Monday, March 30
This has to be a dream. Or so I believed when I saw Shweta Mewara and Saurabh Ailawadi's latest project called Gulmohar Lane. The name is evocative of the brilliance of gulmohar trees in their full bloom on a summer afternoon, and the store, a brilliant collection of finest handcrafted sofas, coffee tables and home products. I am currently in the process of designing & styling a home in Gurgaon, a home in Goa and a wildlife lodge, and for me, it's a dream come true to find an exceptional online store like Gulmohar Lane for all my couch & sitting needs!
Gulmohar Lane takes great pride in design and hand-craftsmanship of their products. Keeping a strong sense of aesthetics as the foundation, Gulmohar Lane's products strive to use materials that are sustainably sourced, are natural and comfortable. One-of-a-kind shapes and silhouettes, used with fabrics made of natural yarns like linen and cotton and high quality material like foams, fibers and down feathers, all go in to make each furniture piece unique and beautifully functional. Gulmohar Lane strongly believes in supporting artisans, craftsmen and their crafts, and to that end, they work with a local NGO that is engaged in helping and providing education and training to the local artisans.
Taking their philosophy of high quality, aesthetics and utility online, Gulmohar Lane's online store is such a pleasure to browse through and shop at. Along with the many very well designed furniture pieces, Gulmohar Lane also offers easy customization options where you can choose the size, fabric and the fill. While it takes 4-6 months for Gulmohar Lane to go through conceptualization, research, prototyping before a product is finally passed to be made available on their website, they are committed to deliver your specific requirement within 7 to 45 days, depending on the product category. Gulmohar Lane takes care of delivery and the delivery cost, and also offers to ship samples of the fabrics to the customers so that they can get a feel of the fabrics.
The lovely couple working hard behind the scenes to bring this superb furniture to us, combine their creativity and past experiences of working with some renowned brands to Gulmohar Lane. Shweta, originally from Jodhpur - Rajasthan, is a fashion designer by education and her special interest and expertise lies in home textiles and print design. Saurabh, a NIFT graduate, has worked with many international brands. Inspired by the works of design stalwarts like Timothy Oulton, Laura Ashley and Charles & Ray Eames, Shweta and Saurabh leverage the skills of fourth generation sofa karigars (craftsmen) to design & create contemporary functional masterpieces.
Gulmohar Lane is indeed the best that has happened to the online design & furniture space in the recent times. More power to Shweta and Saurabh for following their passion and for us to reap the benefit of their vision!
Find Gulmohar Lane here:
P.S: Yes, I was in Shweta's city - Jodhpur, last week! I went scouting for various things for the wildlife lodge project (more on that soon!) and spent my days walking through miles and miles and more miles of warehouses stocked with an assortment of furniture, antiques, decor items, rugs - you name it and we waded through it. A successful work trip it was, that unexpectedly metamorphosed into me zipping through the streets of Jodhpur on a fancy Harley Davidson, and finding myself at the beautiful Bal Samand Lake Palace at a Harley Davidson Bikers Party one evening! In Jodhpur, of all the places! The last thing I would have expected! All my travel and trips these days seem to have a surprise built in and I am now bracing for the next one coming up next week! Oh, and also, I am just about done with the clean up of my instagram account and will be opening it up very soon for followers. Join me right here!
Monday, March 23
As it always does!
Here I was,
Packing for a week long trip
Downloading my eMagazines on the iPad
And I thought,
Oh! Beautiful rooms in Magazines!
And I knew that I need to find some for you today
Featured in various magazines
Just for you.
And while we are talking about things leading to other things
Let me lead you to my instagram account
It will be up and about very soon!
I need to clean it up a bit before I open it up
Unless you want to see 693 pics of my furball of a boy cat :)
I will be sharing all that catches my fancy
As I travel and capture vignettes from here & there
Send me a 'Follower' request, my munchkins
And you will be the first one to know
I am hoping to drop in again mid this week
As and when I can manage decent Wifi
Very excited to share a lovely new store with you
Whose founder happens to be from the very city that I am traveling to!
Talk about one thing leading to another :)
More on that, next time
See you soon
Here, and on instagram!
[Images from here]
Thursday, March 19
The House of Things. What an evocative name! Conjures up visuals of a lovely rambling home, filled with treasures, finds and surprises. And that is exactly what this gorgeous new boutique store, creates for us, online. With an ever growing curated collection, The House Of Things is the new destination for eclectic & luxurious objet d'art. Housing one-off rare finds to limited edition collections from global designers and artisans, The House Of Things values the increasingly rare notion of individuality and uniqueness when it comes to the objects we bring in to add beauty and character to our homes.
The House Of Things is the creative brainchild of Astha Khetan. Astha started her work life at a London based digital media agency, and then returned to India to manage Unilever's special projects. Her spirited love for handicrafts and penchant for travel inspired her to launch The House Of Things. The key team also includes Sabina Chopra, who brings in decades of experience as a mentor and brand consultant to India's fashion & design industry, and, Manisha Prakash, who, after studying at Instituto Europeo di Design at Milan, has worked with numerous premier apparel & product designers in India. The team is passionate about quality, design and showcasing under-the-radar products and talents. Their combined efforts are very well reflected not just in the gallery of products they have put together but also the seamless experience of browsing & shopping online at The House Of Things.
What I also love about The House Of Things is the diverse & global nature of their collection. From fine furniture and resplendent paintings to exceptional curios, precious jewels, sculptures, antiquities, rugs, textiles and accessories - the curated marketplace brings under one roof select products from designers and brands like Jay Strongwater, Noelle Kadar, Taherally's, Paul Bhosle, JewelCraftz, Andraab, Airdiem, Sunita Shekhwat, with many more in the pipeline.
Another unique offering from The House Of Things is personalized and individual attention to your needs by way of their Concierge service. Offering custom designing & production and curated sourcing , the concierge team at The House Of Things, also assists with the entire process of shipping, insurance and payments. They ship worldwide and pride themselves with impeccable attention to detail and efficiency when it comes to fulfilling a customer's desire.
The gorgeous products showcased in this post are but just a glimpse of the array that The House Of Things offers. Make sure to keep checking the following links to get updated with the latest in their treasure trunk:
Friday, March 13
There are days when you can not coax a word out of me. Rare days these, but yes, they do exist. And then there are days when my words for the day runneth over the quota cup for the day, many times over. So much to talk about, multiple thoughts to sort, extreme feelings to sift through, existential crises to be resolved, sneezes to be sneezed, tasks to be done...I could churn out post after post today, just monologue-ing about it all. But what do I do instead? I sing. Along with these spaces in this post that sang to me. That, by the way, is another big theme for me these days. I need to find a space that sings to me. A couple of days back, I tried explaining it to a broker and he gazed at me blankly for a few moments and then shook his head and mumbled something about 'these creative sorts'. He doesn't know yet that I don't give up easily. Or AT ALL. We are in for a long inning, him and I. Oh My God. I just used a cricket analogy. On my very own blog. Dammit. Time for me to hand over this post to you for you to feel these beautiful spaces sing to you. Over and out. [Dammit! Cricket has overs and those men with bats get out in it. Existential Crisis No. 6.2. I apparently have a thing for cricket now if this post is to be believed. Sigh.]
Those chairs? And the rug? They sang to me
Get me an earthen urn with some long twigs from the roadside any day
Do I even need to say who is singing in this pic? Give me a cat on a shabby mustard couch and sure enough, the pic got to be on this blog of mine
Oooo....those tiles. And that top.
There's nothing more I like than a good DIY. Or Jugaad as it is known in India :)
Apart from that gorgeous mirror, what sang to me was the styling. The rose twigs and the green cabinet are made for each other.
I did spend an inordinate amount of time today searching for exactly these sort of rugs for an interior project that I am working on. The one on the right looks sort of like a kantha rug...what say?
Such a cute & cozy bathtub!
No! Please don't let it snow! But please do make more such sketches on a blackboard!
That pillow, people, that pillow. And the nightstand. I would change the art above it though.
Not only do we have pink bougainvillea here, but we have border-dyed pillow covers too!
Al fresco sitting by the sea side. And my broker just rolls his eyes at this. Tch.
I'll see you next week my lovelies. Take good care. Hope you have exactly the kind of weekend that you desire.