Monday, October 16, 2017

Diwali Inspiration From Around The World Part 1

Diwali Greetings my lovely readers....

Diwali, The Festival of lights is upon us! It gives me great pleasure to bring you Diwali vignettes from my readers and friends around the world! My readers are my greatest strength...... without you the MDC journey would have been rather bleak! Your encouragement day after day is what continues to inspire me to keep on blogging....

Today, I am sharing a stunning Diwali vignette of a home just a few miles from where I live! Nirmala's artistic style and creativity will leave you spellbound! She is a long time MDC reader and friend. Her home has been one of the most popular home tours on MDC. You can visit her lovely home by clicking here.

Here is Nirmala's Diwali in a few simple words that are beautiful and for evoke a touch of nostalgia and happiness....

"Living here in the US now, Diwali to me is a time where I grow very nostalgic recollecting the real spirit of Diwali, left behind. The joys of waking up early, the new clothes, the home made sweets, the Diyas and Rangolis everywhere, the sound and smell of fire crackers, the love of happiness like being back home during this time of the year. To me Diwali is all about celebrating a cherished past, a wonderful present and a bright future no matter where I am." 

The beauty of Diwali through her camera lens.....

Thank you Nirmala, best wishes to you and your lovely family for a bright and beautiful Diwali! Do visit her on Instagram for to see more of her lovely decor!

From The Pacific Northwest we head onto the other side of the world to Kenya, Africa! 

Diwali for Hemal who lives in Kenya is an amalgamation of her Indian roots mixed in with African elements.

In her words " The backdrop for this vignette is a granary door from Mali, Contemporary glass hanging lamp has a Kenyan beaded coaster as its base. The brass ware is Indian and Chinese. Diwali is a time to share happy moments with friends and family and make memories together. It is a time to celebrate and be grateful for all my blessings. Diwali to me is a time to be thankful for all I have achieved in the past year and for all that I look forward to in time to come."

Thank you Hemal and best wishes to you and to your lovely family for Diwali. Do visit Hemal's blog Villa Marigold for some lovely inspiration!

I hope you liked my Diwali World Tour :) This is just the first of many so stay tuned :)

Image 1 Copyright Nirmala Iyer 
image 2 Copyright Hemal Paliwal

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!