Small Female Paradise: Dream Workshop Design in Gustavian Style
Probably, almost any national TV-channel has a show, in which professional interior designers create something special for common people. Today you will see what a lovely and inspiring workshop was designed for a Russian woman by one of the central TV-channels.
Tanya is an advertiser by profession and a mother of two lovely daughters. It has been a year already since the father of the happy family left them and the household appeared to be on her fragile shoulders. Participation in the famous TV-show has become a true surprise for Tanya, because the application form was filled in by her friend. Still she was very excited and happy about getting a refreshed studio for herself.
Her positive attitude was shared by the interior designer of the project – Olga Agapova. Olga has got to know Tanya’s preferences and by her description arrived at the conclusion that the hostess is especially inclined to Provence motives. But here the designer decided to deviate from pop nostalgic looks of rural France and chose an airier and whiter sub-type of Provence style with more straight and reserved forms – Gustavian.
The work process has begun from the transformation of an old stove pipe. Its metal framework was faced with sheetrock to get a round shape reminding of Swedish tiled stoves. On the next stage the designer decorated it with white glossy custom-made tiles, which were additionally dressed up with beveled edges for the sake of a more elegant and classical look. In the central upper part, the stove was decorated with a fleur de lys – a heraldic lily flower, which symbolizes royal power. Taking that Gustavian style was started by the Swedish king, it looks quite to the point. And a finishing touch – the bottom and the top of the stove were boarded with an exquisite flexible polyurethane molding.
Walls and floors were firstly faced with waterproof chipboards, then primed and plastered. Grayish blue was selected as a basic wall color and a wooden ceiling was traditionally painted white. Wooden boards were also preserved on the closet walls and similarly painted pale blue.
The lilies are present not just on the stove – you can also notice their small 3D copies on the walls. Made of polyurethane, they don’t feel good about direct sunlight; hence Olga decided to paint the white. The lilies are meant not just to match the stove décor, but also to support the beautiful floral wallpaper pattern.
Another retro sign of chic is a wide baseboard, which perfectly fit into the interior concept. Oak-covered birch flooring was laid in square basket pattern and looks quite neutral.
Doors for this project were custom-made and they obviously attract much of attention. The feel of royal elegancy is reached by means of noble white color, golden patina finish, carved trims, an architrave and glass insertions with beautiful paintings.
Taking that the house is made of wood, the wiring is arranged directly on the walls. Based on the mood of interior, it is also designed in retro style featuring twisted wires, ceramic sockets and golden-framed switches.
As for the lighting, it’s represented by white wall lamps and a chandelier from the same collection. Their textile lampshades and carved bodies bring a note of delicacy and lightness to the room, and patina goes in line with the royal golden theme.
The walk-in closet and the desk zone are illuminated by classical metal-based lamps with glass globes.
Textile centerpiece of the room is cotton Roman blinds the same pattern as the wallpaper.
A big white desk is accompanied with a roomy wheeled cabinet. On the whole, the room is packed with storage systems. With Gustavian style in mind the furniture is totally white: most of the pieces are covered with special paint with the addition of beeswax, which is important for two purposes – to get the right hue of white and preserve the grain of the wood.
The chest of drawers and the bookstand arrived from the same collection. Nearby stands a lovely arm-chair with custom-made floral upholstery and metal coffee table. A forged chair arranged by the desk also has a special assignment – it matches the coffee table on the on hand, and goes with the pattern of blinds and wallpaper on the other hand.
And a finishing touch – a designer replica of famous Swedish Mora clock. Treatment with ordinary paint, candles and polyurethane décor made it look pretty realistic and to the point.