How to create a gallery print for your home

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It feels like a milestone! No, let me start over: not only does it feel like one, it IS a milestone. At least to me it is! From this day on, I truly hope, you will enjoy traveling this road with me… I started developing my photographies as art prints now and I can’t stop…It’s captivating, it brings back precious memories and it adds so much beauty to our home that I can barely breathe when I look at it! Too much of a praise? Wait until you see the result! But let me start at the very beginning…

Anastasia Benko moody white roses print
Anastasia Benko moody white roses print

From a very early age my mom started to take me to museums, so the love for every kind of art is innate to me! Not only have I been a frequent visitor to museums – I have been a keen artist myself, but somehow only drawings and paintings were put down to paper. After my very first SLR camera broke at the age of 15 I never returned back to analogue photography. The absence of printed photo works must be the reason for my new found enthusiasm about those gallery prints! Ironically, I have been producing photographies all my life but never considered having art prints in my home.

A warm late summer weekend changed it all: it started in September, with a book.
This September weekend was all about photography: I created a workshop at the Photokina for a beautiful CEWE photography event. As a surprise or maybe more of a special treat CEWE printed a book with my work. It was one of their new products, a very large format with fine art paper. Indeed, this book wasn’t that simple at all. Everything about it, the size, the weight, the quality of the paper and the prints had the feel of the luxurious coffee-table books I was usually swooning over at book stores. What happened from there was simply magical! Everyone was so thrilled with the book, I even got multiple requests to produce a coffee-table book myself. So it felt only natural to CEWE and myself to start collaborating. CEWE is known for making high quality products at affordable prices and I am so proud to partner with them on my very first print collaboration. I had so much fun working on this gallery print and I truly hope, you feel the joy and you love it just as much as I do!

white roses floral arrangement
white roses floral arrangement

As a regular reader, you know I cherish every season, but ever since I started gardening, the end of summer, the end of flowering roses is really painful to me! It takes weeks to recover from having cut the last blooming rose. So this year I decided to capture the beauty of my favorite white roses for eternity!

white roses from the garden
white roses from the garden

As soon, as I realized that some of the roses were starting to fade, I cut off the prettiest heads and arranged them on a dark velvet background. This way I added a deep contrast to the installation and all the beauty came out even more.

arranging white roses on a dark background
arranging white roses on a dark background
arranging white roses on a dark background
arranging white roses on a dark background
arranging white roses on a dark background
arranging white roses on a dark background

As soon, as I realized that some of the roses were starting to fade, I cut off the prettiest heads and arranged them on a dark velvet background. This way I added a deep contrast to the installation and all the beauty came out even more. In the end I only had the choose my favorite gathering of white roses. In the end this was my favorite image:

moody white roses print
moody white roses print

I sat on it for a few days, as I always do with special images and every time my eyes kept going back to this one image. So in the end I knew that I had made the right decision with this lush collection of my favorite roses. This way I will never forget the variety of summer!

Once the gallery print was here, I could hardly contain my excitement and placed it on our black wall. This way the black background works as a frame and brings out the beauty even more! Having thought about placing different low furniture in front of the gallery print, I decided to only go with a few large vases as companions for this work of art. Dressing up for this occasion and wearing heels gives you a little insight of my celebration of this milestone 😉

Anastasia Benko moody white roses print, photo by: Christian Schäfer
Anastasia Benko moody white roses print, photo by: Christian Schäfer
Anastasia Benko moody white roses print
Anastasia Benko moody white roses print
Anastasia Benko moody white roses print
Anastasia Benko moody white roses print

TO CREATE YOUR OWN GALLERY PRINT, YOU NEED:

-beheaded roses or any other flower you like

-a dark background

-eventually you will need a few pins to secure the flowers

-styrofoam as a reflector

Spread your dark background ( in my case it was a dark green cloth of velvet). Once you cut the fading flowers from the stem, place them on the dark underground and arrange them as you like. Make sure to place your favorite flowers at a prominent spot this way you will always have them on your photo. If their ‘faces’ don’t look in the camera, you can also fix them with a few pins to your background. Rearrange the flowers until you love the composition and take a picture. I promise, there is no better feeling than having home made art in your home, you will love it!

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Moody floral arrangement

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gathering flowers in the woods
gathering flowers in the woods

Fairytale details accompany every visionary beginning when it comes to my stylings with flowers. I love to go outside to pick flowers in my garden or to gather heavily weathered branches from the woods.

moody floral arrangement during video production with CEWE
moody floral arrangement during video production with CEWE

I feel truly humbled to have a garden and even better, live close to a deep forest. Almost daily I go outside to either work in the garden or to take a walk in the forest. Not a day passes without a new botanic discovery – it can be a newly found color or a newly discovered form of a branch. My surroundings give me so much inspiration, so when I got asked to be interviewed in my working environment, it was only natural that we picked a big bunch of flowers and went out into the woods to create a fairytale flower arrangement…

moody floral arrangement during video production with CEWE
moody floral arrangement during video production with CEWE
moody floral arrangement during video production with CEWE
moody floral arrangement during video production with CEWE

As a little girl, I could sit there for hours and play with hollyhocks that fell to the ground or study the anatomy of a simple leaf. As long, as I can remember, I loved being outside, exploring every detail. In contrast to a busy travel schedule and challenges of the modern world, I turn to nature. These moments of beauty teach me to cherish the fragile and fading nature that surrounds us. But then again, a simple water drop on a leaf can inspire me sharpen my senses and translate this beauty to everything that I am confronted with.

moody floral arrangement during video production with CEWE
moody floral arrangement during video production with CEWE

Combining the love for flowers and the love for natural backdrops, as my personal source of inspiration with my love for photography – I am very happy to have started collaborating with the wonderful team of CEWE and can’t wait to show you the gorgeous future projects! I hope you enjoy the first set of pictures, there will be more next week…. A. XO

moody floral arrangement during video production with CEWE
moody floral arrangement during video production with CEWE

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What is Color Harmony and how can you apply it to interiors?

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Color is the first thing you notice and the last thing you remember: no matter the perception and no matter if you are fully aware about the effect it has on you. Even if you notice it subtly, on a subconscious level, the brain will deliver an opinion. Color is one of the most powerful tools stylists and photographers use for a great impact and picking the right colors for a certain assignment { a job for a client or the wall color of a room you spend most of your time } is essential for the success of a project. You want to feel comfortable with the chosen color… Of course, everyone of us favors a different color, but this is also the magic of it, the application of color becomes simply endless…

selecting a color with Farrow and Ball
selecting a color with Farrow and Ball

Knowing this, you can turn color into one of your most effective styling instruments. Next to other fundamental design principles, I teach the importance of color harmony in my workshops. Last week I was able to create a workshop with the brilliant team of the Farrow & Ball Showroom in Munich. Places were limited and this is why I would love to provide a little insight into this lovely afternoon.

Color Workshop at the Farrow and Ball Showroom in Munich, Germany, styling: AD Germany
Color Workshop at the Farrow and Ball Showroom in Munich, Germany, styling: AD Germany

Color harmony is a small part of color theory, based on the color wheel we all learned at school. This styling technique for combining colors can be split up, for example in concentrating on Complementary – or Analogous Color Schemes. Here I would love to focus on Analogous Color Harmony, I personally love to work { and to live } with.

The Analogous Color scheme concentrates on colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, for instance red, red-orange or orange. Here it does not matter, what colors you choose, the only thing that matters is to choose three colors that are neighbors on the color wheel. I love neutral and gray colors and will show you how I applied this styling device in my kitchen. But before I show you the gray combination in my kitchen, I would love to exemplify how you can select your favorite color and create a moodboard. This moodboard, created by the Farrow & Ball team in Munich, shows three clippings that start with one main color and choose two or three colors on either side of it.

mood board example for color harmony - seen at the Farrow & Ball Showroom in Munich
mood board example for color harmony – seen at the Farrow & Ball Showroom in Munich

The application of these tones can create a monochromatic look for small vignettes or large interior projects, very much harmonious to the eye. Usually, it matches well, as those combined colors are often seen in nature. For my kitchen I decided to use a gray palette, ranging form very dark gray to almost white…

gray colors used for both, furniture and wall
gray colors used for both, furniture and wall

If you wish to recreate a similar look for your home, you can follow these quick steps, using you favorite colors & hues.

MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT COLOR HARMONY:

  • color harmony is a part of color theory
  • can by used as a powerful stylistic device
  • choose three colors that are neighbors on the color wheel {e.g. red, red-orange, orange}
  • first and main color dominates, second one supports and third one to set accents
  • choose colors with enough contrast, otherwise it may look like tone-on-tone {which is another, very powerful way of styling}
  • often seen in nature, because of this familiar view pleasing to the eye
  • creates a harmonious, rich and monochromatic look

I promise, you won’t regret having created a corner that sparks daily inspiration with your favorite colors!

A HUGE Thank you to everyone who dropped by and also a HUGE thank you to Farrow and Ball, especially for the chance to create a workshop at the Showroom in Munich! I loved spending this lovely afternoon with you, sharing your knowledge and thank you so very much for providing such an incredible insight – to my readers and myself.

getting creative at Farrow&Ball Workshop in Munich
getting creative at Farrow&Ball Workshop in Munich
getting creative at Farrow&Ball Workshop in Munich
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getting creative at Farrow&Ball Workshop in Munich
getting creative at Farrow&Ball Workshop in Munich

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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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!

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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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