Friday, September 22, 2017

Home Tour : An Estate Bungalow in Coorg

Autumn is definitely my favorite time of the year! There is so much to look forward to! My home is getting a much needed makeover... and I can hardly wait :) The leaves will be changing colors soon and the festive season has kicked off! 

I am happy to kick off this season on My Dream Canvas with a peek into a lovely holiday home in Coorg. This delightful place belongs to Sigappi Annamalai. She is the mother of one of my flickr buddies :) Her daughter Meena Sriram's lovely photographs have been featured on MDC before! Meena sent me these images of her mom's lovely home in Coorg a few days ago. I was blown away by the sheer beauty and simplicity of this property. This earthy home has a delightful vibe........ and I for one would love to get an invite :)

In Meena's words, "My mom spun her magic and made it into something out of a fairy-tale. I guess the lush greenery that surrounds it, adds to the charm. It is a perfect getaway"

The love and warmth of this home is apparent in the images! Meena's mom has created a bright and colorful home with simple and inexpensive things! It is a home that invites you to simply relax and unwind. With a little bit of creativity and tons of love and passion you can create your very own charming oasis. Just look around you...... and create magic with what you already have :)

A big thank you to Meena and her mother for sharing these images with me. I am completely charmed and inspired seeing this home. I am sure you will be too! 

Take a break from your busy day and daydream about being in Coorg...

Meena as you can clearly see is a brilliant photographer and these lovely images are from her trip to a coffee estate called Narayanagiri.

and she is does the most stunning art illustrations....

Images Meena Sriram on Flickr and subject to Copyright.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Moodboard As A Headboard

Have you ever thought of creating a mood board? I have been thinking of using an entire wall in my study area to do just that! However, a mood board headboard is quite a novel idea and I absolutely love it. The lovely blogger Tessa Barton has created one in her small apartment in New York and its absolutely perfect. Imagine getting up every morning to see such a happy and cheerful space! An ever changing canvas of all things happy, pretty and Oh! so inspiring!

Did you notice the pillow in the first image? It says " No Bad Days", now that would certainly bring a smile to my face :) Simple yet effective, it is a good motto to live with.... what say??

I am excited about working on my own mood board soon! What about you? Do you have one? If you were to create one, what would it be about? It would be fun to share some ideas...

You can follow Tessa via Instagram to know more about her and to view pictures of her lovely home!

On a completely different note, have you checked out the shiny new collection at The Shop At My Dream Canvas :)

Images: 1-7 Micasa and subject to copyright and Image 8 Copyright My Dream Canvas

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hello From Seattle and An Update!

It has been a while I know but I am back in Seattle now!! I have been away from my home over over two months and its like settling back in all over again. My list of things to do has been endless and I am getting weighed down! However with the festive season knocking on my doorstep, I am working on getting my little online boutique ready for the season. Its a work in progress an a bit trying at times as its a one woman enterprise!!

This season the tradition and the eclectic, the vintage and the boho will all come together at The Shop At MDC :) I am excited!! Do hop on over to the store and stay updated via Instagram for constant updates regarding the shop and my life :)

On the home front, we are taking on our first ever renovation and September is looking busy! My son is heading off to middle school soon and for me that's a huge milestone! My Dad was unwell and hospitalized for a while which is what took me to India this summer. Thankfully, he is back on his feet literally as his Grand kids drove him crazy this summer :) I am so very grateful that he is well! Its been a long road to recovery! 

Life gets busy and chaotic for all of us.... but its always good to unwind and try and do what you love! For me, its always therapeutic getting back to blogging and photography!! 

Stay in touch and keep on smiling! I promise to be around :)

To shop for these cute little vintage style brass irons click here!

Image: Copyright My Dream Canvas!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Jaipur Wanderings and Khatu Haveli

I am enjoying my summer break in India! Last year I made two attempts to drive down to Jaipur from Delhi. However, the torrential rain dashed my plans! This year, I was determined to make it there! With my mom as my guide ( she has become quite the local as my parents have been going for the Jaipur Literature Festival annually since its inception )  With one day and a night we had to achieve a lot! Armed with a list of shops to browse we were all set :) My aim primarily was to go treasure hunting for my little online boutique!!

We stayed away from the big bazaars and made it to a few select shops. Jaipur's chaotic traffic did not deter me, as we meandered through narrow lanes to find what we were looking for! I have to sheepishly admit that while linen and quilts were not on my agenda, I caved in and bought some gorgeous block printed textiles for my home.
An extremely interesting discovery was a store called Mangalam Arts! This place is an endless warehouse of arts and artifacts, colonial and period furniture, vintage prints and lighting and so much more!

Here are a few images......

Last, but certainly, not the least was an early morning visit to my parents friend's family home! Khatu Haveli is a beautifully restored heritage property inside the walled city and is a small boutique hotel! With courtyards and pretty arches this place is an absolute delight. Elegant furniture, carefully curated knick knacks and vintage family pictures add style and elegance to this lovely hotel! My favorite was the terrace which has the most amazing view of Nahargarh Fort! I saw it during the day, but the real drama is at night when the guests can sit beneath the stars and see the twinkling lights of the fort beyond.

 For fans of the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, here is some interesting information! Inspired  by the movie, the BBC aired a three part documentary series  in the winter of 2016 which was filmed at Khatu Haveli. The filming took place in September 2015 when the cast of eight British celebrities stayed at the Haveli for three weeks. The cast were all senior citizens above the age of 65 with diverse professional backgrounds. They traveled to India to explore the possibility of settling in India post retirement. Fun...right??
After being telecast on BBC 2 as The Real Marigold Hotel the documentary series is now also known as “ The Indian Dream Hotel” and is being telecast in other countries. It is available on YouTube.

 For me ,personally, Khatu Haveli is the ideal base to delve into the history and grandeur of Rajasthan. Here are some quick pictures of this lovely property! I have to thank Sushma Aunty and Amar Uncle for a lovely tour and a scrumptious breakfast :) It really was the highlight of my trip to Jaipur.

To know more about this heritage hotel find them here.

Keep on smiling and Travel on...

Images:  Khatu Haveli and Copyright My Dream Canvas!