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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.
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.