Archive for June 2014

Villa Elfvik

Villa Elfvik is one of my favourite spots in the capital area. This Art Nouveau villa is located in the city of Espoo on the edge of Laajalahti Nature Reserve.  If you think it's wonderful to roam the outdoors this is a perfect place.


Downstairs of Villa Elfvik you can grab a bite to eat at Cafe Satakieli. Notice that they will only accept cash. There are also nature and environment exhibitions in another hall downstairs. Upstairs of Villa Elfvik you can find Badger's Forest, which is an adventure area for children. There is a closet full of different animal costumes and a tree nest. This time the weather was so good that we didn't go in.

 Not just Villa Elfvik, surrounding nature and footpaths are worth seeing. You can walk either here and there in the forest on the footpaths or there are duckboards from Villa Elfvik to Otaniemi. You cannot get lost.



On your way to Otaniemi you can learn tree names in Finnish or spot birds from bird towers or kyyttöcows. Kyyttö is a native breed of cow, originally from Eastern Finland. They graze the whole summer on the fields. On our visit cows were not yet there, but were told to come on the weekend.



Still, we had fun. Next to duckboards we saw dozens of ladybirds and lizards, with and without tail. 




There were plenty of caves....

and caves in the forest. 


This fearless (or it didn't just notice us) bird came really close before flying away.

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On a rainy day.. Laura Ashley Portland wallpaper in girls room

We have used Laura Ashley wallpapers in our apartment. Instead of using wallpapers everywhere, we  decided first to spice up some rooms with wallpapers. The reason is that we have quite minimalistic style in our apartment. Besides that, our eyes were not accustomed to wallpapers. The good thing with these wallpapers is that they are not pale white and that there is some sparkle. Sparkle in a wardrobe..

Besides Portland (on far right), we have from Laura Ashley's Lille White Stripe (not in the picture) , Eaton StripeAmethyst/Olive wallpaper and Draycott Stripe Duck Egg.



This is how we we used Portland in girls room:



Next thing we are planning is a shoe rack and storage system that would hide a lot of shoes and winter gloves etc..

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