Inspired by the endless painted exterior walls of India and an amazing cover handmade of remnants, and casually tossed over a motorcycle in Samode, patch where you can. I laid woodblock samples on the floor and randomly hung hunting photos, in mismatched frames, like you see in Indian hotels & homes.
The braid & ribbon store: bedazzled, jewelled, sequinned, metallic, typical Indian braids for saris. Lace, cotton & silk, jute rickrack and fringe galore, tassels, beaded ribbon, stripes, gathered, tucked & pinned, leather plaited, crocheted buttons.
Strung flowers appear throughout India, not just for weddings & celebrations, but for a simple welcoming & decoration. Apply this to your own interior and hang from doorknobs & keys. I used brightly coloured dahlias.
Soften up wooden & metal furniture with cashmere throws & cushions. I love to put framed works outside, even if they have to brought in at the end of the day.
Find inspiration from a tented camp or India's many forts. Set the seen with some draping & pinning of fabrics, and pile the bed high with quilts, fabric & cushions.
Sometimes, your purchases can be bigger than pocket size. If you really fall in love with India, don't be scared to ship home doors, columns & anything else. purpose build your interior around them and add your travel inspiration & purchases. Create intimate spaces by hanging sari fabric to create soft walls.
A play on the trophy heads from Colonial India's hunting past. Make your own plaque shapes from cardboard (old grocery boxes will do) and paint, using your palette of colours. In India, I saw chalk and more permanent painted floors everywhere. I drew a design that washes off when desired and a new pattern applied for another occasion.
Set the scene with a hand-painted wallpaper mural as your decorative backdrop. The life of a maharaja! Pick a bright base like this blue hide and add mirrored, embroidered & embellished cushions, and while away the afternoon. This is similar to the bolstered floor cushion I lay on as I listened to the magical sounds of musicians from the Thar Desert.
Weddings are important business in India and you often see white horses with painted hooves, strings & strands of threaded flowers, an parades lit by chandeliers & their carriers. Use this theory & just lie a chandelier down on the floor or table, and tangle fairy lights if you like for a crumbling & slightly chaotic look. Old sari borders with metallic thread (don't fret that they are quietly disintegrating, that's the appeal) become a very romantic Raj table runner.
You can bring everything you admire in India into your home. The details & patterns that appear in palaces, on walls & ceilings, and furniture should not be limited to those things, but continued through to your tableware. It's nice when it's all a bit haphazard. I was so surprised when I saw peacocks running wild and hooting throughout India – even in the desert. Brin this bird imagery into your patterns as with this de Gournay wallpaper. Stencil a lampshade using any paint you have lying around and with stencils from the flea market.
Pick up old silver cutlery from various places & use randomly – no two sets have to be the same. Instead of a tablecloth, run paper with layers of vintage sari trim down the centre of the table. Tune in next week as I detail more ways I drew the beauty of India back into interiors as well as let you know my favourite things to check out on your own journey.