When it rains, it pours! Literally and figuratively. Today is the 18th consecutive day of rains in my neck of the woods, I kid you not!
I am not complaining though. The incessant rains remind me of the Indian monsoon. The pitter patter of rain drops, the smell of the rain kissed earth, a warm cup of adrak chai on a rainy afternoon -ah, monsoon memories come flooding back as I write this.
Talking about monsoon - I am going to take you today to tour the home of Sia, the wonder woman behind my favorite food blog Monsoon Spice!
|A Cook's nook!|
I love her blog and I have my reasons why. I love the way her blog is set up. It is easy to navigate. I can find recipes by vegetables, by ingredients, by meal, by type of dish, you name it! It is not always that I plan ahead, find a recipe first and then go shopping. I do the reverse …often! I realize I am down to my last set of vegetables and want to find a quick recipe that I can probably toss the assorted medley of left over vegetables into and Sia's blog is great for that. I can click down to cabbage or carrots and an amazing host of recipes and pictures pop up. Just what I need! I love her recipes - simple, no fuss, authentic recipes that always yield a fresh tasting home cooked meal! I also love the affable aura that her posts carry - she writes from her heart and you can tell.
Sia's Monsoon Spice is a fabulous food blog. Period!
I pestered Sia and asked her to see if I could feature her kitchen. I was curious to see where all her gastronomic delights are created, her work space, if you will. I was going to do a feature post on the "Cook's nook" I knew she was super busy - being a mom (to her adorable boy Paarth), having a full time day job and a passion that requires considerable investment of time and energy is no walk in the park. Ask me how I know! And yet, I emailed her, keeping my fingers crossed. She was amazing - she sent me a ton of pictures of her entire home, a great write -up and enthusiastically responded telling me she was in!
And so, without much further ado, I present to you Sia and Krish's adorable shabby chic nest in Yorkshire, England.
|The moors of Yorkshire|
"There is no particular decor theme running through our home. Eclectic with a touch of shabby chic would rightfully define our style. Our home is warm, inviting, relaxing, and comfortable and has a lived-in feel to it ! When we brought this house at the end of 2009, we envisioned adding bright colors to the plain magnolia walls. But life took an entirely different course when I became pregnant with my child! And now, 3 years later, we have grown to love what few others may label as dull or boring! Our magnolia walls brighten our home even on a typical dull and grey England day! At night with the corner lamps switched on and with candles flickering, the room transforms into a tranquil space and seems perfect to unwind after a busy day at work!
|The sun filters into Sia's living room filling it with light and warmth!|
With one hyper active toddler on my toes, we have stopped buying things for the house on an impulse. We have tried to keep the décor simple and clutter free to allow for a kid friendly decor scheme.
The living room décor has splashes of copper, gold and orange for a cozy colorful ambience. The Buddha sculpture on the side table is our first purchase for the house and we absolutely love it!
|Tenderly placed knick knacks add personality to this cozy corner. I spy auto rickshaw!|
|Paarth has an adorable space of his own.Winnie, the pooh waits in antiicipation for a playmate.|
My little ones play room wears a cheery air with his favorite animals on the wall. We spend many happy hours here coloring, reading, cuddling and creating beautiful memories!
The master bedroom is a sea of calmness with white, duck egg blue and sea blue color scheme defining this shabby chic space.
|A mobile adds a pop of color to this shabby chic bedroom|
|Books, pots, spice jars and more get stacked into neat piles and add visual interest.|
The cookbooks you see on the top of the cabinets are mostly gifts from my friends and also the review copies sent to me by cookbook authors. I love to flip through the pages of glossy cookbooks from time to time to draw inspiration for my food blog, but my most treasured cookbook is a handwritten, decade old book with turmeric stains and dog eared pages given by my mother that has precious recipes from my ma and grandma’s kitchen!
|And this is where the magic happens! The magic of monsoon spice!|
|A girl after my own heart! Chunky beads make a great fashion statement!|
Like this wasn't enough I also believe in living life to the fullest and believe in making everyday moments count. I make sure that I don’t mix my professional life with my personal one and never bring my office work home as I want to give my family my undivided attention. I cook simple food during weekdays that take little time to cook and yet do not compromise on taste! Thankfully both my hubby and son loves simple south Indian fare and are not fussy eaters like me! Planning our meals and a little prep work helps a lot in weekday cooking. I cook the lentils and prepare the vegetables on weekends and freeze them in a freezer to be used during the weekdays. I also want to acknowledge my husband for pitching in with his share of work and that helps tremendously allowing me more time for my personal interests such as the blog.
|Kitchen magnets that speak for the homeowners sense of humor!|
|You can find the recipe here!|
What an absolutely adorable home! Everything in its place and a place for everything. There is a touch of romance and that's what makes this home Shabby Chic!
|Romance + whimsy = shabby chic!|
Thank you Sia and Krish for sharing your darling shabby chic home with all of us.
Be sure to visit Sia at Monsoon Spice as she unveils the magic of spices and dishes out one yummy recipe after another! I am cooking my way through Sia's recipes already and you can join in the fun too..
Next up - a 2 part feature on a jewellery artist and her gorgeous home. She is the force behind the Karmasuthra brand and I can't wait to meet her myself! Join us right here!