Looking to reinvent your home? The Design Store and Livin Art, recent additions to Coimbatore’s shopping scene, offer interesting options. And, there is now an outlet to get your printing jobs done too

‘Vanavaas’ is a desi version of Snakes and Ladders and a chance encounter with it at friends’ led to the store where they had bought it. It is full of such unexpected delights. Tucked away in a quiet road, the store looks more like someone’s nice home.

The Design Store

As you step inside the Design Store, cheerfully coloured straw mats, pottery ware, lamp shades and curios greet you. Paperweights shaped like knots and crosses, (a great conversation piece), terracotta lanterns, wooden, non-toxic toys (from Channapatna) and Bastar figures present a pleasant clutter. Photo frames, baskets, jewellery boxes, table mats, file covers, coasters, and even some colourful slippers add colour and intrigue. Upstairs, there is furniture. Elegant armchairs, sofas, bar stools, centre tables, recliners and cots and cupboards are thoughtfully arranged to give you an idea how they could look in your home.

Customised fare

Design Store also creates furniture to your specific needs and some of the best designers in the country give shape to your ideas (in a nice touch, there are pictures of the designers displayed at the store).

Home makeovers and customised interiors for shops and institutions are undertaken. The products combine traditional craft skills with contemporary requirement, and the result is stylish, utilitarian and best of all affordable. If you want to know more visit the design store at 47/30 Bharati Park Road, 2nd Cross, Sai Baba Colony, between 10 a.m and 8.30 p.m. For details, call 0422- 4384702/4384802, or, visit their website www.

designstoreonline.com.

Livin Art

When Krishna Sridhar decided to get back into the swim of things after her baby, she was reluctant to re-enter the corporate world. She wanted to become an entrepreneur. She picked and discarded a few ideas before finally deciding to open a shop that would be ‘different’, and not a ‘me too’ store, as she puts it.

And so, Livin Art came into being. Her flair for interior decoration came in handy and with some inspiration from friends in Chennai who have a similar set up, Krishna decided to start an enterprise that would offer Coimbatoreans a chance to appreciate and pick up pretty things, that are not normally available to them in the city.

A fragrance of cloves greets you as soon as you enter the shop. That’s because trays, serving bowls, pepper and salt cellars, candle stands, coasters, etc, are fashioned entirely out of cloves!

There are also colourful masks, wicker baskets, and, a selection of serene Buddhas. Livin Art also has furniture. Each one is a ‘one of a kind’ piece, explains Krishna. So, cots, sideboards, coffee tables and chairs, beautifully crafted and carved make a stunning statement.

The goodies are all from the Far East. There is something to suit every one’s taste and budget, and when you take home something from there, it is unlikely you will find the same piece elsewhere, says Krishna.

Livin Art is located on 1409 Sungam Junction Rd, Trichy Road. It is open from 10 a.m to 8 p.m (Closed on Mondays). For details call: 4392360.

Tunes

Tunes is a new establishment in Coimbatore that specialises in hand block printing. Jaya Narayanan who runs Tunes says there are more than 600 chapas or finely engraved wooden blocks that offer more than 6,000 designs for customers. It even undertakes printing on silk. Tunes can print anything from saris, bed and table linen, curtains, and so on. You could choose from ethnic and traditional to the modern and contemporary.

Wholesale and individual orders are undertaken.

To know more, visit: 43, Venkatasamy Road West R.S Puram,

Or Call: 94423-50926

PANKAJA SRINIVASAN

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