India Jane (the best Christmas decorations in town and more)

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: The best tree decorations lie inside the virtual and bricks and mortar doors of India Jane stores. Yes, I do realise that Christmas is this Friday and perhaps I'm giving you this information a tad late, but it's actually never too late to buy more - either for this year's tree, or for the years to come.

I see tree decorations as family heirlooms to be collected slowly over the years, that I hope my children will treasure and keep to pass on to their own kids one day. At least that's my excuse for adding a few more to the collection every year. I bought the elephant and tiger decorations in the middle of the second image below, but I'm kicking myself for not buying one of these brilliant tiger heads (and a monkey and a black dog and a parrot).

A few weeks ago I spent a lovely afternoon at India Jane in their beautiful Kings Road store in Chelsea, here in London. I had to exercise some serious purse control because the more I looked around, the more things I wanted to buy. And no, this is not a sponsored post.

Tiger Head Christmas Tree Decorations
Image: Bianca Hall

Parrot, Elephant, Tiger and Pineapple Christmas Tree Decorations
Image: India Jane

Dog and Monkey Christmas Tree Decorations
Image: Bianca Hall

Pug and Poodle Christmas Tree Decorations
Image: Bianca Hall

There's a LOT to love about India Jane, so I felt it my duty to spread the word. Honestly, what a treasure trove. And there's another store just a few doors down, with a distinctly different feel - apparently this is something that they do with all their stores so each one is quite different. They sell everything from beautiful candles that are made and shipped to them on amazing metal racks, to trays galore, paperweights, tableware, a room dedicated to lamps, a dresser full of sparkly tea light holders, and I even stumbled upon some Scalamandre Zebra serviettes. And did I mention cushions? It's one of those shops that is such a visual feast, my eyes did not stop darting about to discover more goodies the entire time I was there.

Dresser and Chairs in Shop Interior
Image: Bianca Hall

Glamorous table setting
Image: Bianca Hall

Aside from the huge range of accessories, they also sell proper, grown-up 'forever' furniture. You know, timeless, classic pieces that are built to last.

Lately I've been a little obsessed with bringing some natural wood into the house, and I love the idea of pairing a round traditional table with mid-century Eames Eiffel chairs. Sadly my husband isn't so keen on getting rid of our existing dining table, so this plan exists only in my head. For now...

Round Dining Table
La Boussole Dining Table / Image: India Jane
Black Round Dining Table
Park Avenue Dining Table / Image: India Jane
Wolsey Gate Leg Round Table
Wolsey Gate Leg Table / Image: India Jane

And I'd quite like this mirrored sideboard with some contemporary artwork hung above it too. Le sigh.
Mirrored Sideboard
Campbell Sideboard / Image: India Jane
And this. Just Imagine this showstopper in a super contemporary kitchen or library. In. My. Dreams.

Library style wooden bookshelves with ladder
Plantation Double Bibliotheque / Image: India Jane
In case you can't tell, I'm really quite taken with India Janes offerings, they have such a refreshing range with a colonial slant that's so easy to mix with other styles. I think I'll be visiting again quite soon.