German interior design influencer Oliver Ridder prefers to step straight into his garden in the morning. There he drinks his coffee under an old walnut tree, one of Oliver's favorite spots, and watches the squirrel family that recently moved in. Welcome to the garden of a modern Villa Kakelbont!
A few years ago, Oliver Ridder, HR specialist by day and Instagrammer by night, traded his city apartment for a charming 1934 villa in Knesebeck, Germany. The move was the right choice for his growing family - he lives there with his wife and two children - but also to finally give his interior design love all the space it needs. All six rooms are contrasting and tastefully decorated with striking colors, mid-century design and warm materials. Inspiring, according to the thousands of followers of Oliver's Instagram page @villa_pocket
, which he started a year ago. But Oliver is not only interested in the interior; he also loves the garden, which he is very happy with after his gardenless apartment.
An oasis of well-being, a place to recharge your batteries' is how Oliver describes his garden. He likes to start his day with a walk outside. With a cup of coffee in hand, he walks past the many fruit trees and the old walnut tree, Oliver's favorite. 'To be able to sit under one of the trees like that and start the day at ease feels like a big gift.' Because he and his wife are only recent garden owners, they enlisted the help of a garden designer friend for the garden design. Instagram, magazines, botanical gardens and bike rides around town also inspired Oliver. 'But regardless of our vision, we felt it was important to work with what was already there. We took our time getting to know the garden. I also recommend this to people who are moving into an already existing garden. Use the first season to observe, start thinking about what you want in the winter, and take action in the spring. It doesn't all have to be now and fast.'