Guest Post and Home tour - Home is where the heart is by VandanaChaudhary


I have featured Vandana's old home here on CDL last year, it was full of personality and decorated with great aesthetics. Now Vandana has moved in to her own abode and she recently started her blog Seasons in the sun , Vandana is a great writer, very expressive and her design, decor style is very genuine , vibrant and from the heart so go on check out her blog. I assure you , you will visit it regularly :)

Today Vandana is guest posting here about her thoughts on home, some decorating tips and beautiful pics from her new home.

Over to Vandana now....

"Home is where the heart is! A very old and popular saying to which I totally subscribe to! What is a 'home'? Well, each one of us have something to say about our home. I remember how as a teacher of Social Studies and EVS in the primary section of school,I used to talk about what a house is and differentiate between a house and a home.One, a completely logical explanation and the other,so much about our heart:)..... And today, as I write about my home, I express from my heart. Home, to me,is all things beautiful. It is a place of peace,a confluence of all emotions positive. The moment I step into my little abode, I find solace, a place I want to come back to,so much so that I do not want to spend a minute extra outside,post my scheduled work timing! This might sound a little crazy,I know. But that's my love and obsession for my home. I call it my 'my matchbox' for its area, a place, we created and are still creating. It is still evolving with elements we love and try to incorporate.

table

curtain

Our house of brick and cement and mortar came up when we were tired of shifting to new spaces,thanks to the whims and fancies of some of our owners. A rented place is after all a temporary solution to housing. And one fine day, we felt we had enough of this! With a limited budget, we set off. After what seemed to be a long search, ( it's not an easy task,specially if your expectations are high as compared to your finances! ) we managed to zero in on this place that has become our home now. And it continues to be despite the fact that we are now low on space. We have been trying to utilize as much space as possible but the challenge continues. At times I feel that even Hercules had an easier task than us! With an almost grown up boy, aged parents from both sides, relatives and friends at times, housing anyone is not easy! The comfort factor comes to mind when anybody comes visiting.

 cushion
4
Despite all these challenges,we have tried our best to make our home as we would want it to be,warm,cozy and inviting.
Each little artifact I have displayed has a story to tell or a memory I cherish. The souvenirs I picked up from our trips to places of interest remind me of the lovely time we had:)....it may be a stone bull (Nandi) or a figurine of Ganesha from Belur-Halebidu or a vintage lock and key from Udaipur..... Or some spices from Wyanad (Kerala). When placed in a small decorative bowl on the center table,they emit that absolutely divine fragrance that is so natural! And these are 'home' to me:-D..... The often quoted saying amongst decor enthusiasts that 'a home is an extension of the self' holds good for me,too. 
Here are a few tips to create a pretty home,the kind that does not require pots of money. I make use of throws, in the absence of good ones,I even make use of the pretty dupattas and stoles! This really adds to the drama and makes a settee a fashionable place!

3

The liberal use of cushion covers,both interesting,quirky and colorful, make any space come alive. I have always been a great fan of color...so color in any form works for me!

cushion2

There are those times when I am not able to visit the florist. Tiny yellow and white chrysanthemums and button roses in vibrant hues turn into my flower options:).....
Changing the mats is another option for a new look. Shifting the smaller pieces of furniture,again,does the trick of a changed look. Adding a few collectibles here and there can also bring in some change......

mats
 garden

These,I feel,are the simplest ways of enhancing the look of a space. They are doable as well as affordable."
Thank you so much Vandana for sharing these tips and beautiful pics from your home. I am inspired and I am sure CDL readers will benefit and inspire from it too...
Do not forget to check Vandana's blog. she blogs at  Seasons in the sun ......

Linking it to Colours Dekor.

25 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful post Nayana and Vandana!
    Vandana, This picture crazy friend of yours,salute you! your word were as beautiful as those gorgeous corners of your home, if not more!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Manasa. Vandana writing reflects her soul.

      Delete
    2. Thank you so much, Manasa! I had written this down quite some time ago....the subject is so close my heart :-D.....

      Delete
  2. Thank you so much, Nayana! It feels wonderful to be here at Cherish Dream Live! Thoroughly enjoyed being here once again :-).....

    ReplyDelete
  3. Nayana, Glad u did a guest post...Vandana I really admire your thoughts on home and your sense of style...

    ReplyDelete
  4. Brilliant job both of you! Nayana, thank you so much for sharing it again, I have missed the previous one, now, I have to go look for it. Her home does look like extension to her own self. I loved the liberal use of cushions. They are so colorful and ethnic. The home looks really cozy. So glad to be connected to some talented girls out there to get inspired and learn!

    Love
    Pinkz
    http://pinkzpassion.blogspot.ca/

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a beautiful home! Nice colors and so very vibrant. Loved it !!!

    -Priyam @ http://priyam-simplejoys.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Priyam! Feels good to be appreciated :-)

      Delete
  6. Vandana's home is super vibrant and gorgeous..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Patricia! And how do I forget you! Your appreciation means a lot!

      Delete
  7. So colourful and full of life loved her home

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Priyanka for your words of appreciation!

      Delete
  8. Thank you for coming back to link :) I had a free few hours and hence browsed through most of my favourite blogs... loads more to go :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Beautiful pictures! Love the cushions and all that fabric that has been used in the house. Great job Vandana!!

    Nayana, I just did a little exercise on my blog, to connect better with my bloggy friends and I thought you might like to take it up too, so I have nominated you. Do hop over to check it out at http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2015/01/know-me-little-better.html

    Would love to see you answer those questions.

    Hugs,
    Tanya

    ReplyDelete
  10. Love those colourful drawings on the cushion cover.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you,Haddock! I guess these are done digitally..... :-)

      Delete
  11. Lovely use of colours!

    ReplyDelete
  12. What lovely colourful pics ...loved this blog ..thank you both vandana and nayana !

    ReplyDelete
  13. You can tell how much one person loves her home, once you see the effort she puts in the decorations. My heart goes out to homeowners like Vandana, who make it a point to project their love for their homes in a fun and colorful way. Thanks for sharing that, Nayana. All the best! :)

    Devin Newton @ Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much for appreciating my home:-)

      Delete
  14. It seems that Vandana's love to her home is really overflowing! What caught my attention are the colorful and numerous decorations and designs. I could feel her heart and efforts with these photos. I'm pretty sure that she's so happy and contented with these projects. In any way, thanks for sharing that, Nayana. Have a great day! :)

    Joel Miles @ DISC My Realtor

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a feedback...I hope you enjoyed reading my blog!

You might also like:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...