An inspiring Berlin apartment full of contrast

Every time I nip into German blog Herz & Blut I come away feeling truly inspired. Founder, Jules Villbrandt has a real knack for scoping out some of the coolest homes in Berlin (and beyond). A few weeks back I shared this pearl of a home with rich, warm colours, bold patterns and quirky touches (that boob pillow!). And today I couldn't resist sharing this fascinating two-room Templehof apartment belonging to Silke Leinstasse, co-founder of interior consultancy firm wit & voi. Silke's central apartment is both relaxed and luxurious at the same time. In the living room, fabulous 1970's wallpaper juxtaposes with a bare concrete wall and the space has been furnished with a beautiful mix of contemporary, vintage and traditional pieces. Look closely and you'll see plenty of small trinkets, flowers, books and art which combine to create a wonderful homely feel. What a great space?!


Photography: Jules Villebrandt - Herz & Blut / Home-owner and design Silke Leinstasse.

I find this apartment so amazingly inspiring! If I had to choose one thing I love in particular though, I'd say the dusty pink sofa against the bold wallpaper (any idea where the wallpaper is from?).

How about you?!

The concrete wall fascinates me. It reminds me of the lovely Norwegian home of artist Maria Overbye which we photographed for The Scandinavian Home. Like in this home, Maria has left the walls bare because she loved the contrast between the raw patina of dried plaster against contemporary items such as lighting.

Could you imagine having this look in your home?

Get the look from Silke's home: dining area - Tom Dixon copper ball pendant, glass cloche. Sitting room - Bolia sofa. Bedroom - source vintage suitcases here.

See more pictures and a full write-up of this lovely home over at Herz&Blut - and over 250 (yes, crazy I know!) beautiful international homes in this archive (if this home comes up first just scroll past).

It's a loooong bank holiday weekend here in Sweden so we're gearing up for a few days off in the sun starting from this evening -woohoo! I hope you have a lovely rest of the week and see you Monday!


  1. The dark floors with while walls look stunning. The use of copper finish and the trunks add the designer touch. Loved both, the design as well as the photography

    1. Love all your observations - and agree the design and the documentary style photography is spot on!

  2. Really beautiful, love it!!!


  3. Compared to the last post, I love how raw and authentic this home feels. Since I live in the States, we see that particular design almost everywhere. Everything seems so mass produced and everyone wants a piece of it. This home however, is lovely and old world with unique modern touches and glam.

  4. The dull floors with while dividers look dazzling. The utilization of copper complete and the trunks include the architect touch. Cherished both, the outline and the photography,,,

  5. This post is based on such an interesting points and I am happy to read it


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