Nitya Chandran and her family live in Michigan. Nitya, who trained as a scientist, is currently a homemaker and she shares her home with her husband and two young boys. Her daily pursuit is striking a balance in all the things she is passionate about- family, science, interior design, textiles, arts and crafts, and the common good. She shares pictures of her home and tell us what home means to her. I love the elegant and clean lines, the mix of old and new and the lack of clutter! Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it…
“I am from Pune, India but it’s Michigan that I call home now. I love it for the gorgeous four seasons, the diversity of people and cultures and the moderate cost of living. I am sure there are many more reasons that I am yet to discover. My home is my form of self expression. As I was born and raised in India, I am strongly influenced by colorful textiles, folk art and exquisite workmanship. My grandfather has been my primary influence in terms of art and design. He was a self-taught artist who painted Hindu mythological paintings and he taught me to appreciate beauty in simple things. Some of the artwork that you see, I have seized from my parents’ home and got reframed. That gave them a whole new life- the Ramayana patachitra print and Jamini Roy reproduction. Some like the shadow box pieces were just pretty coasters I got as a wedding gift and could not bear to put a hot cup on. So I framed them using IKEA frames. The Brazilian art was from a garage sale and cost me $10. We are fortunate in Michigan to have estate sales throughout the year. It is a great pastime in the colder months. I go to a lot of them to look for art, textiles and pottery and occasionally, furniture. Almost every room in my home has a few things collected from estate or garage sales. I love that old things have a story behind them. That kind of thing really gets me going.”
“My home is my refuge. When I was in school and working, my home was my oasis from a long day at work. Now that I am home, it is my nest that I constantly try to build and improve for myself and my family. When I experiment with home design, I seem to gravitate towards warm and bright colors. But, I also like change a lot. So, I always try to keep my background palette more or less neutral (wall color, furniture) and accessorize with color. In my younger days, I liked to decorate with lots of objects and trinkets, but I seem to slowly be moving away from that. I like handmade objects, especially embroidery, crewel work, and pottery.
Having two rambunctious boys, I try to keep clear spaces throughout, to minimize accidents. So, sometimes the spaces look more sparse than I would like. On the other hand, I dislike clutter, so I try to keep their play areas and things away from plainsight (baskets behind the sofa, is our toy land central). I also try to keep things the kids need in accessible places but pleasing to the eye; for eg. markers and crayons in pretty boxes in the living room. The internet and social media are boundless resources to draw home design and lifestyle inspiration from. I have gathered some important take away lessons through this marvelous path and to connect with people from all walks of life and cultures. I have learned to make my surroundings a conduit to connect with myself. I have also come to embrace the idea when we stay true to who we are and design with that philosophy, synchrony is achieved as the space truly ends up being unique to the individuals who inhabit it. “- Nitya Chandran
All images taken by and courtesy of Nitya Chandran.
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