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The Scandinavian-Inspired Home of a Florist in Kyiv, Ukraine

This beautiful, harmonious family home in Kyiv, Ukraine popped into my mailbox recently. It was designed by Elena Petresku, who tells me she is safe and well and working as a volunteer while she awaits the opportunity to return home. The apartment belongs to florist Oksana Oliynyk and her family who turned to Elena for help to transform their early 20th century building a few steps from the magnificent Kyiv Pechersk Lavra monastery into a calm, Scandinavian-inspired oasis. The aim was to create a space where 'the people and their relationships come to the fore... (and) the interior does not distract from what is important'. After a year long project and tremendous amount of work, the lovely apartment was completed in 2021 - and in my eyes, has achieved everything they set out do - and more! 


For the client, a professional florist, it was important to have a large dining table where she can create bouquets. Over head, two Flowerpot pendants provide light after dark. 

Vintage table from France, Bentwood chair by Thonet, Flowerpot lamps by Verner Panton

The project included a restructure to make the space more functional. This included uniting the kitchen and living room which then flows through to the master bedroom. A small balcony off the kitchen provides a spot to enjoy a morning coffee.

The interior taps is inspired by the minimalist Nordic expression with natural materials, white and grey colour palette, combined with shades of timber and pared back furnishings. 

Coffee table by Ivan Chudov, Cobra floor lamp by Greta M. Grossman (Gubi). 

A built-in wall-to-wall closet creates a ton of storage in the master bedroom (this type of storage is a game-changer, I have firsthand experience after installing my own wardrobe recently!).

The storage unit in the children's bedroom was custom-made to maximise space.

Sofa by Hay, Poster by Olga Fradina

Sink and loo by NicDesign, sink faucet by Giulini G. Rubinetteria, Wall lamp by Flos

Thank you so much for submitting this beautiful apartment Elena!

You can see more of Elena's work and follow future projects, as well enquire about her interior design service over at @l.petresku

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Vi ses imorgon! 

Niki

Photography: Katia Zolotukhina Styling: Tatyana Korzun

*Note: Elena tells me she is safe and well and currently working as a volunteer in Italy as she awaits the opportunity to return home. I am also told Oksana and her family are safe, although Oksana and her daughter miss their apartment very much and were sad they didn't have more time to enjoy it. They too, hope to return home soon and be reunited as a family. 

For those of you wishing to show your support, the Ukraine Red Cross have opened an emergency donation appeal to help those in need of vital aid. 

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  1. Have been a fan for a long time. But lately all you seem to do is rehash the same stories over and over. Very disappointed and close to becoming an ex-follower!

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    1. I’m really confused, to my knowledge I have never posted this home before. Please advise if I’m wrong, or have misunderstood. Niki (having issues with my comment section which is why I’m posting as anon!).

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  2. So peaceful and serene. I hope Oksana and her family remain safe and can return to their lovely nest soon. Thank you for showing Elena's handiwork.

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    1. It really is so peaceful and serene. I've been thinking about Oksana and her family a lot today, l so hope they are reunited soon.

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    2. From Niki! (the comment section is playing up for me!).

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  3. Beautiful, simple, very Scandi. Your blog is my favourite. Best wishes to you and people of Ukraine. Slava Ukrajini!

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    1. Thank you so much Nada, so lovely of you to say so and just what I needed to hear today :) Agree that this apartment represents the beautiful, simple, Scandinavian touch in a perfect way! From Niki (having some problems with my comments section and can only comment anonymously right now!)

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  4. This is a beautiful home. Would be hard pressed to guess it's not in Sweden. I love the built in closets in the bedroom. From the living room I thought it was paneling! so clever. I hope their beautiful home stays intact and that they will soon be able to safely return to it.

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    1. Yes, agree, the wardrobe is stunning, it just falls into place. Imagine how much storage you'd get behind that? Incredible! (From Niki - having some problems commenting!).

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  5. Loved the content from Ukraine. If this isn’t painful for displaced Ukrainians, I would love to see more. It gives me hope they can go home again.

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    1. This was submitted to me by a Ukrainian designer - they need our support more than ever so I will certainly keep an eye out for other beautiful design projects to bring to the fore! :) (From Niki - problems with my commenting section and can only write 'anonymously'!).

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  6. I would have 100% thought this apartment was in Sweden! Lovely!

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    1. Yes! Agree! It really wouldn't look out of place in Swedem. Just lovely!

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