A Vibrant Pondicherry Voyage

A Vibrant Pondicherry Voyage

Carolyn Purnell
Jul 31, 2012

Located in southern India, Pondicherry is a territory filled with a tumultuous and fascinating history, mouth-watering Indian cuisine, and a hefty dose of French influence. With its many scenic vistas, lush vegetation, and access to the beach, Pondicherry has long been on my radar as an irresistible getaway.

The French East India Company set up a trading center in Pondicherry in 1674, and with the exception of a few seizures by the British and the Dutch in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the area remained a French colony until 1954. As a result, this beautiful territory is steeped in its own traditions while retaining a great deal of European influence. As a result, my dream space includes a few nods at the French legacy while also incorporating some of my favorite elements of Indian design: gorgeous textiles, vibrant colors, and intricate patterns.

1. Cool Paisley Garden Curtain, $34.99 per panel at World Market

2. Georgina Headboard, $1,295 (Queen size) at Serena and Lily

3. Milk Bottle Chandelier, £159.95 at Drink Stuff

4. Photograph via Shria's Mehendi Art in Pondicherry

5. Black Bone Inlay Dresser at One King's Lane

6. French Bergère Armchair with Custom Upholstery, 2,999 AUD at Timeless Interiors

7. Hollywood Regency Gilt Flower Table, $799 plus shipping at Antique Addictions

8. Globe-Trotter Luggage

9. Bursa rug, $199-$1,299 at West Elm

10. Kantha Quilt, $99.99 plus shipping at Rajasthan Royals

(Images: as credited above)

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