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    Ethnic flavours meet modern interpretations at The Purple Pony

    When a couple with a background in fashion launch a home decor store and is actively involved in sourcing and selecting each product, it must be special. And so we made our way to the The Purple Pony, the latest luxe home decor store in town, with high expectations. Don’t let the garish purple exteriors fool you, because once inside, you’ll find a well curated collection of quirky knick knacks, gorgeous bed linen, cushions and cushion covers, stools, poufs and chairs.

    HDLead8Home inspiration
    Having turned a charming two-story mansion into a home decor store, the couple — Devesh and Megha Pant took us on a tour of the space, set in a quiet lane surrounded by an abundance of greenery. Each room fits a different theme and we started with the large living room, which spells modern luxury. Here, you will find Indian-inspired designs with a global appeal. We spotted a rather regal looking maharaja chair with grey and white chevron prints, that we couldn’t take our eyes off. “This room has a lot of iconography-inspired elements and has been modelled on what you’d probably find in stores like Anthropologie or Pottery Barn,” Devesh informs. Off the living room lies the ethnic section, stocked with tastefully designed articles created by highly skilled traditional Indian craftsmanship. We loved a storage box, made entirely of broken glass bangles, velvet quilts from Jaipur, vintage postcards retrieved from remote north Indian villages and framed in glass, and an ikkat-upholstered maharaja chair. “What Indian artisans have is skill but they do not have design intervention, which is what we provide them with,” says Devesh, the designer.

    HDLead2Colour spectrum
    On the first floor are two more rooms quirkily named — Mustache and Beach. While the Mustache room is exclusively for men, with a brown and black colour scheme, the latter is bright with marine-inspired hues that range from turquoise, coral, sky blue to varying shades of pink.

    “On the top of our agenda is using reclaimed wood,” Devesh tells us, pointing to an adjustable bar stool crafted from discarded rail track wood and then to a range of intricately carved distressed wooden frame mirrors. “We also work with exporters to manufacture our products, ensuring they meet international standards,” he concludes.

    Rs. 449 upwards. At Koramangala. Details: 40946926

    —Rashmi Rajagopal

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