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Spring Balcony 2017

It’s spring time FINALLY here in Finland, too. I mean, it’s been tough, because it’s been so cold and the statistics say that the spring is about one month late. The winter is harder and longer every year. But now there has been some beautiful, sunny and warm spring days and I can finally make our little and lovely balcony our little garden. You know we moved to a new city and apartment in December. And it’s always so cool when you get to plan and do your balcony for the first time. I’m really loving our little balcony, it’s so different than our huge previous one (remember this). That one took so much work with watering and I really hated emptying all that soil from planting boxes before we moved away. So now this new little balcony definitely controls my habit of gardening a lot of things. I just bough two balcony boxes and one hanging basket. For now. Today I also started our gardening season with lots of violets and (I couldn’t resist) …

DIY: Hanging staghorn fern

For years I’ve been hunting for this fern that you might have seen often in Instagram, Pinterest and blogs. Staghorn fern (Platycerium ssp.) is definitely not just a plant but also an interior item if you want to give your home that jungle hipster look. But the thing is that the staghorn ferns are not easy to find here in Finland. For so many years I never found them anywhere. This year I’ve seen a few but most of the times they are rather expensive or looking not that well. Then I visited my nearest garden shop and found smaller staghorn ferns just for 5 €!!! The first one I bought for my friend who have been searching for this plant also vigorously. And then today I went back and got myself one, too. Staghorn fern is a bit different when it comes to the care and soil that it needs. That’s why I made my fern more like kokedama. Staghorn ferns are natural to tropical and they live clinging to tree barks. So adding some …

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 …

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 …

The balcony garden that was

As you might remember I tried to downscale my garden plants for this summer. And that was a good thing because I didn’t even manage to take good care of this decreased amount of plants! Been so busy, you know. Well, I managed to grow some beautiful tomatoes. But again I got really disappointed about Finnish summer weather which is just not warm enough for tomatoes. I mean getting them lots of. It’s too much work compared to the harvest I get. So maybe next year I’ll skip the tomatoes, too (I’m saying this now but when the sowing season starts I might think again). But black kale was awesome again! Most of the herbs died because of the lack of watering and love. Oops. And remember PlantLink? I tried that with my tomatoes and it worked great! Although life was hectic I managed to water the tomatoes properly with the help of PlantLink. Also, I’m so pround of my Chef who is totally hooked with plants too. He grew the most amazing chocolate habanero …

Balcony vol. 2

  I think nowadays my every post starts with “it’s been so hectic lately…”. Running your own business is hectic. But I’m really enjoying it, it’s exciting, it’s stressful in a good way (in a way that you drive yourself into levels that you didn’t even know you could achieve). And then you can go home and take care of your own garden. Which is like zen meditation. So here’s a few pics what is happening this year at my balcony garden. After last year I decided to go more minimal, only growing the ones that I enjoy eating and using while cooking. And add just a few plants for the looks. Bush tomatoes, black kale (palm kale), komatsuna and herbs like parsley, dill, basil and rosemary are the chosen ones. Then there’s pelargoniums and hay. And a strawberry! I’m really loving how lush the balcony looks again, even more now that it’s warm enough for the more tropical plants like cardamom and others to go out, too. Loving it!   Musta tuntuu, että nykyään jokainen …

Narsissi by Pentik

Nowadays I usually don’t like very colourful or printed textiles. For years I’ve been more of a muted-simple-colours-girl. But when I saw Pentik‘s (Finnish interior design retailer)  new Easter fabric called Narsissi I surprised myself. I really like it!!! I actually want to buy it! Is it the spring and the light or am I just getting older? I love the water-coloured image and the fresh colours. Some colours for me!   En nykyään oikein tykkää tosi värikkäistä tai kuvioiduista tekstiileistä. Jo vuosia olen ollut enemmän sellainen luonnonläheiset-ja-simppelit-värit-tyttö. Mutta kun näin Pentikin uuden pääsiäismalliston ja erityisesti kankaan nimeltä Narsissi, niin yllätin täysin itseni. Miä oikeasti tykkään siitä!!! Ja haluan hankkia sellaisen itselleni! Onko se tää kevät ja valo vai oonko vain tulossa vanhaksi? Rakastan tuota vesiväritettyä kuvamaailmaa ja noita raikkaita värejä. Vähän värejä mullekin!    

heather calluna vulgaris

Heather weather

The autumn is here! I’ve been cleaning our balcony garden like maniac in various occasions, throwing away all the bad-looking plants and it the space started to look so empty. So it was definitely the time to add some new seasonal flowers. The traditional red heather (Calluna vulgaris) is not something I like (except in nature) but I really like the white and green ones. So this little and more modern autumn basket was perfect choice for our balcony! I added some candles and other decorations and voilá – we’re ready for the crisp and mystical autumn nights!   Syksy on täällä! Oon siivonnut parvekepuutarhaamme monena eri kertana, heittänyt pois pahannäköisiä ja kaikkensa antaneita kasveja ja nyt tila alkoi näyttämään jo aika tyhjältä. Joten oli ehdottomasti aika lisätä uusia kausikukkia. Se perinteinen punainen kanerva (Calluna vulgaris) ei ole ihan mun maun mukainen (paitsi luonnossa), mutta tykkään todella paljon noista valkoisista ja vihreistä versioista. Istutinkin tällaisen pienen modernimman kanervakorin, josta tuli juuri täydellinen meidän parvekkeelle! Lisäsin sitten vielä vähän kynttilöitä ja muita koristuksia ja voilá – …

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A tribute to Luukku house

  Yesterday morning I had my morning coffee with me and I decided to browse trough my old deko magazines. Randomly I chose a one from the summer of 2011. I was happily surprised when I noticed that the magazine included an article about one of the greatest and most innovative houses that I’ve ever seen: the Luukku house by Aalto university students. I first saw this zero-energy house in the summer of 2011 when I visited a Holiday Housing Fair in Mäntyharju. The wooden little cabin stood in the middle of the area and I was immediately intrigued. I loved the wooden exterior and I spent a very long time inside the house just admiring the innovative approach to living. All the little details were super smart and beautiful and although the space is only 42 square meters it seemed more bigger just because of the wonderful design. It was definitely my favorite building at the fair and from time to time I returned to think about it. And when the Luukku house bumped …

Natural home

It took me 30 years to realize what’s my style when it comes to the interior of my home. I had a too long retro period. It ended with my design studies over 10 years ago. I sold everything and traveled to India. When I came back, I liked everything with graphical prints, black & white, strong colour blocking. But when I became we and we moved in together few years ago, everything changed again. I think I found my home in my heart and I don’t mean our first apartment (which technically was quite awful). But there was light, there was space. I slowly sold again my old stuff. I wanted everything to be natural, neutral, kind of soft and simple, more close to nature. More wabi-sabi. The greatest thing is that we have the same taste when it comes to our home’s interior. We love raw wood, linen, white and neutrals, wool, leather, clay, making furniture ourselves, simplicity. There’s nothing better than washed and fresh white linen sheets in our futon bed. And this is the first …