Saturday, January 14, 2017

Lets Talk Colors...

How is your weekend coming along?I could happily spend it in  a room as pretty as this......but thats not happening....sigh!

However, I can admire and love this color palette.....don't you? Are you thinking of adding or changing the colors in your home in the New Year?  I would love to know?

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Introducing The Traveling Diary Of A Dippy - Dotty Girl :)

Hello! My apologies for the delayed start to the New Year!! However, I am back with a bang :) Today, I am sharing a design ethos that I hold dear to my heart. I have written lengthy blog posts on this topic in the past.

Here is one of those from the archives........

"I believe that a home looks loved if it is a happy collision of memories, experiences, and the owner's personality. For me, my home reflects where I come from, my personal tastes, and my travels. While we shop at stores, buy pretty things, and decorate our homes......what makes it unique is how we present it!

When you bring in something that is yours, be it a family heirloom or something with a story to share...... you are giving your home its own unique character. I have realized that my home is filled with quirky things. These pieces may not appear to be significant to others, but they mean the world to me! I use a lot of my own photographs from my travels. I also have sea shells that my daughter and I lovingly collected from our trips to the beach.  One of my walls has a collection of postcards that my Dad sent me when he was away on an extended trip overseas. 

I could go on and on.......but you get the drift :) So be different, live your life and your experiences through your decor. Fill your home with pieces that are personal and relevant to you.  They will add warmth and character to your home and you will be surprised how much fun you will have :)  Your home is a canvas for you to express your individuality! When someone compliments you on your sense of style, revel in the fact that it's all you :)
This post is extra special for me as I get to introduce you to "The Traveling Diary of A Dippy-Dotty Girl. This dotty girl happens to be my sister-in-law :) She is a brilliant and accomplished writer and her travel stories are fascinating! You need to bookmark her website and travel with her around the world. One of her recent posts struck a chord with me. Her post "My Cosy Corner of the World" is beautifully written and straight from the heart! In it she talks about how she has weaved her travel acquisitions into her decor. They give her home a unique individuality that I love :)

My younger brother would be miffed if I did not mention him in this post as well :) As kids we moved around a lot and perhaps that is what keeps us going! We want to travel on, and fortunately, we both have life partners that share in the wanderlust :) 

I will sign off with my favorite quote "Traveling - It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." For my family, our homes tell the story of our present and they will also chronicle our future!

Here are a few images from my brother and sister-in-law's home. These are the lovely travel souvenirs that fill their wall!

To read the full story, click HERE!

Thank you Arundhati :) 

Images: The Travelling Diary of A Dippy-Dotty Girl. Images subject to copyright!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Countdown to 2017 and The Year Gone By

Hello there!! I cannot believe that another year is almost over! 2016 has been eventful! Its been challenging on the personal front with many highs and lows! It is definitely a year that will stay with me forever! My children are growing up quickly and I am trying to keep pace :) They are 11 and 8 and keep me amused, exasperated, and entertained :) This year, I had the most incredible holiday in India with my parents! I stopped en route in England to see my brother and his wife! I consider myself lucky as I have an amazing family and an incredible group of friends! While in India, I managed to get away without kids and hubby  for a holiday with with my friends from school and college! It was a wonderful three days with my besties:) We laughed, chatted, and reminisced:) It was therapeutic! 

My trips to India revive me. They make me feel young and stress-free. My parents make me feel like a kid again :) I am grateful that I get to go back to my roots and visit India every year even though I live far away! On the home front here, its been busy. The kids' schedules are demanding and sometimes there are not enough hours to get everything done. I have not been keeping up with posts here but I post regularly on Instagram. I would love to see you there! This is now my 11th year of living in the Pacific Northwest. I remember, how much I hated this place when I moved here from the East Coast. Now, there is no other place that I love more :) Delhi and Seattle is where home is! I have an incredible group of friends here. They are more like family! I am ever so grateful to have these people in my life! I know, I am rambling.......but as the year draws to an end, I seem to be in this mood to reflect, ponder, and reminisce about my life in general and the year that has gone by!

I have a lot of stuff lined up for My Dream Canvas in the New Year! Personally, 2017 is going to be a challenging year! I have a few dreams to fulfill and a few challenges to meet! I hope I don't lose steam as I move forward:)

For all those of you who stop by here,.....I thank you from the bottom of my heart. My blog and my small online business is one of my biggest strengths. MDC continues to be a beautiful journey and a dream come true. I owe it all to you all!

Yesterday,we went on an icy hike to see a frozen waterfall. It turned out to be quite an adventure :) This red cabin in the wilderness stole my heart. The Pacific Northwest is stunning with an abundance of natural beauty. I feel so lucky that places like these are a only few hours away from my home!

I am signing off for this year with best wishes, happiness, and peace for the New Year! Sharing something I read..."Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one."


Images: My Dream Canvas and subject to copyright

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Hello there!! Its Christmas eve here and the gifts have been wrapped and placed under the tree. There are cookies and milk on the table for Santa......and of course carrots for Rudolph :) We are tracking Santa's path via here! The excitement is mounting for the kids!!  On Christmas Day I have friends coming over for lunch and my table is all set!

I am here to wish you a Very Merry Christmas from our home to yours :) 

Image: My Dream Canvas