Inspired by…Anna Karenina

So yesterday’s elaborate traditional draped window treatments seemed to go down well, and gawping at all those gorgeous images brought to mind the decor of the film Anna Karenina.

I won’t ruin it for you if you’re yet to see it, but suffice to say Leo Tolstoy’s tragic story about Russian high society is done justice by the gorgeous Keira Knightley and Jude Law.  And, more importantly, there are a friggin’ boatload of bonkers elaborate costumes (Oscar-winning, don’tchaknow) and insanely well put together ornate traditional interiors.

Velvets, silks, furs, damasks, crystal chandeliers, gilt mirrors, oversize candelabras and feather headpieces are all making my heart go a’pitterpatter – check them out:

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See here for a behind the scenes video on the set design etc., fascinating actually.

So it is absolutely not the style I would usually go for, in fact it’s probs the definition of my anti-style (is that a word…?), but I’m still drawn to the notion of creating a toned down slightly updated version – maybe for a future client, hmm…

Anna Karenina interior design

{sources from top left: paint (name: Dorian Gray), chandelier, emerald green silk, grey Egg Chair, silver branch candelabra, dark wood flooring, grey tufted sofa, mirrored side table}

Ok ok I know a Jacobsen Egg Chair definitely does not belong in a 19th century Russian salon (ahem), but well…it was getting too prissy.

Thoughts…?  Do you like this style or is it too lavish for you?


  1. Alistair says:

    I do like it actually, but you need a home to match, think it could look out of place in any modern apartment. Maybe one day we could retire to the country…

  2. I actually love this style – lavish is never a bad thing. To be honest, this is incredibly similar to my Marie Antoinette / Cleopatra obsession. I am so inspired by all things Versailles and goddess-esque. 🙂

  3. Sam says:

    I can’t believe I haven’t watched this movie yet…from these scenes, it looks fantastic. Love this type of imperial decor, so extravagant. Obsessing over that spectacular chandelier and those long draped curtains, I wouldn’t mind those in my living room.Thanks for your visit doll, hope your week is going well!

  4. I love your interpretation of it – a nod to the past with an edgy modernity. It’s a bit too frou frou for me as well but I do love some of the elements when it’s mixed in an eclectic way and that sofa is gorgeousness. Yum. xxx

  5. I agree with Alistair, either you have a house in this lavish style (I like to name it the “opulent style”) or just go with the modern style. Even though I found interesting how designers, of course, match the new and the old together, for example the chandelier can go perfect with a white modern kitchen (I think I saw it on your blog, too) or a big window, light purple curtains and purple “Ludovic” chair in a modern house. Just saying…you do not need golden lines on the wall and golden mirrors to give a Russian vintage touch to a house :))) (probably it wouldn’t look as great in reality I imagine it in my mind, Elly :D, but hey, one has to try :)))) Kisses

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