Interior designer Darshini Shah, who has styled the couple’s new house, says, “Saif and Kareena’s new house is an extension of sorts of the old one. They had become extremely comfortable with their house in Fortune Heights; they just didn’t want to move out. So, the new house, which they should be moving into shortly, has a feel of the old pad but it also meets their new set of requirements with their second baby on the way. It has a beautiful new nursery for the baby, and Taimur’s own space as he’s growing up. It’s a lot larger than their old house; it’s more spacious with beautiful terraces, a swimming pool, outdoor areas, and open spaces that have been landscaped. It has room for everyone.”
Elaborating on the couple’s interior aesthetics, Darshini adds, “Both Saif and Kareena love understated luxury and comfort. They like their spaces to feel like their travel diaries. Everything that they have at home is something they have collected over time, and it has a memory or a story attached to it. Like, they love England, they like the colonial-classic style of decor. They also don’t like anything that’s loud. Like their Fortune Heights’ home, even their new house has a library, artworks, antiques, candles, a certain kind of furniture.”
Darshini had designed the house at Fortune Heights before Saif and Kareena started living-in together back in 2008-09. “I understand their requirements and what they might like, at times, without them saying it. We go back a long time. They moved in after I completed the work on the house in Fortune Heights. It was great for the two of them. After Taimur was born, we made sure he has a nursery at home and his own little space. With their second baby on the way, we just pulled all stops and ensured that we wrap up everything in time for them to move into their new house,” says Darshini, adding, “Kareena has been hugely involved with the new house’s decor. Even with the progressing pregnancy, she continues to step out, check out the stuff, pick up things that she likes for the place. The house is almost ready to welcome the family in.”
A few years ago, the Pataudi Palace, the couple’s ancestral home, had also undergone a process of restoration and refurbishing, which took three years. Saif and Kareena were deeply involved in the process and had roped in Darshini for the project. “The palace has a 100-year-history. But even there, you will find everything that defines Saif and Kareena’s taste. Books, art, antiques, black and white tiles, the gorgeous fireplaces,” says Darshini.