Welcoming IKEA to my Urban Jungle

6 February 2016 6


Ikea, Home Story, Urban Jungle, Plants, Home Tour, Ikea Family Magazine

Ikea, Home Story, Urban Jungle, Plants, Home Tour, Ikea Family Magazine

Now what do you do when IKEA calls you and tells you they want to come over and shoot your home for their IKEA Family Magazine and their website? Well you look around and ask yourself: why? Next thing you hear them saying something like…in the magazine…worldwide…on the website…and your disbelief grows. One thing leads to another and next thing you know there are seven people in your 32 square meters apartment, stylings, shuffling, interviewing and photographing you. Oh and I was such a lucky fellow as the stylist who came to my apartment was Emily Henson, the author of Bohemian Modern, a book I really love!

Ikea, Home Story, Urban Jungle, Plants, Home Tour, Ikea Family Magazine

Sometimes all these home stories make me thing back at the time eight years ago when I came to visit this apartment during an appointment with a real estate agent. It was a public appointment and there were other potential tenants visiting the place that was still fully furnished by a young girl, I think she was a student, at that time. I came over from Austria just for the visit and I was the last visitor that day. I spoke to the real estate agent quickly, I somehow fell in love with the cosy size and layout of this rooftop apartment while gazing at Munich’s old town through the windows and I filled in a sort of form for tenants. Next morning I had a call from the agent and the apartment was mine.

Ikea, Home Story, Urban Jungle, Plants, Home Tour, Ikea Family Magazine

Eight years later I styled and restyled my apartment dozens of times, I had half a dozen photo shootings for various publications, IKEA being the last one. And I think this should stay the last one. I mean how much more can you show on 32 square meters? I’ll put it in Michael Jackson’s words: This is it!

You can see the full story in the current issue of IKEA Family Magazine and some online stories HERE, HERE and HERE.

P.S. Tomorrow I am off to a 4-weeks road trip through New Zealand and things will get a bit more quiet here on the blog. However watch out for the next up and coming Urban Jungle Bloggers post coming week! And join me to New Zealand over on Instagram!

Photography by Daniel Farmer for IKEA


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  • Reply dragana 6 February 2016 at 11:49

    Hallo Lieber Igor, super schön und gemütlich hast du es. Dein Stil gefällt sehr <3

    Lieben Gruß,dragana

    • Reply Igor 6 February 2016 at 17:56

      Lieben Dank Dragana!

  • Reply Sarah 6 February 2016 at 12:00

    Hi Igor,

    das da oben ist so ein schönes Foto von Dir.
    Aber heißt das etwa, dass Du nach Deinem Roadtrip umziehst?
    Ich wünsche Dir auf jeden Fall eine tolle Zeit. Erhol Dich und sammel viele schöne Eindrücke!

    Liebste Grüße


    • Reply Igor 6 February 2016 at 17:57

      Danke Dir Sarah!! Nein, nein, ich wollte nur sagen, dass es nichts mehr zu sehen gibt auf 32m2. Irgendwann ist auch mal gut mit den Home Stories:-)))

  • Reply Veronika 6 February 2016 at 13:30

    Oh congratulations ! I’m moving into even smaller apartment in Vienna soon so thanks for inspiration and advice

    • Reply Igor 6 February 2016 at 18:01

      Thank you Veronika and all the best for the move!!

  • Reply Emily 6 February 2016 at 22:41

    How lovely to see your apartment and how exciting that Ikea _and_ Emily came to visit!

    Have an amazing time in New Zealand. Can’t wait to follow along on Instagram. xxo

    • Reply Igor 6 February 2016 at 23:59

      Thank you Emily!! It was so fun to work with the other Emily in my apartment:-) See you on Instagram, all the way from New Zealand!!

  • Reply Sarah @ Mocha Casa 6 February 2016 at 22:48

    It’s a lovely article and I really like the mood they captured in the photos – relaxed and moody, while the plants add vibrancy.

    • Reply Igor 6 February 2016 at 23:58

      Thank you very much Sarah. The weather during the photo shoot was very appropriate for a moody feeling:-)

  • Reply Kea 7 February 2016 at 09:00

    Hallo Igor, herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Home-Story. Also, ich bekomme nicht genug von ihnen, weil mich deine Wohnung immer dazu inspiriert und motiviert, aus meinem 30qm Domizil in Berlin das Beste herauszuholen. Genieß Neuseeland! Liebe Grüße, Kea

  • Reply Vin 9 February 2016 at 02:36

    Congratulations Igor! That is so wonderful, lovely photos and lovely tips for compact living!

  • Reply Heidy 9 February 2016 at 21:25

    Very very wow. First for 7 People plus Photo Equipment in your Apartment. And then of course for your Apartment being in all those IKEA Media. 2016 is starting Perfect it seems. Bon

  • Reply Katrin 14 February 2016 at 16:05

    Tolle Fotos, tolle Story, kurz: tolles Appartment! Und: Gratulation und gute Reise …

  • Reply Debra 22 February 2016 at 04:10

    How lovely to see your home. It’s beautiful!

  • Reply Britta und Uschi 9 March 2016 at 11:47

    Hallo Igor!
    Tolle Fotos hast du – schön gemütlich sieht es bei dir aus!
    Es grüßen dich ganz herzlich die Räuberbart – Mädels

  • Reply Fräulein Julia 24 March 2016 at 09:52

    Ich war gestern seit langer Zeit mal wieder bei IKEA, hab mir das Family-Magazin geschnappt und mich gefreut, ein “bekanntes” Gesicht zu sehen 🙂 Das Bild von deinem Wohnzimmer hängt jetzt an meiner Inspirations-Pinnwand!

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