Colourful and Travel-Inspired Young Couple’s Apartment with Union Jack Curtains, Multicolored Walls and a Deep Blue Kitchen Set

July 19, 2013
Posted in Apartments

The Hosts:
Vladimir, an economist
Valerie, article writer for

Number of rooms: 2
Metric area: 57 m²
Ceiling height: 2.8 m
Floor number: 2

The family moved in an apartment on Nevsky Avenue 6 months ago and still try to make it feel as homey as possible. Heretofore the flat, which was last renovated back in 1990s, was just let in for rent. Except for the ceiling and some technical aspects, which were handled by professional designers, almost the entire interior was thought over and picked up by the owners. Vladimir and Valerie were eager to make their lodging bright and distinctive.

Striving for maximum functionality, the hosts started with altering the layout, and namely – with demolition of the walls. Due to some issues concerning the discipline of the working gang, the renovation took about half a year. Initially the lodging was two-room, with a kitchen and a long corridor leading from the entrance hall. For the sake of getting a full-fledged multifunctional space the wall between the lounge and the kitchen was sacrificed. The same was done in the case of a small bathroom and a WC.

The interior details were ordered from different ends of the world. Thus, a kitchen set and a bed arrived from Proroom store, Italy. Bathroom mosaic with a heart was spotted in an Italian manufacturer’s catalogue for a handsome price. In the end the owners displayed ready wit: they bought common mosaic, drew a heart on a squared sheet of paper and prepared a pattern from small pieces according to the sketch.

The idea of a blue entrance door sank deep into Valerie’s mind after watching “Notting Hill” movie.

An old album with actresses-Oscar winners, was found on Portobello Road antiques market in London 5 years ago. Next to it stands Audrey Hepburn’s photo gotten from Parisian rare book dealers. Note-paper with Marilyn comes from a store by Pompidou centre, Paris.

The longest anticipated purchase are Union Jack curtains from Home Concept shop, which actually turned out twice as wide than it had been expected. Thus, the window features only one half of them.

Hanging over the cooker hood is a reproduction of Damien Hirst – it was purchased on his exhibition in Tate Modern a month ago.

Kitchen utensils were gotten from a French store Pylones.

The bed was ordered from Italy, while the bedside tables were made by another manufacturer.

The Kate Moss’s portrait was bought last year at Mario Testino’s exhibition in Rome.

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