Supercute TV Kitchen: Aarti Party

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Despite the fact that none of us Callans can cook worth a flip, we’re long-time fans of the Food Network series The Next Food Network Star.  Similar to HGTV’s Design Star, the winner of each season of NFNS gets the opportunity to star in their own Food Network show.  The most recent winner, season 6’s Aarti Sequeira, now hosts Aarti Party and it is the only non-competition cooking show I have programmed into my DVR.

Season 6 NFNS contestants (clockwise, from top left): Tom Pizzica, Serena Palumbo,

Season 6 NFNS contestants (clockwise, from top left): Tom Pizzica, Serena Palumbo, Doreen Fang, Brad Sorenson (an Austinite), Aria Kagan, Darrell "DAS" Smith, Brianna Jenkins, Alexis Hernandez, Paul Young, Aarti, Dzintra Dzenis (another Austinite), and Herb Mesa.

I love, love, love Aarti.  She’s adorable, she’s bubbly–she’s got this perpetually twinkly personality without straying over the fence to the annoyingly perky side.  She also has this awesome British accent that could make reading the phone book sound fun.  When I tell friends about her show, I can never just say, “art-y.”  I have to say, “ahhh-tee,” like she does.  Say it with me:  Ahh-tee Pahh-tee. You’re feeling festive already, right?

Aarti’s schtick is that she takes everyday dishes and puts an Indian spin on them–taking all of the intimidation factor out of Indian cuisine.  Indian is probably my favorite food genre–surprising, since I never had it until I was about 26.  My dad was visiting me in New York City for the first time, and while contemplating our dinner options during a walk through my West Village neighborhood, my dad pointed to an Indian restaurant and said, “Let’s have something weird.” I was hooked after one bite.

Aarti’s on-air kitchen set matches her fun, girlie personality.  People commonly say they want to live in the Something’s Gotta Give house…I want to live in Aarti’s kitchen.

The Aari Party kitchen is all about color.  A fuchsia, marigold and white palette sets the stage, and it’s everywhere…in the graphic floral wallpaper, in the bright backsplash tile, and in the funky furnishings in the spaces beyond the open kitchen.  The whole thing just screams, “Happy.”  Check it out:

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Bright-colored subway tiles on the backsplash coordinate with the darling wallpaper in the background.

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How cute are the windows?

Aarti's on-air living room, taken off my teevee.

Aarti's on-air living room, from a photo taken off my teevee. The pagoda lamp is perfection.

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If you’d like to recreate this look in your own home, start with some bone-white furniture and accents with distinctive lines:

Bone Cape Sofa, from Overstock. $499.95.

Bone Cape Sofa, from Overstock. $499.95.

Cream Eclipse Club Chair, from Overstock.  $475.99.

Cream Eclipse Club Chair, from Overstock. $475.99.

Thurston Wing Chair, from Ballard Designs. $699-923.

Thurston Wing Chair, from Ballard Designs. $699-923.

Emily Lamp, from Burke Decor. $160.

Emily Lamp, from Burke Decor. $160.

Vintage Minimalist Pendant w/Fluted Shade, by Kam Lamp Company. $125.

Vintage Minimalist Pendant w/Fluted Shade, by Kam Lamp Company. $125.

Doksta dining table, from IKEA.  $179.

Doksta dining table, from IKEA. $179.

Add some scroll-y accent tables:

Cascara Side Table, from Anthropologie. $398.

Cascara Side Table, from Anthropologie. $398.

…some nesting tables in a similar finish:

Jules Accent Tables, at Crate & Barrel. $449/set of 2.

Jules Accent Tables, at Crate & Barrel. $449/set of 2.

For the walls, nothing but a bold, graphic print will do:

Camellia wall decals, by Lana Kole. $75.

Camellia wall decals, by Lana Kole. $75.

Red and Orange Floral Trail Alice wallpaper, by Graham & Brown. $75/double roll at Burke Decor.

Red and Orange Floral Trail Alice wallpaper, by Graham & Brown. $75/double roll at Burke Decor.

Floral Leaves in Reds & Greens wallpaper by Antonina Vella - Seabrook Designs.  $120, at Burke Decor.

Floral Leaves in Reds & Greens wallpaper by Antonina Vella - Seabrook Designs. $120, at Burke Decor.

Add some cute accessories…

Felted Wool Pom Pom Flower Arrangement, by Berry Island. $30.

Felted Wool Pom Pom Flower Arrangement, by Berry Island. $30.

Swirly Orange & Pink Mandala Record Bowl, by Eye Pop Art. $58.

Swirly Orange & Pink Mandala Record Bowl, by Eye Pop Art. $58.

Robert Allen pillow, by Kyoozi.  $35.

Robert Allen pillow, by Kyoozi. $35.

Silkscreened Peacock Pillow, by Sew Lucky Girl. $30, on sale.

Silkscreened Peacock Pillow, by Sew Lucky Girl. $30, on sale.

Bubblegum appliqued pillow, by TiLT Creations. $30.

Bubblegum appliqued pillow, by TiLT Creations. $30.

Rose of Many Colors pillow, by pillowhappy. $50.

Rose of Many Colors pillow, by pillowhappy. $50.

Vintage Vera Neumann napkin pillow, by Sayso Design. $38.

Vintage Vera Neumann napkin pillow, by Sayso Design. $38.

Pom-Pom Fringe Nouveau Bouquet pillow cover, $20.

Pom-Pom Fringe Nouveau Bouquet pillow cover, $20.

…some pops of dark blue in pillows and whatnot:

Home Medallion Pillow in Blue, from Target. $14.99.

Home Medallion Pillow in Blue, from Target. $14.99.

Cobalt Blue Bird on Cherry Blossom Pillow, by Joom.  $28.

Cobalt Blue Bird on Cherry Blossom Pillow, by Joom. $28.

In the kitchen, only red cabinets and bright tiles will do!

Abstrakt High Gloss Red kitchen cabinetry from Ikea.

Abstrakt High Gloss Red kitchen cabinetry from Ikea.

Spa Glass 1x1 mosaic in Cinnabar Blend, by Walker Zanger.

Spa Glass 1x1 mosaic in Cinnabar Blend, by Walker Zanger.

Loft Sushi 1/2x2 glass tile in brick formation, from Glass Tile Store. $14.95/sf.

Loft Sushi 1/2x2 glass tile in brick formation, from Glass Tile Store. $14.95/sf.

Beau Monde Ava 2 in Jade & Aventurine, from Anne Sacks. Spendy, so use sparingly!  From $68.38/sf.

Beau Monde Ava 2 in Jade & Aventurine, from Anne Sacks. Spendy, so use sparingly! From $68.38/sf.

Of course you have to have a bold Kitchen Aid mixer in there…

KitchenAid Orange Artisan Stand Mixer. $299.95 at Sur La Table.

KitchenAid Orange Artisan Stand Mixer. $299.95 at Sur La Table.

And for your table:

Kaleidoscope dinner & salad plates, by Jonathan Adler. $6-8.

Kaleidoscope dinner & salad plates, by Jonathan Adler. $6-8.

Pink and orange dipped salt & pepper shakers, by Tilly Maison. $18/set.

Pink and orange dipped salt & pepper shakers, by Tilly Maison. $18/set.

Dinner napkins by Creative Chics Home. $16/set of four.

Dinner napkins by Creative Chics Home. $16/set of four.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t finish this post by passing along raves for some of Aarti’s recipes as well.  I’ve pulled off a mean Pulled Pork with Mango BBQ Sauce and fumbled through her amazing Baked Samosas with Mint Chutney–boy, do I recommend that one.  Unfortunately, I completely botched a batch of Coconut Toffee, which, if you look at the directions, should be fool-proof but I am one hell of an effer-upper in the kitchen, so I managed to jack it right up!

Hmmm…pink coconut bars would be great for Phoebe’s birthday party this weekend.  Maybe I’ll give it another go!

2017-09-21T16:24:37+00:00 Categories: tabletop, TV|Tags: |1 Comment

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  1. Eric January 19, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Hot dogs a la rosa is real yummy too.

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