Bangalore, these 6 decor stores are sure to bring the quirk home!

We all love revamping our homes from time to time. Bored of the same old options? Don’t fret! Here’s a list of Luru’s most eclectic home décor collections that are sure to spruce up any living space. Quirky, classy, kitsch or rustic – take your pick!

Good Earth

The well-known art of adding an unmatchable touch of class to any living space comes in the form of the brand that we all know and love – Good Earth! Such an exemplary offering that transforms your home to what may seem like an ethereal adventure is surely one of our tops picks in the list. Though most us may find the price points a bit heavy on our budgets, the refinement and elegance of the products are incomparable.

#IHBLoves – Don’t miss out on their latest offering of designer wallcoverings! FYI, their offering also includes a line of everyday wear in natural and handwoven fabrics.

Where: UB CITY – THE COLLECTION, #24 Vittal Mallya Road
Contact: 080 41738870
Website: Click here.
Timings: Mon to Sun, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

The Wishing Chair

A lifestyle retail brand in the home accessories, décor and gifting space, their store is one that you cannot miss. A colourful and tasteful assortment of trinkets decorate their façade, enough to make you want to indulge in some retail therapy immediately. The theme for their items follows a whimsical, happy and feminine tone that adds an unbeatable charm as it reflects in the hand-picked treasures.

#IHBLoves – A special mention of the in-store eatery, The Mad Teapot Café, that serves up a refreshing and healthy menu of clean, vegetarian food and refreshing beverages.

Where: 295, 100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar, Next to Toit
Contact: 080 4093 1683
Website: Click here.
Timings: Mon to Sun, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

The Purple Turtles

Apart from being a heaven for lighting options, this is also custom created heaven for everything bespoke! Right from your coffee table and reading lamp to your chandeliers and office furniture, Purple Turtles allows you to add your personal touch to craft any piece.

#IHBLoves – They also specialise in comprehensive interior design solutions. Starting from conceptualisation and design to manufacturing and installation, their dynamic team ensures personalized and compelling experiences.

Where: #128, 1st Main, Domlur 2nd Stage
Contact: 080 4152 8039
Website: Click here.
Timings: Mon to Sun, 10:30 am to 8:00 pm

Chumbak

After their rebranding from a local ‘quirky’ brand that stood for irreverence and artsy objects (mostly cute designs souvenirs, and tongue in cheek collectibles), Chumbak’s gone all out and is all about the community. They now have a whole collection of fabulously different home decor (and furniture) that we heart!

#IHBLoves – Obvs, we heart their Luru centric brand values; that everything (for this now, nation-wide brand) is made with love, in our own city. #represent

Where: 520, CMH Road, Indiranagar
Contact: 080-2525-5520
Website: Click here.

The Purple Pony

A stand-out innovation are their seasonal campaigns that introduce a whole new selection of knick-knacks that are sure to please our hunger for variety. They cater to themes ranging from urban escapes to drama queen essentials and groove basics to festive celebrations.

#IHBLoves – Their products include an extensive gamut of room decor, bedding, cushions, quilts, curtains, lamps, lighting, furniture, decor collectibles, wall decor, wall art, carpets, rugs, chairs… you name it (click here to read more).

Where: 565/1, 15th Main Road, Koramangala 4th Block, Koramangala
Contact: 080 4094 6926
Website: Click here.
Timings: Mon to Sun, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Fancy Chilli

If you’re the kind of person that loves kitsch, you are going to love Fancy Chilli. Greeted with a flurry of colours as soon as you enter their store, you will find yourself rushing towards many things at once! Right from home décor to off-beat bar accessories, funky handmade products and branded items, you have an array of eye-popping goodies to choose from.

#IHBLoves – What we noticed was, photographers may particularly enjoy the photography-themed curios, some of which are pretty hard to find!

Where: No.4, Walton Road Off Lavelle Road, Near UB City, Shanthala Nagar
Contact: + 91 96110 33334
Website: Click here.
Timings: Mon to Sun, 10:30 am to 9:00 pm

Diwali Gifting Guide 2016 – What to buy and where to buy it?

Come October and it’s time for one of our favourite festivals of the year – Diwali! Besides the holidays, parties, sweets and fireworks, the festive season is incomplete without giving your loved ones the perfect gift. Tired of the same old options? Here’s a list of some fresh ideas to choose from:

Chumbak

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Our favourite dose of kitsch never fails to amuse us with their quirky gifting ideas. No surprise that they feature on our list of offbeat Diwali gifts. Light up your interiors with a colourful set of mini lanterns or a table lamp in bright and attractive shades that stand out in bold festive spirit. Their special ‘Gold Collection’ for Diwali offers some unique designs. Customised gifts and occasion specific gift boxes make for a one-stop-shop. Be sure to check out their ‘Diwali’ section on the website to help plan your shopping list in advance!

Website: Click here

Decoupage Art

Take your pick from the elegantly handcrafted coasters, magazine racks and wall plates or ask for your own customised keepsake. A delicate art demanding skill, precision and time, decoupage involves layering paper cut-outs with seams of lacquer for the perfect finish. The refined and graceful designs are sure to add a pop of colour to your interiors with their floral motifs and charming flair.

Where To Buy: Hand Crafted with Love, Wheeler Road Extn., Bangalore.

FB: Click here

Customised Chocolates from Rage

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The evergreen favourite that just evolves with time but never goes out of style! And, who has a celebration without chocolates, anyway?! Bangalore’s prominent chocoletier, Rage, offers an exclusive range to choose from, this Diwali. Gift with a twist by customising your chocolates with centre fills of choice and tastefully designed wrappers, gift boxes, and silver plated trays. A fitting personal or corporate gift, these chocolates in their fine attire are almost too good to eat!

Website: Click here

Universal Gift Cards

We all have those few people on our list that we just cannot please! So, give them what they want – a universal gift card that can be redeemed at a range of local & international stores or even for an experience of their choice. With many options to choose from for the fussy aunt or the little niece who is used to being spoilt for choice, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Website: Click here

Spread the Cheer

Festive seasons are reminders of how lucky we are to be able to celebrate live and love with our family and friends. Do remember to not only be thankful but also make a small effort to share our blessings. Buy gifts and greeting cards from your local NGOs and contribute to the underprivileged to spread the cheer!

These few have caught our fancy: Earthy GoodsCraft Roots and CRY.

The Purple Pony – Home décor with a collector’s flair!

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With the offbeat name that the brand carries, we knew this one was sure to exude a refreshing charm to everything that a contemporary home may need to make it a luxe affair. To equate The Purple Pony to a neighbourhood furniture store would be a peccadillo, as you walk in to realise a boutique of artifacts, handpicked to transform any living space into an extension of your personality. Right from indoor and outdoor furniture, home essentials and decorative lighting and table tops, you’re sure to find something interesting to choose from.

It is hard not to notice the storytelling that the brand does with every product that is a work of art and seasonal themes that may as well be an archive of chronicles. They always have something new in store with their creative and evolving campaigns:

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Their tiny little trinkets and curios that make for the perfect stand-out gift for any occasion. Psst – Ask in-store if they can be personalised with a message or engraving and you’ve got yourself a winner!

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One thing is for sure – at The Purple Pony, you either find something that fits your bill or you go back with a statement piece that inspires you to revamp your home!

Where: 565/1, 15th Main Road, Koramangala 4 Block, Bangalore, India 560034

Hours: Mon – Sun, 11 am to 9 pm

Contact: 080 4094 6926/info@thepurplepony.co or find them on Facebook here.

Bangalore’s Famous Flea Markets: Our Top 5 for Budget Shopping, Food + Fun!

If there is one thing that our city loves, it’s a good bargain! Thankfully, there are many options to choose from as Luru plays host to a wild variety of flea markets that are a culmination of great shopping deals, interesting finds, music for the soul and food for a happy belly. Drop in at any one of these fleas for a fun-filled and memorable experience:

Sunday Soul Sante

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Our first mention goes to SSS for being the pioneer in kick starting the flea market culture in the city. The property that started off as a seasonal celebration featuring art, craft, music and food, quickly had the luru shopaholics and weekend revelers blocking their dates weeks in advance. SSS promises and delivers a brand new experience with every edition. No wonder their impressive list of admirers include celebrities like actors Diganth and Aindrita Ray, fashion guru Prasad Bidapa and the one and only Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, amongst others!

Upcoming edition: New dates TBA. Follow them here for updates.

Declutter Flea

This one is for all those clothes that we bought a size smaller, with the miraculous hope of shedding the extra kilos, only as they lie in our closet with tags intact. Or that closet full of gifts that just don’t catch our fancy but are too good to throw away. Time to Declutter – a flea market specially curated for pre-loved goods. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, this one is a win-win!

Upcoming edition: New dates TBA. Follow them here for updates.

Green Haat

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Instead of braving your way through the luru traffic, this flea market comes to you! Green Haat, is your friendly neighborhood flea market that brings together an exciting combination of fun, food and shopping. You may already have spotted them, as they make their rounds across various tech parks, adding energy to your boring work routine.

Upcoming editions: 22nd & 23rd Sept at Embassy Golf Links, Domlur | 29th & 30th Sept at Manyata Embassy Business Park, Nagawara

The Silver Bazaar

A flea market organized by The Silver Surfers Club, a union that believes in ‘Empowerment in Retirement’. With the high levels of energy and flowing creativity, they are out to prove that fun knows no age limit! With evolving themes for each market such as ‘The Swinging 60’s Silver Bazaar’, ‘The Silvers Summer Bazaar’ and the upcoming ‘Silver Bazaar Under the Stars’, the range of goodies on sale make coupled with delicious food and entertainment make for a wonderful experience.

Upcoming edition: 24th Sept at Royal Orchid Hotel, Domlur

Kitsch Mandi

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Kudos to this innovation of a flea market that has managed to turn itself into a community of sorts, with crowds of sheer worshippers flocking to each of their markets. Showcasing a self-proclaimed tag of being a ‘Festival of Emerging Indian Artists’, it stays true to its nature. Kitsch Mandi is a flamboyant display of art, culture and talent that echoes free spirited creativity as its characteristic theme.

Upcoming edition: New dates TBA. Follow them here for updates.

Be Vintage: For all your refurbishing needs!

The Brain Behind It
For Bangalore born and bred Monica, home decor was something she happened to chance upon. It started off with her painting her own bookshelf at home. The fact is, everyone loves DIY, but rarely do they find time to do the same, so it made perfect sense for her to start doing simple things like frames, coasters that have now gradually grown into furniture pieces because of Luru’s increasing demand.
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The Vintage Factor
FACT: History repeats itself. This holds true to furniture as well. We think minimalistic and contemporary furniture can get quite tiring and monotonous. What better way to do that than bring back the old world charm by restoring a gem once owned?
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We love the whole bespoke refurbishing process that Be Vintage goes through with each item with immense attention to detail!
10354145_858405800883032_4984646485660403461_n Each piece is given a complete makeover. It’s almost like having a brand new piece. Most of the furniture  is polished, treated, prepped and painted over with their signature vintage look. Customisation also includes carpentry depending on the condition of the piece or depending on how the client wants it changed.
The Deets
Contact: +91 9880290946
FB: Click here
Website: www.bevintage.in (shipped across India)

The Christmas Tree Guide: Bangalore’s Top 7 Places to Buy From

Tis the season Bangalore, and everyone’s been asking us where to get the seasonal favourite trees from? Well lucky for you, we’ve got the list right here:

Springs And Blossoms

Where: No.771, 80 Feet Road, 4th Block, Koramangala (Near Maharaja Restaurant).
Call: +(91)-80-39629900
Visit: www.springsblr.com

The Nurserymen Co-Operative Society

Where: Double Road Gate Entrance, Lalbagh West.
Call: +(91)-80-26564005 or 26576733
Visit: www.ncslalbagh.com

Santastores.in

Where: No.43, Shiva Smruthi, Thimmaiah Layout, 3rd Stage ,2nd Block, Basaveshwara Nagar.
Call: +(91)-80-30832388

Sattva Art & Craft Design

Where: No.268, Ramagondanhalli, Varthur Rd, Whitefield,
Call: +(91)-80-64547944
Visit: www.studiosattva.wordpress.com

Bashprops

Where: # 2, Chartered Samskirithi, Bannerghatta Road, Bilekahalli
Call: +(91)-9916529996
Visit: www.partysupplies.co.in/

Kusal Indoor Garden

Where: Commercial Street.
Call: (91)-80-33057942

M.L and Company

Where: No.109,Bhaskar Building, D.S Lane Mamulpet Cross, Mamulpet (near BVK Iyengar Road).
Call: (91)-80-33057942

Tag us on all your tree pics @iheartblr on FB, Twitter and Instagram. We want to see them!

Happy holidays! xx

 

 

27 Decor Street – An online shopping platform for your home needs

04_JPGBangalore based 27 Décor Street is an online platform for buying furniture, home decor, lighting, and even art. The website was launched by mother and son Nishu and Dhruv Jouhari. From modern to vintage to quirky to classic, there’s a wide range of products to pick from. Oh, and you’ll find stunning paintings by PR Rathod and more.

The e-commerce world is filled with shopping platforms that sell everything under the sun. However, 27 Decor Street strictly and painstakingly ensures their customers receive the best of quality and design. For example, Dhruv and his team go through various levels of product checks and quality control. Raw materials are studied, manufacturers’ facilities are visited, and a final check on composition and quality provides the customer with nothing but the best.

This venture consists of individuals that have over 20 years of combined experience in the furniture industry, which means they truly understand the product and the customer.

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Apart from the high quality of products, the service is reliable throughout the whole shopping experience.

So, if you’re looking to spruce up your home or your bar or even your office space, 27 Decor Street does the job for you. After all, as they state, “Furniture and décor pieces have increasingly gained importance as they are an expression of character and a personal statement!” We couldn’t agree more.

Products we loved:

  • Leaf Chair
  • Elpis Bar Stool
  • Risen Candle Stand
  • Tanzanite Lamp Shade

Click here for the website and like them here on Facebook!

Happy home shopping! x

Want to cook a gourmet meal but too lazy to grocery shop? HappyChef is your solution!

Feel like having those Udon noodles and teriyaki chicken that you ate last week? Or perhaps you’re too busy to step out on a weekday for that thai-style chicken salad that you love? BigBasket.com’s “Happy Chef” meals are the solution for you and we LOVE it! Just buy one of the many exotic ready-to-cook meal options from Bigbasket and get cracking! They have 30+ ready to cook meals ranging from salads, minis, to mains across different cuisines including American, European, Italian, or Thai.

So I thought I’d try out a salad for starters and start a bit easy. They sent me the Chicken with Cranberries & Dijon Mustard Dressing. What I loved even before I opened the parcel or made the dish was:

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  • The ingredients were beautifully curated and compiled
  • They smelt/tasted completely fresh
  • They were packaged oh-so-neatly in their own non-leak plastic packets
  • Happy Chef even has 24hr iced freezing bags inside, in case of delays to prevent spoilage.
  • Attention to detail was amazing (even a tiny sachet of salt and pepper was packed in!).
  • The ingredients seemed to be of top quality, which is not what I expected for such a reasonable amount.

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They send a cute little recipe card on how to make the dish and how many people it serves as well. I decide to try this out for dinner last night, and it took me literally 1 minute to mix everything up and have a restaurant quality salad. Have a look at how easy it was below:

And… done!

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Click here for more details and to visit their website. Happy ordering! x

Gifting Guide – We round up 6 types of Diwali gifts our city has to offer!

1. Something Bespoke

You can never go wrong with chocolate. It never disappoints and it’s the right kind of safe! We swear by our fav Luru chocolatier, Rage.

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What we love the most about them is that they have the most vast array of packaging options we’ve seen in the city! Even if you keep gifting the same chocolates, it’ll never ever get or look monotonous!

Their pricing ranges from around Rs. 450 for as little as 6-8 chocolates to 1250 for 24 chocolates and so on (give or take depending on how fancy your box is).

There are certain boxes that they’ll personalise for you as well, which makes it even more awesome. Always open to a fun challenge of creating a personalised hamper, we think this is the most flexible option in terms of getting exactly what you want this Diwali!

Contact:

Web: www.ragechocolatier.com
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Ph: 9880472746

2. Something Bright

We absolutely adore these diyas and candles that MAANN does. They’ve blended contemporary with the traditional in a perfect marriage, and the result is outstanding

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We think these make perfect gifts for Diwali, as well as for your own house!

Prices:

~ Tall candle holders – Rs. 1000/- each
~ Coloured lanterns – Rs. 350/- each
~ Small tea light holders – Rs. 200/- for a pair

They’re open to compiling customised hampers, and doing orders as per requirement as well, so go on, and light up your DiwalI!

Contact:

FB Page – Click Here 

3. Something Unconventional

Why not go non-traditional, and send some of Luru’s best macarons in a box to loved ones instead? It is mithai after all and super cute to look at 🙂

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Yauatcha has adorable little Diwali boxes of this sweet treat that they have launched for the season. Each box costs Rs.350/- (not bad at all we think!) and what’s amazing is, if you have a bulk order above 50 boxes they will customise the box with your name, logo and a special message inside the box for free! An added bonus is, if you book before 15th Oct you can also enjoy a discount of 10%.

We think this is a sweet deal, in more ways than one!

Contact:

E-mail: yauatcha.blr@gmail.com
Ph: 080-67724444

4. Something Sweet

Oooh the yummiest homemade chocolates and dessert in the city. Shilpa Gulati desserts are an already famous Diwali tradition if you’ve been living here long. We swear by their almond rocks and gorgeous chocolate tarts.

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Their boxes of chocolates as shown above range between Rs. 550-700/-. Pretty reasonable we think! Their chocolates by kilograms are priced at:

~ Chocolate rocks at 1200 per kg.
~ Chocolate almond rocks at 1300 per kg.

What is amazing is, Shilpa Gulati bakes like a goddess too, so we recommend you check out the zillion gorgeous cheesecakes, tarts, mousse goodies and sponge cakes she retails as well. Who said a box of something sweet can’t contain a lovely Oreo Cheesecake instead 😉

Contact:

Ph: +91 98450 26888
FB page: Click Here
Web: Click Here

5. Something Chic

The hampers this year from Glasshouse stand out to us. They are elegant, sophisticated, chic and yet SO affordable:

~ Deli Delights (Rs. 2500+) – a classy woven cane basket includes gourmet treats such as macaroons, assorted cookies, handcrafted chocolate shoes, muffins, acake, traditional diyas, assorted chocolates & dry fruits.

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~ Vino Celebrations (Rs. 5000+) –  a slightly more extravagant hamper filled with the house wine and select picks from the patisserie and deli section like the signature pasta, macaroons, handcrafted chocolate shoe, muffins, cake, diyas, assorted cakes and dry fruits.

They will also offer exclusive personalized hampers, which can be curated based on a guest’s requirement and preference. These hampers would entail their choice of champagne, wine or spirits accompanied with sweet and savoury items and price is on request!

Contact:

Ph: 080 65419999

6. Something Luxe

The hampers that Ritz Carlton Bangalore have compiled this holiday season will knock the socks, or should we say mojris, off anyone’s feet.

Their most expensive hamper, ‘Celebrate You’, priced at approx. Rs.15000 has everything. Wine, check. Wine glasses, check. Imported cheese, check. A lady’s scarf, check. A pocket square for the gentleman, check. You name it, and it has it. It’s a holistic package of true luxury rolled into one giant hamper.

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What’s great is, they ALSO have slightly more affordable hampers available that won’t burn a hole through your pocket such as:

~ The Traditional Hamper (Rs. 4500+) – A gold plated thali, diyas, dry fruits and mithai to name a few goodies
~ Tea Hamper (Rs. 6000+) – An absolute tea-lover’s dream, what with all the NEWBY tea, cookies, cookie jar, tea cups, crackers and so on.

Contact:

Minali Oomen
Mobile: +91 9741035124
E-mail: minali.oommen@ritzcarlton.com

Luru gets some Spicy Sangria!

Spice up your Saturday on 23rd Aug with the one-day lifestyle exhibition that is Spicy Sangria! Designers from all over the country will be showcasing their collections from 11:00am-7:30pm at Taj Vivanta, MG Road.

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Spicy Sangria originally started off as a lifestyle and fashion blog for the locals of Mumbai by Shaan S Khanna. Her mother, Sharmilla Khanna, on the other hand is an event manager in Mumbai, which gives you the perfect mother-daughter duo!

Due to its past success, tomorrow will be their third edition. We have previously gone crazy shopping at the event; so you do not want to miss it. Trust us.

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We promise that you will find a plethora of clothes, jewellery and home décor from designers like: Trupsel, Leena & Tahira, TAD, Soul Affair and The Mauve unit to name a few. Oh and – wait for it – Nikhil Thampi & Vikram Phadnis (our personal favs) will also be flaunting their stunning collection! Even though most of the designers are from Delhi and Mumbai Luru’s very own ethnic designer, Ravina Belani will be showcasing her stuff as well.

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The exhibition is also associated with an initiative by Hothur Charitable Trust called ‘Colours of Hope’ where children express themselves through their art. We think that’s pretty awesome.

We urge you to look forward to tomorrow as much as we are because what’s better than spoiling yourselves with a bit of retail therapy while helping a good cause?

So we’re seeing you tomorrow then 😉 xx

Written by Nikita Mankani