Step Inside Rita Ora’s Victorian-Era Sanctuary in London
The singer’s cozy historical home with a fascinating past is filled with unexpected vintage finds
Her furniture also brings a taste of her West London roots into her new neighborhood. “I made a conscious effort to leave my safety zone,” says Ora of purchasing a home in an unfamiliar area. “All my friends are in West London, my go-to coffee shop, my café. I wanted to expand.” Her new area has more parks and greenery, and her home has multiple fireplaces and a lovely garden, all amenities that help her better unplug from her fast-paced life. “I would walk down the street in West London and people would be like, ‘Rita, what’s up?’ And then I would not get home for six hours. I would sit and have coffee and then I’d grab a drink, and then I’m like, ‘How am I not home yet?’”
The social butterfly is, of course, finding her niche now. “I’ve made friends in the local Pilates, and they’re all gorgeous mums of three kids, and I’m sort of like, ‘This is how you guys live out here. Okay, cool. I get it.’”
As she works on her third album, Ora couldn’t be happier with the calm and grounding home base she’s created. “Everyone comes to my house and says, ‘I can’t believe you live in a house like this,’” she explains. She understands why people might be confused: “My exterior self is super flamboyant, colorful, and I’m really proud of the decisions I make. Internally, my interior self is the opposite. I wanted my inner self reflected in my home.”
Art: Chris Cuffaro.