Home Tour with Anna Cor in Berlin
We are finally back with our favorite series on the blog - home tours! And today we want to give you a glimpse into the beautiful home of Anna Cor in Berlin. Step inside Anna's gorgeous apartment where she lives together with her three kids and get to know Anna in our interview.
1.Hi Anna, please introduce yourself:
My name is Anna Cor. I live in Berlin and also in a little village near Lübeck. I work as a photographer.
2. In which room do you spend most of your time?
In Berlin I spend most of the time in the kitchen and dining area. I live here with my kids and especially my teenage boys are always hungry. So we cook and eat a lot when we all come home from school and work late in the afternoon. In our house in northern Germany I spend most of the time in the garden.
3. What’s your favorite oldest interior piece and what’s your favorite latest purchase?
My favorite old piece is definitely a cabinet I bought at our local flea market about 15 years ago. It was the first piece of furniture that I modified myself. I sanded it down and screwed on nice brass handles and afterwards I was very happy that I made it that way myself. When I was in school, I did a lot of painting and photography, and just played around with a lot of art forms. Later when I studied law I kind of lost this as I had to work at a desk for years. That small cupboard reminded me of my love of design and working with my hands, and was the starting signal to let creative thoughts and hours into my life again. The latest purchase for our home is a painting by artist Dora Földes that instantly touched my soul. It gave me an answer to an inner conflict and strengthened what my heart told me was the right thing to do. So I have become quite attached to it.
4. What’s your favorite book or which book do you read at the moment?
It is very difficult for me to name one book that would be my all-time favorite. I love a lot of Siri Hustvedts books and that all started with her ferociously clever book What I Loved. In this book, she explores how much of what we perceive is personal or seen by others, how much of life is fixed for all time, and how much is subject to change. I still think about this novel sometimes today and even spoke about it with one of my best friends yesterday evening although I read it over 15 years ago. At the moment I am reading a lot of gardening books and – together with my kids at the dinner table – a book about Heinrichs Schliemann’s very interesting life.
5. Does Art play a role in your life?
It absolutely does in any possible kind of way. It think art can help me understand myself, the world around me and also our history a lot better.
6. How would your dream living situation look like?
A vision I’ve had for a long time now: I would love to live in the house my husband and I purchased a little while ago in northern Germany together with my whole family. I dream of building an additional cute little house on that property for my beloved parents.
7. Which interior piece do you want to buy soon?
At the moment I’m more likely to save on historical and high-quality building materials for the renovation of our old house than on a single piece of furniture, because I always find that the general features of a room, such as floors, stucco, and beautiful doors characterize the interior of a house.The furniture can then also be rather simple.
8. Would you tell us a few of your favorite design shops?
In Berlin I always find nice pieces at Season Berlin and Parkhaus. When traveling or online, shops like Merci Paris, Artilleriet in Göteborg, The Socialite Family or Rowen and Wren always are an inspiration.
9. If someone would gift you a second flat or house where would it be?
Maybe a cottage in Kent where I spent a lot of time in my teenage and young adult years. A most beautiful area with the sweetest little old villages. But to be honest – I rather dream of bringing our whole family together instead of opening up a new additional location 😉
10. What’s your next travel destination?
It will actually be Kent in England. Not booked yet – I hope it will still happen this year. We all love to travel in our family, but sadly none of us are keen on organizing it.
11. What’s your all time favorite travel destination?
That’s something I don’t have. But I always love places with a lot of nature and rather small villages – we are searching for calm areas not for busy places when traveling.
12. What’s your favorite music/song at the moment?
I took a look at my list of favorite songs on Spotify to answer this question: it’s a lot of different artists and e.g. songs by The Paper Kites, Tom Rosenthal, Hollow Coves, Noah Cyrus, Sufjan Stevens.. I love Taylor Swift too and a song that is an all time favorite is Our House by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Always gives me a good mood!
13. If someone visits Berlin for the first time, which places would you recommend to go to?
No insider tips but favorites anyways: Bode Museum for its architecture and wall colors, Lovis Restaurant & Bar for fantastic food in a wonderful interior, KaDeWe for shopping and a park bench at Sophien Cemetery for a lovely calm time with a good book.
14. Tell us 3 of your favorite Instagram accounts:
I hope you don’t mind that I cannot answer this question. I follow around 900 accounts on Instagram and have found so many friends there who I adore for their creative spirit. If I would only name a few I would feel devastated to not name others. It would haunt me forever, haha.