All posts tagged: natural

DIY: Beeswax candles

  It never stops to amaze me how much wonderful things nature can give to us. This time it’s the beeswax, provided by the bees. It’s one of the world’s oldest ingredients for candles, cosmetics and so many other applications. I also love honey and I love the smell of these beeswax candles (reminds me of childhood visits to the Orthodox monasteries). These candles are just the perfect little Christmas presents because they are lovely, super-easy to make and I bet everyone appreciates that you made them yourself. I ordered beeswax sheets (size: 15 cm x 42,5 cm) from here but make sure you use your local beeswax (there’s lots of producers out there). I also ordered the candle wick with the right thickness (3×10) for my approximately  17-32 mm wide candles. That’s really important if you want your candles to burn evenly and nice. Here we go then: You’ll need one sheet of beeswax. Decide how tall candles do you want and measure the length of the candle wick. Put the wick on the other edge of the …

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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 …

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CHAYR: Sitting on a field

I’m always intrigued when designers use ecological and natural materials when they bring something new to this world. Because let’s face it: there’s enough everything already. We don’t need another plastic chair. But we may need a seat called CHAYR by Henry&co just because it’s something quite smart. It’s made of hay, straw and wood. I love the sound of that, too. It takes me back to my childhood summers and the golden yellow fields, hay flowing in the wind. And I really love the modern look. Again, a design that I really look up to just because it really shows how to design something contemporary with the feeling of nature. Cool. Oon aina kiinnostunut, kun suunnittelijat käyttävät ekologisia ja luonnollisia materiaaleja suunnittellessaan jotain uutta tähän maalmaan. Koska hei: tässä maailmassa on jo ihan tarpeeksi kaikkea. Emme todellakaan tarvitse uusia muovituoleja. Mutta ehkä tarvitsemme jakkaran nimeltä CHAYR, jonka on suunnitellut Henry&co. Ihan vain siksi, että se on oikeasti järkevästi suunniteltu. Jakkara on tehty heinistä, ruohosta ja puusta. Kuulostaapa ihanalta! Tulee mieleen lapsuuden kesät ja kullankeltaiset viljapellot, …