Indoor Patio and Modern Décor: Moscow Apartment by Alexey Nikolashin

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This Moscow, Russia, apartment boasts a thoroughly modern interior with more than a few quirky touches in a design by Alexey Nikolashin. Against a coolly contemporary palette of black and white, coupled with skilled use of sliding glass panels, the space appears larger than it is — and also seems to meld indoors and outdoors. Look at that neat rock-floored “nook” that gives the owner an indoor “patio” with added effects from a flat-screen TV projecting natural images…all of which can be curtained off from the master bedroom by night. That “outdoor” area segues neatly into a compact dining table and chairs, which in turn are only steps from a convenient kitchen island with handy stools for extra seating and lots of storage, all within easy reach.

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A long rectangular wall includes bookshelves, fireplace, and entertainment center; behind white-trimmed sliding glass doors is a bathroom featuring a deep soaking tub, rectangular sink, and a wall of mirrors that makes the absolute most of a small space. Décor is minimalist but inviting: shining tables, soaring chrome lamps, plush cream-colored couches and coffee-toned pillows. By day, illumination comes from windows that allow tons of natural light; by night, light is even part of the décor (check out that glowing rock trim beneath the entertainment center). Pale gray and charcoal are soothing choices for the master bedroom platform bed; sleek bedside tables and lamps provide convenience without clutter. All-modern, with a casually easy living plan: that’s this Alexey Nikolashin design in Moscow.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).