A memorable visit to KPM, Berlin

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A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur

My passion for the heritage of Prussian kings can be tracked down to a very young age! Now that’s a pretty big entry for a story, you might think… But it’s the truth and nothing but the truth!

A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur

My first encounter with the legacy of a Prussian king was right after I left school. I was working at an exhibition about ‘The Amber Room’ at a german museum and you might wonder, what a Prussian king has to do with it, and I’d love to share a little history lesson with you. Nowadays The Amber Room is inseparably connected to Russian history, but originally it was build in Germany and the Prussian king, Frederick William I gifted it to his then ally Tsar Peter the Great. During this exhibition, I was giving guided tours on ‘The Amber Room’ and to say I was in awe with the crafts from the past would be a total understatement.

A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur

My second encounter with the legacy of a Prussian king was a few days ago, when I visited KPM in Berlin, one of Europe’s oldest manufactories for porcelain. Here again, the founder was a Prussian king. Frederick the Great established the factory and they have been producing their ‚white gold‘ pieces with timeless aesthetics and of highest quality for over 250 years now! You can still witness one of the royal remains on every contemporary product that leaves the factory – their cobalt blue sceptre.

A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur

I was invited to join an exclusive tour, lead by the chief designer of the house, Thomas Wenzel and from the very beginning I was the last to leave the room! Listening to his interesting stories, I was exploring all the corners of the factory, appreciating every single moment, watching magic being created. From the white porcelain powder dancing in the light, covering every single inch of the production area, the highly artistic soft porcelain waste that didn’t meet the high quality standards to the floral illustrations and photographies that were placed in almost every room – I was surrounded by iconic treasures that have inspired generation before me!

A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur

Still trying to process all of these grand impressions, the last part of the day was my favorite! One of the most memorable hands-on experiences was a workshop, where we were taught how to paint on porcelain. I will forever hold this memory in my heart, as it doesn’t get any better than to personalize your favorite precious piece of German history.

A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM - Berlin, Germany - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur
A visit to KPM – Berlin, Germany – Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur

If you liked my stories and images, you can join KPM for their summer fest. It will be held in Berlin the next weekend. You can find all the information here.

Thank you KPM for the invitation! All images and thoughts are my own, brought to you with my biggest gratitude to KPM, as this is a paid collaboration. Thank you so very much for providing such an incredible insight – to my readers and myself.

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Visit Hohensyburg, Germany

These pictures from my weekend gateway make me believe that I am in England again. Wild roses and rocky remains of a castle from the Middle Ages. Hohensyburg is located only a few minutes from my home, going there I am experiencing the exceptionally beautiful neighborhood … and from time to time, simply by looking at these wild roses, my vivid imagination takes me back to England again…

Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses

I have been to England only once, I was a little girl and all I can remember are flowers, school uniforms and plaid stockings. Forgive me this limited memory, I know it’s about time to travel to England once again. Believe me, it has been on my bucket list for ages!

Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses
Visit Hohensyburg, Germany, castle from the Middle Ages with pink wild roses

I hope, you like traveling with me, no matter if it’s only by looking at these images or using your imagination to travel even further…

Enjoy your summer full of wild roses! A. XO

hunting antiques

poetry from 1866 - antique calligraphy
poetry from 1866 – antique calligraphy
details of antique white linen
details of antique white linen
detail of vintage maps
detail of vintage maps
detail of antique scissors
detail of antique scissors

I love to go treasure hunting at antique markets… my friends might tell you, this is my favorite thing in the world… next to wild flower hunting 😉 sometimes I buy objects just for the beauty of it… not because I need it…and most of the times I find a way to decorate with it…even if it takes a few years…nothing is wasted…

Farrow & Ball Styling Workshop in Munich

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I have pretty amazing NEWS to share, dear friends!

Workshop at Farrow & Ball Showroom in Munich
Workshop at Farrow & Ball Showroom in Munich

Ever since I started giving workshops last year, people have been asking me to continue. So I listened & I’ve teamed up with one of my favorite companies: @farrowandball_de and created a special Styling Workshop JUST FOR YOU!!! Yes, it’s just for YOU because you can WIN A SPOT in this workshop and this is how it works:

the Workshop is on Friday, the 21st of July 2017, in the Farrow&Ball Showroom in Munich, Germany. If you wish to join me and the wonderful experts from Farrow&Ball, and learn about interior and exterior styling and colors, you can comment down here👇🏻or on my Instagram post… We will choose the winners until the end of June. So if you are one of the lucky winners, you can make plans for your gorgeous trip to Munich. I can’t wait to see you there!

So this is how it works:

Join me on Friday, the 21st of July 2017 in the Farrow & Ball Showroom in Munich { Rumfordstrasse 48 } from 2 to 7 pm! The workshop will include a detailed theory on design principles & color theory, a practical part where we can apply the newly discovered elements and of course gorgeous goodies ❤

Please comment here or under my Instagram post. We will choose the winners by the end of June, 2017 and will contact them individually. Make sure to apply, if you are interested and have time on this day, as the places are limited and we want everyone to get an equal opportunity. GOOD LUCK! 

Ihr kommt aus München und Umgebung? Dann habe ich das richtige Sommer Event für Euch! Zusammen mit Farrow & Ball habe ich einen Styling Workshop entwickelt und möchte Euch dabei haben! Am Freitag, den 21 Juli, 2017 werde ich zusammen mit den Experten von Farrow & Ball einen Workshop im Münchener Showroom geben. Falls ihr dabei sein möchtet, kommentiert bitte unter diesem Post oder aber unter meinem Instagram Post. Die glücklichen Gewinner werden wir bis Ende Juni ziehen.

Von 14 bis 19 Uhr werden wir in der Rumfordstrasse 48 einen Styling Workshop zum Thema Design Prinzipien & Farbtheorie erleben, viel wichtiger ist jedoch der praktische Teil, wo wir die frisch erlernten Prinzipien anwenden können und uns kreativ austoben werden. Ich drücke Euch die Daumen und freue mich schon die Gewinner in München zu sehen! VIEL GLÜCK!

-Anastasia ❤

UPDATE: Thank you so much for commenting on this blog post, the team of Farrow&Ball Germany will contact the winners via email! I can’t wait to see you at the workshop!

Dieser Wettbewerb steht in keiner Verbindung zu WordPress, Facebook oder Instagram und wird in keiner Weise von WordPress, Facebook oder Instagram gesponsert, unterstützt oder organisiert.

Bitte nehmen Sie nicht an diesem Wettbewerb teil, wenn Sie nicht in der Lage sind am Workshop teilzunehmen.

Indem Sie Ihre Daten zur Teilnahme an diesem Wettbewerb einreichen, bestätigen Sie, dass Sie die vorliegenden Teilnahmebedingungen gelesen und akzeptiert haben.

1. WETTBEWERB UND WETTBEWERBSTEILNAHME

1.1 Dies ist ein Wettbewerb, bei dem eine Teilnahme am Styling Workshop für 1 Person zu gewinnen ist. 

1.2 Für die Teilnahme an diesem Wettbewerb müssen Sie während des Teilnahmezeitraums Folgendes tun: (1) Kommentieren Sie hier, dass Sie teilnehmen möchten (2) Kommentieren Sie auf Instagram, dass Sie teilnehmen möchten.

1.3 Der „Teilnahmezeitraum“ für den Wettbewerb geht vom 06.06. 2017 um 07:00 Uhr (MESZ) bis zum 30. Juni 2017 um 23:59 Uhr (MESZ). Anmeldungen außerhalb des Teilnahmezeitraums können nicht für die Teilnahme am Wettbewerb berücksichtigt werden.

2. AUSWAHLVORGANG UND PREIS

2.1 Der Gewinner dieses Wettbewerbs werden per Zufall ausgewählt. 

2.2 Der Gewinner des Wettbewerbs wird innerhalb von 1 Woche nach dem Abschlusstermin mittels direkter Nachricht bei Instagram informiert. 

2.3 Der Gewinner muss die Annahme des Preises (Teilnehme am Workshop in München) innerhalb von 7 Tagen nach der Benachrichtigung über den Gewinn des Wettbewerbs bestätigen. Falls der Preis nicht innerhalb dieser Frist vom Gewinner schriftlich angenommen wird oder der ausgewählte Gewinner nicht in der Lage ist, den Preis wie angegeben anzunehmen, sind wir berechtigt, das Angebot zurückzunehmen und den Preis an den nächstbesten Teilnehmer zu vergeben.

2.4 Sämtliche Reisebewegungen zum Münchener Farrow & Ball Showroom müssen von dem Gewinner arrangiert werden. 

2.5 Name des Gewinners können über anastasiabenko@hotmail.com angefragt werden. 

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Why my balcony looks like my living room now

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Empty baroque frames are one of my favorite things to decorate with – they add a breath of history – the tension between negative space and scale gives just the right amount of drama to interiors. So let me tell you the story why my balcony looks like my living room now.

DIY trellis for my clematis - painted with All White from Farrow & Ball
DIY trellis for my clematis – painted with All White from Farrow & Ball
white clematis
white clematis

I live in a 1960s bungalow, with the balcony facing the south. Sounds like a dream, except that up until this spring our balcony was hidden from the sun – by a large tree that was growing right next to the balcony. This year, for various reasons, we had to cut the tree and instantly the balcony turned into a light-flooded and sun kissed area.

cutting the tree in front of our balcony
cutting the tree in front of our balcony

As a huge flower lover you can imagine my excitement as I started to dream of all the possible and impossible options to grow sun loving flowers on my balcony. And like in every fairy tale, of course there was a huge obstacle! Because of the rather shadowy situation of the past, the balcony was not the prettiest corner to hang out. So now I decided to go with the light and underline the bright atmosphere. Two years ago I painted the bedroom with Farrow&Ball paint and I am still in awe when I enter the room. Because the balcony faces in the same direction as the bedroom, there was no doubt, that I wanted to use the gorgeous colors of Farrow&Ball again!

this is how the balcony looked before
this is how the balcony looked before
this is how the antique frame looked before I painted it with the outdoor paint 'ALL WHITE' from Farrow & Ball
this is how the antique frame looked before I painted it with the outdoor paint ‘ALL WHITE’ from Farrow & Ball

This April, on my trip to Milan, I had discovered the most wonderful outdoor furniture at Rossana Orlandi – one of the most influential design gallerists of the world. The climax of this story is, that I right after my return from Milan, I discovered almost the exact same furniture at an antique market and instantly knew that I wanted to transform the balcony into a white oasis. Its either because I was lacking light for so long on this balcony or simply because I wanted to experiment with white climbing flowers and create a mood of stillness and calm.

first I had to decide what colors to use - as they are all pretty from Farrow & Ball
first I had to decide what colors to use – as they are all pretty from Farrow & Ball

This outdoor furniture was love at first sight and I wanted to keep the vintage look with all the bruises, scratches and defects the white surface was showing. To underline the history and subtle beauty of the furniture I started looking at all the different hues of white colors for the surrounding walls… and had to go with ‚All White‘ – simply because of it’s sophisticated and subtle look! I wanted the vintage furniture to play the leading part and this naturally fresh white was the perfect partner to support this look!

shadow play from my new vintage outdoor furniture on a floor also painted with 'All White' from Farrow and Ball
shadow play from my new vintage outdoor furniture on a floor also painted with ‘All White’ from Farrow and Ball
DIY trellis for my clematis - painted with All White from Farrow & Ball
DIY trellis for my clematis – painted with All White from Farrow & Ball

To complement the All White look I decided to add some white accessories to the balcony and painted a wooden box and an antique metal frame. The paint is so good, that it easily covered the green color the box had before, not to mention the pink color the frame had before 😉
Of course there are conventional trellis on the market, but I wanted my clematis to climb up and grown in style, so I decided to divert the frame from the intended use and bring a little vintage flair to my now sunny oasis.

DIY trellis for my clematis - painted with All White from Farrow & Ball
DIY trellis for my clematis – painted with All White from Farrow & Ball

Now I can spend more time outside without compromising my love for antiques and vintage – I am still tremendously enamored by vintage interiors and and let me tell you, now I can take this love outside.

I hope you can also start to enjoy the first rays of sun, happy outdoor gardening!

A. XO