The street façade of the large private residence still retains its original look and it is only on the inside that one uncovers a more contemporary backdrop. The lovely use of windows skylights and of course recessed and pendant lighting add to the glitter and warmth of the family house that seems like a relaxing holiday retreat.
In today’s modern and news-savvy world brand Russia is in a downward spiral. Yet despite its non-egalitarian standpoint on many issues Russia has often maintained an open-minded outlook on its varied architecture: from contemporary homes to brutalist facades and imposing palaces to the tightly-packed Khrushchyovka (originally well-intentioned these mass standardized housing projects were erected to deal with housing shortages and overcrowded cities in what was the former Soviet Union).
A home that combines the historical past of with a modern lifestyle was designed by Bates Masi Architects to meet the needs of a young couple and their growing family. It is the potato barns in the region that offered the template for this lovely fusion of past and present as the exterior of the home borrows from their classic design.
Even in the kids’ room it is only décor and toys that bring in pops of bright color to an otherwise neutral backdrop and this theme continues into the master bedroom and bathrooms as well.
Who wouldn’t love to call a grand contemporary villa overlooking the beach or the distant mountains their home? But most often it is economic constraints that define our home its overall ambiance and the décor that fills it.