At the moment, Lakshmi's apartment is a shrine to her fashion obsessions. A few old Stella McCartney pantsuits and Tom Ford archival pieces hang in her bedroom closet, while a bureau is devoted to traditional saris and costumes from acting gigs like the Ten Commandments miniseries. Her dressing room features new Chanel boots, a new bejeweled Roger Vivier clutch she picked up in Paris, and the outfit her friend Marc Jacobs sent her to wear at his show.
Lakshmi's hope is that one day soon she will be able to expand into the townhouse she's eyeing eagerly next door. What's more, it would give her space to start a family. "I would like to have some children very soon," she says. As for her personal life, "I date some. I think it's hard. As you grow older, you become a little less malleable."
According to Lakshmi, what you see is what you get. "There was no interior decorator who came into my apartment and said, "This would look kitschy and great". There wasn't a ghostwriter who said, It would be cool if you had an essay about Morocco in your cookbook," she says. "The things I've accomplished have really been on my own steam. For good or bad, every word, every picture, every taste is mine."
We'd say there's a whole lot of "good", rather than "bad" in Padma's tastefully self-decorated home. The amount of comfort and organization makes her space seem less celebrity and more about everyday book hoarder and clothes horse. And do we spy Padma's obsession of organizing books by colour in her library? That crush just got a little bit stronger.
Read the whole piece here at A Fashionable Life: Padma Lakshmi
[Photos: Douglas Friedman]