A 688-Square-Foot Berlin Apartment Has an Enviable Collection of Vintage Decor

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Name: Theodora Melnik, partner, and two cats
Location: Berlin, Germany
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 688 square feet
Years lived in: 8 years, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My partner and I have lived here for eight years. We took our time furnishing it and continue iterating on the design and feel of the flat.

I also collect a whole bunch of things so the more time progresses the more comprehensive all my collections become.

I identify as a collector. Sometimes I think of myself as a truffle pig and I think it does show in my flat. On the note of collections — my absolute favorite (yet more incomplete) is my collection of cats. I feel I need to get quite a few more!

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Eclectic, warm, vintage, open, soft

What is your favorite room and why? The front room. That’s the room my partner told me I could do whatever I wanted to so I’ve essentially created my dream room where I work, I nap, and generally spend most of my time in when I’m at home.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A set of beautiful Bruno Rey chairs that I need to upholster still. I’m actually off looking at a credenza that I want to rework into a kitchen as we speak. Wish me luck!

Any advice for creating a home you love? Take your time! Truly meaningful collections can’t be bought at once (unless one has ALL the money in the world of course).

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.