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Vintage Appeal in A Botanical Stylist’s Berlin Apartment

by Sofia Tuovinen

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When Maggie Coker walks into her one-bedroom apartment in the Neukölln neighborhood of Berlin, Germany, a sense of calmness and gratitude embraces her. “It’s the first place away from home I got to call my home,” she explains. Maggie has lived here for nine years, during which she’s turned the post-war 60s home into her personal haven. For over 10 years, Maggie owned Rag and Bone Man, a vintage shop and cafe in Neukölln that served as a bustling hub for creatives, freelancers and small business owners. She also founded Neukölln Schatzkarte, a treasure map highlighting small businesses in her neighborhood. Today, Maggie works as a botanical stylist and creativity mentor in both Berlin and London, where she grew up. After the success of her “Crown Your Glory” floristry workshop series as well as Poems and Posies, her pioneering sustainable flower business, Maggie set up The Greenhouse Mentality in 2017, an organization for progressive, holistic mental wellness and health. Through her numerous projects, Maggie has become a prominent and supportive figure in Berlin’s creative community.

With her focus on floral arrangements and well-being, it’s no wonder that Maggie’s home reflects just that. Ever since moving in, she has felt a strong connection to the energies in each room in her home. To emphasize and project various feelings throughout the apartment, Maggie has opted for colors that suit different moods — calming peach for the walls, creativity-inspiring yellow for the kitchen, and jade green doors for good luck. “Colors can create feelings and emotions and transport you to a different place or time,” Maggie also tells us. Besides floral arrangements, which you’ll find adorning each corner of the 540-square-foot apartment, vintage treasures from dresses to furniture make Maggie’s home the relaxing and inviting space she’s always dreamed of. “I’m very spontaneous, and I go with my gut feeling when deciding to change things,” Maggies says, “But most of all, I want people to feel happy in my home.” — Sofia

Photography by Klara Yoon / @klara.and.co

Image above: Peach walls, an abundance of dried flowers and vintage furniture create a soothing shelter for Maggie and any guest that walks in the door. 

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As a botanical stylist, Maggie’s home is naturally filled with blooms.

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“When viewing the flat I had an instant connection to the energy in the rooms. I knew  I was home somehow,” Maggie shares.

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Maggie in her living room. When asked what she’s most thankful for about her home, she shares, “The affordable shelter it has given me and the people who have stayed here! It’s the first place away from home I got to call my home.”

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With a limited budget for decorating, Maggie has found herself more resourceful and creative.

I had an instant connection to the energy in the rooms — I knew I was home somehow.

 

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The old walls showing bits and pieces of torn-off wallpaper add to Maggie’s warm, vintage style.

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Vintage treasures hung on the walls create beautiful vignettes throughout Maggie’s apartment.

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One of Maggie’s decorating tricks is hanging dried floral arrangements on the walls.

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It’s wonderful to see a modern take on what African-inspired interior could look like.

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Maggie’s kitchen includes rustic items collected from near and far.

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Maggie chose a bright yellow hue for the kitchen to lend a cheerful and inspiring feel.

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Maggie adorns her walls with various sources of inspiration. “I feel the colors in my home connect me with my ancestors,” she shares. “As a direct descendant of returnees from Brazil to west Africa, I feel the vibrant colors somehow honor their spirits  […]— it’s wonderful to see a modern take on what African-inspired interior could look like.”

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For good luck, Maggie painted the doors in her home jade green, as seen in the hallway.

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The calming peach paint color continues to the bathroom, which Maggie has transformed with plants and bouquets.

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An old tiled stove adds to the vintage appeal in Maggie’s bedroom.

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As with the rest of her home, Maggie’s main aim in the bedroom was to create a space where she could feel relaxed.

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An oval vintage mirror and foldable table make up a desk in Maggie’s bedroom.

SOURCE LIST

Kitchen paint by Schönen Wohnen/ Honey

Bathroom and bedroom paint by Alipina / Duft Des Orient / Rote Orange

Door paint by Swing colours / Mix Siedenmatt / turquoise

Hallway and living room paint by emotions /  soft salmon / peach

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Comments

  • I love this! There’s so much personality in this space. I feel like if Maggie and I were friends and I stumbled in here, I would immediately know it was her home. Beautiful work!

  • This space is beautiful, with such warm and welcoming colors. I could sit there for hours and spot something new all the time–the attention to personal detail is extraordinary!

  • This is one of the most beautiful homes I’ve seen in a long time, I’m having quite an emotional response to it! Incredibly inspiring. I hope there continues to be much comfort and inspiration here for you Maggie x

    • Thank you Katie! I think I might have already responding to this comment, but I want to make sure you know I appreciate your kind words.

      warm regards

      Maggie :)

  • Fellow Berliner here. Your space is incredibly lovely, some Berlin apartments have tons of light and you brought that out so well. Love the colors, the flowers (are some of them artificial?), everything. Also, kudos for turning the stove, which is sometimes quite an eyesore in Berlin flats, into something beuatiful!

    Love, Nele

    • Hi Nele,

      Thanks for the kind feedback, all the flowers are indeed real, it would be a sin for a floral stylist to use fake flowers :) I know what you mean with the stoves, they range from incredible beautiful designs usually found in Charlottenberg to hideous brown lumps in Neukolln flats.
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      Wishing you a beautiful week ahead.

      warm regards
      Maggie

    • Pretty sure they style botanicals.

      A visit to her Instagram (linked to in the article above, along with a description of her styling and other work activities) may help as well.

    • Hello Fayzie,

      Thank you for your interest. A botanical stylist uses botanicals to create visual moods and feelings in interior spaces, I guess adding the holistic calming elements, complementing products and fashion shoots, event decor etc. I would say I work more with flowers that I dry, than plants. I try my best to be as sustainable as I possibly can, by reusing fresh flowers leftover from clients or by buying with the intent to dry. I guess a botanical/floral stylist is a little leap away from the conventional florist. It’s flower therapy for me, a silent motion where I get to mediate, and to watch the beauty of the aging process in flowers and botanicals. I hope this helps a little? :)

      Kind regards
      Maggie

  • Whoaaaaa, this is gorgeous. I don’t usually like dried flowers/plants, but they’re used so beautifully in this home, in such a fresh way. The wall colors are amazing, and I just kept thinking “I bet this place smells INCREDIBLE”. Wonderful tour, and fantastic photos!

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