Often a hobby and
profession of the owners of an apartment or a house influences the choice of
the interior style. The project design 'Provence' for an apartment in St.
Petersburg was just such a case.
The head of the family is a
sea captain of long distant voyages; his wife and daughter are true lovers of
European travel. They wanted to see a blend of two styles in their flat - that
of classical elegance and of warm and cozy provincial France. The Provincial
style is usually created in the interiors of private houses or cottages
. It is
quite a challenge to recreate the atmosphere of this style in a small
Upon entering this flat you
feel yourself a guest in a French Mediterranian villa. It would seem that you
have only to open a window to feel the sea breeze on your face. The soft beige
palette, the milky shades, and the Sun-faded finish of the furniture, the rich
colours of sea waves and azure create a sense of being by the sea shore. The
warm palette of the seaside meld the entire apartment, there being no bright
contrasts, one space smoothly overflowing into another.
This simple in outward
appearance interior is the result of a long term effort by our designers and a
laborious choosing of materials. The bleached plank flooring and ceramic
carpets from Cir Via Emilia replicate the style of a provincial French villa.
The classical theme of this
apartment is reflected in the massive sturdy furniture, the pattern of the wall
paper, the carved mouldings and elegant chandeliers.
In this flat all the pieces
of furniture are custom made. There is a reason for such a decision. Due to
this solution there was no place left for surrealism, each item of furniture is
unique of its kind, having its own character. The bookcases and cabinets with
classical white wash gables and back walls made of ordinary boards are ideal
for the living room. The classical style is also suitable for the kitchen. The
simple shapes of the kitchen furniture make one feel warm and at home at
whatever season of the year.
The textiles make the final
touch, cushions of a vivid colour on the striped sofa, Roman blinds in the
kitchen with a sea motif, and the sandy bedspread in the bedroom.
We always try to create
light and simple interiors even if they include classical elements. Also the
Provence style can be reserved and harmonious. The matter of greateast
importance to us was to retain one consistent and complete style, to stay
within its limits, and moderate the details of the interior. We are sure we