Celebrity Cribs: R Zarni and One's ren­o­vated man­sion

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - LAE PHYU PYA lae­phyupya@gmail.com – Trans­la­tion by Khant Lin Oo

THE white three-storey house be­hind its car­pet of green is el­e­gant and wel­com­ing. I was vis­it­ing R Zarni, his wife, for­mer model One and their son Phit Phit Tone at home – that is, 58A Kabar Aye Pagoda Road. They bought it in 2006, ren­o­vated it in 2009 and in 2011 em­barked on a re­fur­bish­ment com­pleted three years ago to their own de­sign, aided by an ar­chi­tect.

The black-and-white in­te­rior fea­tures doors, chairs and lad­ders in nat­u­ral-wood colour.

R Zarni di­rected the colour scheme, while One at­tended to the de­sign. Down­stairs is dec­o­rated with black so­fas sheathed in an­i­mal fur, with a mini-bar be­side the par­lour. Mir­rors abound, and the view of the lawn is rest­ful.

Up­stairs, pass­ing through the li­brary, you pass a shrine room with a wooden set­tee in front, and cross a mir­rored ve­randa to the mas­ter bed­room, which faces a smaller one for Phit Phit Tone, along with a dress­ing room with clothes clos­ets and a shoe cabi­net. Dis­creet di­rected light­ing falls on the orig­i­nal paint­ings on the walls.

R Zarni’s stu­dio, equipped with drums and other in­stru­ments, is on the same floor.

They em­ploy no maids, and do all the house­hold chores them­selves: One is in charge of the clean­ing, R Zarni is re­spon­si­ble for the yard work, in­clud­ing feed­ing the dogs and wa­ter­ing the trees and plants. An at­mos­phere of har­mony and rest pre­vails.

This is where R Zarni spends his time when he doesn’t have to go on for­eign tours or play gigs around the coun­try. One, re­tired from mod­el­ling work, now has her own on­line de­sign and shop­ping busi­ness with her sis­ters, though fam­ily life is a pri­or­ity for them both.

The cou­ple wake up at about 6am to pre­pare their son for school. Both of them ac­com­pany him there, and both go to pick him up in the af­ter­noon.

R Zarni is pre­par­ing for his sec­ond solo live show, to be held at the Na­tional The­atre, and is also shoot­ing mu­sic videos for Kabar Thar’s al­bum. One is cre­at­ing fash­ion de­signs for her cus­tomers. For both, home and fam­ily come first.

Pho­tos: Nan Zay Htet

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