7 AM: Flower Shopping In Dadar

Photo : Athul Prasad/LBB

Photo : Athul Prasad/LBB

The Trikaya store is a great spot to buy exotic flowers in the city. Think sunflowers, calla lilies and snapdragons. The best part is that they don’t leave a dent in the pocket. After this, it’s yoga and breakfast at The Yoga House in Bandra.

Where: Shop No D-1, Tower Building, Senapati Bapat Marg, Dadar West, Opposite Kohinoor Technical Institute

Price: Sunflowers INR 40 {4 pieces}, calla lilies INR 400 per bundle {10 pieces}

Timings: Mondays to Sundays, 5am to 8pm

Contact: 02260607074

10 AM: Picking Up Cloches In Pali Hill

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

You know how glass cloches – those bell jar-shaped glass containers which can hold anything from a seedling to dessert – make anything look chic, right? Kamal Steel Emporium is the best place to buy mini glass cloches in the city because it’s really hard to find the kind I like in India. {Today I was picking up a batch of 12 for a display window}.

Where: Kamal Steel Emporium, Passion Flower, Shop no 4, 44 Pali Naka, Bandra West

Price: INR 100 {small}, INR 125 {medium}, INR 150 {large}

Timings: Mondays to Sundays, 10am to 9pm

Contact: +919969862189 , 02226482619

10.30 AM: Reviewing Custom-Made Cement Doorknobs

Photo: Ravi Vazirani

Photo: Ravi Vazirani

A meeting in the studio to review the design of cement knobs made by the amazing folks at Bharat Flooring and Tiles. They can custom-make anything in cement. Imagine the joy of an interior decorator.

Where: 32, Mumbai Samachar Marg, Ground Floor, Next to Stock Exchange, Fort

Price: INR 1,500 upwards

Timings: Sundays closed, Mondays to Fridays; 10am to 6.30pm, Saturdays; 10am to 2am

Contact: 02240574423

Find them on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Check their website here.

12.05 PM: Meeting A Woodcarver In Mahim

Around noon, I make a quick stop to meet Akbar, the woodcarver in the line of stores along Mahim Causeway. One of the most talented woodcarvers I could recommend.

Where: Sheikh Akbar, Art Zone

Price: On request

Timings: Mondays to Sundays, 9.30am to 6pm

Contact: +919930431981

1.15 PM: Checking Out Embroidery Over A Coffee

Photo: Ravi Vazirani

Photo: Ravi Vazirani

In the afternoon, I have a quick coffee meeting at Bad Cafe with Rooshad Shroff to review embroidery swatches on wood for his embroidered chairs. These chairs have very unusual and intricate detailed work which makes them one-of-a-kind.

Where: Rooshad Shroff Studio, 302 Dalamal Chambers, 29 New Marine Lines

Price: On request

Timings: Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 8pm

Contact: 02222037745

Find him on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Check out the website here.

2.30 PM: Discussing Custom-Made Wall Lights

Photo: Ravi Vazirani

Photo: Ravi Vazirani

Back in the studio to eat lunch: a turkey socca roll from The Bombay Salad Company. Thank god for BSC and chef Karishma Dalal! This is followed by a conference call with lighting designer Nikhil Paul of Paul Matter to finalise patinas for some custom-design wall lights.

Price: On request

Contact them on info@paulmatter.com

Find them on Facebook here.

Check the website here.

3.45 PM: Sourcing Antiques At Walkeshwar

Photo : Athul Prasad/LBB

Photo : Athul Prasad/LBB

In the afternoon, I head to Mahendra Doshi Antiques to source furnishings for a project. Found myself a pair of Pierre Jeanneret chairs. These chairs are a collectible’s delight, keeping intact the antique look. This is the best place in the city to find some genuine antiques. Another bonus: the view of the Arabian sea from their property is to die for.

#LBBTip: Find fantastic rare collectibles from ceramics, to mirrors and tribal art at this antique store.

Where: Giriraj (Basement), 201 Walkeshwar Road, Near Teen Batti

Price: INR 5,000 upwards

Timings: Mondays to Sundays, 10am to 7pm

Contact: 02223630526

Check out their website here.

4.30 PM: Art-Gazing At Jhaveri Contemporary

Photo Source: Jhaveri Contemporary

Photo Source: Jhaveri Contemporary

I can’t be in Walkeshwar and not stop by at one of the best contemporary art galleries in the city, Jhaveri Contemporary. I’m still dreaming of the work by Rana Begum, that I will hopefully bring home soon.

Where: Exhibition Space, 2 Krishna Niwas, 58A Walkeshwar Road

Price: On request

Timings: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am to 6pm

Contact: 02223693639

Check their website here.

6.00 PM: Book Shopping At Mozeb

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

I picked up my copy of El Croquis, one of the best architecture magazines in the world, from the hole-in-the-wall bookstore, Mozeb. They have a great selection of design and architecture publications.

Where: Mozeb Books, Podar Chambers, Sayed Abdulla Brelvi Road (Parsi Bazar Street), Fort

Price: INR 3,800 approximately

Timings: Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 6pm

Contact: 02238593900

6.45 PM: Picking Up Custom-Made T-Shirts From Obataimu

Photo source : Obataimu

Photo source : Obataimu

In the evening I head to pick up my custom t-shirts from Obataimu. In a city where basics are hard to find, Obataimu offers some incredible options for t-shirts, all custom-stitched. I may or may not be guilty of owning most of them.

Where: Obataimu clothing Store, Machinery House ,Ground Floor, 3 Bharucha Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort.

Price: INR 1,500 upwards for T-shirts

Timings: Mondays to Sundays, 11am to 2:15am

Contact: +918454845854

Find them on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Check their website here.

7.30 PM: Linen Shopping In Colaba

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

In this city of extremes, I find stores that sell basics are the best resources. My absolute favorite to buy home linen is DIT Shop. Made by nuns from missionaries from South India, they stock the most delicate table mats with the most intricate crochet techniques – this is just the beginning of linen haven. After this, I’m calling it a day with Kale salad and dirty martinis at The Table.

#LBBTip: This shop is more than 70 years old, and has an amazing collection of doilies and handkerchiefs.

Where: 1-A, Glamour House, Old Custom House Road, Colaba

Price: INR 150 upwards for handkerchiefs

Timings: Sundays closed; Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 6pm

Contact: 02222832523

Featured Photo: Athul Prasad/LBB

Check out Ravi Vazirani’s other Mumbai finds on his Instagram handle here.