Actress Ruhi Singh’s home in Mumbai’s Goregaon west is spacious and sophisticated. Singh bought her three-and-a-half-bedroom-hall apartment, after living on rent for a few years in the city, as she felt that it was a better idea to pay the EMI on the house, rather than paying a hefty sum as rent. “My parents have always encouraged me to feel secure and be self-sufficient. I am proud to own a home in Mumbai now, as this is a big step in that direction. I saw many flats from Bandra to Malad and finally bought this one in Goregaon west, as the building has various amenities such as a pool, gym, garden and most importantly, good security” she recalls.
Singh says that it took her almost six months, to design her house. With the help of interior designer Shlok Ganatra, she planned everything, down to the minute details.
“Every furniture item in the house is customised. I told him exactly what I wanted and he helped me to pick the décor items and customise my house in the perfect way. I have always loved luxurious hotel rooms and my home feels like a 5-star hotel. I have opted for extravagance, blended with functionality. It is definitely glitzy but not ostentatious. The décor is inspired by my travels and largely portrays my style and sensibilities. I like old-fashioned furniture and carvings,” says the model and actress, who shot to fame when she won the Miss Universal Peace and Humanity in 2014.
She made her Bollywood debut with Madhur Bhandarkar’s movie ‘Calendar Girls’ and also played the solo lead in ‘Ishq Forever’. Presently, she features in the web series ‘Operation Cobra’.
All the rooms in her house have velvet and satin curtains, floral wallpapers and a muted colour scheme. The living room and bedroom also have soft white carpets. The velvet sofas with golden armrests, add to the regal touch. “I love all things gold but I have kept it subtle. Hence, the décor is a combination of pastels and off-whites, with just a touch of gold, which adds glamour. The floral wallpapers in the bedrooms give a comforting and restful vibe, while the living room is a bit more extravagant,” she explains.
The neutral coloured master bedroom has a bed with a huge upholstered headrest which is illuminated from behind and a matching ottoman. Singh has converted one bedroom into a dressing room. This largely white room has an English décor theme, with a sofa and poufs having floral upholstery. Singh confesses that she likes to pamper herself and a functional and attractive dressing table helps her to groom herself every day.
Her dressing table has enough storage space for all her cosmetics. “As my home is spacious, I have huge wardrobes for my clothes and shoes. I also love reading and I always wanted my own library. My library has a comfortable chair and a tall floor lamp beside it. It is my favourite corner at home to unwind,” says Singh.
Hand-picked artifacts add a personal touch
Singh’s house has a collection of artifacts from all over the world. Some of the items include an Oscar statue from London’s Madame Tussauds, an African piece of jewellery mounted on a display stand, golden mask of a lady from a carnival in Brazil and an illuminated model of the Eiffel Tower from Paris.
“Every single piece is meaningful to me. I believe that the objects displayed at home should create a positive aura. The artifacts in my home, either represent some aspect of my career, or my beliefs, or are a source of visual delight, or special memories. I also have a golden tree of life, which symbolises eternal life, growth and abundance,” she elaborates.
Starry skies and artistic lighting
Various lighting fixtures add warmth and grandeur to the house. The entire house has daylight spotlights. “I have opted for chandeliers, as it lends a palatial feel to the house. I love the optic fibre glittering lights that Rolls Royce cars’ roofs have, which looks like constellations and have recreated this effect on my bedroom ceiling. I love space and the star lights add an interesting dimension to the house, with its sparkle and glow,” she adds.
Singh’s house, on the 40th floor, also receives ample sunlight. “Back home in Jaipur, we have a big garden. In Mumbai, my mother has helped me to create a small, lovely herb garden. I have around 45 pots in my balcony, where I grow basil, mint, aloe vera, tulsi and coriander, besides flowers like marigold and roses. My serene home reflects my personality. It is my comfort zone – a place to relax and unwind after work. It is a warm cosy space that exudes peace,” she concludes.