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A Plant-Filled Home Overlooking Munich

by Garrett Fleming

Austrian-born Igor Josifovic of Happy Interior Blog was on the hunt for his first home in Munich, Germany when a certain listing caught his eye. It read “New-York-Style, Rooftop Apartment for Rent.” As he stepped inside the top-floor unit, he quickly learned that it was not only the modernity of the space, but also the size, that led to the New York comparison. The updated, 1960s-era home was small. Very small. Not even a barely-there kitchen and windowless bathroom, however, could detract from how much the space felt like a “… little nest overlooking the towers and roofs of Munich’s medieval, old town.” Igor eagerly signed the papers and quickly began setting up his new home, miles from everything he knew.

At the time, the apartment didn’t even have light fixtures. It truly was a clean slate for him to build upon, and for the last eight years he has done just that. Over time, the space has become more mature, textural and bohemian, but from day one it has reflected Igor’s passion for plants and simplicity. “For me, it was important to get my personality into my home,” he says. “I love when friends visit and tell me, ‘This is so you!’ Then I know I achieved my goal.” Injecting personality into his space was easy, but maintaining simplicity in such a small home is still a challenge. The savvy blogger stays on track by sticking to a one-for-one rule. Every time he brings a new piece in, another one’s gotta go. Clearly, his system is working. Igor’s home is bright, calming and with this many plants, it truly does feel like a nest high up in the treetops. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Lina Skukauske and Igor Josifovic

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Since his apartment is on the rooftop floor of the building, the bedroom's ceiling is pitched. Igor likes the feature so much, he highlights it with Farrow & Ball's "Down Pipe."
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Igor is a huge fan of his natural linen bedding from IKEA. "Paired with cozy throws (like this mustard one from Urbanara), blankets and cushions, it is the perfect refuge after busy work days." The space is made even more pleasant by his many house plants. They help to purify the air so Igor can get a great night's sleep.
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"My bedroom window looks [out on the] candy-colored facades of the opposite buildings," Igor says. He's an avid fan of unwinding with a book just before bed and stores his latest reads here on his windowsill.
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The top-floor roost's beautiful view.
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At the foot of his bed are more plants, this pretty, white IKEA dresser and a Hans Bølling tray table. "I met the designer once at a design fair in Copenhagen and fell in love with the tray table which eventually moved in with me afterwards," Igor explains.
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Igor is thankful that his home "... roots and calms [his] fast-paced, digital lifestyle."
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"My bedside table holds a table lamp made of bamboo, a vintage bowl and brass crane figurine, a vintage vase with dried lavender and a piece of driftwood brought home from a trip to the French Atlantic coast."
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Igor's bedroom isn't huge, so storage is key. The IKEA cabinet does wonders for keeping the room organized.
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Igor loves his living room's moody color palette and how the walls, painted in Farrow & Ball "Plummett," contrast the vibrant IKEA rug and pops of colorful accessories. Small furniture pieces, like the two tables here, offer great flexibility for when Igor wants to switch the apartment around. He picked up the sofa at BoConcept and the chairs from Modernica.
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Igor Josifovic's website, Happy Interior Blog, focuses on decorating with mementos from trips and on how plants can infuse happiness into any home.
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According to Igor, what he loves most about his home is how it reflects his personality.
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"A side table from the German furniture producer KFF connects the living area and the dining area," while a rug from Turkey is used to help differentiate the dining and living areas from one another. The mounted magazine rack from Finnish Design Shop has proven to be an invaluable storage solution for the quaint home.
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"Vintage ceramics, wooden accessories and my coffee gear are ready to be used on the dining table," Igor says.
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Over the past eight years, the home has evolved "from an apartment that was more playful" into a "mature, more personal space with a BoHo touch and lots of plants."
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This nook in the entry hall sets the mood for the entire home with blue hues and a natural, laid-back vibe. Photography by Louisa Seton infuses "a dash of summer feeling" into the space. The piece sits on a dresser from Butlers.
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Igor speaks quite frankly about the tiny kitchen. It's "... too small, not practical, and dark! It is a dead corner of the hallway turned into a kitchenette," he says. An open concept and rows of storage were really the only practical option for Igor when it came to outfitting the space. The kitchen also doesn't get any natural light so plants can't thrive inside – another reason why he's not a huge fan. The shopping tote is from West Elm.
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"Postcards from friends and magnets from trips line the kitchen."
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Igor cleverly chose an IKEA option with hooks for maximum storage.
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The 1960s-era apartment's floor plan.

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