India Design Blog : Once Upon a Tea Time : Priya

I am a scientific researcher by training. I was born in India and grew up in Muscat, Oman. I moved to the US 15 years ago and live with my husband and two boys in the San Francisco Bay area.


I discovered blogging in Dec 2008 and it was the perfect platform to express my creativity. It started out as a diary but I started blogging about whatever interested me- art and artists, interior design and travel. I chose “once upon a tea time” because tea time was and is a very special time to relax and unwind, usually with a book or magazine. I wanted people to feel the same way when they visited my blog.

The Blogging Adventure

It’s been fun. It is a great stress buster ☺ and I can’t imagine life without it.

India Design Blog

My favourite posts

Over a cup of tea- reality check

Over a cup of tea – world of blogging

Story of a birthday present

My tips on stylish living

Pick items for your home that reflect you- put your personal stamp on it.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match.

Add fresh flowers whenever you can.

Favorite magazines:

House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Lonny, Matchbook magazine


Rang Décor, An Indian Summer, My Marrakech, décor8, Design Sponge, Lovely Clusters, Rajee Sood.

My future plans

I am going back to graduate school to study more about diseases ☺ and I am really excited about that. I have started a ‘Support the artisan’ initiative on the blog and offer free advertising to organisations that support the work of artisans all over the world. I would love to start a magazine and its something I want to do- I just need more hours in the day.

20 responses to “India Design Blog : Once Upon a Tea Time : Priya”

  1. Mya says:


    Looking to connect with you for a business query.

    Could you please help me with your email address?

    Thank you.

  2. Sangeeta Fernandes says:

    Remember me !!!!!! So nice to finally see you here after 20 years. Wow… the blog. Pls write to me.

  3. Gregory says:

    Please let me know if you’re looking for a article writer for your
    weblog. You have some really good posts and I feel I would be a good asset.
    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back
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  4. namrata says:

    this is an awesome blog. very nice designs. Exactly what i was looking out for

  5. Jayanti says:

    Very inspiring and amazing pics. Makes me want to start a blog.

  6. Rama Ananth says:

    Lovely home Priya, good to see you along with your home.

  7. Priya says:

    @Sarmishta, Thanks!
    Bhavna, thank you! Miss Frangipani, all the compliments are likely to give me a swelled head:)

  8. Priya says:

    divya@SHP, thanks! Swapna, I am glad you like it!
    Notyet100, your comments are much appreciated! Thanks for always taking the time!

  9. GB says:

    Those eyes match the warmth of the “voice”! Lovely feature Priya, loved your favorite posts!

  10. Good to ‘see’ you, Priya! Love your home – you have a wonderful styling sensibility.

  11. Bhavna says:

    Pretty as a picture! Nice to finally see you Priya :)

  12. Nice to see you!!:)you have a beautiful home, lovely collections put together.I enjoy reading your blog:)

  13. Swapna says:

    Hi Priya
    It’s good to see the face behind this blog. I love reading your blogs…..I pretty much end my day browsing through your blog.

  14. Priya says:

    Shanthi, thanks!

  15. Priya says:

    Divya, thank you!

  16. Divya says:

    What a nice feature on my favorite blogger!

  17. Shanthi says:

    Yes Priya finally! always good to have a face on the name :-). Have been reading your blog regularly and amaze at the number of posts you do. Yes definitely you need more hours in the day :-)

  18. divya@SHP says:

    Priya- Nice to finally see a pic of you :) Love your home- the light, the airiness, all the posters and photos that are a reflection of you. OUATT is on my list of dose of morning gorgeousness over a cup of cofee or tulsi chai :)

  19. Priya says:

    Thanks for the feature!

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