The apartments are 45-90 sq.m.

Self designer: how to repair an apartment without resorting to the help of a professional

How can knowledge of physics help in repairing an apartment? How to revive the strict minimalism and breathe life into it? How to create an apartment interior, where you can relax and work at the same time? Catherine's flat - the answer to all questions Ekaterina graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, is now working on her Ph.D. thesis. She can talk endlessly about her love of exact sciences. Catherine used her knowledge in practice. At the heart of Katie's apartment design are clear lines, maximum convenience and a pleasant combination of colors. Ekaterina Ponomareva is an economist, researcher. In my free time I travel a lot. - - Catherine, how is your professional activity, seemingly far from creative work, helped in the arrangement of the apartment? - - For me it's all closely related. My love for exact sciences was reflected in the design of the kitchen - I love the right angles, clear lines, good geometry! Kitchen hoped to fit your needs: there is such a thing in physics as a "thought experiment", to me it was very helpful in planning the kitchen filling and placement of items in the cabin was already a ready design with dimensions. - - By what principles did you choose colors and materials? - - Colors were chosen on the basis of associations, sensations. My husband and I try to rest in warm countries, both like sea colors. So easy and simple in the living room and the kitchen appeared the color of the Caribbean Sea, doors of the color of white sand on the beach, textile wallpaper. Color ecru in the office is not annoying, it helps to tune in to work, and the wall with zigzags resembles a "knitted scarf", which makes the house even more comfortable. The bedroom is a spring rain, hence the blurry wallpaper. - - What were the disagreements during the repair inside your family? - - There were a lot of disagreements, but we found an ideal scheme for ourselves: I choose several options, and my husband approves the final one. - What is the budget for your repair? Where did you buy the bulk of the furniture? - We boldly combined budgetary things with design. Budget laminate. I believe that it is senseless to spend significant amounts on flooring in a new house - it will shrink, and eventually the floor will have to be changed. There are furniture from IKEA and Hoff. A significant part of the furniture was made to order for the sizes of niches and walls. I'm sure that the built-in furniture creates a sense of a single space without gaps. - What is your favorite place in the house? - - Sofa in the living room: you can work on it, and watch the movie, and if necessary, a full bed is obtained from it. - What inconvenience was noticed after the repair? - - Basically it is switches of fixtures - a part of the sconce is switched on and off by the switch on the lamp itself, although it would be correct to realize switching from different places of the room. And I really want to put motion sensors. It is very convenient and practical. - - How would you name your style in designApartments in general? - - Somewhere in my heart I like American classics, in some details of the apartment it is noticeable. Our husband and I have a joint style, on which we "agreed", probably, minimalism. And since this style more accepts black and white, we decided to revive it a bit and add unusual details to it. In this interior there is a lot of air and it's easy to think, this is especially important for us, because we often work at home. - Did you realize all your dreams in your apartment? - - In fact, there is still much that I would like to realize, but this apartment has too many bearing walls, which is a significant limitation. I really want a kitchen island, for which you can have breakfast, industrial lamps, a combination of natural stone-wood-metal materials, but this is probably the story of another repair. - - Your advice to those who decided to design and repair without the help of the designer? - - First of all - to understand yourself, clearly articulate your desires, then there will be no disappointments. You can start repairs with the most pleasant - with details. It is the details that sometimes set the mood for all repairs. It is important to describe every corner of your apartment first in your thoughts, and then - in practice. Ekaterina Ponomareva

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