A Warm and Inviting City Apartment For a Rescue Dog and Her Owners

Hi there kompisar! Scrolling through my instagram this weekend (as you do); I struck upon this dining room shot from the feed of Johanna Brüggemann, and it stopped me in my tracks. After a little messaging, I discovered that Johanna is founder of Studio Gingko - a digital creation agency, and lives with her husband and Spanish rescue dog Elli in Kiel, Germany. A quick google maps route finder search tells me that Johanna's home is a mere 4 hour's drive from where I live in Malmö, Sweden - which might account for the touch of Scandi (I'm seeing so many fab Scandi design pieces!). But let's not kid anyone here, Elli totally steals the show - I love that she's made herself completely at home in almost every corner of the home. Perfect Monday vibes!

In Spring and summer, the family head to their allotment cottage nearby. 

Such a lovely relaxed, vibe. Thank you Elli (and Johanna) for showing us how to do Monday in style!

Quick lamp round up as there are so many statement ones here: 

Dining table lamp: Zappy Lamp, Schneid
Kitchen lamp: Octo 
Sitting room: Vertigo

Were there any details in particular that stood out to you? 

A few other homes from north Germany today: 

Have a great start to the week! 


PS So many exciting things have been happening at our tiny cabin this weekend. We now have a bed (with lots of storage underneath)! You can see a very short film about it here

Photography: Johanna Brüggemann, shared with kind permission. 


  1. Aww, this made me so happy. Elli looks like a podenco (I should say podenca, as she is a girl). I, too, have two rescue dogs from Spain, a podenca and a galga (galga is the Spanish term for a female galgo [a Spanish greyhound]). These dogs are terribly abused in Spain as they are considered 'working dogs' and not pets, and therefore the animal abuse laws do not protect them. There hundreds of thousands of them killed in Spain each year and the rescue organizations (God bless them) often risk their lives trying to save them.

    1. (Niki) That is so unbelievably sad, how anyone can treat a dog like that is just beyond me. Such wonderful people risking their lives to save them - and you guys for giving them a great home.

  2. Elli seems at home in both places. Pets turn a house into a home. I love the happy feel of both homes and the quirky touches--the hanging monkey is the best!

    1. They really do Kris - everything just feels so much for calm, relaxed, warm and inviting with a four-legged friend wondering around - or fast asleep!

  3. Such a lovely home. I envy those walls amd ceilings. Greetings from a fellow Kieler;-)


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