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Phornirunlit loves to use props and switch them out for different looks (play "spot the difference" with this image and the one above to see how he does this). "Real men are not afraid of pink!" he says. He found these larger-than-life poodles in Mexico and had quite a time in customs convincing officials not to cut them open. "They were packed in boxes with their heads sticking out!" he laughs. Luckily, they made it across the border intact.
The sofas and chairs are from Crate and Barrel, and the tripod lamp with the faux-feathered shade is from Thailand. The dog-related pillows and trays in this image are by Naked Decor.
"I like to create different sections in a large room like this one," Phornirunlit says. "I never want a seating to force people to arrange themselves like they are all sitting around a campfire."
He also likes oversize pieces that make a big visual impact — for example, the large, striped ottoman in this room.
This darker, first-floor sitting room has more of a private, man-cave vibe. Phornirunlit calls it "a pop take on rustic." The room was inspired by camping, which also inspired his Oh Deer pillow seen on the sofa. "No animals were harmed in decorating this room," he says. The trophies are cast in resin, and the rug's zebra pattern is painted on.
The other end of the room contains this dining area. "I wanted to do something fun at full-dog size," says Phornirunlit. Thus, the Happy Hot Dog Display Tray was created to pose proudly atop a tablescape. He bought the George Rodrigue blue dog painting more than 15 years ago, before the artist's popularity exploded.
During parties, the curtains and doors between the sitting room and the deck are opened up, allowing for free flow between indoors and out.
What is behind all those curtains in the sitting room? An incredible, 8-inch-deep reflecting pool, inspired by one he'd seen in a hotel lobby in Thailand. "This was once a simple 800-square-foot deck, with 200 to 300 potted plants on it," Phornirunlit explains. "I realized it took about two hours a day to make sure they were all watered and decided to make a change."
The reflecting pool is surrounded by a delightful mix of repeated elements including inexpensive chairs from IKEA adorned with Warhol-esque Chairman Mao pillows, elephant-shaped umbrella stands, $10 umbrellas from Pier 1, and a Buddha figure from Thailand. The crystal ball lights are solar.
The kitchen renovation is Phornirunlit's latest project. "This 7-foot-high subway sign from Restoration Hardware was my inspiration," he says. What followed were black granite counters and mini glass subway tiles, which take on just a hint of green.
Clear glass on cabinet doors gave Phornirunlit an opportunity to infuse color and playfulness into the kitchen via his tiki mug and martini shaker collections. The kitchen also allowed him to use tiles leftover from a client's project, an example of his balance of practicality and whimsy.
The original laundry room "was a mess, and I needed additional storage for the house," Phornirunlit says. Cabinets fill the 84-square-foot space. After choosing the red front-loading washer and dryer, he realized using black granite flooring was a great way to provide punctuating contrast.
Next to the Buddha guest room is this room that Phornirunlit dubs "The Addams Family Black and White Room." He painted all of the natural wood furniture black and white and added the silver chrome hardware to the dresser. Black trim adds crisp borders and emphasizes straight lines.
The rug is assembled using FLOR tiles. "I like FLOR. You can make a rug as big as the room, and with up to four animals around, I can cut out and replace one piece of it whenever necessary," Phornirunlit says.
When Phornirunlit realized that the tiles he liked at Home Depot Expo were more than half off, he remodeled all of his bathrooms at once, giving each one a different feel via the colors he chose.
This bathroom is next to the black-and-white bedroom, which inspired its glam and minimal palette. As much fun as Phornirunlit likes to have with décor, he keeps resale in mind so that major renovations will not be required if he ever wants to sell the house.
The drama of high hotel design influenced Phornirunlit in this bathroom, where he covered the entire wall in the same blue tile.
The pop appeal in the master bedroom is punched up by the Campbell's soup renderings, done by Andy Warhol's former assistant, Steve Kaufman. Again, FLOR tiles expand the rug to the size of the room and can be replaced when stained.
Have you guessed why he named his company Naked Decor? Beyond believing that sex sells, Phornirunlit explains "when you move into your house, it is naked and bare." His accessories dress the home, transforming furnishings into fun outfits for rooms.
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