You know the things you leave behind in shops, but they don’t leave your memory so quickly? These are those things. We left them behind in Cochin and I wish we hadn’t.
This piece represents my husband’s name (I should start calling him “P,” much shorter to type):
Reclining Buddhas. P needed to check with his mom regarding how big of a Buddha or Hindu deity you can keep in the house. Apparently it’s OK to keep larger Buddhas. We liked the soft coppery color of these reclining Buddhas:
Old copper water heaters. We thought one of these could be used to hold water instead of the ugly 15-gallon plastic jugs delivered to homes. We got the idea from November’s Elle Decor India magazine which featured a new hammered copper water heater. Very beautiful. These old ones are pricey and need a lot of restoration to be serviceable. We may seek a new one during a future trip. Right now they look like they should be sitting on the roof of an industrial manufacturing plant and not in a nice apartment. But with restoration they could be pretty:
I’ll do a separate post about our (thus far) futile search for the right unique pieces to fashion bathroom vanities. One idea was to find beautiful carved wood to attach under a wall-mounted granite counter. We found this carved wood piece and it was perfect. We were so excited. And at first the price was very good. Until they realized this was a nice old piece from a temple, and the price rose dramatically. Too much to cut up for a bathroom vanity. And besides the price, a piece this nice and old shouldn’t be cut up for that purpose anyway. So we still seek something like this: