Houzz Tour: An Open-plan Flat That Celebrates Bold, Quirky Style
Inspired by the owner’s travels to Bali, this bright, one-bed home, filled with pattern, has an uplifting feel
Who lives here The owner of an advertising agency
Location Moscow, Russia
Size 807 sq ft (75 sq m), with 10ft-high (3m-high) ceilings
Designers Anton Korneev and Ekaterina Blokhina of Korneev Design Workshop
Photos by Mikhail Stepanov
The owner wanted to recreate the spirit of a Bali villa in the heart of Moscow. The designers accomplished just that, with a large living area, a division of space into public and private zones, and lots of natural materials and mementos of life on the island.
“The apartment needed to be renovated because in its original state it wasn’t very functional and didn’t meet all of the owner’s requirements,” Korneev says. “We swapped the locations of the kitchen and the bathroom and everything fell into place.”
“The storybook theme wasn’t identified clearly – it wasn’t something we aimed for,” Blokhina says. “Essentially, every designer is a magician who creates a unique fairytale for every customer. In this case, we tried to evoke a heartwarming story that makes negativity impossible and inspires smiles, love and adventures.”
That was the motivation behind the apartment’s cheerful wallpaper. Fish swim here in the living room, the cloakroom is decorated with foxes and an enchanted city presides over the balcony. Surrounded by these cheery designs, it’s hard not to be transported back to childhood.
Browse a huge selection of wallpapers in the Houzz Shop
The designers eschewed wall units in order to create a sense of lightness. The resulting design doesn’t leave much space for storage, but it’s enough for the owner’s needs.
“We found the chairs for the dining area at a flea market. There are two pairs, one of which comes from [the Republic of] Georgia,” Blokhina says. “Our craftsmen restored them, painted them one colour and reupholstered them. We also covered the fridge with blackboard paint so the owner can draw on it or leave shopping lists. The striking copper ball lights by Tom Dixon reflect the entire room beautifully.”
“Try to spot the TV,” Korneev says. It’s not the prettiest object in the house and gave the designers a really hard time. “We found a good solution: we put it on the mantel against the black wall. This way, it doesn’t visually disturb the uniformity of the space.”
A traditional Balinese daybed is another island memento. The designers got it cutsom-made by Indonesian craftsmen. The inside of the white plaster fireplace is dressed with distressed mirrors, which create a beautiful effect when the candles inside are lit. It makes the whole thing look deeper and wider.
of the entrance hall and the corridor, the designers used a wallpaper with a vertical pattern, which doesn’t arrest the eye and therefore expands the perspective of the space.
“Many people tend to place these kinds of wallpapers on single stretches of wall only, but in fact they are ideal for more complex spaces and create the impression of a forest,” Blokhina says.
“The wooden benches that run the length of the balcony are divided into sections, each of which can be lowered or raised at will.” Folding legs help support the benches when open.
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