Archive for October 2016

Living room makeover: rugs

How different can living room look with different carpets and rugs! I had two different carpet makeover visions which I tested during the weekend.

 1. Southern Ostrobothnian look, 
with a modern twist

This idea was stolen from Helena Karihtala, who is one of my favourite interior designers. In Pohjanmaa house she used typical Southern Ostrobothnian, hand woven rugs and gave interior more authenticity. 

Picture credit by: Deko Magazine, Mirva Kakko and Niclas Mäkelä /Otavamedia

First I used rugs, which were hand-woven by my mother. Rugs have been in use upstairs. Living room looked fresh and Scandinavian, in my opinion. Good thing was that carpets could be used together or separately.  

Something old and something new... I find old cabinet suitable for many spaces in our home. Also in the living room.


2. Modern Scandinavian meets beach house

Jute rugs somehow represents comfy, yet elegant and timeless  beach house. In my opinion rugs suit really well also with modern Scandinavian homes. Sofa, Woodnotes K chairs and old cabinet with birch bark basket go well with jute rug. Carpet can be used as a single or with two next to one another. 

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Habitare2016-ideas for kids room

Last snapshots from Habitare. I found ideas for small kids room from Finnish Avaroom and LumoKids.

You can use LumoKids Ketara as normal loft bed (bed 
on the right) or turn it upside down (bed on the left).  LumoKids is fairly new Finnish company, which 
produces sustainable and long-lasting beds. Small, 
white chair works also as a storage. 

Avaroom presented its beds, storage possibilities and tables. 
I like how convertible it is. At the moment they 
have 150€ delivery offer in Europe and a really good 
offer for loft bed. And this isn't either a 
commercial nor business affiliation. 

Sofa/ sofa  bed with extra storage

Some of the general trends were seen in this kids room. 

Pantone's colour of the year, Rose Quartz colour was seen in the painting, on the blanket and in Arne Jacobsen's Seven chair. Wood vaneer and natural elements also influenced strongly.

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Marimekko ystävämyynti and brunch menu fall 2016

Annual Marimekko fall sale is held on 25. - 30.10. Behind this link are some of the fabrics, clothes, accessories and tableware. Marimekko House in Herttoniemi (Kirvesmiehenkatu 7, Helsinki)is a classic ystävämyynti place. You just take metro / underground to HERTTONIEMI and from there it's a short walk to Marimekko HQ. Usuallly you just need to follow chic Japanese ladies or ask directions.

If you're in a hurry to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Sähkötie 2-6 in Vantaa is a better option. In this (click) previous post I presented tips for using and buying Marimekko and also how to get to Marimekko Vantaa store.

While shopping, it is also possible to have a brunch or lunch in the same building. Brunch is held on Saturday and Sunday and lunch on weekdays. If you bring your husband and/or kids this could be a wonderful idea for them.  

Menu looked promising-it had Scandinavian, especially Finnish acsents. As a definate plus I want to mention seasonal foods, salmon, vendace and Finnish cheese selection. Same restaurant serves as a staff restaurant so you might bump into Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko, Anna Teurnell, designers and all other Marimekko workers.

BRUNCHMENU (in Finnish-I'll translate within time..)

Tyrniglögiä ja karpalolimonaadia
Saaristolaisleipää ja maalaisvehnäleipää & kirnuvoita
Raikasta vihreää salaattia ja minttuvinaigretteä
Marinoitua punajuurta, rosmariinia ja tummaa balsamicoa
Paahdettua kurpitsaa, lehtikaalia, spelttiä ja pinkkiä sipulia
Perinteistä sienisalaattia
Kylmäsavulohiskagenia ja mallasleipäkrutonkeja
Savumuikkuja ja valkosipulisilakkaa
Lämminsavukirjohta ja hovimestarinkastiketta
Yön yli kypsennettyä härän poskea ja kermaista suppilovahverokastiketta
Pähkinäistä porkkanamureketta ja puolukkaa
Munakasta Lapin puikulaperunasta ja Maritorin pestoa
Höyrynakkeja, paahdettua sipulia ja kurkkusalaattia
Kauden hedelmiä
Kotimaisia juustoja ja viikunahilloa
Brookies ja hapankirsikkaa
Vaniljaista omenapiirakkaa ja marenkia
Kinuskia ja karpaloa tartaletissa



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IKEA Egeby sisal rug - pros and cons

We have carpet issue at home. Our sisal carpet is IKEA's  largest Egeby carpet - 2*3 meters and it still feels as it's not big enough. After active summer we decided  it's time to make some changes at home. We already bought another white Woodnotes K chair and now it looks like we will change carpet. As you can see Egeby carpet does not cover the whole area.

Overall pros

 + carpet has latex anti-slip backing, which keeps the carpet firmly in place on the floor. Nowadays Ikea has Osted carpet in which you have to buy extra non-slip rug and still I felt that it's not worth buying. Osted also looked a bit cheap and coarser in my opinion. 
+looks great with oak floors.
+ affordable and worth bying.
+ Egeby improved soundproofing  in our house, which has concrete walls. However, any bigger carpet can do this
+ rather easy to clean. There was just one small grease stain, which I could not clean.


- If you roll rug loose and leave it, the rug will have visible folds. Look picture above text
-carpet feels spiky if you sit on the floor. It didn't feel good while assembling Legos on the floor.
- size issue.

In the next post I'll present rug options for living room and final result. Have a good weekend!

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Carpet change: after

A bit of marble, silver, Scandinavian and Maroccon acsents. This is how television room looks at the moment. Walls remained how they were: painted with Tikkurila paints. We moved BoConcept Melo sofa a little. 

Pictures from previous situation here.

This table lamps adds  Maroccon twist with Hay Tray table.

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Carpet change: Anno Jalpaikka vs. Beni Ourain

Do you remember this? It's Anno Jalpaikka, wool carpet, designed by Susanna Vento. Jalpaikka carpet is a bit similar to Beni Ourain's carpet, with acsents from Karelian handicraft and Scandinavian simplicity.

Wool carpet Anno Jalpaikka 

I fell in love with this carpet at Finnish Housing Fair last year (Best kids rooms) without knowing anything about it at the moment.

After that I googled a bit and soon realized that it might "The Carpet " for one particular room. I'll tell more in the next post. 

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