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House tour: relaxed vintage style in the Finnish countryside

8 Aug

Last week the lovely Soile from Ada & Ina emailed me some photos of her pretty Finnish home and asked if I’d like to feature it on Decorator’s Notebook. One look and the answer was most certainly yes!

vintage bicycle finland ada and ina

scandinavian dining room with linen blind ada and ina

50s dresser ada and ina

white scandi kitchen ada and ina

Soile and Sami’s wooden house was built in the 1950s and I love how they’ve mixed original features with vintage finds and the odd piece of IKEA to give it a restful feel. Soile makes and sells curtains and blinds from natural fabrics so she’s used touches of textured linen soften the obligatory Scandinavian white palette.

scandinavian living room ideas

vintage retro armchair and wall art ada and ina

white scandinavian living room ada and ina

vintage wall art ada and ina

Last time I saw a horse harness on the wall it was in an old country pub next to a scraggy stuffed fox. Isn’t it amazing how a change of context can make something look stylish all of a sudden! Framing pretty pieces of cutlery and an old pocket watch is a lovely way to make a feature of vintage finds that might otherwise get lost in a drawer.

white scandinavian hallway ada and ina

framed cutlery and pocketwatch ada and ina

wooden stairs painted white and grey ada and ina

midcentury furniture in bedroom ada and ina

vintage sledge in Finland ada and ina{all Ada & Ina}

During the summer months I’d love to live here – but the crumbling sledge in the garden is a reminder that it’s not always light and bright in Turku! Thanks again Soile for sharing your lovely home… we love seeing inside your homes so do get in touch with your pictures!

House Tour: amazingly austere American farmhouse

7 Jan

Sometimes trends come along and, although you might like them, they take a bit of effort to embrace. Others  just slot into your natural way of doing things and feel like they’ve been around forever… to me, those ones are undoubtedly the best.

The emerging trend for all things uncomplicated connected with me straight away – probably because it’s not really a trend at all. Valuing authenticity, cherishing history and making the most of the simple things in life taps into the nostalgic yearnings we all share. It just feels right. I came across this incredible home on Pinterest and it so completely encapsulates this mood I had to share it.

painted country kitchen

simple rustic living room

ironstone crockery display

vintage kitchen linen

country style home

shelf storage with baskets

simple hallway natural colours

simple country bedroom

painted wardrobe country style bedroom

puritan style country bedroom

bedroom with American quilt

sparse bedroom decorating ideas

wooden farmhouse Ohio

{all Phoebe Troyer}

Phoebe Troyer‘s Ohio home is so uncomplicated you might call it sparse – maybe even austere. Its simple style has such an air of authenticity I wouldn’t be too surprised if the owners were fresh off the Mayflower! Every single piece of furniture has been chosen so perfectly that there’s not one item that jars or feels out of place. The design is so apparently simple, but there’s an incredible skill in the way the rooms have been put together.

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a house like it and I’m completely in awe of Pheobe’s style. If you’re as drawn in as I am, there are lots more photos of the house its beautiful garden on her Pinterest boards.

Another amazing Norwegian house

18 Jan

I find it really interesting that two individual house tours can end up with exactly the same tags (vintage, Norwegian, wooden house, reclaimed…) yet the overall style of the homes can be so very different. While last week’s house was all about fresh, effortless elegance, today’s has a striking rustic look, with battered dark wood, artistic clutter and a worn-in homely feel.

I love them both equally, but differently. Maybe I could have last week’s as my main home and this one as my weekend escape! Which do you prefer?

Everything inside the house feels like it’s been there forever, but the building (an old rectory) was almost completely derelict when the owners bought it, and all the materials and fittings were painstakingly sourced from reclaim yards and architectural salvage specialists all over Europe. The fireplace is a mish-mash of various antique French surrounds, cleverly pieced together.

Another themed picture wall for me to ponder over. This one’s made from paintings and sketches collected from San Francisco flea markets where the couple lived for 25 years before moving back to their native Norway.

This bedroom looks so warm and cosy, though even the hippy in me recoils from a bed made from straw bales *shudders at the thought of the dust*

{all Trine Thorsen via Sköna Hem}

I don’t even know where to start with this amazing bathroom! I adore the colourful turtle tiles, the enormous beaten bathtub, the bird etchings on the walls, the shell panel curtain… even the house plants which are normally one of my pet hates actually look lovely in here.

I have such admiration for people who can pull together creative chaos like this… it’s so much more difficult than it looks!

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