The Tasteful Thonglor Home Of The Vitayatanagorns
Located at the heart of uber-chic area Thonglor, the home of Chatsuda and Vachara Vitayatanagorn, director of Thai Vegetable Oil and packaging manufacturer Prodigy, is a luxurious sanctuary that feels at once new but also familiar. They moved in around three years ago but are no strangers to the locale. “The house itself is new but we have lived on this site for over a decade,” Chatsuda explains. “I inherited the original property from my grandfather and we moved in before our children Jammy and Gong, who are 14 and 15 years old now, were born.” With their growing family, a few years ago the couple decided it was time to re-develop the one-rai site and so commissioned a larger home that took two years to build.
The result is an enclave of comfort and calm. Wooden decking above a fishpond leads to the main entrance. A landscaping firm was hired for the garden area and they have managed to create a lovely setting with shady nooks, colonnades and arbours around a large swimming pool, itself enclosed by the two wings of the L-shaped two-storey residence.
We enter the home through a spacious foyer with large arched windows that let in an abundance of natural light. It is a foretaste of things to come in terms of windows throughout the house. “I like to be able to see outside no matter where I am indoors and big windows help to connect with nature. You can’t beat a natural fresh breeze through the house in cool season,” Chatsuda explains. Floored in white and black marble and lit by recessed lighting, the foyer provides a smart welcome. Black and white interiors often create an effortlessly chic feel and here black window frames and lanterns contrast well with the white walls and floor. High vaulted ceilings and refined mouldings on the walls also complement the space.
Moving into the residence, we come first to a living room-cum-reception room. In contrast to the foyer, the floor is warm hardwood. Here, grey sofas and khaki-green suede chairs offer a relaxed spot in which to entertain visitors. From the coffered ceiling hangs a modest chandelier, which adds to the laid-back elegance of the space. Although Chatsuda and her husband worked closely with interior design firm Chaleeya Design, the final selection of materials, furniture and decorative items came down to the couple’s personal preference. In that regard, Chatsuda is not of the fill-the-house-with-knickknacks and chunky furniture school, preferring to keep spaces clean and clutter-free. Her penchant for toned-down, subtle palettes and her fondness for neutral colours are also visible throughout the home.
Adjacent to the living room is a small formal dining room, which has a gleaming, dark wood 10-seat table at its centre. “We don’t organise house parties very often but when we do, this is where we gather for dinner,” says Chatsuda. We head back out and across the foyer where to the right there is a second living room that is altogether more informal and obviously where the family congregate to hang out. Looking out onto the pool, the space is open and airy and furnished with a comfortable grey sofa set in front of a TV. Here too is a white eight-seat dining table, which the family uses for day-to-day meals. A black piano and a cupboard full of trinkets make the room feel more homely.
“This is our favourite spot as a family and where we spend most of our time at home together,” says Chatsuda. “When I’m home alone, I also like to read and watch TV here.” Though still elegantly decorated, this multifunctional part of the house exudes a more laid-back vibe and contrasts in style to the other areas. At one end of the room there is a small food and drink prep counter that can be hidden behind sliding screen doors. Out in the foyer again there are two guest bathrooms discreetly located to the left of the staircase. Interestingly, the two bathrooms feature colourful patterned wallpaper, which add a vibrant touch to the otherwise toned-down décor.
We make our way up to the second floor via a marble staircase trimmed with a black metal railing. The landing area on the second floor is part mezzanine, overlooking the foyer below. We head to the left to the master bedroom and enter through a compact fitted section that includes a set of sofas, a small built-in desk and bookshelves. “We don’t have a proper office here, but that is by design,” smiles Chatsuda. “I don’t want to encourage my husband bringing work home. When he’s here, that’s family time.” The master bedroom is kept simple. A small dresser decorated with white flowers and an elegant king-sized dark wood four-poster bed is all the homeowners need. Off the master bedroom is a chic en-suite bathroom clad in stone and a natty walk-in closet with an island chest of draws at the centre.
Next we head to the other side of the house where the children’s rooms are situated. The two rooms share a rustic-style balcony that is home to an outdoor sofa set. Large pot plants hang from the balcony’s arched roof add greenery. “The children like to hang out up here,” Chatsuda says and adds with a laugh, “We are not allowed to bother them.” This is the kind of balcony many covet, one that makes you forget you are living in a buzzing city. Completing the accommodation on the second floor is a guest room with its own bathroom.
While this is undoubtedly a luxurious residence, it has been carefully planned out and designed to not be over the top. It is altogether tasteful—contemporary yet with classic design motifs that are reminiscent of colonial-style homes of yesteryear. It feels lived in and loved. There is a sense of calm as you wander through its rooms. “We are laid-back people and while we wanted a beautiful home we didn’t want anything too ornate and prissy. Here it feels like every day is a vacation day,” the lady of the house says.
An investment in the future, the Vitayatanagorns’ home maintains the family’s connection to an area of town they love. When asked if she could ever see herself living in a condominium, Chatsuda is quick to reject the idea. “We have more than 10 dogs so having a garden is a must. If I had to pick a home somewhere else in the world it would be in Switzerland surrounded by the country’s natural beauty,” she laughs.
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