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In a house on the outskirts of the Mediterranean way of life and Swabian down-to-earthness have made a happy connection - a piece of Italy in the middle of Germany.
Living room: Shelf wall CABLARE offers the desired storage space and is almost weightless. Photo: domicil.deThe Piedmont lies between Karlsruhe and Stuttgart. At least for Hanne and Gerry, who have brought their holiday love to Italy and the Mediterranean way of life in their everyday life. "As it is now, we do not really need to travel anymore," laughs Gerry after a panoramic view of the new living room. "Now we have Italy at home." This is not meant to be quite serious, as a wink tells us, but comes very close to the truth.
18 years ago, Hanne and Gerry bought the house on the outskirts, "mainly because of the garden." Already then, they liked to spend their holidays in Italy, the countryside and the kitchen, bringing along Italian wines and even an original Italian coffee machine. " Since then, we have the best cappuccino, "says Hanne, and her husband adds:" The machine is Italian, which means that the coffee succeeds in daily use, sometimes great, sometimes only good, but always better than anywhere else! "
From the dining room, the view goes directly into the garden. Here is the only dark furniture in the house, the massive ST. TROPEZ table. Photo: domicil.deA cappuccino does not make an Italian summer. It was the encounter with an interior designer from Domicil that provided the impetus for more. That's twelve years ago. Since then, the three together have given the establishment a Mediterranean flair, step by step. First the dining room, then the bedroom. In the living room, before it went to the device, new cables had to be laid. And it got colored glazed walls and some stucco on the ceiling. "I do not like wallpapers," says Hanne. "The Domicil team then took over the glaze on the wall." The next step was actually the kitchen on the two-year plan, but it will have to wait now, because initially the living room furniture was adapted to the changing needs of the family.
The house has relatively small spaces, even if pretty arched openings create a connection, almost like the classic Italian fuga di stanze. Small rooms need light colors. That's why the interior designer has chosen not only a delicate yellow for the walls. The furniture is light and bright, with the exception of the solid dark extension table in the dining room, in which Hanne and Gerry spontaneously fell in love. The "generation piece" got to compensate for light wicker chairs as a companion, a wicker carpet under the strong legs and a filigree candlestick above.
A small console in front of the window and a folding table next to the wicker bed DREAMLAND replace conventional bedside tables; Braided carpet JAKARTA. Photo: domicil.deAlso in the case of the fabrics, pastel shades prevail, such as the lime green of the scarves on the windows or the cover of the sofa. The orange-red carpet in the living room, the red-upholstered bench in the dining room and accessories such as cushions and plaids provide Mediterranean color accents. Hanne, Gerry and the thirteen-year-old Robin are thrilled with the new lime-green Hussensofa, which has closed in the heart for any other reason. Hanne makes himself comfortable there for "bird watching": in winter you can find
In the garden there are often over 300 birds, from the titmouse to magpie, jay and woodpecker to the kestrel. In the summer, it offers its winged visitors peanuts, the bird bath is filled all year round. Curtains were omitted so that the view goes undisturbed into the garden, which is framed by huge old spruce trees.
Gerry likes to retreat to his workshop with a glass of wine and a cigar, in which he tinkers and initially translates his product ideas into wooden models: "That's when I'm tidy up!" Likewise, the two men also like to cuddle on the sofa while watching TV, while Mom rummages through the "gourmet" for new Mediterranean recipes. The issue of whether the TV disappears or - "that is part of it" - should be clearly visible in the room, the interior designer has resolved with a compromise to the general satisfaction. Hanne and Gerry are proud of their Mediterranean home, which they have lovingly designed over the years and step by step. "Of course, not everything happens at once. We save from one piece to the other, so to speak, but then you enjoy it every day, "says Gerry. "The important thing is that you have a plan of how it should be."
Hanne, Gerry and thirteen-year-old Robin love their garden. Here it is almost as comfortable as in the house. Especially when the flames are blazing in the fire basket. Photo: domicil.deThe graduate engineer is not only interested in technology but also in numbers, managing the budget. Laughing, he says that he was worried when he - even a student - met his future wife and found that she has a weakness for beautiful furniture and a sure sense of quality. Hanne then worked as a medical assistant. For the small Domicil cabinet, in which she had fallen in love, she had to save.
But even then she represented a conviction, to which she has now converted her husband "with much diplomatic skill" (Gerry): "Better a little less, and for something good. This applies to the clothes as well as to the food or for the wine and of course also for the furnishings. If the quality is right, it pays off in the long term. "That's why they will wait with the kitchen. Because there is no question that it should be a Domicil kitchen. And that is, even that's for sure, planned with her interior designer.
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Piece of jewelery: Dresser VERONESE, linden, handpainted, W 124, H 95, D 52 cm. Photo: domicil.de
Light-footed: wicker chair CESTINO, natural rattan cane with seat back, W 51, H 98, D 62 cm. Photo: domicil.de
Always pretty: decorative ACCESSORIES. Photo: domicil.de
All-purpose furniture: upholstered bench JADO in fabric Linate, W 170, H 49, D 50 cm. Photo: domicil.de
Variations: CUSHION with fabric Paola. Photo: domicil.de
For generations: dining table ST. TROPEZ, solid cherrywood, stained and aged, 200 x 100, H 76 cm, two extension leaves à 50 cm. Photo: domicil.de
Little Lady: Sculpture CABEZA DE CELINA, W 25, H 45 cm. Photo: domicil.de
Favorite piece: wing chair ALFRED, here in linen fabric Dila, B 90, H 105, D 88 cm. Photo: domicil.de
Turned: Table lamp MADEIRA with hand-colored wooden base and cream-colored shade, H 75.5, ø 30 cm, 60 watt. Photo: domicil.de