Inside Celebrity Homes: Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar’s Mumbai Home – What makes a beautiful space a home? For Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar, it’s living amongst objects that tell stories. Contemporary art, family photographs and curios loaded with personal memories transform the clean lines of their duplex apartment in Mumbai into a private haven—a lush sanctuary amidst the urban chaos.
Hermann Hesse was driven to write his beautiful novella Journey to the East (1932) by the words of the 18th-century German poet Novalis—“Where are we really going? Always home!”
For interior designer, columnist and former actor Twinkle Khanna, that road to the past is paved with a mango tree. The home she lived in till she was 12, the iconic ‘Aashirwad’ on Mumbai’s Carter Road, had a mango tree growing through the dining area.
“The tree sort of burst through the glass ceiling. My sister and I would go to the terrace and pluck mangoes,” she recalls. In every home that she’s lived in since, there’s been a mango tree. The sea-facing duplex apartment she now shares with her movie star husband Akshay Kumar, 12-year-old son Aarav, two-year-old daughter Nitara and a mild-mannered German Shepherd Cleo, has one too.
The entire house, done by Khanna right from drafting the architectural plans to picking the Paola Navone ceramic stools, is brimming with family photographs and mementos—artefacts collected on trips (such as a Mother Mary and Baby Jesus sculpture that Kumar spotted at a store window while holidaying in Spain) or gifts to each other (Khanna gifted Kumar a painting titled Indian James Bond for his 40th birthday). Art by her mother and son also feature throughout the home; Aarav has given the guest room door the Jackson Pollock treatment.
Khanna is a big advocate of filling homes with objects that tell a story. Kumar agrees: “It’s not about going to a store in Italy and saying ‘I’ll have one of everything.’”
Until recently, the family lived only on the ground floor. The second child ushered the need for more space, and the first floor was acquired. Now, the living and dining space, the kitchen, a home theatre and a room that functions as Kumar’s walk-in closet takes up the ground floor while the first floor houses the bedrooms, a pantry, Khanna’s home office and a balcony with a daybed where the family plays Ludo and Backgammon.
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