Mistress Olga Ovchinnikova bought an apartment in the house of the former barracks of the Horse Guards Regiment, built in the first half of the 19th century, in 2015. Before the repair, the apartment was communal and divided into many cell rooms. The fourth floor, on which there is a room with almost five-meter ceilings, was completed already in Soviet times - for this, bricks were used from the destroyed regimental church, which stood a stone's throw from the house until 1929.
Repair lasted about six months. According to Olga, who herself was developing the project, the main goal was "to do something completely opposite to what customers usually order, that is, take a break from work at work": "Almost all customers today ask for something that’s bright, spacious, breathable , with less details, no “gypsy”, no gold / shine, and so on. ”In the end, all this begins to seem boring and bland. And then, since I myself am a customer, I broke up: nothing bright, breathing and more than that the "gypsy girl" gouging out! "
The space itself underwent a “grandiose dismantling” during the repair process, the apartment was cleaned to beams, ceilings and bricks, the historic en-suite layout was restored, and metal structures were welded to the second mezzanine floors. The kitchen-dining room was placed on the second floor above the living room (ceiling height there 2.3 meters).
In the apartment, when it was still communal, the only beautiful detail was oak flooring, which they decided to keep at least partially. Now six meters of the “native” floor are in the hallway, imitating a carpet. The walls and ceilings are unevenly plastered so that the effect of the old, “old” walls remains: “Most often I don’t make any complicated wall finishes, I rarely use wallpaper or decorative paints, because for me the walls are just a canvas, an unobtrusive furniture background, paintings and accessories, I don’t want to distract the viewer from the main thing. "
Most of the furniture in the apartment is antique. Of the latest finds - the piano, which is 120 years old and which the hostess herself restored. From modern pieces of furniture: Roche Bobois table and The One upholstered furniture. And in the kitchen IKEA was used to the maximum.
The family tree on the wall in the living room is painted with oil paints by the hostess herself. The fireplace in the living room is a decorative portal, the shape of which Olga marked out for builders right on the wall. It was originally planned that it would be real, with live fire (the old chimney was still preserved), but time was running out, and coordination would take more than six months.
The chandeliers in the apartment are assembled "strictly not according to the instructions", tens of meters of crystal beads are added to them. In the living room, two chandeliers with 15 horns hang at a close distance from each other and at slightly different heights - this allows you to create the illusion of large-scale lighting.
During the repair process, the hostess also realized that burgundy curtains were being asked for graphite walls - as a result, she sewed all the curtains from burgundy silk herself. The panel on the wall functions as a soft back over the bench - an interior item from the “do it yourself” category: foam rubber of the same size is superimposed on a plywood sheet, on top is a section of dense upholstery fabric and decorative carnations.
Engravings with parrots and a burgundy bedspread stand out in the guest bedroom. A massive bed was made 15 years ago to order in Malaysia, Bedside tables - Pottery Barn, above the nightstands - reproductions of the famous illustrations of Edward Lear for the Royal Encyclopedia of Birds.
The master bedroom is different in color from other rooms of the apartment: here pink is used, not burgundy, textiles are the color of wooden panels, hand-painted based on old Japanese watercolors with tree-like peonies. Above the massive carved rosewood bed there is a painting in the Erte style (the idea of using the art deco motif came up with the hostess after the artist's Hermitage exhibition). These are "sleep spirits": their hair and frame around are gold leaf, stars are Swarovski crystals. Under the stairs that lead to the library and the laundry room, there are old engravings that the hostess bought in Paris about 10 years ago, and a couple of Indian miniatures with birds.
In the center of the hallway, according to the law of the "French style", there is a round oak table (handmade by an unknown village carpenter of the early 19th century from an English village). Around the table are antique walnut chairs with embossed leather. According to Olga, the same "French style" dictates the presence of Chinese porcelain. And several vases of different sizes with classic underglaze cobalt painting are complemented by a collection of porcelain dolls. Bookcases - from Marina Exotic Furniture