“Enough with the plain. I think people want pretty, and I predict a surge and demand for classic fabrics like Colefax and Fowler’s Bowood emphatically states Leta Austin Foster, a well known American interior designer fascinated by French,Italian and British art. Reet Lamba, a retail merchandiser by profession, enjoyed doing business of her mom’s favourite trays with botanical prints, as they had become unavailable at Harrods and Selfridges. Gazing at traysandbins  I was reminded of lace, springtime and its sunshine, the English bloom with everything prim and proper just like in Jane Austen novels.

Floral motifs being a rage this season, clearly describes my joy of finding a beautiful array of  lifestyle products. The quality of their fibreglass products, trays and dustbins, is to reckon with; extremely durable, colourfast, scratch-proof and stain-proof and also available in various sizes and shapes. Following the tradition to the tee, they are importing both fibreglass and cotton fabric from the original manufacturers in England.  Only the wooden lamp bases are made locally. Bed and table linen collections will also be added to their home accessories range, later this month. All collections are well within Rs.500-3500; couldn’t get better.

Remember to pick up the traysandbins merchandise at The Vanity Box in Chandigarh, Blu in Bhopal and Indore, Tarini in Gurgaon, Raintree in Bangalore and Kaji in Kolkata. They participate in exhibitions like Chrysalis in Bangalore, Design One in Mumbai, Tamana, Akshay Pratishtan and Design One in Delhi; and if your a fan of online shopping purchase through their e-catalogue as it can be shipped to any part of the world. So save the date 7th February,2013 for viewing Manat and Reet Lamba’s traysandbins collections at Akshay Pratishthan, happening at the British High Commisioner’s residence in New Delhi; a befitting place to patronize the imperialists.

……simply keeping the tradition alive.