The actor, who has played Rajesh Koothrappali on the hit sitcom since 2007 (season 11 debuts Sept. 25), chose his Spanish-style compound after nearly a year of house hunting with wife, Neha Kapur Nayyar. The pair looked at homes in all different styles, before Neha, a fashion designer and former Miss India, fell in love with a 5,000-square-foot hacienda with a unique seashell pink hue and a significant triangular layout.
“In India, there’s this thing called gou-mukh. It’s very auspicious if the house opens into the back like a triangle—it’s very good in Indian culture,” Neha tells Archdigest.com. “You walked in and just felt you were in this sanctuary.”
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Kunal, who married and moved in with Neha in 2011 after dating long distance (she lived in New Delhi, he in L.A.), didn’t quite have the same love-at-first-sight reaction to the house, but had faith in his partner’s excellent taste. Luckily, he says, “Neha, being very cultured and having a very good eye, she saw this vision of the place.”
The couple, who moved in with only a sofa and a TV, worked with Lory and Mats Johansson of Just Joh — who also designed Richard Branson’s Necker Island — to outfit the space. They blended a love of nature and indoor-outdoor living with decorative influences from their upbringings in India. Ultimately, Kunal credits Neha with “taking this house and making it a home.” And both plan to enjoy it for a long time.
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