Monday, March 23, 2020

Deepika's Creative Pursuits. saffronandaisies and isan_pottery

These are troubling times and people around the world are suffering. Social distancing has become the new norm. During this time, it is also so important to stay calm and healthy. While we cant meet up, live life like we normally do, we can certainly stay home and spend some time looking at pretty things :) We can also drop by virtually into people's homes :) I am thrilled to showcase the home and creativity of a lady who has been an online friend for years. She and I exchange quick messages almost on a daily basis on Instagram. You can only imagine how much we will have to chat about, if we were to meet in person :)

While I have always admired Deepika's warm personality and her home, I am in awe of her passion and talent when it comes to pottery. Intrigued? Read on to know more about Deepika creative journey in her own words.....

"I am Deepika and actively share snippets of my home, recipes and pottery on Instagram. I started microblogging a few years ago to share pictures of  the progress while I was decorating my home. I was pleasantly surprised with the positive reaction and started sharing more . We moved to Texas 3 years ago. At the time, I began to feel the stress of starting over in a new place all over again. I started taking pottery lessons on Saturday mornings ( I waited 10 years to do this ) and never looked back ! I love making things with my hands. I don't worry a lot about the final product, but the process of making the pieces gives me immense satisfaction. Oh! The joy of holding and using something you have made with your hands is indescribable !

 Today I am also sharing a few pictures of my Pooja room. The biggest investment here is a custom made mandir that took about 4 weeks from concept to the finished product. Each panel is hand carved and was made in such a manner that it could be shipped packed in parts back to the US . My husband assembled it back together with a few nails. I feel so lucky to have met this carpenter who knew exactly what I wanted. The rosewood secretary  and the chest are facebook market place finds. It took me two years to find it and that too for a great price. The seller bought it back from Saudi Arabia and decided to sell as she was downsizing. I’ve learnt over the years to only bring pieces that I absolutely love into my home. I lean towards a well curated place. I stay away from simply filling it up with things that I will want to change again in a few years. There is a satisfaction in knowing that you found what you absolutely love. This room is filled with sweet little gifts and DIYs that make my heart sing. The dasavatara set was a gift from my cousin, the original Saraswathi was gifted by another cousin , the window film was put in place by me and the little bird hanging was a gift from my husband from his travels. The yellow letter holder is a repurposed ikea letter holder. The room was painted by my niece and husband . The paintings were found in the attic, the curtains are actually $10 table clothes I found in an outlet store that I repurposed as curtains . The chair came from the same outlet , repurposed with kalamkari fabric from my stash . The pen holders except the green lady  are (25 cents thrift store finds ) and are made by me.
This space is a labor of love. It  has special memories from family and friends incorporated into it.  I feel like I’m enveloped in a warm hug when I walk into this room ! The room is off the main entrance and is the first thing guests see when they come over. The  theme has always been cheerful, happy and warm like the rest of my home."










Here are a few stunning pieces from Deepika's pottery collection. To follow her creative journey, do join her on Instagram.  Her insta handle Saffronanddaisies is filled with color, warmth and creativity. Isan Pottery is where she posts pictures of her gorgeous pottery. You can reach out to her to purchase these beauties. I am a proud owner of one of her pieces myself :)












Another striking feature of Deepika's home is this green accent wall. This is the story of how the wall came about in her own words......

"The green wall came into existence as it was the only wall I could paint with an accent color. I had just got some beautiful custom made curtains and therefore I was itching to paint it blue  (my favorite color) I got many samples from the paint store but I couldn’t find the exact color I wanted. During that time, I remembered the uppada saree in my stash. I decided to get a sample color matched to the green saree .  I tried on the paint and sent pictures to my  friend Kriti for her opinion. She said yes and I went to town:) My husband tries often to coax me to change it to black, but I have been resisting!! The masks are from our trip to Mexico, some from Trove Craft India, the ceramic plaques are made by me, the bull head is from Yellow Verve in Hyderabad . Being a potter myself, I love supporting small businesses and independent artists.  I understand the effort and workmanship that goes into each handcrafted piece . The bench is a find from a local store and the pillows are from my studio. I got the kalamkari block printed especially for these covers . The mirror is a Pier 1 find."









Thank you Deepika for sharing glimpses of your lovely, warm and vibrant home. All the best for your creative journey :) This virtual tour has definitely been my much needed break from reality and I hope it does the same for you :) Stay Calm and Carry On!!

Images : Copyright : Deepika Dhoolypala.

Monday, March 2, 2020

A Storytellers Abode in Pune

March has arrived and it brings with it the promise of Spring :) This is an exciting month as we get ready to celebrate two birthdays.  My blog and I celebrate our birthdays together in March:) I can promise you a series of celebrations concluding with a massive giveaway this month :)

To kickstart the celebrations, I am so excited to bring you an awesome home tour from Pune, India. I have featured a number of homes on my blog with one theme in common. Almost all the homes, have an effortless charm that is  truly inspiring. I particularly love homes that have a warm and serene vibe without being overdressed. A subtle approach to design and decor is not something that is easily achieved and yet this home seems to have mastered it.

This delightful home belongs to Sharmila Patil who is based in Pune, India. I asked Sharmila to describe her home in her own words. So here goes....

 "I am an artist, a creator, a wife, and a mother. Not always in that order. I am a feeler who is driven by love and emotion. I'm forever in search of lots of natural light and all things handmade. As an artist, home decor is something that comes naturally. It's more about how the space feels rather than how it looks. The Instagram feed is my little way of sharing the joy of a simple but elegant space, a space that tells stories of a 6 month old puppy, a 4 month old kitten, and a toddler. The space grows with our needs, matures with us, and changes with the season with just a few tweaks here and there. The beauty of simplicity is sometimes under appreciated and that is what I am here to change. Our home has more of a farmhouse feel with lots of brown wood furniture and pure white walls adorned with Parisian inspired moulding and absolutely no false ceilings. We have lots and lots of cushions and throws and all the possible natural light we could get in. Every corner tells a tale and every mistake is our own. So join in on our journey and share the love"

To follow Sharmila's journey follow her via Instagram @sincerestoryteller.

With so many beautiful images of her home to pick from, here's one that exudes a lovely spring vibe.......




Every corner of her home has a dreamy and whimsical quality to it. Have you ever walked into a home and felt like you have walked into a fairytale? Well, for me this one feels like that :) 













Loving this view....bright and airy, with a splash of glamor and sophistication



























Thank you Sharmila for inviting us into your home :) 

All images Copyright: @sincerestoryteller 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Ojai Dreaming and Hello 2020

Happy 2020 guys. I am back :) Hope you had a good start to the year. As for me, 2019 ended on a good note with a short vacation to Southern California. 2020 on the other hand is off to a crazy busy start. However, that is a story for another day.....for now, lets look back as I relive my trip with you.

Sunshine, olives, lemon and orange groves......the Pacific ocean, stunning architecture and retail therapy....my SoCal trip had it all :) During the Christmas break we based ourselves in Ventura which is a delightful little town on the Pacific coast. A series of day trips from Ventura took us to some incredible places. I have to admit that while the coast was spectacular, my favorite place on this trip was Ojai.
Ojai is further inland and beautifully tucked in between mountains and amid fragrant orange groves.  It’s a miracle  how peaceful and bucolic this place can feel, despite it being so close to the Los Angeles metropolis area. Ojai has a Mediterranean air to it with a laid back vibe and somehow I instantly felt relaxed there. What really stood out for me is that the town of Ojai has absolutely no corporate chains. All the stores are local and everyone seems to know one other. Hiking is almost a religion here. We drove up to Meditation mount to look at the view and go for a short hike but they were closed at the time. 
We really lucked out as we drove out of Ojai back to Ventura.  We got to see Ojai's famed sunset. The entire valley was bathed in a surreal pink hue and is often referred to Ojai's "pink moment"

One of my favorite stops in Ojai was at the Ojai Olive Oil Company. The main olive grove on the ranch was planted in the mid-1800s, back in the era of the Spanish Missions, when there was a communal olive press in the valley. We got a fascinating tour of how olive oil is made. Olive Oil is a third-generation family owned and operated organic and sustainable farm. Needless to say I came back laden with olive oils and some delightful olive oil cream.

At The Ojai Olive Oil Company....






Ojai Rotie is a French Lebanese style restaurant, we stopped for lunch here and loved the food. 



Another fascinating stop in Ojai was Barts Book which is  the largest independently owned and operated outdoor bookstore in the United States.

In 1964 Bart’s Books was little more than a sparkle in the eye of Richard Bartinsdale whose collection of books had gotten so overwhelming that he constructed a series of book cases along the sidewalk so that passersby could peruse the titles. In lieu of a cash register, “Bart” left coffee cans atop the book cases. People would select a title or two and leave payment in the cans, giving birth to Bart’s world famous tradition of selling books via the honor system.
Since that time Bart’s Books has become host to nearly one million books ranging from the thirty-five cent specials which line the outside walls and are still for sale on the honor system, to rare, out of print first editions, and art books valued in the thousands of dollars. Nearly half a century after its inception, Bart’s Books continues to mystify patrons, journalists, and book lovers with a character and charm that beggars description and a selection of books that is beyond compare"
Fascinating right?



As for the lemon and orange groves around town. I could not get enough of it....




 Orange groves.....I could spend a lifetime here....





Fall was lingering on in Ojai......it was a lovely sight.




Our last view of the Ojai valley as we drove back to Ventura......





Back in Ventura, the Pacific ocean was there to greet us.....




So if you make your way to Southern California make sure you say Hello to Ojai for me :) Keep on traveling......and see you around.

All Images taken by Me : Copyright My Dream Canvas


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Macrame and a Colorful Abode in Madrid

This colorful apartment in Madrid swept me away! The pops of color and the eclectic vibe, whats not to love about it :) This is the home of Sara Moreno who weaves her magic and creates the most beautiful macrame products.

Her brand is called Fruto Samore. Its a collection of her signature and handmade macrame items. From Blankets, Tapestries, Pillows, Poufs, Baskets and planters, Sara creates them all. The name of the brand means " my fruit, the fruit of Samore, a word formed by the first syllables of her name and last name ” Sara loves the world of DIY's.

Every corner of her home reveals her passion and that of her husband. From the loom and macrame pieces and their love for natural plants  to travel....their favorite hobby. Their recent travels took them to Japan and the Maldives, and their next family vacation is to Indonesia. The couple loves backpacking and always try to integrate into the local culture. 



















For her home, Sara looks for simple and creative decorative solutions. Her ideas bear a handmade stamp. By doing so, she believes that her decor will be personal and unrepeatable.

What a lovely thought, don't you think ?

Images: via Micasa Revista and subject to copyright.