Our Berlin Kitchen

Sonntag, 16. April 2017



A few weeks ago, we've done a little make-over with our kitchen in Berlin. You guys already know our kitchen in the countryside and our studio kitchen (will post an update tour soon!), but we've never shown you our kitchen in our Berlin flat before. When we moved into the apartment 3 years ago, we immediately fell in love with it. But I guess as everyone knows, no flat is perfect. The most important criterion for us was the light, the view and a kitchen that is big enough to have a table in. All of that was there, so even if there were some details that didn't quite met our taste, we felt like this is the flat we've been looking for. If we were the owners (we only rent it, so we can't change whatever we like) we would prefer to have old windows, a lighter floor and would change the whole kitchen unit - but I know that this is complaining on a high level. 
As we do have a lot of rough and industrial elements in our other kitchens, we wanted this one to be fresh, clean and modern, but also cozy at the same time. If you follow our interior account on instagram, you might have recognized already, that we are quite minimal, when it comes to furnish our places, so it's no suprise, that also our kitchen is quite minimalistic. We do create a lot of mess and chaos in our job during shootings, so for us it's very refreshing to live in a contrast to that and have enough room for thoughts and creativity. I know, some people need a "creative chaos" for that, but for us, it's the other way around. 
So what we changed in our kitchen is actually a lot, but it was also a long process. The only before picture we have is this onejust so you have a rough impression how it looked like.  
First of all and most important to us was, that we removed the kitchen drawers from the wall as they took so much light away and we don't need so much space to store things. Then we painted the whole kitchen - before it was white and one wall was in very dark blue (the one that you can see in the before picture). We decided to paint the whole kitchen in a beautiful light grey (it's called "Emma") from our favorite paint brand Kalklitir. It makes the room much brighter than before and the atmosphere is more cozy and calm now. Another thing, that was important to us was the question which chairs could fit to our beautiful round marble table from our friend Philipp from Nutsandwoods. We wanted to have comfortable ones, but at the same time they should be beautiful as well. After some research we came across the J39 - The People's Chair from Fredericia* and fell so in love with it! It looks modern, but at the same time also traditional and we think it suits the kitchen and the table so well. And the best: it's really really comfortable! 
Speaking of comfortable - another thing that we wanted to have was a little sofa in the kitchen. As we have enough space for it, we've been looking for one, that is cozy, but not to big for a long time - we finally decided for the "Ace Sofa" from Normann Copenhagen and can really recommend it. 
The day after the shooting we deciced to move the sofa to another wall (and then I had to make a picture again of course), so don't get confused about the two different angles. So what do you guys think, how did the kitchen turned out? Let us know, if you have any questions about specific products in the pictures, we are happy to help. Happy sunday!
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german translation
Vor ein paar Wochen haben wir ein kleines make-over mit unserer Küche in Berlin gemacht. Ihr kennt ja schon Bilder von unserer Küche auf dem Land und auch von unserer Studio Küche (da gibt es übrigens bald wieder ein Update-Post, versprochen!) aber unsere Küche in unser Berliner Wohnung haben wir Euch noch nie so wirklich gezeigt. Als wir vor ca. 3 Jahren in die Wohnung eingezogen sind, haben wir uns gleich wohl gefühlt. Ich glaube jeder kennt das, keine Wohnung ist perfekt und es gibt immer ein detail, dass einem vielleicht nicht so gut gefällt wenn man auf Wohnungssuche ist. Die wichtigsten Kriterien für uns waren damals das Licht, die Aussicht und eine große Küche in der man Platz für einen Tisch hat. Da all dies vorhanden war, haben wir über kleinere Details, die nicht ganz nach unserem Geschmack waren, hinweggesehen. Wären wir die Eigentümer würden wir einen helleren Boden bevorzugen sowie alte Fenster und die Küchenzeile austauschen - aber das ist auf jeden Fall meckern auf sehr hohem Niveau. 
Da unsere anderen beiden Küchen eher rough und industriell sind, wollten wir diese eher frisch, clean und modern aber trotzdem gemütlich gestalten. Wenn ihr unserem interior account auf instagram, folgt, habt ihr vielleicht schon mitbekommen, dass unser Einrichtungsstil eher minimalistisch ist. Wir kreieren in unseren Job, vor allem bei Shooting, schon so viel Chaos, das wir es sehr erfrischend empfinden wenn in unserer Wohnung genau das Gegenteil herrscht. 
Insgesamt haben wir in unserer Küche ziemlich viel verändert. Das einzige vorher Bild ist dieses hier, nur damit ihr wenigstens einen kleinen Eindruck bekommt.
Vor allem wichtig war es uns die Küchenschränke, die über der Küchenzeile hingen, abzumontieren, da sie unheimlich viel Licht geklaut haben und wir einfach auch nicht so viel Stauraum brauchen.
Dann haben wir die ganze Küche neu gestichen - vorher war sie weiß und eine Wand (wie ihr auf dem vorher-Bild sehen könnt) Tiefblau. Wir haben für ein helles grau (Emma von unserer Lieblingsfirma Kalklitir) entschieden. Der Raum wirkt viel heller als vorher und die ganze Atmosphäre ist ruhiger dadurch. Wofür wir uns auch besonderes Zeit genommen haben, war die Wahl der Stühle zu unsererm schönen Marmor-Esstisch von unserem Freund Philipp von Nutsandwoods. Wir wollten wirklich gemütliche Stühle finden die gleichzeitig natürlich aber trotzdem schön aussehen. Nach einiger Suche sind wir auf den J39 - The People's Chair von Fredericia* aufmerksam geworden und haben uns gleich verliebt! Er sieht modern und trotzdem traditionell aus und ist vor allem eins: wirklich richtig bequem!
Apropos bequem - wonach wir auch länger gesucht haben, war ein Sofa für die Küche. Nicht zu groß und nicht zu klein sollte es sein und ähnlich wie bei den Stühlen comfortabel und trotzdem nicht weniger schön. Letzendlich haben wir uns für das"Ace Sofa" von Normann Copenhagen entschieden und sind sehr zufrieden.
Einen Tag nachdem wir die Küche für Euch geshootet haben, haben wir das Sofa übrigens umgestellt, vor eine andere Wand in der Küche. Da steht es nun und da wir es noch besser als vorher finden, musste ich gleich noch ein Bild machen. Wundert Euch also nicht über die verschiedenen Perspektiven. Also, was meint Ihr, ist uns das Küchen-Make-Over gelungen? Sagt uns Bescheid falls Ihr noch zu anderen Produkten in den Bildern Fragen habt, wir helfen gern weiter! 
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Lactose-Free Mint-Chocolate-Vanilla-Ice-Cream Cake

Sonntag, 9. April 2017

It feels like spring is in full swing - the sun is shining, the birds are singing loudly and you can watch how the trees turn a little bit more green from day to day. This weekend the weather was just wonderful, 17 degrees and almost no cloud on the sky. We spent most of the time in the garden, as we have a lot planned there (building a greenhouse and many other things, but more on that another time) and we enjoyed the sun so much!! But what's a sunny day without an ice-cream, right? Spring, sun and ice-cream just belong together! When we got asked, if we want to try the new lactose-free types of ice cream from Cremissimo*, that just launched in february, we got so excited! We both love ice-cream and especially during sunny days in the garden there could be nothing better. Also there are not a lot lactose free ice-creams available, so we were really curious to taste it.  You can choose between bourbon vanilla, chocolate and english mint. As we wanted to try them all we decided to make an ice-cream cake! And it was such a good idea, as they all tasted great together. What we really liked was, that the consistency of the ice-cream is very creamy and even if we served it almost right from the freezer, the consistency was not to hard and the ice-cream was easy to cut.
To have a little crunch we made a glutenfree cookie crust, which was such a delicious combination with the ice-cream. We couldn't really decide for a favorite as they all tasted wonderful! 
We topped the ice-cream cake with frozen berries and white chocolate and e voila it's done. Really not a big effort and such a lovely outcome. We hope you guys like it as well - enjoy the sunny spring weather, with ice-cream of course :)
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Glutenfree Vegan Hazelnut-Coffee-Granola-Bars

Mittwoch, 5. April 2017



We love coffee. And we love breakfast. And the best ist, when you have both in one. Nespresso* had the idea to integrate coffee in breakfast recipes and asked us earlier this year, if we are interested to create several breakfast recipes, which among others include coffee. As big breakfast fans we immediately had many ideas and we developed 5 great recipes, a vegan and a glutenfree recipe and also something for fish and meat lovers. These recipes have been served during Berlinale film festival and we´ve been told, that everyone loved them. One of our favorite recipes are these hazelnut-coffee-granola bars, because they are glutenfree and have this light hint of coffee. For the choice of the right coffee type, which fits the best to the granola bars, we got a lovely support from a coffee expert, who recommended the Gran Cru Arpeggio*, because it underlines the flavours very well, since it has notes of cacao. A high quality of the coffee beans is important for Nespresso, so most of the beans are  harvested from their own sustainability* program.
The combination of coffee, rolled oats, nuts, dates and cacao is just heavenly - so aromatic and delicious as a treat. We´ve made the granola bars a couple of times already, not just because they are a great option for a quick breakfast, but also they are lifesavers, when you need quick energy during a long working day. For Laura we made a different version of the granola bars, because she cannot tolerate cacao so well, but this recipe we´ll share another time.
The room, where we´ve been shooting this time, is a new discovery at the attic of our lovely neighbours and good friends. When we have been tidying up a space in the attic, the light was so magical, that Laura had to grab her camera immediately and we´ve freed some old furnitures from dust, which have been there for ages - our friend Rahel told us, that they´ve belonged to the former owner of our flat. It is so wonderful, when things have a story and we can continue it from now. Rahel got us the gorgeous blooming plum branches from the garden and after the shoot we´ve been enjoying the warm late afternoon sun with the delicious hazelnut-coffee-granola bars.
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