Everyone wants to move beyond factory made lounges, generic sofas, and pressed particle board interiors. When decorating or re-decorating your bedroom and living spaces, you needn’t settle for what everyone else you know already has. What you need instead, is to get creative with the furniture you find, and not be beneath scoring from everywhere — flea markets and customised boutique stores that offer you gorgeous soft furnishings to go with your décor. Living and drawing spaces should reflect the personality of the people in the house, and these one-of-a-kind shops listed belowhelp you in gathering curios and statement pieces to bring your living spaces alive. We compiled a list of our favourite options to help you get past the ordeal.
Vrieti — minimalist and urban
For all things chic and modern, visit this one-stop shop for living and drawing room décor. Beautiful faux flowers in all colours and variety can be mixed and matched, along with coloured glass vases, and abstract centerpieces in glass and metal to display curios in. Vrieti has a minimalist urban vibe when it comes to their collections.
Kinche — retro chic
Kinche is an online store that revels in subtlety. Most of their latest collection is inspired from a late 19th century Victorian/colonial ethos, perfect for a living room that exudes a vintage charm. Find period pieces such as hand-knitted throws in cream, beige and ice-grey, embroidered doilies, cushion covers, kantha quilts and throws, and other pretty soft furnishings to amp up the chic quotient of your living spaces. To purchase or for more information, visit www.kinche.com.
Sector 56 Gurgaon — unusual curios
This is a precious find that no one but furniture refurbishers can tell you about. Local sellers collect antiques from all over the city and around and get them together at this makeshift corner for people in the know. They are often the source for antique furniture shops all over the city, including chic boutiques in Shahpur Jat and Hauz Khas Village.
Kapas — unusual crockery
Kapas stocks beautiful crockery in light shades, and has some handpainted ones in floral designs, enamel crockery, vintage metal sign boards and boxes to do up your home with. These are ideal gifting options for weddings as well as house warming parties.
The owner personally looks over each item before resale and restores the ones that need it. Imagine possessing a reclaimed desk from an old British mansion during colonial times, or an authentic antique trunk that once was full of gold asharfis in a dungeon (or not).
Sharma Farms — antiques
The owner of Sharma farms was an antiques collector according to urban legend, and this farm house is a majestic collection of all kinds of antique furniture. Soft furnishings here include mirrors, wall cupboards, ancient tables, dressers, vintage beds, lighting décor and historical artefacts that can serve as talking points in your inspired interiors. These articles have been collected by Sharma himself from all over the country. What is more, the owner personally looks over each item before resale and restores the ones that need it. Imagine possessing a reclaimed desk from an old British mansion during colonial times, or an authentic antique trunk that once was full of gold asharfis in a dungeon (or not). The sheer history of these pieces is enough to set apart your living room from your neighbour’s deadpan grey-and-white plastic-finished one. Items made with Indian handicrafts are also popular items here. For details about Sharma’s stock, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Earth — for soft furnishings
Boring tables and dining chairs? No matter, throw a Good Earth Jaipuri print table cloth and cushions and your space is intantaneously presentable enough for guests. Their cushion covers especially are worth hoarding over Diwali, with digital prints, embroidered versions, weaves and hand block prints that make up the whole collection. Apart from cushions, you can pick from ornate candelabras, an array of lanterns, decorative trays and beautiful centerpieces in silver coating for the living room. If you are sticking with the vintage vibe, we suggest giving their hurricanes and votives a twice over while doing up your space; such motifs work beautifully for seating corners near the garden or the verandah. To know more, visit Good Earth stores across the country, or head to www.goodearth.in