Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Home Tour - Aparna Sanjay

Hey there! how have you been? I am an avid follower of Aparna's blog - "Adventure in Mommyland". It is an awesome place, where Aparna writes about all her interests, her NGO work, her wonderful family, lovely home & most of all about her beautiful kids A & Y. Touchwood.! She has done a fantabulous job of doing her new home at Bangalore. When I saw couple of her projects in her blog, I could not resist this post!
 
So guys, over to Aparna & her beautiful home! Enjoy your tour, enter this way please..!
 
Tell us about yourself & your blog "Adventures in Mommyland"
 
I’m a mom of 2 young children aged almost-8 and almost-5! I started blogging when my son was 2 years old and I was expecting my daughter, as a record of life as it was in the USA. I’ve been at it for almost 5 years now and have met so many wonderful people (who are now friends) through my blog. Blogging used to be therapeutic; while not so any more, I enjoy penning down my thoughts and having people respond to them and of course read a lot of other lovely blogs!
 
Kids name board along with their baby pics, up in their room
 
Tell us About the wonderful people at your home.
 
Home is me, my husband and my two beautiful kids. I inherited my love for art, craft and design from my mom who has innate good taste (she is also very creative and artistic). I am an MBA and work in the non-profit field and channel my energies in making my home look as pretty as it can (or what my husband calls messing around!).  
 
Tell us about your home and the love involved in making the house a home.
For the past 6 years, a combination of frequent moves and small children meant that the focus was on kid-friendly utilitarian d├ęcor. However, having travelled extensively across the country when I worked in the crafts sector and being a frequent visitor of craft exhibitions, not to mention picking up stuff on our travels outside the country, I have way more stuff than I know what to do with. Especially since every piece has been handpicked by me and has a host of memories associated with it.

My husband likes clean uncluttered spaces with comfort being a big factor while for me, beauty and colour take precedence over comfort! Over the years we have made our peace with our often polar opposite decor styles and met somewhere in the middle – I try hard to avoid overwhelming the house with colour and clutter and he manages to stop living the Scandinavian dream J

The nice thing is that my kids have also learnt to appreciate fine things and are careful around the house. They restrict their horsing around to their room where there is nothing to break or damage!

 




Aparna's small mask collection and hanging lamps from janpath.
 
 
 
 Cabinet fitted with tiny handmade tiles from Jaipur
 
 Mysore painting and 2 Thai silk paintings in the living room. The Mysore painting was gifted by my husband’s aunt when we had the grihapravesh for our home in Bangalore and the Thai paintings are reminders of a wonderful time spent trawling the night markets in Bangkok.
 
The Batik that always hangs over the master bed is actually a silk scarf made by my mom decades ago and now framed and preserved.!



Colourful charpoy where Aparna reads sometimes

A lot of the wooden furniture in the house was collected in bits and pieces by hunting through dim dilapidated (and scary!) warehouses in Mehrauli (Delhi). Getting them refurbished was a fun project!
 
 

The aluminium trunk was given to me during my wedding and contained a lot of steel  vessels. Recently I had it converted it to a bedside table by fitting tiles on the top.
 
 
Guys, isn't that a beauty!
Pooja Nook
 
 
 
 
Collection of cast iron containers from karaikudi
  
Which is your favourite place at your home & why..?!
It has to be our reading nook which is in a corner of the living room. I do most of my reading in the planter’s chair and I love the view of our entire community from there – it’s a vision in blue (the swimming pools), green and dark grey (clouds and sky in the monsoon season). Once the kids are back, they like to cuddle up with me there while giving me all the dope of their school day! Often, it’s where they cuddle with their dad as well after dinner J
Reading nook



Aparna's favourite spot - planters chair with a cup of chai and a good book :) - Mine too !
 Do let me know, if you enjoyed Aparna's home tour as much as I did! see you next week.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

So what is cooking..?

How have you been..? I have been busy, thoughtful & engaged for last few weeks. It kept me away from blogging land. Well, it was always at the back of mind that I have been ignoring this dear blog of mine.

All Reliance TimeOut outlets at Bangalore are having a sale. Entire merchandise on the shop is on sale. Minimum discount is 25% ranging to maximum of 70%..! Go pick all those books you always eyed, thumbed, sighed  at & put back onto the shelf. Now is your chance to get them home!

I & hubby raided the Reliance Timeout outlet at RMM, Bannerghatta Road and bought home like tonnes of books! One particular book "1000-Kitchen Ideas", I had eyed for one whole year was on 70% off..! ". Obviously, it was brought home & drooled at/ continuous to be drooled at for hours together without moving an inch..!

So inspired by the lovely book, I am throwing open my kitchen to you guys!

It is open plan kitchen..We remodelled our kitchen  last year, bringing down the utility wall to make the kitchen larger. I tend to be little more experimental with colours in the kitchen..!The kitchen opens to a tiny terrace, which serves as a garden & a reading nook as well!

So come on in!


 
 
Coffee on coffee table painting done by hubby..!
 
 


 

 

 




 

 

 
Do let me know, what you think!
 
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