This lovely home belongs to Meera and her family and is in Michigan. To give you a little background- I got to ‘know’ Meera over the internet and through OUATT. She is one of our most engaged, positive and super supportive readers. And that is really what I am most proud about where OUATT is concerned- the fact that we have this fantastic community of talented women (and some men!) and that I’ve gotten to know so many of them. Let’s get to the home tour- there are so many gorgeous pictures and to lump them together in one post is to do them a great injustice. So I’ve split it up into three parts and today we are going to start with the family room because it is Meera’s favorite part of the house and I love it too! The entire house is decorated in the style that I call ‘eclectic, collected and curated’. That’s a style that doesn’t ever go out of fashion, is representative of the family’s many interests and is meticulously crafted over time. Also, if you need ideas on how to create the perfect tabletop vignette, you have come to the right place!
Meera gives us a tour of this gorgeous room…”This is my favorite room in the house. The sunlight that we get here is amazing. I think we bought this home for that reason alone (that and the fact that we have a second floor laundry!! Yay! No carrying loads of laundry up and down stairs). Here the colors are orange and green- with blue thrown in for good measure. It’s also a room with a “play” theme. So I have colorful tops, a Sudoku board, a Solitaire board and lots of Indian style board games stashed away. This room has the most vintage items. I don’t have a particular theme in mind when I buy these vintage items. Just that they evoke some nostalgic memory for us. Like the typewriter- it provides endless hours of wonder for little kids who don’t understand how the thing works.
Amazing what we take for granted these days- with a type writer you had to set margins, indent paragraphs and type without error, very foreign concepts for the new generation! Some kid will always ask- where’s the backspace key?!!”
The closest I have come to a gallery wall is the arrangement above the piano. I hope to get more adventurous with that in the months ahead. The zari/sari throw is definitely an inspiration from OUATT. It has sat in our basement storage for years! Finally I took it out and draped it on the piano chair after seeing your 4 pm chai posts
! The occasional table between the two brown chairs is actually a one-room school house desk. I recently bought the brass ink well from an antique store.
The Madhubani paintings were purchased black and white. On one of them the artist had started to color- but given up. He said it was too much work and not as appreciated as the black and white paintings. Now I bought them six years ago! Finally got around to coloring them in with watercolor pencils. Then my husband made the wood frames on which we just spray mounted them. ” – Meera
Stay tuned for the second part of the tour! It just gets better and better!
Photographs courtesy of Meera D’souza.