I’ve mentioned previously that I’m Scandinavian with an affinity for all things feminine. It seems only natural that when it comes to interiors, I am naturally drawn to European spaces. There’s something about the age of the homes and apartments that tells a story that I just have to hear. Stripped down, you can find a beautiful space with original raw rustic hardwood floors and high ceilings framed with intricate molding. Creativity is essential when styling a European home because space is often an issue; you truly have to balance design and function. What intrigues me about this particular German flat- besides the overall kitschy, feminine design- is the use of cabinets as a storage solution in every room that feels fresh, creative, and non-repetitive. The home-owner, Kathrin, blogger of Where Your Heart Is, doesn’t leave the cabinets in the state in which she buys them; she paints them pastel colors, turning flea market finds into feminine focal points.
How beautiful is this room as a whole? Let me point out the obvious: the bones of the room consist of a very basic color palette. The walls are half light gray, half white, and the floors are honey brown. The sectional is a few shades of gray darker than the painted walls, and the coffee table is a shabby chic off-white. If you heard this description alone you might think this flat is kind of… flat. Now that the foundation has been set, however, it’s time to insert layers of color!
The seating area is defined by a colorful rectangular striped rug, pastel patterned pillows piled on a spacious sectional, and a kitschy blanket in warm tones literally and figuratively adds warmth to the room. Floral fabric is centered on the coffee table like a tray to neatly tie elements together in a creative way. Some highlights of this space:
- Those curtains. They’re pink, they’re feminine, they frame the doorway to the patio, and they’re the gateway to a patio of pastel paradise.
- The paper lantern. I love when people change the fixtures in their homes. It shows they have a vision and they’re passionate about design down to the smallest detail.
- The best part of the space: the large yellow armoire. According to The Lovely Undergrad (where I originally found these photos), Kathrin has a “huge weakness for old furniture, which [she] love[s] to paint in order to give it a second life.” I’ve also found that a coat of paint is an inexpensive way to give an old piece new life. My first furniture DIY project was painting an old generic brown cabinet aubergine for dining room storage. I’ve recently decided to neutralize the overwhelming feminine feel of my apartment, and have started searching for a more male-friendly shade of green (somewhere on the spectrum between sage and kelly).
The kitchen in the flat is also consistently shabby chic! The pastel cupboard and table match perfectly with an avian wallpaper adorned feature wall.
Even the shelves are painstakingly styled ensuring even the smallest details contribute to the overall consistency and design theme:
I’m obsessed with organization, and have been searching for similar floral tea tins at flea markets and antique stores for quite some time. I see my former signature perfume, Chloé, on the bottom shelf and am immediately surprised by how well the familiar scent makes sense in this space. If you’re not familiar with the perfume, it’s described as having “top notes of pink peony, freesia, and lychee [which] embody subtle freshness. At the heart, midnotes of magnolia flower, lily of the valley, and rose rise to sublimated femininity. A base of velvety elegance comes to fruition through cedarwood, amber, and honey.” The intended effect of the fragrance is to be “chic, comfortable, and entirely addictive.” It’s certainly addictive considering I didn’t deviate from the parfum until recently after wearing it for over 5 years.
This bedroom is so simple, but still manages to have personality. With small rooms, it’s best to keep walls white to make spaces appear larger, and Kathrin also plays with perception by adding a mirrored armoire. The kitschy feminine theme continues in the bedroom with a colorful blanket and trendy pastel polka dot pillow cases.
What do you think of this kitschy German flat?