Hi! I’m Deb. I live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with 1 husband, 2 cats, 3 laptops, 4 Buddha statues and a whole bunch of travel mementos.
India pied-à-terre as a place
The India pied-à-terre* is a real place. It’s an apartment in Chennai, a large city in Southern India. We’re slowly making it into a livable “second home” space. It’s not easy to build and decorate a place on the other side of the planet when we live and work in Chicago.
I launched this blog in October 2010, when the India pied-à-terre was just blank concrete walls, floors and ceilings. I wanted to share the inspiration and the process for designing and decorating it. Hopefully sharing would inspire and help others.
As of now, early 2013, it’s still not anywhere near done so you haven’t missed anything if you haven’t seen “after” photos or any photo that looks like a complete, finished room! They don’t exist yet, but someday they will. The plans are all set and ready to go. We just need to get to India more often. You can follow our progress here: Construction and Decorating.
India pied-à-terre as a life
Since starting this blog, “India pied-à-terre” has evolved into a mindset for me — a way of being. It now means more than just a place and a space.
India pied-à-terre stands for:
- Making your dreams come true
- If you can envision it, find a way to do it, make it happen
My dreams have always included travel and design.
Travel: I’ve always suffered from wanderlust. I once thought it wasn’t possible for me to see the world. But you know what? You can find a way to make it happen. It doesn’t have to take a lot of money, I now know that. A more global view is now part of my life. I can’t tell you how to make it happen for yourself; we all find different ways to get what we want. I can only say from experience: it’s far less painful to find a way to wander, than to just lust for it!
Design: Oh, my love for design, it’s all over this blog! “India pied-à-terre” has come to be about a mindset to let yourself dream about something you want to see created. Envision making it happen. Then go ahead and do it. Don’t worry about it, just do it. Don’t wait for someday. Make that someday be today. That’s led me to do more DIYs that I share here, and more projects around our Chicago house, instead of waiting for the next trip to India.
I am a happier person by making these visions a reality, and I hope you are inspired here to do the same!
* What is a pied-à-terre?