Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A home filled with art and cherished memories: Kamini's Seattle Home.

You and I have been waiting a long time for this post, which only makes it that much sweeter, don't you think? This home tour brings me back full circle......Kamini's was the first home I ever featured on P&P.  I mentioned that day that Kamini was a person I'd love to know in the real world (and even though we still haven't met in person) she's since become one of my closest friends, and that in itself can justify the existence of this blog. :) This home tour also celebrates Kamini's return to a city she loves, so full-circle on that as well. ( I actually have a lot to say here, but it's threatening to get super-emotional, so I'm going to zip it save it for another post.) I'm sure you've already read about the epic move, but in case you've been on sanyaas, anthills and all, here are a few links to bring you up to speed!

Okay, enough talking for now, let the drool-fest begin! We'll start with the entry, with it's stunning rug and painted table--we've seen the entry table before, but I think it looks right at home in it's new space, don't you? Love those turned legs--they remind me of those lacquered wooden toys that we used to play with as kids.

As Kamini describes it, this floor of their home is one long rectangular space, with an open floor plan; it houses the kitchen, the dining space and the family room. There's also space for a perfect sunlit reading nook. I love the way  Kamini has created functional "rooms", with the skillful use of (her gorgeous collection!) of rugs. The warm wood, paired with those stunning rugs really cozies up the space!

The dining room and kitchen island--love love love those block-print bar stool covers. The dining table with more stunning legs on display. You can see portions of the reading nook in the background. And you've just got to love all that gorgeous green growing in the backyard.

The reading nook, with her father-in-law's favorite chair, a comfy footstool, a fireplace for the colder months, plenty of natural light, and her little "temple" which holds cherished family heirlooms like her grandfather's ivory box and bell, incense holder, water jar and a set of wooden spoons that have been used by the family priest for over 50 years. A frankincense holder hangs next to the window, completing her little sanctuary.

The family room is nestled right between the reading nook and the kitchen. It's full of color! We see a lot of old favorites, including the treasure trunk she painted (major talent!). There's the daybed, with it's jolt of vibrant color, a gorgeous lamp to read under and the huge copper pot that holds extra cushions. And then there's the coffee table with it's beautiful embroidered tapestry providing the perfect backdrop for amber glass and lacquered wood. Sigh.

The formal living room is set off the entryway, boasting more reading nooks, and  a cozy grouping of poufs  and traditional chairs to get the conversation going! I can just imagine this house full of laughter and animated conversations! Oh the parties that you'll have! :)

Love that mirror frame! And those poufs look so inviting.....

Another reading nook, featuring Kamini's favorite new chair! You can read all about it here. You can also see the edge of the coffee table and the coasters she mentions in her post in the picture below.

And of course, there's the art. Oh the art. Most of the paintings you've seen on the walls of Kamini's home are her own work.The sandblasted glass artwork you see next to the silver lamp in the picture above was made by her as part of an assignment for design school.

Her home is full of colorful, thoughtful little vignettes, touches that suggest that this home is loved, and lived in.......

Her colorful collection of glass bangles, as much a work of art displayed on the wall as they are on the wrists.

The spice corner, there's a story behind the traditional spice box, I'm sure!

All lined up! Her tiny succulent garden!  :)

Gentle reader, I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Kamini has only just settled in, she hasn't lived in this house for more that a few weeks and already has it looking like a home. :) Knowing her, I can only imagine how much there is still left to uncover. I hope she will continue to inspire and the posts on her home (and on her blog!) will keep on flowing.....

Kamini, thank you for opening your beautiful home to us. It was an honor to feature your home here.

Kamini's previous homes have also been featured here, here, here and here. You can find Kamini here:

Blog | Travel Blog | Facebook | Tumblr


  1. Fabulous both you and Kamini!!! Fantastic post and a super gorgeous home!!! Welcome back :)

  2. Welcome back, Gagan! And what a lovely home tour!

  3. Feels good to be back on OPAP after really long, GB! I've always believed a person's personality and sensibilities are reflected best in their homes. Kamini's house defines her best. Vibrant, warm, unpretentious and welcoming. This home is every bit her and your post does poetic justice :). Hope you've been well, GB? Been so long. I haven;t been on the blogging scene ever since my jewelry venture took off. I do blog sometimes, but I haven't been blog hopping at all, which incidentally your post has just sparked. See u soon :-)

  4. Loved the home tour Gagan...missed you.
    Kamini...you have a lovely home, so rich, vibrant, so eclectic...just one word...WOW...

  5. FINALLY! K- The glimpse of the daybed and dining table I got the other day on Skype was enough for me to know that this home would be gorgeous too :) You were right, the white walls somehow feel right in this house. GORGEOUS home! And I hope to see a post about all the lovely new additions from your last-minute-Indian-shopping-spree.

  6. Looks really lovely! Love the entry way table with the painted legs!

  7. Thank you Gagan. You make it sound better than it is. And thank you everyone else.

  8. Love how every little thing in her home has a past...and a story to tell. They look like they are part of the family...not just random pretty things bought off store shelves.

  9. Yay!! two of my favorite bloggers team up!! What more can one want!!! Excellent presentation, Gagan! And, beautiful house, Kamini!! But makes me clamor for more!!! ;)

  10. gorgeous... as usual kanimi's home is a pleasure to visit..

  11. For me it is the living, Nay! Dining, Nay! the study corners - Nay! U know what I love it all. How can we put finger on one thing and say this is nice in such a lovely home surrounded by such wonderful things. Love that vibrancy all around and Kamini once again u proved you are TALENTED and ARTISTIC and VIBRANT. Have a wonderful stay in this new abode.

  12. Oh, I have missed the blogging world....it has been ages. I missed you Gagan and loved the writeup and photos of Kamini's home - gorgeous and so special, like her:)

  13. What a beautiful home ...with naturally lit corners and bursts of color. I would wanna live there. Truly!

    ∞ © tanvii.com ∞

  14. Gorgeous colors and textures, I love all of it!

  15. Great post Gagan. I must say Kamini's home is very colourful and very beautiful. Small space with big style.

  16. Nice to hear from you. Missed ya girl.

    Kamini's home is classy yet unpretentious.

  17. Gorgeous gorgeous home, so tastefully decorated. Would love to know where I can find these beautiful stool cover here in US. Thanks....

  18. Nirmala...you are the third person to ask that. They are from Pottery Barn, both the stools and the covers.


    Happy shopping!

  19. Gorgeous! Its as beautiful as the glimpses i remember of your home on Alki.


  20. Welcome back Gagan :)

    Gorgeous home tour and I like those poufs in the living room.
    The reading corner looks so cozy ..... a perfect spot to relax.

  21. Thanks Kamini, I was looking for something similar for my island! I think I found what I want, through you! Thanks again!


  22. I am sooo late commenting on this one! But I love, love, love this post! You have done up your home beautifully, Kamini...great post, Gagan!


  23. Beautiful beautiful home Kamini. A very earthy feel to the whole home!

    And thanks for the post Gagan!

  24. Loved your blog GB! And thanks for dropping by at ChicoryChai :)

  25. Fantastic Kamini, and wish you all the best in your new home!
    Thanks Gagan for this lovely house tour.

  26. Gagan- you've a lovely blog, I'm glad I discovered it! And Kamini your house is an absolute delight!
    This is also just to say hello Gagan, because I'm not sure wordpress is great with reply comments.

  27. Dear GB: I am so so glad you commented on my blog today! Besides giving me a much needed pickup...I LOVE your blog!!! This home is amazing...I love east west fusion. AAAAAAhmazing!Thank you so very much for your very kind comments and ...yes, perspective is everything!! xxx

  28. i really dont know how i missed this post.beautiful house...great post,gagan


Rant? Rave? Tell me about it!

previous Next home
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...