thoughtfully designed home of MTV veejay MALAIKA ARORA and actor ARBAAZ
KHAN in Bombay, forms a fitting backdrop to the unfolding of their
love story.It was the remarkable commitment of their interior designer,
Clement De Sylva that allowed Malaika and Arbaaz to move into their
new flat on their wedding day itself. The three-bedroom flat was restructured
to accommodate the tasteful lifestyle of the new owners.
Malaika always had her eye on this flat in Bandra, the queen of
suburban Bombay. “I fell in love with this place six years
ago. This is almost like a dream come true!” she exclaims.
Like her husband says, it was Malaika’s ‘Catholic connections’
that got them this flat — and they moved in only a year ago.
living-room is itself a reflection of varied influences. The centre-table,
an Italian piece, was one of the first items that was bought for
the home. The blue light-stand and blue upholstery were based on
the colour picked up from the table. Malaika believes that the colours
used in the house reflect their personalities.
“My husband and I are very laid-back. We love the beach,
and that’s why there are a lot of aqua colours around the
home.” Shades of blues and greens can be seen in different
parts of the house.
part of the living-room is set apart to house the dining area. The
dining-table and chairs were hunted out from a tiny outlet in Jogeshwari,
Bombay. “It took me three painful days to find all the pieces
of the dining set,” recalls Malaika.
The chairs were sourced from a line of shops which had only a single
piece each, and she had to literally hunt them out and polish them
— to ensure the exquisite look they possess today.
The pots that decorate the dining area were created by Malaika
herself. Always keen to learn the art, she enrolled in pottery classes
and her home has become her gallery, displaying the pieces that
she has so painstakingly created.