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The designer herself: an eclectic studio of interior journalist Anastasia Kuzmenko


How to make repairs without the help of a designer?How to combine different styles in the interior? How to explain to the repair crew what is required of them? In this article - a real story about the first design experiment of a journalist of the portal It was in this article that the editors decided not to interfere with the author's text sent to us by a girl who dared to make repairs on her own, without a designer. Because this girl is one of our most valuable employees: interior journalist Anastasia Kuzmenko. We give her the floor. - Let's get acquainted. My name is Anastasia Kuzmenko. You may be reading my articles at Today I will tell you about an experimental design project that I managed to bring to life, despite the lack of practical experience and times of crisis. Anastasia Kuzmenko, interior journalist It all started when I began to write for interior magazines. Looking through dozens of photographs of fashionable interiors every day, I began to quietly hate the faceless "design" of my apartment, which I got along with the title deeds, and in which my husband and I had existed for five years. When my dissatisfaction with the surrounding space reached its maximum, at the next family council it was decided to repair, however, not the entire apartment, but only the main (studio) part of it. The conversion of the bedrooms and bathroom was delayed for financial reasons.

Style Selection

After a brief introspection, it turned out that myAesthetic preferences are rather contradictory. On the one hand, I'm delighted with the light and light Scandinavian interiors, and on the other - I feel a deep sympathy for the brutal lofts. In reflections on how to combine both these styles in one space, the idea of ​​white brick walls was born, which became the starting point of the whole project.

Decorative Tricks

It seemed to me to look at the brickworkRisky occupation, given that the builders could not vouch for the outcome of this event. Therefore, as a decoration of the walls was chosen gypsum tile for brick. To my husband's surprise, when the works on its laying were finished, it turned out that the tiles look much warmer than you could imagine. Fake in the interior is not only a brick.As an original accent and part-time shelves, I decided to equip a decorative fireplace portal. There were no problems with the design ideas, since I recently wrote an article on this topic, but it turned out to be more difficult to implement these very ideas. In local hardware stores, I could not find the required plaster onlays, or an aged mirror to decorate the inner part of the portal. As a result, together with the guys from the repair team, we made a fireplace out of what was. True, I did find the mirror (in another city).

A bit of turquoise

I am of the opinion that any brightThe interior looks rather boring, if it does not have bright accents. I adore turquoise shades (as you could guess from the color of my jacket), so I decided to cover the main wall with contrasting turquoise wallpaper. In their support in the interior is hexagonal floor tiles, which are laid floors in the corridor and in the kitchen.

Dreams Come True

While working on the design of my studio, I decidedfulfill the maximum number of your long list of design desires. So on one of the walls a retro poster with a completely thematic slogan appeared, a decorative Edison lamp in a bar lamp, a cabinet upholstered with metal sheets above the refrigerator, a transforming coffee table and a large, comfortable and very hospitable sofa. Perhaps it will seem to someone that the sofa is too large for my modest studio of 27 square meters, but now I no longer need to drag chairs and ottomans from other rooms into the living room when guests arrive. And, in my opinion, it is worth it to upset the scale a little. During the renovation, they occurred as unpleasantsurprises, for example, a delay in delivery or the lack of ordered materials, and happy coincidences: I accidentally saw the facade of the kitchen (with the effect of cracks and patina) at one of the warehouses of a construction company. The canvas was in a single copy and was not even included in the catalog. It was definitely destiny! As a person who has experienced first hand what it means to make a repair without a 3D project and without the help of a professional designer, I can say that it is possible. My puzzle is complete, and the studio looks exactly as I drew it in my imagination. I hope this example will inspire some of our readers to their own design feats. Photographer Dmitry Pratsun