A lawyer who’s on a mission to make homes elegant and stylish!! 848

I draw inspiration from almost everything around me. Even a dried piece of wood on the road side can give ideas of what it can be transformed into. It amazes me sometimes what creativity with a twist can do.

– smiles Vimi Singh, owner of Navya  home decor store at 33, Meharchand Market, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

A lawyer by qualification, Vimi was about to join the army in the JAG branch back in 1991 but the interest in beautiful homes fascinated her to the extent that she decided to be a ‘design entrepreneur’ and now been associated with this creative field for more than 15 yrs.

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Impassioned with the love for beautiful homes, Vimi used to help her friends with their home décor initially but having done homes for some prominent people really helped her in gaining confidence in the profession.

With her creative interior aesthetics, she loved to be experimental with hand picked vintage decor items and worked towards incorporating mid-century modern décor throughout the homes.

But, as she recalls,

I was so bored and tired of visiting décor stores that had nothing of my interest. I really wished of a genie that time 😉 who could help me fulfil my desire for flea markets stuff and quaint European stores where you come upon hidden treasures. The disappointment didn’t stop me but inspired me to launch NAVYA.

Oh! that makes me remember a beautiful quote by Joel Olsteen, ‘Sometimes what we think is a disappointment, is really God getting us in a position to go to a new level’.

And that’s exactly what happened with Vimi, she took her passion to a new level with her brand Navya that has a collection of handmade things amongst other vintage and European looking stuff. Few pieces are even one of it’s kind. The word quaint is the key to her choice of products and display.

Soon after the launch, the response was so overwhelming that all her initial stocks started selling immediately and made her realize that sourcing inventory for the store will be a challenge and has to be steady. But as she is an adventure lover at heart, she travels a lot and collects the stock from all over the world for her store. She is also on a constant look out for talented and creative people to get products customized for the store as per her requirements.

 

She has a design taste that is traditional yet can accommodate modern elements. With perpetual look out for new things and one of a kind look, she never ends up repeating a product in her store. From flea markets to by lanes of old cities of the foreign land, NAVYA has a collection of all places to impress you and believe me, you will be addicted to the organized chaos of the store with things kept randomly here & there and yet finding their rhythm in the store.

Married to a fighter pilot, Vimi calls her spouse, the wind beneath her wings( how cute!!) and gives all credits of her success to her husband and her father who has always boosted her confidence to do better.

The ambiance and the energy of the beautiful things keep bringing back the people to the store, some to purchase and some to just be there and feel happy. Nothing means more to me than the love and appreciation that I get from the customers and visitors …. the colors, the eclectic mix of things and the display of products brings smiles to their faces and joy to our hearts. With stores in Delhi and Chennai, I am in an expansion mode and looking to open two more before this year ends.

– says a woman who can give a makeover to your home with her quintessence of design and interior aesthetics.

So, dear readers next time you look for some hand-picked and unique stuff for your home just visit NAVYA and trust me, you will not go anywhere else…..ever!!

Find her at Facebook Page .

 

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SA Photography – We click photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. 53

Believing in the philosophy- Do what you love and the rest will follow, Sanchi Aggarwal started Say Cheese Studio to view the world through her lens for perspective. Trained in Electronics and Communications to be an engineer and take forward the already well-established family business was a but obvious expectation from Sanchi but the realisation that her world and calling lay beyond machines & tools was when the creative animal in her started raising its ugly head.

But it was not until her visit to Sai Ashram- an abandoned dog shelter in 2013, that became a defining moment for her. She was really touched by the distress and misery of those suffering dogs and decided to bring about awareness and the needed attention of a larger audience for the cause. And as the visuals say louder than words she clicked pictures and shared with the world. With this she not only succeeded at the mission at hand but also her true calling was found – PHOTOGRAPHY.

Despite the fact that following a creative medium that transcends all barriers be it language, caste, color, creed anything physical or material and yet communicate was a daunting task, she always believed that the only way to capture a good memory is by feeling and being fully immersed in that moment.

When she decided to find her pot of gold in photography, her passion was to become the voice of the voiceless to create awareness about their plight and elicit support for change and betterment. So, the streets, people and the life itself became her stage. She travelled extensively, taking her camera along to the places like Kolkata , Jodhpur , Jaisalmer, Ladakh etc as her motivation comes from all the interesting people she shoots, from her interactions with them and the range of emotions that she is able to capture.

The medium is huge but I chose to document street life because of the innocence and purity of my subjects and to be able to capture them in their most natural environment.

– says Sanchi who is mentored by Raghu Rai into the world of photography.

Her genres of specialisation includes

–Street photography

–Portrait photography

–Studio photography

Events

She also conducts photography walks, in and around Delhi and organises photo tours for enthusiastic photographers in India.

Humankind longs for immortality- want to leave behind something for the posterity. Photography, for me, as an art form is part of that desire to be immortal and as a photographer one is immensely blessed to live beyond one’s life as photography is a journey to eternity.

– adds Sanchi

All I can take away from her story is –spend time with your inner self to evolve your own skill and vision and folks, being persistent always pays!

Visit us at our website – SA Photography.

The Man Behind The Glamour and Beauty! 1761

Jewelery and Accessories add a little sparkle wherever you go.

Absolutely right!! Coz every piece of jewelry tells a story. Isn’t it??

Today I am here to share the story of a man who fancied, created and designed his own brand for jewellery. Meet Mr Abhishek Sehgal, owner of the fast-growing online brand of jewelry, JEVELEN, that has already made its mark all over the world, and is all set to make a mark in India too.

India is a country with a great passion for jewels, art, and culture. Various stones like ruby, diamonds, emeralds etc, not only have their prominence in enhancing beauty but also are used in significance to the horoscopes. We find custom made ornaments depending on our choices and Jevelen is one such brand set out to bring a difference at an affordable price and at the comfort of buying online.

I feel like Jewelry just happened! It kind of chose me, I think!!

– says Abhishek, thinking back to how he came into the business of gems and diamonds.

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Being born to a business class family of Delhi, he was always driven by a desire to start something on his own. A business that sets him as a unique and successful entrepreneur, a job where he can be his own boss. After completing his senior secondary in education, he decided to go to Sydney, Australia to find himself a job. But it was difficult to find a good one and he worked in a couple of places trying to find a living. He also worked in Agricultural farm land for few months before he found of job in a jewelry workshop.

I have always loved designing and doing creative things since my childhood and finding a job in designing and creating jewelry out of precious stones was like a dream come true to me.

– recalls Abhishek, with a smile on his face remembering his earlier days of his dream job when he initially started as a worker.

Although he was the most intelligent and best worker, his salary did not make him reach his dreams and to make his own mark with his talents that he learned over the time while designing the jewels.

Then is when he decided to start JEVELEN his own brand of beautiful Jewelry and accessories. He began to design and market his products. The start was definitely not a walk on a bed of roses. He did struggle to bring his business into one of the top-selling jewelers without any much back-up, support and being self-funded. Well, as they say, “where there is a will, there is a way”…. stands true to this man. There was no stepping back once he started and he began with promoting his products. As he was in Australia, he started from there and slowly he spread the business globally.

The biggest challenge for me was creating a product differentiation. Keeping that in mind, our products are unique in design and in its make. Jevelen Jewels are made with Rhodium, an American Diamond. The best part of it is they are not copied or merchandised and are original.

–  tells Abhishek who is all eager to bring it to his home country that is India.

Being successful globally, he is looking forward to launching the brand here in India with a dream of many possibilities. Launching his brand alone is not the idea, but he also wishes to provide jobs to the unemployed by setting up workshops of jewelry making across many cities in the country thereby hiring people with a craftsman’s hand.

The company will be launched with about 50+ franchise outlets across PAN India and will be soon one of the major jewelry brands of our country. The company also donates 10% of their monthly profit to charity in terms of child education, old-age homes, widows, animal feeding and orphanages trying to provide a hand to those in need.

Here is a man who not only has a good heart and is talented with an art of designing gems & diamonds but also knows the value of hard work.

As an entrepreneur and a good human being, Abhishek Sehgal, truly stands as an inspiration who has achieved so much at such a young age.

So, what are you waiting for? Go check Jevelen website and order up the fanciest jewels of your choice.

You can find Jevelen at www.jevelen.com

or

Their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jevelenofficial