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Fantas-tisch Blog

May 9, 2014

I found a new blog to love this week called Fantas-tisch. It’s in German so for those of you who cannot read it I have good news – you can still drool over the lovely photos and recipes. Fantas-tisch is a word play which is why it’s hyphenated. “Fantastisch” meaning fantastic and “Tisch” which means table. The blog is about food and table settings, parties, etc. so Fantas-tisch is quite a sweet and fun name for it I think! Here are some of my favorite posts from this gorgeous blog written by Anke.

Fantas-tisch Blog
Fantas-tisch Blog

Fantas-tisch Blog

Fantas-tisch Blog

Fantas-tisch Blog

Fantas-tisch Blog

Fantas-tisch Blog

Fantas-tisch Blog

How did I find this gorgeous blog? She reviewed our Decorate With Flowers book (in German it is called Wohnen mit Blumen) and I noticed a few click throughs! In fact, the flowers shown above floating in the white bowl were inspired by the cover of our book! I loved seeing that – it made my day (thank you Anke!).

Have a nice weekend everyone – see you next week!

Holly xo

 






Tabletop

Easter Tabletop Decoration Ideas

April 13, 2017

Hello decor8 readers! I am amazed by all of the inspiration for Easter in the online community right now, aren’t you? Bloggers and IG’ers alike seem to be more than ready for the holidays. I decided to follow along! By the way, this is Anke with my monthly Tabletop column for decor8 and this month, I’m going for a very natural table decoration for a peaceful Easter. I hope that you will like it.

Easter Tabletop Decoration Ideas

I’m a big fan of colorful tabletop themes, especially in spring. However, I also like decoration that is reduced to a very natural palette in black, white, brown and green. Ever since I painted the popular floral motif of Royal Copenhagen porcelain manufacture on blown out white eggs (with an Edding pen) two years ago, I always take them out shortly before Easter weekend. This year they teamed up with beautiful oval paper ornaments from Bungalow which can be found at wunderschoen-gemacht-Shop.

Easter Tabletop Decoration Ideas

Some Royal Copenhagen Black Fluted Mega tableware turned into small tealight holders made the perfect match. A recurrent pattern always has an harmonic effect, don’t you think?

Easter Tabletop Decoration Ideas

For the name tags I printed the initials of my guests on thin cardboard and cropped it in egg-shape. Afterwards I just tied it to the cake forks with some rustic twine.

Easter Tabletop Decoration Ideas

The napkins are checked cotton kitchen towels, I simply cut in two parts and lined the open sides.

Easter Tabletop Decoration Ideas

Where I live, it’s easy to buy white, pink and peach-colored blossoming twigs at the florists and weekly market for a month or so. I used this slim window to go out and but some fresh branches as they are so typical for Easter season! On the branches, I hung the eggs I had painted and some of the ornaments from Bungalow.

Do you decorate branches for Easter in your part of the world too? It is very common here in Germany.

Easter Tabletop Decoration Ideas

The Easter cake you see consists of three layers of coffee-sponge-cake (just add some cold, strong Espresso to your fave sponge cake recipe), a mascarpone cream with finely chopped coffee-flavoured dark chocolate and all kinds of chocolate Easter eggs.

Easter Tabletop Decoration Ideas

So that is my tabletop for this month! I’m wishing you and your family a happy and sunny Easter holiday. Have a beautiful time until I see you again in the month of May! – Anke

(Photos + Styling – Anke Illner)






Tabletop

Dutch-Inspired Party Ideas with Chocolate Beet Brownies

March 22, 2017

Hello everyone, it’s Anke and I’m here today to share my once-monthly column about tabletop styling and food. I’m German, yet our annual family summer vacations in Holland for the past thirty-seven years (I’m only 40!) shaped me and my sense of style. I love the the laid-back, relaxed and joyful lifestyle of the Dutch and whenever opportunity arises to visit Amsterdam I use it! For March, I’ve created an Amsterdam-inspired tabletop idea to inspire you for spring.

Dutch-Inspired Party Ideas with Chocolate Beet Brownies

I just returned from the city of canals and bridges with my dear friend Dunja last month and though spring seemed far away at that time we still enjoyed strolling through the streets and tiny alleys for hours. The beautiful canal houses are one of the most typical symbols of the city, so I started to search the web for a DIY everyone can implement without spending much money to their tabletop to bring in a little Dutch charm.

Dutch-Inspired Party Ideas with Chocolate Beet Brownies

I ended up finding a Dutch Canal House Luminaries DIY at Kate’s Creative Space. All you have to do is to print the templates and cut out the houses/ windows. Lucky for me, cutting out the small windows a little inaccurate gave my houses an even more charming look! Haha! Happy accidents are nice, aren’t they?

Dutch-Inspired Party Ideas with Chocolate Beet Brownies

The perfectionists amongst you can also glue transparent paper behind the windows which looks wonderful when you are planning to illuminate them with candles in a jar. You can also use craft knife and self-healing mat.

Dutch-Inspired Party Ideas with Chocolate Beet Brownies

Dutch-Inspired Party Ideas with Chocolate Beet Brownies

There is no Dutch-themed table decoration without tulips, agree? In our local flower shops we are experiencing tulip high season right now and one can draw from the full range. I picked different shaped tulips in rich shades of pink and red and placed them in my vases from Lyngby Porcelæn.

Dutch-Inspired Party Ideas with Chocolate Beet Brownies

Furthermore a little treat in the form of Chocolate and Beet Brownies with a cream cheese topping and cute canal house biscuits for ornament went on the table for my afternoon coffee gathering. You will find the brownie recipe at La Tartine Gourmande.

Dutch-Inspired Party Ideas with Chocolate Beet Brownies

Dutch-Inspired Party Ideas with Chocolate Beet Brownies

The pretty chocolate bars you see on one of my images are from PLUK Amsterdam, definitely one of the most popular locations for breakfast, lunch, coffee&cake and decoration shopping in Amsterdam currently! They also run an online shop in the meantime. Their chocolate, postcards and candles are the perfect souvenirs! The bars are the perfect hostess gift to your guests.

Dutch-Inspired Party Ideas with Chocolate Beet Brownies

Have a beautiful time welcoming spring… soak up sun, light and colors! I am looking forward to see you again with a new column posting in April everyone! Tot ziens & veel liefs!

(styling, text and photography: anke illner)






Events + Markets

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

February 8, 2017

Hello friends, I had a most lovely book party in Hannover before Christmas when I launched Decorate For a Party (or in German, the book is called Feierlaune) in the city where I live with my friends and family whom I love so much. A bonus was that my little boy Aidan Benjamin, who turns 3 tomorrow, was there with me watching mama talk about my book and showing how to create a beautiful party scene using only black and white. There I am below with my little one looking on…

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I love my son so much and to be “working” with him like this and to have him share in the festivities of my book party gave me no greater joy – in fact, this was such a special time for me to have him there. When I was styling the black and white gift giving party in my book, he was running around the room with me and Holly Marder (the photographer) along with Pamuk and Tinna, and he was so much younger! That was back in September 2014 when he was 19 months old. In this photo above he is already out of the toddler years and is a genuine little boy. The thing is, as he grows and works alongside of me as I produce my books and then, do book parties, I observe his growth and his maturity, how he went from not talking on the photoshoot to now, never being quiet and speaking in two languages fluently!

I’ve launched 4 books and have been to over 40 locations in North America and Europe since my first book came out years back… But never with him until now. He loved the cake pops and enjoyed meeting everyone and in the end, he did great being in a shop with nearly 100% ceramics and glass -he didn’t break a single thing. Good boy! I was so proud and I’m happy I got to finally have a book party in Hannover with him with me –  this is something I’ll never, ever forget.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I was so honored to take Decorate For a Party to London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, Zurich, and even the imm in Cologne where it was proudly on display in my stand. And Leslie launched the book in Victoria, British Columbia. This weekend, I’ll bring the book to Frankfurt to share at the Ambiente Fair in a video that they’ll put on their Facebook page. Book #4 gave me some great adventures and now I’m finalizing the concept for book 5, which I will write as the sole author, and it will release end of 2018 or Spring 2019. It’s going to be something very different from what you’d imagine and I’m breaking the “Decorate” series now so no more “Decorate…” books for the time being. I have decided to take a risk and try something very new. Let’s see what you will think!

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Anke taking a photo for Instagram

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I’m very happy here to receive flowers styled by local florist Sonja Klein.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Now I’ll give you 5 black and white party styling ideas, particularly for the winter months (like RIGHT NOW!). Ready for some tips?

  1. PATTERN MIX. Black and white can go super clinical or super minimalist and modern – not so much playful or fun, right? But if you mix and match patterns you can definitely insert the fun factor. I’ve chosen linens and ceramics from Marimekko and made hostess gift boxes for each plate which double as a place card since everyone has their name on a box. The boxes were simple white boxes but I used black washi tape to create a “ribbon” and black dot stickers from the stationery aisle in the local drug store to add a pattern.
  2. NO TABLECLOTH. I like the way a table can look without a table cloth, especially if you have a beautiful wood or simple white table. For a black and white party, especially if you have a white table, use a patterned runner to warm up the table with fabric and leave the rest bare for a more modern Scandinavian look.
  3. CHINESE TAKE AWAY BOXES. I love these boxes, you can get them everywhere it seems lately and the solid white without any writing are the ones I go for. I like to fill them with nuts, candy and crackers. You can embellish with black washi tape or just leave them plain.
  4. SPRIGS OF GREEN. Every black and white party needs a natural element to warm it up. Because it’s from nature, the color of it doesn’t disrupt the flow of your monochromatic scheme. Add sprigs of pine to clear glasses vases (or in this case Finnish champagne glasses) or add other greens like Eucalyptus or potted plants. The key is to use only one type of green down the table center so that it creates interest without becoming a focal point or cheap looking.
  5. NO PLACEMATS. I like placemats but honestly, it’s refreshing to drop them every once in awhile. Use large patterned napkins or solid black to give your plate something to rest against until guests take their seats.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Here I am receiving so much warmth and love from my dear friend Dietlind Wolf.

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I had to create a place setting for my little boy!

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

I made Finnish himmeli and hung them in the shop window using birch-patterned straws. The DIY project is in the book!

5 Eye-Catching Black + White Party Ideas

Thank you to beautiful Eghlima Kiaei from Mundus for your bright and energetic spirit and your delicious cakes and cake pops – we love what you do and appreciate so much all you did to make this party so nice for us! Also many, many thanks to Hannover-based Photographer Martin Wehrmann for these lovely photographs and your happy nature and big smile. With special thanks to Imke Isermann at Kukkamari for allowing us to use this beautiful space for the afternoon. Finally, thank you to our German publishers, Random House/DVA, for giving Feierlaune to German-speaking Europe!

Oh and of course, thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us (Anke, Gabi, Kerstin, Esra, Annette, Claudia, Kristina, Sean, Guru, Dietlind, Gundi, Anna, Sonja, Mary, Tinna, Sara, Emma, Jan + Wiebke, Berit + Heiko) and so many others for making this event so meaningful to me.

Love,

Holly






Tabletop

A Winter Tabletop Scheme For a Dinner Party

January 20, 2017

Hello everyone, this is Anke and I thought I’d drop by while Holly’s at the imm Cologne in her decor8 booth to first of all, I am wish you a happy new year and next, bring you some ideas and inspiration for a winterly tabletop. What I did this time was I put every tree-shaped candleholder (plus decoration) I own on our dining table. Admittedly there are numerous in our possession! Imagine my husband rolling his eyes at this point! Of course less will do. (Imagine him nodding!) Moreover, I wanted to catch the beautiful colors one finds outside in the forest here in Germany at this time of the year. Namely shades of grey (sky), brown (wood) and white (snow). I love this natural and fresh color palette at home. Do you?

A Winter Tabletop Scheme For a Dinner Party

It recently snowed heavily outside when I shot these images the other day. Perfect timing for this column! But you can easily let it snow above your table, too! Either you make a garland of white paper dots by using a circle punch and sewing the dots in a row OR you just buy one at the Dille & Kamille online shop, if you are not a DIY kind of person!

A Winter Tabletop Scheme For a Dinner Party

These garlands create a non-kitschy but cheerful and fun decoration. But all regular readers will know that I am generally into paper garlands, I cannot help it!

A Winter Tabletop Scheme For a Dinner Party

In keeping with the chilly season I picked a wreath illustration with bare branches (bought online at Creative Market) for the name tags you see on the plates and attached jute cord loosely.

A Winter Tabletop Scheme For a Dinner Party

As I am a huge fan of hearty soups and stew in winter I cooked one of our family’s favorites – Sweet Chestnut Soup. This one contains chestnuts (surprise!), celeriac, leek, spring onions, beef broth and cream. The topping is made of chopped and roasted chestnuts with coarse sea salt, fresh grounded pepper and maple syrup for a sweet touch. Just the way I like it! An alternative to traditional soup bowls are pretty preserving jars.

A Winter Tabletop Scheme For a Dinner Party

That’s it for now! I will see you again in February when we should definitely have spring flowers for our column, don’t you think? Sending kind greetings – Anke

(Styling, Photography: Anke Illner)






Decorating Tips

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

December 12, 2016

Hello decor8 readers, this is columnist Anke with my monthly column so please have a look at my recent dining room tabletop styling if you’d like. I have been inspired recently by a short trip to Finland. While doing window shopping I spotted interior design in moody colors like bordeaux, masala, dusky pink, mossy green, grey and black everywhere. Though this isn’t your typical Christmas motif, and now Finland is decked out in the most traditional holiday colors, my trip last month still left an impression on me. I really enjoyed to see these dark shades in combination with plain Finnish design — they just know how to create a relaxed and calm atmosphere, right?

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

I thought to bring my impressions onto our tabletop at home by using candle and tea light holders in different shapes and sizes, made of glass and wood. Furthermore on my table – this season’s most popular ceramics – tableware in black, the “black coal” series by Broste Copenhagen. I found it at my dear friend’s online shop Wunderschoen Gemacht.

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

Instead of flowers, I decided on different branches which I will now use for making Christmas wreaths. I picked eucalyptus, olive, pine and twigs with tiny acorns and pale pink berries and I liked having them in a vase until I have to cut them into small bunches for the wreaths.

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

When it comes to trends, I usually need some time until I give an interior trend a try. This “boho” Woven Wall Hanging for an example! A “Dust catcher” was my first thought. But well, you see, I obviously changed my mind. The best about this DIY was spending two snugly evenings with my boys who keenly wove their own ones with me. Now I know why we send them to Waldorfschool! ;-)

Last but not least, a salted dark chocolate tarte with whipped cream and red berry sauce went on the table and made me happy. I am really into sweets with a salty twist and love dark chocolate desserts combined with red berry anything! The berry sauce you see on one of my pictures is the easiest ever. In Germany we have a classic called “Rote Grütze” which is a compote of red berries you can buy ready to eat in every supermarket. I just put this one into my blender and mix it until smooth, that’s it. Sometimes one is allowed to take the easy way out, agree?

Relaxing + Cozy Tabletop Decor Inspired By Finland

It’s impossible to finish this post without giving thanks to Holly for my highlight this month! Your book party launching “Decorate for a Party”/ “Feierlaune” ($12 on Amazon this week only!) in Hannover with so many inspiring guests, a beautiful table decoration and those blissful cakes by Mundus was such a treat, dear Holly! It was so great to have spent time with you and I enjoyed very much!

Have a wonderful start into the month of December and make yourself comfortable at home, dear readers! I hope to see you again soon with some Christmas decoration for the table! – Anke

(Styling, Text and Photography: Anke Illner)






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