This London Apartment’s Decor Looks Like “If Mrs. Weasley Went to India”

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view of dining area/workspace into kitchen. dining/workspace has a large wood table with some office supplies, blue chairs. Kitchen has sage green cabinets, white tile backsplash, white countertops. Bowls of fruit on kitchen island. Part of living room can be seen to the right

Radhika Parashar has been renting this 800-square-foot London townhouse for one year: I’m from California, but have my roots in Delhi, India. I want my home to reflect my own story as well as be a living testament to the life I have chosen to live. I live on my own in my home and designed it to be able to host family and friends. A lot of my decor is inspired by my heritage and is very inclusive of nods to contemporary Diaspora Indian artists and craftspeople. My space is bohemian, but also polished; it’s very colourful, but also pared-back.

I am Indian American with a diversity of interests and experiences that have shaped my taste. I am an avid textile and arts collector; I work in design tech; I am from California (so I’m very used to large, expansive spaces); and I’m, at my heart, a writer, so I’m very attracted to a sense of coziness and warmth. Home is so personal to me because I have moved 17 times in 14 years. I am also super adaptable, so my home adapts to whatever is going on at any given point.

Describe your home’s style in five words or fewer: If Mrs. Weasley went to India.

What is your favorite room and why? Definitely my dining room/living space. It gets the most light in the house and I have configured and reconfigured the space multiple times depending on who is visiting, where I need things to be, etc.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Hans Brattrud Chairs, a Samsung fridge, and Tiipoi Diyas.

Any advice for creating a home you love? After many, many years of making do with things that were utilitarian, about five years ago I started only buying things I loved. It’s amazing how that curation of taste begins to all meld to create something that is just your own. I wrote about it here.

Thanks, Radhika!

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