As this is my first ever blog post I’m putting in some background before i jump to the topic.
My design / decor style has evolved over the years , from the time I made my first salary I had an yearning for beautiful well put together home of my own. Back when I had just started making money I used buy inside ‘ outside magazines off of the street corner used book stores and make cut outs of features I would want.
Over the years I have read countless design magazines pouring over hours on them like I had a project to crack ☺️
Even with all that reading it took many trial and errors before I could settle for my personal style ( I still wonder if I have a personal style) I have several moods and several change of ideas and quickly wear out of a setting , design or piece.
Earlier on my tastes used to fluctuate with what I knew growing up Kerala, chettinad, Jaipur .. with more exposure the impact of other styles also influenced my aesthetics -regency, Hollywood glam, industrial, rustic, Art Deco .. I’m still out on mid century .
But its often hard to figure how to blend these , if it’s right to blend at all and how to maintain a harmony. I’m not too much of a minimalist nor a boho .. but I love seed beads and restoration hardware all the same ☺️ So you see the fix I’m in .
When I moved first I brought a lot of indian decor items with me… the madhubhanis the kalamkaris the tanjores. My husband started to complain ‘‘twas an overload .. so I started to mix in.. then I felt I had too much .. I cut down.. when I say cut down it’s not like I cleaned out 🤨I just figured how to make it cohesive, harmonious.. I guess many of you may experience this dilemma (fingers 🤞 crossed).
This whole dilemma was behind the color decision when we wanted to upgrade our cream walls that come default in suburban homes. When you become a new homeowner you are often told to make investments that have a direct payoff. So color for all practical purposes is advised. So one had to rally support to move in the other direction.. I had collected several ads of Royale paint, one of which had a vintage home with beautiful dark wood work and an all out turmeric wall, that served as the inspiration but we had to make this work for a suburban American single family home.. so we decided to mix a combination that will still let me have enough turmeric yellow. Silver gray , turmeric yellow and chocolate brown it was eventually !!
The longest running wall connecting the kitchen and family room was turmeric yellow. It shines so beautifully when the sun hits the room, and more or less feels warm in all kinds of weather😄 . The rest of the house is finished with the silver gray, with brown for accent. The ceilings we settled for a bright white to avoid further color clashes.
In future posts I will tell you the furniture selection which had more mistakes before we finally got it right 😉
have a fantastic week ahead.. see you soon.