Monday, August 25, 2014

The Essence of Home


The lovely ladies Deepa and Supriya at Aalayam are celebrating their 100th post. They have a beautiful blog filled with inspiration that you don't want to miss. They asked a few of us bloggers to talk about "what home means to us" A thought provoking question! As I began writing, it made me think of a lot of things about my home, my family and my blog.  So please humor me as I ramble on :)

" I put my heart and soul into designing my spaces. My home is a labor of love because it gives me the opportunity to weave my own unique story. My home tells the story of my family, our roots, our adventures, and shared 
experiences. It’s filled with the people I love. My favorite books line some of my shelves. There are souvenirs from our travels, along with my favorite photographs. I have pieces from weekend visits to flea markets and antique store finds that I could not resist. My home is also filled with our hopes and dreams. It records our victories and the obstacles we have overcome together.I hope that it is a story that my children will carry with them. I want them to reflect back on their childhood home as a place of comfort and immense joy :) So the design is simply a means to an end. I don’t really focus on the mechanics of the design, because I want my home to evoke a warm fuzzy feeling at the end of a long day! 

Ultimately, the home is much more than just a menagerie of exquisite d├ęcor items. My favorite pieces go back many decades. They are heirlooms that were bought by my Grandparents. These then passed down to my parents. Now, they grace my home. These pieces give a sense of timelessness to my home. These precious things have an eternal beauty. They follow no trends, but they will never go out of style. They fit perfectly in my home. Since my home is a narrative of my family’s journey, it evolves with time. I look back at my own house and it looks very different from what it was before. There have been no dramatic or architectural changes but a few subtle changes have crept in. My home has grown with me :)

Do visit Aalayam to read the entire post. Congrats Deepa and Supriya! May there be many more wonderful milestones for your lovely bog.

Image: My Dream Canvas

4 comments:

Sudha said...

lovely anu. i have been missing in action for a loong time now...but had to stop by to say hi and love love love the post :)

Vidhya Rao - Paint My Word said...

Well said Anu....our home is not just a collection to showcase exquisite decor items...It definitely should also portray the journey/accomplishments/memorable events....

Aalayam Inspiration said...

Thanks anu for sharing your home with all our readers.. Love that picture of your home - a cozy colorful corner!

~deepa

Shalini Pereira said...

Beautifully written Anu and a stunning images that captures your idea of home so well!

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