DESIGNING A CONTEMPORARY THAI HOME

One of my greatest passion is designing a home … here is one that I have done

Choose “found” objects in the same hue … it doesn’t have to of the same set … peculiarity of choices is always refreshing. These are good talking points and each object should always have a story to tell which makes it more fascinating. The elephant decor isn’t just a decor , it could be a catch-all for keys and coins as well. Convert throw pillowcases into fabric elements that can liven up a runner. Be creative and don’t be afraid to do so. A flower can also liven the space … fresh is always the best. It gives a natural sense of tranquillity and beauty to your space.

Guest comfort room should present simplicity and practicality. White is a good choice of color denoting cleanliness and “back to basic” decor. Fill this small confined space with the colourful scents of the Thai flowers and incense. A small Buddha incense holder can be injected to accentuate the theme.

Despite the theme, it is imperative to put a personal touch to the home. On a vintage refurbished cabinet, place the pictures from vacations and holidays spent with the family. Again, group together exquisite objects that share the same color, purpose or history. Less is more.
Elephants of different styles and designs facing the door is a nice touch as well. Elephants have been revered in Tha…iland for many centuries. Famous as the strongest beasts of burden, in Thailand they were important in battle, with kings mounted on Elephants fighting the Burmese to defend Thailand on many occasions. They have also been noted for their intelligence, memory and pleasant nature. A Thai legend has it that a marriage is like an elephant– the husband is the front legs, that choose the direction, the wife the back legs, providing the power ! (Chiangmai)

Furnitures should be of simple lines and neutral color. A practical such as this coffee table with 2 ottomans that can be used as additional seating is a great choice. Combining green grass on top of stacks of books is a pleasant surprise. Incorporate nature as much as possible like sands and stones. Arrange different elements according to height to let the elements flow. A plate of colourful potpourri can complement the room by giving out flowery scents and bursts of colors.

Despite the Thai theme, being a devoted Filipino Catholic , the family opted to put the statue of the Virgin Mary in the living room. It can still be done , just choose the right table and the candles to go with the theme for it to blend. The choice of lotus flower is superb in this corner.

Sectional seating is a practical choice especially of the family entertains a lot of visitors. Again dark hues with texture can liven up the seating area. You can use pillows and throws whichever you opt to choose.

These flowers were personally chosen because it resembles fireworks which denotes celebration and winning. The doors need no effort to be appreciated. It is straightforward and austere which is integral in its minimalist charm.

Choose neutral tones of earthen wares . It doesn’t have to come from the same set, be more creative by combining different colors but of the same family. This casual neutral setting could be given an additional color by incorporating a green or two. Wheat grass in the midst of the table is soothing to the eye. It is all about lines and grouping to make a impact without being brass or too gaudy. Pick leaves where you can use as table place cards so the guests can find their seats in no time.

Since Thai is the theme, add a silver pair of elephants to create the ambiance that goes with the silverwares. Rattan cords can also be used to tie the beige napkins and roll it to remind us of the thai specialty Spring Rolls.

 

This is the view from the other side of the pool. This is still a work on progress but we will be happy to share it with you again once it is finished to inspire homeowners and appreciate beauty in its simplicity.

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