colour moods, table scapes, accessories and decor diy's to create delightful home accents
The new one to the crew! Some of you may know that I enjoy a huge morning coffee while starting my daily workload. Often the combination is watering plants, wrapping creations and plants, talking to all of them along the way while having coffee and just recently I confessed to you that I have been called 'plant lady' so I guess no wonder this kit had to come sooner rather than later. haha
It's a bit of fun and quite a chunky piece with the added twist that you can plant the cactus yourself while everything you need is provided. A perfect gift right?! Each concrete coffee glass will be unique and if you like to print a name or quote on it just get in touch as always!
However, I have received a couple of emails about how this set works and if it is truly easy as many of you think they are not blessed with a green thumb. No know-how, as they say, required. Lets have a look at this in more detail ...
Firstly, when placing your order you can choose the mug finish and I will sort the rest. The stock level for the cacti varies and I will select a healthy looking plant for you which in
combination with the mug offers good vibes. I finish and compile your set.
Additionally and since this is a great gift you can make notes in regards to gift wrapping and a message to be included during checkout. This is also the place if you wish to add a copper stripe or maybe print a name or another word on the concrete coffee glass! There is no extra charge for this, of course you know me, and I will add images of these customisations to the listing as soon as I have done a few for you!
So included in the set is the concrete coffee glass, a pale grey mix of rocks, a potted small cactus, a watering pipette and a little guide.
After that add the cactus as it is and it looks best if the rim of the brown plastic cup is inside and just below the inside edge of the concrete planter. Sometimes a little wiggle helps to move the rocks below to sort any issues with a wobbly stand.
Time to water your new friend! I do this about once a month but some do it only once every two months so it will depend on your environment. But for office surroundings once a month is a good rule of thumb. Fill the pipette and add it to the rocks close to the plant or on top of the cactus. Done.
To assemble - you start by adding a couple of rocks to the concrete glass. It is up to you how many but I recommend about 1/3 of the rocks.
Well from here, I think it is more about beauty but it is good for the cactus too. The left over stones are being added on top all the way around the cactus.
A little tip - the bag from the rocks can be recycled but also while planting - if you need to lift the cactus out or move it a bit again for some reason - use the bag. Slip the cactus top inside and you can touch it easily ;D
I used the same things like last time as I thought you either purchased some of the things you need or have them already. In any case I did not want to cause waste. So get your ruler, scissors, your vessel and plant, and of course string, twine or ribbon you wish to use.
My vessels, I used this netting for are both, are about 10cm tall and the plant, Air Plant Capitata Peach, adds another 10cm. To measure the string length I went for 4 times the length.
After my last DIY Macramé to hang your geometric concrete vessel I received so much amazing feedback - thank you! and a lovely comment requesting one without the tassel. You are absolutely right, the tassel is an additional eye-catcher which could take away from the geometric vessel or plant. It took me a moment to find a way but here we go ...
Altogether you need 4 strings no looping [the other macramé can you find here] this time. So we are working with 4 strings each at least 60cm but not more than 80cm long each.
Take four endings and knot them together tightly by pulling each string ending individually until the knot stops going tighter. If you use a nylon string you could use a lighter to melt the endings together neatly above/ into the knot. Tip, use the metal ruler to flatten the molten ending.
Now, use your vessel and place it with space around it in front of you. Part the four strings and lay it around your vessel. There should be two strings to each side which you start knotting together. The height for the first row of knots will depend on the height of your vessel. Mine is 10cm plus plant height so I went for something above 25cm for my first netting nots measured from the string endings.
As you can see on the right all you needs is some twine or string. Of course there is proper macramé string available but you can use any string you have on hand for this design. Your vessel and plant, ruler and scissors.
My vessel is about 10cm tall and the plant adds another 10cm. To measure the string length I went for 3 times the length.
Macramé hanging planters are everywhere and why not?!? They are beauties, space saving while giving a delightful happiness to the place where they have been hung. So while organising my own display I decided why not give it a try but of course not without showing you how I did my mini tassel Macramé variation.
Altogether you need 4 strings looped to 8 endings. Which gives you 8 strings, not all cut, each 60cm long or 4 strings each 120cm long before folding it to half the length of 60cm.
Now take the looped string ends and knot them together. Try to keep a finger or a pen in the loop to make an even knot. After the knot is in place fasten it by pulling on the strings one by one.
From there we will use simple knots as shown above to knot two strings each time.
Today I am sharing a wonderful Adirondack inspired garden chair tutorial with you. Don't you just love a good summer DIY!
Well, who doesn't and it is such a good one. I love to keep our garden as natural and bee friendly as possible. After all it is only a weed if you think the plant is out of place. My most favourite outdoor plants are daisies and lavender. The scent is just so lovely. We keep some of them potted plus an eucalyptus bush and some others which just accumulated over the past 3 years. However, point being all reclaimed or recycled things are just right here, after all an old watering can is now a planter of ours and most of my outdoor or waterproof concrete sculptures and vessels get tested out there. Besides the big rust-hole on the bottom of the can it has a new purpose like this, haha.
Heidi drew this up and built this the other weekend and she recommends the use of old reclaimed scaffolding boards or pallet wood. It is a true treat, it sits nicely, and she did
it in less than 3 hours. What more can you ask for, really. She made the woodworking plans available to download for free over
on her blog, isn't she marvellous? Big thanks to her and we hope you will enjoy building your own!
Antje and of course Heidi
Let's bring a bit of summer inside with a fresh and bright garden flower wreath design. After all a modern wreath can be a wonderful decor accent all year around.
So what do we need for this summer blossom dream?
A plug foam ring in your preferred size but I have chosen one with an outer diameter of 30cm.
I am using my favourite flowers and herbs as well as some simple long leaves. So there are three types of flowers for me but if you have more to choose from go wild and bring your whole summer meadow into this wreath. For me it is about 5 camomile stalks, 10 daisy stalks and 10 long big leaves. I have no idea what they are called but I like them and they have been here since before we moved in.
Anyhow, this is of course just an estimate and if your flower heads are bigger of course you will need less. Additionally, as you know, I can't do without a bit of a modern geometric edge so I used the concrete diamond ornaments and extra wire.
I started with watering the ring by having it soak up water in my sink. Since I just read it, do not push it under water but rather lay it on top and wait for it to soak the water in. So I am guessing by now you know, first timer ;D
Took about 20 minutes but I made use of the time by cutting and sorting my flowers. I also prepared some additional wire for a stronger fix of the concrete ornaments within the wreath.
but to me it could also be cute on our bench, more or less as a seat cushion / cover. Maybe just me?! At the moment we have just one big parasol in green for our garden patch but I am thinking of the Jewell striped ones below ever since I laid eyes on them....
Well, but no garden party is complete without good ice creme. I am trying clean eating for a while now and was happy to find loads of options, not sure this is proper clean eating but this recipe looks just too good, image is linked ;D
I think this yellow fresh and bright lemon theme started at some point last year and I just went with it. Looking back and wishing summer would be already here I thought I collect some yellow summer decoration ideas for the outside to share and draw inspiration from.
Allow me to set the mood with the first image I took with lemons. It's part of a table setting featuring the concrete wire DIY Air Plant holders, of course the full tutorial is here as well. But I love the smell and could imagine this display on a shelf, sideboard or anywhere else. I came across this bathroom mat on Pinterest [images found there are linked to source but not affiliated] but I think this is just too cute and could be put out everywhere. To me this would be fun in front of our garden door just to make me smile
The whole set up would just work fabulous with the table setting above, maybe adding something like these below, which is part of a garden party decor. Haha, probably this was when I was totally hooked to this easy decor style with citrus fruits.
So, I take you have guessed and have been waiting for me to bring up my other most favourite plants - cactiiiiii. For a change this is not the point, but that I love the idea of a sunshine yellowed wall. Sadly we don't have a walled garden but maybe I could paint my storage shed yellow. It would not look like this, it is wood not plaster. Well, we will see, not just my decision to make. Anyway, I think some yellow flip flops are in the cards and a print could just work out fine. How about next Mondays freebie? Maybe with a yellow frame, download will be up next week here ;D enjoy! Cheers to a good summer feeling even though it is not her yet,
Last working day of this marvellous week is here and bank holidays are ahead. Well, I know how time has a habit of running and so I will be sharing some Scandinavian inspired, minimal modern last minute Easter decor ideas you can do without huge fuss or prep. Well, even though I shared some Easter table settings this year too, I am pretty sure one can never be too inspired and even though if you might have your heart set on a design maybe these little accents are nice to add. I collected these ideas with my Pinterest and of course all are linked back to where I found them.
Little notes and thoughts are in between but I will allow the images to speak ....
Some classic Easter decor ideas with a modern twist are below. To the right are the blown out egg shells simply hung on a branch and to the left these beautiful eggs are painted with a marker pen....
I think both egg display ideas - above and to the left - work fabulously with the concrete hay Easter nest should you have made it ;D
And last but not least some attractive alternative Easter decor ideas. Mix it up with flowers, hang or display your branch differently, add modern typography or names to your eggs on display, use twigs or create paper feathers....
... I think that's a wrap, all I fell in love with this Easter. Don't forget the Easter nest DIY I posted a couple of weeks back - it could just be the crafty family fun for you!
In any case, happy Easter and a wonderful time,
It certainly feels like spring outside. The first soft pastel blossoms are around and I am getting all excited about Easter this year. I am not usually the one to do so but this years Easter nest DIY got me decorating all over the place. In many ways the whole table centrepiece started with the concrete hay nest - full fun instructions are here - and evolved to adding branches, eggs, candle holders, diamond ornaments, hay and party favours. Since our table is white I went for a clean setting without tablecloth, however white linen napkins add a useful soft touch. I am pleased with the soft almost fragile modern feel considering that rather hard objects, made from concrete, are centre stage. It feels very laid back and raw not to say minimal by all playfulness. There is enough space around the table to add further bowls and trays to complete the - for us it will be the - brunch table which I feel everything will fit perfectly to the centre piece.
Anyhow below are more details to appreciate - including a variation I am delighted with too but lets have a closer look!
The nest which is the one formed over the balloon is to me the one which fits best to the overall decor idea and it works well with the branch. I added 4 eggs, which can of course be eaten but also to highlight the fun eye-catcher even more. After all I and maybe you too crafted this piece as well!
I left enough space for a bread basket and two platters with food goodies, several glass jars of preservatives and so on. I think these breakfast and brunch goods will work quite well with the colours of the centrepiece.
All around the branch I chose areas where I placed a bit more hay but you could also place smaller or other nests if you have crafted more. I placed diamond ornaments in different sizes all around the table on top of the hay as well as the branch. All concrete is pale grey which works fabulously with he natural tones of the hay and the branch and adds just the softest of contrast to the pastel rose blossoms. The candle holders are rather minimal and bold but I was thinking of all the hay and decided these would work best after all I don't want a fireplace. But candle sticks could work wonderful too.
I found it hard to decide which plate setting to choose. One is providing a little gift for the guests and who doesn't like to keep a little diamond as keepsake like above. The other is cute and fits Easter perfectly by gifting a simple egg. Both however would allow to add the name of the person to be seated should it be something you desire. Well, it's up to you now!
Based on the meteorological calendar Spring is here and I feel a bit of Spring cleaning with minimalism in mind could just be the thing. I personally can't decide between Spring and Autumn, I love them both, the life in the changes, the colours and light at those times. Anyway, I think it is the change which is giving me energy and inspiration to move and change as well. It is not that I think I own clutter or would ever have a problem with throwing stuff out, nope not me, I always feel refreshed after a good old clean and clear. Maybe, I am still too German, haha.
Recently however, I feel the urge to slow down and to be a bit more consequent, by which I mean, not just have a bit of a clear out of unused things two times a year but change things so that this would not be needed anymore. So how to start this, how to change things.
I found loads of guides some 30 or 50 steps long, even a minimalism challenge was among them. Has anyone done one of those? Well, it is all too much for me, one could say not very minimal, pun intended. So I decided, I will choose 5 things I find useful and easy to incorporate into my routines.
Simplify my home by giving everything its space. I will only keep things I need [used within the last 3 months or so] or absolutely love and treasure.
Clear out my wardrobe, not much there really but I tend to hang on to stuff I don't wear as I dread cloth shopping. So my goal is to only have those pieces which I really wear.
Get rid of devices, best in a box or all in one place and switch them off at least one day of the week. I love this one, it was not in many guides but I think it will not only help me to be more minimalist but also to slow down and breathe.
This is a truly tough one for me but here goes nothing - simplify my calendar! Oi, that is something, every mum, small biz owner .... will know, even worse when having a creative life. Nothing is truly going by calendar but I honestly will try to get the business side, the side I actually should be able to plan, done by a reasonable calendar and who knows maybe I am going to manage even more ;)
Restore and cut back on waste - now I have to admit that this is not a new thing to me but I want to get more serious about it. Not just in my lifestyle but also with my art and craft. I recycle already as we do all and 90% of my packaging is done with recycled materials but I could start a garden bin, grow some herbs and look into low Co2 concrete and recycled concrete .... I am sure with time I will find even more and I am grateful for tips as well!
There is no rush or anything but I just found it so fitting to have a first exciting tease for easter on my blog today. After all it is already the last day of February and Easter is in about 6, well if you don't celebrate or decorate for the week, 7 weeks. I just think it is the right opportunity to start decorating and styling and charge the creative batteries for the Easter festivities ahead with happy bunny mood, haha!
Well what did I use? As you can see I could not stop myself but got a bit of 'bunny' hay and straw mix. Of course some eggs, my concrete cylinder candle holders, a mix of Multiflora and Rubra Air Plants and some glasses. I was thinking of just a small table for two but of course you can just add more to fill a larger centre or stage the table more generously. Overall I wanted something modern yet somehow rustic, you know close to nature and so on...
December is here and I am decorating my studio with little bits of green to surround me with some festive mood and coziness.
To me Winter, and maybe Christmas, warmth comes from a bit of of evergreens, pine cones, moss and candles but also from a bit of crafting just for myself. So here we go, a wreath DIY to get the spirits up. I promise these two are fairly easy and you can incorporate almost anything you are pleased with or cherish the most.
Materials and tools ...
I am using copper coil which I bend over a bucket, about 30cm in diameter, to have a wonderful circular shape for the first one. However, you could also use a wooden loop, a proper wreath ring available in a lot of sizes.
In contrast I am going to use the concrete cube ornament set, some greens and simple dark green evergreens. You will also need some scissors, twine or threat, alternatively some wire, and a gardening scissors to trim the greens.
Just like the pictures on the left show, I am cutting off some smaller, softer twigs, preferably with beautiful fork like tips of the branch. I place them in bundles on top as well as closely next to each other to create volume and attach it to the wreath as shown below.
I am using copper coloured nylon threat. I find this more flexible compared to wire and easy to handle. You can attach the green first and cut the threat but I use a long threat on purpose as I will use it to attach some ornaments as well. So I took my bundled greens and placed them to the [when hung] lower side of the ring and knotted the greens to the copper ring.
Is there anything more exciting than wrapping a gift in anticipation of happy smiles and bright eyes, warm hugs and wonderful memories? Nothing right?!
This year is especially exciting to me as my new concrete ornament series is available and new gift wrapping designs can be
created but also because of the ever growing Furoshiki trend [where you use reusable fabric to wrap your amazing gifts]. So I decided all the presents for the adults will be gift wrapped in linen
scarfs and kitchen towels - haha guess who gets which?! Right, men have to help with the dishes!
However, for my nieces and nephews I will stick to recycled paper so that they can rip it apart and enjoy that moment to the fullest.
I am not sure about you but once I had that sorted I felt drawn to a bit of foliage this year. Last year I was more minimalist with just tags and cards but this year a bit of warmth is required and I think a bit of fir and other evergreens could just do the trick. Instead of having cards this year I will just write the names on the present or concrete gift tag, got my gold and silver paint pens ready already! Let's see - above and below are some ideas I came up with during my photoshoot but there are also some additional ones I feel heavily inspired by.
Diamonds are always a good idea or so they say, do I need to say more?!?
And to the right - a minimal almost masculine way to wrap a present - recycled grey paper, dark baker twine and hexagon ornaments.
Up-cycling a bit of newspaper or magazines can add such a wonderful warm twist, cherry on top, or so it feels, is this wonderful ripped fabric ribbon. More ideas are on my Pinterest wrapping board and more details and a picture guide to Furoshiki for beginners is on my blog but doesn't this just look stunning, even though it is just an ever so simple knot. Oh I am getting excited - I think my wrapping is sorted, not all the gifts though even though all the designer makers of my little Christmas gift guide series over here have been very helpful - have a click for inspiration!
Warm colours, heavy fresh air in the morning and wonderful warm candle light evenings - November. I tried to exactly incorporate all those feelings in my Thanksgiving table scape. Even though we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Europe, we do pumpkin feast and 'Herbstfest' I still have loads to be grateful for and like that about Thanksgiving. By far the most for every single design and creation I was allowed to craft and ship around the globe to wonderful customers and clients, indeed an amazing summer has gone bye.
Let me try to say thank you with sharing some decorative ideas on how to make an autumn celebration a beautiful one.
The base materials used....
Table cloth or paper, a mix of candle holders, Reindeer moss mix, pine cones, fresh fruit and veggies, some twigs, glasses and cutlery, you might need a knife, scissors and a lighter for set up
It is really up to you which fresh fruits and veggies you display but I considered three things. First, what will be added to the meal served, what is the season asking for and third, do the colours create a nice harmony. I cut the pumpkin as the smell is just delightful and a natural scent to the table which will enhance and not deviate from the mood. As for the sweetcorn, I dried it for a couple of weeks as I wanted the colours to feature a stronger contrast but I am sure a fresh one will do just fine.
Amazing, isn't it?, to me it feels like the year went by way too fast so far but the Autumn glow is beautiful and after I have set up candles and pumpkins I can't wait to get my Winter decor up beautifully.
Since we created wonderful easy geometric wreaths for summer parties and so on I was thinking of using the triangular copper base once more for a winter wreath. This one will not be on my door but on my wall next to some soon to be there Christmas cards which I am going to display with my wall magazine display. Anyhow, that is my vision for now but to start the display off, lets get started with the wreath.
To create the wreath base, you first threat the copper rod with your nylon threat. I matched the coloured but black backer twine looks also good. Before you knot it at your preferred length you add the copper ring. The longer rod is about 30cm long and has a diameter of 5mm while the copper ring is about 5cm long and has a diameter of 3cm. For more details on how to get there and a step by step in pictures have a look back to the summer wreath variation here. Your base should look similar to the one pictured on the left.
Now it's time to take the largest piece of fir or other evergreen you might have. In regards to the size, it should not be much longer than the large rod but soft straying twigs from the branch
can overhang by 10 to 20cm as pictured below.
This branch/large twig goes through the wide copper ring first. Smaller twigs of the branch can be pulled out of the ring on the other side, to create an organic assembly.
I added an eucalyptus twig as well, for a bit of contrast and to soften the look. It all goes through the big ring. It should sit firm but the wreath is not ready to be lifted yet. Next, adding detail - pine cones and concrete ornaments, there are so many ways these could be added. I am after a natural look for the wreath with a bit of a modern twist. Since the wreath is not going to be on my door but still on my wall, I will add the concrete ornaments as long hanging eye-catchers. So that's the plan and to get there I started off by adding the pine cones first to the fir branch. As pictured above I knotted the small pine cones to the main branch, since the mint green highlight of the eucalyptus twig is just enough to compliment the shiny copper.
A proper Autumn tablescape featuring modern elegance and organic earthly produce. I know Halloween is coming up and I promised you I got you covered, so here is my rustic down to earth, natural 'grown up' way of an Autumn centrepiece and if you fancy it a 'BOo' or a face can easily be added to the pumpkin!
I don't know but with me being German and all, I grew up without these ghostly festivities, maybe I never really got it, but having said that, I surely enjoy a good table, nice company and great food. So let's create my table as base and spookiness will come with nightfall ....
Reindeer Moss Flakes; small pine cone mix;
concrete copper hexagon candle holder; fresh fruits and vegetables which will also be used to prepare the dinner;
grey craft paper as a table runner
Some notes on how to get started...
I started by placing the largest items first, second came all the candles for atmosphere. I think it is good to mix different styles of candle holders so feel free to mix. However, I decided against dinner candles as I wanted the pumpkin to be the eye-catcher. Mixed Reindeer moss flakes followed as well as small pine cones and different types of Air Plants.
Well, that's basically it but no one is stoping you from adding some spiders or worms into the mix!
Happy Halloween and a golden fall!
Concrete Pendants - available here
Well I know, we are not all cube fans, so here we go - the cylinder alternative. I don't know why but I felt this would be ideal for a kitchen or crafters corner. You know, it could keep the page of the next recipe to try or the one inspirational page.
For more inspiration
Oh look what I've got for you!
If you are a bit like me you like things being organised but love magazines and books too. I mean they are everywhere and I often feel inspired by books or magazines. So I decided to mix things up and found that this concrete & twine book / magazine wall display changed the feel of the room instantly.
This DIY is so easy that I am going to keep the 'how to' very short. Take your favourite twine or ribbon, maybe even think of the colours of the room, the magazines or books and cut the ribbon to desired length.
As you can see above I used varying lengths and the same length on the left. I felt that for books of the same size a varying length is best while for magazines the same length of ribbon looked perfect. Take the chosen concrete pendants as weight and stop for the book / magazine and thread it up. Make a knot with the twine ends, tadahh!
Just a quick note in regards to the wall hook/s to use. Well, I used concrete wall hooks, which I made myself of course since I wanted something of an artistic statement, but a silver, black or copper nail will provide an even simpler look. Picture pins will also do the trick, especially if you are using the holder to display, your notebooks and journals, Christmas cards or photographs.
Mmh... what else, nope, I think that's it. The only open question on my mind is, where are you going to hang yours?!.
Late summer, the perfect time for outdoor birthday parties or weddings, isn't it?! Well, I am not so lucky my birthday is in April but I think we all should celebrate the beauty of late as well as end of summer or the joy of being together. So I styled two tablescapes to get inspired by. Once you have the centrepiece you will have to show it off, wont you!?!
I am pretty sure you know already but here are some hints on how to get it done. The base is the recycled grey paper, I like how easy it creates a wide classy space for the table decoration. I found the birchwood in a park after a storm but I think your local flower shop will be able to help you too. Put this down first and add some Reindeer moss flakes under it and over it. Add some Air Plants but this could also be big leaves or flower heads. I then added the candle holders and last but not least the pale hexagon ornaments as eye-catcher. Done!
Traditional, a round summer wreath, don't you think?, yet fresh and different - well, thank you gorgeous!!!
I was hoping you would think that, I was aiming for something familiar yet with a modern minimal maybe even edgy twist. But it was important too that not much is needed to quickly create this contemporary wreath, for example for an event.
The base is created with a wreath ring, or if you like, you do it like me and use a bit of copper coil. Little tip, before bending it to a loop thread the coil so you can pull together even further after bending it over a round object like a pot or so.
Choose the size to your liking, mine is about 25cm in diameter. The second component is a bit of eucalyptus and third is a set of 3 half moon pendants.
I use a bit of string to firstly add some eucalyptus but any other greenery you fancy will do. I fix it at three points around the loop. That is enough since the concrete ornaments will be fixed around the wreath loop as well.
I choose to fix the 'Half Moon' pendants front facing, which means for this design it doesn't matter if you went for silver or gold loops on the pendants themselves.
I choose three spots to attach the pendants and have to admit that it looked better when placed not too symmetrical. The attachment should be fairly tight keep them facing the way you want them too.
It is always a good idea to lift it up and check if the ornaments and greens stay in the places as you hoped they would once you are happy with the look.
Well, if you like and wish to go really minimal you could just leave it like that. Or you could go on and add some bright spots.
I went for some Lavender and Daisies. The trick is to leave the wreath hanging in its place and to reuse the ornament loops for the added plants. Simply put them through the loop.
New shapes, new sizes and the choice between generously sized silver or gold coloured wire loops for easy hanging options. It was a joy designing the second collection of my concrete ornaments as I had even more decor ideas and uses in mind. Not to forget your kind feedback!
I have heard about 'hygge' a while back and thought well, fair enough I like to cosy up, get the kettle on and the cosy blanket out. Done, right?!
Well, I went to Copenhagen during spring this year and of course what was the most interesting thing to bring back 'The little book of hygge' by Meik Wiking. I read it and found loads of habits and ideas on how we should make us all feel better. All nice and jolly. Thing is though, recently I came across more and more posts and articles like 'Hygge on a budget', 'Hygge vs Minimalism', 'Hygge for home and work' and so on. And two weeks ago I went to Germany, just to visit family over the weekend, you know the hygge way. At the airport I browsed some magazines and found that they even just published a magazine called 'Hygge' featuring all sort of lifestyle options and what we all should do to feel better.
I started to feel a bit irritated by the thought of hygge being a decor trend or even a must do now - it's a trend. I understand that we might want to look for beautiful items or cosy items that make us feel good. I am the last one not to understand that, I create and sell beautiful things myself and of course I want them to be precious treasures to you which make you feel good too. But that is just that - to make us feel good!
Well, I read some of those said articles in full and couldn't disagree more. Why should hygge not go with my / your decor. I hope to achieve at least in some areas a minimal life and I think hygge is never going to interfere with that thought.
Let's see, I live in a small studio flat in London. Yes, just a studio. I have to be organised or no work gets done. So everything has its place and gets put away. I don't have things twice and I need to be able to move things around for my photo shoots. If I feel things get to cluttery, you know magazines and books, I put piles together and drop them off at one of the station bookshelf or donate them. If I get something new the old goes. I think all this is pretty normal and very minimal. No budget requirements, no brainers, right?!
Maybe it is just me but one of the 'Minimalism vs Hygge' articles suggested that hygge asked for cosy clutter and clutter never works with minimalism. But I think the opposite is the case. Hygge and Minimalism are describing the urge to only use your most precious things to enjoy and decorate with. Only use the things that make you feel good. Neither, is asking for a sleek gloss white in all things for example. A clean space allows me too breath and feel fresh, even to recharge. So my room decor and surroundings are pretty minimal. However, I chose this environment to be 'hygge' in, if I might say so. I, of course, have good food and friends around to share it with or have a cuppa and a good book and my 'single favourite' cosy blanket in my minimal decorated room. Therefore I think minimalism and hygge both are not a budget thing nor are those two in a way against each other. If anything they compliment each other. To live with less you have to choose well and to keep only things you truly love. I would very well think that is point 10 of the hygge manifesto [picture on the left]. Your tribe, a place of peace and security can only be created with the things you love and have memories with. In a way I even would go so far that it is part of point 7 'Comfort'. Isn't it far easier to take a break and relax in an environment you feel free and home in?!
'Presence', 'Equality' and 'Truce' are more or less life choices and maybe even a choice of the company you keep. It is normal to me to shut my phone off when I am in a conversation and even though I do love all your posts and shares on instagram, facebook and so on, I do not need nor want to check the feed all night long. Although, I am writing loads of 'I' here and I like my alone time - I pretty much think 'we' over 'me'. With 'Truce' I am not so sure since my friends and I love good arguments but maybe I am taking it to literally.
Last minute Happy Easter decor ideas with items you purchased the most recently - for yourself or to give as gifts! Thank you!
My favourite is the geometric bowl too! On the left I just added some dark green and pale Reindeer Moss to nest the 'boiled' egg. I am a fan of scrambled eggs and the egg shells make a wonderful Air Plants holder for this Capitata Peach. We are just two this year but if I had to build it up for a family table setting I would add more moss and eucalyptus, place in-between more Air Plants in egg shells. And of course some candles as shown below.
The trend of concrete and metal - I am still more into copper for its warm and inviting feeling and of course my brown eggs. But for all silver and white egg fans have a look at my concrete vessels with silver attachment and don't forget custom finishes are always welcome!
The grouping features the copper cups with a Multiflora Air Plant and I filled the
hexagon cup with Reindeer Moss to use it as egg cups. A bit of moss as well as egg shell bits around the feel good concrete house sculpture and maybe an egg or two placed in-between create a lovely happy functional centre piece, don't you think?!
It feels like winter is coming and the time for candles is here, so let's restyle our concrete vessels and accessories.
One option would be to wrap a bit of aluminium / silver foil around the base of a candle. Please be messy and when pushing it gently into the recess of your vessel it will create different openings to place a bit of fir or eucalyptus.
My favourite option is to set a simple dinner candle with Reindeer Moss ....
You can set it with soft moss and keep reusing it. However, if you use a bit of water to wet the moss it will get hard when it is dry and offers a more stable fix. You will have to use water to soften the moss again to reuse it.
You can use any vessel really but as you can imagine I love concrete and my geometric bowl, I use my prototype here, is my go to choice for things like this.
I place a base of reindeer moss inside the bowl, a mix of pale and dark green, some chestnuts and a bit of lavender. Some of the lavender is crushed, some is just placed to be nice on the eyes. To top it off, I add a few drops of peppermint oil. The moss and the concrete will allow the fragrance to fill the room for a couple of weeks.
Time to cozy up, winter time is approaching and the autumn colours are wonderfully warm and inviting. To me this is reason enough to change things around, decorate and fragrance my few bowls and candle holders.
I always use some reindeer moss as a base, it is not only good to fit Air Plants but it allows to create a nice nest for everything you want to add to your potpourri. I found some chestnuts and have harvested my lavender this year. And of course my favourite essential oil, peppermint.
For my bathroom I use the smaller hexagon concrete copper cups. I add a little dark green moss and some essential oil. Whichever fragrance you fancy will be wonderful and that's it, ready to enjoy!
Perfect for these long cozy evenings are candles and although they are available in all sorts of shapes and scents, I only have simple white tapper or tea light candles in my home. But don't worry about me, I add a little essential oil to the inner side of the concrete vessel itself. The concrete will take it on and when the tea light is burning the concrete gets warm and releases the fragrance. Mmmh.... lovely!
Let me know, how you are getting on!
Best, Antje xx
Greens, stone, wood and copper an unbeatable beautiful combination.
I love how each material ages, on its own or together. The rustic charm and the interesting textures are wonderfully warm, industrial as well as natural and inviting. I am the kind of girl who
likes aged copper more than the polished kind but I guess that is just a thing of taste and I won't judge you if you don't judge me.
Well, I think - all I need now! is the space to make my rustic coppery industrial dreams come true.
Header Set - Concrete Copper Air Plant Holders, The 'Mix it!' Set
Yes, it's time for some family time and - oi - is my studio a mess. My baby sister is coming for a visit soon and it will be the first time for the kiddos, so I hope to create a little indoor as well as outdoor area. So many ideas are out there and I won't make my studio any bigger but lucky me, I've got a few more weeks to change things around.
Just in case you are up for an even bigger family event - some inspiration for a festive table setting ...
11 simple ideas to decorate this Easter.
I always feel drawn to natural earthy tones and enjoy the light of pale shades of grey and whites. So here are some ideas I will draw inspiration from for my table setting this Easter.
If you are little like me you will feel happier with pops of green around you. I am a huge fan of Air Plants and prefer succulents and cacti to most plants but I think it doesn't matter which type of plant you are into - we all like to nicely display our beauties, right?! Here is a collection of display options I have recently been inspired by. I like the idea of a jungle wall like the one on the left but feel even more drawn to the discipline of the display above. Well, below is how my shelve looks today but I think I am ready to mix it up a little.
7- maybe 8 - spaces that are looking pretty good with a touch of blush. Soft or dusty pinks as well as copper tones are on trend but no wonder look at these places how welcoming and fresh they are. From chair to rug, paint or brick wall it is an easy add and a delightful hue to lift the spirits for Spring.
Do you have a favourite? - I like, when it is just touches and accessories, easy to change and offering endless options.
... Do[n't] go overboard .... !?!
So calm and so inviting to relax and breathe - cozy greys.
It doesn't matter which shade is for you as the calmness of grey always compliments your lifestyle. To me a dark grey is the best fit for spaces to rest and cuddle up and a lighter shade works better for a living or dining room. Mmhhhh well, I am in love with everything grey scale, it's timeless, elegant, simply beautiful but I guess, and since you know my work, you knew that already.
Anyhow, I can imagine it to complement a gallery wall of monochrome art prints as well [uuhhh - I think a new gallery wall post just came up] or to help a room with bright and colorful
treasures to calm down.
Magical grey inspirations,
When I look outside I see the leaves still turning into lovely brown and golden colors. Only from time to time there is a proper fresh winter breeze but I feel Christmas is coming and the
cravings for hot cocoa and chocolate cake are bang on time. You know what I mean - don't you?! So it is no surprise that I feel drawn to and inspired by the pallet of dark to golden brown colors
Joyful inspiring Friday lovelies and I hope this warm 'wintery' feeling is contagious,
Time to dream - Halloween has gone by, the first lights for Thanksgiving and Christmas appear here and there and Bonfire Night is coming up this weekend. Altogether, the warm green and brown
colors outside as well as the shiny golden lights invite to relax, make notes, sketches or to read.
Happy day and inspirational dreams lovelies,
This collection is curated with images found
via Pinterest and PASiNGA.
Find all images on my pin board and
the Mix it! Concrete Copper Air Plant /Tealight Holder Cups are available on this
Autumn is finally here and everything feels cosier, chocolate tastes better and the early evening candle light is a joy for my soul. Yes, that’s right I don’t have a fireplace but a girl can dream, right?! Anyway since candles are my thing right now I created new concrete shapes to hold all
sorts of candles and most of them double as Air Plant holder as well, happy browsing!
I am looking forward to a Saturday full of work and a Sunday afternoon with my family. Happy weekend lovelies, see you,
The combination or contrast of black and white can be dynamic and powerful as well as calming. I am not sure what it is but the elegant monochrome shades of black and white fascinate me not only
in design, home decor and fashion but in life general. May this board inspire and reflect,
Lot's of love,
Charming, isn't it?!
... an instant feeling of home, embraced like a hug, through warm inviting natural materials, colors, vintage finds and playful modern concrete vessels.
Lot's of love,
Green is a happy, hopeful color but add the twist and warmth of copper or rose gold, it's magic ....
... pure elegance and glamour.
Lot's of love,
My trip to New York during Spring last year ...
... was the inspiration for this visual board. Not only were we lucky enough to have blue skies and sunshine but the city itself offered this pigeon blue note
within the streets and stunning glass facades. Well not to mention the fashion sense all around us ...
Lot's of love and a blue sky for the weekend,
Just A Hint ....
of mint, of green, of spring. A peek around the corner, a little adventure, finding the new, exploring the wild, finding the beauty, mixing vintage with the less,
just a gentle touch, seeking inspiration .....
I am sharing today my absolutely well kept secret with you
- I Love Monochrome!
Okay, not really a secret but truly my passion and how I would like the world around me to be.
Let's adore the contrast and dynamic together!
Lot's of Inspiration,
Indeed - Good Day Lovelies!
February is here and the first flowers and green leaves starting to show themselves. Although spring sunshine still feels a bit like a dream as it is rainy and stormy right now, I am sure it will arrive. Until then, visual boards, friendly greetings and happy lifestyle accessories will provide inspiration.
Lot's of Love,
I just felt like gold after this exciting week. I got lots of inspirational input from other artists, worked on new designs, finished custom pieces and had most of
the time black hands. Loving black pigments and all the shades of grey coming with it! So here we go.
It is that time of the year ...
... where a popping greens and snow whites are an absolute magical must. It's a classic combination yet always fresh, bright and minimal. Maybe the above includes your preferred shade as
Have a wonderful weekend and happy gift shopping,
I think everyone loves a beautiful table setting. It's inviting, thoughtful and a joy to set up, isn't it?
So many stunning ideas created by such amazing talented people. I felt so inspired and decided to share my favorites with you. After all it's part of our Advent Calendar to help us get ready for Christmas and I might have a little voucher for you.
... and to finally start thinking about those holiday decorations.
Here are some of my minimalist favorites. What do you fancy?
Oh I can't wait to put my feet up, have a wonderful white cream topped coffee and enjoy the glistening lights.
Lots of love,
As you know I am from Germany and this has not been a Holiday to celebrate in my childhood this celebration is still a bit odd to me. But who doesn't like a good dress up and I am always happy to decorate my home. No reason too little to get that started - so here are my simple black inspirations for this spooky black orange weekend.
It starts to be icy outside ...
the dark grey and blue tones are more present and create at times, sometimes only for minutes, a wonderful display.
Lots of love and don't miss my give
Peach, Pink, Copper and Sandy Concrete
Autumn is here and the people are starting to talk Christmas already. Well, I am not really there yet but I enjoy the change of colours, the pastel shades nature creates on a foggy morning and the fresh breeze of cold air.
I hope you feel inspired as well,
lots of love,
Home making is in the detail of things.
Isn't it? Warm 'woody' colours to celebrate autumn and a fresh hint of pink to lighten the mood this time of the year can't go wrong. Of course feel free to change colour. I think a bright green or yellow would work well too, don't you?
Be inspired, lots of love,
It's about 6 a.m. in London. I have got my windows wide open and I can
smell the wonderful fresh autumn air. Wet leaves, some last flowers and a bit of beautiful morning sunshine. You know the golden glow which inspired me to this collection.
Enjoy your coffee and have a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend!
Fresh industrial minimal delights to brighten up our homes.
Loving the minimal airy feeling of these items and think they mix quite well. What do you think?
Be inspired, lots of love,
Loving the 'GO' sign, it's not just enormous and has this
industrial chic but it also pushes me to go on in a positive way. I think it would be perfect for those nights - you know when you are working and motivation and coffee are running
I am always in love with the sensational harmony wood, metal and concrete create especially if vintage, up-cycled pieces and new modern design come together.
Well can I say it one last time 'love' it!
Be inspired, I want my studio to look like this, perhaps one day,
lots of love,
'I love to be elegant. It's about not trying too hard. It has to be effortless.' CARA
I got nothing to add - except wishing you a fantastic day,
'Make More Adventures'
Yes please and as the weekend is coming up I think it's time to take out my camera and sketchbook, meet with friends and be inspired.
At the moment my inspirational colors and materials are copper, brown, steel and concrete as well as, of course, black and white. But the most interesting is the playfulness of the materials, be it with light and the surroundings or the forms it allows you to mold or bend it into.
I hope the finds above inspire your too and I wish you an uplifting creative weekend,
P.S. The 'Make More Adventure' banner is a lovely DIY by breathehappiness.co.uk
The best thing is that many of them are just paper dots or paper cut snow flakes sewn together. Other are just paper arrows glued over a string. Just choose you color theme and the required length and you are good to go.
I love all of them and I don't know for which one I will go but one thing is for sure I will have garlands this Christmas.
I am so looking forward to this day and who wouldn't?!
Art and good food topped with a bit of interior design. Oi, I can't wait to eat fresh warm pancakes :D
I am sure we all have seen mix and match dining.
It looks great and offers endless possibilities between mixing colors, sizes, styles, textures, etc, to make your mark.
In many cases it's also a very budget friendly option, because you can use either dated or random chairs you have around to create a look.
Since we just can't order set up from the store here are some tips and tricks.
Using the same chair but in different colours [see above] is probably the easiest way to have consistency with the shapes, materials, and styles, and you get to experiment with the color palette.
A budget friendly option is to find random chairs that you like and then paint them all white or black (or really any color you like) to create a random but uniform look.
<<< The image on the left shows a bit of a mix of those two. Just two chair design, one is left to be and the wood chairs are painted in different bright colors which makes it happy and a bit harder to spot that it is the same chair. Love it!
Another budget friendly tip if you want color but don't want to go totally crazy is to round up some chairs and paint them in the same color family.
If color isn't your thing but you want the eclectic dining look, stick with neutrals. White, black, metals and woods are a good idea either on their own or mixed together.
If you're up for a little DIY, you can make your dining chairs either similar or different by changing the upholstery on the seat. You can take a matching set and make each seat different, or you can take some mismatched chairs and use the same fabric to tie them together. This can also be a budget friendly way to update an outdated set.
.... you can do almost any form or figure this way ...
have fun, be creative, make it your own
and if you are up to it show us what you did - drop aline in the comment box
or email an image of your wall and I will post it here ;D ...