Provence and Modernity Under one Roof: Apartment Equipped with Restored Furniture, a Hand-Made Wall-to-Wall Bed and a Kid’s Small House Under the Ceiling

August 2, 2013
Posted in Apartments

131-Traditional bedside

The Hosts:
Helen, an architect
Oleg, a creative director
Anatolius, their son

Number of rooms: 3
Metric area: 56 m²
Ceiling height: 2.8 m
Floor number: 5

In 2009 Helen and Oleg purchased a three-room apartment in a very bad shape. Funnily enough, this was the key factor of attraction: firstly – it was a lot cheaper, secondly – the guys were unwilling to live in a flat decorated by somebody else. One more reason in favor was the location: the house stands in a quiet, sparsely populated neighborhood, with a kindergarten and a school right by its side.

An architect by profession, Helen developed the interior all by herself. Sticking to the idea that every thing must have a second life, the furniture was partially found on flea markets and restored. Other items were purchased in Kiev shops. A bed, closets and a kid’s house were custom-made by a working gang, that the hostess cooperates with in her job. As a result came out a functional interior, comfortable for daily life and made on the cheap.

The starting point was re-planning. A corridor leading from the entrance door to the bedroom was removed, giving a big deal of metric area to the living room. The room entrance was shifted, and the ex-corridor was partially turned into a shoe cabinet. The lounge ceiling obliques: due to a defect it comes down from 2.8 m to 2.6 m. The resulting recess is used for lighting purposes.


Arm-chairs for the lounge came from a common flea market. The upholstery was changed, while the arm-rests remained untouched: old lacquer applied to them is much better than modern ones.


The home library includes books on architecture and interior design magazines. Bookstand by BRW. Plaster noses are created by students of Donetsk Academy of Architecture and Arts, where Helen’s parents profess.

31-home library

A standard lamp of 1970s belonged to Oleg’s Dad. Refreshed with a laconic picture, it perfectly matched the concept of diptych with blue flowers.

41-standard lamp

A convertible table is easily lowered to the floor level for tea parties. A chandelier was bought in “Traffic Lights” (“Svetofor”) shop.

51-convertible table

A zest of family photo set is a picture of Helen’s Grandma. Made in 1950s and framed in plaster.

61-family photo

Small metric area of the kitchen is used solely for cooking. Thanks to multiple inner cabinets, the table contains all the necessary utensils. Bar stool by Jysk.

71-Small metric area of the kitchen

Chandelier made of glasses was found in Leroy Merlin.


Balcony chairs were bought on a flea market. An oriental table was purchased for a theme party and left for future use.

91-Balcony chairs

Bedroom closets were custom-made by Helen’s business partners. Veneer roller shutter doors were bought in a store and painted white. A dressing table came through Grandma. Unwilling to waste expendable materials, Helen ordered a small table top and a bedside bench out of the rests of a kitchen table.

101-Bedroom closets

Chests of drawers were self-restored. Hanging over them are students’ works of architects made in wash drawing technique.

111-Chests of drawers

A bed was custom-made by putting a mattress on wooden supports. The trimming was made by Helen herself: with her rich collection of textile, the hostess may easily change the color design of her bed.

121-bed was custom-made

Traditional bedside tables were replaced with a table top laid between the bed and the wall. Cloth for Roman blinds was gotten from Leroy Merlin, and the mechanism is hand-made.

131-Traditional bedside

Floor in the kid’s room is covered with linoleum. The idea of building a house on the upper level arose spontaneously: a worker, who was making built-in shelves in the bedroom, said that kids like to climb there. Helen made up her mind to make a similar construction for her son. From the outside she painted the house by herself, and inside the kid gives his fancies free swing.

141-kid’s room

With functionality in mind, arranged under the house was a kid’s closet and a bookshelf.

151-kid’s room

The remainders of materials used for the house were useful in making an in-out table.


Letters-racks from Jysk serve for both intended and development purposes.


The bathroom was visually expanded by means of glass-faced cabinets. Thanks to glass blocks in the daytime it has much natural light.


WC wallpaper in the form of bookshelves was found in a building materials store.

191-WC wallpaper

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