Pink Christmas decoration with large baubles

large pink Christmas baubles - create an instant Christmas mood
large pink Christmas baubles – create an instant Christmas mood

These large baubles are turning to be a traditional decoration at our home. Year after year they are my favorite decorational element to use for the holiday season.

On this next picture you can spot another of my secrets and how I get into the Christmas mood. Year after year I create blurry images filled with sparkles of light. To me it’s magical, it’s seductively beautiful and it leaves so much room for imagination. The perfect time of the year to sit down and get your dreams going…

Vortage Lametta Christmas decoration
Vortage Lametta Christmas decoration

Also, I love to add these vintage Lametta darlings, a few green twigs and my christmas decoration for the studio is finished.

Vintage Lametta Christmas decoration
Vintage Lametta Christmas decoration

Despite their size, the XXL baubles are not a loud Christmas decoration – they instantly spread an elegant, yet festive atmosphere and I already know, it will be a sad day, when I have to put them away until next year. Help me find an excuse to have them all year round 😉

…wishing you a magical third Advent…

A. XO

 

 

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Moody Dahlia Arrangement

moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera
moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera

Saying bye bye to summer is never easy, but this variety of fall flowers can make it easier. The gradual change from bright summer colors to deep and moody hues seems a like a perfect fit and introduction for the shorter days to come. To me it is a great exercise to visually adapt to the darker time of the year. Sometimes it feels challenging to watch the season change from sunny to gloomy but this arrangement is here – for me and you – to celebrate the rich, dark hues and to fall in love with moody again.

I foraged all of the flowers in my garden, except the zinnias. I love to arrange wild and natural looking centerpieces. This way I can bring the variety of the season inside and enjoy it at home, especially when it gets too cold to sit in the garden at night. To recreate this naturalistic look, you need:

a heavy vessel, chicken wire, seasonal flowers 

Place the chicken wire inside your vessel, the weight of the vessel will help to balance out the heavier pieces of the later arrangement. The chicken wire inside the vessel will give the flowers more stability and it will leave the flower at the exact place you have placed it.

heavy antique vessel for large floral arrangements
heavy antique vessel for large floral arrangements
heavy antique vessel for large floral arrangements
heavy antique vessel for large floral arrangements

I started to create a base with my foliage, like the purple heuchera leaves and later on I added the heavier dahlias and roses, making sure to switch in between the dark and light colors of the flowers for more contrast.

heavy antique vessel with chicken wire for large floral arrangements
heavy antique vessel with chicken wire for large floral arrangements
moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera
moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera
moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera
moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera
moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera
moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera

Little by little I added all of the focal flowers, making sure to place the prettiest faces to the front so I can see them better later on. After the base was full with flowers, it looked a little bit one dimensional. This is why I added sculptural looking clematis twines.

moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera
moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera
moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera
moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera

Also, a big plus of the changing seasons is, that the days get cooler and this way the arrangement can stay for over a week in your home. This is, what mine did and I hope, I have inspired you to go and create some fall arrangements yourself. Thank you so very much for reading, A. XO

moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera
moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera
moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera
moody fall flower arrangement with roses, dahlias, purple heuchera

Für das DIY braucht man:

eine stabile Vase/Gefäß
Kaninchendraht
saisonale Blumen
Ich habe Rosen, Heuchera Blätter, Dahlien, Patagonisches Eisenkraut, Herbstanemonen, Echinacea, Zinnien und Clematisranken verwendet.

Schritt 1:
Ein schweres Gefäß, bzw Vase auswählen, damit man mit den Blumen in die Breite und Höhe gehen kann und das Arrangement luxuriös ausladend werden kann.
Ein Stück Kaninchendraht stramm in dem Gefäß platzieren. Wie man an der Seitenansicht auf dem Foto erkennen kann, wird man den Draht nicht mehr sehen können, sobald die Blumen drin sind.

Schritt 2:
Jetzt kann man anfangen die Blumen in das Gefäß zu stecken und sofort merkt man, dass der Draht für mehr Stabilität sorgt.

Schritt 3:
Natürlich haben wir alle unsere Lieblingsfarben und es ist erlaubt alles zu mischen, was einem gefällt. Damit das Arrangement aber harmonisch aussieht, habe ich mich bei den Blumen nur auf Farben aus einer Farbfamilie konzentiert und musste beim stecken feststellen, dass die Farbe rot nicht so gut zum Rest passt und mich deswegen nur auf pink bis dunkel lila beschränkt.

Schritt 4:
Da das Gefäß später nur von einer Seite sichtbar wird, habe ich angefangen die schönsten Blütenköpfchen als Basis zu verwenden. Die dunklen Dahlien und dunklen Heuchera Blätter sind die Hauptakteure, kleinere Blüten wurden später hinzugefügt.

Schritt 5:
farblich passende Akzente und ein gelungenes Spiel mit dem Hell/Dunkel Kontrast bilden die helleren und kleineren Blüten, die später zwischen die Dahlien gesetzt wurden.

Schritt 6:
Damit Arrangement nicht so steif wirkt, habe ich darauf geachtet, dass es auf der rechten Seite höher ist, als auf der linken. So wirkt es interessanter und verleiht dem Arrangement mehr Charakter.

Schritt 7:
Damit das Arrangement einen wilderen und natürlichen Look bekommt, habe ich zum Schluss lange, lianenförmige Clematis Ranken hinzugefügt. So wurden in einem Arrangement alle pinken und violetten Blumen vereint, die bei mir Anfang September im Garten blühen.

Ich wünsche eine schöne Herbstzeit, A. XO

Flower Of The Year 2017

My most vivid childhood memories take me back to warm summers and fields full of wildflowers.

wild summer flowers - red poppies with chamomile and cornflowers
wild summer flowers – red poppies with chamomile and cornflowers

This summer it was a challenge to find fields with wild bursting flowers, even though I do live in a very green and flourishing area of Germany. This is one of the reasons I planted red poppies in my garden.

{Remember how I picked some for our apartment and they turned pink all of a sudden?}

red poppies
red poppies
red poppies
red poppies

This is also the reason why I am so happy the german Loki-Schmidt Trust has named red poppies as the Flower Of The Year 2017! Just look at their beauty and I cannot imagine fields without these colorful sprinkles!

red poppies
red poppies
red poppies
red poppies

So lets say goodbye to summer 2017, but not without paying tribute to one of the most wonderful flowers of 2017 ❤

red poppies
red poppies

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Visit the medieval Village of Borgo di Canale, Italy

For centuries, so many people have been falling in love with Italy, as it has the most magical and romantic landscapes. The village, we have been traveling for years, Borgo di Canale, still looks like a medieval settlement.

Borgo di Canale, Italy
Borgo di Canale, Italy
rooftops of Borgo di Canale, Italy
rooftops of Borgo di Canale, Italy
Borgo di Canale, Italy
Borgo di Canale, Italy
Borgo di Canale, Italy
Borgo di Canale, Italy
rooftops of Borgo di Canale, Italy
rooftops of Borgo di Canale, Italy
at the art house, Borgo di Canale, Italy
at the art house, Borgo di Canale, Italy

Welcome to a remote, very beautiful area of Italy, Trentino, particularly known for all the ancient villages that crown the hilltops. There is an overwhelming sense of history here and not having a refrigerator reminded us daily 😉

white Italian bedroom
white Italian bedroom
antique interiors in Italy
antique interiors in Italy
vintage chair with wild summer flowers
vintage chair with wild summer flowers
vintage chair with wild summer flowers
vintage chair with wild summer flowers
simple interior decoration with a wreath
simple interior decoration with a wreath
antique cabinet with wild summer flowers
antique cabinet with wild summer flowers

I love old buildings, they are far more than bricks and stones, they are the keepers of our past. Spending a few weeks here, makes you travel back in time.

The variety of wild mountain flowers is spectacular and it is a meditative activity to gather some of these beauties.

wild flowers in mountain spring
wild flowers in mountain spring
wild flower in the italian mountains
wild flower in the italian mountains
wild summer flowers
wild summer flowers
wild summer flowers
wild summer flowers
wild flower in the italian mountains
wild flower in the italian mountains
dahlias at an organic farm in the mountains above Lago di Garda, Italy
dahlias at an organic farm in the mountains above Lago di Garda, Italy
sunflower
sunflower
brick wall and flowers in Borgo di Canale, Italy
brick wall and flowers in Borgo di Canale, Italy
hydrangeas
hydrangeas

The weather can change from one minute to another, but every day is an incredible experience. Close to the village is a lake, Lago di Tenno, and it changes the color of the water depending on the weather. So one day, you can enjoy a day at the beach, the other you can cuddle up at home and read a book. A perfect place for a summer vacation, at least to us!

Lago die Tenno, Italy
Lago die Tenno, Italy
sunset in the mountains, Italy
sunset in the mountains, Italy
foggy mountain road, Italy
foggy mountain road, Italy
salvataggio, Lago di Tenno, Italy
salvataggio, Lago di Tenno, Italy
sunset in the mountains
sunset in the mountains

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