IKEA Family HUS STORY
Visiting Jasmin and Chris
Most recently, Jasmin and Chris lived in the city of Zurich. Then they started to long for a little more space. In the old village centre of Männedorf on Lake Zurich, the two have found a new home and their dream apartment.
Since last October you have been living in a renovated old apartment in the heart of Männedorf. How did you end up here?
Chris: I grew up just ten minutes from here in the neighbouring village of Uetikon am See. While I never explicitly had the desire to return here, I did want to get out of the city to be closer to nature again. But I had to convince Jasmin first…
Jasmin: At first I was a bit intimidated by the idea of moving away from Zurich, because city life already offers a lot of amenities. But when we saw the apartment advertised on a real estate portal last summer, we were both sold. The beautiful architecture and the spacious roof terrace with a lake view immediately caught our eye. And as a compromise between living in a city or in the country, we now live in the middle of the old village centre – just a stone’s throw from all the shopping facilities, the railway station and the lake.
What’s so special about your apartment?
Chris: What we really like is the mix of old and new. During the renovation three years ago, great care was taken to preserve characteristic elements such as the wooden beams in the living room. This gives the apartment a homely charm in spite of the modern interior.
Jasmin: The open kitchen and living area is also a big plus. We like to invite friends over for dinner and since it’s open-plan we can chat with them while we cook too. Of course, we’re already looking forward to barbecues outside on the roof terrace once it gets warmer.
How do you prepare your roof terrace for summer?
Jasmin: We are currently putting together a shopping list and a budget towards plants. In terms of pots, I think there’s still a bit of discussion to be had. When it comes to choosing plants, on the other hand, as a landscape gardener, Chris will be calling the shots.
Chris: When it comes to plants, the trend is towards a natural look and native grasses and flowers. I’d like to keep that in mind for our terrace as well. The idea is for it to have a bit of a wild and dreamy feel to it. I’m also a big fan of wisteria. They bloom in the spring and are a natural source of shade in the summer. Herbs that can be used in the kitchen are also great.
How would you describe your furnishing style?
Jasmin: We like things to be modern, natural and rather minimal. When it comes to furniture, we use a mix of cheaper and more expensive pieces. And if we can’t find what we’re looking for, we’ll sometimes get creative ourselves. In the kitchen, for example, we mounted a wooden board on the NORDLI chest of drawers from IKEA. This has resulted in a standing bar where we now enjoy drinking our coffee in the mornings.
Is there a particular piece of furniture that has a special meaning for you?
Chris: For me, that would definitely be my grandfather’s wooden workbench. It is a real collector’s item and has a lot of sentimental value. We restored it a couple of years ago. Now it’s used to store my gin collection, and Jasmin likes to place decorative elements such as candles or flowers on it.
What are you most looking forward to when summer finally arrives?
Jasmin: I can’t wait to jump into the lake. Since we live so close to the water now, I’ll take the opportunity to take a quick dip if I get too warm while working from home.
Chris: What I like about summer is that you can just take each day as it comes, and many things can happen spontaneously. There’s nothing better than inviting friends over for a coffee and then in the evening as the sun is setting you’re still sitting together, opening a bottle of rosé and barbecuing together. That’s roughly how I picture my perfect summer’s day.
Chris, do you have a final gardening tip for our readers?
Chris: You should definitely water plants in the morning and not in the evening. Because, like people, plants need water during the day while the sun is shining. This is something that a lot of people get wrong, unfortunately.