It’s not often that you see a living room with a bright turquoise couch—and this is just one of the notables in this beautiful apartment in Frankfurt. You step off a busy street into a space with high ceilings and beautiful parquet floors and quickly leave the city behind. This is a home that celebrates colour and beautiful design, it feels carefully and lovingly put together with lots of soul. I’d love to invite you to explore Regina and Sascha’s striking home.
How would you describe your home?
Our home is a combination of minimalism and coziness.
What does home mean to you?
We love spending time at home, so it’s really important that we feel comfortable and secure here. Once the front door closes, we want to be able to switch off and leave the big city bustle behind us. We both attach great importance to aesthetics and so design is an important element in contributing to our sense of well-being.
Do you both have the same design aesthetic? How do you take decisions about what goes where?
Definitely! We both love minimalist design pieces made from high-quality materials and pairing modern furniture with design classics and vintage accessories that have history. We like creating exciting contrasts, through our choice of colour, materials and a combination of old and new.
Arranging furniture is something we do together — most times it becomes quickly clear when a piece of furniture has found its “correct” place.
Regina: Sascha doesn’t usually have patience for the details and so I take over the decorating process. I’m a graphic designer, and I love graphic and typographic accessories. Our wall art is mostly made by either one of us, or by friends. It’s usually a long process of putting things together, then moving them from left to right until the combination seems harmonious. Since we’ve only been in this apartment for a year and a half, our home is still a work in progress.
You use colour in an unusual way…
We love natural colours like green, blue and yellow, which we like to combine with marble, wood and metallic tones. These colours pair beautifully, and the metallic accents add a touch of elegance.
Is there a story behind your amazing couch (in that great colour!)?
We’ve been in love with this particular couch for a very long time, owing to its organic shape and timeless form. It also beaks up the straight lines that most of our other pieces have. When we moved into this apartment together, it was pretty clear that this was going to be our couch. At first, we wanted it in a warm mustard tone. After laying the fabric samples on our hardwood floor however, we noticed that the colours didn’t harmonise at all. That's made us decide on a strong contrast and this particular turquoise tone. On closer inspection you’ll see that it has a purple bobbin thread running through it, which adds to the intensity of the colour. We’re already looking forward to our next, even larger apartment, to expand the couch with other elements in contrasting colours…
Plants seem to be an important part of your decor…
We actually don’t have as many as we’d like! The orientation of our apartment isn’t great for plants and, unfortunately, not everything thrives. Plants infus a space with life; they have a calming and relaxing effect that’s so great for general well-being. An interior without plants would look empty and feel quite desolate.
Do you have a go-to decoration tip you could share with us?
Our favourite would have to do with plants or a bouquet of flowers and a beautiful pot or vase. For dark corners with too little daylight, there are quite few artificial plants and flowers available that look quite realistic and are just as beautiful.
There’s a special custom related to drinking tea in your home…
Regina: It’s a custom from Uzbekistan, the country I was born in. The summers there are very hot and dry, so the Uzbeks like to sit in the shade and drink green tea from "pialushka", which are small, flat bowls in which the tea can cool down quickly. When the tea’s being poured from the pot into the pialushka and bubbles form on the surface, it’s said that you can expect a windfall. Quickly picking these bubbles with your fingers and stroking them over your head makes sure that this comes true!
What are your favourite things to do at home?
Everything we do is accompanied by music in the background. When we have the time, we love cooking together or with friends—especially on weekends, after a visit to the farmers market. In summer, we like sitting on the balcony and enjoying the view of the park, with a glass of wine or a G&T.
Thank you so much for welcoming us into your home Regina and Sascha!
PS: Follow Regina on her adventures as one half of DJ duo KeHa Sun & Ms Romanov here.
Images: Atelier Schwarz