How this may be, Akulov -using photographs in magazines as inspiration and example- went to work and started a project to decorate the various rooms in his house in a “baroque” style, or rather his own version of it. He would be working on this project for some 35 years.
Walls and ceilings of the rooms have decorative elements such as mirrors and paintings which are encased in gilded carvings. The paintings displayed on the walls and ceiling are mostly not made by Akulov, but by his father Filippa Artemovicha Akulova or his friend Victor Kurusya.
The furniture includes consoles and many distinguished chairs, all richly decorated with gilded carvings.
The most important chair is a smaller copy of the throne of Catherine the Great, crowned with the double-headed eagle, main element of the coat of arms of the Russian Empire, abolished with the 1917 Revolution and restored in 1993 in the coat of arms of the Russian government.
Above picture shows Akulov seated in this chair with some regalia of Tsarist Russia: a crown, a scepter wich symbolizes authority and a small globe with a Christian cross on it which symbolizes the territory.
The floors also contribute to the atmosphere of the house because of the inventively laid parquet, decorated with circularly arranged inlays.
It is not surprising that some dogs are seen in the picture above, because Akulov would take care of stray dogs, who sometimes stayed in the house with some ten at a time.
Although his wife had left him because she didn’t like that her husband opened the conjugal home for all kinds of visitors, due to all interest in his life’s work, Akulov may have experienced the years between around 2003 and 2010 as a somewhat glorious period.
In the early 2010’s Akulov’s health detoriated. He could no longer take care of the site and it’s neglect began.
He died around 2012.
Akulov had a daughter and two sons and one of the sons was going to inhabit the house. However, there are no recent reports that indicate the situation with regard to the decorations.
* The earliest review I found on the internet dates from January 25, 2003: T. Shubin, Filippych Pervyy (Filippovich First).
* Another review of early date (2005) is: Maria Chernitsyn, article in the journal Moskovsky Komsomolets, no 1515, february 26, 2005
* An article dated january 2011 in the website NNM.me describes the situation of the site, showing that at that time it’s neglect already occurred
* In 2016 the site got publicity on russian socia media. such as this post on Yaplakal.com, edited as if the artist was still alive
* Video by russian TV1 Moscow (2’35”, july 17, 2007)
Vladimir Filippovich Akulov
Klimovo, Bryansk region, Russia
actal situation unclear