Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Summer Musings & Alfresco Lounging :)

We are heading into the July 4th long weekend here in the United States. This year is going by really fast. I had made a few plans for this year and some of them have gotten off track! However, I hope to tackle them soon. Perhaps, by the end of the year I would have made some progress. This July, I am grateful that my parents are here with us for the summer break. I love watching my kids interact with my parents. They have their own unique relationship that is so enviable :) They have a number of fun things they do together, and it always makes me smile :)

We are heading off on a road trip soon and then in August to Europe. Traveling is such an integral part of our summer break. Since the kids have traveled with us extensively since they were little, they now look forward to it! I make them research the places we are visiting and after the trip they write about their experience. It makes for an interesting read!!

What are some of your summer family traditions ? 

Today, I am sharing a few inspiring images from my favorite online magazine. This sure feels like summertime as I love alfresco dining! A book, a cool drink, a board game and a pretty hammock is all one needs to bask in the sunshine!

Here's wishing my readers here in the United States a Happy July 4th. Enjoy the long weekend and keep on smiling :)

Images via

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Inspiring Interiors : A Wedding Designers Home

I am completely besotted by how cute this fella is :)  The house too looks awesome by the way :) This is the home of Heather Balliet, a wedding specialist whose translates her designing skills  from wedding decor to designing her stunning home. Heather is the owner of Amorology. In her words " We're known for creating personalized events that really tell the story of our couples. Our design is romantic and eclectic with a touch of playful, which is also reflective in our modern farmhouse home"

To me her home looks so inviting with the pops of color against all the white. Its both dramatic and super chic!

I love the bright vintage rugs!

This kitchen is what dreams are made of :)

Such a beautiful color palette. The rustic table blends in effortlessly with the sea green hues in the dining chairs.

I could not resist another cute picture of the doggy :) I do hope you enjoyed this home tour as much as I have :) The home looks dreamy, modern yet eclectic.....definitely a lovely addition to the Inspiring Interiors series on MDC!

Do you have a favorite element you love in this delightful home ?  I would love to know?  Have a great week ahead and keep on smiling:)

Images via Style Me Pretty, Photography via Pura Soul Photography.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Peony Crush At MDC

In the past few years, you have probably noticed my obsession with Peonies. In my opinion, Peonies are definitely one of the prettiest flowers around. What makes them more alluring is their short blooming season. I eagerly await their arrival every spring. Unfortunately, their beauty is short lived and in a few weeks they begin to disappear. 

I am a big believer of fresh flowers and fill my home with them whenever possible. However, really I wish that peonies would bloom year round so that I could look at them constantly :)  A recent collaboration with Commercial Palm Trees has solved my dilemma!! From fake palm trees to the prettiest faux peonies, they have them all. After a lot of thought, I picked out two varieties of peonies. They arrived at my doorstep and I have to say that they are amazing. The color, the texture, and the complete look and feel of each of the stems is brilliant.

With the dreary weather in the Pacific Northwest, I have become a big believer in mixing faux plants with the real ones. The faux plants make sure that my home has a touch of green at all times :)

Here are a few snapshots from my home with my pretty new peonies. Yay....spring is here to stay :)

If you're in the market for faux trees, plants or flowers, be sure to check out this great company.  Right now, they are offering my followers a 10% discount on their first order by using the code: BLOGGER10

Keep on smiling :)

Images: My Dream Canvas and Subject to Copyright

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Home Tour: Pratiksha's A House By The Bay

I am so thrilled to bring you a delightful home tour on MDC today! I have been blogging for 9 years now. As part of this journey, I have spent numerous hours on Pinterest, Instagram and reading decor blogs.  The one thing that I have learnt  through this process is how much talent and creativity is out there. The best way to experience this is via home tours. I have have been fortunate enough to feature some beautiful homes on MDC. It has been a wonderful privilege to peek into the homes of some incredible women who have created their perfect oasis.

In my opinion, we all live pretty ordinary lives.... where we go about our daily routine with a sameness that can seem mundane.  However, through our passion and creativity we create homes that reflect our personality, it becomes a haven for our loved ones..... and somehow our ordinary becomes extraordinary. For me, my home is my magical cocoon, an escape from the humdrum of daily life. Yes, I do tend to romanticize a lot :) but then again..... don't you feel the same away about your home?

Today, the home featured here, is one that I feel has effortless charm! Its pretty, its bright and airy and the home shouts "happy"  Pratiksha Tandon's "A House by the Bay"  is warm and inviting and completely drool worthy :)! So go ahead and take a peek ....as every corner of her house makes me smile :)

Here is Pratiksha's home and style described in her own words " I am an Architect and an Interior designer by profession currently living in the Bay area. My design aesthetic has evolved over the years, from living in different parts of north India then traveling to the East coast and now finally the West. Having lived in apartments throughout I realized the value of having limited functional pieces of furniture which are versatile in their use. I personally like bright, clutter free spaces. I believe one can make any space beautiful by using things one already owns without indulging in expensive decor pieces and with a little bit of creativity and an eye for good composition. In addition to that, I love layering different colors, textures, prints and fabrics in my styling.

Well said Pratiksha! A well layered home without too much clutter is the way to go..... and you have achieved it beautifully.

Thank you for sharing your world with us. Do follow Pratiksha on Instagram for some wonderful inspiration!

Images; Copyright A House By The Bay