“We moved into this house a year and a half ago and one of the biggest upgrades we did was in the kitchen. It came with the original builder’s kitchen with a peninsula/breakfast bar – we redid it completely before moving in and opened it up. It now has an island in the centre which we use as the heart of the kitchen. The island is topped with a creamy granite named Kashmir and espresso-coloured lower cabinets with a custom-built wine rack. The chairs are run-of-the-mill Ikea in espresso also. The biggest score for us was the unique cabinet colour – it isn’t a grey, it isn’t a white. It is called Macadamia – and we basically did wall-to-wall cabinets, with two glass fronted cabinets to hold my collection of chai mugs, pottery from our travels etc.
By having a flat top stove and built-in microwave and oven, we were able to really maximise the space. For the floors, we went with espresso-coloured hardwood throughout – except for the kitchen and foyer – where we used wood-look porcelain tiles. These are really 3D-printed wood grain on porcelain tiles – makes for easy maintenance especially with our not-so-little puppy!
I’d say my style of décor is curated to reflect our Indian heritage, while remaining true to Canada. This Thanksgiving, for our center piece, I floated red maple leaves in a brass uruli with floating candles to tie it all in together.
I love decorating with pieces from our travels – we have received some of our decor pieces as gifts, while I have had some commissioned, while the others I have bought! The Turkish rug is from our friendly host in Turkey, the kolam and the dance mudras are commissioned, while the Ganesha plates are from Aarohi Singh, in Bangalore. I also am a huge fan of DIY – which I don’t always have the patience to execute properly – but also love using my son’s art work around the house. One of my most treasured pieces, is a little trivet he made when he was in kindergarden – that I use to rest my tea pots on. My favourite spots in the house are at the kitchen island with a pot of tea or a cup of coffee or up in my reading nook. I have termed that my “time out chair” – and warned the child and the husband that I am not to be spoken to if I am found lounging in that chair.
Image credits: Deepika Ganeshan