| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

APARTMENT TOUR | Minimal & Secondhand


Hi everyone, so today I have an apartment tour for you. This video is probably my most requested video I have been putting it off, but I finally have it ready, so before we jump into it I quickly want to give you a bit of background about this apartment, because when we moved to Germany, almost exactly three years ago now we decided to only rent furnished apartments which worked really well for the first year and a half but then we unfortunately had to move really quickly we had a couple weeks to find a new place and we weren’t able to find a furnished place. Which is unfortunate because we didn’t want to deal with buying furniture and especially in Germany you have to buy all of the cabinets and appliances, everything. So it’s a lot to invest in a place that we didn’t want to deal with but we were able to get this apartment which came with at least a kitchen and everything else we got the majority of the furniture secondhand and we’ve kind of been able to build a nice little home while still being pretty minimalist, and I will stop rambling about it let’s jump right in! Welcome to our home! So, right at the beginning here we have this little entryway where we hang up our jackets we have all of our shoes down here, and then this shelf where we keep hats, bags, sunglasses, keys, our shopping bags. And then coming into the apartment is this really long hallway, Ben keeps his bike over here and right away on the left is our bathroom. Our bathroom is pretty small and also kind of a weird shape, but it’s a basic bathroom. We’ve got our sink, a cabinet above, a cabinet below, we have this beautiful, beige-y pink tile which I absolutely hate. Then behind me is our shower, and right next to the shower, we have our washing machine and on top of it there is a box with our laundry products some of my oils, deodorant, hairbrush, soaps, that kind of thing just some extra bathroom stuff. And then behind the door here is the toilet. So back out into this hallway which is way too big, but what we usually do is we set up our laundry drying rack here so we hang all of our laundry to dry and use some of this space, but I wanted to clean that up for you guys, and then over here is our kitchen. So our kitchen is actually the biggest room in the apartment, and because it’s so big we got this huge table which I love. This is my favorite piece of furniture I think we’ve ever owned. When we got it, it was actually a dark brown, but then Ben sanded it all down, and I just love this table so much. We work at it, Ben usually works over here, we have dinner parties, people over. Because this kitchen is so big, it’s nice to have a big table like this I think this room would feel really empty without it. Over here we have all of our cabinets and appliances which we bought from the previous tenant, and we actually have way too much space. We took out one of the cabinets up here because we didn’t need it at all and put this shelf in instead. And then our stove, some fruits and oils, and then over here we have our plates and bowls, like I said we’re only using about half of these. We have tea, and our mugs. And then in the final one we have glasses and water bottles. Down here we have our sink, we keep our cleaning things in here, recycling bins, and then over here is our pantry, where we keep all of our non-refrigerated foods, so we have vitamins, spices, baking stuff, lentils, beans, sauces, and then we have our glass recycling, paper recycling, and garbage down there. I try to grow plants, unfortunately this apartment is really dark. I tried to grow a lot of different herbs, and as you can see this mint is already, aww, is already not doing so well. I really like this thing to put plants on but it’s just not a really good apartment to have indoor plants and we have to have plants that are fine with low light which a lot of herbs unfortunately aren’t. And then over here we have this thing I made, it’s just like a photo wire with magnets where we hang up a bunch of photos of our friends and family, and then we just have our Fridge behind the door here. Ta-da! So then going back out, we have a little window here where we keep our peace lily – luckily we have this nice big window for it. So then in our living room It’s a pretty narrow room, so we have this “L” couch here, and this couch can also be a bed, which is great for when we have people over, and it has storage underneath it, so I keep my tripod and filming equipment, and we have some extra bedding in there and then little plant stand, and we have another plant over here. And this rug is one of the few things that we brought from Canada. It’s from Oaxaca, Mexico and it’s all naturally dyed it’s just one of those really special pieces that we wanted to bring here with us. And then over here we have both of our yoga mats, and then here is this standing desk it’s actually a bar table, but I use it as a standing desk or I can also sit at it and then I just have my laptop, and desk stuff. Over here, we have a bit of storage where we keep board games, recording equipment, some art supplies, paper files, we have some photos and some art and this little weaving that I made, and then these are our books which we don’t have on Kindle, and this beautiful aloe vera plant, which is one of my favorite plants, and it’s also survived well which is really good. And then over here is our bedroom. We have our bed of course, and a little nightstand where we have the book I’m currently reading. Some cacti over there, and then here is where we hang all of our clothes which are worn, but they don’t need to be washed I talked about this in the bedroom tour I did years ago because we had a little chair for that but I really like this ladder thing to hang those up. And then we have quite a full laundry basket because I didn’t want to do laundry and have laundry out when I was filming this, and then over here is our wardrobe. So in here we have all of our hanging clothes, on this side is Ben’s clothes, and then here’s where I keep most of my capsule wardrobe pieces but I also have my two formal dresses hung up in here and then I get this question a lot as to where I keep my out-of-season pieces and most of them are actually on the bottom here which isn’t the best place to store them, it’s probably better to put them in some kind of box where they’re more protected but that’s where I have some extra space so I keep them folded down there. And then in this drawer is all of my socks and underwear and bras, and at the top there we keep our backpacks and some of our traveling stuff. And then on this side is a lot of our folded things, so I have my sweaters up there, and then some more clothes here, a lot of Ben’s clothes, my tank tops and t-shirts, and then activewear and then on the other side… This side of the wardrobe is extra storage at the top we have a blanket which I’ll be pulling out when it gets colder and our other sheet. Here is my knitting projects and we have this iron steamer Which I’m actually gonna get rid of, I was using it mostly for work, but I got a smaller travel steamer And I find I don’t really need the iron and then here is our scarves and winter things which again will be pulled out when it gets colder, my sewing machine and some of my fabric and sewing supplies, and then our big suitcase at the bottom there which is what we moved here to Germany with. And that is basically it for our apartment! So I hope you enjoyed seeing our apartment, like I mentioned earlier. This is definitely not my favorite apartment. It’s probably my least favorite actually it’s a really old building, the layout is strange, and it’s also pretty dark. We filmed on a really sunny day, and really brightened up the exposure, so it probably doesn’t look dark in the video but as soon as the clouds come out it can get pretty gloomy in here, so yeah, it’s been ok though I think we’ve still managed to make a pretty nice little home here, I definitely am excited to hopefully move in the next year or so though But I hope you enjoyed seeing where we live, and how I’ve kind of set up the apartment Thank you for watching, and thank you so much to those of you supporting me on Patreon and I’ll see you in the next one.

100 Comments

Heather

Oct 10, 2017, 5:06 pm Reply

I honestly love this apartment hahaha different tastes I guess

momof2

Oct 10, 2017, 1:22 am Reply

Love your hair ! Very minimal living. You could try to move your herbs to other spots of your home to see if they will do better

Shiyona Sukumaran

Oct 10, 2017, 9:19 am Reply

Simple beautiful and peaceful !

QUEEN MICH

Oct 10, 2017, 9:22 am Reply

Wow❤

Ciecie Newson

Oct 10, 2017, 4:16 pm Reply

Real comfortable looking home. ~Smile!

Audria Duke

Oct 10, 2017, 4:21 pm Reply

I store my out of season clothes in my big suitcase I used move.

Out of The Hat

Oct 10, 2017, 6:21 pm Reply

I love how a lot of things are second hand but it looks like a cohesive on purpose design

Meg Waldorf

Oct 10, 2017, 9:11 pm Reply

I moved to Germany a couple of years ago too 🙂 what second hand shops did you shop at? There seems to only be one near me (on the Mosel river) and it's not very good! ?

Katrin Bruns

Oct 10, 2017, 8:42 am Reply

Where did you get the ladder thingy you use to hang clothes that are still good to wear? Because is think it’s genius and my clothes always just end up in a heap on the floor :-/

Sara B.Fraga

Oct 10, 2017, 7:10 pm Reply

It looks amazing for being a temporary place! I've alway lived in rented houses and you can make the mistake of not putting the effort because you will leave soon… and at the end you end up staying for years and hanging the painting in the last month ?

Hardika Dhir

Nov 11, 2017, 3:13 am Reply

Did anyone notice there is no TV… i love that!

Eveline W.

Nov 11, 2017, 11:16 pm Reply

Wow you're so pretty!
I live in Germany, too 🙂

Alexus TM

Nov 11, 2017, 8:53 pm Reply

Dark Apartment with all those big windows, huh! Your kidding right?
Try to check the soil, water …. many plants don't like excess water or windy current conditions …

aliciadebazan

Nov 11, 2017, 5:47 pm Reply

How long is your Pharr necklace 20"inch?

Natasha Della Reed

Nov 11, 2017, 1:49 am Reply

It looks great! Like this inspiring video! / Della Designs

dalphine45

Nov 11, 2017, 12:20 am Reply

That bed doesn't look so comfortable.

Mary LaFrance

Nov 11, 2017, 1:58 am Reply

we just went through that too, We didn't even have a kitchen sink! All the stuff we purchased had to be assembled. Also there is not much room for storing clothing, they don't have built in closets.

Camila Gomez

Nov 11, 2017, 4:57 am Reply

I was wondering if you like the couch is it conformable does it lose the form quickly?? i was looking for the exact same couch but im a bit scared to buy it so if you could tell me if is good or not will help

Karla Ruiz

Nov 11, 2017, 2:35 pm Reply

Está hermoso tu departamento ?

Love Mac

Nov 11, 2017, 8:21 pm Reply

It's not a "TINY" apartment as she keeps saying. I'd say it's a decent size 1 bedroom flat, spacious kitchen that perfectly fits a very big dining table, a separate living room , separate bedroom ….what else can 2 people ask for

mann

Nov 11, 2017, 9:58 pm Reply

why did you move from canada to germany? 🙂

Gloria Moore

Nov 11, 2017, 5:06 pm Reply

Love the birthing chair as a bedside table. Love it!

Eli Urabe

Nov 11, 2017, 6:09 pm Reply

PLEASE TELL ME WHERE YOU BOUGHT THE LADDER

Marie-Andree Bourgeois

Nov 11, 2017, 10:21 am Reply

Hello from a fellow canadian also living in Germany 🙂 xo

Julia Kn.

Nov 11, 2017, 11:55 pm Reply

Die Wohnung ist wirklich sehr schön und gemütlich eingerichtet.
Ich hoffe du fühlst dich in Deutschland wohl.

NotUrBae

Nov 11, 2017, 12:30 am Reply

YOURE SO PRETTY AAAAH

Minimise With Me

Nov 11, 2017, 2:23 am Reply

Really love your place and video. Hopefully you grow to love it until you can move somewhere ?

Simina Gosa

Dec 12, 2017, 1:42 pm Reply

I've seen some videos with the same idea, but everything was just so empty, it was like some people tried too hard not to own things. Yours just seems simple and cozy. This is one of the reasons I follow you, because you can still enjoy things without having to constantly count them. You really changed the way I see a lot of things. Thank you just so so much!

Flor

Dec 12, 2017, 4:38 pm Reply

It's sort of a weird apartment, but you made it look great! I love your simple but beautiful decoration!

Abby Abell

Dec 12, 2017, 5:36 am Reply

I found your channel while looking up capsule wardrobes and am loving your videos! 🙂 How on earth do you manage to be a minimalist and knit?? I love having a somewhat large yarn stash, but find that it takes up quite a bit of space!

Zehra Albaş

Jan 1, 2018, 8:57 am Reply

What I like the most about this video and your apartment is your attitiude and the wall hanging writing "we rise by lifting others" on it. You are a very nice, sweet and elegant person ? good for you ?????

Andrea Seabra

Jan 1, 2018, 4:05 am Reply

Great vid! But gosh that song in the background was not okay… feels like an old arcade game with the speaker blown off…

Rany melo

Jan 1, 2018, 10:06 pm Reply

Maravilhoso parabéns gostei muito.

Lauren Hooper

Jan 1, 2018, 3:39 pm Reply

I could tell you aren’t super satisfied with your home, which I get because we all have things we want to change. But I thought it was beautiful and calming. Just get some hyggelig lighting options, and it’ll feel much cozier when the clouds roll in 🙂

BLUE WATER PINES

Jan 1, 2018, 5:21 am Reply

Very neat and tidy.Love the elements you have chosen.

Erin Howard

Jan 1, 2018, 4:34 am Reply

Where is the sleeper sofa from?! It is so cute and functional!!

Heydi Baba

Jan 1, 2018, 2:16 am Reply

Great video! I love your ladder! I've been looking for one just like it. I know you mentioned that you bought the ladder at the flea market. I was wondering if you could provide the dimensions. I'm thinking out making it myself.  Thanks 🙂

MsHydrolove

Jan 1, 2018, 12:13 am Reply

Your flat looks really nice and cosy 🙂 my boyfriend and I just moved in together and there is still so much to exchange/get rid off/ sort through ^^ btw I totally agree on these bathroom tiles ? we luckily have white ones! Really interesting to hear that you are actually from Canada! 🙂
Greetings ?

tinyruin

Jan 1, 2018, 1:58 am Reply

Wunderschöne Wohnung! 🙂 I'd advice to get a laptop stand for the standing table. I use the same one as a standing desk and to get the upper end of the screen to the recommended eye level height you really gotta use a stand.

blah f

Jan 1, 2018, 4:16 am Reply

Question about books on Kindle (without knowing anything on the subject). But… is a Kindle with the resources used to make the device (some rare and very damaging to the environment) and the energy needed to keep using the device as well was the inevitably short lifespan of the device plus all the energy to convert the books to Kindle and share etc really better compared to a sustainably produced book in the long run, especially when you can buy second hand, share, rent and swap books from libraries etc? … I would really appreciate people's thoughts. P.S thanks for the video:)

Karo R

Feb 2, 2018, 8:52 am Reply

Hey! I noticed you have a sewing machine but can't figure out where you place it and see. Can you please explain how you manage to see there?

Sapphire Camui

Feb 2, 2018, 8:02 am Reply

I'm pretty much a hoarder. my partner too. i can't grasp the minimalist concept. >.< and this frustrates me. [well, my wardrobe could be called capsule because i don't have that many clothes, but other stuff….]

Mimi Nguyen

Feb 2, 2018, 11:32 pm Reply

What is the name of the plant holder you have? I'd love one

huda khan

Feb 2, 2018, 6:27 pm Reply

Beautiful

Hollyann Rose

Feb 2, 2018, 1:19 pm Reply

I wish my man would move to Europe with me xD

Natalie Robinson

Feb 2, 2018, 8:52 am Reply

Cute 🙂 Nice video

Bethany S.

Mar 3, 2018, 3:58 am Reply

I really love the ladder for clothes that can be re-worn. I might do something like that eventually.

César Laumer Tuyub Paredes

Mar 3, 2018, 4:08 am Reply

Oaxaca, México! Yo soy de Mérida, Yucatán. Saludos.

mita

Mar 3, 2018, 1:06 pm Reply

Beautiful, minimalist space!! Do you know where the plant stand in the kitchen is from? It's gorgeous and exactly what I need for my new apt!

mariam abdul ganey

Mar 3, 2018, 3:21 pm Reply

Nice but I Dont know how I feel about garbage in the pantry.cupboard

That natural Couple

Mar 3, 2018, 11:08 pm Reply

Is there a video on how to make the photo wire?

Ida Osborn Frandsen

Mar 3, 2018, 7:08 pm Reply

Hi! I seriously needed this inspiration to get rid of the chair of doom with used clothes. Can you please tell me where you got the ladder-thing you have in your bedroom?

Tilki Chinchilla

Mar 3, 2018, 3:23 am Reply

Apart from the bathroom, it's all very beautiful! ♡ Love the minimalism lifestyle!

Delina Marie

Mar 3, 2018, 8:03 pm Reply

Where did you find the leaning ladder? Great job

kay becker

Apr 4, 2018, 2:10 am Reply

Would a grow light over your herbs help?

Manchester Design Studio

Apr 4, 2018, 11:10 am Reply

Beautiful!

Оксана Побережник

Apr 4, 2018, 7:51 pm Reply

You are so beautiful lady, and your appartment is very nice. I had 8 min happy time watching your video.

Tom Hackbarth

Apr 4, 2018, 8:15 pm Reply

As soon as I saw the bathroom I knew this had to be in Germany. I like your style.

Roux Griggs

Apr 4, 2018, 10:51 am Reply

3:03 Is that an Eco Cup?? if it is I have the exacted same patterning on mine. WOW! my German fiance and I will be moving to Leipzig, German next year!

Lie Bing

Apr 4, 2018, 7:44 pm Reply

minimalist could be living without a washing machine also: much nicer that way, you have more free space, don´t have to bother, when moving somewhere else and you have the chance to spend time in public ( and you don´t have to buy it in a first place of course =)

Neha Vaidya-Sachdev

Apr 4, 2018, 7:03 pm Reply

Minimalist and yet practical.You have kept it real! Subscribed

Savio Godinho

May 5, 2018, 5:24 am Reply

You talk too much woman

cream

May 5, 2018, 7:44 am Reply

nicely minimalistic <3!

Patricia Russell

May 5, 2018, 2:48 am Reply

You did a great job!Lovely.

Kathy Winstead

Jun 6, 2018, 12:08 pm Reply

You might try growing cilantro in your hanging pots. It requires much less light than most herbs!

BMcGurk

Jun 6, 2018, 3:04 pm Reply

And right next to our shower is our washing machine ?

TheLotusrising

Jun 6, 2018, 4:31 am Reply

Thank you for the tour, I loved the table and can relate to your difficulty of keeping plants alive. The only place we get good light is our kitchen so we keep a money tree there if you wanted to try it out. It does not like to move but no worries even if it loses most of its leaves during a move it will bounce back once settled. I was curious about your pots and pans as there only seemed to be a colander hanging and only two cooking utensils can you get by with just two?

Leila Ghauri

Jun 6, 2018, 6:04 am Reply

Cool tour!
I moved too!
I uploaded an empty apartment tour video 🙂
Check it out and let me know what you think?

Spoiler alert: My place is not as awesome as yours 😛

Arati Raikar

Jun 6, 2018, 7:07 am Reply

nice and clean….. ?

Mercy Gono BSN, RN

Jun 6, 2018, 8:31 pm Reply

I enjoyed your apartment tour. I recently did an apartment tour on my channel is well. You did a great job.

stephearama

Jun 6, 2018, 9:23 pm Reply

My dream house: extremely functional and only with what I need

Debra P

Jul 7, 2018, 2:56 pm Reply

IKEA!

Mukund Madhav

Jul 7, 2018, 9:51 am Reply

"beautiful pink tile which I absolutely hate"… ?

J Marici

Aug 8, 2018, 12:21 pm Reply

Hi, what's the name of your sofa? Thanks xoxo

Sylvia Rippey

Aug 8, 2018, 2:57 am Reply

Very cute! ?

john vera

Aug 8, 2018, 1:23 am Reply

woow !!! what a beautiful lady

G P

Aug 8, 2018, 2:23 pm Reply

The Bike u should find a bike rack to put on wall to hang the bike on

Piper Super Cub

Aug 8, 2018, 9:10 pm Reply

I love love love it!!!!

Piper Super Cub

Aug 8, 2018, 9:11 pm Reply

You seem very peaceful and positive too!

SODA STORY

Aug 8, 2018, 1:22 am Reply

Minimalist

Annika Bern

Aug 8, 2018, 9:05 pm Reply

I love the table and huge kitchen!

reMAG

Sep 9, 2018, 11:02 am Reply

How much do you pay rent (approximately)? 😉

becomingellis

Sep 9, 2018, 10:46 pm Reply

I love all of the green plants you all have!

INDIROSE.

Sep 9, 2018, 1:37 am Reply

This is a expensive well decorated cheaply updated trap house ?

Gurzun Alexandra

Oct 10, 2018, 5:25 pm Reply

Pretty ?

Nina Tomas

Oct 10, 2018, 5:52 pm Reply

Love your videos! Where did you purchase your dish rack?

Kim Jamieson

Oct 10, 2018, 12:12 am Reply

New subscriber from Ontario Canada ??. Can’t wait to watch more. ?

rodrigo michael

Nov 11, 2018, 7:27 pm Reply

LO MEJOR DEL VIDEO ERES TU …HERMOSA…

Liliane Beeckman

Nov 11, 2018, 9:13 am Reply

Heel gezellig ! ?

Tanja Hermann

Nov 11, 2018, 9:37 am Reply

You could get your plants a little plant growing light above for extra light.

sol Romero

Nov 11, 2018, 3:48 pm Reply

Hermoso!!! Beautiful and minimalist apartment, thank you

saylee mz

Nov 11, 2018, 11:39 pm Reply

This is really tidy and clean apartment, love it!

Ying H

Jan 1, 2019, 1:23 am Reply

This video was filmed a while ago but try air plants (Tillandsia)! They don't need direct light and do well in fluorescent lighting. They don't even need soil. Truly low maintenance plants.

Sandra Bedoya

Feb 2, 2019, 10:47 pm Reply

Cool, nice to see Americans showing what life is like inGermany. I never did it, ☹️ I’m in Künzelsau. ??‍♀️

Everzonian

Mar 3, 2019, 4:20 pm Reply

Really cool. If it were mine, I'd put that washer/dryer in the kitchen like they do in Europe and reclaim bathroom/shower space.

Terry Sproat

Apr 4, 2019, 8:57 pm Reply

You have to buy your own CABINETS in germany?!!

Charise Daniels

May 5, 2019, 6:56 am Reply

Your herbs may do better if not in metal pots and with drain holes. Something to consider.

Madd Scientist

May 5, 2019, 4:09 pm Reply

nice & bright + Washing machine!!!
hate cramped hallways.
good thing u have a pantry 'cause u took down ur cabinets for dry goods 🙁
at least u have adjustable shelves in the bedroom storage

Highflyer Potatoe

Jun 6, 2019, 6:58 pm Reply

So your entrance is a closet basically. ?

Annette Ferguson

Jul 7, 2019, 8:38 am Reply

Simple and functional, love it.

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