This house by Olga Malyeva Studio is a little slice of the Hamptons in the suburbs of Moscow
NOV 24, 2020 | By Aneesha Bhadri
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 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 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.
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.
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.
“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.
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