Inside Businesswoman And Equestrian Tanchanok Vajarodaya's 98 Wireless Address
One of the most desirable ultra-luxury residential projects in Bangkok, 98 Wireless by Sansiri is where Tanchanok Vajarodaya, managing director of luxury yacht chartering company Blue Voyage Thailand, maintains a lovely pied a terre. Although she, husband Titawat and their four-year-old daughter Venice have a main home in the Promphong area, Tanchanok uses the downtown apartment frequently during the week so as to be close to work and leisure venues.
She purchased the apartment approximately two years ago and whereas finding such a home can be a protracted process for many people, for Tanchanok it was almost an impulse buy.
“It was the first place I saw and I fell in love with it immediately,” she says. “I love the chic and refined design and the architecture. The apartment also comes with an array of exclusive lifestyle services and amenities, including a 24-hour butler service, so it was an easy decision to make. Even more so with the property’s prime location. That really sealed the deal for me because I love horse riding and visit the RBSC Polo Club almost every day where my horse Cooper Blue is stabled. So finding a central city home so close to the club was a real boon.”
The elevator opens onto a small elegant white foyer where a wall-mounted mirror creates the illusion of a larger space. Beneath it, a small table with flowers and decorative items adds a welcoming touch to the reception area. Encompassing 140 square metres, the apartment comes with two bedrooms and three bathrooms. Wood flooring is a timeless trend in interior design and in contrast to the foyer’s stone flagging, the floors inside the apartment are made of solid dark herringbone oak with elegant zigzag designs. High ceilings and relief mouldings add to the refined feel.
We enter the apartment to discover an open-plan living room with a six-seater dining table and a comfortable living area comprising a beautiful mint-coloured sofa set arranged around a dark wooden coffee table. Lamp tables next to the sofas help to fill the space. The decoration is kept simple yet elegant. While buying an already furnished apartment was an option, Tanchanok enlisted the help of an interior designer friend to outfit the apartment.
“Most of the furniture here is from Chanitr although there are also some pieces from Quattro,” she says before adding with a chuckle, “I am lucky that my husband and I have the same taste in interior design.”
Giving the apartment an added touch of brightness are large houseplants and white and red floral arrangements carefully placed throughout.
“I try to order flowers every week,” says Tanchanok. “As you can see, nothing too extravagant, but I definitely feel the need to have flowers around the house. They help to freshen up the space.”
At the rear of the living room is a small kitchen. Compact and stylish, in line with the rest of the property it boasts sophisticated craftsmanship and meticulously selected materials and appliances, including top-of-the-line kitchen cabinets and appliances from the likes of Gaggenau and Siematic. Below the refrigerator is a small wine cooler from SubZero.
The two bedrooms are situated on opposite flanks of the apartment. While daughter Venice’s bedroom is located on the left side of the living room, the master bedroom is adjacent to the dining area. Kept simple yet chic, a queen-sized bed takes up the majority of the space. To offset the dark floors and black bed frames, shades of white and light grey are incorporated. Here again Tanchanok’s love for flowers is manifested through the floral displays on the bedside tables. In the left corner of the room we see a small mirrored dressing table; beneath it is one of Tanchanok’s favourite pieces of furniture—a stool finished in horsehair, which she purchased from Quattro.
To the right, sliding glass doors open onto the balcony, which is framed by beautiful black iron railings and can also be accessed through the dining area. A natty outdoor two-seater set offers a pleasant spot from which to enjoy the view of the city’s skyline.
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Back inside we head to the en-suite bathroom and traverse a small corridor decked with white cupboards boasting mirrored panels. The bathroom is a statement of luxury in itself. It has a cool palette and luxurious premium Italian marble fittings from top to bottom—Statuario and Carrara marble are combined with porcelain bathroom products from Kallista. Classically timelessness in terms of design, it is also eminently functional.
“Besides the dining area, I think the bathroom is my next favourite spot in the house,” Tanchanok laughs. Naturally the guest bathroom is also well appointed but for now it has been turned into a temporary storage room until the lady of the house finds the time to fully unpack and sort out all her belongings.
What is evident throughout the apartment is that the interior is chic without clutter and not overcrowded with furniture. Talking about the decorating concept and process, Tanchanok explains she’s not a fan of overloading living spaces with decorative bric-a-brac and bright colours.
“I don’t like mess,” she says. “I like a space to be neat and tidy and clean on the eye. As you can tell, I also have a preference for muted colours. I find they are better for making a space feel warm and inviting.”
Being a mum and businesswoman who travels often for work—particularly to Pattaya, Phuket and Samui—Tanchanok rarely gets free time to herself but when she does and she isn’t out riding, she likes to spend it here in the apartment.
“When I’m here alone I usually work,” she laughs. “But it’s so relaxing, so nice and peaceful with soft music in the background. And if I do need to go out, everything is so close.”
Taken as a whole, Tanchanok has managed to create a cosy second home in this prestigious residence. Looking ahead, she has her eye on another residential project but this time in Phuket.“Either way, I don’t plan on getting rid of our place at 98 wireless anytime soon. I like the idea of being spoilt for choice when it comes to where we spend our time,” she smiles.
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