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The Rokka Residence

Sweta Sirohiya Rokka gives a tour of her residence to Rojina Adhikari.

Situated in Manbhawan, Lalitpur, Sweata Sirohiya Rokka’s residence is the perfect blend of traditional aesthetics and modern design.  Being a family of travellers, the Rokkas always end up bringing decoration items from different parts of the world: Antique wall statues from Rome and paintings from France feature their collection.

Each corner of the house is designed as per Vastu Shastra, the traditional science of direction.

Rokka has kept most of the room minimalistic yet chic. She has opted for monochromatic hues for the walls. “We have selected white walls as it gives a feeling of serenity and peace,” she shares.

The staircase

The staircase at Rokka’s residence is different from most noticeable staircases. It is created without outer pillar support. The Italian green printed marble used with silver railings spells elegance at its best. Traditional Newari lighting (Sukunda) lie on either side of the staircase and a statue of a Roman warrior blends interestingly.

The lobby

The first floor lobby is decorated with a set of comfortable sofas and an artistic glass table. The family gather here to spend quality time.

The drawing room

The huge L shaped sofa covers one side of the room, paintings and statues from France, Bhutan and Nepal find their place in different areas. The wall is covered in synthetic leather. The room has a regal touch with an exquisite chandelier from Iran, and a classic Rolex wall clock.

The prayer room

Recently renovated by her daughter, the prayer room has a beautiful ornamented marble statue of Lord Krishna and Radha along with several other statues of Hindu god and goddesses. A beautiful Nepali handmade net (Jalli) on the ceiling gives the space dispersed sunlight, making it perfect for worship or meditation.

The kitchen and dining hall

The white and brown walls and contemporary furniture make the kitchen warm and vibrant.  The dining hall is divided into two sections; one with modern and western setting and the other has traditional Nepali seating. The latter has low table seating with a beautifully designed glass table where neatly arranged varieties of spices are kept. “The cuisine we prepare on any day decides which corner of the dining hall we are going to sit in ,” Rokka explains.

What makes a home happy? 
Loving your family and being loved in return is what truly makes a home happy.

Favourite part of the home
My prayer room.

Favourite piece of decor
Designing the space ourselves has made me attached to every corner of the house. However, if I had to choose, it’d be the painting from France above my bed.

If you could re-do any space in your home, what would it be? 
The projector room! It’s a space for my children and husband to play X-Box and watch movies mostly on their holidays. I think it needs to be more managed and organised.

How often do you restyle your home? 
Restyling would be a huge term. We constantly add an item to enhance a space, and of course, annual maintenance is done.

A simple styling trick from you…
Like Mies Van Der Rohe says— “less is more”. Just keep things simple and elegant.

The bedrooms

“About the bedrooms, I am very particular and strongly believe I have made the best decision about the interiors. I want to feel peace when I enter my bedroom so I have kept everything minimal,” Rokka shares.

Rokka’s room has ‘Romanesque’ theme inspired décor. She has avoided heavy and bulky decorations. The printed dark brown curtains compliment the plain white walls. She has given a personal touch by adding a French painting right above the bed.

As for her children, her son’s bedroom reflects more of ancient European design whereas her daughter’s bedroom showcases the modern aesthetics of the 21st century. “For the flooring, we’ve used Italian marble with Spanish tiles. Carpets have been avoided for hygiene factor,” Rokka explains.