The Voravutinon Residence Is The Essence Of Comfort
In the exclusive Ladprao-Wanghin enclave that is the Soul residential compound, Dr Nataya Voravutinon of the Ministry of Health’s Institute of Dermatology has managed to create a warm and tasteful home for her young family. It has been a little over two years since she, husband Dr Sorawith Jearanaisilp and their children, two-year-old Maiya and five-year-old Mac, moved in and the dermatologist is pleased they did. “It’s convenient because quite a few of our relatives also live in the area so we can visit each other often,” she says.
While externally the houses at Soul all resemble one another in look, with the help of designer Chaleeya Warmsingh the interior of Nataya’s home is a true reflection of her personal tastes and lifestyle preferences. Stepping into the well-appointed foyer one is greeted by a large flower-shaped mirror by Laura Kira on the wall to the left, while opposite flowers, candles and other attractive objects occupy a cabinet backed by floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Large mirrors really help to open up any space and this is cleverly used in the foyer confines and other parts of the house to enhance the roominess.
Straight ahead is a partition wall—also sporting mirrors—which sections off a dining area that accommodates an eight-seat marble-topped dining table, above which hangs a spectacular contemporary chandelier that looks like a thousand glittering raindrops cascading down. It is easy to imagine a convivial dinner party unfolding beneath its brilliance. A small but organised kitchen at one end and a delightful little reading room-cum-day salon at the other flank the dining room. The salon, with light spilling in through French widows that look onto leafy greenery and a pretty garden fountain, is the perfect spot for leisurely afternoon tea or a relaxed post-dinner coffee.
Located on the right side of the house is a sophisticated living room with an inviting light mint green coloured sofa by Bernhardt facing a flat screen television. But what really grabs the attention are the vast three-storey high windows (the height of the house) and the lofty ceiling from which hangs another custom-made chandelier. The tranquil room is flooded with natural light. “It is exactly what I asked for,” smiles Nataya. A self-confessed workaholic, one of her key requirements was for the home to have lots of comfortable nooks in which to relax. “I am always busy and I probably work silly hours,” she says. “When I come home, I want to be able to fully switch off and unwind. The living room and the little tea salon off the dining area are my favourite spots for a bit of peace and quiet. The calmness that the house exudes is further emphasised by the colours we picked for the furniture, warm earthy beige and cream and cool pastels in the main.”
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But this is a family home with two active young children in residence and they certainly have to be catered for, something Nataya and Sorawith were very aware of when they bought the house. “The need for a family room where our kids could play and get on with their activities was crucial to us,” says their mother. Unlike the rest of the house the family room, which is situated next to the main staircase, is kept very simple. Fitted shelving along one wall provides space for books and toys and there is a large cupboard to accommodate even more of the youngsters’ paraphernalia. Carefully thought out, the room includes a desk and wall-mounted transparent glass board and clock that Nataya can use as a teaching tool and the children as a surface on which to doodle. Here too is a piano. “My children and I play,” says Nataya proudly. “We are a very musical family.”
We make our way to the second floor via a dark wooden staircase to discover yet another beautiful comfortable area with an off-white couch and a brown and white striped travel trunk coffee table. A soft colour palette is evident here too. Contemporary designs often feature monochromatic spaces and in line with the light earthy colour mood and tone that carries through the house, the colours are kept neutral and soothing on the eye.
Leading off the snug sitting area is an absolute gem of a garden terrace. Balconies and terraces can be wonderful extensions of one’s living space and here much attention has gone into making this small but elegant outdoor area a charming sanctuary. It is characterised by an English-inspired design. Cobblestone flooring, red brick walls, an abundance of planters, trellises and flower plots and cushioned outdoor seats create an absolutely enchanting spot. “I love this terrace,” Nataya coos. “When the weather is nice, we like to have barbecues out here and my daughter loves to play here. As you can tell from all the pots, I am rather fond of trees and plants.”
Back inside we continue our tour of the second floor with a visit to the master bedroom. At first glance the bed seems unusually large. Nataya laughs. “Actually it’s two queen-size beds put together. Our children have a small bedroom next door—well, I call it their nap room because they are still of an age where they want to clamber in to sleep with us, hence the abnormally large bed.” When Nataya said she insisted on having numerous relaxation spots throughout house, she wasn’t joking. Here again we find window seats perfect for listening to music or reading to her children at night. “People who visit the house for the first time have a good laugh about how many comfy nooks there are. Where others choose to have distinct spaces for different functions—gym, office, music room etc, I simply like having soft inviting areas in which I can be at ease. It compensates for my busy lifestyle,” she giggles.
Leading off the master bedroom is a neatly organised white walk-in closet with a mirrored ceiling directly above an island cabinet. “This is a his and hers closet but frankly I think my belongings and many trinkets take up the most space,” says Nataya with a wry laugh. The closet gives access to a chic tiled bathroom. Opposite the master bedroom a staircase leads up to the third floor where there is an exhibition of young Mac’s nascent arts and crafts, which adds a warmness to the house. Here too is also a small office area and a guest room. “To be honest I don’t use the home office much because I am either at work or travelling for work,” the owner explains.
A lot of effort has gone into creating a sense of zen and tranquillity in this home and the result is a tasteful, calm environment for the entire family. The colour palette is reminiscent of the warmth of the Mediterranean and this is a family that loves to visit Provence. The idea of having a holiday home in the south of France is one that Nataya says she could warm to.
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