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A peek at Oliver Ridder: "Recharging and recuperating in a garden that is allowed to run its course."

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. 

At ease 
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.'
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Squirrel Family 
This laid-back attitude has meant that not only are the plants thriving, but all kinds of animals know how to find Oliver's garden. 'To further encourage this, we have planted hedges and left certain areas alone,' says Oliver. 'This is where birds have subsequently built their nests, as have insects.' This sustainable approach is paying off: for example, a squirrel family has recently taken up residence in the garden. 'We like to watch that as we have family breakfast on the terrace. And by the way, our newest resident is a hedgehog!" gloats Oliver. 

Learning more every day 
The garden has not yet taken its final shape. But then Oliver also thinks that there is no such thing as a "final form": "A garden is something organic and develops over many years. In this phase Oliver observes a lot, learns about the plants and their favorite place. 'I am still developing in this every day. That's why I always look forward to the next gardening season, in which I learn new things.' It is clear: enjoyment and relaxation are central to Oliver's garden. He is therefore only too happy with the Weltevree Outdooroven, which occupies a prominent role in the garden. 'Finally I have room for it! It's perfect for cosy barbecue evenings with friends and contributes enormously to a feel-good atmosphere in the garden.'
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In the rain around the outdoor oven 
In fact, one of Oliver's best garden memories revolves around the outdoor oven. He says with a smile, 'Friends with kids were visiting us and I turned on the outdoor oven so the kids could bake a sandwich on a skewer. It suddenly started to rain, but the kids didn't want to go inside. At one point we were all standing around the oven with an umbrella. It was great to see how much the kids enjoyed this experience. Now people keep asking me when we're going to fire up the outdoor oven again. When he thinks about it, Oliver is really living his dream life now, he thinks. 'It's lovely to see the children playing in the garden. I look forward to each new day I get to spend with my family in this house full of history.'
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OUTDOOROVEN
OUTDOOROVEN
An eye-catcher in every garden! Enrich your garden or patio with the Outdooroven Original. An all-rounder - outdoor fireplace, pizza oven & barbecue grill in one - enjoy outdoor dining and outdoor living all year round. The Outdooroven is made of high quality Corten steel with walls of 3mm thick. The wood fire is stoked in the lower open compartment. Baking is done in the compartment above, which can be closed with a flap, and cooking is done on the flat top of the Outdooroven.  This Iconic design from Dick van Hoff is made from 3mm highest quality Corten Steel and will last for at least 10 years when stored outside all year long. In the lower compartment the wood burning fire will make sure for an even heat distribution heating up the upper (pizza) compartment. The outdooroven can get up to 350 degrees easily and is expandable with various accessories. The Outdooroven is delivered with a one meter chimney pipe, a grill rack and pizza stone. Complete your Outdooroven with various accessoires.

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WATERWORKS
The Waterworks, designed by Floris Schoonderbeek, creates useful outdoor counter space right outside your house. The Waterworks makes it easy to tidy the mess around your outdoor water tap. It offers everything you need in one clever station: useful counter space, a proper water tap and organizing solutions. The Waterworks is finished with a powder coating protecting it from rust. Available in RAL 7033.

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