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Urban Ladder and a decor upgrade

1:07 PM

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was awesome. I went swimming, then got my first seasonal coffee from Starbucks, and then I got a piece of furniture I ordered last week delivered, way before I was expecting it might I add.

Lhasa chest of drawer, urban ladder

This charming chest of drawer is from Urban Ladder. I have been eying it for a while, and it now replace that old, rickety, cheap laminate dresser that disintegrated further with every move we made. You know the one that got infested by termites recently, and as a result became even more rickety and unsafe than ever before. You know, the one that started as a cheap solution to our kitchen storage woes in our old flat in Bangalore, ended up in the damp servants room turned storage room in Navi Mumbai, only to migrate back in the living room 7 months later in Bangalore again, and then stayed there in the next two flats we occupied in Mumbai. The one I ended up painting in a last effort to make it look pretty...yeah that one :

Old rickety MDF dresser

Pretty isn't it? This picture was taken just before we left for Lucknow while I was playing around with the SLR camera. It was already falling apart, had its in are gutted by the termites and Ishita thought it was amusing to peel off some of the 3D paint decor on it. Notice how none of the drawer really close well and how it's only surviving door is coming unhinged. When we bought it in 2008 it had two clear glass doors, functional key holes, and the cheap laminate was staying put. It looked decent enough in our kitchen and acted as a cute little pantry cabinet. Fast forward to 2014, none of the drawer could hold more than a few sheet of paper without collapsing, and the sides have tear mark from where we taped something only to remove it later (yep the laminate came off that easy). To be fair it was never meant to be standing in the middle of a living room...ever. And considering we bought it for 5k from a road side furniture shop, I' actually surprised it even lasted that long. The termites infestation was the last nail in its coffin and simply accelerated our plan to replace it.

Lhasa chest of drawer from urban ladder

This is where Urban Ladder stepped in (and no this is not a sponsored post). I had been browsing their website urbanladder.com for over a year now. Drooling ohhhing and ahhhing at their hardwood furnitures that are oh so totally my style, planning my fantasy home around them, talking about purchases with DH (loves them as much as I do)...I knew all along that the day we would replace that old glass door cabinet, I wanted to do it with something from that site.
And after spending hours debating things, I ended up narrowing it down to the Lhasa chest of drawer, in teak colour finish. The chest of drawer is made of Sheesham wood, so teak is I repeat just the colour of the varnish. When I ordered it last week, they announced that the piece would be delivered by November 24th. Two weeks seemed a perfectly fine and reasonable price considering it is solid wood, and that they probably don't have all of these stuff in stock right away. The order slip also stated that they would get in touch with me to schedule the delivery once ready...fair enough.

What I was really not expecting was for them to call me this past Saturday announcing they could deliver by Sunday between 2-3pm, asking me if it was fine with me or not. Needless to say I was home on Sunday afternoon, and that it was more than fine for them to bring it then. When Sunday came, they called me again at 1.30pm to announce that they were on the way and would reach my place in the next half hour and asked me to confirm my address with them. 25 minutes later they were in my living room unpacking it, gave me a rundown on care and maintenance and left taking all their packaging along with them.

Now THIS is an outstanding service. They were punctual, polite, and considerate enough to take all the bits of plastics and cardboard with them. It is th first time it happens in India without me having to ask, or rather beg the delivery team to pack up their rubbish.
This is one online store I can recommend to you with closed eyes. They really make shopping for furniture easy from the start u til delivery. Hats off!

Lhasa chest of drawer makes my room bigger

That simple chest of drawer completely changes the room, bringing in far more light in due to its lower height. And because it is wider and deeper than the old dresser it has far more storage space. My entire collection of DVD fits more than confortably in two of its drawers. All of my craft supplies, even the ones that were not in the old dresser before fits with room to spare for more in the remaining four drawers. I have plans to decorate the space above the dresser with pictures, but before that will go for a seasonal decor once December arrives.

All this made me half forget about the India in Pitcure series this Sunday, the picture I planned to use is watermarked and ready, I just didn't find the energy and time to sit down on Sunday to write anything. My mind was too full with new creative ideas for my living room to be able to focus on anything else, bear with me.

15 comments

  1. Hi Cynthia, I work at UL and it's been such a joy to read your post! Our Mumbai team was thrilled to read all your remarks about the delivery service.

    Thanks again for driving away our Monday Blues!

    - Nandini

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    1. Hi Nandini, you are most welcome.
      You guys did an outstanding job processing my order, and I LOVE my new chest of drawer. Keep it up with the great job. And thanks for taking some time to read my blog and commenting too.

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  2. Wow!
    I've been looking at the furniture at Pepperfry (since they've been advertising so much) & @Home for our flat in Delhi. Pepperfry's gotten such terrible online reviews.
    Now I'll just have to look at Urban Ladder too!

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  3. Pepper fry has indeed terrible reviews, I don't think I heard a single story of satisfied customers. I never ordered anything from them myself thankfully.

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  4. Anonymous4:01 AM

    Nice! My style, too ... I like the lower height, and it takes up much less space visually and really opens up the room, so to speak. Amazing what a little change can do. Susan

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    1. Yes it is amazing how sometimes the only thing you need to change a room completely is just a lower height piece of furniture. Now both DH and I are thinking the next thing to go is our old TV cabinet, it really is looking odd, but it is hard to find corner ones nowadays and our living room is such that we can't have a straight one and watch TV confortably. Small space problem of Mumbai :-)

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  5. lovely furniture :D

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  6. Anonymous2:22 PM

    Wow it looks awesome. I browsed their website and they have some classic pieces.
    I was wondering if the upholstered chairs for the dining table could be difficult to maintain. I mean over time won't they get dirty. Again I don't want to replace my dining chairs or table for another 15 years or so. So plain wooden chairs will be good right? I've asked my friends around but they seem to replace their furniture every 3 years. So it doesn't matter if u plan on replacing them soon they say. What kind of chairs do you have?

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    1. I have upholstered chairs, bought them in 201o from @home, they do get dirty with time, but you can now buy a stain guard spray online, I ink Amzaon does it. If the chairs become too soiled you don't need to replace the whole chair, that is the beauty of upholstery, you just change the fabric, if the padding gets too worn, you can also have the padding changed, and it doesn't cost too much. I worked as an upholsterer decorator in my days I Switzerland, as an apprentice I did a lot of chair rep adding because it is a very straightforward and easy job, or the seat area comes off, or you upholster the fabric around the frame, but in both cases it is possible to be done. We also used to give the stain guard treatment by default on all our pieces, we used a heavy grade compressor spray filled with liquid Teflon since we were professionals, but the spray can stuff works well too. When I bought that set, these solutions were not easily available in India, if you have small children and still fear for the stains go for wooden chairs and buy chair cushions you can remove and wash separately. Lifestyle sell some, and I am considering them because with Ishita still not really being super neat at the dinning table I want to wait to have them rep added and reupholstered. Another solution is to reupholster them immediately with a vinyl cover, or leatherette which can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

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  7. Looks great!

    My brother's startup - WhoDat - has created the software for Urban Ladder that let's you view furniture in 3-D reality in the spaces they are meant for. Did you use this feature?

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    1. I didn't use it, but I saw the advertising for the app on their site, I probably will for future purchases. I think this is a very neat idea...heck I might even end up playing with it building my fantasy decor.

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  8. Hi I would like to order the Lhasa chest of drawers too. Could you please give me some feedback on the quality, finish, handles, polish etc. Overall, are you happy with your purchase?

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    1. I am very happy with the purchase. That chest of drawer has a lot of storage space and the quality of the finish is outstanding. It is a rustic matte finish that is easy to maintain and care for. It just need regular dry dusting and a whipping with a slightly damp clothon occasion.

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  9. Hi Cynthia, thanks a lot for the feedback!

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  10. Really very good to get the designs and comforts.

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