We are happy to welcome Julia Ballmaier to the blog today to share her lovely home with us!"We (myself, my husband and our three sons 3 years, 5 years and 10 years) live together in an almost 500-year-old, half-timbered midieval house in a town in the center of Germany! Our home is one of the oldest in my town. And if you book a guided tour, it is actually a point of interest, showed to tourists (just from the outside). Every wall is crooked and so is the floor, especially in the kitchen. If you live in this space you really have to love old and special things. We live in the second floor above the family-owned bakery. If you want to visit us, you have to go through the bakery, because there is no seperate entrance to our space. Our living space is about 127 qm and a big attic of the same size. We also have a big terrace.""There are so many favorite things in our space. I am so lucky, because I have found so many things in the bulky waste (trash) and upcycled it. For example the red sofa at the hallway, the string shelfs in the kid's room, and the chairs around the table. And we have found some very old cabinet/cupboards on the attic. This furniture is from my husband's grandparents, whose family lives for more than 150 years in the house. So we renovated the furniture and gave it new life." "I think the whole space is pretty unusual. When people visit us the first time, they step in and say 'oh, what a sweet place—it looks like a dollhouse!'" "We've lived in our house for 5 years. We renovated the whole space before we moved in. All the electrical had to be redone, and also the roof had to be reconstructed. It was a hard job. But we love it. Every day is something new, like decorating the walls in the children's rooms, because they are growing so fast." Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us, Julia! xo.
At Home With Julia Ballmaier
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