Song­wut Pat­tanasi­la­porn and Minthita Wong­sawut have set out to cre­ate a sim­ple but cosy life, as Pri­jayanat Kalam­pa­sut dis­cov­ers when she vis­its their lux­u­ri­ous sub­ur­ban pad

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The Put­tha­mon­thon home of Song­wut Pat­tanasi­la­porn and Minthita Wong­sawut is an homage to the plush style of a fives­tar ho­tel, but that’s just the way the cou­ple like it, as Pri­jayanat Kalam­pa­sut dis­cov­ers

This month we visit royal Tier, a res­i­den­tial com­pound sit­u­ated in Put­tha­mon­thon dis­trict where wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher Song­wut Pat­tanasi­la­porn, known as Bird, and his wife Minthita Wong­sawut, or Art, have found them­selves the per­fect sanc­tu­ary for two. Con­structed on ap­prox­i­mately 100 square me­tres of land, the house and its garage take up al­most all of the space but the home­own­ers are un­both­ered by the lack of green­ery on the prop­erty. “It’s ac­tu­ally great be­cause nei­ther of us wanted a gar­den to be­gin with,” laughs Art. “We had a small patch of grass down the side of the house but we de­cided to re­place it with fake grass so we wouldn’t have to deal with any plant-re­lated up-keep.”

While the houses at Royal Tier all re­sem­ble one an­other, Bird and Art have man­aged to cre­ate an in­te­rior that matches their in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ters and per­sonal taste. The main en­trance, dis­tinct from their neigh­bours’, boasts a pair of three-me­tre-high mod­ern wooden doors that Bird had cus­tom made. Upon en­ter­ing, the first thing you see is the din­ing area with its 10-seater mar­bled ta­ble. Above it, a glam­orous chan­de­lier hangs at the cen­tre of a large mir­ror grid fit­ted into the ceil­ing, which adds depth to the space and in­creases the amount of light in the room. A

chic bar serves as a fancy back­drop for the din­ing room.

To the right is an el­e­gantly dec­o­rated liv­ing room. Re­cessed lights and a re­fined chan­de­lier com­ple­ment the high ceil­ing and re­laxed at­mos­phere. At the cen­tre, a rusty golden cof­fee ta­ble is sur­rounded by an Ice Breaker sofa set and chairs by Cara­cole that the cou­ple pur­chased from Arkitek­tura. These are dec­o­rated with cush­ions that have been per­son­alised with cov­ers that have the cou­ple’s ini­tials on them. “Most of the fur­ni­ture in the house is from Arkitek­tura,” says Bird. “We searched ev­ery­where for a very long time un­til one day we walked passed the shop and it just felt right. Ac­tu­ally much of the in­te­rior de­sign re­volves around the fur­ni­ture.” Here a flat screen TV mounted onto a large mar­ble panel with golden re­flec­tive trims adds to the high-end feel of the space. One thing we no­tice is that there are few cup­boards and al­most no shelves. “We don’t have a lot of stuff,” laughs Bird. “I re­ally wanted the house to look clean and tidy with­out the clut­ter of lots of or­na­ments or dec­o­ra­tive items. As you can see, we barely even have any framed pho­tos of our­selves or our fam­i­lies. ”

It took the cou­ple around five months to dec­o­rate and fur­nish the en­tire house and they opted for the kind of chic in­te­rior that re­sem­bles the con­fines of a lux­ury ho­tel. “In my line of work, I get to visit many lux­ury ho­tels and I re­ally like those that are classy in a sub­tle way, that is clean to the eye and not overly dec­o­rated with colours and frills,” says Bird. “Frankly, that’s where I got the in­spi­ra­tion for our home. Af­ter a long day, I want to come back to a place that pro­motes a sense of re­lax­ation and calm.”

The en­tire floor re­flects com­fort in its re­fined man­ner. Much like the ele­gant ho­tels Bird is a fan of, the in­te­rior is chic with­out clut­ter, giv­ing it a ho­tel-like so­phis­ti­ca­tion.

The palette com­po­si­tion and fur­ni­ture have clean creamy hues with golden touches that are car­ried through­out the house­hold. Sub­tle tints of ivory, soft grey and mar­ble with golden ac­cents serve as the base palette for the home.

Of course, as one would ex­pect, the guest bath­room also ex­udes the same lux­u­ri­ous feel, which is re­flected through the use of mar­ble floors, golden mir­rors and tiles on the walls. While bed­rooms are usu­ally all lo­cated up­stairs, a door off the din­ing area leads to a bed­room with its own en-suite bath­room, both care­fully de­signed with the elderly in mind. “This is for my fa­ther when he comes over,” says Bird. “It makes more sense to have it here so he doesn’t have to tackle the stairs.”

We make our way up a wide wooden stair­case to the se­cond floor where the master bed­room and guest bed­room are. In the master bed­room a king-size bed from Cara­cole with a beau­ti­fully up­hol­stered, el­e­gantly curved head­board which de­notes clas­sic lux­ury and el­e­gance and is the fo­cal point of the room. Much like the ground floor, the space is fit­ted out to re­sem­ble a fancy ho­tel room. Creamy coloured walls are com­ple­mented with gold and white trims. The room also fea­tures a shared walk-in closet for Bird and Art and be­cause they don’t need for it to be grandiose or lav­ish, it pro­vides just enough stor­age room for two. Ele­gant white wooden cup­boards with mir­rored doors con­trast beau­ti­fully with the hard­wood floor and a classy chan­de­lier adds a touch of ex­trav­a­gance.

A bright of­fice space ac­ces­si­ble through the bed­room’s glass doors stands out from the rest of the abode. Framed by floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows, the room is il­lu­mi­nated by an abun­dance of nat­u­ral light. Fit for the pur­pose, this is per­haps the most spar­tan area in the house. Gleam­ing dark wooden floors con­trast with bright white walls. Here is Bird’s desk and com­puter, a small couch and a cof­fee ta­ble. We no­tice a tele­vi­sion sus­pended from the ceil­ing above a large mir­ror at the empty cen­tre of the room. “This is where my wife works out with her yoga videos,” says Bird.

The guest bed­room ad­ja­cent to the master bed­room is de­signed to ac­com­mo­date vis­i­tors in style. With em­pha­sis on white and grey colours with golden ac­cents, the room

fea­tures a built-in sofa-cum-read­ing nook, which can just as well serve as a re­lax­ing win­dow seat. And if that is not enough, guest can also en­joy un­wind­ing in a cosy seat il­lu­mi­nated by a chan­de­lier. In line with the home­own­ers’ tastes, noth­ing in the space is ex­ces­sive or flam­boy­ant in terms of ac­ces­sories or dé­cor.

Look­ing at this home as a whole, it is the per­fect sanc­tu­ary for two. When not oc­cu­pied with work, both Bird and Art en­joy hi­ber­nat­ing here. “I like to re­lax in the liv­ing room,” says Bird. “We reg­u­larly en­joy movie nights and some­times our friends come over to play video games and watch foot­ball matches.” Art adds with a laugh, “Bird is on a mis­sion to find the per­fect nap­ping spot right now and I find him snoozing in dif­fer­ent corners of the house all the time.”

It’s not un­com­mon for cou­ples to have dis­agree­ments, par­tic­u­larly over home dé­cor, but Art is quite happy to let her hus­band take the lead. “I must ad­mit his eye for colour and com­po­si­tion is much bet­ter than mine,” she says. “He pays so much at­ten­tion to de­tail, to the mood and tone of each cor­ner of the house. Of course there are some mi­nor ar­gu­ments but I al­ways lose any­way.”

While some might pre­fer a more cen­tralised prop­erty, Bird is ac­tu­ally from the area and en­joys be­ing away from the buzzing city cen­tre. And although he com­mutes into town reg­u­larly for work, he makes sure to leave the house be­fore traf­fic starts to build up and heads home late in the even­ing when it sub­sides. Hav­ing only re­cently set­tled in, the happy cou­ple have no plans to re­lo­cate or pur­chase a new home any time soon. “We might even­tu­ally change some of the fur­ni­ture and al­ter the dé­cor in the fu­ture,” says Bird. “But for now, we are quite con­tent with our dream home. Frankly, I’ve been sleep­ing ex­tremely well since we moved in.”

This Ice Breaker chair from Cara­cole is Bird’s favourite piece

happy cou­ple Song­wut Pat­tanasi­la­porn and Minthita Wong­sawut are the happy home­own­ers

fit for pur­pose Il­lu­mi­nated by nat­u­ral light, Bird’s of­fice also serves as a work­out spot for his wife Art

golden touches (Clock­wise from top) The invit­ing din­ing area boasts neu­tral pal­ettes com­ple­mented with ac­cents of gold; Bird and Art’s shared walk-in closet; a re­lax­ing cor­ner in the of­fice area is a great spot for nap­ping

lux­u­ri­ous rest (Clock­wise from top) The master bed­room is sim­ple but invit­ing; min­i­mal clut­ter and clean lines give the home an or­gan­ised feel; the guest bed­room also fea­tures a small com­fort­able nook in which to re­lax

com­fort break The guest bath­room is spa­cious, func­tional and beau­ti­fully ap­pointed

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