Tuesday, September 22, 2009


I have always had a strong affinity towards colors. They lift me up, embrace me, set my mood and carry me away. They make me happy, they make me sad. My childhood memories are gray.

Nature apart, the country, the city, the streets, the shops were gray in East Germany.

I have since then longed for colors, strong, vibrant colors. Have you ever thought of where those likes and dislikes for certain colors come from? Distant childhood memories, the surroundings we grew up in, the colors we are used to since - forever? The way your mother dressed you and the home?

My friends, my children, books and magazines, flea markets and thrift shops, farmer's markets and street scenes, window displays and movies.
All these are the source of endless inspiration.

Artwork and music!

Just walking through New York City gives me again a taste of the big world we are living in and I am grateful to experience it.

Sitting in my garden does the same. Or walking in a park, over fields or through a light filled forest.

How do you get inspired? What makes you feel content and comfortable, secure and relaxed?

I have often wondered how new trends are developed in design and decorating.
But truthfully, I like to follow my own trends (or so I believe...) mull my inspirations over and start making design plans again.
I keep my eyes open and my mind, let the endless picture stream of life filter through me...

All pictures and artwork by V.Zlotkowski, except top two through Dreamstime.com, Domino mag. & National Geographics image.


  1. I know what you mean about the gray of Germany. This last year I have never seen so many shades of gray..as in the weather and my pale skin from lack of sun. I love bright colors...but gravitate towards green. Your pictures are amazing.

  2. It is so interesting to compare your journey from the past to now and how it continues.

    I adore all the pictures from the bakery to that charming cafe interior, there is something familiar about everything you like... everything I like too!

    "I follow that which is inspired in me"

    I think that is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard and is apt here.

  3. We are all now living many lives, and they way they evolve over time makes us all the more interesting!


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