Blog with style

Anika Pries has a penchant for good style: you could say she is irresistibly attracted to it. And she loves nothing better than sharing it with others. Anika is a 34 year old communications designer who over the last six years has used her interiors and lifestyle blog STILREICH to reach the hearts of her faithful readers, building up an impressive community of fans and followers, and transforming her passion into a profession. 

Anika lives her (living) dream with her husband and her two sons aged eight and ten on an idyllic farmhouse in Rheinhessen. “Interior design and creative ways of working are my life’s greatest passions,” says the confident fashion-conscious blogger. “I use my own very personal style to inspire my readers. I tell them all about my home, new trends, in fact anything and everything that fascinates and inspires me.” This is how Anika describes the recipe for her success. 

The atmospheric photos in her interiors and lifestyle blog illustrate the author’s affinity with unfussy Scandinavian feel-good design, a common thread which runs through all the rooms. The whole impression is characterised by lightness and clarity. Tones of white, black and grey predominate. To contrast with these colours, Anika cleverly introduces high-quality soft furnishings in warm beige tints which act as eye-catching accents. In all other respects, the premise “less is more” holds sway in the Pries household.

I attach great importance to beautiful individual items and furniture, and make sure they have enough space to be noticed and to make the right impact,” explains Anika.

Stylish rediscoveries

Always on the lookout for new trends and styles, our STILREICH author recently rediscovered her love of a very special kind of fabric. “Velvet is quite simply magic. It’s the best way of quickly adding glamour and cosiness to a room,” enthuses Anika. And when the conversation turns to her new dining room furniture, Anika goes into raptures. “We had been looking for the ideal dining table for ages, and at last we found it: the oval Rolf Benz 965 in dark oak. In combination with the matching chairs from the Rolf Benz 650 range the table goes beautifully in front of our natural stone wall in the eating area. The rustic wall and stylish furniture together result in an inspired symbiosis.  The new furniture matches our existing style of furnishing perfectly and creates a perfect transition between dining and living areas. It’s stylish and practical – and from the start belonged to the whole family. This is where we all eat, chat, play and work,” smiles Anika.

Anika Pries, Stilreich

„Just have the courage to choose new shapes. A table doesn’t always have to have four corners. Beautiful pictures create a stylish atmosphere. A sideboard will free up more space on the table, and last but not least, a lovely carpet gives you flooring you won’t want to leave for a long, long time.“

Even where space is at more of a premium, the Rolf Benz 965 dining table, which is also available in a round version, looks absolutely fabulous. The light-looking solid wood table top and the filigree structure of the underframe allow the table to integrate harmoniously into all sorts of different living spaces. Combined with the elegant and equally flexible family of chairs Rolf Benz 650 (these won the German Design Award 2017), you can create a completely harmonious overall picture.

And if you too are looking to decorate your dining room, listen to what Anika says in her blog. “Just have the courage to choose new shapes. A table doesn’t always have to have four corners. Beautiful pictures create a stylish atmosphere. A sideboard will free up more space on the table, and last but not least, a lovely carpet gives you flooring you won’t want to leave for a long, long time.”

Are you looking for more inspiration about fashionable lifestyle and furnishings? Anika’s STILREICH blog is open 24/7. Take a look: you won’t regret it.