Here’s a wager. If you have ever been to Goa, there must have been at least one occasion during your stay in this sunny coastal resort state that you thought of buying a house for settling down somewhere later in time. Chances are, you aren’t the only one thinking along these lines. So if you have a house in mind and you’d want to make a home out of it, Asklaila brings to you a list of renowned home décor and furniture stores in order to facilitate that arduous but joyous process of transforming a house into a home.
Six kilometers from Panaji, along NH 17 leading to Mapusa, lies Damian de Goa . This two-storey furniture, home decor mall was one of the first such in Goa, when it started in the early '90s. Damian de Goa, over the years, has retained its edge as the most comprehensive one-stop shop when it comes to shopping for furniture, upholstery and fantastic décor creations. Damian de Goa’s forte is hand-carved furniture, interior designing and on-hand consultancy, if you need a team of experts to get the interiors of your home right. Leading five star hotels, corporate houses as well as boutique hotels are part of their client list. Another place to browse through a range of boutique furniture, is the elegantly appointed mansion house Sangolda, a restored centuries-old Portuguese mansion which is run by German fashion stylist Claudia Ajwani and her entrepreneur husband Hari Ajwani. The duo have brought together under one roof perhaps some of the most exquisite handpicked pieces of furniture from different parts of India, especially Kerala, Rajasthan and Gujarat, along with a niche range of imported furniture. But it's not the furniture alone that’s the draw here. You have an exotic variety of linen, brass-work, tableware, tastefully crafted wooden cupboards with exclusive designs and more. Sangolda is located along the Chogm road, in a similarly named village about four kilometers from Calangute.
The Cosme Mathias Menezes, a respected brand in Goa is one of the biggest importers of furniture in Goa. Spread out in several towns throughout Goa, you must visit their branch in Merces, a Panaji suburb to pick the best of the lot. CMM sources most of its furniture from Malaysia and some other south Asian countries. CMM is known most for its Malaysian teakwood furniture and contemporary Italian furniture.
Soto Haus , a niche furniture, art and lamps ensemble put together by a Swiss couple Sonja Weder and Thomas Schnider, is located in Candolim. One of Soto Haus’ biggest claims to fame is that it did part of the interiors of Vijay Mallya’s pet venture in Goa, his luxurious Kingfisher Villa, also located in Candolim. Bangalore’s renowned household accessories brand Yamini puts in a appearance at a couple of art décor showrooms in Goa. Their products can be bought at the Acron Arcade in Candolim and Fusion Access , which is located right opposite the picturesque ferry wharf in Panaji. Fusion Access , which has a branch each in Bangalore and Mumbai specializes in Burma teak artifacts and other delectably chosen antiques and antique-like pieces of décor and furniture all under one roof. In the last decade, a lot of Goa’s main arterial roads are lined with a number of mock-antique furniture, where you can avail of reasonable buys if you are sharp enough to snap a good bargain. The annual furniture fair which is held at Mapusa on occasion of a local feast sees a lot of Goan households picking up furniture at moderate rates.