Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A Season of Festivities and Gratitude

Hello there! It has been a busy few weeks. September begins with a new school year and its exhausting! New schedules, new challenges and the rude sound of the alarm clock after a long summer :) October rolls in..... and brings with it Autumn and the festive season. This year we faced the added drama of my 13 year fracturing his hand! It threw us off a bit as a family..... however, my baby is a good sport! He seems to be coping well with his schoolwork and other things with support from us. 

I also have an update on the Shop At My Dream Canvas! The Festive collection is now online!  Today, I wrote a small post about my little store on Instagram and wanted to share it here as well...

It was March 13th 2011 my birthday, when I announced the launch of the Shop At My Dream Canvas! My little store is soon going to be in its 9th year! It has been an incredible journey! During this process, while I have had a lot of fun , it has also been exhausting😳I have a lot of people to thank for their constant support and encouragement! Without them, I know I would have given up a long time ago! I have to thank the people who read my blog, my regular clients who thankfully 🙏🏽keep coming back and to constantly meeting new people who help my business grow! Ask any small business owner....we have our highs and our lows but when you have passion you persevere and somehow things fall into place! I run a one woman show with my husband and kids cheering me on😀My team in India is my rock! My parents who support me and spend a lot of their time doing the back end work to run this store! From sourcing to packaging they are involved in all of it! Amarjeet and Virender Bhaiya you both are truly God sent! Last, but not the least, my mom’s best friend who helped get this entire enterprise started. She is the one who found me the sources to procure the stuff! NM passed away last year! I miss her immensely! She will always have my gratitude🙏🏽I seem to be rambling a bit ....but I truly want to thank you guys for all the love ❤️ Your comments and support makes me smile 😃 every single day! 

Its been hard to focus these days....this is what the streets close to my home look like!! Fiery autumn hues tempt you to pull over and admire the view!!

We as a family love road trips! When you have the Cascade mountains in your backyard its even more tempting to hit the road. This is a view of Liberty bell at Washington pass on the North Cascades highway!

Here's wishing you a happy Festive and Holiday season! Join us on Instagram for everyday updates on the happenings at my casa and my little store!!

Images: My Dream Canvas and subject to Copyright!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

House Calling in Netherlands

Today we are taking a quick trip Netherlands. A delightful home in Leiden caught my eye recently. This is the home of Saritha Ashok. She lives in this small town in Netherlands with her husband and 12 year old son.

I have to admit that this first image of Saritha's bedroom stole my heart. The entire home and especially this room looks so crisp, bright and beautiful. I like Saritha's approach to decor. Her home gives a fresh and happy vibe!

I asked Saritha to describe her unique style in her own words " We moved into our home recently and it is a work in progress, isn’t it always? I can’t say that my decor style belongs to a particular category. It’s a mix of European,  mid-century-modern, bohemian and Indian. It’s a chutney, you can say. I like to keep the base neutral, in terms of wall color and accent pieces, and add pops of colors here and there. More than half the furniture and a lot of decorating accents in my home are thrift buys. I bought them from flea markets and online groups. Refurbishing them to go with our decor style is my favorite pastime. 
The blue entryway sideboard and our bed side table are my favorites so far."

As you can see Saritha loves DIY's and breathing new life into her thrift finds. A gal after my own heart :) Though, I have to sheepishly admit that my skills as far as DIY's go is severely limited.

Thank you Saritha for sharing your home with the readers of My Dream Canvas. My favorite part of blogging is to showcase real homes and their immensely talented owners. There is so much inspiration out there and we can learn so much from each other. Don't you think?

I do hope you have enjoyed our Home Tours ? From India to USA....from Bosnia to at MDC we love connecting you with real homes and their unique decor styles :)

To view more of Saritha's pretty home connect with her on Instagram!!

Images:  Saritha Ashok and subject to copyright.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Festive Vignettes From Bangalore

With the festive season at our doorstop, I love sharing vignettes from homes gearing up for the festivities. Here is one such home all dressed up for the season. This is truly a beautiful home! Anupama who happens to be a doctor and lives in Bangalore has a passion for traditional decor. I really admire how  elegant her home is.

I asked her to describe her style in her own words so here goes...

" Doctor by profession decorista by passion!
My decor drama started by scrolling through Pinterest and then I had a spark of imagination seeing others. I got inspired and starting decorating my home.
 I brought along my family's brass collection which was left untouched and started arranging them in my house. That is  where my love for decor began. Then my second tool was Instagram as I saw many beautiful vignettes and began posting mine! And here I am today."

Thank you Anupama for sharing your home with the readers of My Dream Canvas. Do follow this talented lady on Instagram where she shares lovely corners of her home.

I do hope you are enjoying these home tours as there are more coming your way do stay tuned!!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

An Enchanting Home in Coimbatore Part 2

Hello There! I gave you a sneak peek into the home of Sigappi Annamalai in  Coimbatore in my previous post and today is Part 2 :) Exquisitely styled with traditional elements that exudes warmth, this a certainly a gorgeous home!

Her design style is both unique and authentic . Her eye for texture, art and other details are exquisite. There is no doubt about how gifted and skilled she is the area of Design and Decor. With an eye for picking 
up interesting pieces, she weaves them seamlessly into her interior style. By defying design rules and stereotypes, the end result feels airy  and fresh.
 Sigappi Annamalai  stays true to her instincts. Her Chettinad background is clearly evident in her home. Traditional brass pieces and artwork combined with unique, fun and artistic finds from her travels come together to showcase a talent which is truly one of a kind.

I do hope you have enjoyed this virtual tour of a beautiful home! What are some of your favorite elements?

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