This house by Olga Malyeva Studio is a little slice of the Hamptons in the suburbs of Moscow

NOV 24, 2020 | By Aneesha Bhadri
The double-heighted living room features an inbuilt home theatre system, a signature of Olga’s, along with a stone sculpture (2002) by African author M Dirau from Balchug Gallery Moscow and the work of Russian photographer Yaroslav Shuraev; Photographs by Alexander Volodin
The Vanguard couch shares space with the Barbara Barry table lamp with glass base and silk shade as well as a carpet from M Carpet Atelier; Photographs by Alexander Volodin
The Vanguard armchair and Visual Comfort floor lamp complement the wool and silk carpet from M Carpet Atelier; Photographs by Alexander Volodin
The multipurpose family room can be turned into a guest room, children's play area, breakfast nook or even a home office. Furnishings include customised sofa beds upholstered in Beacon Hill boucle, chandelier by Aerin, Visual Comfort, Tulip table by Eero Saarinen from Knoll, two Kelly Wearstler chairs and a big scale plaid rug from IKEA; Photographs by Alexander Volodin

While this home is located just outside Moscow, it instantly transports viewers to the Hamptons, the picturesque seaside destination favoured by New Yorkers. The two-storeyed abode is designed by Olga Malyeva Studio and takes cues from a typical Finnish log house, with interiors conceived in the well-known Hamptons style that’s associated with a relaxed country life, crisp yet relaxed, suburban yet classic.

The 2,700 sq ft house has been built using solid Finnish pine wood, one of the most environment friendly materials. “The brand Honka sources the timber from PEFC-certified Finnish forests. It is a 100 percent renewable and organic construction material, perfect for healthy and ecological living,” says Malyeva.

Since it is owned by an urban couple and their two children, the brief for the residence in the scenic Moscovian suburb was that it “should be a perfect escape from city life”. It had to balance simplicity and sophistication, functionality and sustainability—something the villa with its roomy terraces, spacious garden and BBQ area, does splendidly.

The foyer is furnished with a mirror ceiling and wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries, light fixtures by Kelly Wearstler and a Vanguard bench; Photographs by Alexander Volodin

The entrance hall cocoons guests in subtle glamour with metallic wallpaper and ceilings in mirror panels. The adjacent, double-heighted living room is just the opposite—bright and airy with huge windows, wooden walls and furnishings in light, neutral tones. Other than the living and dining rooms, the lower level also houses a large open kitchen and a study that transforms into a children’s play area or guest room, when needed.

The Vanguard armchair and Visual Comfort floor lamp complement the wool and silk carpet from M Carpet Atelier; Photographs by Alexander Volodin

“The kitchen and dining room connected to the terrace are my favourite spaces. The cooking zone is sleek and airy with no upper cabinets. Stainless steel surfaces contrast the wooden walls, giving a modern touch to the interiors. The dining room resembles a silver box, where most surfaces boast a metallic or mirror finish. The look is balanced by the warm wooden finishes in furniture and woollen curtains,” says the designer.

Above the metallic-base dining table and chairs from Restoration Hardware is the Sputnik chandelier by Ian K Fowler; Photographs by Alexander Volodin

A spacious, shaded terrace is perfect for hosting soirees. Hydrangea shrubs under the windows—another pretty allusion to the Hamptons—tie the interior and exterior design elements together. The upper floor comprises a spacious master bedroom, dressing area and ensuite bath that’s resplendent in lilac marble. Two other bedrooms with walk-in closets and the children’s bathroom complete this level.

Terazzo Grey tiles from Atlas Concorde used here are equipped with under floor heating. The Andujar ceramic vase from Moon Stores is placed on a bench made of Suar wood from Zara Home; Photographs by Alexander Volodin

To counter the predominantly wooden palette, varied metallic finishes have been used throughout the villa…from the walls in the entrance hall and dining room to the stainless steel cabinetry in the kitchen and the bronze finished bed in the master suite.

The children’s room features a custom bed, Visual Comfort wall light and woollen rug from IKEA; Photographs by Alexander Volodin

“American design is my passion. When I started working on this project, I remembered my summer vacation in the Hamptons. The location of the cottage I stayed in somehow resembled this house’s surroundings. The breezy, relaxing atmosphere of the seaside town, with their wide gravelled alleys flanked by green expanses creates an enchanting setting, which I wanted to replicate here. The estate’s clean look and functionality fashions a lifestyle that’s after the Hamptons, a comfortable retreat in a charming yet calm oasis,” says Malyeva.

For more images of this Moscow home by Olga Malyeva, scroll below…

Pictured are the Tulip table by Eero Saarinen from Knoll and Kelly Wearstler chairs; Photographs by Alexander Volodin


The bathroom, separated from the bedroom with wool curtains, has access to the balcony. Sculptural lamps by Kelly Wearstler flank the bathtub; Photographs by Alexander Volodin


The main bedroom is furnished with a bespoke four-poster bed in fabric by Lee Jofa, linen and cover by Atelier Tati, and a woollen carpet from One Kings Lane; Photographs by Alexander Volodin