Archive for November 2015

Finnish Housing Fair: LakkaLaine

Then last but not least is one of most popular houses in this years housing fair. Light, airy and modern stone house with geothermal heat and solar collector made an impact-both inside and outside. Let's have a closer look. 
Interior designer: Sanna Pänkäläinen.

Flos pendant lamp suited in this house perfectly. 

With a closer look you notice that there is 
indirect light coming from the ceiling as well.

Living room  was spacious and it was well divided into smaller sections so it did not look empty.
Arne Jacobsen's Egg chair and Knoll's Barcelona suited perfectly into this modern house. As the icing on the cake was Balmuir's  baskets, buffalo leather trunks, lanterns and mohair throw.

Kitchen was open and and it followed some trends that have been here for few year. Kitchen had high gloss cabinets and integrated oven. Kitchen did not look monotonous at all because some of the cabinets were black. 

Each master bedroom had a bathroom. I really wanted to sneak to bathroom - I heard that parents bedroom had a walk in closet their room (don't know was it just a rumour).  Bed linen and buffalo  leather lantern was from Balmuir and chairs from Knoll (Bertoia side chair).

Wellcome to spa!
Sauna and bathroom were really spacious and timeless with huge 60x60 cm wall tiles. I remember seeing similar tiles in Sköna Hem magazine  this year and here tiles completed expectations.  

Unidrain  floor drain system was seamless and matched with overall look. I remember seeing this system when we were building our house. Feedback has been positive so perhaps it will be on our next bathroom.

White high gloss cabinets and big floor tiles in utility space continued the good flow from kitchen and bathroom.

If you want to see more (floating staircase etc.) take a look at LakkaLaine HD video material here -> LakkaLainevideo.

I think that will be (almost) all about housing fair. I have some details left, but no overall presentations. Next time I'll show  inexpensive DIY marble table, which happens to be an Ikea hack.

'Til then... Have a wonderful weekend!

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Finnish Housing Fair- Kontio ハルニレ Harunire

 Harunire means Japanese elm. House was named after harunire because  during building process family planted Japanese elm on their garden. Planting a tree is tradition in Japan. 

Harunire house had Finnish-Japanese family and I felt as Japan and Scandinavia-especially Finland shook hands in this two-storey log house. 

Surprisingly this is the second log house on my housing fair list. And yes, wooden surface was boldly shown in this house and gave certain warmth, as well figuratively as literally. I would call harunire house ode to Finnish carpentry and design. So there was Adea sofas and arm chairs from Kauhajoki and also Marimekko china, Woodnotes, Lundia and Artek were presented. 
Interior designer: Piia Kalliomäki

Classics. White kitchen cabinets and steel combined with tree. Cups from Marimekko - Siirtolapuutarha and Weather Diary. Artek Golden Bell pendant lamps.

ADEA sofa is on my wish list. It has had positive reviews among users (durability-both sofa frame and filling and exchangeable sofa hoods). Adea Plateau table is designed by Mats Broberg and Johan Riddersstråle.

Kitchen and living room was designed in open concept way. 

Japanese blue bed linen was calming choice for bedroom.

Adea Altto arm chair was combined with Artek's Lukki chair and beige Woodnotes rug. 

Second living room upstairs. I don't know why 
I was waiting for shoji rice paper screens 
to divide this space into  a convertible 
living room/guest room.

Lundia Classic shelving unit and Adea Tao arm chair. Picture credit by: Lundia

What did you think? Was there too much wood? Have a good Tuesday!

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Finnish Housing Fair 2015-Best details indoors and outdoors

For this post I have selected some of the best details in Finnish housing fair. Have a look! 

This really was an eye-catching element in the hall. 
It directly captured attention when stepping in.

Interesting idea for shower and toilet. There was natural light as well as well led in the corners . Some visitors asked if the owners were planning to keep glasses like this-shown for everyone. The answer is no- glasses were covered with opal-coloured material after housing fair. Notice also how you can walk around.

Clear glass wall in sauna.

Oriental feeling in the utility room. Who says it has to look drab?

Wine cabinet was integrated under stairs. What a good idea to use leftover space!

Table was made of leftover wood pieces. And it looked perfect.

This bedroom had excellent indirect light in the ceiling. I also loved colour of the wall.

Inspiring kids room. Colours, Avaroom bunk bed...

..And storage hidden and shown. There is some
 storage space in those white and yellow cubes as well.

These plants were clearly thought for this house. 

I have a soft spot for white stone houses.
In this house dark grey windowsills+frames
 and  privacy screen in same colour
looked really good.
Perfect plant choices for this house.

Have a relaxing weekend!

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Finnish Housing Fair-Potius Isokivi

This semi-detached stone house was something what I call a city house.

Marble, brass, dark blue, linen fabric. Three floors were clearly thought. First floor had kitchen and living room. Second floor had mainly bedrooms/workroom.

Basement was dedicated for spa and relaxation/shower and sauna. Basement had also tv room and utility room. I clearly understood what designer had thought when putting utility room into basement. Sound of washing machine does not bother at all, especially if you wash laundry at night time. Interior designer: Pauliina Nelimarkka

View from second floor

Petite brass LTR table and streamlined Citterio
lounge sofa
 Vitra. Sofas were over-all more petite
than in previous years

Kitchen was next to the living room. Marble tiles and brass-coloured tap were a bold choice.

Second floor: workroom with Kinnasand/Kvadrat rug and curtains

Second floor bedroom+walk-in closet: Linen fabrics were from Balmuir. Kinnasand/Kvadrat curtains had beautiful, sliding blue-white colour. 

Basement: Use of light in the basement was ambitious. Indirect light was a good idea-maybe with a little less blueish light.
I was impressed by the bold use of copper.

Check also sauna picture from here.
Few more houses to come!
Have a good week!
 Peace & Solidarity

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Finnish Housing Fair-Jämerä Leija

Indirect light and uniform colour palette were main things in this two-storey house.  House was spacious and airy. Although Leija was a stone house there were some wooden details which gave warmth.

Interior designer-Niina Lehikoinen.

Indirect light under kitchen island was successfully carried out.

Blue colour, which seems to be quite trendy 
at the moment recurred throughout the house 

Dressing room/ hall looked twice as big because
of floating white cabinets. Also pleasant, indirect
light gave warmth and feeling of extra space.

Balmuir linen was a perfect match with wallpaper pattern.

I fell in love with this sauna. Enough-not too 
much glass surface. Loved the design and wondered 
how I could sell my sauna renewal idea to my partner. 
The only thing I would change would be turning smoked 
glass into regular clear glass.

In Finland this kind of wooden panel (common alder)
is typically used in saunas. In this house it created
warmth and actually suited really well
It seems that one who lives here is fond of Robin-Finnish teen pop artist.

This room utilised well small space. There was a loft bed and plenty of storage under stairs. Genelec actice speakers and subwoofer system were good sized for this space. 
Lundia Lofty bed was turned into  princess bed. 

 What's your opinion about this house? Few more houses
to come..'Til then have a good week!

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Finnish Housing Fair : Best kids room

For this post I selected few of my favourite kids room in Finnish Housing Fair.
Loved the colours and especially carpet (Anno Jalpaikka) in this room.

What a space saving idea! Room was not that spacious but this loft bed really gave extra space. Made by Mittapuu
Clouds were sticker-clouds so one could easily change the look.

Playing room and bedroom was divided with a sliding door. Photo wallpaper suited here really well and was timeless.
More space savers. Loft bed with many usable ideas.

Ok, I have to admit that this would have been my ultimate dream bed as a child ;)

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