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Well-known actor and host Hussain Kuwajerwala and his wife Tina Kuwajerwala’s home in Lokhandwala, Mumbai, is elegant, with an understated luxury. The home, with its focus on functionality, is sophisticated and yet, minimalistic. The Kuwajerwalas live in a four-bedroom-hall apartment, which they have converted into a three-BHK.
“We have been living in Lokhandwala, Andheri west, for many years. A couple of years ago, we bought the adjoining house and joined the two houses. We decorated the interiors slowly, over two years. My mother too lives on the same floor. I feel lucky to live in this place, as even my friends are all in this area,” says Hussain.
The interiors of the house were designed by the couple, along with architect Naved Patel and contractor Piyush Mistry. “Tina, being a designer, was very much involved with the design of the house. She was very clear, about the look of the home. All the furniture is from Dubai and a few pieces, like the cane bike and palm-shaped chairs, are from Bali. The kitchen and bathroom tiles and fittings, are from Casa Mia,” informs Hussain.
Minimalistic and yet, luxurious décor
The living room of the house, which is on the 16th floor, has windows on both, the east and west sides, allowing for ample sunshine and cross-ventilation. The walls are largely fresh white in colour and are complemented by wooden flooring, which gives a cosy feel. There is no heavy furniture in this room, which is uncluttered and subtle and has white and beige sofas.
The other seating space, is a balcony area that has brick walls. A red coloured PCO telephone is mounted on the wall, while other exquisite handpicked knick-knacks add to the classy ambiance. Near the sleek folding dining table is a wooden bar which is well concealed and the wall near it has dazzling mirror tiles.
A glass trophy, which Hussain received for the Bollywood musical show Zangoora – The Gypsy Prince, is showcased in the living room. The ceiling has concealed LED lights and appliances, like the television, air-conditioning, lights, home theater and even the blinds, can be controlled through a single remote control, using home automation, explains Hussain, who has hosted various shows such as Dance Premier League and Indian Idol and acted in shows such as Sajan Re Phir Jhooth Mat Bolo, Kum Kum and many more.
A perfect mix of vintage and modern
The modern kitchen is black in colour, with all the gadgets neatly concealed amidst eye-catching black and golden tiles. The refrigerator is adorned with magnets – mementos from the various places the couple has visited. One of the rooms near the living room, has been converted an into a guest room. It has a foldable, white double bed and ample concealed storage on the walls. A white cupboard, in the shape of a castle, holds crockery and dinnerware. The soft colours and various textures, give a vintage touch to this room. There are various quotes on love and dreams, on the cushions and even on the walls. While there are hardly any photos of the couple in the house, a book by Tina on their love story, is displayed.
The bathroom is black and white in colour and its flooring resembles a chess board, while the candles resemble chess pieces. Red accessories add colour to the bathroom. The second guest room is also white in colour. The wall behind the bed has cut pipes ensconced in a glass, forming an abstract artwork piece. In one corner of the room, are red-coloured trunks from ‘Pitaara’, which Tina received as a gift. Plants adorn the windows in all the rooms of this house.
Space to unwind and relax
The magnificent master bedroom has clean segregation of spaces – a sleeping area, a spacious walk-in closet, a Jacuzzi and a seating area. The shoe closet also has special sections, for hanging various jewellery and accessories, along with a separate unit for Tina’s purses and handbags. The wardrobe’s shutters are all crafted from white leather.
The master bedroom is plush and visually calming with its all-white décor. The flooring is also white, which makes the space appear large. A huge orange lamp adds a dash of colour to the room. The Jacuzzi is well concealed with a leather lid and looks more like a bed. An elegant, black textured wall partition separates this space. “We both love our home and like to spend as much time here, with family and friends. It is a space that gives us comfort and peace and helps us to relax,” concludes Hussain.
Credit for images: Vinay Fulara