Hey, this is the first summary of our monthly Instagram challenge #wreathofthemonth

Sharing those winning images is very special to me because this challenge has already a very special place in my heart!

Without having told a lot of people about our new adventure Berit & I started this challenge because we were very passionate about wreaths. I could not have been happier: so many beautiful photos were turned in! THANK YOU!
So each month Berit and I will chose our winner and 4 favorites and share it with you {also, I can’t wait to see Berit’s favorites…}
So this is my winning image for April:
wreath of the month private_lawn4
Doesn’t this image by PRIVATE_LAWN4 look breathtaking? I really love it because here you can see what an impact a wreath can have on interior decoration! It looks, like it belongs there – for like ever! It looks natural and yet so festive. What a great way to live with wreaths!
wreath of the month #wreathofthemonth
These other wreaths are really spacial to my heart, too!
The first one shows a wreath by my beautiful friend jocelynhefner. You might think I am biased here but she really surprised me with her first attempt to make a wreath – it is simply a stunner! Can you smell the citrus fruits? She said, I got her hooked and is there a more beautiful thing to hear?
The second one shows a simple & wild wreath by juliatrlr. Without seeing her picture I had a very similar wreath on my mind. I collected those white blossoming branches too but before I had time to form a wreath, they wilted. So this image is a beautiful reminder of how pretty a simple wreath can be.
The third one is just too cute not to share! Ok, maybe it’s passion_shake, who is even cuter, but how can you forget this dancing flower girl…
And finally, the last one by the sweet visnja_k from Cali! Without knowing this, she took a picture of my all time favorite wreaths {OK, OK, and the door, too}! I was obsessed by the beauty of this wreath from the moment I saw it on Pinterest! I even made a citrus wreath myself! And this brilliant lady just snapped this picture on her daily route thinking about me! What a beautiful world we live in!

I hope you have enjoyed the first round – I certainly did – and am so looking forward to new beautiful wreaths.

Have a great weekend, A. XO


I can’t tell you HOW HAPPY I am that spring has finally come! I love the wintertime and especially snow but this winter has really got me to my knees. I can’t remember being so tired in my life – grey weather for months – ugh! You probably can imagine what this spring, sun and the blooming nature has done to me… It woke me up and I am arranging and rearranging flowers every day!
buttercups with dark leaves bouquet via Stilzitat blog
buttercups with dark leaves bouquet via Stilzitat blog
Next to the greens around me, those dark red leaves have had a huge impact on me. Aren’t those beautiful? So shiny & new but then again so dark & dramatic.
buttercups with dark leaves bouquet via Stilzitat blog
Please don’t tell me, that these leaves leave you unimpressed :-)
The rest of the images are here for you to enjoy!
buttercups with dark leaves bouquet via Stilzitat blog
buttercups with dark leaves bouquet via Stilzitat blog
Wishing you a great start to this week! Enjoy, A. XO



its the time of the month again, where Berit from Marmelade Kisses and I are showing you our wreaths of the month. It was in March, when we started out our challenge – for all of you to join & enjoy – #wreathofthemonth

Every last day of the month we will show you the wreaths we made and a few days later we will announce 4 favorites and one winner!

But before we will announce the winners, its time for a little tutorial – as I got asked many times how to make a wreath.
This time I decided on a very easy one: all you need is a wreath out of foam rubber, pins & flowers of your choice.
cherry and apple blossom for a wreath
My philosophy stays the same, month after month: I do love to use seasonal plants or the things that I already have at home. I used cherry & apple blossoms, a dark leaf that just started to spring outside of our house and salmon colored rose petals that I have at home to make a potpourri.
rose petals apple blossom
I love using foam wreaths {as you can see, this one was already used quite a few times} because they are so easy to work with, and you can water the foam to keep the flowers fresh!
foam wreath
To make a foundation, I covered the foam with rose petals using pins:
rose petals on a wreath
rose petals on a wreath
After I was finished with the rose petals I started to adjust the bigger blossoms to the wreath – no needles were needed for this because the flowers had stronger stems and I could simply push it into the foam.
cherry blossom wreath
Little by little the wreath started to take form…cherry blossom wreath
cherry blossom wreath
By adding a few darker leaves the wreath got a little more dramatic & the contrast shows the variety of spring very well. Don’t you just love how the colors correspond?
cherry blossom wreath
I can’t wait to see more of your works – remember – you can use any material possible! Maybe I’ll surprise you with something other than flowers next month…
Like we already mentioned, today we will show our wreaths of the month, on Instagram you can find it very easy under #wreathofthemonth. If you don’t want to share on IG, you can easily let me a link to your blogpost under this post.
Enjoy and wreath yourself away!



all of you know that I am a huge wreath maker! So it seemed logical to start a personal wreath challenge. Over the past months & with great pleasure, I was showing my wreaths over on Instagram {#stilzitatwreath}.
It remained a personal challenge and I never thought of it as a challenge for others, even though people started to participate. To me it was something personal because on one hand a wreath has the perfect form and like my friend Jocelyn said: ‘…it is a constant return to the beginning’. On the other hand I really love to work with seasonal elements as I adore to watch the seasons change! It goes even further: sometimes I make it a task to use only things that I have at home: the pieces are available immediately, it is a little bit more challenging but the wreath becomes environmentally sustainable, so this is a double YAY! Once I turned to popcorn to make a Christmas wreath for a table centerpiece & but never imagined that people would want to participate in my little wreath adventures.

So it was not until my friend Berit from marmeladekisses asked me if she could join in a monthly challenge and it certainly made ‘click’! I admire Berit for her photography skills and she is such a doll with a great personality! So here we are, expanding our personals horizons and starting a new challenge:

wreath of the month march #wreathofthemonth

#wreathofthemonth will be our official hashtag on Instagram!
We will post our wreaths on the last day of every month and every one who would like to participate can join us! We will be showing our winner and 4 favorites and publish them on our blogs.

Here goes my wreath for the first challenge: get inspired and wreath yourself away…
wreath of the month #wreathofthmonth march

Everyone can participate and we would love to see you use every material possible : be it flowers&plants, drawings&paintings, branches& sticks, hung on a door or laid out on a table…. There is only one rule: the image has to be new and be linked back to stilzitat or marmeladekisses. Don’t forget to use #wreathofthemonth, so we can find you…

wreath of the month march #wreathofthemonth

Wreath yourself away and get creative!



I bet ALL of you love to travel and explore new landscapes. For years I wanted to travel far far north to experience the blue hues of the old glaciers. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it this year but the longing didn’t stop. It got worse. So I decided to stop looking at those seductive images of Iceland and Finland and make my own art installation.
I hope you enjoy my floating icebergs with watercolor skies and a marble ocean.

iceberg art installation with watercolor skies and a marble ocean

Bildschirmfoto 2015-03-17 um 22.55.07

iceberg art installation with watercolor skies and a marble ocean

iceberg art installation with watercolor skies and a marble ocean

iceberg art installation with watercolor skies and a marble ocean

iceberg art installation with watercolor skies and a marble ocean


Dear wreath lovers,

you might have read, that I am a wreath-a-holic in my last post?
I make wreaths a lot! Most of the time I gather my materials in the woods & I bring them home from my walks. Sometimes I even plant a special plant in my garden, just to use it for a styling.

By the end of this past year life got really busy so I missed to share my winter wreath with you. Which is too bad, as this one is one of my favorites so far. You may wonder why: not because of the looks, but because of the fact that I didn’t buy a single thing for this wreath!
stilzitat winter wreath

I love to use things I already have at home for my stylings {I have had this cotton plant for almost 2 years} and I also love to use seasonal treasures I bring home {these branches with yellow moss caught my eye immediately}.

stilzitat winter wreath

I will continue my personal challenge here and on Instagram under #stilzitatwreath. AND: there is going to be a SURPRISE the next time I post a wreath. So stay tuned…




Double exposure made with Afterlight

my dear friend Jocelyn tagged me to share 40 facts about me on Instagram. So here we go!

1. I was born in the Ukraine.
2. I speak Russian, German, English and a little Ukrainian. Very little Ukrainian.
3. Stilzitat is the german name of my vintage store and can be translated to ‘quote of style’.
4. My mom called me after the russian novella ‘Aся’ (Turgenev) – this is the short form of Anastasia.
5. I started reading this novella several times but never finished it.
6. I used to read a lot ( and I mean A LOT!) but never got into russian or french (except Houellebecq) literature.
7. My favorite books are: The Picture of Dorian Gray (O. Wilde), What I Loved (S. Hustvedt), The Corrections (J. Franzen), The Human Stain (P. Roth)
8. I used to dance ballet for 10 yrs.
9. I had piano lessons for 7 yrs.
10. This russian kid went all the way: not only ballet & piano – I also visited an art school.
11. I really hated my piano lessons!
12. I really miss art school and started painting and drawing again!
13. I got my first DSLR when I was 15.
14. I studied art history and photography was not my favorite subject.
15. ‘Demon seated in the garden’ by M. Vrubel was THE reason I studied art history.
16. Sometimes I am speechless when looking at art. Even as an art historian. Period!
17. I get lost in paintings and can sit in front of them for hours (I really DO sit in front of them for hours!)
18. I used to be obsessed with ‘The Dying Slave’ by Michelangelo.
19. Therefore I have been a regular to The Louvre.
20. Now I avoid going to The Louvre, I would end up lost for days and days…
21. Paris is my favorite city!
22. I can’t listen to good music when I have to work.
23. To me the Chanel sign is the perfect trade mark.
24. I would love to see the aurora borealis!
25. I don’t wear jeans.
26. You either see me wearing dresses or leather shorts.
27. I am terribly short.
28. But: I don’t like to wear high heels.
29. One of my biggest wishes is to travel more.
30. I am a wreath-a-holic.
31. My love affair with flowers started when I quit smoking and treated myself with fresh flowers every week.
32. I love the smell of bergamot.
33. My favorite time of the year is fall.
34. I wish I could be the mommy of 10 persian cats and 10 pugs. Lucky me, I am the mommy of the best persian cat in the world!
35. I don’t like bananas.
36. I do believe that you can change bad habits if you work hard enough.
37. I really love to go shopping on my own. Stressing: my own, IF I go shopping.
38. I told my man about this hashtag series & asked him to name a few facts. He just came up with: you are altruistic. AW!
39. I was raised not knowing what envy & greed are and find it difficult to understand and forgive people who are envious. Working on it…
40. Flexibility is my best and my worst trait.

I could go on and on, but this is it for now. It has been fun reading the others share their 40 facts & I think this is an interesting way to connect.

( you can find more on Instagram under the #share40factsaboutYOU )

I hope you enjoyed reading & please join, if you wish…



Finally: it’s THE TIME of the year and I am continuing my Christmas decoration without a Christmas tree. I have been doing this for years now, from my point of view there is so much you can do to make your home festive, without having to buy a tree… This year one of my all time favorite companies – House Doctor – asked me get into the Christmas mood and style with their products. In the past weeks I renovated my studio and with a new found acrylic table & my new black background I had such a great time getting into a festive mood:Christmas decoration House Doctor Christmas decoration House DoctorChristmas decoration House DoctorChristmas decoration House DoctorChristmas decoration House Doctor I went to get all kinds of branches, sticks & moss from the garden and the woods. I love to use the things I usually have for my daily decoration and put them in another, festive context. Here the flower pots work as a candle holder and the wire christmas bulbs go on a naked stick. Don’t you just love how the industrial metal flower pot transforms into an elegant container for an olive christmas tree? I hope you are inspired by my decoration for this Christmas. If you are wondering how my Christmas stylings looked in the past, you can find it here, here, here, here and here.


Do you know the Urban Jungle Bloggers?

It’s about time I post a declaration of love here, because these two beautiful people, Igor and Judith, got me buying and saving not only flowers but also plants. Every month the UJB have a special topic on plants and ask bloggers to participate in this challenge. After a summer break their topic for September is: ‘Back to school! Plants on the workplace’.

Living in the States a few years ago I was surrounded by this theme in September: ‘Back to school’, and this is how I interpret their topic: After a quite summer I am BACK TO WORK – my home office has become more and more important in the past months and I love to surround myself with beautiful things. Plants and flowers are an inherent part of my home office and here are two of the bad boys I always have around:
Urban Jungle Bloggers Home Office StilzitatUrban Jungle Bloggers Home Office Stilzitat
Would you like to join in their challenge and show us your plants?
XO, A.


It’s September and it’s time for my personal wreath challenge again.
This year the summer in Germany was really cold and whenever on the internet, I was drawn to summery images… Yesterday you could take a glimpse on my personal favorites I found on the internet. I like those images not only for their summerly look, they also remind me of my trip to Italy last August. So with the bad weather outside I wanted to bring a fresh and colorful feeling to our home and created my own lemon wreath.Lemon wreath via Stilzitat blogNot knowing, how great the wreath would look next to my prickly pears in the kitchen, also Zinnias and withered nigellas compliment the late summer look and I am more than happy with the result of this colorful looking wreath.Lemon wreath via Stilzitat blogLemon wreath via Stilzitat blog Here and here you can look up the other wreaths I have made. hope to have brought a little more summer sunshine to you, have a great weekend!
XO, A.


You guys,

it’s a new month and it’s time for my personal monthly challenge. Even my friend from Chile was like: it’s a new month, how about a new wreath?

I will show you my wreath tomorrow, but looking at my inspirational images, you sure will recognize, what the main theme will be all about! Lemons!Bildschirmfoto 2014-09-17 um 10.03.43
Lemon wreath by Luisa Brimblelemon wreathLemon wreath by rioslipczukLemon wreath by DeLaFleurLemon wreath by DeLaFleur
These images shown above are not mine, the sources are listed under the images. I hope you like them, as much as I do!
XO, A.