Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Design Inspiration Sincerely Sarah D

I am now in my tenth year of blogging and it has ben an incredible journey. There has been so much of learning, inspiration that has come along the way. The reason I choose to call my blog "My Dream Canvas" is because, I like to think of my home as a canvas bringing my thoughts to life. We are all individuals, with our own identities, and are home should reflect that individuality. When I stumbled upon Sarah's home pictureS, I instantly felt a connection. I love the fresh, clean and elegant look. The white washed walls with the pops of color look perfect. While every home is different, and people's design ethos vary, we connect with some more than others. 

More than these images, its her thought process that resonates with me even more. Her decorating philosophy is a good read " Although it's taken me awhile to get to this point, I realize that not everyone is going to love my design style, and that's okay!  I have grown to appreciate different design styles.  We don't all dress alike, and honestly it would be such a boring world if we all decorated and dressed the same. As a result, I've come to really appreciate (and follow) designers who have a different design sense.  I realize I can find inspiration from their designs!"

I could not agree more! Designing my home for me is extremely personal, and thats what I love most about it :)

Sarah has a lovely blog and her Instagram feed has lots of delightful pictures. 

Sigh....if only all the shoes in my home home looked as pretty :)

Images: Style Me Pretty and subject to Copyright.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Shop At My Dream Canvas An Update

Its that time of the year. My little online store is filled with goodies for the festive season Yay!! Here are some quick facts about the store.
  1.  We ship only with the United States. 
  2. We use USPS 2 day priority mail shipping. 
  3. Payment is via Paypal. 
  4. For those of you that are local to the Seattle area, message me for pick up.

Here's a sneak peek :)

Click HERE to visit the online store!

Here's wishing you a bright, beautiful and prosperous festive season. 

Images: Copyright My Dream Canvas.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Reminiscing and Celebrating the Festive Season with Tania

Festival time in the United States is fun and joyous. Its the time to celebrate the festive season in our own unique way. Yet, there is one thing, one emotion that connects us all. It is the desire to recreate the joyous atmosphere we left behind in India. It is a walk down memory lane,  a time to reminisce, and a time to create new traditions and memories. For me this time of the year is all about family, love, laughter, blessings, happiness and twinkling lights :)  

I wanted to do a post where I could share a glimpse of a home dressed up for the holiday season. Tania has created festive vignettes in her home that are stunning. What pleased my heart is how beautifully she has incorporated pieces from my little store into her puja decor. 

In Tania's own words, her home dressed up for the occasion....

Durga Puja and the Hindu festive season is my favorite time of the year, without fail. The leaves are just beginning to turn colors in this part of the continent. The days are warm and the evenings are cool. When I was young and we were still living in India, Durga Puja was a sprawling and elaborate ten day celebration that required months of planning. Each year, my extended family gathered in my maternal ancestral home in Benares to fast, feast, pray, and welcome Durga home. The three story house was filled with the fragrance of hundreds of flowers, freshly ground chandan, incense, and the distinct scent of the oil that filled brass lamps, and camphor - scents that I still cherish to this day. None of those celebrations exist anymore. The house is gone. The traditions as they were, are gone. Many of the people are gone, too. The last time I had the privilege of seeing it all was in 2001, when I was 12 years old. For this reason, Durga puja is an extremely colorful yet slightly bittersweet time for me. 

For the last few years, it's become a tradition for me to set up a small Ma Durga shrine at my parents' house. It is a personal way of celebrating those auspicious ten days. The last time that my parents went to India, they were able to bring back some of the heirloom puja articles from my mother's home - hammered copper vessels (ghots), brass plates and cups, and an intricately carved stone sondesh mold belonging to my grandmother, among others. One of my favorites is a majestic, heavy, five pronged brass lamp, or panchapradeep - objects that have been in my family for generations. Over the past four years, I have slowly been incorporating these articles into my Durga Puja set up. I'm not a particularly religious person, so this becomes my puja every year: picking out fresh flowers, finding greens from our garden, and painstakingly arranging and re-arranging everything until it's up to my satisfaction. At the center of it all is a gilded clay statue of Durga that I found in Gariahat market in Kolkata when I visited in 2016. 

Naturally, I miss the grand Durga Pujas we used to have in Benares, and I am always nostalgic for pujo in Kolkata, which overtakes the whole city - but which I have never seen myself, only caught glimpses of in photos and accounts from friends. Here in DC, I’m so incredibly lucky to have a huge Bengali second family, where we celebrate with just as much enthusiasm as we would’ve in Benares or Kolkata - new clothes, bhog, temple visits, listening to Birendra Krishna Bhadra’s timeless Mahalaya recordings in the mornings. Each year, the smell of incense, camphor, and sandalwood, and the steady, familiar chants of the mantras, the unmistakable sounds of kaanshis and dhaak drums always fill me with equal measures of joy and nostalgia. Here’s hoping that I can be in Kolkata for a pujo, super soon - but until then, our larger-than-life Bengali community in DC is doing a fine job of keeping the pujo spirit just as alive as it was when I was young"

Tania thank you for inviting us into your home! Your words have brought back so many of my childhood memories. The festivals are truly bittersweet. Living abroad our lives have changed in big and small ways. However, creating new traditions, while keeping some semblance of the old intact, is such a beautiful way to celebrate this season.

Tania Chatterjee is a brilliant photographer and you can visit her website  to know more about her. Follow her on Instagram as her posts are a visual treat.
All the images above are Copyright Tania Chatterjee and cannot be used without written permission.

The Shop At My Dream Canvas has a host of goodies for the festive season. Click here to visit the store!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Fabulous Find Friday Mia Nicole Design Co.

I am back after a long hiatus but hey its a fresh start, and there is lots heading your way :) So before I introduce the Fabulous Find of the week, I have to tell you a little story.

I have been married for 19 years and yet I never know what gift to get my husband. Be it birthdays or our anniversary, its a constant struggle to find something for him. The guy is exasperating!! He has no strong likes or dislikes. He is not into clothes, cars or gadgets. The one thing that brings joy to his life is Travel. He loves to go on vacations and therefore is forever planning our trips :) I should not be complaining.... but seriously he is obsessed about exploring the world. As a result, he works and plans vacations and has little time for anything else :) You cannot even imagine what a long, and neglected list I have on the home front. It  simply never gets done :)

We are also budget conscious travelers so that requires even more research and hard work ! For my anniversary this year in August,  I got him this delightful adventure fund box. I  had it personalized and it looks amazing. For those of you, who might say, that that piggy banks are for kids, have not seen my hubby dear grinning ear to ear when he opened his gift.  He absolutely loves it :) We have found a nice spot for it in our family room. As of now, we are filling it up with currencies from around the world :)

For me, our decor style is very personal. Over the years our home has become a canvas to showcase our personalities. My family room is a collage of things we love and the memories we cherish and this box fits in perfectly. Thank you Mia for creating this for us. 

Here's introducing Mia Nicole Design Co in her own words 

I started Mia Nicole Design Co. , a hand lettering business, as a creative outlet after I quit my full-time graphic design job to stay home with my kids about 3 years ago. Creating is a necessary part of my life. So when I had the opportunity to stay home with my kids and continue to use my artistic/graphic design skills, I couldn’t resist! My business has evolved quite a bit from the beginning but the thing that remains the same is my passion for creating unique one-of-a-kind gifts. It makes me so happy when a customer tells me how their loved one was moved and so thrilled by the gift they received. It is so incredible to be a part of something that brings joy to others and will be a keepsake for years to come"

For those of you who are local to the  Greater Seattle area, you can find her at the Great Junk Hunt in Monroe from November 1-3. Mia also ships her products, so you can connect with her via Etsy or Instagram and Facebook.

Here are images of a few images from her collection. 

I adore these  cute globe ornaments :)

Mini Adventure Fund boxes for kids.

Hope you liked my Fabulous Find pick? Have a wonderful weekend and see you back here soon :)

Image 1 and 2 Copyright My Dream Canvas.
Image 3, 4, 5 and 6 Copyright Mia Nicole Design Company.