An apartment with colour details, antiquarian interior items, and a full-wall Matisse reproduction

August 7, 2013
Posted in Apartments

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OWNER
Violetta – a journalist

METRIC AREA 42 sq.m
NUMBER OF ROOMS 2
FLOOR 4
CEILING HEIGHT 2.5 m

Violetta moved into a two-room apartment on Muzhestva square fallen to her from her grandmother a year and a half ago. She didn’t change not very comfortable layout of the apartment: she planned to live in Khrushchyovka only for several years, and then to find something close to the center. But after the first summer spent near the park Sosnovka and Olginsky pond the hostess decided to continue living in Vyborgsky district.

Violetta made the repair together with her parents. In the space of a month she not only learned to hang wallpaper and to assemble sofas alone, but she also learned slang names of all types of bolts and details. The hostess thought out the interior by herself. Initially she decided to use as many bright combinations as possible. A predominant colour was chosen for every room of the apartment. The bedroom was made lilac, white paintable wallpaper in the living-room became blue and green, and Matisse reproduction, which the girl painted by herself, appeared on one of the walls.

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A walk-through living-room was visually divided into a guest zone and a working space with the help of colour on the walls. Only a bed was placed in the remote room with the wardrobe room. A tent bed was looked for all over the town for several weeks, and a proper one was found on one of the sites where furniture from Malaysia is suggested. Part of the furniture remained from Violetta’s grandmother: for example, GDR wall unit, on the door of which, as well as on the wall, “Dance” reproduction appeared, and a receiver with a player for records which is standing on the balcony now.

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Postwar hand painting china vase fell from the grandmother. The picture “Dance” by Matisse is one of Violetta’s favourite works. She decided to paint the copy of the masterpiece kept in the Hermitage.

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A handmade coverlet was bought at the market in Istanbul.

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The only white corner in the apartment was left for the working space.

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The hostess decided not to throw away grandmother’s wall unit: she placed all glassware in it and painted a comic variation of the “Dance” by Matisse.

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Violetta often works at home, that’s why she took the choice of the chair very seriously. Having tested 50 models she decided in favour of a white one, which was mentioned as the boss chair in the shop catalogue.

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The girl bought the cow in the charity shop “Spasibo”.

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A Peterbald Aureliano Jose appeared in the apartment a half year ago.

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Violetta decided to leave grandmother’s picture with girls, which hung on the wall after she had seen the same picture in the film based on the novel “Tin Drum” by Günter Grass.

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The hostess hung handmade earrings on the honeycomb frame. The tent bed from Malaysia was ordered from Internet store after long and unsuccessful searches.

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All ceiling lamps hung in the apartment while Violetta’s grandmother had lived here.

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Baskets with flower pots intended for decoration of open balconies and terraces were hung on bed edges.

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The picture was presented to Violetta by her familiar artist Igor Bessmertny. He painted Achatina which had lived with Violetta some time ago.

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Violetta inserts photos of relatives and friends into cans for mother’s pickles and jams during off season.

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The tile which is called azulejo in Portugal was bought on a fair in Lisbon.

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A rocking-chair and a radio player, on which one can listen to records, were placed on the balcony.

 

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