De­sign

Nicha­ree Phati­tit vis­its the one-of-a-kind home of Jan­tana and Michael Selby on the banks of the Nakhon Chai Si River in Sam Phran and mar­vels at a ru­ral res­i­dence fit for a top dog

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Jan­tana and Michael Selby’s ex­ten­sive Sam Phran home has been a long time in the mak­ing but as Nicha­ree Phati­tit dis­cov­ers, to­day the cou­ple share a beau­ti­ful river­side haven with their beloved pooches

On en­ter­ing the grounds of Siam Crown Ken­nel, the spe­cial­ist Mali­nois dog-breed­ing and train­ing cen­tre owned by Jan­tana and Michael Selby, one has to tra­verse a long drive bi­sect­ing a vast lawned area. In the dis­tance three white domes glow bright in the sun­light—Michael Selby’s pri­vate ob­ser­va­tory. We aim for the spot and it is a re­lief to reach the large, leafy trees that form a canopy over a path­way that leads to the res­i­den­tial part of the com­plex.

The sis­ter of Nat­taya Wongsan­guan of Cof­fee Bean by Dao and eye sur­geon Dr Parn­nate Pang­put­thipong, Jan­tana’s home is one ele­ment of a 20-acre site that in­cludes not only the ken­nel busi­ness but also sep­a­rate ac­com­mo­da­tion for her sib­lings. While a golf buggy is avail­able to ferry res­i­dents and guests around the ex­pan­sive com­pound, the walk to the main clus­ter of build­ings of­fers a scenic stroll along a wooden walk­way through ver­dant gar­dens and past a pretty lo­tus pond. Our des­ti­na­tion is a colour­ful sit­ting room on the ground floor of the Selby’s res­i­dence. “Ini­tially this room housed Michael’s gym and a spa area for me. How­ever, as time went on we de­cided to move the gym next to the aviary in an­other part of the build­ing and I got my space back,” Jan­tana laughs.

The room forms a long rec­tan­gle lit by an abun­dance of nat­u­ral light. A sunken cir­cu­lar space is filled with colour­ful throws and pil­lows that bring to mind the story-telling room in Ara­bian Nights. The decor, Jan­tana ex­plains, is in­spired by the cou­ple’s love of Is­tan­bul. “We both en­joy vis­it­ing the city. If I wanted to go to an­other coun­try, say Ja­pan, Michael might be re­luc­tant and vice versa, but we’ve never ar­gued about go­ing to Is­tan­bul.” Look­ing at the eclec­tic soft fur­nish­ings that im­bue the room with a kalei­do­scopic qual­ity, Jan­tana goes on to say that the dé­cor re­mains a work in progress. “The first time we went to Turkey, I bought four or five pil­lows specif­i­cally for this room. I didn’t give it much thought but af­ter throw­ing them into the cir­cu­lar re­cess there, I felt they re­ally com­ple­mented each other and the space.”

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The lo­tus fresco hang­ing on the hall­way wall re­flects the ac­tual lo­tus pond out­side

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