Fashion designer Maheka Mirpuri’s home in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, reflects her passion for colour and style. Mirpuri, whose breezy home has a relaxing sea view, has done up her home in an eclectic theme.
“As I live on the 14th floor, in a sea facing building, I get a beautiful view of the Arabian Sea. Cuffe Parade is a quiet residential area. As it is at the southern tip of Mumbai, the area is not crowded. I love the old-world charm that it exudes. My home is an extension of me and it spells warmth, love, cosiness, clutter-free spaces and positivity,” says Mirpuri.
The Mirpuris have merged two three-bedroom-hall apartments, to make it a spacious four-bedroom-hall apartment. The home has a large living area and a den for house parties. “My husband Amrit Mirpuri, who is a businessman, and I spent a lot of time in designing our house. We hired interior designer Munawar Padghawala, for professional inputs and execution. It took us well over a year, to complete our house the way we wanted it. From breaking down the existing walls and laying the whole Brazilian pristine white marble flooring, to receiving the shipment of wallpapers, colour-coordinating the entire house and selecting the lighting fixtures, each aspect was time consuming,” Mirpuri recalls.
Colourful furniture and furnishings add contrast to a white décor
The designer reveals that she wanted her home to be simple and yet, stylish. Hence, the house is predominantly done up in shades of white. “White is an open canvas. It gave me the freedom to express my creativity as a fashion designer. Every feature of my house spells creativity. Each piece has an element of design to it and yet, it is simple. We have kept the furniture minimal but artistic. I am very happy with the end- result. It is very functional. To set the right mood we have chosen indirect lighting features in our entire home, operated by a touch screen,” she says. Special art pieces from Bose Krishnamachari and Akbar Padamsee adorn the white walls, adding a vibrant feel to the house.
Furniture has been designed keeping in mind comfort, as well as function. For example, the bar stools have been designed in a way that the tall heels do not dig in while seated. “My favourite space is the tall two-seat sofa cubicle that I created near the bar. I enjoy having my morning tea here, overlooking the breath-taking sea view,” Mirpuri adds. The grey, Italian leather sofas offer a comfortable seating option. The colour-coordinated Persian carpets have all been specially designed and crafted. The entire colour scheme is muted, with shades of grey and beige, surrounded by white walls and white flowers, with elements like art, cushions, carpets and the deep orange bar stools adding contrast.
Personal touches from around the world
The tasteful décor items at home show the couple’s love for travelling. “We shopped for our home extensively during our travels abroad. From the Roberto Cavalli signature wallpaper behind the bed and the Chanel bedside lamps, to the Fendi metallic bedrest, each element makes a perfect style statement,” insists Mirpuri who caters to the fashion enthusiasts including corporates, socialites and celebrities.
The other feature that Mirpuri loves about her home, is the walk-in closet that she created, for getting dressed. This specially designed space holds over 300 shoes and bags, jewellery, dresses, jeans and jackets. “The dressing room has a graphic by French designer Christian Lacroix that greets you as one walks in. It also has a small coffee bar, so that I can brew my coffee, while my hairdresser is doing my hair,” Mirpuri explains.
A space to unwind
The soothing interiors with minimal design elements, give a calm vibe to the house. The overall effect in this home is of sophisticated serenity that is opulent and contemporary.
“Amrit and I look forward to getting back home each day and being welcomed by our pet Oreo. We unwind in our den, looking at the wide expanse of the Arabian Sea right outside our window, while discussing the activities of the day gone by. I decorate my home every day with the fresh blooms of white orchids, cherry blossoms, tulips and bougainvillea. Fresh flowers, soothing music and fragrant vanilla candles uplift the atmosphere in my home, which is very special to me,” Mirpuri concludes.