I can’t believe the Holidays are coming to a close and soon we’ll be entering 2019. Whoosh! This year seemed to fly once October came. We can still hold on to Christmas a little longer though, thanks to today’s home tour coming from Monika Abts (Moni) in Odenthal, Germany which is about 20 minutes from Cologne. She shares her 200m² home with her husband, two children (boy 14, girl 11) and her dog, Liz. She’s a textile engineer by day, but also writes a blog called Lady Stil, which focuses on interiors and DIY projects.
You can also find Monika on Instagram @lady_stil, where I first discovered her home. I hope that you find some inspiration here, there are so many decorating ideas in this home tour, you may find something that sparks your creativity and gives you a new project idea at home. I like the dried flowers in the glass vase on the floor, the giant wreath hanging above her dining table, her many throw rugs because they are very natural looking, and black bulbs hung over her window in the bedroom. In fact, that is one idea I’d like to try in my wintergarten since I already have the bulbs from Granit, still in a box!
Here is her home, and below, an interview that I had with Monika about her style, what’s on her playlist, and more! Enjoy!
What does home mean to you?
I’m not stuck to a special house or a place. Home is where beloved things and people are and where I can be myself.
How would you describe your style?
I could never decide on a particular style and so I like to mix them together. My interior hast o be individual and reflects my personality. That´s why it changes more often within a year. What always stays ist the natural aspect and color scheme. I love the contrast between nordic and other cultures. I could never give up beautiful memorabilia, but I also love modern things.
What do you love most about your home?
That is in a constant change due to lifestyle changes, feelings and how my taste changes over time. As for objects, at the moment I love my desk, which I built out of an old door and left the original hinges on.
What would you like to change at home?
My kitchen! Definitely! A dream of mine is to have white kitchen fronts, but the manufacturer changed the hinges, so no chance until we can afford a completely new kitchen. I also thought about having a new floor in the kitchen/dining and entry. Some kind of resin floor.
When you have people over, how does that usually play out?
Sometimes we cook, but sometimes we also order something. It depends on how spontaneous the invitation is. But we always talk and laugh a lot until the next day… And we always look shocked when someone tells us the time!
What is your dream piece for the home?
A white kitchen!
What is important to you when you visit someone else’s home?
I like houses which are well designed and when the interior matches, but that isn’t really important to me while visiting someone. It’s ultimately the people that I’m there for!
Fresh flowers or a plant?
Both! I love fresh flowers for the weekend, but I also love my cactus gang in the bathroom and upstairs on the windowsill.
Red wine or white?
Neither! I don´t drink any alcohol. I’ve tried so many times and so many different things, but I don’t like the taste. I drink my Pina Colada without alcohol!
Chocolate or vanilla?
Favorite city to shop and why?
I have BIG Amsterdam LOVE! They have the BEST interior shops for my style! love the Dutch way of life and the decor of their homes.
Your favorite Instagram accounts are…
That is very difficult for me, because I could list at least a hundred accounts which I adore and they all have so many different styles. If I had more than one house, each of them would have a different style.
But okay, here we go:
@tatjanas_world_ - I love the mix of rustic elements with bohemian accessories.
@skovbon - Kirsten’s style is black and white, a gorgeous mix of modern Boho and Nordic.
@anitaeedelbloedt - I would change houses with her immediately.
@tthese_beautiful_thingss - If I were a child I would like to live in one of Viktoria’s kidrooms!
@kimklassen - Pure inspiration!
Thank you so much for visiting us today, Monika and happy holidays to you and your family! It was so nice to peek inside of your home and your mind! :)
(Photography: Monika Abts)