In the heart of Stuttgart, glorious, old German buildings—or ‘Alt-Bauten’, as they’re locally known—line the streets; iconic for their tall, airy ceilings, towering windows and real, wooden floors. Ulli lives here with her husband and their two daughters, Smilla and Ida. Each day, she uses her account @uls_andthekids, to share beautiful photos of how she lives and what she loves, summed up nicely on her profile as: “Interior, kids stuff and family fun”.
Ulli has a distinct style—especially when it comes to interior design. Whether it’s the hallway, the kitchen, or her children's bedroom, each space has been beautifully furnished with elegance and style, showing a true appreciation for detail and a keen eye for design. It may come as no surprise then, that she has a background in fashion.
What makes Ulli so special is the fact that, not only is her home gorgeous, her two girls adorable, and her style 100% on-trend, but she is down to earth, radiating calmness, and completely herself—qualities that often don’t transcend to a virtual, filtered world at odds with reality.
These are just some of the reasons that we reached out to Ulli, inviting her to put together a collection of designs that would give personality and life to any kitchen, living room, bedroom or playroom. Some of these prints are on her walls already, others on her wish list.
At the same time, we thought it would be a nice opportunity to get to know Ulli a little better, and to speak to her about topics such as what home means to her, any interior tips and how she’s thinking of decorating her space for the coming winter months.
What does "home" mean to you?
Home should be a place of respite for myself and my family, somewhere we all feel comfortable and relaxed. Especially in times like these, it's more important than ever that home is an anchor; a safe haven.
In which room do you spend most of your time and why?
Apart from our big kitchen, we spend most of our time in the living room and the children's room, where we spend quality time together and have fun. Both rooms are connected by a sliding door so that they flow into each other.
As someone who changes your prints regularly, how do you decide when it's time for something new and which designs will make the cut?
Depending on the season, I like to have a certain mood in the home, and so I often change the colours to match that. Apart from changing textiles like cushions, blankets and decorations, prints are a simple—but totally effective—way for me to create a different atmosphere in the room. I always make my choices intuitively, and my husband is allowed to approve my selection at the end!
Are you decorating your home for Christmas?
Absolutely! I (already) get the decoration boxes out of the cellar in the middle of November and see what we still have from last year. I often add new colours, shapes or DIY products to the range. By my birthday at the end of November, everything at home is already a little more festively decorated. Candles, stars on the windows, warmer colours and more textiles, for example, in the form of carpets, are all part of it for me. The Advent calendar for the children is also important, as is the arrival of our Christmas elf, Ellie, who we hide in the flat every day and who accompanies us until Christmas Eve. I am a big fan of this time of year and I always look forward to the contemplative days between Christmas and New Year.
Which prints are on your wish list for the next decorative makeover?
I’ve just hung up "Graphic 211Y” by Mareike Böhmer in my living room, to make everything look a little more autumnal and wintery. I’ve been flirting with the design “Foggy” by Chris Abatzis for quite some time now.
My favourite artist is Leigh Viner. Her feminine illustrations and floral designs are a perfect match for spring, in terms of colour and mood. I can already see in my mind's eye “Bloom Series Norway 0915” (instead of “Swooping Cranes” by Flora&Fauna) in our bedroom, shining with the spring sun.
Thank you very much for your time, your creative inspiration and wonderful collection, Ulli! Keep doing what you're doing.
Text: Eva Klann
Translation: Anna Fleck