Apartment tour | Design classics – stylish but family friendly

Apartment tour | Design classics – stylish but family friendly


Munich is a city with international
Flair and warmth but space is tight with almost one-and-a-half million people
here and getting an affordable apartment is tough Carolyn and Robert Stephan have
lived in the upscale Bogenhausen neighborhood for 14 years. “Welcome to our home.” Their apartment has 100 square meters of floor space and they live here
with their three daughters. A year ago Robert completely refurbished it to make
it feel more spacious. He did all the work himself. Carolin and the children
went on vacation while he toiled away. “When we moved in we
weren’t planning to have such a big family and we were clear that once our
first two kids became older we would look for a bigger place. But the rents
went up and we felt really comfortable here. So we decided that we all wanted to
continue to stay here.” Robert had to make space for another children’s room, where the parents dressing room once was. It was then moved discreetly to the bedroom. Another room was divided with shelves
and turned into a library and children’s room. One room two functions.
That was the key to optimizing the use of space. “I always dreamed of having my own library and we thought that Mila, the middle daughter,
didn’t need such a large room 20 square meters so we shaved off a few square
meters for the library. It’s like a passageway to her room.” Robert and Caroline Stephan are interior designers and work together. Their firm is called
Stephan interiors. They met each other in 1998 while at university studies in
business. Two years later their shared love for design made them switch
professions. Their style whether at home or on projects is eclectic a mix of
designer objects and flea market finds. “It may sound profane
but comfort is really important to us. We want our clients to feel really
comfortable. Their home should be full of atmosphere, in life, not artificial. Not
with a stamp of an interior designer. A living, breathing space is really
important.” Still they do have some design classics in their home but they don’t
have to worry about the playful kids damaging any of their precious objects. “For the children it’s just
furniture. It’s meant to be used and if it gets spoilt it’s okay. We always say
otherwise the furniture shouldn’t be allowed to be furniture.” The Stephan’s apartment proves that you can still live in a comfy and stylish space in a home
of modest dimensions. “It was nice thanks very much for coming
by.”


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