Dempsey Dé­cor:

On the hunt for some unique fin­ish­ing touches for your home? There’s a whole trea­sure trove of an­tiques and cu­rios to be found at Dempsey Hill.

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An­tiques and ori­en­tal-style home fur­ni­ture

For those in search of bona fide an­tiques, Shang An­tique (block 26) is an ad­dress to re­mem­ber. It started out sell­ing Bud­dha stat­ues from In­dochina and has since ex­panded the busi­ness to in­clude a range of Asian cu­rios, art and paint­ings, and unique one-off an­tique fur­ni­ture. The store is known for fair, re­li­able pric­ing and great cus­tomer ser­vice, so even rookie col­lec­tors will feel at ease.

Just next door is Em­gallery (block 26), an airy haven of re­worked tra­di­tional fab­rics. Founder Emiko Naka­mura spe­cialises in tex­tiles for the home and works with weavers in Laos and Cam­bo­dia to rein­ter­pret tra­di­tional styles with her own mod­ern twist. From cush­ion cov­ers to wall hang­ings, jew­ellery and more, this is a great spot to pick up gifts as well as some­thing a lit­tle bit spe­cial for your home.

Across the street at block 13, you’ll find an en­clave of fur­ni­ture shops. Woody An­tique House is an Aladdin’s cave of re­stored and re­pro­duc­tion an­tique fur­ni­ture from around Asia, in­clud­ing China, Tibet, In­dia and In­done­sia. It also has a line of unique suar-wood din­ing ta­bles and a wide range of out­door fur­ni­ture. At neigh­bour­ing Wood­farm Life­style, you’ll find care­fully re­stored au­then­tic Chi­nese fur­ni­ture and or­na­ments, as well as cus­tom-made pieces. Next up is May­well Life­styles where the em­pha­sis is on unique, hand­crafted nat­u­ral wood prod­ucts and dé­cor. From dec­o­ra­tive bird­cages to din­ing ta­bles, there’s a plethora of items to ex­plore, plus it also of­fers fur­ni­ture de­sign, car­pen­try and restora­tion ser­vices. Pasar­dina Fine Liv­ing spe­cialises in high-qual­ity teak fur­ni­ture, which is all hand­crafted in In­done­sia.

At fam­ily-owned Lotto Car­pets (block 26), the gor­geous weaves are more than just floor cov­er­ings; they’re works of art. Sourced from all over the world, in­clud­ing In­dia, Kash­mir, Nepal, Turkey and Iran, the col­lec­tion of su­perfine and an­tique car­pets is wor­thy of your floors and walls. Hedger’s Car­pet Gallery (block 13) is an­other must for car­pet lovers. The range of tra­di­tional, clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary de­signs from Iran, Afghanistan, Cen­tral Asia, Pak­istan and In­dia all come with a Cer­tifi­cate of Authen­tic­ity guar­an­tee­ing their ori­gins. The store also of­fers a handy “try be­fore you buy” ser­vice so you can see how a car­pet works in your home be­fore mak­ing any big de­ci­sions.

If you’re look­ing for some­thing be­yond Asia-in­spired dé­cor, then head to the West. At Bri­tish fur­ni­ture and in­te­ri­ors com­pany Ti­mothy Oul­ton at Cu­rio (block 14C), you’ll find vin­tage-style fur­nish­ings and ac­ces­sories in lux­u­ri­ous leather, re­claimed tim­ber and other ma­te­ri­als. There are some se­ri­ous state­ment pieces to be had here, as well as smaller, un­usual knick-knacks, knock­out light­ing and ac­ces­sories.

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