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PARROT TULIPS: DARK & MOODY

Parrot tulips dark and moody via Stilzitat blog Parrot tulips dark and moody via Stilzitat blogThe past days have been so warm and sunny here in Germany, I just HAD to make another styling with tulips. Honestly, ordinary tulips are not my favorite flowers, but ever since I know about french tulips & parrot tulips – I can’t get enough of these pretties!┬áThose parrot tulips look so luxurious! Don’t you just love those noble beauties?
Parrot tulips dark and moody via Stilzitat blog

DIY: CONCRETE WALLS

Before you quit reading, thinking: ‘Duh! Concrete walls, yeah right! That’s waaaaay too difficult!’ STOP right here: working with concrete is EASY!
Those, following my Instagram, know that I have been redecorating lately. It took weeks to finish the bed- and living room and even though the rest is not ready yet, I wanted to share a few images of the new living room. My guest entertaining armada already moved in and setting the table made me so happy, because it actually looked exactly the way I imagined it. I can’t wait to have my friends over!
Concrete dining room via Stilzitat blogFrench tulips in Concrete dining room via Stilzitat blogThe exciting thing about the living room are the new walls!
They have that concrete look I was longing for. Now listen to this: exactly every single person {who has entered the living room so far} asks: ‘Are you gonna leave it this way?’ ‘Yeah! I am!’
But – what does it tell me?
I know, I am not alone with my love for concrete, so this is why I have this little DIY for you.
It all started when I saw the original walls in the living room. They had this rough plaster, which I didn’t like at all… So I thought about all the different varieties and decided to go for concrete walls. The good thing was, that this rough plaster didn’t need a special preparation and I could apply the concrete mixture directly to the walls. If you want to have concrete walls, make sure you apply it the right way. If you have a very smooth surface, make sure you apply a contact liquid to make it stay on the walls. If you have to work in multiple layers, add a special mesh in between the layers. You should know the nature of the wall you are applying the concrete to, but these questions are easily answered and if you know how to treat your wall before you apply the concrete, you can get going…
DIY: concrete walls via Stilzitat bl
What you need:

  • 1 large bucket
  • sanding surfacer
  • putty
  • oxygen mask
  • water
  • gloves
  • large stick or machine to mix the concrete with water
  • concrete mix

Concrete is very heavy. If you have something big to work on, get help! Be sure to wear an oxygen mask and gloves when mixing the concrete with water. You don’t want to breathe it all in and also wear gloves as it ruins your skin!
DIY: concrete walls via Stilzitat blogWell, with all of this preparation you will be ready to get started: mix the concrete in a large bucket, slowly applying the water. You will get a feeling for the texture pretty soon. I put small amounts of concrete on the sanding surfacer and started at the very bottom of the wall {30┬░angle} by applying the concrete to the wall by working from the bottom to the top. {Make sure the layers are not too thick because it will crack, if you apply too much concrete.} Also, don’t be too worried about irregularities because you can smooth them all out if the concrete is still wet. I worked in alleys and did the polishing in the end, when one alley was done. Also, one thing I find very important: if you don’t want to have intersections in colors or structures, finish a complete wall because you will always notice a change once you apply wet concrete to an already dried concrete wall {you’ll notice the change even if the wall has dried completely}. In this last image you can see the difference between an already dried and a wet wall.
DIY: concrete walls via Stilzitat blogLet it dry for a couple of days, some parts took 2 weeks to completely dry and if you wish, you can finish with sand paper if you see some irregularities.
After a few weeks it’ll get the amazing light grey color. I really love this color of the walls because it seems,  they make every other color in this room shine even more!
What a pretty background for the french tulips!

{I didn’t post the products I worked with on purpose, because every hardware store has it’s own concrete mix and for my german friends, who can actually get the products I got: feel free to ask, if you have questions…}

SPRING CENTERPIECE WITH ANEMONES

My dear friend Inga and lovely Elodie are back with the 2flowergirls challenge. This is a monthly flower styling challenge: they chose one special flower every month and this February they wanted to style with anemones.
Centerpiece with anemones and spring flowers via Stilzitat blogThe weather here is so mild and spring flowers keep popping out everywhere! So I thought, I’d have a centerpiece for my new dining table, with pretty anemones, poppies, crocuses and pink rhododendron flowers. Looking at these images, spring is just around the corner, even though it’s just February…. I couldn’t be happier, that the 2 flowergirls are back!
Centerpiece with anemones via Stilzitat blog Centerpiece with anemones via Stilzitat blog

URBAN JUNGLE BLOGGERS: 1 PLANT – 3 STYLINGS

Urban Jungle Bloggers February edition - via Stilzitat blogI L O V E participating in styling challenges! But this urbanjunglebloggers styling challenge was very special to me because I am at a very challenging point of my life right now. I started renovating my new apartment and the simple redecoration turned into a dusty and dirty reconstruction area. This has absorbed me for weeks and I started missing styling plants on a regular basis. So this challenge {the charming Igor and sporty Judith have started a couple months ago} came in just handy to take me out of my reconstruction area and put me into the blogger spheres again – and I L O V E ed it!

My plant of choice was the ‘muehlenbeckia complexa’ – you may wonder why? I saved three little plants from the supermarket, they were nearly dead, when I got them. I replanted them and in a few weeks they grew twice their original size and I figured, they loved living on my window sill. I watched them get bigger and bigger, and my love and appreciation for their wild looks began to get bigger and bigger….

This first styling took place in my old studio, where I have been working on a few concrete projects, like this concrete table and some concrete flower pots I will show you later on in spring…
Urban Jungle Bloggers February edition - via Stilzitat blogThe second styling was in my new apartment, this is also the reason, why you see unfinished walls and floors… But having put all of the plants there, I actually loved the building yard atmosphere – what about you?
Urban Jungle Bloggers February edition - via Stilzitat blogThis last styling took place in the evening sun of my new bedroom. I told you before, that my love for this inconsiderable plant has grown, so I am trying to root those little cuties! For me, it doesn’t have to take place in a hidden spot. Just put them in the spotlight by placing them on a table in test-tubes and your centerpiece for a simple dinner will be ready!
Urban Jungle Bloggers February edition - via Stilzitat blogWhat about you and your urban jungle? Would you love to share it, too?

DIY: DRIED WREATH WITH FEATHERS

Dried feather wreath via Stilzitat blog
These past weeks I have been redecorating our new apartment – but in a blink of an eye the new apartment turned into a big reconstruction area. A glorious mess! Weeks flew by and I started missing styling – of course I am working creative on/in the new apartment and I know what it is all for, but still: I was missing working on little special arrangements. Of course it would be so out of place to get fresh flowers and plants into the reconstruction area {though a plant or two have made it into the new apartment already}, but I still wanted to have a reminder of the flowery beauty I usually see on a daily basis. So I made a little wreath, that could last forever and hung it on one of the raw walls… Now I have a little dry gem on the ‘soon to be perfect walls’ and the redecorating got easier.

What you need:

-birch branches

-all kinds of dried flowers and twings {I used eucalyptus, cotton twigs, feathers and willow}

-flower wire

Get creative with all the dried tiwngs and branches you have at home, this dried wreath is then made forever!

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