KITCHEN LEATHER HANDLES DIY

Today I would love to share a few images from my new kitchen.Kitchen leather handles DIY via Stilzitat blog We have a pretty small kitchen and I don’t like it, when small rooms look too crowded. This is the reason why I decided to go for a clean, fresh look and kept most of the kitchen white. Wood, white & silver metals and cognac colored accessoires are the only color drops so far. And of course fresh herbs.Open kitchen self via Stilzitat blog with vintage tinsI like open shelving and use my shelves to display these beautiful vintage pharmacy tins and cans. I love that they are different size, so I can use them as storage for pasta, herbs, tee or coffee or various kitchen utensils.Leather handles DIY via Stilzitat blogIf you are interested in the kitchen leather handles, these are the materials I used:
-1 leather belt
-a ruler
-a cutter
-screws
-screw nuts
-drill
-utensils to fix the screws
-water-level
I cut the belt into identical pieces and drilled holes into the kitchen doors and also into the handles. I adjusted the leather to the kitchen fronts, making sure its straight using a water-level {this picture above pictures me working on the DIY handles}.
I really, really love the look of old, used cognac leather and this is also the reason, why I don’t worry about stains and the weathered look the handles will get after a while. I think, it will match the vintage accessoires.
What accessoires do you use to spice up your kitchen?

6 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR FLOWERS FRESH

I have to confess: I am a very bad driver, as soon, as summer arrives! I can’t concentrate on the street if flowers are along the way {or cute pugs, but that’s another story…}. I live in a very green suburb and I am head over heels for flowery meadows. I can’t get enough of all the colorful flowers that show up everywhere! I ALWAYS have a cutter and gloves in my car, just in case an unexpected beauty comes my way! Now look, what I found along the road yesterday:SUMMER BOUQUET via Stilzitat blogI found these natural beauties right after my weekly trip to the farmer’s market. It is my favorite weekly routine to go to the market and buy fresh flowers {I will show you some dahlias later on} but these huge flowers, that I spotted on my way home just knocked my socks off! Isn’t this the most beautiful joy of summer? Fresh and easy flower arrangements? To me it is pure bliss! Right now I can’t think of a better way to display the wild flowers: this large, unpretentious flower tin pot. I have a thing for large tin pots, as my balcony is full of them. If you don’t have a large tin pot, just take a large vase, but make sure, that the stems have enough space to get all the water they need. Summer flowersSummer flowersSummer flowers via Stilzitat blogHere I have to speak from experience: fresh cut field flowers can be very difficult to handle! If you found the most amazing beauties along your way, make sure you only cut them, if there will be a possibility to put them into water real quick! They are very delicate and need a large sip of water pretty quick after they were cut.
As beautiful as summer is, you might be aware of the fact, that your flowers don’t last that long, as soon, as they are in your home… To me it has always been a HUGE conflict: how is it possible, that summer gives you the greatest variety of flowers and it seems impossible to preserve this beauty at home? Well, I love to have fresh flowers in my home, so these are the things I do to keep my flowers fresh:
-remove all the unnecessary leaves and stems
to me this seems to be the most important tip! {I do it every single time, no matter what flowers and what time of the year}!
-find a cool space in your apartment
{if you are having a summery celebration and have to get the flowers ahead of the party, make sure to store the flowers in a dark and cold place!}. Your flowers might look cute on a sunny windowsill, but this is a good way to kill them in 3 days…
-change water daily
most of the summer flowers are thirsty little fellas and I found it helpful to change the water every day.
-add sugar to water sugar helps provide the flowers with all the nutrients, it can be mixed with vinegar, vodka and bleach
-vinegar, vodka and bleach yes, that’s right, they all help to minimize the growth of bacteria in the water. You can use 1-2 tablespoons of the vinegar for a vase, but only a few drops of the bleach or the vodka.
-copper penny sometimes I add a copper penny to the water, do you do this too? Or do you have further tips and tricks to keep your flowers fresh? I would love to hear your advice – I bet there is so much more you can do to keep flowers fresh!

A SUMMER WREATH – POPPIES & WHEAT

My blog posts have been very rare these past months. Redecorating a whole apartment is hard, hard work. Especially, if you have to do it by yourself and next to the normal work schedule. But I would have never expected it to be this energy- and time-consuming! The apartment we live in has been finished for a while now, but there were other things that needed to be done {like redecorating and moving my whole studio}. You know, I love me some artsy work on a daily basis ;-) but more than this, I am a perfectionist, who needs a tidy and uncluttered environment to work in. Not having a studio was daunting and I missed working creatively on a daily basis. Instead of posting half-hearted posts, I decided to get all the work done, and start fresh!

I am back to blogging with a new blogging challenge I created as a promise to myself: WREATHS on a monthly basis! In the beginning of every month I will be posting a new wreath. Blogging challenges really get me going! If I have a deadline, my creative instincts seem to go through a reincarnation and this is exactly, what I need after such a long pause of blogging!
Looking at great flower/plant/nature photography, I always find myself being attracted to wreaths. I can never get enough of wreaths, to me a round shaped arrangement is the epitome of perfection. So, instead of admiring the work of others, why not start a very own challenge? Here we go with the very first wreath, it is a fresh, summerly arrangement.
summerwreathWith almost all the work done around my house, I found the time to go out in the fields and collect some beautiful flowers. The beauties you see on this picture have all been collected in the fields, no flowershopping needed! Do the same thing: go out in the nature, and get your own flowers for a beautiful wreath!
summer flowers via Stilzitat blogSummer wreath DIY via Stilzitat blog These last pictures show you how easy it is to make a wreath. Make sure you collect flowers with long stems if you have no additives but wire… Connect stem by stem, until they are long enough to be combined to form a wreath. Et voilà!

ROSES AS WALLPAPER?


Roses via Stilzitat Blog Flower images are trending – for me they were never out of style – as some of you have noticed… Those of you, who have been following my Instagram have noticed, that I am still looking for some art to hang. Last week I collected some gorgeous roses and was thinking about putting them in my home – forever! How about: roses blown up on the wall? What do you think?Roses via Stilzitat blog