Entry table/ Nirmala's Eclectic Home in Seattle/ Once Upon A Tea TimeImagine a warm, cozy home on a cold winter’s day. And because we are talking about Seattle, imagine a cold, rainy winter’s day! On such a day, there is no other place we’d rather be than the Seattle home of Nirmala Iyer, that she shares with her husband and kids. While the style can be broadly described as eclectic, Asian and Indian influences are seen everywhere. Picture this- the discreet and sensuous gleam of brass, dull gold and copper. Warm tones of rust and brick red enlivened by earthy greens and browns. Colorful textiles. Artifacts invested with precious memories. The result is a rich, tailored and stylish space that reflects the family’s roots and interests. You are going to want to revisit this tour again and again to bask in the warmth of this home. There are a ton of pictures and I have split it into Parts 1 (Entryway, living and family rooms) and 2 (bedrooms, kitchen and the lovely backyard). Enjoy! 


Entry table/ Nitrmala's Eclectic Home in Seattle/ Once Upon A Tea Time

“Hello! I am Nirmala, I live in Seattle. I am a mother of 2 lovely kids and a total Mumbaiyaa at heart! A clean house and my cup of chai is all I look forward to in the morning to tackle the day ahead. I have a husband who loves chai too, and for us anytime is tea time. Settled in the beautiful Pacific Northwest for the last 12 years, we call our home ‘Agastya’ – the meaning of which is very apt for what we wanted our home to be – ‘Powerful and complete’. Powerful/ strong – filled with positive energy and love, complete – with happiness and peace! Putting my ever evolving decorating style into words is a little tricky but I guess I would like to call it  Ethnic/Eclectic/Global with a good dose of Indian!  Warm/neutral tones around the house with a burst of bright colors is essentially my style. I don’t like to see things arranged in symmetry. The museum look that it creates is just not for me. My idea of a good space is a mixture of objects with varying colors, texture and height. The irregularity when pulled together sets the mood and is sure to create a striking vignette to any space.  Decorating accessories like mirrors, greenery, brass and other personal belongings is what I go after. Having said that, and at the end of the day, as clichéd as it may sound, my most favorite decorating accessory is my family! They add so much more cheer and color to the house than any décor would! “- Nirmala Iyer

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Nirmala's Eclectic Home in Seattle/ Once Upon A Tea Time

Living room of Agastya

Family room corner-2/Living room 3/Nirmala's Eclectic Home in Seattle/ Once Upon A Tea Time
Family room corner-2/Living room 3/Nirmala's Eclectic Home in Seattle/ Once Upon A Tea Time Family room corner-2/Living room 3/Nirmala's Eclectic Home in Seattle/ Once Upon A Tea Time

Family Room  Family room corner-2/Living room 3/Nirmala's Eclectic Home in Seattle/ Once Upon A Tea Time

Family room corner-2/Living room 3/Nirmala's Eclectic Home in Seattle/ Once Upon A Tea Time Living room 3/Nirmala's Eclectic Home in Seattle/ Once Upon A Tea Time

Living room 3/Nirmala's Eclectic Home in Seattle/ Once Upon A Tea Time Nirmala's Eclectic Home in Seattle/ Once Upon A Tea Time

“A recent addition to my box of treasures is an old camera gifted to me by my grandmother during my last visit to India. She proudly stated that it was a gift to my grandfather  35 or so years back as an appreciation of his sincerity, from his American boss when he was working for the American consulate in Mumbai.”- Nirmala Iyer

Vintage camera

Thank you for sharing your home, Nirmala! Stay tuned for Part 2!

All images credit/courtesy Nirmala Iyer.

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