truth getting back to writing has been the toughest thing so far! Seriously, the writing part of the blogging equation has always been the easiest for me. Now, the thought of actually writing regularly after a long break is daunting. I know, it is just a little starting trouble. There is no way I can not show you all the finds and sights from our trip and of course the big … [Read more...]

           
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Guest Post – Cottage Living in Carmel by the Sea

Who is in the mood for a trip? Today Sue from Housekaboodle is taking you'll to Carmel, CA. ****************************************************** Hi, my name is Sue and I blog at Housekaboodle about houses like a cottage or bungalow, celebrity houses, TV & Movie houses, kitchens and more. I am excited to guest post here today for Vidya. If your reading this then you are a fan of What's Ur Home Story like me. I am still thinking about the Chair Story 3-part posts she did (I need to figure out how to steal that chair when she's not looking) and if you haven't had the chance to read about it, I am highly recommending it today. Carmel-by-the-Sea Cottages Home Tour I wanted to share something special today for you and Carmel-by-the-Sea cottages seems made to order. It is a … [Read more...]

           
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Long Distance Decor – Mughal Architecture

Taj Mahal, Mughal architecture

The Mughals were Islamic rulers of the Indian subcontinent from the 15th century to the 18th centuries. Mughal architecture evolved from Islamic, Persian, Turkish, and Indian architecture. It is very elaborate and decorative with great emphasis on arcs and domes. Today, I'm gonna share a handful of examples, some pics that B and his friends took while on a business trip to India. These are just the tip of the iceberg. India, especially the northern part is replete with such historic treasures. As everyone knows the best example for Mughal architecture is of course the Taj Mahal. I've never had a chance to see it. Hopefully some day. The Taj through the arch of the Great gate or the Darwaza-i rauza. In all its grandeur; The main gateway to the Taj is the Great gate or the … [Read more...]

           
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