MY WORLD

Ger­man fash­ion edi­tor Veronika Heil­brun­ner takes us into her home

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‘RE­ALLY, I DIDN’T KNOW WHERE TO MOVE TO IN BER­LIN.

I just wanted a nice apart­ment,’ says Veronika Heil­brun­ner, the Ger­man fash­ion edi­tor whose style has In­sta­gram lit with likes and fash­ion­able fol­lows. So it comes as a sur­prise when she tells me: ‘I didn’t care whether my flat was in a cool area.’ Veronika and her part­ner, Justin O’Shea, pre­vi­ously the fash­ion direc­tor at e-com­merce web­site My Theresa, set­tled on a 19th-cen­tury Art Nou­veau build­ing in the tree-lined neigh­bour­hood of Char­lot­ten­burg. ‘It isn’t cool. You won’t find any ve­gan shops here. Ei­ther it’s re­ally nice, or we’re get­ting old.’

Born and raised in Mu­nich, Ger­many, Veronika has gone from model to edi­tor to en­tre­pre­neur to co-founder of fash­ion web­site Hey Woman! When she’s not trav­el­ling, she en­joys a quiet life in her apart­ment, the decor of which, she says, is a re­flec­tion of who she and Justin are: stylish, but never too se­ri­ous. ‘The apart­ment was so beau­ti­ful, I didn’t end up chang­ing much in it. It’s a clas­sic, old, pretty Ger­man house; it’s not too op­u­lent or or­nate, but there are great fea­tures, such as the mul­ti­coloured tiled fire­places in each room.’ Her taste in in­te­ri­ors has come a long way since her youth in the sub­urbs, where she ex­per­i­mented with all man­ner of colours: ‘I once had a pink room with a brown bed, then I had a yel­low room and wanted a black couch. I no longer like a con­cept room; I just like the idea of lov­ing a room so much, you just want to spend time in it.’

Veronika’s favourite space is her of­fice, which she has dec­o­rated ex­clu­sively in her own style (this is a Justin­free zone) with three trea­sured works of art: a mini At­sushi Kaga painting, a Wes Lang il­lus­tra­tion, from his Chateau Mar­mont se­ries, and a Ni­cole Wer­m­ers crois­sant pho­to­graph. Her desk, where she writes up show re­views and trend re­ports, is a strik­ing green mar­ble slab that Veronika says is her favourite piece (even though it’s al­ways messy).

It’s a stark con­trast from Justin’s un­mis­tak­ably bold bravura. As two dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent fash­ion char­ac­ters, you’d think there would be a clash of in­te­ri­ors styles and tastes, but they act in yin and yang-like har­mony: ‘We ac­tu­ally have very sim­i­lar taste. We’re both ob­sessed with mar­ble and we man­aged to agree on a green vel­vet couch. Justin likes re­ally big paint­ings and I pre­fer clear spa­ces, but we make it work. We re­cently moved our bed­room to a smaller room in the house so I could have the main room as my closet. I mean, it doesn’t get much bet­ter than that.’

When it comes to en­ter­tain­ing guests at home, the jet-set life­style of an in-de­mand street styler throws a span­ner in the works. ‘I am a big fan of din­ner par­ties, but we never do them be­cause I am ter­ri­ble at or­gan­is­ing any­thing!’ With so much time spent trav­el­ling, Veronika prefers a low-key night in: ‘If I’m alone, I cook pasta in tomato sauce with loads of basil and cheese, have a glass of wine and watch Nashville. It’s lame, but I love it.’ Like the rest of the in­dus­try, Veronika val­ues her time away from the hec­tic fash­ion sched­ule, choos­ing horse-rid­ing in the Ger­man coun­try­side as her pre­ferred method of re­lax­ation. ‘I miss rid­ing when I’m trav­el­ling be­cause it lets me feel free,’ she says. Like her quirky Ber­lin apart­ment, Veronika is re­fresh­ingly orig­i­nal in both style and sub­stance.

‘I’m a big fan of din­ner par­ties, but we never do them – I’m ba’d at or­gan­is­ing!

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