Homey and Classic English-Style Apartment: Grey Walls, Upholstred Funriture, High Skirting Boards and Fanlights

August 29, 2013
Posted in Apartments

91-lounge room

The Hosts:
Dmitry and Catherine

Number of rooms: 3
Metric area: 147 m²
Ceiling height: 2.9 m
Floor number: 31

The young couple bought an apartment in an elite housing estate “Airbus” about two years ago, having fallen in love with a panoramic view opening from the 31st floor and open layout, which gave room for imagination and future comfort.

On the advice of their friends, the hosts turned to a designer studio “Arch. Thing”, in which their interior was entrusted directly to the bureau’s establishers – a designer Catherine Tulupova and an architect Olesya Sitnikova. Both sides remained satisfied: the hosts gave absolute freedom to the designers, who, in their turn, considered all the few in number, yet crucial, wishes. For instance, Dmitry’s concern was technical aspects — the lodging is equipped with a complex ventilation and air-conditioning system with humidification function, and an all-around audio system controlled from an iPad. As for Catherine, she was more worried about the color range.

As a basis the designers took classic and English styles: high skirting boards, wide curtain holders and fanlights, which extend and expand the space visually. Ethnic inclusions — carpets and suspended lamps in the hallway — create a homey feeling.

In practice panoramic windows proved to be troublesome: noise from the street was so unbearable that the designers had to plank plastic windows with dismountable wooden casing.


The open layout implied three zones: lounge, kitchen and balcony. But the great metric area enabled to design additionally a full-fledged bedroom and a study. Basic grey color of Manders Little Greene line looked significantly colder in the palette and in an empty space, but the hosts were equipped for emergencies – against the background of furniture and textile the tint proved to be a lot warmer.


In a guest’s bathroom the ceiling was made dark, and walls were glued over with English wallpaper.


Sofas and arm-chairs by Mulberry. Chests by Timothy Oulton.

41 -Sofas and arm-chairs

42-Sofas and arm-chairs

Light fixtures by Vaughan.

51-Light fixtures by Vaughan

Table by Selva. Chairs by Mobilidea.

61-Table by Selva

Italian set by Pedini with a kitchen island suffered a sea change, after its fronts were refreshed with handgrips by Amalgama. Stone — Rim.

71-Italian set

Sanitary porcelain by Antonio Lupi, Alessi. Mixing taps by Hansgrohe, Axor.

81-Sanitary porcelain

One of the doors in the lounge leads to the study, which is currently being re-designed as a kid’s room in connection with a festal event. The other door opens to a private zone including one more bathroom, a walk-in closet and a bedroom. Doors by Agoprofil. For the sake of flooring the kitchenette and the future playroom, oak was manually handled and painted. As a result appeared interesting hue and texture. The other rooms are laid with common oak parquetry.

91-lounge room

Bathroom walls were faced with natural stone — travertine and onyx. Flooring — teak.


The bedroom is in the process of follow-up revision. Soon opposite the bed by B&B will appear a closet with wings painted in a wall-matching color and a chest of drawers.


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