Home, Moscow countryside

A home filled with kids, art and light

Light, soulful, hospitable, creative, filled with kids, preserving history and faith, giving hope and a wish to become a better person. These are just several words, which describe the home of Maria Kesler. I wanted to tell the story of this unique home since my first meeting with Maria. We first met at a tea party in Russia and without knowing anything about her home; I thought that her home should be light and unique as Maria herself. Later, when I was her guest, I was so enchanted by her hospitality and stories that I forgot to ask some of the questions for this interview. I was finishing this interview in Madrid, while going through my impressions and dreaming about coming back one day.

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Maria is a ceramist and an artist. She creates pottery, which tell us a fairy tale. Together with her husband who is an artist as well and four kids: Varya, Fedya, Luka and Liza they live in a multistory house not far away from Moscow, Russia. In the same apartment, Maria and Maxim have their studio where she makes her pottery pieces and he creates mosaics. Despite the fact that their home is an apartment, it has a feeling of a house in a countryside. They even have wooden stairs, which takes you to the attic.

Thought the photography of talented Marina Burmakina, we can visit Maria’s home and hear kids’ laughing, see unhurried, diligent, laborious work at the studio upstairs and smell spiced baked potatoes being cooked for a lunch.

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“It all started with these old wooden doors.”

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“There are two paintings of the sister of my grandmother; I like her childish view of life and colors she used. I have many of her drawings saved and I regret that I did not talked to her about them when she was still alive.”

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“With a time, turquoise color attracted more and more things to our home.”

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“… my working table, where everything except a mess helps me to create.”

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“I like the bed of my youngest son Luka. I love siting next to him and reading to my kids before they fall asleep.”

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“When the kids were bored with me reading to them, but still were awake, I decided to paint these ornaments on the walls of their room and with a time, I almost finished all the walls.”

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“My husband bought this antique desk from his neighbor at the communal flat before we got married. Later this desk was moved to our home and changed its color. Actually, this desk is changing constantly. For example, now it is a space for a garden of our kids.”

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“I like our dining table where we all get together for a delicious dinner and for discussing our day.”

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“…a  stained glass window, which my husband created. It always catches my eye and it makes me happy to look at it.”

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“There are different art pieces on this wall: “Rooster” from IKEA, a mermaid painted by my daughter Varya, a work of famous artist Ernst Neizvestny that I received as a gift from my mother when I got married. And upstair is our studio.”

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What is a home?

The home is my family.

What was your inspiration while creating your home?

It is difficult to say. I think it was the first five years of our marriage when we lived in the apartment of my grandmother. It was a very happy and special place for me: the windows overlooked Pushkin square in the center of Moscow, the apartment had a high celling and beautifully carved wooden walls. During my childhood, I never lived in such an environment but I think that the atmosphere of my grandmother’s apartment influenced me a lot.

And how did you start to create your own home?

It all started with these old wooden doors. We painted them white. They defined the dimension of our home.

What is your favorite part of the house?

I have several. I like our dining table where we all get together for a delicious dinner and for discussing our day. I also like the bed of my youngest son Luka. I love siting next to him and reading to my kids before they fall asleep. At this moment, our home finally becomes silent and everyone listen to me. Moreover, I love my working table, where everything except a mess helps me to create.

What do you do first when you come home?

Usually I come home with kids and it is our rush hour. I have to help the kids take off their coats, wash their hands, change cloths if needed and quickly organize our home.

Do you have favorite things at home?

I love the stained glass window, which my husband created. It always catches my eye and it makes me happy to look at it.

What is your home missing and what are you dreaming to have?

I am dreaming about extra space. We have a big family. Both Maxim and I have lots of siblings and cousins and we love to get together. Now we still can get together at one table. However, when kids will get older and will have their own families we will probably need to rent some place in order to sit at the same table.

Maria’s webpage and instagram

Photography – Marina Burmakina

You can read about Marina’s home here.

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