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perfectly with a chesterfield chair covered in
thick, white fur from Mongolia (if we were
the chinchilla, we'd have a getaway plan
nutted out just in case!).
Connecting the ground level to the home's
middle floor, which is exclusively Liana and
her husband's domain, is an old set of stairs
left raw and true to its age. Here, Liana has
added her aesthetic with a Tim Van Steenbergen
artwork and fashion-industry pieces.
"Old bodices and corsets are draped on
the wall," says Liana. "... that gives them a
surprising effect, which I love."
While her touch can be found in almost
every room of the home, it's her bedroom
that she loves most. "My favourite room is
my bedroom as I love the size and the wooden
ceiling that gives the feel of being next to the
sea," she says. " e large veranda-like
windows give a view to the garden that makes
you feel like you're actually living in it and
allows the light to stream in."
is room also reflects her eye, ability and
history, with lovely furniture pieces from
high-end French brands, such as Provence
& Fils and Astier de Villatte, alongside a
working oil heater that Liana dismantled
and renovated herself, and bookcases full of
collected treasures. "I have displayed
decorative objects under glass cases and one
in particular is the original visa of myself and
my mother when we left Russia," she says.
Moving upstairs, a mother's touch is
shown in her children's rooms, which take
up the entire top level. e two teenagers'
bedrooms face each other, divided by sliding
doors designed by Liana and inspired by
fire-retardant doors in New York.
Here, as in other areas of the home, pieces
have been created by Liana, commissioned
from artists or found in markets or at auction.
Back on ground level, a door connecting the
exterior with the kitchen is another example.
Liana renovated the church door and fixed a
wheel, recovered from a farm, as the handle.
With such a variety of components
creating the look of the Yaroslavsky home
and the years it took to build it up, Liana has
one final surprise to unleash. "I like change,
so nothing stays the same way," she says.
"If I had to redo my house now, nothing, or
almost nothing, would be the same." I
OLD IS NEW: (top) The kitchen is a perfect example of second-
hand chic, with the door recovered from a church and the wheel
found on a farm, then brought together to create this eye-stopping
exit. The worn stairs leading up to the door were slabs of stone
found at a nearby flea market. (above) Collections are what give
this home its charm, personality and sense of history.
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