#itsamoodywednesday February Favorites

Hello dear friends of moody photography,

thank you so very much for joining the #itsamoodywednesday community on Instagram! Every Wednesday new spectacular images join this gorgeous hashtag and time and time again it is difficult to chose only a few. It is still stormy and rainy here in Germany and I am still drawn to these winterly images. You know, I love to celebrate the seasons and why not honor winter to the fullest, aslong the gloomy atmosphere is still there?

If you love moody photography just as much as I do, please feel free to browse all of these stunning accounts, you can find the links under each grid.

#itsamoodywednesday grid February 2017
#itsamoodywednesday grid February 2017

// elliekatemyers // poppybarach // the_gold_fern // jimgl //

#itsamoodywednesday grid February 2017
#itsamoodywednesday grid February 2017

// mudlarkandmagpie // fleuropean // petite harvest // bridgetvizoso //

#itsamoodywednesday grid February 2017
#itsamoodywednesday grid February 2017

// thatcornishbird // myfrenchcountrygarden //  knobz_ // passion_shake //

If you wish to join, these are the steps:

-every Wednesday until midnight your time: load up a moody image of your choice

-use the hashtag #itsamoodywednesday

-tag @stilzitat on Instagram

By the end of every month, I will pick my favorites and publish them on my Instagram and also here on my blog…

Thank you so much for playing along and I can’t wait for next Wednesday 🙂

A. XO

Falls ihr hier neu seid und #itsamoodywednesday noch nicht kennt… Es ist eine Mitmach-challenge bei Instagram, die sich zu einer wundervollen Gemeinschaft entwickelt hat, wo die Teilnehmer sagenhaft schöne moody Fotos hochladen. Das wirklich Schöne an der challenge ist, dass jeder ein Foto hochladen kann, dass seinen Vorstellungen von atmosphärischer & stimmungsvoll dunkler Fotografie entspricht. Falls ihr auch am #itsamoodywednesday teilnehmen möchtet, könnt ihr jeden Mittwoch, bis Mitternacht ein stimmungsvolles {moody} Foto Eurer Wahl bei Instagram hochladen und dabei meinen Instagram Kanal Stilzitat verlinken und unbedingt den Hashtag #itsamoodywednesday benutzen, damit ich Euer Foto besser finden kann. Auf diesem Wege ist bereits eine riesige Gemeinschaft entstanden, die sich jeden Mittwoch gegenseitig inspiriert neue fotografische Meisterwerke zu kreieren.
Am Ende eines jeden Monats werde ich sowohl auf Instagram, als auch hier auf dem Blog eine Auswahl der schönsten Bilder präsentieren ❤ Viel Freude beim Mitmachen… A. XO

 

 

Deconstructed boutonnières for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you love flowers just as much as I do, you see inspiration for gorgeous floral arrangements everywhere right now, don’t you? It is the perfect possibility to finally show your love and appreciation for that special someone! Even though I believe in the principle of showing your love to your loved ones every single day of the year, Valentine’s Day has become an excellent occasion – even for the least romantic among us – to woo that person you can’t stop thinking about…

pink sunset at North Sea
pink sunset at North Sea

My recent trip to the North Sea, particular this image of a mesmerizing sunset left me speechless and inspired me to create a similar color palette with flowers for Valentine’s Day… I teamed up with the fantastic crew of 1000gutegruende to create this special project ❤ They share so many cute projects with flowers and I am so honored to now be one of their ‘flower girls’! I felt, flying balloons were the perfect interior decoration to recreate this magical atmosphere I was able to experience at the North Sea! Looking at this sunset, a vision started forming in my head. Not only did I want to have ballons, but I wanted to have balloons with flowers! And just like that I translated two symbols of love: the boutonnière & the garland as a figurative symbol for the bond between two lovers, but let us follow the step by step instructions as I will first show you how to make the boutonnière:

BOUTONNIERE DIY: 

I know from experience that helium balloons don’t last this long, so it was my intention to pick flowers, that were not too heavy. During my research I stumbled over this breathtaking flower – the alstroemeria. I worked with alstroemerias for the very first time, but it certainly won’t be my last time! This little wonder of nature opened from an inconsiderable little green pea to this stunning beauty! Ok, and it truly reminded me of a leopard inside, but this is another story 😉

alstroemeria and pink marble
alstroemeria and pink marble

I decided to make the alstroemeria my main flower of the boutonnière, because it was the most impressive but also a lightweight, this way I could easily adjust it to my helium balloons. To add a little more color to the balloon boutonnière I added a few more pink flowers like roses, kalanchoe and ranunculus…

pink kalanchoe and pink marble
pink kalanchoe and pink marble
pink roses and blush linen
pink roses and blush linen
pink marble and salmon colored ranunculus
pink marble and salmon colored ranunculus

You will now see what I mean by a ‘deconstructed boutonnière’… Boutonnières have a very long history and in the past decades they have become symbols for love and appreciation… Traditionally a boutonnière is a floral decoration worn by men on special occasions, but I wanted to bring this symbol of love into our home and this is why I decided to create balloon boutonnières! 

Balloon boutonnière DIY
Balloon boutonnière DIY
balloon boutonnières for Valentine's Day
balloon boutonnières for Valentine’s Day

If you like the idea of attaching flowers to balloons, you are so welcome to get inspired and to recreate it for your home, too! Here you will find a step-by-step DIY so you know how to make it work in your home ❤ In order to make these colorful floral boutonnières for Valentine’s Day you need a few basic floral tools and to make it even simpler, ans also to take out the weight, I reduced the materials intentionally so you can have the most of your pretty interior decoration for Valentine’s…

You need:

big helium ballons

flowers

scissors

thin wire

washi tape

colored ribbons ( I used cotton because it is not as heavy as linen)

tools for Boutonnière DIY
tools for Boutonnière DIY

The main flowers, the focal flowers, I used for my balloon boutonnière are alstroemerias. The colorful accents are added by ranunculus, roses, kalanchoes and additionally baby’s breath.

Valentine's Day Balloon Boutonniere DIY
Valentine’s Day Balloon Boutonniere DIY

The first step after cutting the flowers from the stems, was to remove all of the stems and leaves, leaving only a small nub at the base. After all the stems and leaves were removed I put the wire into this little nub.

Valentine's Day Balloon Boutonniere DIY
Valentine’s Day Balloon Boutonniere DIY

After the wire was attached, I took both sides of the wire and bent them to make one solid wire. As I was attaching the wires to the flowers, I made sure to remove all the heavy and not so pretty petals from the flowers, so the boutonnière won’t get too heavy. Now that all the wires were attached to the flowers, I combined all of the wires to create one wire base.

Valentine's Day Balloon Boutonniere DIY
Valentine’s Day Balloon Boutonniere DIY

Again, to reduce the weight of the boutonnière, I used washi tape instead of a heavy floral tape. To cover the wire stems with the washi tape, I started at the base and wrapped it around the wire. Then I taped it little by little, making sure it was as smooth and as tight as possible. I also made sure, that no wire was sticking out. This ways I could attach the little flower boutonnière safely to the end of the balloon…

Balloon boutonnière DIY
Balloon boutonnière DIY

After you are finished with making your boutonnière, you can easily attach the wire stem to the end of the ballon, adding a few colorful ribbons if you like. Et voilà, your balloon boutonnière is ready to be given away to the person who has won over your heart…

PS: The kind of helium balloons I used only last for one day, so I have a TIP for you: You can prepare those pretty boutonnières in advance, you can make a few and store them in your fridge until you want to attach them to your balloon for the big day… ❤

But of course it was not enough for me to create one idea, I simply ran wild with all of the gorgeous flowers I gathered for my Valentine’s Special. So I made a few additional garlands made of hyacinths and dressed an antique chair for this special occasion 😉 These are a few other gorgeous flowers I used for my decoration – but wait until you see the chair ❤ Not a chair prettier in our house right now 😉

pink tulips and blush linen
pink tulips and blush linen
white phalaenopsis and pink marble
white phalaenopsis and pink marble
blush anthurium and pink marble
blush anthurium and pink marble
antique white chair with pink flowers
antique white chair with pink flowers
antique white chair with pink flowers
antique white chair with pink flowers
antique white chair with pink flowers
antique white chair with pink flowers

HYACINTH GARLAND DIY:

To add another, and a last Valentine’s Day decoration I made a garland out of hyacinths. They are easy to make and also last a few days.

You need: 

big helium balloons

needle & yarn

opened hyacinth blooms

ribbons

hyacinth flower garland attached to helium balloon
hyacinth flower garland attached to helium balloon

For this project I took fully opened hyacinths, removed the blossoms from the stems and threaded them to a garland with the help of a needle and yarn. And this is the stunning result ❤

hyacinth flower garland attached to helium balloon
hyacinth flower garland attached to helium balloon
hyacinth flower garland attached to helium balloon
hyacinth flower garland attached to helium balloon

I really hope you liked my Valetine’s Day decoration and feel like making a balloon boutonniere, a garland or simple a lush pink floral arrangement for your special someone now. I truly enjoyed working on this gorgeous project and can’t stop looking at these pretties as they light up our home now… I would love to thank the gorgeous team of 1000gutegruende for letting me play with all these gorgeous flowers and giving me the opportunity to create this extraordinary decoration. I simply can’t imagine a world without flowers and I hope you feel the same ❤ A.XO

Valentinstag steht kurz vor der Tür, und natürlich darf die passende Deko auch da nicht fehlen – natürlich muss es bei mir eine Deko mit frischen Blumen sein! Wie wäre es zum Beispiel mit einer Blumen-Boutonnière an einer Luftballon-Girlande? Für alle, die ihrer Valetinstag-Deko einen Hauch Eleganz verleihen wollen, ist dieses DIY eine tolle Alternative.

Für die Ballon – Boutonnière benötigt man:

-XL Helium Ballon
-Blumen, deren Blüten eine leichte und filigrane Form haben, z.B. Alstroemerien oder Kalanchoë
-farblich passende Dekobänder aus Seide, Baumwolle oder Kunststoff (der Stoff sollte nicht zu schwer sein, also schwere Leinenstoffe vermeiden)
-statt schwerem Floristenklebeband, das man üblicherweise für Boutonnières benutzt, l–leichtes und farblich passendes Washi-/Masking-Tape benutzen
-dünnen Draht (um den Ballon nicht zu verletzen und um Gewicht zu sparen)
– Blumenschere

Schritt 1

Einzelne leichte Blüten auswählen und vom Stiel trennen. Bei allen Blüten die Stiele so weit kürzen, dass man noch ein Stück Draht befestigen kann. Anschließend den Draht durch den Stiel durchfädeln, beide Drahtenden verbinden und zu einem Strang zusammendrehen.

Schritt 2
Nachdem alle Blüten mit Draht präpariert wurden, alle Drähte mit Blüten zu einem einzigen kleinen Strauß zusammenfügen. Sucht nur die schönsten Blüten aus. Kleine Makel fallen bei einer kleinen Boutonnière besonders auf.

Schritt 3
Zu guter Letzt alle Drähte zusammendrehen und den Drahtstiel am Ende mit dem Washi-Tape verkleiden. Achtet darauf, dass kein Draht hervorschaut, sonst könnte das den Ballon später zum Platzen bringen. Den ummantelten Draht um den Ballon wickeln. Zur zusätzlichen Fixierung und zur Dekoration ein paar farbige Bänder um den Ballon wickeln. Wer mag, kann auch noch eine kleine Botschaft auf die Ballons schreiben.


Für die Girlande am Ballon benötigt man:

-mehrere XL-Ballons, mit Helium gefüllt
-farblich passende Hyazinthen
-Nadel und Faden
-farblich passende Dekobänder aus leichtem Stoff

Schritt 1

Die Blüten der Hyazinthen vom Stiel entfernen und die einzelnen Blüten nach und nach mit der Nadel auf den Faden fädeln, bis eine Blumengirlande entstanden ist. Die fertige Girlande samt Stoffbändern an den beiden Ballons befestigen – fertig.

Kleiner Tipp:
Die Boutonnière basteln und im Kühlschrank aufbewahren – dann erst am Tag des Einsatzes am Ballon befestigen. XL-Gummi-Ballons halten nur einen Tag. Wenn man möchte, dass die Ballons länger halten, sollte man auf feste Folienballons zurückgreifen, die größer und stabiler sind.

Ich wünsche einen zauberhaften Valentinstag, A.XO

#itsamoodywednesday winter roundup

Hello dear friends of moody photography,

thank you so very much for joining the #itsamoodywednesday community on Instagram again and again! As I promised in November, #itsamoodywednesday will be returning to Instagram and I love to see the community grow… Every week new stunning images pop up under the gorgeous # and I can only repeat time after time: I couldn’t be happier to browse all of these atmospheric works of art… Just take a look at all of these entries that were uploaded over the past weeks, aren’t they all really breathtaking?

#itsamoodywednesday grid January 2017
#itsamoodywednesday grid January 2017

// passion_shake // traceylbolton // pfeffergruen // rasheda.3 //

#itsamoodywednesday grid January 2017
#itsamoodywednesday grid January 2017

// silence_corner // hillonthehouse // atman.art.studio // myfrenchcountrygarden //

#itsamoodywednesday grid January 2017
#itsamoodywednesday grid January 2017

// passion_shake // alexandra_dao // poppybarach // thedizzybee //

#itsamoodywednesday grid January 2017
#itsamoodywednesday grid January 2017

// plantslightandspace // my.ling // joakajo // permillion44 //

If you are a little bit like me and enjoy moody photography, please feel free to browse all of these accounts run by talented photographers –  I tagged every account underneath the images, there are so many inspiring moments…

I can’t wait for the new entries in February,  A. XO

Falls ihr hier neu seid und #itsamoodywednesday noch nicht kennt… Es ist eine Mitmach-challenge bei Instagram, die sich zu einer wundervollen Gemeinschaft entwickelt hat, wo die Teilnehmer sagenhaft schöne moody Fotos hochladen. Das wirklich Schöne an der challenge ist, dass jeder ein Foto hochladen kann, dass seinen Vorstellungen von atmosphärischer & stimmungsvoll dunkler Fotografie entspricht. Falls ihr auch am #itsamoodywednesday teilnehmen möchtet, könnt ihr jeden Mittwoch, bis Mitternacht ein stimmungsvolles {moody} Foto Eurer Wahl bei Instagram hochladen und dabei meinen Instagram Kanal Stilzitat verlinken und unbedingt den Hashtag #itsamoodywednesday benutzen, damit ich Euer Foto besser finden kann. Auf diesem Wege ist bereits eine riesige Gemeinschaft entstanden, die sich jeden Mittwoch gegenseitig inspiriert neue fotografische Meisterwerke zu kreieren.
Am Ende eines jeden Monats werde ich sowohl auf Instagram, als auch hier auf dem Blog eine Auswahl der schönsten Bilder präsentieren ❤ Viel Freude beim Mitmachen… A. XO

Minimum Input – Maximum Output

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Who knew that talking about design and driving around Berlin with the new Ford KA+ would bring back childhood memories? I certainly didn’t and I am glad that this trip with Thea of Sister Mag made me recall on how deeply rooted my love for design and aesthetics is! Before we started talking about contemporary design, she drew a secret from me: when I was a little girl, I remember making my own shampoo commercials! Even before I knew product design excited, I was recreating shampoo commercials, hiding ‘ugly’ spots with foam, trying to reinvent new aesthetics. It was always the details that caught my eye, even as a kid I was driven by a subconscious force to create beauty. Little did I know that my path would allow to share my knowledge and experience about design & aesthetics 20 years later for this cooperation with Sister Mag & Ford KA+. This short trip down memory lane illustrates how important it was to follow my visions, to play with my fantasy and imagination.

Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag
Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag

When to comes to creative work, intuition is key, but a thoroughly exercised education doesn’t hurt either. I was trained as an art historian before I started to work as a stylist and photographer. In the past years I learned to adapt all of the theoretical knowledge to my practical work and I exercise these design principles on a daily basis now. There are so many design principles to chose from and one could fill books to deepen this subject, but there are some design principles that I love to work with and they include contrast, variation of scale and variation of texture.

Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag
Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag

When driving around Berlin and I was asked what kind of design principles were the most important ones. I had to give it a thought, but I think there are no design principles, that are more important than others. Why? I think they all work well together, a happy bunch, adding beauty to the objects. When you think about contrast, for example, it does sound like a very trivial thing. Then again, without the addition of contrast to designs, things would look dull. Here we can see the contrast of matt and shiny surfaces, the contrast of colors and the contrast of textures that adds interest and character to the inside of the car.

Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag
Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag

Speaking of interesting objects: I am a big collector of all things pretty and not a single trip goes by, where I come home empty handed. When I go hunting for antique and vintage props, my tours often take me to the inner cities where parking space is often limited, especially in places like these I love a small city car that fits my lifestyle by being flexible and spacious. Thea even made a test where she proved how much the Ford KA+ could carry. You can watch the proof in this video here… Looks like I could fit a few antiques in this car, too 😉

Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag
Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag
Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag
Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag

The end of our trip around Berlin had to close with a frequent topic: form follows function – such an interesting issue in the design world! Again, it is a subject, that could fill numerous books. We live in very fortunate times where we can chose between all the different approaches to design, but it is like Thea said: “‘Less is more’ has become a general guiding principle as we strive to make as much as possible of very little.” I truly believe that big design arouses big emotions! A simple design can add a strong value to our lives, big design does not have to be extravagant.

Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag
Ford KA+ cooperation with Sister Mag

 

If you would love to experience the theory of minimum input and maximum output, you can join the Ford KA+ giveaway here… Good luck and see you soon from other interesting cities another interesting design topics. A. XO

All photos by Cristopher Santos for Sister Mag.