Fashion designer Hema Kaul has brought her fabric and design know-how to her beautiful water-side Palm Jumeirah penthouse and transformed the space into something any design doyenne would covet. The five-bedroom home, which she moved into three years ago with her husband Rahul and their three children, is primarily made for the family’s comfort, but doesn’t want for stylish features.
“It took me almost six months to complete the decorative process,” says Hema, who has used a muted silver palette. “I didn’t make any major changes to the structure, I just made sure the soft furnishings and interiors were completed.” Kaul wanted to apply the subtle and classy themes of her much-lauded clothing collections – which have featured in international glossies like Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire and Grazia – to her home. Her love of European brands must have been part of the reason she has opted for furnishings from designer labels like Fendi, which provided her with living room furniture, and Ligne Roset, where she splashed out on her bold eight-seater dining set. Her skill with patterns is evident in the way she has used wallpaper throughout her home, from the master bedroom to the guest suite and dining area. The colour scheme has been adapted from room to room but the same floral motif persists throughout to create continuity.
A beautiful, intricate chandelier and the imposing spiral stairway in the living area are among her favourite – and admittedly most extravagant – touches, while her walls are packed with pieces of art from up-and-coming Indian artists that have caught her eye. Pieces by Ramesh Gorjala, Renuka Kashyap and Sanjeev Manda vie for attention.
The family also spends a lot of time in their private cinema room, where Hema likes to watch movies or read. But this penthouse’s crowning glory is an incredible 6,500 square foot balcony that gives the family some serious outdoor space too – a rare bonus for those who have opted for apartment living.
● You can get a lot of inspiration not just by watching specialist home make-over shows like The Block on TV but also by checking out the decoration on sets featured in movies and even commercials.