Designers Anton Korneev and Ekaterina Blokhina transferred a country and slightly fabulous atmosphere to their apartment in Khrushchev.

Dining area. Antique sideboard with Avito; dining table is also antique; garden chairs, “Leroy Merlin”; chandelier, IKEA. Photo: Olga Shangina

Designers Anton Korneev and Ekaterina Blokhina live in constant motion, easily change apartments and houses, and in 2021, as Anton says, they moved three times. “In the spring and summer we lived in the country, and we really liked it. Then we sold the cottage, but the dream of a country life remained. And then we decided to try to transfer the country atmosphere to our new apartment. I think we did it.” In a spacious, bright and slightly fabulous apartment, the former Khrushchev is not recognizable, although she has all the signs of housing of the “thaw” era: low ceilings, a tiny kitchen. Anton and Ekaterina assure that the apartment is actually very comfortable, although it is still too small for a family with two children.

Квартира в хрущевке, 47 м²

Living room. Antique sideboard with Avito; dining table is also antique; garden chairs, “Leroy Merlin”; coffee table and chandelier, all IKEA; sofa, HomeMe.

Photo: Olga Shangina

The interior, as the authors say, developed by itself. The floors were cleared — wonderful boards were opened, it remained only to polish them and paint them. After the floor and walls turned white, there was an idea to drag the spirit of a country house into the apartment. An old buffet, bought ten years ago, moved from the sold cottage to the apartment, and a massive table made of solid walnut, also antique, was added to it. These objects, too large for Khrushchev, bring down the scale: the eye involuntarily clings to them and no longer tries to estimate either the size of the room or the height of the ceiling, which here, as it should be, is 2.50 m. On the other hand, there is a minimum of furniture in the living room, only the most necessary, although it performs the functions of a dining room, a study, and even a game room. The suspended chair, which also moved here from the dacha, more than replaces the sports complex. Children hang on it from morning to evening, swing, jump, climb up. ”One of our best acquisitions of all time,” Anton comments. The chair attracts everyone: guests are sure to be photographed in it, because opposite it there is a huge mirror in a carved frame, on the other hand there is a carved portal, and the frame turns out spectacular. 

Квартира в хрущевке, 47 м²

A fragment of the living room. Coffee table, IKEA; sofa, HomeMe. 

Photo: Olga Shangina

Квартира в хрущевке, 47 м²

Rattan and sisal mirror, La Redoute Interieurs, 26,399 15,839 rubles. 

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Квартира в хрущевке, 47 м²

A fragment of the living room. Coffee table and desk, all IKEA; sofa, HomeMe; mirror (presumably from Tver region) bought in an antique store. 

Photo: Olga Shangina

Квартира в хрущевке, 47 м²

Hallway. Platbands, portals, mirrors (presumably from Tver region) bought in an antique store.

Photo: Olga Shangina

The country color of the living room is given not only by the buffet, but also by all kinds of ethnics, at first glance — Asian. On closer inspection, it turns out that both the carved portals of the doors and the frames of the mirrors are platbands from a Russian village house. In front of the entrance to the kitchen there is a small collection of bread shovels — an object from a Russian fairy tale. Anton recommends everyone to study peasant life: there are many wonderful things in a Russian hut, and they are all absolutely interior.

Квартира в хрущевке, 47 м²

Dining area. Antique sideboard with Avito; dining table is also antique; garden chairs, “Leroy Merlin”; chandelier, IKEA. 

Photo: Olga Shangina

Квартира в хрущевке, 47 м²

Armchair, 7990 rubles.

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Квартира в хрущевке, 47 м²

A fragment of the living room. Platbands and portals (presumably from Tver region) bought in an antique store. 

Photo: Olga Shangina

Квартира в хрущевке, 47 м²

Hammock chair, 3138 rubles. 

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Anton and Ekaterina believe that you should not underestimate the mass market, you just need to be able to choose things. The chairs that stand near the dining table were bought at Leroy Merlin, in the garden furniture department. They are unkillable, for a family with young children — that’s what you need. The kitchen was purchased from IKEA, the builders cast the countertop out of concrete right on the spot.

Квартира в хрущевке, 47 м²

View of the kitchen. Platbands and portals (presumably from Tver region) bought in an antique store. 

Photo: Olga Shangina

Квартира в хрущевке, 47 м²

A fragment of the kitchen. Cabinets, IKEA; concrete countertop.

Photo: Olga Shangina

“An armchair was brought to the bedroom from the dacha for photographing, but at normal times there is a two-story children’s bed in its place. The designers refused from the children’s room — it makes no sense to allocate it in such a small apartment. In addition, Anton explains, children do not live in the nursery: “I have never seen children sitting quietly in their room, they are always with adults, in a public space”” Therefore, the living room, according to his conviction, should be as spacious as possible, and the bedroom can be tiny, exactly on the bed. The bedroom is still too small for four people. ”But we’re not here for long,” the designers say. The apartment was bought as a temporary one and also as a springboard for experiments. Experiments with space are over, it’s time to move. 

Квартира в хрущевке, 47 м²

Bedroom. Bed, Divan.ru ; the chair was brought from traveling and managed to live in the country.

Photo: Olga Shangina

Квартира в хрущевке, 47 м²

Bathroom. Tile, Artens.

Photo: Olga Shangina

Квартира в хрущевке, 47 м²

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