Luxury on a shoestring is the mantra at the Home & Style store
A nonsense verse from Edward Lear’s 'The Table and the Chair' written on a blackboard greets you at the Home & Style store in Velachery. It really, in a sense, describes the mood of the space. The store and the products exude breeziness and send the message that the kitsch and the formal can come together to create a warm, informal, yet well-designed space.
“When they are offered a canvas as big as an entire home to do up, people generally freeze up. That is what I am trying to ease,” says Sujata Giri, who set up the home décor store last year.
“You look at someone’s home and you know what sort of a person they are," she says, “We all like beautiful things. I am trying to put together a store that sells such things at an affordable price.” Luxury on a shoestring is the theme at her store, says Giri.
“Initially, people would walk into my store and ask me how much the chair or table that I had used for a display costs. I felt bad saying no because I wasn’t selling furniture then.” After repeated requests, she decided to venture into furniture as well. Besides what she displays at the store, she also takes orders and gets the pieces made in Delhi. Giri’s own design sensibilities lean towards the colonial. “My mother used to go to auctions at Murray’s and other places to pick up furniture. Even though they are not for sale, we can make new furniture with the same finish,” she says.
That is also Giri’s aim for the furniture segment of the store – to create pieces that look and feel like one has inherited them. “We put in dull finish knobs and tiles and give them an antique finish.” Giri works with different types of wood. Set up like an actual home, the store has dining tables with mugs and plates; curtains for sale are hung across windows; a restroom displays bath products; and a kids’ room has quirky furnishing. “You can never sense what a product will look like in your home unless it’s displayed organically. Rather than line them up on racks, our wares are displayed as you would use them at home,” she says.
Quirky and tasteful lamps, garden accessories, mugs, trays, furnishing, and peel-out stickers are among the stuff here. The store also has a lounge with music and books and a small café for short eats, juice or chai where your young ones can scribble on the large blackboard that displays the menu. “The idea is to help people relax and have fun while doing up a space,” says Giri before signing off.