Goodmorning! In tribute to my travels and our impending summer, I thought I’d take a look at some colonial designs from Oka. I’ve always been drawn to the Oka lifestyle of east meets west, even if it didn’t always fit my city aesthetic – and once I began creating my grandmother’s home in India,  I just couldn’t stop! I love the fresh colours and fabrics teamed with lovingly crafted dark wood furniture, they whisk me off to a faraway time where Indian and English tradition merged charmingly into one.

Right now, I’m probably hovering in the air somewhere over the Indian Ocean reading either Brooklyn, Notwithstanding or my final Sookie Stackhouse novel, whilst keeping one eye on the in-flight entertainment – so this might be a bit surreal to read. Hello down there!

Nevertheless, this does not stop me from blogging till the end of the week [what can I say I’m a woman of routine]! So today, we have not one but two excellent recipes from Louise’s Kitchen – one for moorish Brown Bread Ice-Cream that is fascinating me!

Please excuse any technical difficulties today if there are any, I will not be able to fix them! We will be back on Tues the 6th of April. Till then – enjoy the rest of your Friday!


Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

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