Monday, May 14, 2012

A Russian River Dacha

 As our plans evolved to fill our small wooden house with rich fabric, ornate light fixtures and formal furniture, I kept thinking about the country home in Dr. Zhivago.
  Of course, that house was grander than ours but I remember it was a wooden house in the country that was decorated in the Russian aristocratic style and called a Dacha.
Peter The Great's Dacha

The original Dacha's were gifts of small estates in the country from the Tsar to a loyal member of the aristocracy.

Well, our little river cabin was not given to us by an emperor, and it is not in Russia.  However, coincidentally, it is located at  Russian River which was named after the Russian immigrants that first settled in the area. In addition,since we are furnishing with an eye toward splendor, we are calling ours a Dacha.
 Nowadays, dachas are much more similar in size and construction to our cabin.  They are owned by working class Russians as well the privileged.   During the Communist Era, the government allowed people from the cities to build small  summer houses in the country and permitted them to farm around their homes.  While the state owned the land, the people were allowed to possess their land and when the government fell privatization of land occurred and ownership followed.  Consequently Russia has one of the highest percentages of any country with its population owning second homes.

This dacha is actually located in the U.S. about 30 minutes away from us in Tomales bay.  It is owned by the Lipnosky family.
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I love the aged wood patina of this dacha and its private hillside location.
      Our diminutive getaway may not be a true dacha, but our goal is to transport us to what we imagined was the look and feel of the dachas of yesteryear when we open the door.  The challenge is to achieve this on our not-so aristocratic budget.

Cabin update:

The great room chandelier  and wall sconces were installed last week.   I was a little disappointed that  the bottom crystal bowl(or half dome?) didn't drape further below the surrounding u-drop crystals.  I think it would have gave the piece a softer more elegant silhouette.
I am however, happy the way the sconces turned out.

This week the back hallway and bathroom floor / shower tiles are scheduled to be installed.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  We are two weeks behind as the company hired to do the installation lost 2 of their installers pushing everyone's schedule back.  Once the hall and bathroom is completed, we can finally move to put down the floors in the dining,great and bedrooms.


vignette design said...

Wonderful post! Love your inspiration and love how things are progressing in your cabin. It's going to be fabulous!

Bernadine said...

I love the sconces. Very classic, handsome. Your cabin can't be anything but grand with that lovely chandelier. I look forward to seeing your choices for the flooring. Cabin living at it's finest!

Entertaining Women said...

Marvelous! Thanks for keeping us in the loop. Excited to see the flooring in the next phase. Cherry Kay

Paisley Curtain said...

Well thanks for sharing the progress on your Dacha. Sconces and the chandelier look great. Construction work is never done on time, we are doing a small project in our back yard and that is 2 weeks behind the schedule with a lot of boo boos :) and endless meetings with the general contractor.

Good luck, waiting to see the next update.

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Diane said...

Been a little behind in my blog reading, but getting caught up! Love the chandelier, cabin looks to be shaping up nicely. Can't wait until the renos are done. Diane