Our friends over at AD Germany recently launched an incredible series called #thirtysomething. In the franchise, the team visits creative people (most of them in their 30s) in their homes. No matter how they live, alone or with family, renting or owning, you’ll be inspired by their spaces. We’re highlighting one of our favorites, the home of copywriter Theodora Melnik. Theodora opens the door to her apartment in the borough of Neukölln that she shares with her boyfriend, Benjamin Blackbenz, and their two cats. Here is an excerpt from the story.
This is not a story about sustainability. But this much is certain: While the furniture industry discusses new materials and recycling initiatives, the most environmentally friendly method is actually to acquire things that are not new, but used—or, because it sounds a bit nicer, vintage. In this area, Theodora Melnik is an expert. Born in Hanover, she is a full-time copywriter, and, on the side, she gives her 175,000 Instagram followers insights into her less-than-700-square-foot apartment, where she has lived with her boyfriend since 2013.
Valerie: You and Benjamin moved in in 2013. What have you changed about the apartment since then?
Theodora: We repaired the walls (there were countless holes in them) and filled them, removed paint from doors, filled cracks in the floor in the kitchen, and tiled the floor in the bathroom.
All on your own?
Everything—that’s why a lot of things here have a bit of a DIY character. That’s never bothered me—on the contrary, I find it quite charming.