Inside The Proud First Home Of VJ Woonsen
We are excited to be visiting the newly acquired bachelorette pad of Virithipa Pakdeeprasong—better known to the world as VJ and TV personality Woonsen—in fact almost as excited as she was when she found it. After a long search for the right property, including a stint bunking down at the Mandarin Oriental, she has finally settled her nest in the exclusive confines of the Issara Collection Sathorn. “I used to rent in Thong Lor but the area was becoming a bit too upbeat and lively for me,” laughs the 30-something former party girl. “These days I crave peace and quiet.”
Woonsen’s apartment is reached via a private elevator that deposits visitors in a small, eclectically decorated foyer with a black-and-white zig zag patterned marble floor and royal blue walls. “I love black and white,” says the homeowner of the dramatic entry. And shoes too by the looks of things because to the right is a walk-in shoe closet boasting an impressive array of stilettos and fancy kicks. The main entrance to the flat, light grey double doors in a gold frame, reveal a spacious open-floor-plan apartment. Both stylish and functional, the space allows the kitchen, dining and living areas to blend and flow in a way that induces a feeling of continuity.
While an interior designer friend assisted her with the decorating, Woonsen was heavily involved in the process and had final pick of the furniture and decor accessories. In some ways these belie her on-screen personality, in which she shows a distinctly feminine demeanour. Here she has deliberately kept things more gender neutral. “I didn’t want the place to look too girly. I tried to find the right balance between masculine and feminine,” she says, looking to walls of dark grey that somehow add to the sophistication of the room.
To the right is a large L-shaped Estel sofa decked with Hermes pillows and an ottoman serving as a coffee table face a wall-mounted television, below which is an arresting black and white patterned sideboard. “The couch was the first piece of furniture I bought. I absolutely love it,” says Woonsen of the custom-made sofa where she spends most of her time when she is home.
A way to add textures to an interior is through the use of fabrics and textiles and here this is achieved with cushion covers varying from faux fur to wool, a fluffy rug and a furry knee blanket. The entire wall to the right of the entrance is surfaced by a veined mirror, which reflects light from the facing balcony back into the room to make it feel even more spacious.
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The central area of the room is given over to a dining table around which eight curved-back chairs playfully finished in mauve velvet are arranged. Above them, fashionable blown glass lights from Motif hang from the ceiling. And on the far left of the open-plan room is a smart-looking mini kitchen with a gorgeous island counter made entirely of rare Italian marble. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors let in an abundance of natural light and give onto the large balcony. It is decked with flower pots of various sizes.
“What’s in them is fake,” laughs Woonsen. “When I first moved in, I put real plants out there but they didn’t survive.”
Closed-off rooms are located at the four corners of the apartment. We head to the master bedroom right of the open kitchen. Here the walls are a shade of light grey while cream-coloured curtains, a light beige bed and a grey lounge chair keep the palette neutral. Where touches of colour are added they come in the form of golden accents and splashes of pink in lampshades.
“I love my bedroom,” Woonsen sighs. “Since I moved in, I have had nothing but a good night’s sleep.” As expected, the en-suite bathroom is luxurious and adorned in light grey stone. “Initially there were four bathrooms when I bought the apartment but I don’t need that many living alone, so I got rid of a couple.”
We exit the master bedroom and cross to the carpeted walk-in closet opposite. “When I consulted a feng shui master, I was told it was bad luck to have two doors facing each other,” the media star says, which is why the closet’s door is designed to resemble wall panelling. Unless one looks closely, the door is easy to miss.
The closet itself was formerly a bathroom. Divided into two sections partitioned by a black and white striped curtain, one side boasts light pink padded walls, light grey cupboards and a chic storage island. Behind the curtains, more cupboards and hangers are neatly arranged. A beautiful flower display adds daintiness and freshness to the room. In fact, flowers can be found in various corners of the home, both fake and real, which is something Woonsen admits she was never into until she moved here. “After I moved in I found that flowers bring a certain liveliness to the place, which I really like,” she says.
A smaller bedroom situated next to the closet has been turned into a storage room specifically for Woonsen’s winter wardrobe. Back on the opposite side of the apartment are two more rooms that she says still need some work. One is a closed-off kitchen and the other is a guest bathroom with its own small balcony. “I haven’t decorated it yet. For now it is home to some of the things I haven’t got around to unpacking.”
When home alone, a nice TV series or a good book on the couch keeps her content. And what people might not know about the celebrity is that she loves to clean.
“Even if I come home at midnight I will find something to do, be it sweeping or vacuuming,” she says with a laugh.
“I don’t think I enjoyed staying home this much before. I mean I quite liked living at the Mandarin Oriental for a while but nothing beats the warmth and comfort of your own home and this is the first property I’ve thought of as mine.” Having her own place after her divorce not only gives her a sanctuary in which to unwind but also a private space in which to entertain her friends. “People are over all the time,” says Woonsen. “The dining table comes in handy as we like to enjoy a good feast together.”
The young lady has successfully created a residence that while practical and simple also reflects a chic and contemporary vibe with a touch of the French classic. The idea of owning a house one day is one she has considered but for now she is more than content where she is. Focused on her media commitments and on building her Skincare brand, Sewa, her smart city home fits her lifestyle perfectly.
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