I’ve mentioned previously that I’m Scandinavian and addicted to feminine style. It appears 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 rustic hardwood floors and high ceilings with intricate molding. Creativity is essential when styling a European home because space is often an issue meaning 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 for storage in every room. The home-owner, Kathrin, blogger at Where Your Heart Is, doesn’t leave the cabinets in the state in which she buys them; she paints them pastel colors, turning a flea market find into a feminine furniture feature.
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, the floors are honey brown, the sectional is a similar shade of gray as the paint on the walls, and the coffee table is shabby chic off-white. If you heard this description alone you might think “that’s not design! Everything’s the same color!” Clearly you would have spoken too soon. Time to insert layers and layer of feminine color! The seating area is defined by a colorful rectangular striped rug, pastel patterned pillows are piled on the section, a kitschy blanket in warm tones literally and figuratively adds warmth to the room, floral fabric is centered on the coffee table, and that’s just the seating area. I could keep describing what you can clearly see for yourself, but let’s focus on the 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 pleasure.
- The paper lantern. I love when people change the fixtures in their homes. It shows they have a vision and they’re passionate about their design.
- 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 can completely relate to this sentiment! The first piece of furniture I ever bought was a teal dining room hutch (which is still in my home today and has never sat in my dining room.) My most recent furniture DIY project was painting an old cabinet aubergine for dining room storage!
The kitchen in the flat is also fabulously feminine shabby chic! The pastel cupboard and table match perfectly with avian wallpaper.
Beautifully styled shelves:
I’m obsessed with organization, particularly feminine floral tins! I also see my signature perfume, Chloe, on the first shelf.
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 armoir. The kitschy feminine trend continues in the bedroom with a colorful blanket and pastel polka dot pillow cases.
What do you think of this kitschy German flat?
Images: Lovely Undergrad
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