Homey, Cozy and Inspring Apartment in English Style: Chocolate Bedroom, Canary Study & Contemporary Kitchenette
Olga, a student
Number of rooms: 3
Metric area: 100 m²
Ceiling height: 3 m
Barely had the construction of a new multistorey in a modern housing estate begun, when Olga’s parents bought her an apartment in it. This was the very first option suggested by a real estate agent, and it caught the family’s fancy so much that they didn’t even waste time on looking through other variants. Moreover, they bought a lodging for Olga’s sister in the same place too.
The interior design was worked out by Olga under the guidance of her mother, who obtained an interior design class. As for the technical and architectural aspects, here helped the uncle, a manager of a construction firm. Since all the flats of a newly-built housing estate have an open plan, at the moment of purchase the apartment was just an empty perimeter with a couple of load-bearing pillars.
With thoughts of her future interior in mind, Olga looked through AD and Home & Gardens magazines and quickly decided on her personal color gamut – gray and green. Taken as a basic concept was English style. Most of the furniture items were ordered from Russian manufacturers or bought in BoConcept store.
Almost all the walls are covered with washable paint. Closet by IKEA.
A closet with a textile curtain, which hides a washing machine and household equipment, is mother’s idea. The mirror was bought on a common building materials market.
The picture initially belonged to Olga’s Dad, but it fell in with the interior so well that he agreed to give it away.
The entire parquetry is white ash.
Chandelier by “Tri Kita” (“Three Whales”).
Olga’s hobbies are painting and photography, which accounts for a special zone allotted in the bookstand to a collection of cameras and art albums, which moved from the summer house.
The curtains were custom-made in “Trio-Interior” studio.
Bookstand, table and chairs by BoConcept.
Poster by IKEA. The sofa was custom-made by a St. Petersburg manufacturer.
This very wall color was selected for the study because Olga has always liked the way it harmonizes with wood.
The doors have an amusing history: they were re-ordered 9 times as the manufacturer would always send the unfit ones: now they open to the wrong side, now they have a different pattern.
Choosing a kitchen set was an uneasy task indeed: the wish was dark gray, but all the appropriate variants were too expensive. In the end it was ordered from a Russian manufacturer Legna, but based on Italian component parts.
Folding table and chairs by BoConcept.
Chandeliers hanging over the dining table, as well as all white small tables and consoles are made by IKEA. A wooden table comes from “Diligans” (“Stagecoach”) interior shop.
Olga enjoys cooking and frequently invites guests for dinners and board games, which accounts for a great number of sofas, where guests may stay for a night. All of them are ordered from “8 March” factory.
The carpet arrived from Morocco.
A pillowslip adorned with a pet’s portrait, a west highland white terrier, was bought in one of the latest trips to Amsterdam and Bruges.
Molding on cornices and plinths is made of wood-like plastic.
Painted hand-made standard lamps were purchased in Moscow suburbs.
Venetian blind was installed to let in more light. Besides, Olga wanted to leave the wooden window frames and sills in a plain view. White standard lamps were found in a kid’s department of “Tri Kita” (“Three Whales”) shop.
Embroidered towels arrived from Thailand, while pillow cases were hand-made by Olga and her Mom. Chandeliers are a bazaar finding.
Olga has always dreamed of a light bedroom, but classical English-style wallpaper made her change her mind for a chocolate chord. Bed by BoConcept. Arm-chair by “Diligans” (“Stagecoach”). Bedspread and pillowcases by Zara Home.
This space was primarily allotted to a guest’s room, but the lack of room for a walk-in closet inspired an idea to unite this area with the balcony and arrange a bedroom.
The walk-in closet is custom-designed.
Olga plans to paint this IKEA chest of drawers in the near future.
Olga was dying to have a wardrobe with these very doors, but it would be too costly. On her uncle’s advice she turned to Belarusian cabinet makers, who made it twice as cheap. Bedside stand lamps by “Tri Kita” (“Three Whales”).
The adornment of the second bathroom is a mirror with accent lights like in dressing rooms.