My most vivid childhood memories take me back to warm summers and fields full of wildflowers.
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.
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!
So lets say goodbye to summer 2017, but not without paying tribute to one of the most wonderful flowers of 2017 ❤
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.
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…
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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!
Summer is approaching in big steps – today is the hottest day of this year so far – and I would love to share a gorgeous moody bouquet with you. Those are all home grown flowers and I couldn’t be happier to be able to gather those beauties. One of the main flowers of this arrangement is the ‘fritillaria persica’ I grew from a large bulb I got at a flower show last year. It turned out so big and gorgeous, I would really love to get a few more of them for next year now… I hope the bulb will grow and surprise me with more than one flower next spring!