For as long as I can remember I have loved worldly things in my home. The pattern, texture and exotic back-story of these objects have always heightened my curiosity and informed my style and taste. When I was eight years old, my mother had two African statues, one of a man and the other a woman, prominently displayed in her living room. I decided these monolithic ebony sculptures must be what Adam and Eve looked like.
I have had many different apartments, but my decorating style has never changed. I live in a bohemian fantasy of my own design, everything is as a postcard from a far-flung destination. I have yet to make it out of Istanbul without carrying a vintage Suzani and at least a dozen peshtamel towels in my carry-on. I have closets bursting with ikat-patterned fabric ready to go, should I ever choose to recover every piece of furniture I own.
If you share my passion for pattern, swoon over slightly aged ephemera and have a pack-rat mentality for textiles you will definitely want to check out my list of top shopping haunts for the home. If you don?t not want to drag your bounty back via an overhead bin, but are still in need of a quick interior fix, Shop Latitude has a variety of poufs, wedding blankets and pillows galore from my favorite shops around the globe.
Here you will find a treasure trove of chic table ware, bed covers and must have objects from India and Asia
1st, 2nd & 3rd floors, Grants Building, 17 Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba, Mumbai
My go to for lush patterned pillows, colored glass and gifts for newborn babies
R/154, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai
These towels are so good I sometimes wear them as scarves. They make great gifts and are perfect to take to a yoga class or the beach.
Halicilar Cad. No. 62, Kapalicarsi, www.abdulla.com
Here you will find great ikat, the best of which is secretly kept behind the counter. Be prepared to spend some time flirting and cajoling the owner Murat to show you the best stuff.
Near Gate 14. Yaglikcilar, No. 57, Kapalicarsi.
Central Square Market
This is your place to stock up on colored glasses, ottami pillowcases and bedcovers. The quality varies, as does the prices.
Sunday Flea Market
This is the place to find all kinds of interesting ephemera from old album covers, mini Milagros and furniture. A friend of mine even found a vintage ventriloquists dummy dressed as a Maharishi musician.
The chicest store in the medina to find rugs, wedding blankets and pottery.
13 Souk des Tapis, Rahba Kedima