Whether you’ve got heaps of space in a landed house or decidely less space in a small condo, strategically furnishing your home so it looks well-lived in but also provides maximum functionality and a tropical feel can be daunting. Priti Devi knows how you feel and can help!
Having decorated her home by herself, Priti Devi knows how difficult it can be to find just the right pieces to fill up each room.
With that in mind, she launched Decorator’s Notebook, a collection of home accessories sourced from around the world. But what’s different is that what shoppers see on the website are also pieces that Ms Devi has personally bought and used. In other words, she has tried and tested these products, and given them her stamp of approval. “The idea for Decorator’s Notebook came when I was furnishing my new home in Singapore, and was unable to find unique and inspiring pieces from independent designers,” she says. “Through my travels, I had the privilege to see some beautiful, handmade products and meet some inspiring young artisans.”
She adds: “Decorator’s Notebook offers a collection of carefully curated, eye-catching and elegant home accessories on a single platform.”
For Ms Devi, having elegance is about restrained, unpretentious good taste that exudes confidence and is not intended to attract or impress others. She says her preferred personal style is muted, smart stylish design and she is drawn to beautiful things that are graceful, and speak of the places they come from and the personality of the artists that have created them.
Some highlights include horn and lacquer home accessories made in Recananti, Italy, where the centuries-old cutting and polishing techniques are still used. Such pieces cost from US$190.
Then there is also a selection of home fragrances, in the form of organic soy scented candles and scented room diffusers from Niana, the leading organic scented candle company in India. The fragrances used for the candles are infusions of aromatic flowers, exotic spices and fresh fruits. Prices start from US$25 for a candle.
The Decorator’s Notebook isn’t a mere online shop. Ms Devi also shares tips on decorating the home, as well as gives her opinions on luxury hotels where she has stayed at, as their designs have impressed her.
Her stories on these hotels serve as inspiration, but Ms Devi says, “Buy what you love, as a home should reflect the personality of its owner.”
By Tay Suan Chiang, The Business Times, September 19, 2015
Photo: Courtesy Decorator’s Notebook Facebook page.