I first saw this brownstone in the December 2009 feature in Vogue, and subsequently also bookmarked it on the WSJ (I have paper copies of all this goodness as well). The home belonged to Charles and Olya Thompson – she from Russia, and evidently very fond of the country and the broader Eurasia region as evidenced by her home. Samovars (Russian tea kettles, typically of ginormous sizes, because one drinks tea at pretty much all times, and after every activity), beautiful orthodox icons, gilded everything, color, pattern and texture on every textile (these rugs are enormously beautiful), a bit of red and leopard mixed in with modern art, and books – many, many books. Layered goodness – want now.
Sources: compilation from Vogue and WSJ
The home was sold two years ago, because the Thompsons moved to Moscow full time, and now I am just waiting for the Elle Decoration Russia edition with photos of what must be an even more Russian and even more gorgeous apartment to drop. In the meantime, the real estate firm has by far the best large-scale photographs that allow for some real scrutiny of the home, including the kitchen and hallways (why no bathrooms, why??)
And there is also more from the Tissus and Tartares, a line of textiles designed by Thompson and her partner Nathalie Farman-Farma. Farman-Farma’s also gorgeously Eurasian-influenced home can be seen here on Remodelista. Now, if I can find a couple more sources on her London abode, I can add it to me inspiration files…