2014/07/14

Wooden details

 
 
I came across these pictures when scrolling through my Pinterest flow the other day. They remind me of that I am weak for wooden details and preferably animals and other unexpected wooden interior items like, for example, funguses. I also spotted the new clock by Anne Boysen recently. All these go so very well with white interiors and if you like, as here, with concrete.
 
 
Photographer Elin Strömberg
 
 

2014/07/12

Terrace and garden inspiration



Not spending much time inside right now. The weather is for once so hot that you hardly have time to do the dishes inside... Out, out, hurry, because we Scandinvians know that all at once it starts snowing again...So I just enjoy the summer months now and the free time. And of course, I am also dreaming of that perfect terrace and garden. Because the balcony is not very popular right now. Too hot! My pink flower is not feeling very well. Too much or too little water?

Above my best picks of terrace and garden inspiration. Which part do you like most?


5 Pyrus salicifolias | Weeping pears (silverpäron). Also called the olive trees of Scandinavia.
6 Eero Aarnio-inspired Bubble chair and reading corner (also when it rains!)



2014/07/08

We love homes


 
I found the most beautiful blog some days ago. All photos are a real delight to the eye.
The duo and talented couple behind the blog runs the company Less is more where the concept is to renovate, style and sell apartments. Looking forward to follow their new project and move to a new home at the Aura river in Åbo, Finland!
 
See more inspiring photos here.
 
All photos by We love homes.
 
PS. If you like the cushions, they are designed by another duo, Saana and Olli.

 

2014/07/06

Happy July

 


My vacation started yesterday!  Five weeks, wow, and the sunny and warm weather started on the very exact first day of it after a chilly June. I knew it!

Happy July!

Pictures | Pinterest
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2014/06/29

Aalto stool


 
I found this old beautiful bedroom photo when going through my inspiration folders. I am weak for all kinds of Artek stools and it seems that there are too many colours and different kinds of wood combinations nowadays for me being even able to choose one single favourite. I appreciate these traditional stools as they give that extra natural traditional feeling to the rooms.

The stool has many lookalikes on the market. How can you distinguish the copy from the real one? I guess you can try to test it by throwing it into the wall? A funny legend says that Aalto tested the stools' durability by throwing the prototypes along the floors in the factory. And I guess he was not satisfied until they did not break.


Picture Hemnet
Story Artek

 

2014/06/21

Black and white


 
 Exactly these black and white newcomers end up on my wish list.
I like the graphical expression in all of them.
 
The black and white mix of letters would look just fine on the walls and a big plus is that they are
 a bit smaller in size than the previous Playtype posters.
 
Aprill Aprill has also launched a new lovely poster with a tree and a bird (which would fit so
The rain cloud is cute, too.

And not the least, the nice pattern by Maija Louekari | Marimekko + Kiasma is now also on mugs
(the same motif as on my poster here).
 
I like them all!
 
 

2014/06/15

Flea market find


 
My latest flea market find. A ceramic vase that keeps my small pink flower alive.
  
Have a nice week!
 
 

2014/06/14

Painting

 
I found a painting that I made four years ago. The bright colours make me a lot happier and in fact it feels a little special to have a piece of your own mixed with the rest of your interior. I think I will leave it there now, on the sideboard. The mix and contrast of original and framed posters makes it more real and interesting.
 
Perhaps I would need to make more paintings soon. It is fun. But time-consuming.
 
 
Enjoy the Sunday!
 
 
See more usage possibilities here and here,
for the days without flowers.

 
 

2014/06/11

Alvar Aalto collection



It was so fun to come up with new usage purposes for the classic and iconic Aalto vase, produced by Iittala, that once set going I could not stop. This time I filled it with fruit, balcony flowers and candies. Once you start thinking outside the box there are so many possibilities to take the vase into use in your everyday life, also without flowers.
 
There are always funny anecdotes if you dig into the history of design items. Did you know that this vase was originally designed for a competition and named as “Eskimåkvinnans skinnbyxa” (the leather trousers of an Eskimo woman), meaning that the design is inspired by the dress of a Sami woman?
 
And apart from that, it is also called the Savoy vase as it was part of the furnishing in the luxurious restaurant Savoy, which opened in Helsinki in 1937.
 
We have many names for the things we like!
 
 

2014/06/09

Timeless design


I got a really nice styling challenge from Iittala to find out new ways to use the classic Aalto vase. We all know that the vases look gorgeous with flowers in them, but what if we want to take them into use in our everyday life, too, when the flowers have faded and we do not have any new ones? I eagerly took this into consideration as I love these iconic, beautiful vases!

The new colour for this year is called Rain (Sade in Finnish), and the colour is just as dark deep blue as the sky a rainy day. I think this vase and size is very suitable for your pencils and small items on your desk, keeping your make-up in order in the bathroom or serving blueberries or something else for breakfast or lunch. Hope you like the ideas! More pictures with a few other vases are coming soon, so stay tuned...!

Did you know that for making one single Aalto vase, seven glass professionals, twelve working phases and thirty working hours are needed?

 

2014/06/07

Flowers

 
Weekend is here and I have visited the flower shop. Seems that I cannot get enough there, so much nice stuff that I do not know what to choose. I want it all!  This time I was about to buy boxwood but the right size for my balcony was sold out. I have to wait...So this pot and flower and some other flowers and branches, too, followed me home. And the more I went out on the balcony, the more I started to picture one flower pot  here and one there and one boxwood here and one tree there, vegetables and herbs and yes, finally a complete garden in there...! Green everywhere! Oh... I have to get some sleep and calm down. I do not know where this interest in flowers and garden has come. It is new!
 
 
Have a nice weekend all!
 
 

2014/06/01

Hello June

 
Today's Pinterest inspiration.
 
Welcome summer!
 
 
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2014/05/26

Picture walls



A nice little dining area found among Alvhem's objects for sale.
Frida has dared to do it (see here), I have not.
To pick up the hammer and make holes in whole, fresh, white walls.
She says it is like taking away a plaster. I feel it is worse.
Like playing darts in your own living room.
But really nice those picture walls.
Someday my friend, someday...!
 
 

Monday mood

 
 
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2014/05/25

A grey Sunday


 After numerous hot summer days it is nice with some grey weather to sort out thoughts and eliminate dust and laundry at home. A calm Sunday is what I like most.
 
Do you see my new grey cushion?
It is so comfortable and nice and made of linen and wool.
I live after the device that you can never get too many cushions!
It is so easy to change the look of a room or corner just by changing cushions from time to time,
or to move them around in different places.
 
Thank you so much by Lassen for the nice gift!
 
 
 
During the week I also bought two other favourites. A small vase from the local flower shop and also a poster designed by Maija Louekari. The poster is a collaboration between Marimekko and the Kiasma museum of contemporary art. Waiting for their webshop to open!
 
  
Have a nice Sunday evening!
 
Words in the mood board via Pinterest
 

2014/05/20

Summer is here

 
 
Breathing in the summer...
 
All images in the mood board | Pinterest
 
 

2014/05/10

Patterns



I got enthusiastic when I saw these patterns and small office details in the latest issue of Deko.
I like the patterns on the origami boxes, bookmarks, cards and notebooks.
Somehow both modern and retro at the same time and in a typical Finnish style when it comes to design and drawing. You often see these kinds of patterns by young designers selling their products in the streets and on markets during the summer.
These patterns are made by Dog Design.
 
Vitra's mouse pad also got lost here, as it was so cute...
 
(unfortunately all text in Finnish)

 

2014/05/05

Cecilie Manz + Iittala

 

The homeware collection for Iittala this year includes a storage system designed by the Danish designer Cecilie Manz. A happy combination of Danish and Finnish design which looks just perfect on these pictures. The storage units of steel, called Aitio, can either be mounted on the wall or placed on a table. Ultimate for small objects or kitchen details. The plastic hooks on the edges can hold tiny things, too.

The Kerros plywood shelf designed by the Swedish designer Matti Klenell looks like a clever solution for both displaying beautiful kitchen details as keeping them organized. The small shelf can also be used as a tray!

The Leimu lamp by the Norwegian designer Magnus Pettersen now also comes in a new grey version, and the Nappula candelabra by Matti Klenell have been launched in yellow.
 
 
I'm sold on this collection! 
Iittala in my heart, I could say!
What do you think?

Pictures Cecilie Manz + Dezeen
 
 

2014/05/03

Sweet Saturday


You see. At my place cats and birds are best friends. I love my new poster from Aprill Aprill! It is made by talented Johanna who always inspires with her originality and creativity. I like her style!

On the balcony Eero Aarnio's Puppy is still waiting for some company. At least for some flowers...?

This sweet Saturday I have been to a spring concert with my mother. A choir was singing everything from Cohen to Mozart. And we enjoyed it!

 

Rainbow

 

All pictures in the mood board | Pinterest