How my Russian heritage shaped my life for Morpho & Luna

Can you tell us a bit about the history behind your house? The house was originally two artists’ studios, which we joined together. They sadly haven’t been artists’ studios for some time but I like to feel as if we’ve got some of the spirit of old Chelsea in our home.

Tell us about the interior styling of your home. Where do you find style inspiration? I would say my style focuses on colour, texture and pattern, mixing them in a not-always-predictable way. I grew up in a home full of antiques, and in my 20s and 30s I travelled a lot in Russia and Central Asia, where I was very drawn to all the folk art, including embroidery, floral motifs, etc. I suppose I am quite a bold and adventurous person and my home is a reflection of this – I could never live in a beige or neutral house!

I suppose I am quite a bold and adventurous person and my home is a reflection of this – I could never live in a beige or neutral house

Tell us about your personal style – what do you like to wear and what inspires your look? As with the styling of my home, I love colour and mixing clashing patterns and textures. I also adore anything to do with folk tradition – I’m addicted to embroidery! I also like to experiment; sometimes I’m sporty, sometimes formal and sometimes bohemian – I like to dress for where I am, whether that’s the countryside or in town. It’s the same with houses – my cottage is very different to our London home and I don’t believe in having a blanket style. I love a sartorial challenge!

 

I love mixing patterns and textures and I like to experiment; I dress for where I am, whether that’s the countryside or in town.

What are your passions in life?

My passions are my children, Russia, adventurous travel – especially riding in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan – and reading. My father is a historian and we were brought up with his refined literary tastes, which I hope I am passing on to my children.

What drives you in both your work and your personal life?

I am a single mother with no financial support from the children’s father, which is a great burden but also a blessing – it drives me to be active and, hopefully, successful. I am determined to give my children the richest and fullest childhood possible. Not materially, but in the experiences we have together, whether it is riding in Kyrgyzstan, visiting [distant relative] Leo Tolstoy’s estate, cycling through the fields near my cottage, visiting museums in London, playing games or reading books.

 

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