Hi, My name is Meena Sriram, and I live in a three bedroom home in Ottawa, I have moved two homes now, and this is my third.
I would say my decor has become more simplified than it seems in the pictures or maybe it comes across that way too. Its hard to use one word to describe my decor style, since I go mostly by instinct and don't follow any particular style,.I ruthlessly edit, and prefer an airy laid back feel to the room with pops of color through textiles. I was hugely inspired by Archana Srinivas who run the decor blog Rang decor, I think she was one of the reason's I was inspired to try my hand at photography as well. My mother is an amazingly talented person when it comes to design and decor, and I learn a lot from her.
Favourite room or corner in the house
I have no favourite corner, or room, every place is as cosy or comfortable as the other, I love playing lego or board games on the floor with my daughter or cuddling up and reading to her in one of the reading nooks or making tea in the kitchen or cooking while listening to music or talks. I especially love to bask in any sunlit corner of my home.
Your favourite piece of item / furniture or accessory
My favourite accessories would be chalk boards, and cork boards. I find these very versatile, you can change what you have on them seasonally or even otherwise, I do like to have inspiring quotes all over my home, and I like reflecting on them every time I glance at them .. sometimes I even just tape my own art or daughter's art to the wall directly..it works in an odd way. I like pretty tea and coffee mugs but am careful not to let my collection grow.
I think I am alright at creative lettering and I love to dabble in art so I sort of put all this up all over the home, which adds a cheerfulness that I like and makes it feel more homey.
Favourite shopping (for design and decor) destinations
I love Ikea, for its affordability and its creative and funky storage solution, textiles, furniture, and ideas.
I work hard at not having any priced possession, but having said that I do love having plants around the house , they help tie the room together more cohesively and harmoniously.
No, nothing that i would like to add or change, i sort of work with what i have but, I would like to do better with backyard gardening or any gardening for that matter.
My secret mantra and tips for a cozy home,.. Have a few accent colours that you could repeat a few times over, this ties the room together easily, plants, and try your hand at art,its easier than it looks, and anything handmade has its own special charm.
Read a lot, so you 're justified in having plenty of books around the house, they can be your best friend and make your home look homey as well.
Try to bring in colour and creativity with storage so this contributes to your decor and you don't have to pick up pieces that are only purely decorative. And its easier to work with less than more, .. just a few well thought out pieces and accessories, and there's a lot of inspiration when it comes to colour and ideas on various decor blogs, just be careful to balance it out with who you are. Your decor does not have to be perfect, it just needs to feel happy and be home.. a place to express yourself creatively, but more importantly to nurture all the loving bonds in your life..
Thank you Meena, for taking time out to share your beautiful home on the Design enthusiast.