After almost two years of living in a hotel we have finally admitted to ourselves that we are probably staying put in this city for a little longer than the ‘few weeks’ we initially thought back in September 2013. As such, we have found an apartment to move into and will finally get the keys this week. Following a number of delays (well this is India) we have been reassured that we will be able to move in this week so that meant the fun could begin – finding furniture and everything necessary to turn an empty shell into our third home.
There are many design shops in Mumbai, but the styles are quite different from what I am used to in Houston or London. While many shops have the traditional, old colonial kind of style, there are also a few that offer a more contemporary option where bright colors and modern designs are plentiful. Guess what way I’m headed? Yes, the bright colors caught my eye.
The Freedom Tree shop is a little off the beaten path, just behind the busy Linking Road, in what appears to be a knocked through section of the ground floor of an apartment complex. Upon entering the store, my first impression was that I had entered a dolls house, kitted out by Ikea. There are three levels to this store, although at 5ft 8in I had to duck under beams and dip down to walk up and down the tiny staircase to the various levels. Every inch of the store is chock full of merchandise, and quite an eclectic offering.
All the products in the Freedom Tree are made in India. The store offers an eclectic collection of furniture, tableware, textiles, floor coverings, lighting, home fragrances and accessories – I told you it was a busy shop. According to the shops website they aim to “make everyday living beautiful”.
Personally I am a little color challenged, especially when faced with such a wide variety of options, plus all the different designs to choose from. In Houston I have had the help of an interior designer to pull everything together so I was quite happy to see that the Freedom Tree actually offers a design service.
For my first visit I decided to take a few photos and once my furniture gets delivered and placed in the apartment I can return to ‘go wild’ by adding color here, there and everywhere. Here is my photo collection.
Location Shop: Bandra Breeze, Plot no. 57/A, 23rd-28th Road, Bandra (W),
Mumbai 400050, India. Telephone: +91-22-2641-2999
Location Studio Showcase: Block 31, Laxmi Woolen Mill Compound, Shakti Mill Lane, Off E.Moses Road, Mahalaxmi (W) Mumbai 400013, India. Telephone : +91-22-2498-4443
Selected Collection at Cafe Zoe, Todi Mathuradas Mill Compound, 126 N.M. Joshi Marg, Lower Parel (W), Mumbai 400013