1. What is L’Essenziale?

L’Essenziale means “essential, the most important thing”, and this blog is dedicated to fundamental elements of interior design such as:

  • design process
  • history of styles
  • decorating news and trends
  • ideas and inspirations

2. Who is behind L’Essenziale?

My name is Anna Kovalchenko.

I am originally from Moscow, Russia but I consider myself to be an “international” person: my mindset is not limited by national boundaries and I like to explore different countries and their cultures. After my graduation I didn’t want to settle down in Moscow as I had a huge desire to “see the world”. That’s when I moved first to the Maldives and then on to the Seychelles. At that point in time I felt like Marco Polo discovering exotic and unusual destinations. These were wonderful moments in my life and a fantastic experience. After living almost five years on the islands I decided to return to the “Big Land” and I ventured back to Moscow.

I must say that my path towards becoming an interior designer has been very meandering. Having been busy for many years in the hospitality industry and in the sales and marketing field I was far away from realizing my long standing dream. Finally here in Baku, Azerbaijan, fate gave me the chance and I grabbed it. I enrolled in KLC School in London to study a Diploma in Interior Design. Six months later I launched my interior design blog – L’ESSENZIALE. I don’t regret that it took me so long as I felt that  my experience in sales and marketing continues to assist me with my blog, and the rich and vibrant nature of the tropical islands which I observed for such a long time has assisted me in finding reflection in my interior design work.

In 2012 I launched my online BOUTIQUE selling hand picked artisanal objects found in various countries I travelled to. In 2016 I’ve launched my book : “History of Styles”.

Since November 2014 I am a regular contributor to Architectural Digest Russia:



3. Who is it aimed at?

This blog is designed for:

  • interior design students who are interested in learning about my studying experience
  • professional interior designers wanting to read about latest news and trends
  • people wanting to decorate their homes and are looking for some tips and advice
  • people who simply love beautiful architecture and design

Sounds interesting to you? At this point you probably want to ask me the next question:

4. How can I subscribe?

Very easy – just hit the “Subscribe” button on the side bar and you will start to receive new posts via e-mail.

If I didn’t answer your possible question or there is something else you wish to discuss with me, you probably want to ask me:

5. How can I contact you?

You can use the special form on the “Contact Me” page. If you are looking for collaboration, please follow this link for more information.

Anna Kovalchenko в городе Moscow, RU на Houzz
December 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Anna it is an amazing story of your life. I love your blog and always wait for your posts. Please put more about design in travel destinations. It is inspiring. Keep it up with yoursplendid work.

December 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Jimmy, thank you very much!

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December 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Just came across your blog and it’s lovely! I have just started my Interior Design degree in September at the Manchester School of Art – and I am loving it!
All the best to you,

December 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Thank you for visiting and I wish you good luck with your studies! Anna

January 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Thanks for stopping by my newest blog-carnation. I’m very interested in reading more about your studies in one of my favorite cities! Cheers, Melody

January 15, 2013 at 10:04 am

Great blog! I like the amount of information you include in each post; every update seems well thought out and researched, and it’s all very helpful for all of us starting in interior design.

Will be great to hear how your job search goes at the end of the course. I am starting with KLC myself and can’t wait to get it all going. Have only heard positive reviews so far.


January 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Hi, Joanna,

Thank you very much for your comment! Yes, I am very happy about KLC and I can only give positive feedback. It is great to connect with you and I will be very interested to know how it is going with your studies. By the way, you have a great blog too!


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February 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Hi Anna, thank you so much for visiting my blog today. I am so envious that you lived in the Maldives, looks so beautiful there 🙂

February 1, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Hi, Andy! You have an amazing blog, I really enjoyed reading it. Yes, my experience of living in Maldives was fabulous – it is such a beautiful country and I miss it a lot.

February 2, 2013 at 4:57 am

Thank you so much Anna! Maybe some day you will get a chance to return for another visit? 😀

February 2, 2013 at 5:30 am

Thank you for following back 🙂

February 2, 2013 at 5:32 am

It’s a pleasure! 🙂

February 6, 2013 at 8:09 am

Thank you for the “follow” over on my blog, it’s nice to come across others who have so much passion for interiors. All the best for your future endeavours!

February 6, 2013 at 8:42 am

Thank you for visiting my blog and your lovely comments! Wishing you all the best too.

February 24, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Thank you for visiting my blog! Yours is beautiful. . .I just subscribed 🙂 Looking forward to your posts.

February 25, 2013 at 6:52 am

Thank you very much for visiting and subscribing! I also liked your blog very much 🙂

March 2, 2013 at 7:00 am

Thank you for all your wonderful articles, I hope your shop will be successful. Love reading your blog

March 2, 2013 at 11:06 am

Thank you so much, Jimmy!

March 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Wow, this is so exciting, Rachael! Thank you so much!!! 🙂 Have a great week too!

March 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Hi, I see that you’ve already been nominated to the Inspiring Blog Award, but I like your blog so much that I just had to nominate it anyway =)

You can read more about it here, where I’ve also added a link to your blog: http://emdeco.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/inspiring-blog-award/


March 5, 2013 at 4:15 am

Hi Emelie! Thank you so much for nominating me, I am really honored!
However, after thinking a lot about it, I decided not to participate: I have around 50 blogs which I read regularly and which inspire me every day. I was struggling to pick 15 of “favorites” as all of them are equally important and interesting for me. I try to support them every day with my comments and “likes”.
I really appreciate yours and Rachael’s nominations – they really make me motivated. However, please feel free to choose another person for this Award. Thank you again!

March 6, 2013 at 9:46 am

OK no problem! xEm

March 5, 2013 at 5:00 am

Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award! I love your blog and find it to be very inspirational! Check out more here…http://eclecticmedicine.wordpress.com/

March 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

Hi, Jess! Thank you so much for nominating my blog for this award – I am really flattered. For me the best award is when people read my posts and leave their comments and likes. I do the same for the blogs I follow and there are more than 50 in my lists. All of them are equally inspiring and important for me so I really couldn’t choose 15 from them. That’s the reason I decided no to take the award. Many thanks again for the nomination. Best of luck! Anna

March 13, 2013 at 9:49 am

Hi Anna
Interesting page here – and thanks for coming to read my blog. Hope to see you there again..

March 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Thank you so much! Definitely will visit your blog again – really enjoyed reading it.

March 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Hi Anna, great blog!

April 29, 2013 at 11:30 am

Thank you for stumbling across me! I feel rather humbled, your blog is truly inspiring (glad you write in English & not Russian!) I shall enjoy following you!

April 29, 2013 at 3:34 pm

It was a pleasure – you have a wonderful blog! 🙂 Thank you for following me and your lovely compliment!

August 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Thank you so much! Your appreciation is the best award for me! 🙂 Sorry for not being able to accept it due to the long nominating procedure and lots of other commitments I have. I congratulate you with your award and keep on being awesome!

September 21, 2013 at 11:31 am

Well, I figure since we always connect and I love your blog, I am nominating L’Essenziale for the Liebster Award. It’s a great way to connect with other growing (and awesome) blogs and I’m really loving the idea of it. Head on over here for details: http://eclecticmedicineblog.com/2013/09/21/liebster-award/ Jess x

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January 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Hi Ana, I don’t know if you accept awards or not but I have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award! Participation is optional, and if you want further information visit me! http://homeandspirit.wordpress.com/ It’s just a way of showing my appreciation. 🙂

January 2, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Hi Teresa, this is so kind of you! Though, I am not participating in blogging awards, I am very grateful for this nomination from you.

January 20, 2014 at 9:44 am

I really like the new design of your blog – it looks great. Will continue to follow your blog posts.
Take care,

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