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Kristina Tulinius sat on the back of a sofa in her Berlin warehouse loft

Opening up: A light-filled warehouse loft in Berlin

So. Much. Daylight. It’s the first thing you notice when you step into the open living space of Kristina Tulinius’ Berlin loft. Even on a grey morning, this former industrial warehouse is a mood-booster, filled with natural light. But to Kristina, a film and photo producer who shares the apartment with her husband and two kids, the challenge was to make the large space feel comfortable and inviting. She tells us how she approached furnishing such a vast space (rugs!) and how a home can feel modern and homely at once.

 

Clear potential

“A friend said we should check this place out. Decades ago, this area was Berlin’s meatpacking district, so there were many derelict buildings,” explains Kristina. “This apartment is actually a former warehouse. When we came to view it, it was still in a dire state – you could see from one end to the other. But I could immediately see its potential.”

In the zone

“Rugs and framed art introduce comfort and help define certain areas, and I’ve scattered personal objects throughout. My son’s first sneakers are in a little glass case on a sideboard and my daughter’s first dress hangs in a frame in the bedroom.”

Quiet please

“I love the depth of the Jules couch – it’s fantastic to sink into and relax. You can even lie down next to each other. Grey isn’t the most daring colour, but I wanted a quiet backdrop for colourful cushions. If I had bought a mustard sofa, I’d have been bored by it after two years.”

Challenge accepted

“Keeping the sense of scale and openness was really important to us. It’s amazing to have this much space. We only added one room to it, our bedroom upstairs. Of course, making it more homely was a bit of a challenge, but the result represents our style: distinctively modern but cosy.”

A sense of history

“With its historic features this space has a lot of character – I love the high ceilings. The other apartments in the building are fitted with floorboards or parquet, which we considered, but chose floor screed to serve as a neutral backdrop. Its texture is a great contrast for rugs, it continues the industrial theme, and actually feels very warm when you walk on it barefoot.”

No rush

“I’m not a big fan of furnishing a place in one go. Isn’t that a bit soulless? A home must be allowed to develop, to grow. When we moved in, the vibe was a lot cooler – the interior has changed over the years.”

Character building

”Whenever we travel, we bring back souvenirs and gifts. Recently, I found a nice trolley, which spices up a corner. This allows the personality of an interior to grow; it doesn’t look like it’s taken straight from the pages of an interior catalogue.”

Clutter conscious

“I am a bit of a neat freak. To relax, I need everything to be tidied up by the end of the day. Everything has its designated spot. I am a bit of a fanatic: I even tidy up the kids’ room every evening. I don’t ever skip this. There’s no need for chaos. Otherwise you become lazy, and then you are lost.”

Dare to be different

“In the bedroom, but also in the kids’ room and bathroom, we’ve experimented with colours. I feel we could be a bit bolder – I want to repaint the whole living room.”

Art’s a gift

“When it comes to art, we don’t have any preferences. My husband likes modern paintings, and sometimes we’re gifted a print by photographer friends. But I’ve also put up the kids’ first flight tickets.”

A bit of history

“We have a few heirloom pieces in the apartment, such as the armchair in the bedroom, which belonged to my husband’s grandma. I like it when modern pieces meet historic objects and create a sense of harmony.”

Great benefits

“As a producer, I see so many great spaces when we are on location. They are one of my main sources of inspiration. It’s fascinating to see how people live and design their rooms.”

No regrets

“Once I’ve decided to buy something, I’m confident in my choice. I almost never return anything – online shops must love me. I don’t necessarily need to see a piece in reality and can usually rely on my imagination. Seeing it all come together in the end is quite exciting.”

No stopping

“I don’t like the feeling of being done. I prefer things to keep moving. I guess that’s why I am always looking for the next project. And I love decorating for the sake of it. Recently, I’ve done my office and photo studio. I need to think of what to do next – because, actually, this seems to be it.”

Article written by: Marius Thies
Photography by: Marc Waldow

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