Luxury Safes Blog presents to you the bursting with the colors of India, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s charming London Home is a vibrant and thoughtful amalgamation of the East and the West.

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Step Inside Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s Jewel-box Of A Notting Hill Home
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja in her living room, wearing Savannah robe and Hamilton trousers, both Dundas World. Vintage Chanel necklace.

“When we first moved into this house, my husband and I slept on the floor on a mattress.”

These are not words you would expect to hear from a global superstar and style icon, but Sonam Kapoor Ahuja has an endearing frankness about her that captured the hearts of a generation gasping for newness and authenticity. Her London Home tucked away in a handsome period townhouse in tony Notting Hill, is an amalgamation of the East and the West.

Step Inside Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s Jewel-box Of A Notting Hill Home
The hallway features a circa 1900 Kurdish runner, an antique Chinese chair, and 1940s Murano Plafonnier lights.

When Sonam Kapoor Ahuja started dating Anand Ahuja, a dashing fashion entrepreneur with serious style credentials of his own, he was already living in London. Over the course of their long-distance courtship, the idea that the couple would have one foot in India and the other in the British capital had taken root.

“When we met, Anand was living on Kensington Church Street and I just fell in love with the neighbourhood,”

recalls Sonam Kapoor Ahuja

Situated on a leafy square, with access to a pristinely manicured private garden and grand windows that flood the home with London light, this is truly real estate heaven.

“This house is not very far from where we lived when we were dating… a sense of family and community is abundant here.”

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja

With a clutch of friends living close by, the couple has founded their own Notting Hill Set.

Step Inside Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s Jewel-box Of A Notting Hill Home
In the drawing-room, the side table by the window is by Allegra Hicks and the green poufs are from Rose Uniacke. The sconces are Lianne Gold by Ralph Pucci and the yellow sofa is Knoll. On the Charles Zana Calanque coffee table are silver elephants passed down from Sonam’s mother-in-law. Beyond, a glimpse of the kitchen and dining room.

Last year as we faced an unexpected, lingering pause, Sonam’s diary cleared up; suddenly there were no planes to catch, no shoots to plan.

She called upon the Mumbai-based architect Rooshad Shroff to help her bring her ideas to life.

“This is not his style at all, but he knows me well and understood that I wanted to create a more outdoorsy feel inside. Plus, he is a master at modernising craft. I think that is why we worked together so well.”

says Sonam Kapoor Ahuja
Step Inside Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s Jewel-box Of A Notting Hill Home
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja in her dining room with its tropical de Gournay wallpaper and gold Mass table by Tom Dixon. She wears a leather trench coat, Chanel. Vintage 1980s Christian Dior earrings.

From unique pieces, she found in the antique markets of London and Paris, to heirlooms passed down from her mother-in-law and furniture crafted by some of India’s brilliant artisans, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja home crisscrosses time and styles, but there is a particular fondness for all things mid-century.

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Step Inside Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s Jewel-box Of A Notting Hill Home

“The Fifties and Sixties were such an inspiring time for India. We had just won our independence and there was that can-do spirit. I think we had this idealism and a will to be different. It seeped through our movies, our songs, architecture, and art.”

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja

Little wonder, then, that her collection of Chandigarh chairs by Pierre Jeanneret is close to her heart.

Step Inside Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s Jewel-box Of A Notting Hill Home

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While nesting during the lockdown had its own charm, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja felt the need to express her creativity and opportunity arose in the form of a mews property that the couple bought, just a short walk from their home. Sonam invited her close friend, the stylist Nikhil Mansata to collaborate on the creative space that is best described as a hybrid between a gallery, office, and an artist’s studio.

Step Inside Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s Jewel-box Of A Notting Hill Home
Step Inside Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s Jewel-box Of A Notting Hill Home
In Sonam’s studio, a Pierre Jeanneret stool, Studio Bijlani chair, and a voluptuous rust velvet sofa by Pierre Augustin Rose. A Molly Goddard dress hangs in the dressing area. The textile collage is by Shezad Dawood and the artwork on the right is a 2020 Rana Begum spray-paint on paper piece.

With an elegantly draped fitting room, the upper level doubles up as an atelier where Sonam Kapoor Ahuja shoots imagery for her compelling Instagram feed and tests looks for personal appearances. The ground floor salon meanwhile houses an ever-evolving gallery featuring South Asian artists.

“I love collecting and supporting art from the region. In my own way, I feel like I’m giving back to the culture.”

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja
Step Inside Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s Jewel-box Of A Notting Hill Home
The ground floor of Sonam’s creative space is an ever-evolving art gallery spotlighting South Asian artists and an array of contemporary design.

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