Light and Airy EX-Officer’s Apartment with a Birch-Bedside-Table, a Wood-Trunk-Curtain-Rail & a Stepladder-Shoe-Stand

August 8, 2013
Posted in Apartments


The Hosts:
Julia, a designer
Denis, a marketing specialist in a leasing company

Number of rooms: 2
Metric area: 56 m²
Ceiling height: 2.9 m
Floor number: 4

After a few years spent in rented dwellings, Julia and Denis bought an apartment of their own two years ago. Having estimated the amount of money they spend on rent, the spouses came to a conclusion that this purchase would be extremely good. The only stuffing of the lodging was an old sink, a water heater in the kitchen and a sole operating socket. The only utilizable room was the bathroom, so it was left untouched.

Within two months a working gang put the flat in order, and Julia and Denis got down to its decoration. Built back in 1913 for single officers, the house had a custom layout: one room for a batman, a tight bedroom for an officer, and a reception room for guests. For a start, the hosts had one of the Gyproc walls torn down, thus turning a three-room apartment in a two-room one. Some of the details remained from an original officer’s interior: for instance, a below-windowsill winter refrigerator under the windowsill for storing vegetables.

According to the couple, the rooms are half-habitable and ideas of their re-make keep coming up till now. Most of the designer tricks and methods used here were inspired by Swedish interior blogs and adapted to this lodging.

Furniture items were coming primarily from IKEA. A few bookstands for the lounge were ordered from a carpenter. Some of the things, saving memories of renovation time, were adjusted to the current needs. Thus, a stepladder in the entrance hall was transformed into a shoe stand. Souvenirs, brought from different travels, can be noticed here and there over the flat. Over time the lounge will be furnished with upholstered items: a sofa, arm-chairs and a grand table for receiving guests.




Despite the fact that windows overlook the sunny side, Julia and Denis didn’t hang any curtains. So the lounge and the kitchen always stand sunlit. Out of practical reasons and in contrast to the rest of the rooms – with herring-bone parquetry, the kitchen floor is self-leveling. The rooms are joined with the help of big doors, which usually stay open for the sake of spaciousness. The hosts gave up the idea of putting a sofa in the kitchen when they realized that it will be out of place in such a tight area. But on the hand, the spouses arrived at a conclusion that a micro working zone here will come in handy.





Laces for the bedroom came to Julia through her Grandma. In place of a conventional bedside table used were two birch beams, and a thin trunk of a wood serves as a curtain rail. A framed postcard is made by Polkka Jam – two Finnish artists, whose works are liked by the hostess. Two Jack Russell Terriers are called Cardboard and Mitten.







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