A Storybook Country House by Kirill Istomin

Kirill Istomin displays a masterful eye for detail, old world elegance and charm that very few designers today possess. Before founding his eponymous firm in 2002, Kirill studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and began his career with Parish-Hadley. With offices in New York and Moscow, Kirill Istomin Interior Design & Decoration manages high-end residential and commercial projects in France, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan, the United States, and Great Britain. His work is worldly, sophisticated, and breathtakingly exquisite.

Today we are visiting a charming countryside home that thoughtfully balances unpretentious and romantic interiors with a warm, casual elegance. French tapestries, Chinese porcelain plates, and floral prints play off of a color story of celadon green, meditative blues, and playful pinks. Reminiscent of Victorian homes at the turn of the century, an eclectic mix of furnishings and objects lend an heirloom quality and storybook finish.

The dining room features a collection of English, French, and Continental antique plates purchased at various auctions. The curtains are Jubilee Rose by Colefax & Fowler.
The English leather upholstered dining chairs (a set of 16) are from the second half of the 20th century.
Antique wall brackets and a 19th century Italian giltwood mirror

The throw pillows on the custom tufted chairs are hand-painted on silk. The Russian rug is antique and the Continental three-panel screen is decorated with scenes from “Fables de la Fontaine.”

The romantic living room is dressed with wallpaper from Brunschwig & Fils. Antique Louis XVI style bronze sconces are above the custom book shelves on the left, and the giltwood French chairs are from the late 19th century.

A beautiful 18th century Italian giltwood mirror is poised above a vintage table featuring five arrow-shaped legs. A pair of vintage walnut and caned French fauteuils complete the look.
A beautiful 18th century French tapestry sets the tone for the study.

The wallpaper in the entrance hall is Stark. The giltwood chandelier and the gilded metal sconces are vintage. A 19th century English walnut and and parcel-gild looking glass is above a 20th century serpentine marble-top commode.
A continental x-frame stool is tucked to the side and a group of three 18th century Chinese export porcelain chargers are above the door in the hall.
The powder room is a jewel box wrapped in elegant wallpaper by Cowtan & Tout. The Italian mirror and prints are vintage, and the Bagues crystal sconces are from the estate of Ellen Marks. Kirill is known for incorporating treasures from notable auctions in his designs.
The client’s collection of Russian icons are displayed in the daughter’s study. The throw pillows are Lee Jofa and the cotton woven rug is from Vandra Rugs.
Still life paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries are collected above the buffet in the breakfast room. The chandelier is Russian from the early 20th century.

A beautiful chintz from Cowtan & Tout adds English charm to the bedroom. A yellow checked Lee Jofa fabric was used for the bed cover lining and window shade. A pair of 20th century English mirrors hang above bedside tables from the Dorothy Draper collection for Kincaid Furniture.

A Victorian bench from the late 19th century, England, adds old world charm to the daughter’s bedroom.
The curtain fabric in the daughter’s bathroom is Hazelton House. The sconces and corner chair are from the 20th century.
The armchair in the dressing room belonged to the client. The cabinets are custom.

Pure enchantment! Many of these images were previously unpublished, and I love being able to see it all together. Additional information can be found at Kirill Istomin Interior Design & Decoration and more of my favorite examples of his work can be found here.  For ongoing inspiration, please follow @kirill_istomin via Instagram. And if you are looking to bring a little old world elegance into your own home, I have curated a few inspirational items below. 🙂


  1. He can sure do things with a bathroom, and that Cowtan and Tout paper in the first bathroom is marvelous. And that blue wall colour in the dining room is such a wonderful shade. Lots of lovely things to look at in his rooms. He’s a good designer for collectors.

  2. Wow! It will take many days of a return visit to this post to be able to take it all in. I’m not a fan of each room but there are many thing in each room to see and to steal in decorating. I guess he uses the more is more theory. Wonderful antiques and unusual placing of some. Great ideas.

  3. Fantastic! A special treat to see people’s rooms with collections. I am a porcelain fan and am always happy when designers choose to utilize fine pieces. The use of color was so pleasing…..wish more people would bring color back into their spaces.

  4. Although this is not the kind of aesthetic that i like , it’s good to see different kind of approaches to taditional decor and people can form their own opinion.

  5. I especially like the Italian gilt wood mirror and his placement of same size small plates all in a column. Also a small hall table that appears grey wood or metal an has a small face of a person, I beleive, LOVE them.


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