How to (tastefully) Decorate with Souvenirs

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

living room

The palette is more dynamic here than in the rest of the apartment, yet Patrick still achieves a stately calm: Hues are uniformly regal, and patterns share an intricacy of craftsmanship. Again, the bold splashes are mostly reserved for textiles and small pieces. In a lively take on colonial style, these vibrant Eastern touches accent vintage, decidedly Western furniture: Antique Pakistani dowry pillows decorate a cane-sided daybed, and a traditional men's shawl from the Kullu region is thrown over a Victorian chaise (apart from the Indian goods, almost everything Patrick owns hails from New York flea markets). Even the walls are subjected to her meticulous eye. She used eight shades of white—with yellow, pink and brown bases (avoiding blue-based whites)—to give the apartment subtle warmth. A simple, striped-cotton dhurrie she designed provides a crisp contrast to the sumptuous detailing.

DAYBED (similar to shown) Beadboard "Island" $2,390 Maine Cottage (888) 859-5522 PILLOWS (similar to shown, on daybed) $56 to $345 each, THROW (on daybed) Waziri shawl about $385, and POUFS Satin $385 and $485, all at Layla (718) 222-1933 CHAIR (similar to shown) $4,440 georgesmith.com for stores CHAIR FABRIC Corduroy $25/yard, Joe's Fabric & Trimmings (212) 674-7089 CHANDELIER (similar to shown) "Moulin" $799 brocadehome.com BLINDS 2" wood 35" x 60" $101 each, smithnoble.com RUG (similar to shown) Cotton flatweave $775 Madeline Weinrib Atelier (212) 473-3000 ext. 780