I saw the name The Purple Pony popping up on my Facebook page and my interest was piqued. The photos uploaded were elegant with an evolved sense of style. And so, I decided to visit the store!
On actually visiting the store, The Purple Pony surpassed my expectations in every sense. Just off the main road, the store has an intriguing exterior, with its basement level display window, the many owls, and beautiful cushions!
The Purple Pony is unlike any other décor store I have come across. It is quaint and every inch of the shop’s interior is as remarkable as its stock. The colourful and picturesque interior is a tribute to the creativity of the owners and is set at various levels.
At the lower level, a distressed bone coloured finish sets the backdrop for the antiqued brass dragonflies and the lotus lights. The upholstery on all the furniture in this shop is of the floral variety, mainly in chenille and with crewel-worked designs. The hand painted, ceiling-to-the-floor tree on the side brings the outdoors in.
As soon as I enter, I am struck by the rich colours and the bright light filtering through the large windows. A chalkboard wall, with a cleverly hidden door, has a beautiful inscription and drawings that catch my eye. It is truly a place to visit if one is a connoisseur of the odd and eclectic.
The painted elephant stool in the corner fascinates me. I notice the shop stocks only handcrafted items and showcases them with pride – there is none of the ubiquitous factory created stuff here!
Handpicked and carefully curated by the owner, the shop sells décor accessories I have not seen elsewhere in Bangalore. The assortment includes home furnishings, gifts and décor items that exhibit influences ranging from ethnic, vintage to global. Their focus is not just highlighting the product but also setting the mood and creating context.
On the upper level of the store, I am surprised by the beauty of a cherry blossom painted on to a Prussian blue door. The store is virtually a kaleidoscope of contrasting colours. The large windows with their gold painted grills light up the colourful and exquisite furnishings. I could not decide which chenille swatch was more beautiful in its jewel tones. They stock beautiful rugs, cushions and runners which I was told are of Kashmiri origin.
The philosophy behind the store is to enhance and improve the life, standard and state of skilled craftsmen and artists whose lives are dedicated to creating beautiful and exclusive works of art. The owners believe in creating happy spaces and bringing delight to customers by delivering what they always wanted but never expected to find. This is one place I know I will be shopping at again very soon!
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