It happens that happiness covers the person immediately and on all fronts. With the model of Anna Vyalitsyna, the whole world known as Anne V, it happened four years ago. Then, at twenty-seven, she almost at the same time found herself a real home – a three-bedroom apartment, a little peeled, but in the artistic (well, artistic) New York area of the West Village – and great love. “I brought things here two months before I met my future husband,” Anna says this and gently caresses the sofa. “I felt like a man who discovered a treasure.” In late 2014, Anna moved to San Francisco to Adam Kahan, senior vice president of Yahoo !.
In 2015, they had a girl who was named suitable for a child from the Russian-American union named Alaska. A year later, Alaska’s parents announced an engagement. But from the New York apartment, which all this time put in order the decorator Lucy Harris, Vyalitsyna did not even think to refuse – at any stage of development of her family life. It’s still her treasure, her pied-à-terre is the second apartment, shelter, city dacha … Call it what you want.
“The repair was very modest,” Lucy explained to me. – Cosmetics. Anna and I went to see the paints, fabrics, taps, window handles and discussed what we really need from this – only those things which are first of all conspicuous and impresses were collected. It’s not her main residence, so there was no point in reconstructing everything that was cleaned up. ”
A girl who spent half her life on the podium and knows the meaning of the word “look”, compiled a list of things that needed to be changed in her apartment. Unappetizing green marble countertops in the kitchen. Dark and heavy, awkwardly restored doors. Floors or door jambs, because they categorically did not fit together. “There was too much wood, as if it was an old Spanish house in the Los Angeles suburb of Los Feliz. Or a forest hut. It’s too dark. And I knew for sure that I want a light and airy house. White, if you can. To the soul was light and cheerful. ”
Lucy Harris understood her perfectly. It started with the replacement of green marble in the kitchen with an artificial white Corian stone. Dismantled the wooden kitchen island. The doors changed to white. Screwed on the kitchen furniture new handles – also a way to facilitate the interior. “We had an idea to make everything functional and convenient. At the same time refresh the picture – to want to go and not go anywhere, – reports Lucy. – Anna likes to be here. And to receive guests – she is an amazing hostess. ”
To get the most out of the kitchen – the room in which Vyalitsyn’s model came in extremely rarely – Lucy Harris removed a long dark table from there. Instead, a round – marble table top came from Brooklyn’s Organic Modernism store on a large copper, entirely chased leg. “I’ve never sat in the kitchen in my life, and now I can not be expelled from here.” I wonder how the shape of the furniture transforms the space! The apartment did not change much, it just became brighter – and the feeling is completely different! “- Anna is very pleased with the result.
Tables-puffs decorator described Anna as “two amoeba clinging to each other”.
In the living room there must be a coffee table, but Harris proposed an object that described the customer as “two tables that looked like amoeba clinging to each other.” They are soft, they can be disconnected or even moved to the wall – so that Anya and Alaska can turn around. “You know, in New York, few people have a place for a separate game room. And still want to give the crumb the opportunity to run around the apartment while you are doing something about the housekeeping. ” I look at the young mother and try to imagine how she wipes the dust or cooks the soup. Almost there. In the apartment she, by the way, allocated a wardrobe for Russian books – there are mostly children’s, but there is also a cookery. The sketch of the coffee table Lucy Harris painted herself, and the manufacture was commissioned by the Manzanares studio in Long Island City. The table has no sharp corners, and it looks, according to Lucy,
But, as far as I understood, Anin’s favorite thing in the apartment is a modernist mirror over the fireplace in the bedroom. Lucy says that she almost went crazy, while she was looking for the right one – under the size and under the image that she had invented, but did not know how to translate it. The search led her to the newly opened Bower furniture studio all in the same Brooklyn – and there she found her dream. Why such a mirror? Lucy looked at me in amazement: “This is a New York apartment, and the spirit of her must be New York. Anna spends a lot of time here, although this is not her real home. So, there should be as many items as possible from designers from New York. ”
In the fact that Lucy has done with the apartment, it is difficult to guess the outlines of Vyacheska’s acquired living space in 2013. But still you can guess – the task of hacking everything under the root of a young lady did not set. “The woman who lived here before, put all her soul into the interior. Well, yes, her taste is very different from mine, but I wanted to keep some of her things. For example, a couple of stilts, like a cuckoo clock, they cover the window between the nursery on the top floor and the living room with a high ceiling. “Charming! You look and feel that you are part of a large apartment. “Anna is sticking out her head in the window and laughing,” it’s funky! ”