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In Ali­pore Av­enue, lies this quaint shop where ev­ery­thing old world oc­cu­pies pride of place. Basil’s USP is Sleeper wood fur­ni­ture . “Its grooves have a unique sur­face and gets bet­ter with age,” says owner Prakash Mehro­tra who sells beams, benches and chairs made from this wood. He sources items from the North­east, such as prayer wheels, Bud­dha stat­ues and trin­ket boxes dec­o­rated with turquoise and coral. Quirky lob­ster shaped wa­ter­ing cans , tur­tles shaped locks and hol­low palm tree stumps topped with glass to make are con­ver­sa­tion starters. Mehro­tra’s per­sonal favourite is a curved easy chair that’s been taken from a wait­ing room. “Some­times when the store is empty I curl up on this arm chair and take a snooze,” he says. At 2K Ali­pore Av­enue, ground floor Tel 3291996


Spread out over three lev­els and 3500 sq ft Onset, is a must visit for the house- proud. Their lat­est col­lec­tion is in “neon”. Pick up cush­ions and pil­lows in flu­o­res­cent yel­low, flamingo pink and coral. While Neha Jhun­jhun­wala con­cen­trates on the store, mum Kavita Jhun­jhun­wala’s other pas­sion is bon­sai plants. Fig and jade trees are lov­ingly grown dot the store and come in var­i­ous sizes— big enough to oc­cupy a cor­ner in the room and small enough to fit on your ta­ble. At 51/ 2 Hin­dusthan Park Tel 24196860


Seek­ers of Ital­ian in­te­ri­ors may want to check out Giani’s En Vogue. The ground floor at this 10,000 sq ft store is ded­i­cated to lux­ury brand Natuzzi whose leather couches come with cus­tomised fea­tures. The store claims that the prod­ucts are toxin free and en­vi­ron­ment friendly and that the leather is also easy to main­tain. They also sell Mu­rano glass vases. The first floor sec­tion is eclec­tic with fur­ni­ture from across the world. Check out the edgy cage- like so­fas and glit­tery cush­ions.

At 224, A. J. C. Bose Road, Kr­ishna Build­ing Tel 30281616

SU­BIR HALDER/ www. in­di­a­to­day­im­ages. com

SU­BIR HALDER/ www. in­di­a­to­day­im­ages. com

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