Sunday, June 3, 2012

Living in a " Real Home "

Another week dawns after a rather busy, but fun weekend. I spent a lovely evening with a college friend who is moving to our town. We also went for a kiddie birthday party, ran the usual errands, and cleaned the house a wee bit. Gosh! I need another weekend just to recover from this :-) My cup of tea and  spending some quality time with My Dream Canvas is my stress buster.  This is the time I reserve just for myself!

A lot of people have been asking me how I keep such a tidy house with a 3 year old and a 6 year old. Seriously, it is not at all as neat and clean as you see it on My Dream Canvas :-) Often, there are toys strewn around, mail lying unopened, and stacks of laundry that need to be folded.  The trick is that my camera happily composes a shot that eliminates some of the mess around :-) After all none of you are coming to my home to see those messy parts :-)

The desire to decorate my space started very very early for me, long before I became a design blogger :-)  I started by decorating my room in my parents house. In fact, I often spent my pocket money (allowance) in college buying bed covers, lamps, and other trinkets for "My Room.". My closet was another story. My room was pretty and tidy but my closet was sometimes messy:-) So while it pleases me that there a quite a few people who appreciate my home via My Dream Canvas, the desire to create a pretty corner is something I do for myself. It makes me smile :-) Now, through photographs and blogging I am happy to share my passion with all you wonderful people :-)

I do admit that I like to keep a tidy house. However, it is a relaxed home where I think a little bit of mess is normal. One thing I really strive for is to keep my home clutter free. I might have a lot of stuff but I don't display everything at once. I know that might seem like a waste but it works for me.  I want my home to look spacious all the time. I believe that you can appreciate things only if there is not too much of it. Otherwise, it loses its beauty. A room with too many things makes me uneasy:-) I like changing things and putting stuff away and then bringing it back out. It helps to give my room a new look :-) 

I am sure that most of you will agree that although highly stylized spaces look good in magazines and design blogs, they are really not practical for everyday living. That untouched look is really not realistic since even the most beautiful home has to have real people living in it :-) Every home needs people to give it character and warmth. The other things around are simply accessories.  I believe that the beauty of a home comes from the people who live in them :-)

My ever changing home...... and the corners I create to bring a smile to my face :-)

Image : My Home. Image is Copyrighted and cannot be reused.


Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I like your way of dealing with the mess; just don't photograph it! And I love your use of color.

Shalini said...

So true Anuradha. A real home is one with a little bit of a mess, that makes it "real and lived". I too have a cupboard where I put away decor things to rotate and create new settings. So much more interesting that way instead of displaying it all at one go.

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

very true...its a mess here when you come isn't it shalini.shalini knows it well.only for the photographs it looks orderly..

nanditark said...

the peacock poster is very beautiful ... honestly I'm inspired by it and may be I'll like to draw something like that for my home too ... !

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