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 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

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Meena's SivalayaDesigns & The Shop At MDC

My Dream Canvas gives me the opportunity to share the work of some of the nicest and most talented people from around the world.  Meena Sriram and MDC have had a long association and its wonderful to feature her again today! Meena is a lady with immense talent and creativity. Last year in September, I also featured Meena's mom beautiful home in Coorg, India. You can view the post here.

Meena has recently tried her hand at brush lettering and hand lettering . This is her latest passion and she is completely in love with this art form. Her interest has lead her to start her Etsy store and her work is also available at a  Gear Bubble store called SivalayaDesigns. This is where she is selling 
original pieces of hand lettering art . Her aim is to try her hand at digital downloads as well.

Thanks Meena for sharing your work with my readers. We wish all the very best in your new venture!

Here are some samples of her work and they are delightful.......

Images Copyright Meena Sriram

My little online boutique has launched its Spring collection. Click HERE to visit the store!

 Images : Copyright My Dream Canvas

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Trends vs Sentimentality

Summer is making its way through to my neck of the woods! I am sorry for missing in action! I have ben busy with my parents in town. It was my mother's 70th birthday last month and my entire family gathered at my place to celebrate the big day. I feel to fortunate that we were able to make this happen. As the years are passing by family time seems to have become one of the most important things I want to focus on.

My new hardwood floors have brought about a change in me! While, I always felt the need to declutter, I feel the need even more so now! I want my home to feel bright and airy. People always ask " What's your style" For me, its simple, comfort combined with style and the desire to surround myself with the things I love is my thing:) Often magazines and bloggers comment on what style is in and what's out! While it makes for an interesting read, I often wonder if you would throw out something just because its no longer trendy. What if you love it and enjoy looking at it everyday? What are your thoughts? How does one settle the tussle between trends vs sentimentality?

Are you striking the right balance? Do share your thoughts....

Images: My Dream Canvas and subject to Copyright.