Sunday, June 16, 2019

An Apartment Tour : At Home With Arundhati and Aditya

Hello there. I am delighted to be back here after a hiatus.  Today I am thrilled to feature a home that's personal and close to my heart. I had a lot of fun preparing for this post. 

There is nothing ordinary about this New Jersey apartment, which is the home of my sister in law Arundhati and brother Aditya, or the assortment of treasures you'll find inside it. Overlooking the impressive New York skyline, their apartment is dreamy with a layered, yet, laid back perfection that is usually hard to achieve. My favorites are the stacks of worn novels and leafed through magazines that add charm throughout the home.

If the objects inside a home tell a story, then this home is a master storyteller with few equals. For me, their home is undeniably chic with an element of fun thrown in. I told my SIL, during a visit to their home last month, that finally after 19 years of living in the states, I have a second home:) Take a peek into their cozy apartment, and you too shall be enveloped in the warmth it exudes........

Arundhati is the writer in the family so I asked her to describe their home. According to her:

"Home. One measly word containing four letters but what a difference it makes to each of our lives. A warm corner to call your own and the realization that you are privileged to have a place you can call home, for the sight of the homeless languishing on the streets leaves little rents in the heart every time you set eyes upon them. 

The first home Adi and I had was in the town of Leicester in the UK. Now here's a fact. Everyone feels sorry for you when you live in a city like Leicester, yet it was where we started together our journey together as husband and wife in this lovely two-bed apartment. We have come a long way from that first nest of ours where we owned nothing, by which I mean the entire paraphernalia of furniture and tchotchkes. Just four suitcases and a truckload of books (because books are the center of my existence). 

Our decor has been since then influenced by our travels throughout the UK and Europe. In the coastal town of Tintagel in Cornwall, we picked up our first metal tin sign. This was the beginning of a significant period of madness so that today we have amassed an intimidating pile of tin signs from all around. And magnets. Our refrigerator is crawling with them. While it is not be the prettiest sight, it gladdens us to the cockles of our hearts to see these reminders every day. Each item that we own has a back story and I could tell you all day about them. The chirpy yellow wooden bird perched upon a tall stand that came from a store in Lisbon, the memories it brings back of that hot springs day of loitering around the hilly streets of the Portuguese city; the huge photograph canvas of St. Michael's Mount propped up above our bed that caught our eyes in the narrowest of alleys in the fishing village of Polperro in Cornwall; the pyschedic pink lantern I fell in love with in Bergen, Norway; a local French artist's painting from the streets of Monmartre that a Parisian hotel's concierge helped ship to  New Jersey, all for the vast sum of 26 Euros. These are just some vignettes from our nest which is essentially everything about our journey together.

Now, time to rein myself in before I hear tiny little snores and then a crescendo"

Thanks Arundhati for sharing your home with the readers of MDC. Trust me, there is not a snore to be heard for miles :) This home is where the couple have combined their aesthetics and creativity to build their little haven. I seem to notice that my darling brother is rather house proud as well and quite the shopaholic when it comes to knick-knacks for the house :) 

Arundhati and Aditya kudos to you both and I shall be back to visit you guys soon :)

Here are some images from outside the apartment. A picture of the stunning terrace where you can get amazing views of New York City.

The Hudson River by sunset.

Views Galore and in the distance the New York Skyline.

Autumn hues 

I would love to hear from you. I know that I have been missing in action for a while. I am back now, so hit me up with all your news:)

 Images: Copyright : Arundhati Basu and My Dream Canvas. Please do not use without written consent. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

A Spring Palette

Hello there....

I am usually not good with remembering quotes, but this one has always stuck with me! "Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer." Anita Krizzan

Spring is the season for renewal don't you think ? These happy and cheerful spaces epitomize the season for me.

Are you getting a daily dose of MDC by joining me on Instagram ? That is here we post daily , so make sure you join me there :)
Which is your favorite space here and why? Do drop me a line and let me know.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Trends Coming this Spring: Unique Wooden Watches by JORD & A Giveaway

Hello there! I have noticed off late , how much I have been drawn to natural elements. Wooden accents in particular seem to be dominating my home. My new dining table is made from reclaimed wood. I love the grains on it and the cracks and crevices. 

 JORD a company which makes authentic wood watches that are both handcrafted and sustainable reached out to me, I was certainly intrigued. JORD  watches are one-of-a-kind. Handcrafted from natural wood and sapphire crystal glass, they are beautiful, strong and totally unique.

I have been admiring these sleek wooden watches for a while on social media and so I am thrilled to own one now. I chose the Frankie Zebrawood and Champagne style watch.  The design is minimalistic and the watch looks sophisticated and elegant. The best part is that I feel that the watch can be worn by both men and women. JORD  (pronounced Yode) is based in St. Louis, where they we are constantly developing new designs. The watches are are a sophisticated mix of natural, and largely re-claimed materials, combined with quality movements and components.

I was curious to know more about the materials used to create this timepiece. The wood used in my watch is native to West Africa. Zebrawood offers a striking grain contrast and exceptional finish. Although the growth rings are very pronounced, the wood occurs naturally with both large grain and fine grain patterns. Zebrawood is considered to be a luxury hardwood!  Exciting :) I find these details fascinating as its so much nicer when you know the origins of the product you love!!

I really like the craftsmanship of my watch. I am pretty sure this is going to become one of my favorite accessories. While there are many watches out there, the wood used in all of JORD's watches makes it so eye catching.

Here is some more information about JORD's watch collection:
  • Most watch backplates can be engraved!
  • All Cedar humidor presentation boxes are engravable, as well!
  • The watches may be sized for the owner
  • Most watches have additional options for customization -- mixing and matching faces and woods!
  • Every watch comes with a one year warranty and options for return and exchange
  •  Free worldwide standard shipping.
I cant wait to show off my new watch :)  For all those of you looking for a new watch or the perfect gift for any occasion make sure you stop by and check out JORD

There is a fun surprise Giveaway for you as well, so scroll down to the end of the post for details :)


Now here is the real treat for all my lovely readers!

ENTER HERE for a chance to win $100 towards your next JORD watch. The winner will receive a $100 gift code toward the purchase of any watch in their collection! The best part....this Giveaway is open to readers worldwide!!
The winner will be emailed in a month (after the contest has concluded), provided all the conditions have been met.
Everyone who enters the giveaway form will get a consolation 10% off gift code. Yay :)
Good luck! 
In full disclosure this post is a partnership with JORD Wood Watches, however all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own."

Wooden Wrist Watch

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hello and Introducing Wood Lucker

Hello there! Its been ages since I wrote a post! I have to sheepishly admit that this is my first for this year! I seem to be more active on Instagram lately and would love for you all to join me there as well. 

Sustaining a blog is hard and yet My Dream Canvas and your constant support gives me immense joy! My aim is to bring you inspiration, fresh ideas and new content. While I have neglected my writing, my love for photography keeps me going :) I post daily snippets from my life on Instagram along with pictures of the MDC Casa. The absolute best thing about belonging to a blogging fraternity is interacting and discovering immensely talented and creative people.

Ann Wood and Dean Lucker  are the dynamic crafting duo behind an amazing and imaginative Instagram account WoodLucker. Ann particularly is renowned for her paper botanical creations. She creates stunning paper flowers and paper food among other things that look astonishingly like the real thing!! Don't believe me....take a look at my favorites from her collection. Ann manipulates paper and wire, using drawing and cutting with sharp embroidery scissors. She then applies fine cuts to achieve realistic feathers, food and flowers. These sculpted creations are then hand-sewn on to wool and velvet backgrounds before being framed in vintage frame stock. The work is delicate and a nod to craftsmanship from decades ago. Ann hand paints all the paper creations in her collection.
Ann and Dean's collaborative work combines a love for illustrated paper art and forgotten histories into  objects that are filled with sentiment and longing.

I am equally charmed by their 1940's home in Minnesota. Here are a few images....

I hope you have enjoyed seeing a preview of Ann's work and home. Visit their website and follow them on Instagram to know more about this dynamic and creative duo. 

Thank you Ann!!

Images: WoodLucker and Subject to Copyright