A Personal & Joyful German Kitchen

Kitchen Spotlight

Mireille and Simon have only one rule when it comes to decorating their Berlin apartment: everything in their home has to have personal meaning and/or bring them joy in some way. Their kitchen is one example: a DIY labor of love, it's filled with thrifted collectibles, IKEA pieces, and one special detail that showcases their love of entertaining...

Most of the pieces in the kitchen have a story behind them, including the blue buffet ("found abandoned in a basement in Erfurt"); all the artwork, which was picked up at thrift stores in Erfurt and not in Berlin "because it is too expensive and picked over"; the appliances ("a guy in the neighborhood gave us a deal — the dishwasher was quite ugly so we bought black sticky paper at Bauhaus and covered it"); and the refrigerator ("a friend was left with two after a break up and we lucked out").

And for that special, personal detail: the white column in their kitchen documents the visits (and heights) of their closest family and friends.

(Images: Lydia Brotherton)