Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bhavana's haven (A home tour)

Hello friends! I begin this week on an exciting note. I have a tour of Bhavana Vijay's home in the US for all of you. When a common friend sent me pictures of Bhavana's home, I was struck by her lovely home. Bhavana is not only an artistic and creative homeowner, but an artist as well. She paints beautifully.....and you will get a preview of her art work in this post as well.

In Bhavana's words, "I am a mom of 2 (an almost 10 year old girl, and a highly energetic 2 year old boy). I am a self taught artist (www.bhavanavijay.com) and my favored medium is soft pastels. I also teach art in a Montessori school and take classes at home. Our home is not very large, but has very intriguing nooks and corners. The room above the garage, which was initially built for a hot tub, was perfect as my studio with the windows and skylights. The kitchen has a high ceiling, a huge window behind the sink, and a thick wooden beam, that gives it tons of character.

My husband and I are thankfully on the same page as far as decorating goes! We believe in surrounding ourselves with the things we love, and cherish those that excite our mind and soul. Growing up, I have lived in Hyderabad, Indonesia, Singapore, and Ahmedabad. The corners of my home are filled with objects from my childhood that take me down memory lane. I love brass, copper, interesting textiles and weaves, gorgeous dark wood, exciting colors, teapots, and anything with history and hence life"

Very well said Bhavana.  This aptly describes the true essence of your home.  I really like Bhavana's living room. The abundant sunshine, the oriental chairs, the brass knick-knacks.....its got everything I love :-)

Welcome to Bhavana's haven...........







This is where Bhavana and her husband enjoy their morning cup of tea! I love the diwan and the windows with the sun streaming through...........



Delightful brass knick-knacks.......................drool!!
 




Bhavana's prized possessions.......... the two dolls were handmade by her mother! I can see that creativity is in her genes!


Some more gorgeous brass......




Another lovely corner..............


Tea pots and unique pots and pans...................


This is a shot of a painting made by Bhavana. In her words,"the painting in the living room is fairly new and very close to my heart. It is a painting of my mom's Banarasi silk Sari, her bangles, her necklace, and one of my favorite brass boxes."  It's such a beautiful way to capture a memory....... don't you think? I must add that Bhavana is incredibly talented. I have had a chance to browse her site, and all her paintings are fabulous.  


This is a view of Bhavana's studio where she weaves her magic. In Bhavana's words "the large windows and skylights provide ample light for painting and I love the feel of the room. There are two levels in this room, and my kids usually do their own arts and crafts in the lower one."



Thank you Bhavana for sharing your lovely home with us. To view Bhavana's art work, please visit her website www.bhavanavijay.com

All images: Bhavana Vijay.




17 comments:

Amrita Tripathy said...

lovely house ... and yes.. my dream canvas is back with a bang..!

Kamini said...

Lovely home Anu! Love the mix of the old and the new....always makes a home so real. And her artwork is amazing - yes, I checked out her art blog. Bhavana - you are really amazingly talented.

GrandmaK said...

Such warmth in these pictures. Lovely! Cathy

GB said...

Such a lovely space--quintessentially Indian! Love those dolls (my mom used to make them too!) and your painting is precious Bhavana....love your unique style!(I just came from your website and your cityscapes line is to die for!)

Lovely home tour Anu!Thanks for introducing us to Bhavna's work..

navin said...

b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l

Hobby time said...

awesome house and amazing paintings. Bhavana's home and work is so surreal.

gayathri hariharan said...

absolutely amazing bhavana...

Shanthi said...

Lovely home tour Anu. Bhavana love all that brass, simply gorgeous. I am rushing off to your website.

Shanthi said...

WOW!!! Lovely paintings Bhavana. I just had been to your website and had to come back again :-)

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Stunning home tour Anu! Bhavana you are amazingly talented!!:)

Sudha said...

a delightful home and a wonderful artist indeed

Ambika said...

An awesome tour of Bhavana's home! Loved the corners, the brass items and the fact that the home's bursting with Indian-ness! Looove :)

Bhavana said...

Anu, thank you for having me here! Our home looks wonderful on your blog.
Also thank you all for your lovely comments on our home and my art. I am thrilled to bits and it keeps me going!:)

Sharon said...

Such a beautiful home, Anu...great find! Bhavana, I love your sense of style!

Disha said...

What a talent!!! Incredible home tour and that painting in living room is marvelous. Good job Anu. Bhavana your art work is just awesome and unique and your home really reflects you.

Anpu said...

Lovely Home tour Anu. Bhavana - loved your home...it is so warm and inviting and so eclectic. Your blog is fascinating and loved your painting...

Sound Horn Please said...

I've been meaning to write to Bhavna to feature her paintings for months now- but I'm always too busy and looks like everybody else is one step ahead :) I didn't know her home was this gorgeous too! LOVE your brass collection Bhavna- last trip home I almost bought myself the brass kajal holder- now I regret not buying it!

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