The Purple Turtles

In continuation of my visual walk through of two lighting stores in the city that I find interesting, lets take a look at a rather unique store starting with their unusual name – The Purple Turtles. Started by ex-advertising professional  Radeesh R Shetty, this store offers designer lighting of every kind from industrial to recycled material. There are lamps that can be customized on customer request as well. They don’t just stop with providing unique lighting solutions, but provide lighting and design consultation as well for both residences and commercial projects. Having been around the city for more than five years now, this lighting store albeit a little expensive can add that special something to your home.

Thread spheresI love this type of ceiling lamps. They remind me of festival fairs and the beach cafes. It also has a very earthy feel, natural fiber, thread, coir or wool is used, as you can see they come in a range of shapes and colours. I have similar ones for my dining area, and they look great!

Fire Fly Bead SpheresThese bohemian firefly bead globes are simply dreamy. Made with metal string and numerous tiny beads, provides this overall effect.

Banana fibre Sea Urchin Inspired Lamps_turtleBanana fiber paper has turned out to be a great idea in lighting. This paper has a unique texture making it look great with or without the light turned on. Besides, the versatility of the medium has allowed various shapes and themes to take form in this range of lighting. Above is sea urchin inspired ceiling lamps.

Banana paper_sea shell paper lampBanana fiber paper is made from the bark, stem and other un-utilised parts of the banana plant on harvest. Here we see it as an oyster inspired table lamp.

brass metal lamps_purple turtleBrass, copper and other metal inspired lamps are a rage these days. People are increasingly appreciating these metals in the form of handcrafted home decor items. Here are some metal inspired lamps/ lanterns for the table or floor and ceiling.

Metal range turtleLights with different kinds of fabric are also popular. Silk being a favorite for its sheer glamor.  There are other textiles such as cotton as well with interesting dye, motif and stencil treatments. Here are some Shibori Dye lamps that are designed by Jenny Pinto. This is a popular Japanese method of cloth dyeing. In India we refer to this as tie and dye, such as Bandhani famous in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

shibori dye range by Jenny PintoGlass lamps, be it plain or coloured have a timeless quality about them. Have a little something to brighten up any corner of your home, here simple is beautiful.

glass lampsFrom rural India to mainstream art, many crafts and arts from lesser know parts of the country are being recognized and revived in the form of products for home and office. Channapatna in Karnataka has always been popular for the craft of wooden toys and accessories. Bringing that into the limelight, here is the store’s range of Channapatna table lamps.

channapatna lampsAnd some hand painted touch of whimsy to sum up this visual store tour.

whimsy table lamp_purple turtleHead over to their facebook page here to know more about them. They also deal with home decor accessories and furniture.

Is Decor Truly Effortless?

Yellow WallThis sunny yellow accent wall in our dining and kitchen brings cheer to every meal!

It is good to be back after the weekend break, last evening we attended our neighbor’s house warming and then had friends over who are still in the process of getting their new home built. Among the topics of conversation ranging from home loans to modular kitchen vendors, we also spoke about designing and decorating our homes. So how much effort or fun is decor truly? Considering architects and interior designers get paid a bomb for each project and even electricians charge exorbitant rates for fixing pre-assembled lights in India, interiors do take some effort, right?

Before I moved into my new home, I extensively researched Indian and global decor blogs for ideas, inspiration and do’s & dont’s. Some of these blogs spoke of how design and decor has to be an effortless process and primarily fun. I agree to the extent that by effortless they mean, don’t bother filling every nook and corner in your home. But other than that, in my personal experience, yes it definitely takes effort.

As your new home takes shape, you will be actively involved in reviewing your options and choosing from them in regard to everything ranging from flooring to electrical points and certain other important aspects such as sanitary fittings. Because we had budget constraints we took the ‘step-by-step’ approach, getting the absolute necessities in place and later building on them. In fact we still have quite a bit of painting and lighting pending after 7 months of moving in 🙂

Choosing lighting for example took us some planning and work. We did not want false ceiling and so had to really plan our electrical points beforehand so that when we later fixed our lamps they looked good. Choosing lights, I must admit is a magical process. I love lights and stepping into a shop with a sky full of different lamps was amazing! But then came the choosing process, for the ceilings, walls, floors and even  tables! It was good fun, but by the time we got done we were in dire need of an energy drink. My husband fixed the lights and much to his dismay I was not satisfied with the look in some rooms and now we have to take them down to be replaced 😛

So as much fun and exciting the process of designing and decorating your new home is, it also takes plenty effort and planning. Of course that is exactly why it becomes an unforgettable experience! And more important than anything else, this is the simplest way to personalise your home. Personalising your home is much more than displaying family heirlooms and curios from travels.  It starts with your bricks and walls, because your choice and your family’s choice in every step of the process, from the colour of your walls to the furniture you buy will make your home uniquely yours and special for life! And of course a few years down the lane, as your decor evolves and only involves redoing certain aspects such as your sofa upholstery or bringing in seasonal elements, decor truly becomes just fun!

living roomA corner of our living room in the evening

Are you doing up your home, what is your take? I would love to hear your thoughts!