Supon's Vibrant Kalorama Oasis

Supon's Vibrant Kalorama Oasis

Leah Moss
Nov 5, 2009

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Name: Supon and pets: Taylor and Cricket the dogs, and Logo the cat
Location: Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, DC
Size: 3,400 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years

Nestled on a serene street between bustling Dupont Circle and regal Embassy Row, Supon's live/work townhouse is as bold and unexpected as it is restful and welcoming. As a graphic designer who has also made waves in the product design world, Supon sees his dwelling as both a homage to his native Thai roots and international travels, as well as a rotating gallery of ideas and inspiration — a balance suited to the house's dual function as his private residence and headquarters for his businesses, Supon Creative and Naked Decor.

Because of the personal/public nature of Supon's home, most rooms are designed to be both polished and comfortable, and nearly all are intended to wear many hats. The living room — inspired by Supon's time in London — sits just off his main office, and also serves as a conference room, idea lounge, and entertaining space for his clients and design team. The large dining room table doubles as a conference table. Same goes for the idyllic deck oasis, which Supon created as both a spot for personal meditation and a swank entertaining space complete with bar.

Hints of his travel experiences, interests, and inspirations are celebrated in every room through a constantly rotating mix of high and low decor, all arranged with Supon's distinctly pop-esque spin. Throughout his home, he has a lively interplay between bold accessories and deep, restful wall colors — making him a favorite in last year's Fall Color Contest. Many large key furniture pieces are IKEA, Welm Elm, and CB2, but he punctuates them with his own decor creations as well as other sentimentally significant pieces, such as his beloved Jonathan Adler pottery collection and George Nelson Marshmallow sofa. His expert flea-marketing and e-bay-hunting eye has also helped him fill his home with affordable finds that reflect his design vision. The result is brilliant: a home that simultaneously exudes peacefulness and excitement.

Apartment Therapy Survey:
My/Our style: Modern with a twist.

Inspiration: The inspiration for my home came from my three favorite cities: London, Miami and Palm Springs. To me, these places are elegant, sophisticated and very chic.

Favorite Element: My deck. I turned my outdoor deck into something exotic, serene, and altogether my own. It has a spa-like feel and is also a great place to entertain. To me, it serves as a comfortable sanctuary, reminding me of my heritage.

Biggest Challenge: I keep changing the look every 3-6 months.

What Friends Say: They love it. My home is not a furniture showroom. I always like to keep things exciting. I wanted my living room to have a "wow" factor.

Biggest Embarrassment: Kitchen! Would like to redesign it soon!

Proudest DIY: The whole house.

Biggest Indulgence: My design taste has pretty much been the same ever since I was young which is simple and clean. Oftentimes, I don't focus on an individual piece of furniture, but rather how they will work with my existing pieces. I won't buy things for my house just because they are in fashion at the moment. I usually don't care what's in or what's out. Everything that you see in my home, I can tell you the reason.

Best advice: Take Risks! There's no right and no wrong when decorating your home. People don't want to take risks. If you want your living space to be really bold and paint your wall in black, go ahead and do it. If you hate it, just repaint it. It's your home!

Dream source: None! I won't buy things for my house just because they are in fashion at the moment. Most of my items from my home range from high end brands to flea markets.

Other Inspiration: I think life is my inspiration and my desire to take something and make it in to something else.

Furniture: Crate and Barrel, IKEA, West Elm, Georgetown Flea Market, Design Within Reach, BoConcept, Apartment Zero
Accessories: his own (, eBay, Georgetown Flea Market, flea market in Thailand
Rugs and Carpets: FLOR
Artwork: his own, Jonathan Adler pottery

To learn more about Supon's design work and home decor line, check out Supon Creative.

Thanks, Supon!

Images: Leah Moss

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