Archive for 2014

Christmas time

Scent of christmas tree and ginger bread
Kids decorating a christmas tree

Children spying on if Santa Claus has a real beard 
and a reindeer outside the window
Crackling logs in an oven 
Eating well and enjoying the crispy weather

Folks dressed up like eskimos
Test-drives with Stiga snowmobile 
while frost is nipping at nose

Such a wonderful christmas time we had. Personally I was fascinated about the weather so I took dozens of pictures outdoors. Love the snow and sunlight. Not so many pictures taken but more memories and moments saved. I hope that you had a great christmas as well. Interested to know about your christmas traditions!

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The Dog Hill Christmas - Koiramäen Joulu

Mauri Kunnas is a Finnish book author, who has created various children's books. In the early years of his career he was compared to English author Richard Scarry, because of the hordes of clothes animals. 

Rustic atmosphere follows in many of his books and that is achieved quite well in Särkänniemi's Koiramäki (Dog Hill). Though you wouldn't know the Koiramäki stories it is easy to jump into 19th century world. And there is something for everyone. 

During Christmas time (from 30th of November to 4th of January Saturday and Sunday) it's possible to see Santa Claus, jump, crawl and  climb at Drakkulas Castle,  attend to workshops (pimp a ginger bread and make small handicrafts such as small decoration car) etc. There's also animals.

Wellcome to Dog Hill

Picturesque old town with  Raatihuone on the left is a place with hobby crafts and elegant Café Guggelböö on the right serves delicacies.  Gunnas is a bookshop with books and variety of small goods. 

Raatihuone and hobby crafts. We made an old-fashioned small car and were helped by kind assistants. Furthermore Christmas cards at Granny's house was a great addition. 
Gingerbread cookie decoration with different chocolate pearls and strands and decorating icing.  

After adventure trail Drakkulas Castle settling near to open fire sounded a perfect place to calm down. As the evening was getting darker we enjoyed sound of crackling logs and warm sausages with juice and marshmallows. 

Just before leaving we saw an outdoor performance at Paw Theatre about Tiernapojat ( freely translated Star Lads), which is a story about Christmas. Here starring with dogs :)



Койрамяки в Сяркянниеми приглашает принять участие в старинных развлечениях.
Создатель сказочного мира Койрамяки – финский писатель и художник Маури Куннас. Его книги переведены на многие языки, их читают и любят во всём мире.
В недавно построенном в Сяркянниеми тематическом парке Койрамяки гости сразу погружаются в сказочный мир. Он отражает дух 19 века, настоящие дома и дворы того времени.
На ферме Койрамяки живут десятки разных домашних животных. В старом бабушкином доме можно попробовать сделать сыр. В другой деревянной пристройке можно поиграть со старинными игрушками, активно подвигаться, скатываясь с горки. Тут есть также хлев и конюшня, лошадки игрушечные, а коровки почти как настоящие.
В Койрамяки много всяких занятий и развлечений. Кроме того, тут немало магазинчиков, лавок, в которых можно делать покупки. В местном кафе Гуггельбёё можно съесть что-нибудь сладкое, а на ферме Прянняри плотно пообедать в домашней обстановке. 

На территории Кяпялямяки целый день идут театральные представления. В Койрамяки есть также замок Драккулы, который включает забавную полосу препятствий.
Приключения ждут вас – добро пожаловать в Койрамяки на территории парка Сяркянниеми!"

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After Independence Day

When I was walking home on Independence Day's eve I began to think how privileged we are to have been born in free country. Overall Independence Day is a day of freedom. Besides all the glitter and fireworks it is a day of celebration for national heroes, grandparents and grand grandparents who sacrificed a lot when defending the country. There was no options.

In general, we have a reliable nation and I hope that situation will be the same in the future. That children can play outdoors without parents watching all the time and police is trustworthy.

Enough said. With following pictures I hope a wonderful week start!

Table ready for guests... 

Afterwards we had something special. We went to see Doghill Christmas (Koiramäen Joulu) to Tampere. And what a great time we had! Pictures in the following post..

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Preparing for the festive occasion

Day after tomorrow, on 6th of December is Independence Day in Finland. Therefore I have made some preparations for the festivities. 

Blue and white will be the colours of the day. With a hint of gold and silver, of course. Gant cushion covers are perfect for the day.

First christmas decorations
Husky cushion cover was my doughters find and perfectly blue and white :)

More within three days..

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Presenting kids (loft) beds #part 2.

As promised, here are some more thoughts about and candidates for children's beds.


Avaroom has aesthetic and modern kids beds. Finnish made kids beds include different loft beds, bunk beds and normal beds. With or without closets, shelves etc.

Avaroom bed with toy box under bed.

Avaroom bunk bed with safety rails.
Avaroom small loft bed with handy cabinets underneath the bed. It's also possible to add a desk, which you can hide under the bed, when not used.

Picture credits by: avaroom


Unipuu beds differ from other beds with their different design. First these pine beds seem to have really traditional look, but when looking beyond the models you realise that they are much more. Convertible, with a lot of choices and many options to mix and match. 

Bunk bed options.

A choice for a toddler bed. Bed has adjustable length and from extra parts (which you can re-use in the following beds) it's easy to create a book shelf.

Small loft bed with cabinets and drawers.
Similar bed with book shelves.

Picture credits by: Unipuu/Niemen Tehtaat



IKEA has a collection of kids beds, which vary. There are beds from a girly, romantic style to beds with a modern style. Here are one's in my list.

Stuva loft bed has similar look to Muurame beds

Modern look in Flaxa bed.

Minimalist will also like Svarta and it's sparse style. Spare bed is  also possible to add.

So the question is...To choose and what to choose..

Have a great Tuesday!
PArvisänkyjen ja lastensänkyjen pohdintaa ja vertailua osa 2.

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Presenting kids (loft) beds #part 1.

The following subject was laid on the table nearly three years ago. Kids room is not that big so we need a space saving bed. Most probably a loft bed. 

Sure there are dozens of well-designed beds on the market, but question is how durable, practical, multifaceted and timeless they are when child grows all the time. We also need to think about room height, which is 2,40 meters.

 Here are some of the options that we have had:


Muurame beds (designed by Pirkko Stenros) are classics and have been manufactured in Finland for  decades. It is possible to add and mix and match different components depending on what your need is.

Muurame beds have a simple, yet modern and beautiful design. Beds are built to last.

Muurame Jungmanni + a Trundle 

Muurame Jungmanni bed with  A Trundle on folding legs. You can use trundle under Jungmanni bed for bed linen(or for Legos) or you can push the legs down and use trundle as a guest bed. (Picture credit by: Susanna Vento)

Muurame Jungmanni + a loft stand

Muurame Jungmanni loft bed consists  of Jungmanni bed and a loft stand. When a child is in her teens you can take loft stand away and use just the bed. Curtains and Puskuri pads are also available.(Picture credit by: Muurame)

With a joining piece you can attach a) two Jungmanni beds or b) Jungmanni and Jolla bed together (Picture credit by: Asuntomessut) 

Muurame shelf system grows with child and is easy to take with as an adult.
 (Photo credits by: Kettukarkki and Susanna Vento)



-Build. Dismantle. Reconstruct.-

Lundia beds (known as Libra in Canada, UK and USA) are also manufactured in Finland and are designed by Tapio Anttila. Made from sturdy Finnish wood, Lundia Lofty is a bit different bed. 

Beds are modern, minimalist and airy. Lofty offers multiple ways to create a bed that suits for an individual from a toddler to an adult. As the name says I would see this bed in a loft house or in a urban house.

It's possible to add safety side rails and bed wheels with a stoppers.(Photo credit by: Lundia/Päivi Häikiö  and Staffan Sundström)

Lundia Lofty with an extension part and safety side rails. You can also create your home office underneath the bed with Lundia Classic shelves. (Photo credit by: Lundia/Päivi Häikiö  and Staffan Sundström)
Lundia Fuuga is a multifaceted shelf system for a toddler.
...and why not using Lundia Fuuga shelf when building a home office or bookshelf under the bed.(Photo credit by: Lundia/Päivi Häikiö  and Staffan Sundström)

Two Lundia Lofty beds with a smaller extension part make a bunk bed. And also this bed is adjustable.

Which bed(s) was/were your favourite(s)?

Have a good week!
PS: Next post will have more kids beds.


Lastenhuoneen muutos: Muurame Jungmanni ja Lundia Lofty lastensänkyjen vertailua. Kriteereinä kestävyys, laadukkuus, ajattomuus ja monipuolisuus.  Huonekorkeus asettaa lisävaatimuksia, samoin leveys (alle 100 cm). Seuraavassa postauksessa lisää ideoita lastensängyiksi. 

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Worth visiting restaurants in Helsinki: Sushi wa.gocoro

   Dōmo  arigatō    gozaimashita Wa.gocoro! どうも ありがとう ございました!

Before posting about loft beds in kids room, I want to recommend a sushi restaurant in Helsinki. Really tasty sushi and excellent service!

This sushi restaurant (or sushi kiosk) is owned by a Japanese couple. It's located in the heart of Töölö, just minutes walk from the Finnish National Opera and Olympic Stadium.

After years of both eating out and preparing sushi at home I must say that this restaurant is definately one of the best ones. Ingredients are fresh, sushi meshi is made well and the service is really worth mentioning.  We decided that this will definately be on our restaurant list. 

If you also like sushi go to Runeberginkatu 63A. Opening hours Monday-Friday 10am-6pm.


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Garden waiting for snow

While in Kokkola it's snowing (not raining ;)) cats and dogs, our garden here in the capital area is still greenish and only white thing is white gabro gravel.  

Our home garden is an urban kitchen garden, with strawberries and lots of different herbs and some roots. 

Hostas in autumn colour.
Surprisingly herbs, such as coriander, thyme, oregano, strong mint have survived from every Finnish snowy and sleety winter. 

Hopefully also from this winter. We'll see..

Have a wonderful week!

PS: Next post about children's loft beds

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Misty weekend morning

Few snapshots from last weekend. Our child was in a Halloween party so I had good time to prepare a family dinner and something for Fathers day, which we celebrate in Finland on the following weekend.

Perfect Saturday morning for a run.

Before guests arrive...
Preparing a lime-white chocolate cheesecake for Fathers Day. Recipes follows... later. After cheesecake became congealed (about 8 hours) I put it to freezer. 
Fennel and zucchini gratin, sweet beetroot with pinch of Valio Aura blue cheese, oven baked salmon wrapped in Serrano and sage and duchess potatoes. (Sorry about the quality of this photo).
Hopefully you had a good weekend as well!

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Marimekko ystävämyynti

Marimekko is a Finnish design company, which has Marimekkoish patterns, geometrical and recognisable. With just changing curtains or cushion covers you can create a brand new look. 

Some people remember Marimekko from the 1960's, when Jacqueline  'Jackie' Kennedy wore Marimekko dresses on the President campaign. Women at my age remember Carrie Bradshaw's Tantsu curtains, Marimekko bikini and dresses and blue Unikko table cloth at Samantha's  pool  party.

Credit: Picture of Sports Illustrated’s December 1960 cover with President JF Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy from // Credit: Picture collage from George Interior design 

Marimekko had ystävämyynti (free translation a sale for friends) last week. It is held twice a year, in late fall and in the spring. Many popular fabrics, such as Pieni Unikko and Lumimarja were well presented. Also other home decor products, apparel, accessorise etc. were sold. On Thursday they had different cotton upholstery, cotton fabrics, cotton sateens and coated cottons for a special price.

Marimekko's Herttoniemi HQ and store

Idea for how to upholster a sofa with Marimekko Juhlaraita upholstery fabric, which is similar to Korsi cotton fabric. Unikko fabric in cushions is a classic.
Trendy Jussaro cotton fabric on the table. Jussarö is a Finnish island known for its lighthouse. Different hues of blue blend together in this fabric. Aino-Maija Metsola has captured a stormy night and raining clouds in a beautiful way. This fabric would be ideal as a Roman blind or curtain.

Also notice Astrid Sylwan's abstract and complex Vattenblänk on the left corner. It won Elle Interiör design award few years ago and I understand why. It is different and playful. In my opinion it would suit in kids room as well as in the living room.

Siirtolapuutarha is also really popular and vivid pattern. Here with blue colour. Word Siirtolapuutarha means community garden, with or without a small cottage.

We'll see later, what I found eventually..


Kuvasatoa Marimekon ystävämyynnistä.



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