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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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…

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

Stilzitat fall 2015 catalogue

I proudly present my first catalogue: fall 2015.

It was 2011 when I founded my vintage online store ‘Stilzitat’. It is a german name and can be translated to ‘a quote of style’. I love to quote old styles in my interiors – I love to live with high quality products that haven’t lost their charm over the past 100 or 50 years. Also I would like to share these gorgeous vintage pieces with YOU! I am on a mission to find beautiful pieces, I source these products all over the world, only for you to enjoy!

Collecting antiques & vintage has always been a family thing and with lots of props on my hands I started to blog about three years ago… I wanted to combine my personal philosophy with my love for photography & vintage, expand my passion for prop-styling and crafts with carefully curated images where aesthetics meet nature. I hope, I have accomplished this mission in this catalogue, as this catalogue is my interpretation of how the memories of our ancestors would look today. I believe the qualities of the products only deepen with age, especially as some of the pieces are over fifty years old and in perfect shape!

The following images show you some of the products pictured in the catalogue and you can find the direct link to the product under the images.

stilzitat fall 2015 catalogue
stilzitat fall 2015 catalogue

This image shows a vintage marble rolling pin

stilzitat fall 2015 catalogue
stilzitat fall 2015 catalogue

This image shows vintage vases and marble candle holders.

Stilzitat fall 2015 catalogue
Stilzitat fall 2015 catalogue

This image above shows vintage boxes, a marble box and a marble vase.

I am very excited to present to you my very first catalogue – enjoy and thank you for being here!

A.XO