I have a darling little flat to share with you today. It is Luisa’s recently finished flat in an art nouveau house in the heard of the city of Görlitz (the most eastern city of Germany on the border to Poland). The architecture in this area is breathtaking. I first saw the flat in May this year when I found a new job in Görlitz and I took on the adventure of renovating it on my own. It was in a horrible state when I first saw it but I loved the old floor boards in the living room and the stucco in the kitchen. The feeling of the history in the rooms, the old doors and windows and the spacious rooms are so great. I also love old furniture and collected a lot of it over the years. I knew this would turn out great.
Luisa worked VERY hard transforming her flat. She sent some before photos to show just how hard…
The bathroom was the only thing that was recently renovated by the houseowner. All other rooms had bare ceilings and walls which I washed because no wallpaper would stick to them and linoleum floors which were broken or crumbly. The old floor boards in the living room where sanded (with machines and on my knees) and then painted with a special varnish. The walls were then painted white because it is still a rented flat and one day I will have to give it back… It took me 3 weeks to remove the old paint from the stucco in the kitchen. There where 5 layers of paint and you could barely see any details. The bed was build by my friend Thomas (my birthdays present ;-), also the coffee table/cable reel in the living room. The mirror in the bedroom is an old window from a farmhouse. The sideboard in the hallway is my great grandmothers, my grandparents had no place for it. Also the brown wardrobe in the living room, where I store my fabric for sewing. The sideboard in the bathroom was built by me – it was the first thing I built alone and that’s why it is a little wobbly 🙂
The little bench in the kitchen was built by my grandpa just weeks before he died this summer. There is a painting of him above the bench. All the paintings and photographs in the flat are my own. The desk in the kitchen was an attic found at a friends house and the sideboard in the kitchen is a combination of my grandmas commode and a fleamarket find.