ANGELES — For a decade, Kenny Kapoor and husband Ashim
lived in a 900-square-foot fourplex apartment in West
Hollywood with their two sons. Today the family lives in
a new home that, though just blocks from their former
residence, seems light-years away. It’s more than
three times larger and includes a guest house and pool.
apartment "was a happy place and had great
energy," Kenny Kapoor says, "but we were
always restricting the kids. And we had only one
living in a small space with two sons underfoot, not to
mention family and friends visiting from their native
India, she likes to joke that she now has to go looking
for her sons.
its location on a busy street, the new house is
surprisingly serene. Credit designer Safura Salek of
Mass Studio, who has created a spacious and light-filled
Midcentury Modern-inspired home that suits the needs of
a family of four.
designed the first level with entertaining in mind. The
living area has an open floor plan and easy access to
the backyard and pool. A two-story floating fireplace
separates the dining and living rooms and continues
upstairs to the master bedroom. Pine plank ceilings and
custom walnut cabinetry add warmth and an earthy vibe to
the interiors and accentuate the home’s length on a
a surprising move, Salek installed a slim red brick wall
through the entryway and family room, extending
outdoors. "I wanted a thin line to offset the clean
structure of the house," Salek says. "I wanted
to break away from a monolithic box."
windows, all unadorned, flood the interior spaces with
light. Working with Salek, the couple selected vintage
and modern furnishings from Material Environment, Roche
Bobois, Midcentury L.A., Graye and Thomas Hayes Gallery.
Sofas are covered in luxurious velvets, and a window
seat and bolster are made from a kilim remnant Salek
found at Lawrence of La Brea. The sunny all-white
kitchen features a center island with a Teppanyaki grill
and easy access to an outdoor patio, pool and lounge.
the second floor are three bedrooms and an office. To
create more outdoor living space, Salek installed
balconies outside each of the second-floor rooms. An
overhang from the guest house provides shade for the
the architecture is distinctly modern, the home’s
interiors reflect the family’s Indian heritage. A pair
of hookah pipes rest next to a credenza. A pooja room,
or prayer room, features silver deities, idols and
photos of gurus. In the corner of the living room, a
tiny urn containing blessed dirt from India sits on the
floor. And on the walls, detailed Pichwai paintings on
silk and artworks by M.F. Hussain serve as further
reminders of the family’s homeland.
couple asked that the house and guest quarters be
designed according to the principles of vastu shastra, a
Hindu design method focusing on a home’s directional
alignment. Kenny Kapoor describes it as thoughtful
placement of rooms in terms of cardinal directions and
"maximizing all of the good energy."
family’s living quarters may have dramatically
changed, but she says life hasn’t changed that much
because she is still surrounded by her family. "I
like that there is always life around me."