Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha, who is a proud homebody, recently embarked on a mission to spruce up her duplex in upscale Mumbais Juhu with the help of acclaimed interior designer and film decorator Rupin Suchak .
Suchak, who is currently working on Ranbir Kapoors ‘house and Neetu Kapoors’ study in Mumbai, was happy to transform the Sinhas apartment into a welcoming bohemian living room.
The Dabangg actress lives in a tower called Ramayan owned by her actor-politician father Shatrugnan Sinha. The whole family lives in the tower and Sinha was keen to make her carpet more dynamic and chic.
Suchak gives us an exclusive tour of the renovated place of Sinhas which he completed in a month. Here are our main takeaways from our conversation with Suchak, who had recently worked on Alia Bhatts’ Mumbai office and in films, including Kareena Kapoors Ki & Ka film sets.
1. Sonakshi Sinhas’ memoir was fairly straightforward, says Suchak.
Keep it cozy and artistic She lives in a duplex in her father’s building called Ramayan in Juhu. Even though her apartment is on the 10th floor, the height was ergonomically designed so that you feel like you are on a higher floor. It took her space to a whole new level. Plus, she is young and vibrant and her house now reflects her personality, Suchak said.
2. The two met once and hit it off instantly. While noticing mentally cozy, he was keen to introduce new textures and distressed light wood into his home.
I showed him reference spaces of tastefully appointed rustic barns. We used a lot of aged wood panels in the living room and in her bedroom. The idea was that his den shouldn’t look too perfect and shiny. These Bollywood stars travel the world and stay in the brightest, chrome-plated and glass-fronted hotels. Thus, they are made with a glossy and glossy finish. When they get home, they want it to be welcoming. And remember, their personalities are very intimidating, so it was important that their homes reflected a relaxed and bohemian vibe.
3. Sonakshi Sinha loves her art (she recently auctioned off her paintings to raise money for film workers during COVID-19) and her paintings have naturally found a place in her wall. The large art deco room at the entrance is its own work and adds a fun and personal touch to the interiors. Its colorful art deco added a touch of zing and zaniness to the wall.
4. For his bedroom, there has been a lot of discussion about what type of bed to choose. While Sinha wanted a four-poster canopy bed, Suchak convinced her that a white bamboo bed is more suitable for the space. A four-poster bed might have overshadowed the room, he feared. Suchak also used a lot of American pine lumber in the house.
The bamboo bed softens the atmosphere considerably and doesn’t make it look heavy or stuffy, I also did a lot of layering and water treatment of the walls in pastel blue and yellow tones.
5. They also worked hard to find a mint green wooden walk-in closet and makeup station. Internally, he also destroyed a storage room near the lobby and converted it into a cafe / bar area.
The To Infinity & Beyond neon light signage adds a quirky touch. I destroyed the wall and added a window to break up that space, Suchak said.
6. Their favorite addition is also the glass partition with tinted windows.
We used a lot of white and blue and there was concern that it would get linear and boring. So, the glass partition and wacky bar were meant to cut all white with a blue feel, Suchak said.
7. Suchak played with the wrought iron windows.
Usually you see these working grilles in middle class homes. But I colored it differently and designed it in such a way that it instantly catches your eye. The whole block has such a welcoming feel. All you want to do is sit on the light blue sofa and drink from the muted palettes.
8. Before the place was refreshed and renovated, his house had heavy and ornate rooms and wood.
It looked slightly outdated and heavy. So the idea was to give it a twist by inserting earthy tones, milky palettes, geometric shapes and soft linens, Suchak said.
9. Every room you find in Sinhas’ house comes from India.
The bust you see on the coffee table is from Ahmedabad. I believe you don’t have to travel far from India to decorate your house. Everything is available here. I pride myself on sourcing from India, unless my client asks for a particular leather from Italy. Even then I give them the Indian equivalent, Suchak said.
10. Sonakshi Sinha has been heavily involved in the process. This project was a different experience than the fit-out of Alia Bhatts’ offices in Mumbai.
Every piece of furniture and corner has been personally approved by her and then incorporated. It’s always a dream to have an artistic client like her.
11. Their favorite corners in Sinhas’s chic lair include the stain wall in his bedroom and the neon reflections in the cafe / bar space.