A boutique owner creates a colorful home using treasures from India's bazaars.

kitchen and dining area

"Color makes you happier and opens you up. And anything with a little sparkle is good," Patrick says. But that doesn't mean she wants her apartment to feel like the chaotic streets of Delhi. Owning a store, she says, is like "having five children who never go to bed," making an end-of-day retreat essential. For Patrick, that means taming her love of exuberance by restricting color and pattern largely to accessories, and setting them against a spare, grounding backdrop of dark hardwood floors and white walls. Prior to becoming a shopkeeper, Patrick spent 20-plus years as a fashion stylist, working with the biggest photographers in the business, so she knows a thing or two about staging. "My home, like my store, is my edited version of India," she says. In the sun-splashed kitchen, hot pink is a strong but not overpowering thread, playing out in the seat cushions on the dining chairs, the embroidered tablecloth (one of the first things she bought on her Eastern sojourns) and the upholstered bench.

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