Sweet and Girlish Apartment of a Postcrossing Fan: Wall-Length Bookstand, Antique Oak Table and Bright Accents

July 22, 2013
Posted in Apartments


The Hostess:
Xenia, an interpreter, an editor, an organizer of cultural projects

Number of rooms: 1
Metric area: 34 m²
Ceiling height: 2.7 m
Floor number: 1

A one-room apartment, which came to Xenia through her Grandma, was for a few years let in for rent. When three years ago the hostess decided to move in, the lodging needed complete overhaul. On renovating the furnish, the hostess made walls significantly lighter for the sake of visual space expansion. The furniture was partially gotten from parents; some items were custom-made – bounded by a tight metric area, the owners were trying to make maximum functional use of every single centimeter.

A proud owner of an impressive collection of books, the hostess paid special attention to arranging her set while planning the space. A wall-length bookstand was planned as one-piece, but due to the absence of a box room Xenia decided to bisect it and arrange a utility corner between the halves. Since the room serves two functions – as a bedroom and a lounge – it was furnished with a sofa for receiving guests. The bed was partitioned with a screen.

The owner’s favorite spot is her working zone. Its zest is an oak table, which used to belong to Xenia’s ancestors. Besides the books, the room features numerous notebooks and booklets from all over the world. After ranging the whole Europe, the owner decorated her flat with multiple posters and post-cards.

11-one-room apartment

A motley bedspread was hand-made by Xenia. The pillows are a presentation to her.

21-motley bedspread

A poster featuring a cover of Virginia Woolf’s first edition of “Mrs. Dalloway” was bought in Oxford. A copy of Eugenia Gapchinskaya’s picture came to Xenia when she was working in a publishing house that produced books illustrated by this artist.


A transparent mat from Germany protects the flooring from scratches produced by the chair wheels.


Xenia’s personal library includes fiction literature and books on art in Russian, Ukrainian, German, Polish and English.


A red clock and a crablike book-holder by IKEA.


An eighty-year-old medicine box was hand-made by Xenia’s great-grandfather.

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The bed used to stand in the middle of the room. By moving it to the window Xenia managed to separate her private zone from the public space. Hanging over the bedhead is a picture by Natalie Pastushenko, a famous Ukrainian artist. A New Year garland was specially left hanging as a bonus source of light and comfort.


A book-holder, which can be stretched as a harmonica, was purchased in Empik store, Poland.


The hostess believes her apartment is quite girlish, mainly because of numerous pictures and adornments hanging all over the flat. Accessories are stored in multiple jewel-boxes. A blue tin box is a flea market finding from Brussels.


With space saving in mind the furniture was custom-designed. The closet was arranged in the entrance hall.


A kitchen table which proved to be a bit uncomfortable, but thanks to the bonus shelf under the top quite functional though, was bought in Jysk.

The refrigerator is adorned with post-cards, which come to Xenia from other postcrossing fans.


The hostess has planned the kitchen all by herself. A set of tableware from all over the world features cups from Krakow and Oxford, and a coaster from Xenia’s childhood. Men-hooks are a friends’ gift.


A Soviet poster was found on a famous antiques market in Kiev.

141-Soviet poster

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