FLOATING ICEBERG WITH WATERCOLOR SKIES & A MARBLE SEA

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

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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

WREATH OF THE MONTH

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}.

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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…

A. XO

40 FACTS ABOUT ME

Hello,

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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…

A. XO

HOUSE DOCTOR CHRISTMAS DECORATION

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.

URBAN JUNGLE BLOGGERS – PLANTS IN THE HOME OFFICE

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:
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Would you like to join in their challenge and show us your plants?
XO, A.

LEMON WREATH

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.

LEMON WREATH – MY INSPIRATION

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.

CENTERPIECE MADE OF IVY & BABY BREATH

My computer broke down, just on time for my birthday, luckily it was ‘just’ the battery charger and the problem was solved fast, as soon, as stores opened on monday. After I did some data saving, I can finally show you the centerpiece I prepared for my birthday.
For the longest I wanted to make a centerpiece out of ivy, I think it looks gorgeous, so natural & unpretentious.
Ivy and Babybreath centerpiece via Stilzitat blogTo get the look I wanted, I just added white antique linen, old silver, some very old lace for the napkins, baby breath, crystal glasses and marble candle holders.
I think this is all the explanation needed, for now I will leave you with the rest of the photos… Enjoy! Ivy and Babybreath centerpiece via Stilzitat blogIvy and Babybreath centerpiece via Stilzitat blogIvy and Babybreath centerpiece via Stilzitat blogIvy and Babybreath centerpiece via Stilzitat blogIvy and Babybreath centerpiece via Stilzitat blogIvy and Babybreath centerpiece via Stilzitat blogThis last picture shows you, how the table looked, when the guests arrived: romantic – with the candles lit.
Oh, and just a funny note on the site: if your kitchen is not so close to the dining table, only think about this decoration if you have pleeeenty of time. With all this ivy on the table, it was not possible to put the food in the center, so I had to run to the kitchen quite some time…

GLADIOLI – WITH BLACK BERRIES AND DAHLIAS

Gladioli and dahlias flower arrangement via Stilzitat blogI would love to share one of my first gladioli arrangements of this summer with you, I made it almost two months ago. I noticed, that I have been decorating with gladioli a lot lately. They are so glamorous and can add a dramatic touch to a flower arrangement. Gladioli and dahlias flower arrangement via Stilzitat blogGladioli and dahlias flower arrangement via Stilzitat blogThis time I added dahlias, black berries, sweet peas and some roses.Gladioli and dahlias flower arrangement via Stilzitat blog Summer is coming to an end here, it’s getting very cold but I still can’t get enough of those beautiful summer flowers, can you?

WREATH OF THE MONTH – AUGUST

If you missed my last post about a fresh summery wreath, you missed a promise I made to myself: one wreath a month. Blog challenges really get me going and I started my very own challenge. I have always been drawn to wreaths – they have the most perfect shape and you can make a wreath of almost anything and also put it anywhere you want.Summer flowers wreath via Stilzitat blogThis new wreath is made of summer flowers, like sweet peas and pink Queen Anne’s Lace. The details show you other hairy little flowers that I don’t know the name of… Anybody? Summer flowers wreath via Stilzitat blogSummer flowers wreath via Stilzitat blogI used this wreath as a center piece for our dining table, I still can’t get enough of these pink shades… Can you ever get enough of summer flowers?Summer flowers wreath via Stilzitat blog

MY NEW STUDIO & A BLACK TUTU TABLE SKIRT DIY

I love the new white floor in my new studio and have been dreaming of a black tutu table dress ever since I saw an image of Anna Spiro’s black table skirt. I work with so many colors and objects everyday that I wanted to have only one statement piece in my studio, the rest of the room is quite bright. Stilzitat home office black table skirtI just added a few color sprinkles here and there, like these cacti or some vintage bugs and butterflies.Cacti detail from Stilzitat studio via Stilzitat blogParis and butterflies details via Stilzitat blog If you like what you see and would love to know, how I managed to finally make myself a table skirt, here is the instruction for the DIY: I used black yarn, a needle, scissors and black tulle. I got a little over 20 meters of black tulle and put 2 layers over the table:

Table tulle skirt DIY via Stilzitat blog After I covered the whole table with two layers of tulle, I started cutting smaller pieces of tulle, these I sew to the sides and the front of the table. By riffling the tulle I added a little more volume to the layers. Even though I had lots of tulle, it was still see through, after I was finished, so I had to add black fabric under the tulle skirt and voilà – I was ready to dress my new studio with a brand new table skirt! What do you do to dress up your home office or studio?Table tulle skirt DIY via Stilzitat blog

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?