You may remember Serendipity Delhi from our recent roundup of Inspiring Indian Instagram Feeds. I’m sure the shop’s melange of delicately-draped clothing and luxurious furniture stuck with you as much as it did me. I was so enthralled by the brand, I reached out to self-taught textile and furniture designer Kuldeep Kaur, the woman behind the remarkable store, to learn more about how it came to be.
After returning from an inspiring trip to Morocco, Kuldeep stumbled upon this old “haveli,” a large, Indian home that surrounds a courtyard. The structure, unfortunately, was in a state of total disrepair. The courtyard was a mud pit, the once-grandiose home had been chopped up and turned into workers’ quarters, and paint was chipping off of every wall. But the bones of the structure were perfect in Kuldeep’s eyes. Behind the grime were beautiful columns, colored glass, and the opportunity to finally open a brick-and-mortar store of her own. The lucky find was a serendipitous sign; the push she needed to bring the shop to life.
Her 20 years of design experience proved invaluable when it came time to renovate. Once the clean-up crew restored the haveli back to its original splendor, Kuldeep went about adorning it with the vintage decor, reupholstered furniture and one-of-a-kind textiles Serendipity Delhi has become known for. Today, shoppers can stroll through seven open-air rooms of goods while sipping on coffee they’ve snagged from the shop’s cafe. If they’re lucky, customers may even catch one of the space’s literary or artistic events.
One day, I hope to make it to India and visit the shop. How splendid it would be to enjoy a coffee while taking in the sunny property. Until I can leave chilly Chicago behind, I’ll just have to escape through these pretty snapshots. Click through to poke around the gorgeous grounds yourself. Enjoy! —Garrett