Meet Amy- our interior design and furnishing adviser
Amy Brandhorst learned interior design on the move- literally. Having moved house a number of times as her parents climbed South East London’s property ladder, Amy experienced first-hand the renovation and redecoration of a number of homes throughout her childhood. She loved seeing how a property could be transformed, sparking her interest in interiors from a very young age.
“I remember sketching layouts of the living room and my parents’ bedroom and then presenting it to them.”
As Amy grew up, this interest in architecture and interior design turned into a passion. Amy first moved to Berlin in 2014 as an exchange student. During her time at the Freie Universitaet, Amy saw the city as an incredibly colourful and vibrant place, with so much going on that she wanted to be a part of. Having also seen the great amount of opportunities there are in the interiors and property world there, Amy made the exciting decision to return to the city two years later after graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in English Literature. Amy now has a diploma in Interior Design from the National Design Academy and runs her very own interior design business.
“I didn’t expect to start a career in Berlin… it just sort of happened!”
Having moved to Berlin at such a young age and knowing virtually no-one, Amy describes the first few months as a daunting but more so exciting experience. While she says that the greatest difficulties of her move involved the more bureaucratic elements, such as taxes, operating as a freelancer and organising housing, taking the time to explore the city’s different neighbourhoods as well as meet people along the way really helped Amy settle into her new life in a capital so different from the one she had just left behind.
“I put myself out there socially – you have to be forward and make the effort!”
Amy also stresses the benefits Berlin offers to young people, noting a huge difference in income inequality in Berlin when compared to London. She argues that in Berlin, young people who are at the beginning of their careers are more likely to have a better quality of life than they will have in London.
“You don’t have to have a lot of money here to have a nice lifestyle.”
As part of her business, Amy helps a range of Black Label clients. Investor property owners can come to Amy if they would like to rent their buy-to-let as a furnished letting, for which they can get a higher rent.
“It’s an extremely affordable service and they don’t have to lift a finger, which is great if they are abroad.”
Amy also offers home staging. This is where furniture is temporarily placed into a house or apartment for the purpose of making rooms look bigger as well as helping buyers to see the property as a home rather than an empty shell. Home staging can also help properties sell faster and for a higher price. For home owners, the creative interior designer also has a bespoke interior design service, which helps the owner make the most out of their space to create a beautiful home. For this, Amy uses her partnerships with Berlin furniture brands to source stunning original pieces.