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This post is a visual tour of The Purple Turtles, a home decor, furniture, artifacts, garden accessories and lighting store in Bangalore.

If you are a decor aficionado, the chances are bleak you haven’t heard of The Purple Turtles or visited the store. The store is located in Indira Nagar, the neighborhood has earned the reputation of being a heaven for home decor enthusiasts. There are a few traditional furniture stores in the vicinity you may want to check if you are around the area.

Distressed Furniture, Vintage Frames & Lights

This home decor store in Bangalore is a shopper's paradise for finding distressed furniture, vintage posters of gods and goddesses and retro prints of that era. Seen here are some fabric planters as well.
This home decor store in Bangalore is a shopper’s paradise for finding distressed furniture, vintage posters of gods and goddesses, and retro prints of that era. Seen here are some fabric planters and lights as well.
Seen here are old and re-purposed windows, parts of a pillar, and door. In their new avatar, they are made into wall hangings, cabinets and mirrors. Imagination at play here.
Seen here are old and re-purposed windows, parts of a pillar, and door. In their new avatar, they are made into wall hangings, decorative pieces, cabinets, and mirrors. Imagination at play here. The combination of any solid wood like teak wood and iron was common place for windows in south Indian homes. As strong as an ox once, and now as pretty as a picture hanging from a fixture (borrowed from Everything at once)
The decor of the store accentuates the objects in it. From exposed bricks to polished cement flooring, the store takes its looks seriously to blend in with what it sells.
The decor of the store accentuates the objects in it. From exposed bricks and colour blocked accent walls to cement flooring, the store takes this mantra seriously — “the way we dress reveals who we are”.
This can be a dining room nook in my home, your home, anyone's home. That white pendant lamp works brilliantly for this red exposed brick wall, the vintage artwork and the distressed mirror in the background.
This can be a dining room nook in my home, your home, or anyone’s home. That white pendant lamp works brilliantly for this red exposed brick wall, the vintage artwork and the distressed mirror in the background. What I’m trying to say is the store is a powerhouse of interior decorating ideas where you will have a Eureka moment to do up a space in your home.

Lights, Masks & Lanterns

An offbeat upholstered lounge chair in black and white.
An offbeat upholstered lounge chair in black and white.
Group a set of cow head masks and the Kathakali mask from Kerala to form a gallery wall. I'm thinking one for the foyer.
Group a set of cow head masks and the Kathakali mask from Kerala to form a gallery wall. I’m thinking one for the foyer.

Miniature collectibles at The Purple Turtles, a home decor store in Bangalore.

Crockery & Accessories

Kansa thali set at The Purple Turtles
Kansa thali set at The Purple Turtles
A Damchiya cabinet with beautiful details,. Use it as a console or for storage in the entryway or bedroom or living space. Legend says they were originally meant for storing a bride's dowry. This one is not as roomy as the traditional ones but still is an artistic piece.
A Damchiya cabinet with beautiful details,. Use it as a console or for storage in the entryway or bedroom or living space. Legend says they were originally meant for storing a bride’s dowry. This one is not as roomy as the traditional ones but still is an artistic piece.
Notice the Kamadhenu frame. Make a set of 3 for a narrow wall by pairing it with other vintage frames to form a mini gallery.
Notice the Kamadhenu frame. Make a set of 3 for a narrow wall by pairing it with other vintage frames to form a mini gallery.
A simple wooden bench with backrest just like the old times. But, don't miss the add-ons like the kilim cushions and the mask behind.
A simple wooden bench with backrest just like the old times. But, don’t miss the add-ons like the kilim cushions and the mask behind.

Planters, Distressed Furniture & Photo Frames

If you have ever driven to Pondicherry, you would have noticed these concrete planters with frangipani leaves embossed in gold at a roadside shop. I wanted to stop by and pick a few but I wasn't feeling well and we had to get back.
If you have ever driven to Pondicherry, you would have noticed these concrete planters with frangipani leaves embossed in gold at a roadside shop. I wanted to stop by and pick a few but I wasn’t feeling well and we had to get back.
Pretty concrete and fiber trendy planters for indoors on the second floor of the store.
Pretty concrete, ceramic and fiber trendy planters for indoors on the second floor of the store.

Trunks, Chests, Mirrors & Old Wood / Iron Utensils

I visited them last week to perk myself up after what seemed like an unending few days of wallowing in self-pity. They say getting out does wonders to break the pattern, and boy, you bet it did. It had been a few months since I last visited them so I took my time to browse through what was new.

The Purple Turtles started primarily as a lighting store 10 years ago and gradually went on to add distressed furniture, vintage posters and artifacts curated from around the country. You cannot be in a rush to go through the entire store; it takes time to admire the styling of many corners.

Many times I don’t have anything particular in mind to buy, but you will come across something that fits a corner in your perfectly at a reasonable price. That’s how I bought the distressed wooden photo frame on the second floor. They have many in several sizes. This, other time, I was confused what kind of lights to buy for the double height room. I showed pictures and the staff were helpful in helping me decide.

If FabIndia is for the sophisticated and the polished, this is for the laid back. This is more like old wine with a taste and appreciation for finer things in life.

Address:

128, 1st Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560008

This is not a sponsored post.

IC: All pictures shot by me at location with permission

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