Hi, I’m Vidya the author of Whats Ur Home Story. This is my happy place where I share my joy of creating. Hope this grows into your happy place too. Ready to share some home stories?
I love creating so much so that a couple of weeks of no creative action gets me antsy. Really, I just came back from a 3 week vacation and the first thing I did was to brush up my To Do list! Even with such an intense passion towards creating it is not what I do all the time.
In my free time Most of the time I like to slog away analyzing numbers and techie talk in the corporate world while being a mom to my 2 beautiful monkeys, V & S, and a wife to B.
I’m a big believer of the “Everything happens for a reason” logic. This decision to blog that I took back in 2012 was one of the best ‘coz this place and you guys have become my outlet, my source of inspiration, my stress buster, my happy place……….As much as I love being a full time working mom of 2 beautiful kids, wife, daughter, home maker, and whatever other shoes I try to fill in my life being a blogger completes me. What can I say, I like being the perpetual juggler and I’m OK with it. In fact I like it that way.
I grew up in this beautiful seaside town that used to be a French colony on the West coast of India. Fun fact: French is one of the 5 languages I know (I can claim that right even though I haven’t used French since high school?). 😛 I moved to the US with my husband 15 years ago and am now happy to call this beautiful country home.
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Source: Nicolas Chorier (copyrighted, please do not copy)
I blog because…..
I’m as plain a Jane as they come. You could even call me a nerd. Come to think of it whatever sparks of creativity I showed as a kid went unnoticed that I soon forgot I even had a creative bone in my body. A couple of years of following DIY blogs and being surrounded by creative folks reignited that spark and I soon discovered how happy and at peace I felt when creating. I had finally found my happy place and I wanted to share it with anyone and everyone who cared to listen. What if I can inspire someone like me who had lost touch of her creativity or someone who wanted to explore their creative side but was scared? By sharing my home story with you I would like you too to discover your story. After all don’t we all want our homes to tell our story?
In my home we tend to mix our Transitional style with our Indian roots. I believe that by falling back on the things you love and make you who you are, you can add layers of character to your home. Your home is your empty canvas. Much like a painting you can add character by adding layers, punches of color, and interest through accessories. I know it sounds so cliche but can’t resist adding; This is the story of how we are making our house a home one chapter at a time.
Some more about me………
Still wanna know more about this decor happy girl? Then head on over to this post where I over share; 5 Weird but True Facts about Moi. Oops….
PS: I’ll be super happy if you could share your home story too. The more the merrier.
About the Photographers
Nicolas Chorier, the inventor of ‘kite-ography‘ is a french photographer and specializes in kite aerial photography. He’s the author of the book ‘A Kite’s Eye View’ which contains aerial view pictures from India. To see more of his aerial photography visit www.nicopix.com.
Allison Hopkins Photography & Jacqueline Carr Photography
You have a lovely space here…a great start indeed. I loved going through all the posts. I hope to read more about your journey of making your house a home:) Wish you all the best!
Thank you Neha for taking the time to leave a comment. Hope to see you around more. 🙂
Somu (woodooz) says
Beautiful blog… Love the header and the simple design around the blog… Hope to see more.. Happy blogging 🙂
Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment. Loved the paintings (the Buddha especially) on your blog.
I recently started watching your Youtube videos and I absolutely love your posts and videos. Is there any way I can connect with you? I too work in IT and live in Atlanta. I am am Malayali, born and brought up in Trivandrum.
Hi Jas. Nice to meet you here. You can either email me at [email protected] or any of the social media channels. Thank you so much for your support.
Rama Ananth says
It is nice to know about you, your passion and your life. Wow! you do have a whole lot of qualifications. Would keep coming back for updates. Have a great day!
Lovely Vidya! Please drop me a line (email id is shared with you)
Beautiful space Vidya. I couldn’t stop till I had read all your posts. Your house is lovely!! Will be stopping by often to get inspired…
Thanks for the lovely comments Madhu. I’m so glad you liked it. 🙂
Debi B. says
Thanks Vidya, for sharing!! I am going to be here as close to daily as I can, I am sharing all kinds of things going on my little corner of the world. Hope you can come join me too. Looking forward to seeing you often. 😀
Thanks again for the smile you brought to my day!
Thanks again for dropping by and taking the time to comment. Loved the bracelet you made. Looking forward for more projects, especially that nightstand. I’ve been eying a similar dresser for sometime now to do a make over. Haven’t found a deal yet on Craigslist.
Came across your blog from the Lucketts blog. It’s nice to meet a fellow Jersian transplanted in NOVA!
Thanks for dropping by. Glad to know there are more Jersians around here. I too miss the hustle and bustle of Jersey. Have been going through your blog too. 🙂 Loved what you did with the window pane.
Loving your blog…So fresh and creative…how do you get time for all this??Appreciate the creativity!!!
Thanks Jesny. It is tough especially during school time but if I don’t have an outlet I go crazy.
Hi dear, just went through your blog and I must tell you, I really like the images that you have used and all your posts are really creative. Wish you all the best for your journey ahead. XOXO 🙂
Thanks Priti. Glad you liked it. Not sure if you are in CBE but I saw that stikerwala is based in the city. Love CBE, my college town. 🙂
Oh, we (stikerwala) were in Coimbatore and we have now changed to http://www.dodecals.com. Our main office in Tirrupur, TN. 🙂
I found your site via the link you posted on YHL, and I love your blog! I will be adding it to my daily look-ins! So many great ideas and I love your use of bold colors plus the ties to your Indian roots.
Thanks so much for dropping by Christine! Glad you liked it. Back in India we are so used to bold colors so can’t just let go of them. 🙂 I ‘m trying my best to incorporate it into our transitional style.
Hi Vidya … happy to have found your blog. Love the details in your presentation and lots of ideas you have shared. How do you find time girl ! 🙂
am surely gonna make more trips …bookmarking it rightaway 🙂
Thanks Anupama. Glad you liked. Looking forward to seeing you around more. 🙂
Hi Vidya, glad I came across your website.. Truly inspiring. I am a house wife and a mother of 1 yr baby!! I like decor projects and surely don’t want to break the bank for it!!! Will surely look for more DIY projects here!! U r my inspiration!!!
Aww….thank you Rama. That is truly humbling. Looking forward to seeing more of you around here. 🙂
Stumbled upon your blog….great work,Totally love your way of adding character to your home.Keep up the good work!
See you around
Thanks a lot Rohitha. Was out on vacation. Just catching up on the comments. Checking out your blog now.
Rohitha Vakamudi says
Just stumbled upon your blog….amazing work.Totally love your way of adding character to your home…Keep up the good work!
Hey….stumbled over this blog while searching for manjadikuru and uruli decor 🙂 Loved the fusion of decor without it being jarring. Keep rocking 🙂
Glad you found the blog. Thanks a lot for the support. Hope to see you around more.
Its good to see other blogs about other suburbinites in the Loudoun County area. I am also a wife, mother, career worker and an interior decorator on the weekends. I wish you continued success with your decorating and blog!
Thank you Marne. Great to meet you too. Looking forward to checking out your blog too.
I fell in love with your blog after following your chair makeover. You are one person that is not afraid of color and i couldn’t stop reading your blog. I will definitely subscribe and be back many times for inspirations.
What Gardening Zone is Northern i live in Canada in Zone 3, thanks.
Thanks a ton for the sweet words, Rissa. Made my day! I’m actually terribly afraid of color when it comes to large dozes though. 🙂 We are in Gardening zone 7a.
One of my dad’s friends used to live in zone 3, I think in MN/Canada border and had brought with them the most beautiful irises that I have ever seen when they moved to upstate NY. Their side yard was full of them in spring!
Hi Vidya, Loved your site. Bookmarking it for some awesome DIY projects, best one being the water container!
Thanks for dropping by Raji.
D Sandhu says
I like your tea coasters’ idea very much. But, tell me how to preserve them? These will get spoilt within a week.
Thank you Sandhu. It has been 5 months now since I made them. We have been using them almost daily and they are as good as the first day. The coating of Mod Podge all around protects it.
Wonderful blog. I can’t express in any better words. You have a great space for everyone. Keep up the interesting work.
That’s very sweet of you Divya. Thank you. Hope to see you around.
Chechi awesome work…
Tanvi (@Tanvii) says
Lovely blog. Lots of inspiration to re-arrange my house now! (:
Thanks again for dropping by. 🙂
rachna sharma says
Loved this space yours…
Loved your blog Vidya!! Have already bookmarked it 🙂 I am always curious though about working moms managing their time and pursuing their hobbies as we’ll. would love it if you can do a post about how do you go about it! And very true, there’s some joy in being able to pursue your dreams 🙂
Vidya Sukumaran says
Aww….thank you so much. It is tough, kinda crazy at times. Will think about writing a post.
Great blog Vidya….being a first time homeowner and working at the same time this blog is an inspiration
hi vidya..i sooo love ur website..used to follow regularly sometime back and then got busy…then i started once again.. It has been a big inspiration for many of my projects..When i started my own blog i wanted to give credit to u by adding the link .But i cant see that mural painting i had seen initially.It was such a nice one…with a princes side face.
Its great work u r doing.very talented and creative..
Vidya Sukumaran says
That is very sweet of you Lakshmi. You made my day. Congrats on the blog! The mural painting post is still there. Not sure why it is not showing up on the project gallery page. Here’s the link;
Loved your site Vidya…..came here from your blog and .. voila!! Opened a pandora’s box !! 😀 Its great to see you doing DIY so systematically and professionally…I too love DIY but am lazy to take pics and finish ot off properly… am inspired, humbeled and glad to know you 🙂 what else! yes, wishes and regards 🙂 Kokila.
Vidya Sukumaran says
Glad you found us Kokila, Please do share your DIYs too. Heading over to checkout your blog.
Hi Vidya – I just stumbled across your blog while searching for one thing or another on pinterest. I agree with you re white cabinets – it is less than ideal for indian cooking! However, the house that we just moved into has a beautiful new renovated kitchen with black granite and…white cabinets. So I’m sort of stuck with it. Do you know of how often I should clean the cabinets, what kind of solution to use on them, and what, if anything, can prevent the discoloration? I am hoping to preemptively attack this issue.
Thanks a lot of Bindi. Frankly I’m not of much help here but let me ask around. A couple of my friends have white kitchens. Come to think of it all of them have OCD. 🙂 SO maybe staying really on top of the cleaning is the way to go!
I would like to know how the sectional you purchased is holding up. I am looking at purchasing the same one for my family room. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Hi Larry. Oh yes, it is holding up great. 2 of my friends have also purchased the exact same sectional since and they love it too. Ours has been taking so much abuse from the kids and still looks good as the day we bought it.
Came across your blog when I was looking at pics of “finished” wall map cork boards.
I had already purchased cork tiles (in Australia, we buy them from a shop called “Bunnings”, 30cm by 30cm tiles), and had purchased a map from eBay that I’m awaiting delivery.
So my interest twigged when I saw your map looked exactly the same as mine – nearly fell off my chair when I saw you’d had the idea of using the cork tiles! Fantastic idea 😉
It is very helpful actually seeing how you executed, I was grappling with how to glue the map to the tiles, thank you for sharing your experience – very helpful…
I also looked at some of your other blogs, they’re awesome. You have some really cool ideas and I will be back here soon to shamelessly plagiarise – hope you take it as a compliment – it is most definitely meant to be 🙂
Thank you Josh! Made my day! Good luck with your project.
Hi dear Vidya,your blog is wonderful and i loved the barnacles.Could you give me the link where you buy you clay and maybe sand?Here in Brazil clay, sand, etc are not sold. Thanks a lot !Happy new 2017 !
Nice blog keep writing and all the very best
Beautiful picture!!! And awesome writing. Keep going.
Sayera Bibi says
you have beautiful blog, very different from others in the layout, would you mind telling me which Platform you use for this blog??
Thank you! I use WordPress.
Janet Zed says
This question comes years after it looks like you posted this project. But I have identical cane barrel chairs I’d like to reupholster.
Can you tell me how much fabric you used to cover both chairs?
Hi Janet. Sorry I don’t remember how much fabric I got.
Anjana Jerin says
So beautiful and cute flowers,and u hv another beautiful talent that’s photography.And my free time also like to do diy and gardening. keep going ,all the best.