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10 Most Incredible Airbnb Accommodations in the ASEAN

10 Most Incredible Airbnb Accommodations in the ASEAN

Airbnb.com is not only Bed & Breakfast budget room. Take a peek with us and book a night (or more) in these wonderful Airbnb accommodations for an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience. Enjoy your holidays!

Photos: www.airbnb.com


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– Bamboo Eco Cottage in a Paddy Field / Indonesia –

Only five minutes away from central Ubud stands a woven bamboo house, where nature lovers can fully enjoy a night next to a rice paddy field. The room comes with an outdoor living area and an open-roof bathroom. This is truly a secluded home to relax away from the hustle and bustle of big cities.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/744971



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– Stunning Bamboo House by the River / Indonesia –

The title says it all. This Airbnb’s top-picked property is the most favorite among celebrities from around the world. Nestled on the bank of the Ayung River, the whole-bamboo house offers three double-bed bedrooms with en-suite baths, kitchen, lounge, plunge pool, a workspace on the fourth floor. What more could one ask for a perfect luxurious vacation in Bali?
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/798483


 

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– Superb Property for Movie Shoot or Corporate Event / Singapore –

It’s not common to see a house in Singapore. However, among skyscrapers and high-rise condominiums, there is this large colonial-accent house with a 1-hectare park and a swimming pool available for rent. With a capacity of up to 50 guests, you can even throw an exclusive gala new year here (as long as you keep the noise down as the host requested.)
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9815599


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– House with a Pool on the Mekong / Laos –

The French-Laos colonial house offers a beautiful view of the serene Mekong River and the smaller Nam Dong River. The design is simple yet elegant. It features three large bedrooms with en-suite baths, a living room and terraces. Its private infinity pool parallel to the Mekong River is a nice spot to watch the sunrise and sunset with Mekong as a background.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3939934


 

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– Kiridara Villa Ban Visoun / Laos –

The lovely villa is a part of Kiridara Hotel in Luang Prabang, which ensures you a superior hospitality. The 2-bedroom villa is of contemporary Lao style. With historical sites and a local village nearby, guests have a chance to experience the authentic local way of life.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6941851



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– Studio P I L A; Loft, Comfy Designer’s Home / Thailand –

This loft townhouse in Bangkok also doubles as a studio of a fashion designer. So, a pleasant stay with a trendy and chic host is guaranteed. The hose offers a second floor on the 4-storey building for guests, while the first floor is a reception area and the designer himself lives on the third floor.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16156713


 

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– The Mustang Nero / Room No.4 the Horse / Thailand –

This could be one of the most exotic rooms to stay in Bangkok. The building itself is a renovated shop-house. The host cleverly turned The Horse room into a raw, rustic accommodation with a big tree in the middle of it, vintage furnishings and artsy taxidermies. It may not suit guests with fainted hearts, but it is surely impressive.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5964843?s=AP3-gjiJ


 

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– The Naked House / Thailand –

The stilt-floor plan house on Samui Island takes advantage of the location for a full panoramic ocean view and fresh natural air. The house takes up to 11 people and also has a saltwater lap pool surrounded by nature. According to a guest’s comment, the real building looks even better than the photos. To prove the statement, book the place and see it for yourself.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3251026?s=u5f8pJAd


 

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– Tropical Paradise Tree House – Famous Homestay / Vietnam –

Supported by only one pillar, just like the historical One Pillar Pagoda, this unique homestay in Hanoi is a tree house where you can actually sleep in. The house is elevated 4 meters from the ground. Contrary to its out worldly tribal-like decoration, the place is equipped with wi-fi and air-conditioning machine for guests’ convenience.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13470326?s=0AaPdxBC


 

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– Charming Villa in Hoi An / Vietnam –

Travel back in time through a stay in this ancient house. The traditional Chinese-influenced wooden house features two spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, one master bedroom, one living room and a swimming pool. With an open-air layout, guests stay close to nature the same way people do in the old days.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1194406?s=RPHQC3ui

 

 

An Exotic Oriental Home

An Exotic Oriental Home

The standard concept of “townhome” gets thrown out the window the minute you see this exotic oriental home.

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Story: “kirakira,” Photos: Sitthisak Namkham, Style: Somboon Gringgrai,
Owner/Designer: Pantavit Lawaroungchok of Apostrophy’s The Synthesis Server Co., Ltd., Contractor: Hem Heepkaew of Happening Design and Construction Co., Ltd.

The townhome stands prominent behind green grass and trees. The house exterior features wood and stone, also containing the spirit of nature. The simple lines of the house in grey, white, cream, and brown convey a feeling of comfort.
The townhome stands prominent behind green grass and trees. The house exterior features wood and stone, also containing the spirit of nature. The simple lines of the house in grey, white, cream, and brown convey a feeling of comfort.
A relaxing spot in the front: A banyan hedge by the kitchen forms a sweetly refreshing green wall.
A relaxing spot in the front: A banyan hedge by the kitchen forms a sweetly refreshing green wall.
The family’s favorite hangout, with fancy furniture and bright gold ornamentation harmonizing in a common theme. A wall of black marmo granito in the back almost makes you think you’re in the lobby of a 5-star hotel.
The family’s favorite hangout, with fancy furniture and bright gold ornamentation harmonizing in a common theme. A wall of black marmo granito in the back almost makes you think you’re in the lobby of a 5-star hotel.
Dining corner, with a mixed array of furniture. At the side is a show wall with some of Pantavit’s most prized collections.
Dining corner, with a mixed array of furniture. At the side is a show wall with some of Pantavit’s most prized collections.

 

Pretty posh for a “townhome”, the mood is reminiscent of a formal dinner in a luxury hotel. An emphasis on lighting arrangement and bright, shiny furnishing makes for a uniquely elegant charm.
Pretty posh for a “townhome”, the mood is reminiscent of a formal dinner in a luxury hotel. An emphasis on lighting arrangement and bright, shiny furnishing makes for a uniquely elegant charm.

Pantavit Lawaroungchok, owner/design director of “Apostrophy’s” design studio, was experimenting with new urban living concepts and transformed his family’s property into something resembling a ritzy resort.

There are a lot of remarkable things about this house, beginning with the large central room’s “triple space” concept vertically connecting it to the sky, with a three-story tall clear glass “moonroof ” that opens and shuts by remote control to add dimensions of light and shade to each level. The open design also facilitates interaction among family members between floors.

On the first floor is a living room, dining area, kitchen, and vertical garden. Pantavit’s mother’s and aunt’s bedrooms are on the second floor, along with a small living space and Buddhist altar room. The third floor holds Pantavit’s master bedroom, actually more a kind of super-fancy penthouse with a bedroom, an entertainment area, a master bathroom , a dressing room, and a small garden on the balcony.

From the dining room looking out toward the entryway in front: furniture arrangement clearly splits the space it into definite zones. /// One of Pantavit’s favorite spots is the 3.5-meter dining table. It doubles as a place to work, or just to read.
From the dining room looking out toward the entryway in front: furniture arrangement clearly splits the space it into definite zones. /// One of Pantavit’s favorite spots is the 3.5-meter dining table. It doubles as a place to work, or just to read.
Cabinet shelves have a mesmerizing shine: these are fabricated separately, then put together and finished using a spray-paint technique similar to what’s used in auto body shops.
Cabinet shelves have a mesmerizing shine: these are fabricated separately, then put together and finished using a spray-paint technique similar to what’s used in auto body shops.

Its interior decor consists of furniture and other items with a contemporary Asian look, a lot of it collectibles Pantavit fell in love with and brought back from trips abroad.

The area in back is built out into a 7.5-meter-high vertical garden, with plants divided into 3 zones, each receiving the same amount of light, moisture, and water through an automatic sprinkler and UV sun lamp system. The automation helps ease the hurried lifestyle of urban dwellers.

The exotic oriental house design is a fine expression of beauty that can be found in mixing Asian styles, and at the same time is a useful experiment in urban family living and novel use of space.

The back area of the townhome is transformed into a super-hip vertical garden. Here you can lounge around in this hanging modern-looking bubble chair made of clear acrylic.
The back area of the townhome is transformed into a super-hip vertical garden. Here you can lounge around in this hanging modern-looking bubble chair made of clear acrylic.
The stairwell is decorated with a very interesting abstract painting, intentionally placed there for its patterns that play with the planes of wall and floor. /// A “living room” corner on a mezzanine level has a warm, easy atmosphere.
The stairwell is decorated with a very interesting abstract painting, intentionally placed there for its patterns that play with the planes of wall and floor. /// A “living room” corner on a mezzanine level has a warm, easy atmosphere.
The walkway on the second floor is lined with beautiful pictures. From the guard rail, the lower floor can be seen, and family members on different levels can interact.
The walkway on the second floor is lined with beautiful pictures. From the guard rail, the lower floor can be seen, and family members on different levels can interact.
Inside Pantavit’s aunt’s bedroom we’re greeted by soft, inviting, and restful lighting. The vertical patterns on the wall fools the eye into thinking the room is larger than its actual size.
Inside Pantavit’s aunt’s bedroom we’re greeted by soft, inviting, and restful lighting. The vertical patterns on the wall fools the eye into thinking the room is larger than its actual size.
The master bedroom on the third floor is done in white, cream, and browns. Mirrored panel behind the headboard makes the room appear to be larger.
The master bedroom on the third floor is done in white, cream, and browns. Mirrored panel behind the headboard makes the room appear to be larger.
The master bath has a shower section and a bathtub. A washbasin is designed for two. One of the walls has openings to let the natural light in. /// In the master bedroom directly adjoining the bathroom, a dresser is arranged along the wall in the dressing room. Venetian blinds are on one side of the wall for sufficient light during makeup.
The master bath has a shower section and a bathtub. A washbasin is designed for two. One of the walls has openings to let the natural light in. /// In the master bedroom directly adjoining the bathroom, a dresser is arranged along the wall in the dressing room. Venetian blinds are on one side of the wall for sufficient light during makeup.
Rustic Safari Living

Rustic Safari Living

The house evokes a flashback of Safari scenes in the movie “Out of Africa.” The most eye-catching features are the contours of the ground. A small stream that runs through it is one of many that flow into a tributary nearby.

 

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Story: Tawan ///  Photos: Soopakorn Srisakul /// Contour Architect: Sutthisak Sudsawat /// Designer / Decorator: Studio 54 by Chongpis Bunnag

The Clubhouse, which is reserved for a common area, is set in bright shades of colors. Old wooden parts for the boat hull adorn the exterior wall making it look like the venue of an installation art exhibition.
The Clubhouse, which is reserved for a common area, is set in bright shades of colors. Old wooden parts for the boat hull adorn the exterior wall making it look like the venue of an installation art exhibition.
“This room is affectionately called “The aquarium,” although people live in it. Spectacular panoramic views can be seen from here. It is a glass-wrapped living room with a typical Safari feel to it. Furniture pieces strike the right balance between old wood, leather, and vernacular style upholstery.
“This room is affectionately called “The aquarium,” although people live in it. Spectacular panoramic views can be seen from here. It is a glass-wrapped living room with a typical Safari feel to it. Furniture pieces strike the right balance between old wood, leather, and vernacular style upholstery.

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“I like being by the sea. Mountains alone are not my kind of place. But this location is different because there is a stream running through it, which adds life to the entire natural surroundings. The house is a holiday retreat for now, but in the future we can live here long term.”

The dining area boasts a Mexican-style teak table from Crossroad, a Chiangmai furniture store. Upholstered wooden chairs with genuine leather backrests came from the Netherlands.
The dining area boasts a Mexican-style teak table from Crossroad, a Chiangmai furniture store. Upholstered wooden chairs with genuine leather backrests came from the Netherlands.

So said Piset Chungyaempin, the homeowner who is executive chairman of Piko (Thailand) Public Company Limited. He avoided cutting down trees the best he possibly could. To blend the house with nature, the architects made several twists and turns around the existing trees.

The kitchen has a Country Rustic feel to it. Orange walls characteristic of Fresco architecture add the charm of a Tuscan village to the atmosphere. The kitchen island is crafted of pinewood in lighter shades to bring out the superb natural wood grain that whispers soft Rustic appeal.
The kitchen has a Country Rustic feel to it. Orange walls characteristic of Fresco architecture add the charm of a Tuscan village to the atmosphere. The kitchen island is crafted of pinewood in lighter shades to bring out the superb natural wood grain that whispers soft Rustic appeal.

The Safari-style house boasts a charming cluster of three buildings instead of one big one because the owner wanted a warm and comfortable home with a sense of privacy.

“The kitchen is probably the most expensive part of this house,” Piset said with laughs. “It is designed to look as if it had been around for some 50 years. The cooking range, for example, is a new technology remade to imitate the Retro style of the recent past. It stands in perfect harmony with the general ambience.”
“The kitchen is probably the most expensive part of this house,” Piset said with laughs. “It is designed to look as if it had been around for some 50 years. The cooking range, for example, is a new technology remade to imitate the Retro style of the recent past. It stands in perfect harmony with the general ambience.”

The first is a two-story building that Piset nicknamed “The Clubhouse.” It is designed for guest receptions and serves as a common area for anyone at any time. There is a mid-sized kitchen with a hint of the Country on the first floor. Adjacent to it stands a spacious glass-wrapped room. It is divided into interior seating spaces and dining room with an alfresco wood deck. The good-sized platform is ideal for socializing and linked to a small observation deck via a staircase.

The building that is Piset’s private residence has turns and angles intended to avoid cutting down trees on the property. The floor plan allows for nature to permeate the living spaces to the max.
The building that is Piset’s private residence has turns and angles intended to avoid cutting down trees on the property. The floor plan allows for nature to permeate the living spaces to the max.

 

The second building is a private residence. At present it is a living room setting. When needed, it can easily sleep up to four people. His favorite spot is the front porch overlooking the carp fishpond and the nearby stream. Sometimes the owner plays the guitar and does his hobby projects here.

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Piset calls the third building “Tarzan’s house.”  His son lives here. It is a one-bedroom home on stilts designed to look like a tree house. There is a small pantry for making simple meals and a balcony that doubles as a lookout post. Its most interesting feature is the hydraulic powered staircase that is neatly stowed away when not needed. It is like he is actually living up there in the tree.

The front porch that overlooks the carp fishpond is Piset’s favorite hangout. It is where he plays the guitar, or just relaxes in the comfort of a wicker chair that he brought over from the old house.
The front porch that overlooks the carp fishpond is Piset’s favorite hangout. It is where he plays the guitar, or just relaxes in the comfort of a wicker chair that he brought over from the old house.

It is the details of interior design that make the three buildings differ greatly from one to another. Nonetheless, the overall exterior appearance displays a mix of Moorish, Safari, and Country Rustic styles. Most décor materials show raw textured finishes, while furniture comes in the Antique style.

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The ground floor of the residential home can be rearranged to accommodate houseguests. The room is set for Safari living adorned with area rugs, throw pillows, and upholstered chairs crafted of vernacular fabrics. The ceilings, floors, door shutters, and cabinets feature beautiful wood grain.

All things considered, it is a small world filled with Safari themes and colors that Piset has come to love. It is a home rich in spirits of adventure and memories of enchanting experiences.

The medium-sized bath features a countertop crafted of reclaimed wood that brings out natural textured finishes. /// The bookshelf speaks to the homeowner’s personal interests. There are plenty of publications on guitars, boats, and Safari style ideas.
The medium-sized bath features a countertop crafted of reclaimed wood that brings out natural textured finishes. /// The bookshelf speaks to the homeowner’s personal interests. There are plenty of publications on guitars, boats, and Safari style ideas.

 

The master bedroom is spacious with an old wooden bed in it. “The bed is a case of serendipity. By chance I came across old railroad ties up for sale. They were very heavy and needed seven to eight people to transport them up here.”
The master bedroom is spacious with an old wooden bed in it. “The bed is a case of serendipity. By chance I came across old railroad ties up for sale. They were very heavy and needed seven to eight people to transport them up here.”

 

“I like spacious bathrooms that look relaxed and comfy. It does not make one feel claustrophobic in here.” /// Countertop is made to look as if it were floating. The wooden parts feature a subdued tone that best imitates antique wood finishes. A mix of brassware and marble adds a touch of class to the interior space.
“I like spacious bathrooms that look relaxed and comfy. It does not make one feel claustrophobic in here.” /// Countertop is made to look as if it were floating. The wooden parts feature a subdued tone that best imitates antique wood finishes. A mix of brassware and marble adds a touch of class to the interior space.

 

The bedroom inside “Tarzan’s house” showcases antique Spanish-style cabinetry from Phoenix, a Chiangmai furniture store. To give it a vernacular touch, the walls and ceilings are made of woven bamboo panels mixed with OSB boards.
The bedroom inside “Tarzan’s house” showcases antique Spanish-style cabinetry from Phoenix, a Chiangmai furniture store. To give it a vernacular touch, the walls and ceilings are made of woven bamboo panels mixed with OSB boards.
Five Roof Types in Laos: Vernacular Architecture in Perspective

Five Roof Types in Laos: Vernacular Architecture in Perspective

Laos, officially the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is one of ten ASEAN members. There is more to Laos than Luang Prabang, the beautiful old city and World Heritage site. The country is also known for beautiful culture, unique traditions, and pristine landscape.

Story: Thanavoud Inthasone, Xaysomvang Philavong, Souksavanh Vongchandy /// Illustrations: Thanavoud Inthasone /// Editors: Thassareeya Songpao, Witchayapha Boonpha

In this episode, we take a look at an aspect of vernacular architecture that had flourished there before the advent of French colonial influences. A team of Lao interns takes delight in presenting five roof types that have come to characterize the way of living of our closest neighbors since time immemorial.

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The Katu

Since a very long time ago, the Katu tribe has lived together in small villages. Their houses are arranged in a circle and oriented to face one another. Each house has two entrances — one in front, the other at the rear.

The traditional Katu house is raised on piles with a thatched roof that extends to cover the front porch, balcony, and stepladders. The entire roof is covered in thatching made from dried vegetation, such as broad-leaved grasses and Ceylon oak leaves. There is an animal figurine on the ridge of the gable roof. According to tradition, the small figure is believed to have supernatural power capable of protecting the building and people living in it.

There are no room dividers of any kind. Family members live under the same roof and share the same interior living spaces. Nowadays traditional Kratu homes can be found in Sekong, Salavan, and Champasak provinces in the south of the country.

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The Akha

Homes of the Akha tribe are crafted largely of local materials, like timber and earth. Basic roof frames and support beams are fastened together using vines harvested from the natural surroundings. The gable roof is covered in thatching made from dried Ceylon oak leaves. The Akha home features extended roof eaves on all four sides, which help divert the water flow away from the building. What’s unique is that it has no windows. This and other features combine to effective protect the interior living spaces from the elements especially during winter months. The Akha tribe lives mostly in the northern country known for its temperate climates. The region includes the provinces of Phongsali, Luang Namtha, and Oudomsai.

The Akha tribe believes men and women should live separately. Thus entering the territory of the opposite gender is forbidden. That explains why room dividers are a must in the Akha home, where each gender is entitled to its own private space.
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The Oi

Similarly, homes of the Oi tribe are houses on stilts made of timber and thatched roofing. The difference lies in its interior design. The Oi house typically comes with a bedroom reserved for the married couple that live there. There is a separate space that is used either as shared bedroom or as living area for unmarried family members. The kitchen space lies also part of the interior.

The Oi house offers two balconies – one in front, the other at the rear. Tradition dictates that adult males and females live separately until they are married off. The Oi tribal is a small ethnic group living in the southern country, mostly in Phu Luang District.
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The Taliang

The Taliang tribe lives in thatched houses made of bamboo pallets in generally cooler and wet climates of the Lao PDR. That pretty much explains why their houses are windowless. Roof thatching is made from dried vegetation, such as broad-leaved grasses and Ceylon oak leaves. Unlike those of other ethnic groups, the Taliang home comes with three doorways, one on each porch. The entire family sleeps together in one big hall that is a shared bedroom. The interior offers a fireplace to keep warm during winter months.

Taliang houses are arranged in a circle similar to those of the Katu village. There is a center court where tribal ceremonies and rituals are held. The Taliang live in the hill country in southern Laos, which includes the districts of Dak Jung, Lam Mam, Thateng in Sekong and Champasak provinces.

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The Khmu

The typical Khmu house is raised on short piles only about one to two meters above ground. The front façade boasts an awning roof that protects the entire front porch from the elements. Unlike those of other ethnic groups, the Khmu house is accessible via a single set of stepladders. The Khmu thatch-roof house has no windows. The crossbeams that are parts of the roof frame also double as storage for household essentials. Exterior walls are crafted of bamboo pallets, while the interior space consists of a large bedroom, small bedroom, living room, and kitchen. Men and women gain access to the house via the single entryway.

The Khmu tribe lives in the high country about 500 meters above sea level. To avoid gusty winds on the highlands of northern and southern Laos, the Khmu have learned to keep their houses low to the ground. Interestingly enough, aerodynamic design comes naturally to them.

 

A Modern Classic House

A Modern Classic House

This modern classic house was inspired by the classic style of architecture, but adapted for a simpler look to fit contemporary ways of life. The interior is spacious, with a very high ceiling.

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Story: Supachat Boontang /// Photos: Sitthisak Namkham /// Style: Somboon Kringkrai /// Architecture: The Emperor House Co., Ltd. /// Interior Decoration: 8 Interior Architect /// Landscape Architecture: Little Tree by Siritvit Riubamrung and Charturong Khunkong

The parlor’s white wall brings out the gold of decorative wall mirrors and hanging lamps. Orchids are arranged in small bouquets.
The parlor’s white wall brings out the gold of decorative wall mirrors and hanging lamps. Orchids are arranged in small bouquets.
The reception parlor and living area in white and cream is fresh and bright with classic purple armchairs, which the owners really love. A glass wall and a golden center table with super-shiny surface help to break up the room’s dazzling whiteness and add an elegant touch.
The reception parlor and living area in white and cream is fresh and bright with classic purple armchairs, which the owners really love. A glass wall and a golden center table with super-shiny surface help to break up the room’s dazzling whiteness and add an elegant touch.
The parlor is separated from the large main room of the house by a folding wooden partition that keeps the room from being too hidden away. /// To one side of the dining room is a small, relaxed corner for morning coffee and informal breakfast.
The parlor is separated from the large main room of the house by a folding wooden partition that keeps the room from being too hidden away. /// To one side of the dining room is a small, relaxed corner for morning coffee and informal breakfast.
The dining area comes in white from floor to ceiling to walls. A green mosaic tile and black and white graphic pattern on the rug help keep the space from appearing too empty and bland.
The dining area comes in white from floor to ceiling to walls. A green mosaic tile and black and white graphic pattern on the rug help keep the space from appearing too empty and bland.
The “living room” corner on the second floor has grey shelves behind it. The strong brown of the sofa and gently patterned throw pillows give warmth to the room and make it an attractive place to be.
The “living room” corner on the second floor has grey shelves behind it. The strong brown of the sofa and gently patterned throw pillows give warmth to the room and make it an attractive place to be.

To make the house look warmer and more welcoming, the designers pared down the size of large areas by using arches for demarcation.

Cream and white, light colors relaxing to the eyes, were used in unique combination with a different color in each room, creating charm and interest with purple, emerald green, and gray.

The interior decor doesn’t clearly indicate any particular style, but retains a classic foundation, or better said, a hint of American classic, reducing decorative elements for a more elegant presence, yet still warm and inviting.

Upstairs, they “living room” corner right near the staircase in the center of the house, is a practical place to meet and chat before bedtime.
Upstairs, they “living room” corner right near the staircase in the center of the house, is a practical place to meet and chat before bedtime.
The master bedroom is symmetrically designed like a fancy hotel room. Following the designer’s suggestion, white and navy blue are used in tandem for a dignified atmosphere.
The master bedroom is symmetrically designed like a fancy hotel room. Following the designer’s suggestion, white and navy blue are used in tandem for a dignified atmosphere.
Contemporary wallpaper adds a special look to the entryway connecting the dressing area to the master bedroom.
Contemporary wallpaper adds a special look to the entryway connecting the dressing area to the master bedroom.

Furniture placement emphasizes a balance consistent throughout the house and garden. There is minimal ornamentation, but everything is arranged correctly for the house to come off as posh, beautiful, and well set up.

Nature is brought in boldly to supplement the classic house. There is a wonderfully shady and green English garden with a stylish gazebo for relaxation and socializing. All in all, this is a modern classic home truly shaded by nature.

Simple but effective, a mirror with a fashionable, classically elegant shape hangs on the wall. /// The dressing room has a built-in cabinet with a clear glass surface for easy access to stored items.
Simple but effective, a mirror with a fashionable, classically elegant shape hangs on the wall. /// The dressing room has a built-in cabinet with a clear glass surface for easy access to stored items.
The small bedroom features a gorgeous combination of lavender, white, and cream made for a sweet atmosphere.
The small bedroom features a gorgeous combination of lavender, white, and cream made for a sweet atmosphere.
At the side of the house is a shady English-style garden, planned in symmetrical balance, with a gazebo front and center whose design matches well with the house.
At the side of the house is a shady English-style garden, planned in symmetrical balance, with a gazebo front and center whose design matches well with the house.
The small building is used for receptions and dining on important occasions. /// A cute spot for socializing, the area showcases alternating paved and grass blocks in the chessboard pattern often seen in English-style gardens.
The small building is used for receptions and dining on important occasions. /// A cute spot for socializing, the area showcases alternating paved and grass blocks in the chessboard pattern often seen in English-style gardens.
A roof of clear glass lets natural light into the mid-garden gazebo. Surrounding aluminum-framed glass walls connect a view of the garden outside.
A roof of clear glass lets natural light into the mid-garden gazebo. Surrounding aluminum-framed glass walls connect a view of the garden outside.
A Perfect Room for Two

A Perfect Room for Two

Our team meets the owners of this modest-sized condominium. With beaming smiles, the owners open the door of their little perfect room for two to greet us.

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Story: Montra /// Photos: Jirasak /// Assistant Photographer: Kritthat /// Style: Praphaiwadi /// Design / Interior Decoration: Metaphor Design Studio

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A table with wrought-iron legs topped with wood harmonizes with the straightforward designs and colors of the chairs and the metal-framed sliding door. To prevent the room from looking too dark, the designer put in the golden stools.
A table with wrought-iron legs topped with wood harmonizes with the straightforward designs and colors of the chairs and the metal-framed sliding door. To prevent the room from looking too dark, the designer put in the golden stools.
Bell tended to buy similar accessories to what she already had because she didn't see them in her sight. To solve this, the designer made space for hanging small accessories on the side of the cabinet. Bell likes the idea a lot.
The owner tended to buy similar accessories to what she already had because she didn’t see them in her sight. To solve this, the designer made space for hanging small accessories on the side of the cabinet. The owner likes the idea a lot.

“We met our designer all because of Room Magazine,” one of the owners said. She was referring to the owner and designer of a Parisian-style suite featured on the magazine’s March 2012 issue.

“I had already bought the place, but didn’t know where to start. Every day I dropped by at a bookshop to buy books and magazines on interior decoration, bring them home and talk with Aor and my parents. This went on and on, until we saw that edition of Room. Well, for me that was love at first sight. And Aor felt the same way.”

View from the entrance. A metal framework partitions the space into a dining area and a parlor. From this angle, it's like looking into an outdoor greenhouse.
View from the entrance. A metal framework partitions the space into a dining area and a parlor. From this angle, it’s like looking into an outdoor greenhouse.

There were plenty of problems to be solved with this room. Accommodations and adjustments had to be made for their lifestyles and personalities. Bell works in the fashion business, and likes putting on makeup while watching the morning news. Aor gets up later. So they put a vanity and a television outside the bedroom.

The bedroom is simple but striking. The pigeon-gray wall contrasts with the crimson bed sheet. Gimmicks lie in details, such as using an industrial lamp instead of an ordinary reading light, while a fancy crystal chandelier-like lamp is hanging on the far side.
The bedroom is simple but striking. The pigeon-gray wall contrasts with the crimson bed sheet. Gimmicks lie in details, such as using an industrial lamp instead of an ordinary reading light, while a fancy crystal chandelier-like lamp is hanging on the far side.

Bell doesn’t see herself as full of feminine sweetness. Her favorite color is “pigeon grey,” which has a hint of blue. But she also wants the place to be a comfortable one for Aor, her other half, too. The couple then trusted in the skills of their designer and let him run his own ideas to work on the transformation of the space.

The designer has managed to adjust the room plan and move a door for added convenience. He also inserted a little pet door for Minnie, their dog. The door has a unique look, studded with different kinds of brass rivets.
The designer has managed to adjust the room plan and move a door for added convenience. He also inserted a little pet door for Minnie, their dog. The door has a unique look, studded with different kinds of brass rivets.

The end result was more than satisfying. When they had their first look at the designs and models, they were delighted. “It was really gorgeous! Aor and I made almost no changes from his original design. It was exactly what I’d had in mind, in both design and function. We both saw it as the perfect solution.”

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The path from design to finished work wasn’t all smooth sailing. Little problems popped up along the way. Sometimes it was the contractor not sticking to the specs. Other times the details or materials weren’t exactly what they had pictured. “The flooring with black and white chess pattern, some parts of the white stone turned yellow, or had a little stained, but I left them that way. If things weren’t too ugly, we were OK with them. Actually, I was impatient and wanted to move in really fast.” (laugh)

The intricate patterns on the closet surface are the designer’s solution to the original design. “These started out as engravings, but it was taking so long. The designer turned them into illustration works instead. The closet ended up being really beautiful, and we love it.”
The intricate patterns on the closet surface are the designer’s solution to the original design. “These started out as engravings, but it was taking so long. The designer turned them into illustration works instead. The closet ended up being really beautiful, and we love it.”

Maybe it’s destiny that brought Bell and Aor to fell in love with the Parisian-style studio. But beyond the destiny, it’s the matter of efforts and understandings that make the perfect room for them.

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The Tinman House

The Tinman House

The owner of this peculiar metal house is Wan – Vazzan Tirangkura. He told us the story of the Tinman House with a large smile. “It’s called ‘Tinman’ because I was impressed with Tin Woodman, the fictional character who was looking for his heart from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

/// Thailand ///
Story: Sara’ /// Photos: Damrong /// Style: Praphaiwadee ///  Illustration: Khanathip /// Owners: Vazzan and Dr. Kanjana Tirangkura /// Designer/ Decorator: Junsekino Architect and Design /// Co-designer: Vazzan Tirangkura

Charming vertical and horizontal lines of the metal structure; the box-shaped house lies along the rectangular plot of land with a grayish-black checker plate acting as a double skin for the wall. The plate prevents heat and also filters sunlight.
Charming vertical and horizontal lines of the metal structure; the box-shaped house lies along the rectangular plot of land with a grayish-black checker plate acting as a double skin for the wall. The plate prevents heat and also filters sunlight.

 

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Wan was looking for the right location for years, but he finally found this land unexpectedly. “One afternoon while I was driving, I was lost on this side street and found a house for sale here. The land was 53 square-wa. I thought about it for a night and came back to settle the deal on the next day.”

A modern Buddhist altar is made from a laser-cut metal plate, giving a raw and sleek look, which goes well with the house's materials and linings.
A modern Buddhist altar is made from a laser-cut metal plate, giving a raw and sleek look, which goes well with the house’s materials and linings.

Wan chose to work closely with Jun Sekino, his favorite architect who has continued to translate his ideas into reality. “Wan built this house for ‘a little family with two kids” when he was single. It sounded ridiculously dreamy to me. But once finished, Tinman reflected both the raw house and the owner’s character.” Jun Sekino commented.

The open entranceway adopts traditional Thai-style slit flooring. The outcome is an airy area that doesn't have to rely on an air-conditioning machine.
The open entranceway adopts traditional Thai-style slit flooring. The outcome is an airy area that doesn’t have to rely on an air-conditioning machine.

And the rectangular house of 415-square-meter utilizable space has taken its shape. Its stairway works as a core ventilation stack. The linear interior hallway distributes functions to each room. The first floor consists of a carport, a living room, dining room, kitchen and entertainment room. The second floor is divided into a library, workroom, dressing room and guest bedroom. The third floor consists of a master bedroom and children bedroom. On the fourth floor lies a garden with a lounging corner.

Bright yellow epoxy flooring in the dining room; the color is chosen to encourage an appetite. A mirror panel connects the dining room to the living room. Louvers are installed from floor to ceiling. So, the wind can flow through and the view outside can be seen.
Bright yellow epoxy flooring in the dining room; the color is chosen to encourage an appetite. A mirror panel connects the dining room to the living room. Louvers are installed from floor to ceiling. So, the wind can flow through and the view outside can be seen.

The design is based on form-follows-functions and ergonomic concepts. The owner took part in every step of the way. He questioned every details while the designer adjusted the plan according to his needs.

Minimalist design appears not only in its look, but also in the house’s functionality. There are no door knobs. Instead, bolts are applied for every door in the house.

The red kitchen combines a striking color with a raw, industrial style. The kitchen counter is made of polished concrete. Inside is a built-in checker plate closet.
The red kitchen combines a striking color with a raw, industrial style. The kitchen counter is made of polished concrete. Inside is a built-in checker plate closet.

 

The decoration is done in loft style. True nature of materials is shown. Wood from the old demolished house are adapted into a gigantic bookshelf (the size of 0.60 x 29 x 3 meters), a work desk, a bedside table, flooring and so on. Custom-made built-in furniture is arranged. The pieces are made from industrial supplies, for example, water pipes, metal plates, expanded metal pieces, and checker plates. Primary colors freshen up the house — red, yellow and Majorelle blue.

A guest bedroom is ready to welcome his “Don’t Drink and Drive” friends. A metal bunk bed comes with a 4-ft mattress wide enough for two people to sleep in comfort.
A guest bedroom is ready to welcome his “Don’t Drink and Drive” friends. A metal bunk bed comes with a 4-ft mattress wide enough for two people to sleep in comfort.

The exterior shape of this house is clear and simple, while interior design is lively and fun. All of the functions are inter-connectable and serve everyday need. It’s a perfect home for a modern family.

Chic checker plate door adds an airy feel to the dry part of the bathroom. Polished concrete finishes are paired with a silver bucket to make a set of sink and counter. /// A red custom-made metal door breaks the rawness of unpainted concrete.
Chic checker plate door adds an airy feel to the dry part of the bathroom. Polished concrete finishes are paired with a silver bucket to make a set of sink and counter. /// A red custom-made metal door breaks the rawness of unpainted concrete.

“I travel a lot. But when I’ve got a chance to stay home, I’m so happy. I love every corner in this house. Each of them is designed having me as its center. I believe that this design is timeless. Even in the next 20 -30 years, it will always be a contemporary one.” Wan said.

View from the library on the third floor looking down to a workspace on the second floor -- A huge rope net is hung in the middle of the room for a relaxing reading moment. The wall on the west side has a tall bookshelf, which also serves as thermal insulation.
View from the library on the third floor looking down to a workspace on the second floor — A huge rope net is hung in the middle of the room for a relaxing reading moment. The wall on the west side has a tall bookshelf, which also serves as thermal insulation.

Before we say goodbye, Wan has a piece of advice for those wanting to have a home of their own. “The owners have to take part in the design, because they are the heart of the house — Tinman House included. Its heart is born from its owner.”

Wan was so impressed with the Majorelle blue color from his Morocco trip that he selected the tone for his stairway.
Wan was so impressed with the Majorelle blue color from his Morocco trip that he selected the tone for his stairway.

 

Master bedroom decoration is simple. Wood floor creates a warm, relaxing atmosphere. The headboard is adorned with a dragon and swan laser-cut metal sheet. Wan designed the metal bed himself.
Master bedroom decoration is simple. Wood floor creates a warm, relaxing atmosphere. The headboard is adorned with a dragon and swan laser-cut metal sheet. Wan designed the metal bed himself.

 

The Majorelle blue spiral staircase connects the dressing room to the bedroom on the second floor. The delicate lines come with great functions.
The Majorelle blue spiral staircase connects the dressing room to the bedroom on the second floor. The delicate lines come with great functions.

 

Everyday Relaxation: A Lovely Home in the Hills

Everyday Relaxation: A Lovely Home in the Hills

Surrounded by mountains and the clean, pure beauty of nature, the owner of this lovely home in the hills feels there is no better place for him and his family to have a wonderfully peaceful retirement life. No more do they have to travel abroad for relaxation.

/// Thailand ///

Story: Warapsorn /// Photos: Sitthisak Namkham /// Architect: Dot Line Plane
/// Interior Decoration/Construction: Happy Hours Co., Ltd.

Surrounded by mountains and the clean, pure beauty of nature, the owner of this lovely home in the hills feels there is no better place for him and his family to have a wonderfully peaceful retirement life. No more do they have to travel abroad for relaxation.
Surrounded by mountains and the clean, pure beauty of nature, the owner of this lovely home in the hills feels there is no better place for him and his family to have a wonderfully peaceful retirement life. No more do they have to travel abroad for relaxation.
We come in from the carport to a welcoming parlor furnished with an antique console dresser.
We come in from the carport to a welcoming parlor furnished with an antique console dresser.
The stairway in the entry hall leads up to the second floor.
The stairway in the entry hall leads up to the second floor.
The living room adjoins the dining area. This part of the house is light and spacious, with glass doors on all sides.
The living room adjoins the dining area. This part of the house is light and spacious, with glass doors on all sides.

The house is modeled after residences in the Cotswolds, an ancient rural area in the south of England, and adapted to suit the weather and available building materials in Thailand. With a steep, narrow-eaved roof, it has arched entryways and many windows. The top floor is really an attic, with the roof as ceiling. There is a fireplace and chimney for use in the cold season. The charm of the house shows in the craftsmanship.

The island can easily switch uses to serve as a dining table
The island can easily switch uses to serve as a dining table

 

The living room has a high ceiling, with beams added in to illustrate details of house construction.
The living room has a high ceiling, with beams added in to illustrate details of house construction.

 

The workroom is warm and comfy with long glass windows looking out on the garden.
The workroom is warm and comfy with long glass windows looking out on the garden.

Outer walls are of stone, which provides good insulation, and the longer the house stands, the more classic its beauty will be. The interior is open and comfortable. Glass windows and doors open wide for garden views, besides catching the breeze and letting in natural light during the day.

Colors are earth tones, warm and relaxing. The garden is designed to match the style of the house: warm and natural-looking, after the fashion of English gardens.

Where the home environment is naturally lush and green and the weather is cool and comfortable almost the whole year, each day of life brings deep relaxation and comfort.

The master bedroom with charming country-style furnishings: Wooden beams are set above the bed for decorative effect. Recessed and indirect lighting provides a soft, relaxing illumination.
The master bedroom with charming country-style furnishings: Wooden beams are set above the bed for decorative effect. Recessed and indirect lighting provides a soft, relaxing illumination.

 

 

Bedroom décor on the lower floor features cream tones, with olive-green walls. /// The master bath has a double washbasin with a stylish marble countertop .
Bedroom décor on the lower floor features cream tones, with olive-green walls. /// The master bath has a double washbasin with a stylish marble countertop .
A verandah with warm-colored wicker sofa and chairs opens out directly from the living room. On good-weather days this is a great place for breakfast or an informal lunch.
A verandah with warm-colored wicker sofa and chairs opens out directly from the living room. On good-weather days this is a great place for breakfast or an informal lunch.
The deck on the far side of the house is under an extended roof. Table and chairs are set out for easy dining or a small family party.
The deck on the far side of the house is under an extended roof. Table and chairs are set out for easy dining or a small family party.
The kitchen building is for serious food preparation. Split off from the main house, it still has a section for non-cooks to sit and hang out. /// A small swimming pool, set off from the house, is covered to protect against the heat.
The kitchen building is for serious food preparation. Split off from the main house, it still has a section for non-cooks to sit and hang out. /// A small swimming pool, set off from the house, is covered to protect against the heat.

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A Homey Condo

A Homey Condo

The impeccably proportioned home is a homey condo in a skyscraper-studded Thonglor District. Ten years ago, his parents bought 70 square meters worth of room here to use for rental income. As the room deteriorated over time, the owner found a chance to transform it into a home of his own.

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Story: Mone /// Photographer: Damrong /// Style: Praphaiwadee  /// Designer: Arujit Lertkitja

“I wanted an ordinary cabinet, but we couldn’t find a cabinet to match the other ones. One day I stumbled across a telephone booth, which was big enough to hold a washing machine. Finally I decided to put it in for a unique look!”
“I wanted an ordinary cabinet, but we couldn’t find a cabinet to match the other ones. One day I stumbled across a telephone booth, which was big enough to hold a washing machine. Finally I decided to put it in for a unique look!”
Different shades of teakwood add dimensional depth. Silver lamps draw attention to the pipe system on the ceiling.
Different shades of teakwood add dimensional depth. Silver lamps draw attention to the pipe system on the ceiling.

Thanks to the owner’s job as marketing manager, working in real estate put him in touch with Arujit Lertkitja, interior designer for Coquo Studio. When Oat sounded him out about taking on this project, he got back a slew of ideas for a dream house makeover: “I didn’t know what the style I wanted was called, so I opened up magazines looking for keywords, and sent Oh over two hundred reference photos. Oh’s suggestion was to add sweet details by selecting lighter shades of wood since my wife would be living here, too.”

A metal-framed mirror wall creates an illusion of a larger kitchen.
A metal-framed mirror wall creates an illusion of a larger kitchen.

From the reference pictures and many heart-to-heart chats with the designer, the two came up with the “industrial loft” style. From a two-bedroom flat, it was converted into a studio. Just one bedroom was left. Walls were demolished to connect the kitchen, dining room, and living room, while doors were put in to clearly define private areas: bedroom, bathroom, and dressing room.

This white-themed kitchen corner has an especially sweet and classic look. It's a “full kitchen” for people who like to cook. The island adds an extra space. It also functions as a cocktail bar during a party. /// The chic-looking built-in shelves hold Oat’s books and collectibles.
This white-themed kitchen corner has an especially sweet and classic look. It’s a “full kitchen” for people who like to cook. The island adds an extra space. It also functions as a cocktail bar during a party. /// The chic-looking built-in shelves hold the owner’s books and collectibles.

The old condo ceiling was completely removed to display the newly installed pipe and conduit systems. Besides adding the rawness, the removal also raised 20 centimeters from the original ceiling height. They used materials with rough surfaces, such as white brick and black window frame, all for a slick and modern look on a budget.

For a more relaxing look, brick pointed white add texture to the walls in the living room and workroom. /// Floating shelves and tables lined along the wall reduces tension while providing full functionality.
For a more relaxing look, brick pointed white add texture to the walls in the living room and workroom. /// Floating shelves and tables lined along the wall reduces tension while providing full functionality.

To add warmth and reduce the room’s harsh roughness, the owner and the designer kept the teak floor, but scoured and polished to make it pale and bring more light into the room.  Oh decided on built-in furniture with some movable teak pieces, planed them down and painted them white for a softer look.

These fit in nicely as a set when mixed in with furniture from old houses, which the owner himself had searched out and selected.

Oat replaced the old bathtub with a shower, separating dry and wet bathroom areas with a black-framed metal partition. The wood tile floor here brings a warmer feeling and a connection with other rooms.
The owner replaced the old bathtub with a shower, separating dry and wet bathroom areas with a black-framed metal partition. The wood tile floor here brings a warmer feeling and a connection with other rooms.

“I was consulting with the designer about furniture all the time. Before buying, I sent pictures to get her comments and suggestions. Sometimes she’d run into something really suitable, and just buy it herself in advance.”

The clean and orderly bedroom connects to a dressing room. The black metal doorframes go well with the other parts of the home. Large glass pane along the corridor makes the space look wider and more open.
The clean and orderly bedroom connects to a dressing room. The black metal door frames go well with the other parts of the home. Large glass pane along the corridor makes the space look wider and more open.

Besides the totally pleasing décor, the impressions of this house left us with the kind that really makes a place a “home,” in contrast to just a “place to live”. The word “homey” really fits the surprisingly mellow ambience of this industrial loft residence.

 

Having wooden-shuttered windows behind the wash basin connecting to the bedroom creates a nice view from the bathroom, and also lets more natural light come in.
Having wooden-shuttered windows behind the wash basin connecting to the bedroom creates a nice view from the bathroom, and also lets more natural light come in.

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Craftsman’s Cottage

Craftsman’s Cottage

The cottage is nestled amidst a thicket of lush tropical plants, including star gooseberry and orchard trees, also known as butterfly. Vibrant tones of green highlight the thriving foliage that has grown so thick it hides the second floor of the building.

/// Thailand ///

Story: Panchat Changchan /// Photographs: Rithirong Chanthongsuk, Sitthisak Namkham /// Owner / Decorator: Pithichinda Chidsin, Kittiwat Sitthi

The house stands enveloped by a thicket of green tropical plants. Tall trees provide a canopy to the interior spaces. Its design takes full advantage of natural ventilation and eliminate the needs for mechanical cooling.
The house stands enveloped by a thicket of green tropical plants. Tall trees provide a canopy to the interior spaces. Its design takes full advantage of natural ventilation and eliminate the needs for mechanical cooling.

 

Crisp, cool shades abound thanks to plenty of full-grown trees on the property. Long roof overhangs are built of concrete in smooth finishes. They exist in harmony with textured brick walls that speak to the traditional lifestyle of the area.
Crisp, cool shades abound thanks to plenty of full-grown trees on the property. Long roof overhangs are built of concrete in smooth finishes. They exist in harmony with textured brick walls that speak to the traditional lifestyle of the area.

 

Located in Chiangmai, “Junjun Shop & Café” is widely known among handicraft lovers. It is a home with a retail shop in it. The two-in-one business address belongs to Pithichinda Chidsin and Kittiwat Sitthi. Behind the shop windows lies a chic small café. There are retail spaces right next to it that boast a full array of craft items and local handmade goods.

The owners sit by the glass windows enjoying their coffee on a sunny day. /// Kittiwat is not only a skilled craftsman, he also knows a lot about coffee making.
The owners sit by the glass windows enjoying their coffee on a sunny day. /// Kittiwat is not only a skilled craftsman, he also knows a lot about coffee making.

Inside, brick walls with textured finishes add a raw feel to the ambience. They stand tall reaching all the way to the roofline. Craft tables and chairs that fill the display area come from many sources. They represent the skill sets, taste, and styles that the owners admire the most.

Despite its relatively small size, tall ceilings design makes the ground floor business space look wide open and well ventilated. There is a staircase that connects it to the work studio upstairs.
Despite its relatively small size, tall ceilings design makes the ground floor business space look wide open and well ventilated. There is a staircase that connects it to the work studio upstairs.

According to Pithichinda, she and Kittiwat thought a home with business in it would serve their needs best. After their final decision to move here, they left the designing work in the good hands of their architect friends.

“I wanted an open space design. I would prefer bricks and wood rather than other materials in order to give it natural appeal and communicate Chiangmai local craft styles. I didn’t give much thought to the decoration. They were sentimental items that I have been collecting, mostly DIY handmade stuff. Kittiwat loved growing plants. So we put in lots of them,” Pithichinda said.

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On the second floor, two cottages sit snugly apart from each other. The first is the couple’s residential unit with a bedroom/bathroom combo. The interior is minimalist in style with only a few pieces of furniture. Smooth concrete walls are painted white to give it a light and open atmosphere. There is a staircase that conveniently connects it to the business spaces.

A coffee corner sits on the patio decorated with old pieces of furniture. Long roof overhangs and the crisp cool canopy of tall trees combine to make the area very comfy.
A coffee corner sits on the patio decorated with old pieces of furniture. Long roof overhangs and the crisp cool canopy of tall trees combine to make the area very comfy.

The second cottage features a stark contrast. Its walls are crafted of brickwork with textured finishes that blend well with the business spaces below. It serves multiple purposes as a work studio, living room, and reading room. The business area below can be seen in full view from upstairs. The living room boasts old-fashioned furniture and a rich array of collectibles that the couple has acquired over the years. Other functions, such as kitchen and laundry are performed back in the old house nearby.

Exterior boundary walls separate the new and old buildings. Hollow bricks design promotes natural airflow and serves as a privacy curtain for areas that needs protection.
Exterior boundary walls separate the new and old buildings. Hollow bricks design promotes natural airflow and serves as a privacy curtain for areas that needs protection.

The two cottages are linked to each other via an open-air deck that has since become an ideal place of rest the two homeowners. It serves multiple purposes, ranging from furniture evaluations to dye testing to growing plants. More often than not it is used for just relaxing after a hard day’s work. “The two of us used to go camping out in the woods a lot. We hardly have time for that now. So, The second floor deck comes in handy. Sometimes, our friends come by and we enjoy the barbecue together up here.”

On the second floor stand two cottages set apart from each other. The atrium that lies in between serves multiple purposes.
On the second floor stand two cottages set apart from each other. The atrium that lies in between serves multiple purposes.

The bonfire, the smell of firewood and the cottage itself evoke fond memories of the good old days that the couple still cherish and care for lovingly. There is nothing like coming home to a company of good friends and camping out again, albeit on the deck.

 

The bedroom is painted in white that look great with doors and windows. Personal belongs, mostly collectible items, are stored in suitcases. /// The craftsman’s work studio shows the owners’ workbench and desk. Box-shaped shelf is mounted on the wall where necessary tools and utensils are keep within easy reach.
The bedroom is painted in white that look great with doors and windows. Personal belongs, mostly collectible items, are stored in suitcases. /// The craftsman’s work studio shows the owners’ workbench and desk. Box-shaped shelf is mounted on the wall where necessary tools and utensils are keep within easy reach.

 

Old theater seats made of wood are placed here temporarily as the homeowners try to find a perfect spot for it.
Old theater seats made of wood are placed here temporarily as the homeowners try to find a perfect spot for it.

 

The cottages boast a simple gable roof style that is typical of small-sized homes. Exterior decorating details are minimized. Clean geometric design underneath the sloping planes enhances its modern home character.
The cottages boast a simple gable roof style that is typical of small-sized homes. Exterior decorating details are minimized. Clean geometric design underneath the sloping planes enhances its modern home character.
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