From wild flowers to wide, handsome Mid Century chairs, here's a list of our favourite things for your home. PS: Swipe right on the slide show above for a good match.
Baro: When the owner of one of Bombay’s most stunning homes launches a store to care for your casa, you should sit up and take notice. Preferably on the half leather half cloth sky blue couch at Baro, run by Srila Chatterjee in partnership with art director Siddharth Sirohi. Shop for Japanese inspired desks, art deco lights rescued from cinema halls, mid-century chairs and consoles and four poster beds. They even have a wide selection of upholstery fabrics and tribal art and can customise furniture for your nook that needs something special.
bpb Loves: The handsome mid century lounge chair upholstered in tan leather.
Botany Florals: It’s been six months now, since model Sanea Sheikh, founder and florist at Botany Florals, has been putting together the loveliest handcrafted bouquets, floral boxes and rustic flower crates (customised as per your requirements), sourced from local markets. Soon, you will be able to sign up for her fresh flower subscription service, which means your home will get a weekly delivery of wild flowers – deep red, velvety celosias, waxy eucalyptus leaves, blue daisies, Lady’s Lace flowers, lots of foliage – “a sort of DIY bouquet kit”. Botany florals also keeps events, interiors (you will find Sanea’s work at The Quarter, Opera House) and weddings fresh. Note: flowers are sourced fresh so do allow 36 hours notice when you want to gift one of her creations.
bpb Loves: A wild flower arrangement – leave the flower line up to Sanea, trust us – wrapped in crush brown paper.
Champs Fleur: The pink in your cheeks might have faded, but that doesn’t mean the roses on your dining table vase have to. Meet Hyderabad based entrepreneur Chitra Das – she delivers across India – who has formulated a natural four-step preservation technique that keeps roses alive for just over a year. Seriously! And no, she’s not sharing the formula. Under the label Champs Fleur, organic roses are picked from across the world and creations vary from single, long-stemmed Infinity™ Roses to elegant art board boxes with 49 roses each, that are available in a rainbow of colours including jet black, purple, navy, yellow and blood red. Posies for perpetuity? Yes, please! PS: Check out their festive hampers, usually customised based on what India is celebrating.
bpb loves: Comme Le Verre’s single shocking blue rose placed in a plexi-glass box, best to place on your night stand.
Clove: A Colaba walk-about is not complete without a once-around at Clove. This concept store, set up by hotelier and entrepreneur Samyukta Nair does a delightful curation of everything your home needs. Gorgeous quilts and fragrant candles by designer Nimish Shah's label SHIFT; bed linen by Anavila and Safomasi; plus handmade crockery, clay figurines, and a decadent apothecary consisting of perfumes, skincare and more.
At 2 Churchill Chambers, Allana Road, Colaba, call 8291312522, follow them on Instagram here.
Freedom Tree: Since their Takete Maluma days, you can spot a Freedom Tree look anywhere, – ceramic mint green soup bowls, whimsical rice platters, polka dotted butter dishes. After you add these bold strokes to your cart – at their online/offline store - don’t miss their beautiful furniture and fabrics. In the New Arrivals & Collections sections, check out their How Green Is my City passion. Furniture that lets you breathe; natural nivar woven teak Majuli chair, contoured Nara Sofa, a Cabana sideboard deserving of your prized pineapple. Also making a splash, is the Chasing Monsoon watercolour-y print that appears like rain-shine across linens!
The Great Eastern Home: You can spend days wandering through the many expansive rooms that make up The Great Eastern Home, marvelling at antique beds and chandeliers from another era, peeping into Chinese medicine cabinets and colonial drawer sets. Secret: the back room facing a lotus pond can be rented out for parties; we recently watched Danish Husain’s lovely Qissebaazi here.
bpb Loves: The pink and emerald green Murano glass chandeliers that look like flowers.
25-29, Dr. Ambedkar Road, near Rani Baug, Byculla, call 23770079, visit http://www.thegreateasternhome.com.
India Circus: To go with that gorgeous umbrella stand punished in the corner of your room, browse Indiacircus.com for their brand new range of umbrellas, printed with geometric shapes and cranes and blooms. They will make you want to go singing in the rain. And while you’re at it, browse their stores (online and offline), to really find your home its prints charming – cups and saucers limned with flowers, side tables sporting palm trees, welcome mats with swans. Swoon!
bpb Loves: Monochrome Monologues umbrella.
Jaypore: First things first: Jaypore has a brand new Delhi store – its first brick and mortar one! Spread across 1,400 square feet and two levels, this 2012 brand does a fantastic job of displaying what it’s always stood for – “bringing Indian design heritage into the now”. Inside, an intricate rattan jaali facade, reminiscent of Jaipur palaces set the scene, and through it you can peer at all your Jaypore favourites – craft collectibles, and folk accessories. PS: Of course, if you’re not in Delhi, you can shop a lovely list of curated furniture, home linens, lighting, garden accessories, furniture and art (including labels like Jaipur Rugs) on their online store, jaypore.com.
bpb loves: The cool, modern wire furniture.
Magnolia: Your court will be in order if you entrust your furniture needs to lawyer-turned-entrepreneur Maulika Gandhi’s Magnolia. This 5,000 square feet store in Worli prides itself on handcrafted furniture, moving seamlessly from classic styles to modern interpretations. They even customise furniture, so your bum finds the perfect chair. While primarily working with wood, having their own workshop gives them the freedom to experiment with metal, cane and upcycled materials too.
bpb Loves: Magnolia's sofas and seats, particularly their classic cane bench with Kashmiri upholstery.
Mehra Carpets: An old family carpet business established in 1967, the Mehras promise the finest wool and silk, and carpets that range from at least 100 knots to a staggering 2,500 knots per square inch. You can browse contemporary and modern designs (check out the geometric prints), as well as dhurries and kilims with bold prints, woven with elaborate detail by tribes in India, Iran and Afghanistan. Rug-ged!
bpb Loves: Mehra Carpets reasonably priced bokaharas.
Oorjaa: These are dark days indeed, which is why we’d like to shed some light on Jenny Pinto’s lamps handcrafted from sustainable materials, in collaboration with The Purple Turtle’s Radeesh Shetty. The banana fibre floral lights and the cork collection are fab, and the cement pendant lights with leaf motifs make us want to look to the heavens. You can also call Oorjaa for custom lighting solutions.
bpb loves: The Oyster Mushroom pendant lamps made of crushed banana fibre paper.
The Purple Turtles: Personally, we can’t stop staring at The Purple Turtles’ agate chandelier, festooned with translucent cuts of rock, but this Bangalore based label also does furniture (industrial, distressed and contemporary) and decor pieces, sourced from designers across India (they ship all over too). Founders Radeesh Shetty and Gaurav Rai – the Purple Turtles – work with a prolific team of in-house designers who have created limited edition lights for individuals and also for the likes of Google Bangalore and Hyderabad, Microsoft, Amazon, Cowrks, WeWork, T2 Mumbai Airport. PS: They have a new Chennai store and for those in Mumbai who’d like to browse more than their Instagram page, Baro at Lower Parel stocks the Turtles’ lights.
bpb Loves: Outdoor campus folding chair for a chic safari feel.
128, 1st Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka, call 41528039; Chamiers Home, 83, Chamiers Road, R.A.Puram, Chennai, call 48590912, Visit https://thepurpleturtles.com/, follow them on Facebook here, Twitter here & Instagram here.
Serendipity: This travel-inspired concept store describes its design philosophy as Mughal meets Morocco via Mexico city. “An ode to all the places we have been to, and are inspired by.” The Delhi store itself is an oasis of tranquility – white washed and lush with foliage. Inside, the makers’ deep fascination for art history is evident in oversized Suzani embroidered pillows and ottomans, re-purposed Mid Century modern furniture, occasional Art Deco pieces, and vintage ceramic flower shaped lighting in shades of a Versailles garden.
bpb loves: Their super soft hand blocked razais.
The Summer House: This Bangalore-based brand feels like a breath of fresh air with its crisp linen shirts and farmers’ market baskets. This season, we're letting Summer stretch into our kitchens via their home offerings: rustic wooden platters and rolling pins; gleaming kansa bowls; and striped hand woven towels.
bpb Loves: Tear drop-shaped cheese platter.
Tresorie: This home décor store has been around since before we could spell ‘armoire’. Which means the brand comes with considerable amount of experience, but also with innovation. This monsoon, with the city washed clean, is the perfect season for gazing out at founder Sonali Arora’s All White Table Ware Collection: fish and shell-shaped platters, leaf textured serving trays and imprinted plates in hues of vanilla, classic ivory and pristine whites. Also take cover under their Botanical Collection where leafy prints climb on to vases, crockery, photo frames and more.
bpb Loves: Shell platters.
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