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Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

May 13, 2013

Good morning friends! How was your weekend? Before I show you this exclusive feature given to me from FvonF (it hasn’t been shown elsewhere until now), I have to tell you about my weekend! I went to my first flea market of the year and picked up some vintage porcelain and fabric, finished my tiny balcony spruce-up (photos here), found some great props for an upcoming shoot in a very random place (a garden shop in the country!), and went to the (ahhhh) Rosenthal outlet in Wolfsburg, Germany (about 30 minutes from where I live) and went a little crazy buying more props for a shoot next week. I walked away with the Fast White vase 10cm, Pollo vase 20cm, the Punktrelief vase 18cm and the 20cm one, Reunion vase 23cm (which I’ve wanted for two years!), Vibrations 32cm vase and the Surface white mat vase 20cm. I added them to my current collection of 11 white vintage porcelain vases from mostly Barvaria and West Germany from Royal Porzellan, Kaiser, Krautheim and Eschenbach. I want to photograph them in a very special way so I needed a lot of them to do the job! I think the best part about styling interiors is that you have the perfect excuse to shop!

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Today, I’m putting in an order at House Doctor for more goodies and the lovely people at Little Owl sent over a roll of gorgeous wallpaper that I can use, too. Life can have some real high points sometime, can’t it?

Are you ready for another week of inspiration? Good! Today I thought we’d get started by touring the very artsy eclectic Berlin apartment belonging to Galerist Karena Schuessler who is originally from Hannover. She was also once a a shoe designer in Florence and Paris but now resides in Berlin where she collects and sells art and design pieces. Her period apartment drips in old world details but she kept the space light and bright to show off some of her favorite pieces of art but in a not-so-serious way – there is a lot of quirk in this space and I like that a lot! This gorgeous apartment is located in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district, which is known to be a very trendy place where lots of interesting people with cool jobs live. Check it out…

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler
I like looking through the living room into the kitchen. And the kitchen has a fireplace – so rare in homes here – I love seeing this!

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler
Here’s a peek at the kitchen workspace. I like the clean lines.

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

I love the ceiling in her kitchen, wow! That rhino on top of the cabinetry made me laugh. I like sense-of-humor in a home and this space definitely has character and wit!

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Doesn’t that Louis Poulsen Artichoke pendant look so unusual and gorgeous at this angle?

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Here’s a view from the living room into her home office. Look at that bookcase!

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

I thought I had a little problem with book collecting. I feel better now.

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

I love that Karena has a crush on white vases too. These look pretty in her bedroom.

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Here is a close up of that low bookcase in her bedroom. When you see bookcases in photos, do you also squint to see if you can make out titles? I love to see what people are reading, I’m so curious like that. I really like that sculpture in the far left corner in the clear box, too. Want to see it close up?

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Gorgeous, right?

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

I like this painting done on newspaper…
Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

This light is rad!

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Inspiring little corner…

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

What a pretty bag!

All of these photos came from the lovely FvonF who asked me if I’d like to pick and post a home tour from their site and I agreed right away as I’m a real fan of their work. Their new FvF iPad Magazine is online now and available in the itunes Store, too. You can find more information here. Thanks FvonF!

(Photography: Ailine Liefeld)

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  • Reply Claire Friedlander May 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I love your blog, and love this apartment, but I’m afraid that I certainly didn’t ‘laugh’ at the rhino head!

  • Reply Samira May 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    What a beautiful place!! love it!

  • Reply J'attends... May 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    The apartment is so inspiring and I really enjoyed your tour of it! Thank you

  • Reply Justino May 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    That antique Hermes bag is to die for
    … It’s such a nice conversation piece … I have many antique bags as decor in my home I love how she used hers to store wood blocks in . Such a cute idea

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente May 13, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Gorgeous….I love all of the unique and beautiful touches. I am so intrigued by the piece, under the glass, in her bedroom! Beautiful….

  • Reply lei May 13, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    if i’m not mistaken, that painting on the newspaper looks like an egon schiele. he is a great painter!

  • Reply Shannon McClatchey May 13, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Love this apartment, particularly all the art. I also feel vindicated because I don’t have a headboard either and do what she does with my pillows. Great space. Now I need to go home and download the FvF app!

  • Reply Bex May 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Love Love LOVE the bag!!! Really like this space – lots of really interesting things to look at, all of which i’m sure have personal stories attached making them even more special. Beautiful!

  • Reply Annie B May 16, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I love this apartment, so much love has gone into every detail. I always look at what books people have on their bookshelves too. I find that sometimes the most interesting details are in the background. And that bag is fab!

  • Reply Schnuggel May 17, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Janz schön unjemütlich.

  • Reply Dian May 23, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I hope the rhino and the zebra rug is fake.

  • Reply Natalie August 28, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Yes that painting on newprint IS Egon Schiele ! is that an original or a copy on to newsprint? He is my favorite artist, I have seen this painting it book of his work I have but its not on news print.. interested to find out if it is a copy or original.
    thank you!

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