Celebrity Cribs: R Zarni and One's renovated mansion
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.