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Cobalt Blue Hues and Playful Style Rule This Canton, MA Apartment

by Sabrina Smelko

Twenty miles south of Boston in the town of Canton, you’ll find two programers, Vinaya and her husband Arun. Originally from India, the couple wed five years ago, and since then, they’ve lived in five different homes — a new one each year. Although Vinaya says, “we will be celebrating our sixth anniversary later this year, and I joke we are due for a move soon,” their current apartment has definitely found its way into their hearts. “It’s so close to everything we want, and we have come to love the town we are in.” She adds, “As far as the actual apartment is concerned, we absolutely love the open floor plan and, at the end of the day, this really does feel like home.”

Modern, but comfortable, the couple initially chose the home for its convenient location, but over time, as they’ve styled the space, the interior has become an increasingly bigger plus. “Starting over, again, meant getting a lot of budget furniture,” Vinaya explains, but since moving in, they’ve been slowly swapping their big-box store items with more unique finds that speak to their personalities. Though Vinaya admits she’s no expert when it comes to decorating, the process of filling this apartment has been an exciting learning experience which she shares on her blog. “When I started decorating, I had no idea what my style was. I have gone through several design styles by now — which explains our farmhouse-style dining table and cottage-style bed! I slowly started with little projects at home, and soon fell in love with cozy but modern interiors.”

But for all of the feel-good achievements made in decorating, there are always a few hurdles. Because they’re just renting the space, Vinaya has had to hold back from making more permanent changes — and another sacrifice has come in the form of the train that runs to Boston behind the building. “The first few mornings after we moved in, we used to jump out of bed, startled by the unexplained sounds and vibrations,” Vinaya says. “Although we have gotten used to it, we always warn our overnight guests for what’s to come in the morning!”

Even though the couple’s home still brings a learning curve, having a space to share with friends — and one that allows Vinaya to experiment and have fun discovering her style — is priceless. –Sabrina

Photography by Vinaya George

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The living room is anchored with a big, high-pile rug which Vinaya placed on top of the carpet to define the space. The graphic art above the couch was a DIY project Vinaya tackled: "After repeatedly failing to create an abstract piece, I ended up coloring between taped lines," she says, "Thanks to several botched layers underneath, the painting now has a lot of texture."
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Constantly rotating furniture and finding new ways to incorporate their favorite hue -- blue -- feels almost like a game for Vinaya and Arun. "We are (well, I am) constantly looking for new finds, and things keep changing around here more than I would like to admit," Vinaya says. "When friends come over, the first thing they do is ask 'what’s new’ and ‘what’s gone’."
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The coffee table was a Craigslist find that now houses some of Vinaya's research and inspirational reading material. The sofa is from IKEA and the rug is from RugsUSA.
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Opposite the couch is the TV. The blue pillows were handmade by Vinaya with fabric from Jo-Ann.
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"The things we love most about our home are the people in it and the memories we make," says Vinaya.
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The dining nook is nestled between the kitchen and the entryway. "The table was bought during my 'farmhouse' phase, and is no longer our style," Vinaya shares. "We would love to replace it some day." The lighting is from Homegoods, the table is from Better Homes and Gardens and the artwork (in Vinaya's favorite color -- blue) is from Paper Source.
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"I hate to cook, but luckily for me Arun loves to," Vinaya explains, "and he can often be found in the kitchen whipping up something. He loves to experiment with different cuisines and making desserts -- and I love eating them!"
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The wall opposite the dining nook is used for open shelving, storing some of Vinaya and Arun's favorite decorative pieces and sentimental objects.
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"The shelves hold boxes to hide books and some knick-knacks," Vinaya explains, "and all the clutter."
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Incidentally, the blonde-wood kitchen matched their dining table perfectly. "Although we would have loved an updated kitchen, we like how it is open to the living area."
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Bright accessories and cookware add color to their otherwise cookie-cutter kitchen where, yes, cookies are a frequent occurrence.
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The apartment floor plan is the perfect mix of open- and closed-concept.
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Between the bedrooms in the hallway is a gallery wall that pays homage to the couple's Indian roots. "It consists mostly of photographs, thrifted finds and some DIY black-and-white art," Vinaya says.
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Their cozy, clean master bedroom featuring Vinaya's favorite hue, blue. The bed is from IKEA and the bedding is from Homegoods.
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"Arun loves his talking Minions," Vinaya laughs, "Dave and Stuart were a birthday gift from me." The Leonardo/Raffaello prints were brought back from a trip the couple took to Rome and the blue leaf pillow was handmade with Nate Berkus fabric from Jo-Ann.
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Another Craigslist find that Vinaya gave new life to with a few coats of cobalt paint. The map of New York is from Cartographers Union.
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The guest bedroom is small and a current work-in-progress. "It needs a real headboard to replace this experiment with tape," she adds. The red throw is from a maker in India.

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