Floor Coverings International Downers Grove is pleased to bring you the latest installment in our Designer Influencer Interview Series. Anna Kovalchenko is the talented interior designer behind L’Essenziale . You can follow Anna on BlogLovin, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.

Anna Kovalchenko

What’s one of your favorite design pieces you have in your own home?

I am in the process of renovating my new apartment in Moscow. Recently I have bought a pair of original Thonet chairs for my kitchen – I am deeply in love with them. They need some restoration, but it is great to have at home some pieces that have some much history in them.

What was your favorite design trend of 2016?

In 2016 we have noticed the increased popularity towards tropical theme – palm leaves wallpapers, plenty of plants at homes and use of natural shades of green colour. I am sure we will continue to see it a lot in 2017 and I really love this trend.

Do you follow any other blogs for inspiration?  If so, which ones?

Yes, I have several favorite bloggers – The JungalowStyle By Emily Henderson, and Planete Deco.

Can you explain a recent project you’ve been working on?

Recently I have done renovation of a one-bedroom apartment in Moscow. It is in Scandinavian style with minimalistic black and white colour scheme.

I tried to play with lots of texture and pattern to get more interest and depth to the space. The apartment will be for rent on AirBNB, that’s why it doesn’t have lots of storage and I focused to make it more spacious and airy. The furniture is mainly from Ikea, textiles from H&M home.

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