We passed on the furniture package that the developer offered us as we had set our mind on modern Italian designed furniture in our Samui villa. And, it had to be white! Mary and I had similar ideas on what we liked and what would suit the stunning position we now had with views of the sea from all rooms. It was at this point that we decided to be bold and create the White Villa. Many people thought we were crazy as we also intended to rent when not in residence.

The kitchen was included in the purchase price but as it was dark brown we took the decision to put our own kitchen in and make it ALL WHITE!

We enjoy cooking and wanted an easy to manoeuvre open plan and stylised area, which would blend seamlessly into the lounge/dining area.

Adrian always wanted a Miele coffee machine and we had other ideas for the kitchen appliances e.g. we wanted a steamer instead of a microwave.

We managed to find a kitchen specialist in Bangkok that supplied Italian kitchens, which we wanted. We worked with Binova kitchens and produced plans to suit us.

Eighteen months later when our villa was built, it was all shipped from Italy to Samui and looks great in situ, a big relief, I can tell you.