By Vritima Wadhwa & Bani Chawla

Setting up a house or an office can be very daunting! Negotiating rent and putting up wifi is only just the beginning. What follows is week on week of searching and rummaging to find that perfect lampshade, cabinet, desk, chair… the list is endless. Being in Delhi comes with its own share of advantages though. Irrespective of your budget, your sense of style or design aesthetic, you’re bound to find just what you need at one of the city’s many home-decor and furnishing haunts.

Having been in the interior design space ourselves, we’ve gone through the rigmarole of scouting for places with quality products, and across budgets. Here’s a page on some of the best options for furniture and decor items in Delhi, straight from our Little Black Book.

Street Vendors {Amar Colony, Behind LSR College, East of Kailash} |

They’re right there and then they aren’t. Similar to the concept of Pop Up Shops, these street vendors pop up every now and then, with an array of eclectic décor accessories and curios, that too in pristine condition {most of the time} at bargain prices. Carved wooden candle stands, hooks, wooden crockery and pieces of accent furniture are at your disposal at the Saket Street Vendors. {right next to MAX hospital on the main road, Saket}.

Amar Colony is your one stop shop haven for antique and vintage second hand furniture. This bazaar is flooded with colonial styles of furniture, among many others that are sourced from various places in the country. Distressed wooden consoles, cupboards, chairs, tables with mirror and tile inlay work, mirror frames and bookshelves are amongst these. Not all pieces are in good condition, but are repairable. This place just makes moving into the city a whole lot easier and totally worth one’s budget. I’d say going here is definitely a must, the bazaar is a true feast for your eyes.

 Screen-shot-2013-06-12-at-11.28.25-AM Décor & Delhi | Secrets for Tip Seekers{Image above is of Bani’s finds from the Saket Vendors; wooden tray, hook, carved wooden panel}


FabIndia {GK 1 N Block Mkt, DLF Promenade, Meherchand Market} |

This company, truly dedicated to using the finest Indian cotton, wood, and other specialized handicrafts, essentially started out through exporting home furnishings and then expanded into garments. Constantly evolving, they started a furniture line a few years ago. Smart solid wood furniture that suits the pocket is the way one could describe the furniture. The outlet is a one-stop-shop if you’re new to the city {especially a young working professional}. Their home products range from beautiful linen curtains to hand made paper lights to solid mango wood beds.

Bamboo & Cane Vendors |

The most economical, sustainable, and aesthetically sound solution for every home is the vast use of bamboo & cane craft in furniture and other accessories.  You’ll find multiple vendors sitting on either side of MG road, or you may lay your eyes on a hawker cycling up, a pile of cane stools on his rickshaw. These cane vendors are found everywhere in the capital {mostly along roadsides}. Bamboo has a long life and comes with very little maintenance. This highly sustainable material has been crafted into some beautiful products, from big arm chairs, to book racks, to stools {traditionally known as moodas or mudas} to tray and lamps. If you are on a constrained budget, and looking to fill the nooks and corners of your home, this is the right option. A nice set of bamboo or baans chairs can make for a pretty neat corner in your balcony.

Boutique Stores |

The boutique culture in Delhi has progressed massively over the past few years. To name a few…

Kapas {Santushthi Shopping Complex, Race Course Road}, a quaint little shop located in Santushti Shopping Complex, is stacked with pretty enamel crockery ranging from pastel and floral painted plates, soup bowls, severs, vintage metal sign boards and boxes amidst other accessories for the home. Those looking to invest in some durable and pretty crockery, Kapas is the place for you.

Kinche boutique is a lovely website catering to home décor, apparel and accessories for women. Kinche is stocked with beautiful vintage collections of small décor accessories like ceramic knobs, handcrafted curios and soft furnishings ranging from duvets in floral prints and quilted styles in mostly whites, to table linens and tea towels that are hand embroidered and perfectly scalloped. Also available are carefully curated vintage prints of botanical flowers and paintings.For more information:

Screen-shot-2013-06-12-at-11.27.01-AM Décor & Delhi | Secrets for Tip Seekers {Bani’s array of objects from; Second Floor Studio, SRI, Global Handicrafts, FabIndia & Travels abroad}

Second Floor Studio is the perfect fusion of vintage and Indian décor accessories, with two retail spaces – in Khan Market and Shahpur Jat Market.

Here you will find crisp linens for the table, hand painted and printed cushions, Indian faces painted on ceramic plates, service trays, throws, leather accessories, hand picked pieces of curios and oddities that are definitely a treat to the eye if not a buy. One of a kind furniture pieces and so on… Second Floor Studio stocks collections from various Indian boutique designers such as Nappa Dori, that specializes in leather and metal trunks, trays and a range of canvas accessories; Safomasi, a textile design studio manufacturing bed linen with perky prints and colors and Settings by B that does bed and table linen, amongst many others.

Screen-shot-2013-06-12-at-11.27.45-AM Décor & Delhi | Secrets for Tip Seekers{From Bani’s Collection; Trunk from Nappa Dori, Cadillac from Allied Stores}

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The Shop {Regal Building, Connaught Place} speaks native India, the finest Indian cotton, table and bed linen. Truly hand crafted ceramic tea sets, platters and soup bowls make for a beautiful section in this store. Earthy colors, neutral tones and pretty prints are the theme here.

{You can also have a look at these stores.}

Sharma Farms {near Chhatarpur Mandir} |

Not too many people know about this secret destination in Chattarpur. Sharma Ji, who started off collecting antiques {rumored story}, today has a vast collection of antiques, lights, furniture, mirrors and other artefacts sourced from all over the country. He will restore and replicate anything under the sun for you. An antique chest that you’d like to place in your drawing room, or a fancy Moroccan chandelier that you can’t seem to source at a good price, Sharma Farms is your answer. He will restore the piece you like to its original condition and deliver it to your doorstep. You will find a lot of reclaimed teak {re-used teak} furniture under his sheds. Sharma ji’s farm house is always evolving. You will find different pieces every time you visit the farm. I have found everything from large 30 foot boats and stone pots, to chrome hurricane’s for candles, antique trunks, to even large pillars sourced from some temple in Madhya Pradesh. Crazy about Indian handicrafts? You’re in for a real treat in his territory. {For help with directions, write an email to:}

Sharma-Farms Décor & Delhi | Secrets for Tip Seekers{Vritima spots a Quirky Welded Metal Stool at Sharma Farms}

Export Houses |

Sri {C 91, Sector 2, Noida} is nestled in a basement in Noida. This store has everything you’d ever need for a high tea party, to a party into the night. From silver plated trays, tea boxes, tea sets to beautifully embroidered net placemats and runners, wine & champagne coolers, glass jars and cutwork glass bottles, this store has it all. It’s totally worth a trip here when you’re looking to add pretty and funky accessories to your collection.

Peacock Plume {C 4, Sector 10, Noida} is again in Noida. This store is a fusion of industrial and country style products and accessories. The furniture and accessories are mainly crafted out of leather and metal. This store has recessed wood furniture, photo frames, French inspired cabinets and consoles, funky curios and objects like a knight’s armor, leather and metal service trays, exquisite paper knives and daggers, animal figures shaped out of metal and so on… If you are moving in as a couple, you’d know how to strike a balance decorating your home after visiting Peacock Plume.

Luxury Stores |

Goodearth {Khan Market & Select City Walk, Saket}, one of India’s leading retail home stores, has never failed to satisfy. Here you will find everything under one roof – soft furnishings including cushions, throws, duvets, Indian razies, etc that are inspired from various cultures of India, handcrafted and handmade on quality textiles. Their glass and crockery section is just to die for, with their printed Indian birds and motifs. Collaborated collections by other designers such as Manish Arora are real eye candy, with popping colors and graphics.

The furniture section at Goodearth is another paradise. Styled beautifully in the store itself, you will want all of it! I love their mirrored side tables and consoles. Not to forget, the wallpaper is the real treasure. Goodearth is by far my favorite store and it is most welcoming for people new to the city.

Address Home {GK 1, M Block market} has unique pieces of furniture and home accessories that sit pretty on the shelves. Bright and beautifully crafted urns and vases are always found here.  I love their crockery section; bar tools and the wide range of bar glasses are the best. Mirror frames are another delight along with their wallpaper and fabric collection by Andrew Martin and other designers. This store is a must-visit if you’re looking for home décor with that extra edge.

Customised Luxury Products |

Looking to customize something in a unique material for your house? There are tons of people in and around Delhi who specialize in customization. We have glass, leather, brass and metal specialists spread out over the capital. To name a few, Klove {manufacturing blown glass lighting}, Portside Café {leather specialists, Lado Sarai}, Viya Home {crafted brass items} are the top-notch specialists in their respective fields. Watch this space for elaborate interviews with each of them. Or write to us to know more about them.

Vriti-21 Décor & Delhi | Secrets for Tip Seekers{Centre Table from Portside Cafe for a client of Vritima’s}


About the Authors |

Bani Chawla is an interior & architecture lover, a vintage & shabby chic addict, an impulsive curio collector, a photo buff and madly obsessed with her beloved three dogs whose frequent cuteness take up space on her Instagram feed. Bani has previously worked with Elle Décor as a stylist.

Vritima Wadhwa is a trained furniture and interior Designer, “trying to make it big in this competitive field.” She went on to join one of India’s premier design institutions in the year 2006. Her four years at college {National Institute of Design} not only inculcated the skills required to be a designer but generated this spark, curiosity and hunger to learn and experiment with good design.


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