This chic cove in Moscow, modelled by Yulia Golavskaya, unfolds as a multidimensional canvas of slender forms and soft hues

NOV 18, 2020 | By Sakshi Rai
The living room offers a panoramic view of western Moscow; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev
Sheers curtains allows daylight to illuminate the monotonal room, the painting by artist Victoria Kosheleva as well as the oak table and surrounding chairs by Zeitraum; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev
The guest room uses a light green hue for the walls; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev
These twin beds by Yulia Golavskaya are manufactured by Vysotka Home, while the whiteout oak side tables with mosaics are by Ekaterina Ermishina; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev

Russian interior designer Yulia Golavskaya and her namesake practice conceptualised this light, breezy and peaceful residence in Moscow as an extension of its inhabitants’ creative sensibilities. The tastefully decorated home for an artistic couple draws from their artworks, while still leaving ample room for them to explore and enhance the setting over time.

The project is a true rendition of Golavskaya’s effortless style, visual ability and imagination. “I don’t follow any trends in my work. Inspiration for this home, like most others, came from the personalities of the clients as well as from the pieces that part-owner and ceramicist Maria Kolosovskaya creates. I like fashioning simple, natural interiors that seem to come about themselves, without my work being visible,” she explains.

The wholesome aesthetic of the space is also a result of a trusting relationship between the designer and the clients. With similar styles, clear and well expressed-communication, and a free rein, Golavskaya was able to bring to life interiors that were minimal yet decadent. 

The living room includes a bespoke bookshelf and sofa by Vysotka Home, coffee table by Yulia Golavskaya and whimsical lamp by De Majo; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev

This can be seen in the sophisticated material palette that includes oak and marble floors as well as countertops. The former medium makes an appearance across the furniture as well in the dining and coffee tables, chairs, beds and the sofa. To balance these dark hues, Belgian carpets with delicate patterns adorn the floors. 

A marble kitchen island offsets the oak clad kitchen and dining space. A marquee-inspired fabric pendant from Marset hangs overhead; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev

Similarly, curtains in soft shades matching the walls, and painted off-white friezes with rhythmic ornaments or floral patterns by Moscow based artist Natalia Turygina add a sense of serenity to the space. An interplay of ornate, textural and oxidised metal tiles can be seen across different surfaces in the bathroom.

A sleek cabinet is cleverly camouflaged near the entrance. Above the custom bench from Vysotka Home and cushions by Yulia Golavskaya are the Dove of Peace sculpture by Curtis Jere, Aromas del Campo spotlights and frieze ornamentations by Moscow based artist Natalia Turygina; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev

The Dove of Peace by Curtis Jere, a wall mounted sculpture, ushers visitors into the abode. A compact bench is tucked into the same niche, fashioning a cosy seating area. A tall wardrobe for street clothes and a small storage room flanks this zone. Further inside, we catch sight of an exquisite composition of birch trees that combines painting and embroidery techniques by Russian artist Anna Samoylova, exclusively crafted for this residence.

An elegant armchair and small round table from La Redoute rests above a Limited Edition carpet; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev

A large, open space with panoramic windows lies ahead. It houses the living, dining and kitchen areas as well as a spectacular artwork by Russian creative Victoria Kosheleva. A pale green-hued guest room with twin beds follows next, which can be transformed into a nursery when the need arises. This tranquil area, Yulia’s favourite, houses a painting by Anastasia Kovalenkova, photographs above the table by Ilya Batrakov, and a bespoke mirror and circular painting by the homeowner.

A vintage vanity table from Sweden is paired with a slender bench from Zara Home. Subtly textured wall and floor tiles by WOW frame the setting; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev

Beyond this setting, a long corridor featuring masks on the wall and a solid side table leads to a study on the left, with light blue walls and a green sofa. The master bedroom is located at the very end of this passage to offer adequate privacy. Inside, one end is converted into a work corner with a wooden desk, while the other accommodates sliding doors that open to the walk-in closet and, thereafter, the ensuite bathroom.

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Part of the master bedroom serves as an artistic workspace. It uses a plywood desk by Golavskaya that’s manufactured by D-Derevo, a vintage desk lamp and a clay vase moulded by the homeowner; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev


Large, nature-themed paintings by Anastasia Kovalenkova and monotonal photographs by Ilya Batrakov line the walls of the guest room. A Fabbian lamp stands near the twin desks and vintage, reupholstered chairs; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev


An Etsy chandelier illuminates the bespoke bed, oriental-styled bedside tables from La Redoute and the majestic chest from Artefacto. Also seen is a dusty pink floor covering from Limited Edition and a set of wall mounted, watercolour paintings by Vivian del Rio; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev


WOW wall and floor tiles serves as the base for the Duravit tub and Kartell lamps. The custom crafted folding screen designed by Golavskaya and manufactured by Andre Pushkarev; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev


Greens are an integral part of the bathroom’s decor; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev


Sea and earth hues are selected for the shower area, while a vanity cabinet is concealed behind the mirror; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev


A terracotta hue is paired with glazed blue wall tiles by FAP and ornamental floor tiles by WOW in the guest bathroom. The two framed winter landscapes by photographer Ivan Boyko are positioned above a Villeroy & Boch sink; Photographs by Sergey Ananiev