Home Diaries: With Anuradha Varma of MyDreamCanvas

Thrilled to showcase a home tour of the lovingly decorated home of Anuradha Varma, blogger extraordinaire and creator of one of our favorite blogs, My Dream Canvas.

For the last 8 years she has gradually and painstakingly built a beautiful abode that reminds her of home ten thousand miles away. Today’s feature not only showcases a fabulous home but also spreads the deeper message of keeping your roots close to your heart, no matter where you are in the world. Anu Varma moved to the US 14 years ago. Today she has a beautiful home and a beautiful family in Seattle, WA on the west coast of the United States; that is pretty much as far away from India as one can possibly be. Yet, her home has a unique freshness and cultural warmth that is rarely found even in Indian homes these days. It goes to show how rooted Anu and her family are, a quality I applaud knowing how hard it is to maintain cultural roots and ties in a foreign land where not many understand the significance and depth of your heritage.

Dotted through the house are heirlooms from her parent’s home that remind her of her childhood. There are relics from her travels to exotic lands with strong cultures, just like her own. Although culture oozes from every corner of her beautiful home, Anu’s home is not traditional. It does not conform to any one culture – in her own words, it is a global home with Indian touches.
jay (1)Her most treasured possessions are the silver pieces inherited from her mother; her favorite being the old nakshikari powder puff box, that features proudly on the header of her fantastic blog. Another beautiful story is of the delicately displayed wine glasses dating back to the 1920s that her great grandfather handpicked in England, had shipped to India that later made their way, yet again, into their current apt manifest all the way across the world. The warmth of the home is multiplied manifold by exotic textiles, rugs and souvenirs from travels around the world.
Anuradha
Anu’s home is an ever-changing canvas with a few permanent comforting elements that are always constant. While talking to her about the journey with her home I couldn’t help but draw some comparisons to life. Life too is an ever changing canvas with a few permanent comforting elements like family, friends and home, is it not?
All images courtesy of http://mydreamcanvas.blogspot.com