Year: 2016

Green interior

So I said that there will be posts about our new home and here we go! I’ve been super-excited! Our soon-to-be home is in a small apartment house, built in the 50’s. And that fits perfect because there is something beautiful in 50’s styled furniture. As a matter of fact, we have quite a few of them. Maybe that’s why the place felt like home for the first time I saw it. I’ve been playing a lot with Photoshop and SketchUp to help me think about how to decorate the place. It’s rental so we cannot touch the walls or anything like that, but that’s okay. Because the walls are a perfect tone of white and neutrals. Plain canvas for us to play. The basic rule for me is just this: RECYCLE & UPDATE. I’m not that keen of buying new stuff when it comes to the interior design. There is much more soul and history in the old ones. I’d rather wait for a while to find a perfect old piece of furniture from the flea market …

Planet Earth II

This is what the world is talking about at the moment (or if not yet then definitely everyone should be talking about this): Planet Earth II. When in 2006 the first documentary came out, I remember crying when I saw the episode about rainforests. Yes, I cried. It was so beautifully made but at the same time it felt very sad. We  humans are a cruel species towards everything and that we destroy our forests has always hit somewhere deep inside my heart. BBC’s part two series of the popular Planet Earth documentary is truly amazing! I’ve now seen the first two episodes, titled “Islands” and “Mountains”. And after 31 years of watching nature documentaries once a week from national television, there’s still so much that I don’t know about different animals and how they live in this planet. And Planet Earth II reveals so much new! It’s filmed with the latest technology, aerial drones and 4K and you can definitely see that while watching the episodes. I also love the Planet Earth II Diaries …

Mini bonsai

I love to go back to the photos that we took when we were in Japan a year ago. All these little details make me happy and there’s always something new that I found from the photos. Look at these mini bonsai plants that are grown in a stone!!! Love that country.

Autumn turns to winter

Life is weird and that’s how I like it! Just a few months ago (and so many months before that) I was wondering how to make my life more exciting, more relaxed, more like me. And now it’s all happening. I’ve always been an ambassador of “make-your-life-how-you-want-it” kind of attitude. And once again I’ve changed my own life. Luckily I have a partner in my life who is feels the same and is always ready for our new adventures. Now that we are locating ourselves in a new city it’s been a stressful thing to find a new home. I wrote about the importance of home for me in the previous post and that has been highlighted this week. On Monday and Tuesday I scouted some apartments in Helsinki, two days wondering in snow storms. I saw some okay apartments, I saw a few horrible and boring apartments and then I saw one that felt like a home. And I realised that I need the home. I will put a bit more money on our …

Helsinki, here we come!

If you follow me on Instagram (@katrijennisofia) you might have found out that we are moving to Helsinki! That’s due to our work things and we’re hoping this would later mean an easier leap to abroad. I’ve also had difficulties living so far away from my friends, they are my second family and I have lived so many years away from them. They all live in Helsinki. And I’m slowly but firmly finding myself actually loving the idea of moving there. This move means also that this blog gets lots of new posts about different natural places in that city. Cannot wait for those adventures! My (and the Chef’s, too) relationship with Helsinki has been difficult in the past. I’ve lived there two times before. And although those times were full of experiences, I didn’t like that place. Now, after 6 years, and on the verge of new, I’ve started to analyze those reasons that led me to resent that place. At the time I hated that everyone seemed to be in full hurry mode …

The Rich Brothers

If you follow the trends and rising stars of landscape design you might have heard about the Rich brothers. These two gorgeous-looking, fun and talented men are the ones you should follow. Because Harry and David Rich are the present and future superstars of garden and landscape design. They design little home gardens for regular people (and you can see those processes with an awesome show from BBC One and the show is called Garden Rescue, totally recommending!). But what they are mostly known are their designs for the luxury brands like Chanel and Massimo Dutti. I say WOW! They have also participated in many RHS Chelsea Flower Shows with their garden designs. But the best thing about these two is that they seem so down-to-earth. You can see that they are so talented, modern designers who are interested and excited about their field of choice. But they are not too proud to do small scale designs, they seem authentically warm, nice and fun, their Instagram account is full of surfing pics and relaxed feeling. LOVING …

Foraging, listening and wondering

Countryside never leaves from you if you are born in the middle of the fields and forest, river and sea. That’s why I always feel very much energized when I go back to my childhood places. The misty mornings, flowers in the garden, magical forest, powerful rapids. I’m made of those.

Parks in Kotka: Autumnal colors

I’m definitely a coastal kind of girl. Every time I visit Kotka, which is a part of my childhood memories, I feel like I’m home. It’s not the city. It’s the sea, the flat terrain of the coast (the ancient seabed area), the smell of the sea, the fact that where you have sea you have this invisible route to anywhere with the feeling that you are free. For so many years I’ve lived in the middle of Finland and I’ve noticed how much I miss all those coastal kind of things. Maybe I’ll get the sea back, soon. Okay, enough of the poetic thoughts. So I visited Kotka and I know I’ve been telling about it’s awesome parks in other blog posts as well but they are so amazing in each season. All the autumn colors I witnessed with this turn were so beautiful. I really love the plant combinations, the use of different grasses within flower beds. Just look at these! If you’re visiting Kotka, check these parks out: Sibelius park (Sibeliuspuisto) Isopuisto …

Moss lover

I’m always in awe when I visit a forest with lots of moss. Different kinds of moss and lichen. Few weeks ago, when I visited my home village called Huruksela in Southern Finland, the first thing I did was to go for a walk in the nearby forest. My childhood forest. I love that place. It always calms me and never stops to amaze me with its beauty. Just look at these textures and colors!

Autumn in Japan

It’s been almost a year since we visited Japan and after that there hasn’t been a day without both of us really missing that place, wishing to go back there. I think we are actually Japanese but somehow ended up being born in Finland. Somehow… We’ve also been trying to find ways to relocate ourselves to that country but it’s a difficult task because we don’t speak Japanese we don’t have jobs there Japan has a tough policy about foreign people moving there we’re not married to a Japanese person (although, we’ve been thinking about that we both should find a Japanese spouse and then move to Japan and then be each others lovers there). I found these very autumnal photos that I took in Kobe. I didn’t even have to edit these in Photoshop, they look so beautiful as they are.