May 13, 2014
Posted in Apartments


Metric area: 60 m²
Number of rooms: 2

Last year Julia and Boris exchanged their one-room apartment in an overcrowded neighborhood of St. Petersburg for a spacious lodging with a French window near the park. The purchase was made on the primary market, and everything was ready for finishing work.

Basic decoration took 4 months, but new interior smalls keep appearing in the space so far. Julia and Boris wouldn’t hire designers and planned the interior by themselves. They wanted it to be functional, cozy and going with their mood. It was important for the hosts to arrange thought-out storage zones, make the bathroom more functional and zone the kitchenette in a way, which wouldn’t consume much open space. Eventually the entrance hall got a wall-long built-in closet with roomy ceiling cabinets. Kitchen was closed from the entrance zone with the help of a brick wall. At last brick pillars were specially designed to separate the kitchen from the living room and serve as supports for shelves and home bar as well.

Considering the chronic lack of natural light in St. Petersburg, the lounge was supplemented with a few sources of light. The kitchen features a chandelier designed by Eero Aarnio, Finland. But the special source of pride is metal lamps fastened with magnets, which can be easily rotated in different directions.

Light fixtures over the bar were hand-made by the host from details and materials available in any building materials store.

Central source of light in the lounge is a Swedish chandelier of 1970s designed by Carl Thore. A floor lamp with motley shades was purchased in Finland. Curtains were made by the hosts using Marimekko textile with prints of 1964.


Kitchen set is made by IKEA, cooking zone walls are faced with stainless steel. Dining table was brought from Sweden, bar stools and dining chairs were bought from an Internet-auction. Their design belongs to Harry Bertoia and Charles & Ray Eames).

A blue arm-chair in the corner is the fruit of the host’s first restoration experience. The chair was a woeful spectacle and came to the new owner from a second-hand shop for free. Boris reinforced the frame, re-upholstered it with wool fabric, and ordered new metal legs from a car repair shop.

Audio equipment is organized on an Indian teak chest.

The picture on the wall was painted in 1956 by a Finnish artist. A coffee table of 1950s can be easily transformed into a full-fledged dining table.

The hosts don’t hold up tradition of collecting magnets and try to bring useful domestic stuff from travels instead. The shelves feature Sicilian porcelain, Maltese glass, Japanese tea-cups, Mongolian silver tea bowls, and a Lebanese chest.


A square bathroom was equipped with bonus storage areas and a shower cabin. One of the recesses conceals a washing machine and two capacious shelves, and the other one stores the entire cleaning stuff. Ceiling is made from abachi wood panels, as well as the shelves. Ventilation system is recessed in the ceiling leaning. The shower cabin was an absolute must-have for the hosts keeping a 40-kg Labrador dog.

Instead of a traditional wardrobe in the bedroom arranged was a roomy walk-in closet, which is used for storing not only clothes and shoes, but also for domestic appliances.

The bed is hand-made as well. The frame and bedhead are made from plywood upholstered with padding polyester and fabric, legs are made from beech. Mirror, desk, and shelves are IKEA pieces.

A blue chair was bought on a flea market in St. Petersburg to be restored by the host. Curtains are also hand-made from Marimekko textile.


Balcony is the summer residence of Mr. Brown, the Labrador. IKEA sofa emigrated from the ex-lodging. Antique Persian food-tray serves as a top of a coffee table bought in Bishkek. Legs are a host’s hand-made. Arm-chair stands next in the to-be-restored list of the owner. Flooring is made from wood garden tiles.


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