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Repair in the former communal apartment: the story of the mistress of the apartment

If you think the rustic style is rustic andtoo rustic for a city apartment, then this interior will make you change your mind. And a story about how you can transform a communal apartment will generally inspire heroic deeds. Some consider the rustic style to be the lot of country houses. Allegedly, the presence of rough natural materials makes the interior too simple and rustic. But the owner of this Moscow apartment and owner of the interior studio MariLux Marina Alchieva has a different opinion. Being Greek by origin, she always loved small houses made of stone, traditional for the Mediterranean, painted white, simple terracotta and ceramics covered with bright glaze, warm wood and cozy homespun textiles ... She decided to capture all these dear and beloved images in the interior of her new apartments. Marina turned to the architect and her good friend Mikhail Dautov for help in arranging the apartment. Mikhail Dautov, architect Mikhail is a famous Moscow architect. In 1995 he graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute, completed an internship at the architecture school of the University of Geneva, worked for 5 years as a designer at the Transaero airline, after which he decided to go into private practice. For over 15 years he has been successfully designing residential and public interiors (Pane & Olio restaurant and trattoria, Kolbasoff restaurant, Borgo restaurant, Le Gato coffee shop, Baba Marta restaurant and others). Many of these interiors have been featured on numerous occasions in leading interior design magazines. The former communal apartment attracted the owner with its location, view from the window and high ceilings. Unfortunately, the condition of the room was very deplorable: pieces of shingles hung from the walls and ceiling, ceilings, floors and window sills completely deteriorated, the original stucco molding in the Stalinist Empire style was almost completely destroyed. There was a lot of work to be done, but the end result promised complete satisfaction. In agreement with the hostess, the architect decided on a minimum redevelopment. Two rooms were combined into a large living-dining room with two windows, part of the long corridor was converted into a guest bathroom, the passage between two adjacent rooms into a dressing room. The communal kitchen was divided into a large bathroom with a window, which the hostess dreamed of so much, and a small, but cozy and functional kitchen. Her high apron was lined with Tunisian tiles with a traditional tulip design, and because of the unevenness of the wall, the white corian tabletop was placed deeper than usual (75 cm), which made cooking especially convenient. The partition separating the bathroom from the kitchen is also unusual: to make the wall look like a "native" one, old Soviet-era brick was used for its construction. Realizing the love of hoyayka to adobeWhite houses, Michael Dautov left on most of the walls an open brick, which was covered with white paint, and the floor in the bathroom was laid out with natural terracotta, which once a year had to be waxed. In addition to coziness and pleasant memories, the white color of the walls helped to brighten bright objects and accessories. So, on the wall in the hallway, a large panel was hung, behind the glass of which was a contrasting black and red Ukrainian carpet woven by the grandmother of the mistress. Grandmother in general was a great needlewoman, and in memory of her in the apartment as an art object there is a sewing machine "Singer" and a panel of several spindles under glass (they decorate one of the walls in the living room). To recreate the atmosphere of an old house,The original molded cornices were restored to the ceiling, and the floor was laid out with an English broached parquet board (3 cm thick and 22 cm wide) made of oak sleepers. Uzbek handmade carpets, which lay on the floor in the living room and hallway, an ancient cast-iron bath on the paws, a lot of antique accessories and interior items give a special flavor to the interior. So, on one of the walls of the living room hangs under the glass a ritual shawl, which the architect brought specially for this interior from the island of Sulawesi, where the local population wears such shawls for especially important ceremonies. A wall in the corridor is decorated with a wooden panel with rich carvings - a fragment of antique furniture. Marina Alchieva, owner of the interior studio MariLux:- I really love things with history. Each of them carries a part of the soul of the previous owners. Getting into a new interior, things that have outlived their era bring with them a piece of something alive, but almost forgotten. They create that unique aura that makes the home special. That is why there are so many antique furniture and accessories in my apartment. Together with Mikhail, we scoured antique salons and flea markets, waited weeks for new shipments to arrive in order to find items corresponding to the spirit, time and place. Perhaps our most successful excursion was a visit to the exhibition of museum furniture from Beijing, which took place in 2008 at the Central Department Store. Upon its completion, the organizers sold out exhibits that were not of particular value to the museum. So a wardrobe with traditional Chinese painting appeared in the house, stone dog-lions, a black lacquer screen that became the headboard of the bed, antique chests, now used as bedside tables, a panel with a Chinese children's shirt under glass. All these things with more than a century of history have harmoniously blended into the interior and have become bright art objects. marilux.ru The wall opposite the sofa has become a bright color spot in the living-dining room. Its color is very unusual, translated from Italian it means "sun-dried tomatoes" (pomodori seccati al sole). An antique Dutch Art Nouveau shop in dark oak with a tiled worktop stands against the wall as a TV stand. On the sides of the TV are vintage Chinese lamps. The visual divider of the dining and living areas is a sofa in a snow-white linen cover - another dream of the hostess. The dining table and chairs are also antique (19th century), the latter being restored in the MariLux workshop. In the decoration of the apartment, the hostesstook the most direct part. She personally selected all the textiles and developed the design of the curtains that were sewn in her interior studio MariLux, and some of the antique furniture was also restored there. It was Marina who came up with the idea to decorate the interior doors with Etro fabrics. The drawing was drawn by the architect, and the owner's workshop was also engaged in the upholstery. Marina Alchieva, owner of the interior studio MariLux: - I have always loved experimenting with textiles, which is probably why I opened my workshop, where we help people make their dreams come true. If you want to give a new look to your favorite, but aged furniture - please, make breathtaking doors, covering them with fabric to match, for example, a sofa - and we can do that. Even if you just decided to slightly update your interior, we will be happy to sew new curtains and pillows, pull on the tired lampshades, change the cornices, select the wallpaper for your mood. And I also really love Roman blinds, so in my apartment they are on every window. Sometimes on their own, and sometimes in company with luxurious curtains. For example, in the bedroom, a striped silk Roman blind (creating a beautiful shading) is adjacent to heavy velvet curtains, which create a feeling of softness and comfort, and if they are pulled up, then also a pleasant twilight. The roman blind in the living room is also the result of my fantasies: natural linen and wild silk. It turned out not very practical, but very effective! My special pride is the lace panel in the kitchen. It is woven from cotton on old looms in Scotland. When the rays of the sun break through it, the play of light and shadow is mesmerizing! marilux.ru Despite the presence of rough surfaces,An abundance of wood and vintage items, the interior was very light and elegant. Against the backdrop of such furniture, the minimalist Flos fixtures and smooth white surfaces of modern Binova kitchen organically look.

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