Decor : Anantaya

Anantaya is a lifestyle design studio that is centered on the philosophy of using traditional crafts in a contemporary style. The gamut of products designed include home decor, textiles, lighting, furniture, gifts etc. The store is located in the beautiful environs of Narain Niwas Palace, a place that provides a perfectly apt background for such eclectic products.

What I love most about Anantaya is the fact that there is a deep-rooted tradition behind each of their products, whose relevance has been so elaborately explained and then the product is designed in a completely unconventional way but nowhere losing on the origins. Whether it is the Cresent serve ware or the Lotus mirror, each item has been conceived not only from the beauty perspective but their being conducive to the overall well-being of a house.

There’s also a separate section dedicated to organic skincare with things like soap, lip balm, aroma oils, candles etc. The overall vibe of the store is very calming and uplifting. Visit Anantaya to buy things for your home or gifts for your loved ones or simply to witness the amazingly designed stuff 😊.

Here are pictures from our visit to Anantaya :

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Decor : Gulmohar Lane 2

If you haven’t read the first part of this blogpost, quickly head to this link . Gulmohar Lane website is like a decor journal in itself, there’s a dedicated video explaining the genesis of each of their collection and even a visualisation of their furniture in different kinds of spaces. There’s even more stuff like lots of ideas on home decor, furniture care and thousands of pictures to take inspiration from.

Gulmohar Lane furniture in Veere Di Wedding.

I absolutely love the way in which they have taken inspiration for their multifarious collections. Whether it is the Udaipur armchair or the Samode pond cushions or the Persian garden print, there’s a vivid evocation of the place in the designs.

Adorning Parineeti Chopra’s home in Mumbai.

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The best part has to be their bespoke feature wherein you can choose a fabric online and a sample swatch is sent for you to witness and understand the feel of it. This is life made really easy, choosing furniture and fabric of your choice sitting in the comfort of your home.

Parineeti’s home.

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(Please Note : All images taken from Gulmohar Lane’s website)

Decor : Gulmohar Lane 1

It was while doing our Homes of the stars post that i came to know about Gulmohar Lane, a bespoke furniture label based in Jaipur. They have designed a lot of stuff for Parineeti Chopra’s home in Mumbai, which came as a big surprise as most star homes and their objects are completely opposite of anything unostentatious. So this was followed by some research about the brand’s ethos and then finally a wonderful interaction with the couple who owns this amazing brand.

Shweta Mewara and Saurabh Ailawadi, both NIFT graduates who worked with some of the leading brands in the fields of design, interiors, retail and brand management. During these job years they switched cities very frequently, every time styling a new space and turning it into their abode. This is when they realised the glaring gap between the demand and supply of simple, elegant and affordable furniture especially the one which is customised as per demand.

So the idea of Gulmohar Lane was born, with the aim of creating furniture that is comfortable, high on quality and adds beauty to a home. When I met the couple, the brand felt like a mirror image of their personalities : easy-breezy and quaintly charming. The duo is very clear on what they do not what to sell, you would not find any synthetic upholstery and only natural fabrics are used. Same rules apply to the wood being used. It’s amazing to come across brands which are conscious about their ecological impact.

Here are pictures from our visit to their store in Jaipur :

(All pictures were clicked during our visit to the Gulmohar Lane Store in Jaipur)

In the second part of this blogpost, we will be giving you a glimpse into some of their different collections of furniture and upholstery. Stay Tuned. 😊😊

Shimmer : Wedding & Lifestyle Exhibition

The summer season is here and so is the wedding season, the latter calls for endless shopping trips to prep for various events like mehandi, sangeet, wedding, reception etc. A wedding exhibition/fair gives you the option of having everything under one roof. There are numerous boutiques/labels, which take part in these events to showcase their collection. It is also the perfect place to shop for accessories like clutches, footwear, hair adornments, jewelry due to the sheer variety and competitive pricing.

Shimmer is a wedding and lifestyle exhibition, which took place at the Birla Auditorium in Jaipur. There were some amazing stores selling all wedding related stuff. Here’s a look at the pictures from the exhibition –

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Decor : Idli Boutique, Jaipur

Great design is always a visceral process. It is something that you filter through your own perception, your own view of the world at the moment. And out of this you will find a new voice, a new message, a new pattern, a new motive. This is exactly what Idli, A boutique nestled in the beautiful Narain Niwas Palace  -Jaipur, stands for. Idli has been featured in the likes of Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Condenast Traveller etc. Aromaoflife got a chance to visit the boutique and have a tĂȘte-Ă -tĂȘte with the man behind this creative venture.

Thierry Journo – Founder of Idli

Passionate about the history of art and painting, Thierry Journo began his training by being a copyist at the Louvre museum and then attended many creators like Thierry Mugler and Andrée Putman. As an illustrator, he collaborated with John Galliano to draw his collections.

Thierry has used all techniques of marquetry on marble, brocades, jacquarts or wood paintings common in the eighteenth century in France to invent his new art of living magico-mythical and colorful. Palm trees, anime, flowers, Chinese or tie and dye are all hand-drawn by him and then embroidered or printed to the rhythm of slow fashion. The apparel pieces that he has designed with brocade completely blew our mind and we will be doing a separate blogpost on them.

The thought process behind Idli –

In our interaction with Thierry, his love for all things handcrafted was clearly palpable. That was the main driving force for him to choose India, where there’s a parallel market for handmade things and each region is so rich and unique in terms of its craft. He doesn’t believe in the concept of mass production like the one being followed in China, for him art is something very divine and exotic. Each of his design is unique and no bulk production is done. Things are customised on request by a client but nothing is replicated. Thierry is passionately pursuing what he believes in and Idli totally reflects that.

Thierry stays in India for six months and for rest of the year he travels all over the world. He believes that creativity comes when one travels, marvels at art, architecture, interiors and history. And this is why visiting the boutique transports you to a different world- where life is slow-paced and where people have time to appreciate all things beautiful. It was almost like visiting a Morrocan souk minus the chaos.

Here are the pictures from our visit to Idli, you can have a look at their website for more details – Idli Design

(Please Note- All information is based on the interaction we had with Mr Thierry Journo and the pictures are from our visit to the boutique. A special thanks to the Store Manager- Rafia for all the help)

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Decor : Homes Of The Stars Part 2

Continuing with our previous decor post about celebrity homes that can inspire us and are not so gigantic, here’s the remaining list-

3. Parineeti Chopra – Her home is as bubbly as the actress herself is, with Jazz inspired artworks and a complete bohemian vibe. It is exactly how the home of a twenty-something dame should be. The house exudes a lot of energy and vibrance, Her involvement in the decor is clearly palpable. It is a fun space; born not in an architect’s office, but in the charged, active mind of its owner.

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The bathroom wall has names of Parineeti’s favourite cities inscribed on it.

4. John Abraham– This one is my personal favourite, a perfect sea-facing penthouse offering endless views of the Arabian Sea and giving you the easy-breezy Goan vibe in Mumbai. The house has been done up in a minimalistic yet lavish manner and focus is on giving it the feel of a perfect tropical paradise. The natural-looking wooden decor is so quaint and charming.

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5. Kangana Ranaut– The actress has ensured that she stays close to her roots, her house has a mountain flavour with lots of greenery and colour. There are no movie posters or awards, she is clear about separating her professional life from the personal and this house to her is undeniably personal.

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(Images sourced from Architectural Digest)

Decor : Homes Of The Stars

I realised that we had done only one decor post so far while it is a topic that fascinates me a lot. Redesigning a space is like a meditation in itself, it declutters your mind and also helps to jettison things which aren’t needed anymore. The inspiration for this post came from the numerous articles I read on architectural digest about homes of the new celebs on the block. What I liked most about these houses is that they aren’t gigantic or bombastic like a palace but each has a unique aura which very much reflects the personality and taste of the owner.

So here’s the list of 5 of my favourite celebrity homes –

1. Alia Bhatt – Her home is as removed from the glamour associated with Bollywood as possible and even the lighting is muted, in deliberate contrast to the harsh spotlight- literal and figurative – in which the actress usually finds herself.

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2. Irrfan Khan- The home of this star very much resonates with the kind of cinema he works in – quaint and ethereal . You can find a strong presence of his Rajasthani roots with blue pottery decor, a “jhoola” in the living room, and a small pond too.

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Since this is a picture heavy post, the remaining homes will be covered in second part of the article. Hope you liked witnessing the homes of our glitterati and could draw some inspiration, do share any home decor tips that you have in mind.

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(Disclaimer- All images sourced from the Architectural Digest)