There Are 45+ Houseplants in This Gorgeous ‘Minimal Jungle’ Berlin Flat

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Name: Deborah Choi and my 3.5-year-old daughter
Location: Berlin, Germany
Type of home: Apartment (Altbau)
Size: 1141 square feet
Years lived in: 2.5 years, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My flat is in the center of Berlin, and outside of the living room and kitchen windows you really see the city (we can gaze out directly to the train platform). Despite this, the feeling when you walk in is very calm, bright, and green. I have 45+ houseplants in my home, ranging from striking smaller Alocasia Zebrinas to 3-meter tall Monsteras.

I used to work for a design company and have collected a good amount of indie furniture design in my home. Still, it’s a home with a child. You see these reflected in the design; furniture pieces are non-fussy and low, children’s books in German and English are kept both in the living room and kitchen in open shelves. I travel often, and you see a lot of unique pieces from Sao Paulo, Marrakech, Mallorca, and Uzbekistan displayed around.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: My home style is “minimal jungle.”

What is your favorite room and why? I love the living room on a bright day; the sun really shines in and the space has the most houseplants in it. It’s very calming to sit on our large sofa with a coffee, and watch the world go by outside the window.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Bought a beautiful Berber rug on my last trip to Marrakesh. It’s a striking mix of cream and cobalt blue, and very comfortable to lay on with my daughter while we read together.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Take your time, take it slow, and have restraint. It’s okay to have empty spaces that fill with your stories over time.

This submission’s responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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