Sonam Ahuja opens London studio and home for the first time

Intimate and intense. Filled with art. London, a little. Plenty of India. Paul Bert Serpette shares magic and solid-wood floors. Love, laughter and the pursuit of happiness are all part of our daily lives. Sonam Kapoor Ahuja has choreographed and designed her London studio and home under the watchful eye of Rooshad Shrioff. Architectural Digest is the first to get an exclusive look at the home of the Bollywood actor.

Sonam Ahuja and Anand Ahuja are featured in the September-October Style issue of The Magazine. Their home is filled with Indian touches. Hand-carved wardrobe doors made by Mumbai artisans, canework from Arunachal Pradesh and curtains embellished with embroidery by Maximiliano Modesti’s Lucknow studio, all speak to Sonam’s love of India.

IANSlife reproduces a portion from AD India’s latest featuring the actress. When Sonam Kapoor Ahuja began dating Anand Ahuja in 2009, she fell in love with his London perch. Notting Hill is one the most bohemian ‘villages” in the city, and the couple chose to live among its leafy stucco squares. The Lockdown provided an opportunity for the actor to rule the roost. She recalls that she suddenly found herself living a local lifestyle, with no premieres or planes. “I was running in Hyde Park, looking for olive oils at Portobello Market, and bonding with my neighbours during this surreal period.”

Rooshad Shroff, a Mumbai-based architect, has brought Sonam’s vision to life for this beautiful pied-a-terre. Sonam says that Rooshad Shroff is an expert at curating spaces to suit individual tastes. “We started with laying a foundation using rich textures and jewel colors together. This rich palette was extended to transport realms by covering walls with de Gournay’s ‘Early Views of India.’ Sonam says that the Indian touches include many personal items given to her by her mothers. These heirlooms are beautiful, even though they may be humble and have brought joy to so many people. Sonam’s interior design is unpretentious. Sonam has an uncanny ability to create a sense of intimacy, possibly as a legacy from her acting career. She agreed, saying, “This is a sanctuary, for us and for those that we love, not a showcase home.” It’s not huge, but it has an impact.