A wishful wonderland [Home Decor]

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“If I had a world of my own, everything would be a nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it is’nt. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would be. You see!”– Alice in Wonderland

A wishful Wonderland

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The Wishing Chair at LGF 35, Southpoint mall, Golf course road, Gurgaon
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The wishing chair recently opened up a new  store in Gurgaon and Accessory2design went for a visit to this fantastical wonderland kind of shop where one is transported to the enchanted worlds of Enid Blyton – cum Alice in Wonderland!

We met up with the two lovely ladies – Avneet Mann & Vivita Relan behind this venture whose underlying wish “is to never grow up”.

“The Wishing Chair began its journey in 2012 as a lifestyle retail brand in the home accessories and gifting space with a store at Shahpur Jat, New Delhi.

It  is the physical manifestation of the nostalgic yearnings of 2 women who wished they didn’t have to grow up. It bridges a gap that existed in the home accessory and decor space – for young people who wanted to fancify their homes with whimsical touches.

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‘Peter inadvertently asks to go to the land of “Goodness-knows-where” and on the way, they disturb Sleep-alone, a very grumpy, sleepy, unlikeable hermit who loves to sleep alone, just like his name suggests’– excerpt from The wishing Chair by Enid Blyton

The Wishing Chair – a name derived from Enid Blyton’s book, seeks to have the same transportive nature of the magical chair, making you believe you’ve been transported to the fantasy world of your childhood stories. We hope entering the store has that effect on people, tugging at those wistful heart-strings that pine for a more magical, simpler time. ”

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‘Mollie and Peter, searching for a birthday present for their mother, find a mysterious antiques shop which appears to be run by fairy folk.’ – excerpt from The wishing Chair by Enid Blyton
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“Alice: How long is forever?
White Rabbit : sometimes its just one second!” -Alice in Wonderland

Every corner held some fascination for us and made us want to buy everything in the shop. At one point we were tempted to ask (and did much to their amusement) whether we could live in the shop?

The wrought iron bed with its wispy white net curtains, suspended from the ceiling and the pastel colored floral cushions, evoke the courteous country feel while the fairy lights add that whimsical touch to the entire setting. Quilted duvet and cushions, floral furnishings add to the range of decor items listed in this corner.

A vintage wooden desk in a baby pink color holds quaint china elephants, wooden boxes with colored lids with birds perched on top, metal planters in pastel shades, metal cut patterns in tea lights and quirky items turned into plant holders.

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“I am not strange, weird, off nor crazy, my reality it just different from yours!”– Alice in Wonderland

We loved the wooden birds with a red-painted head, the ceramic houses which looked as if they have stepped out of a Gustave Klimt painting, the colorful owl cookie jars, and these single cup-single kettle perched one on top of the other were just marvelous.

The entire showroom had a celebratory feel to it with purple colored balloons swaying drunkenly in the AC draft while fairy lights twinkled and caught the eye at every corner.

A huge giraffe made out of iron  had flowers and foliage sprouting out all over it – it looked fantastic and enhanced the enchanted feeling of the store. And the ladies had very graciously made a huge wall of tropical garden paradise, replete with gorgeous blooms – an ideal spot for selfies and we saw many visitors indulging in just that.

We were entranced by the range of curious that the girls had thought to source from various corners of the country and perhaps the world. My favorite was the metal tree for hanging jewelry which had these lovely stems wrapped in colored threads – it made for the perfect wishing tree!

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“But I don’t want to go among the mad people”, remarked Alice. “Oh, you can’t help that’, said the cat : “ We are all mad here.” -Alice in Wonderland

Gold painted mason jars, wrapped with some jute twine and filled with fairy lights were set on a stepped display shelf – stunning!!!

Embroidery hoops with jute panels and patch-worked alphabets in fabrics made for a unique wall display.

The beauty of the store lay in all the quirky, kitschy and whimsical wares ; each unique in its shape, color and pattern. So while some twisted, others arched sky-high and some more perched delicately atop each other .

The store is a smorgasbord of creative ideas in home decor and provides the perfect foil to every wishful fancy you may have had for doing up that perfect corner in your room.

Now I have to start directing all my friends and family to this store for whenever they have to buy a gift for me; I want them all.

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“Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” -Alice in Wonderland

And for all those (like me) who can’t have enough of this childhood wonderland, there is some more good news. There is a quaint little café with some amazing food and WiFi – perfect for the lazy bugs like me who like nothing better than to sip tea while poring over an engrossing tome or simply pounding the keys on my laptop!

Maybe the mad hatter will join me in a tea party there next for it is called the Mad Teapot café!


This post was first published on an online home decor platform in 2015 and all content and pictures are copyrighted by Shalzmojo who runs a home design company by the name  Accessory2Design 

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Passionate about everything design, I am in love with photography, travel and baking. My writing journey was initiated with my letter writing hobby as a child and has metamorphosised into serious blogging. I indulge with reading fantasy fiction, day dreaming and sipping good wine.

13 thoughts on “A wishful wonderland [Home Decor]

  1. How lovely are all the photographs! I would love to be home in this store and make that wrought iron bed my own. I can’t decide if I just want to keep looking at the stuff in this store or buy everything and bring them home (however, my finances would allow me to just stare 🙂 ) By the way I loved all the quotes too. I always tell people there is immense wisdom hidden in children’s books and there is no particular age when you can’t go back to them.

    1. Oh you have to visit them to be charmed by it all!! They opened one in Bangalore too now. I simply love everything about their store, find it very unicorn meets Alice in wonderland 😉
      Alice in wonderland is one of my all time fav books and I love quoting its lines as they are so quirky yet full of so much flavour and meaning!

  2. Lovely post! I must Thank you for introducing me to this store! It is a lovely experience to have a tall glass of cold coffee, and browse the store.. i have picked up some super amazing books and decor stuff from this store! actually, from both their stores 🙂

    1. Oh yes we have had some good times here!! I am happy to know you liked my choice and look forward to another date here soonest!! 😉

  3. What a magical place it is ! Loved the pictures, colorful animals and bird pieces, my favorite is the Owl Cookie jars 🙂 It is a place that not only kids but even adults would love to spend time in, including me.

    1. I would love to take you here. They serve some really nice food (veg) at their cafe which is aptly called Mad Teapot. I cant tell you of the amount of stuff I have picked up from here – my house is full of it. Yeah its a place for the kids in the grown ups to enjoy!!! 😉

  4. This is a perfect place for me. I can totally live in this shop. Forveveerrrr… They have such unique and beautiful variety of things. My favorite is the tea cup ❤

  5. I stay very close to their Bangalore store and every time I pass by I stand for a while and stare inside. So beautiful! After this post, I’ll be paying them a visit for sure, thank you! 🙂

    1. Ha ha ha – dont kill me now when you do visit the store! Its so tempting to meander in there for sure! I have started going there with a strict mental adjunction to myself; I still manage to buy something! 😉

  6. Shalz! You make this post magic and taking readers into a universe that has a penchant for the flawless and intrinsic beauty. Trust a designer to tease the taste bud and the magnificent pictures.

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