Tag Archives: Finnish home

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: not your usual Finnish home

28 Mar

For reasons I won’t dwell on, I spend a lot more time than the average Brit reading Finnish interiors blogs. Despite having  the most incomprehensible language imaginable, I can usually spot them from a mile off because they almost all the homes have a remarkably similar style. Black, white, big Marimekko prints and a hit of bright yellow.

So when I came across Maria’s blog Diagnoosi Sisustusmania (Interiors Mania) I was pleasantly surprised by the welcoming vintage vibe of her lovely Finnish home.

vintage Scandinavian style living room

vintage style kitchen with exposed brick wall

Maria’s blog mainly tracks the restoration of her house and her flea market finds. I like the relaxed, non-try-hard vibe, mixing vintage bits with inexpensive high-street accessories like the cushions from H&M home. Her style feels achievable and real somehow. Styled, yes, but not contrived.

vintage dining area with painted floor

cream painted vintage kitchen unit

Maria’s clearly a dab hand with a paintbrush and there are some really cool things going on with the floors in her house. Check out the checked floorboards in the living room and this pattern in the hallway. If I’m lucky enough to have original boards in my new flat I’d love to have a go at something like this…

hallway storage painted entryway floorboards

vintage hallway storage ideas

Upstairs the bedrooms have that magical mix of warm and inviting and fresh and calm.

vintage antique bedroom furniture

cosy vintage country bedroom

And tell me… what teenage boy wouldn’t want to have an old VW campervan embedded in their bedroom wall?

teenage boys bedroom decorating ideas

vintage wooden crates as wall display storage

{all Diagnoosi Sisustusmania}

Follow the renovation diary and soak up more inspiration by clicking through to the Diagnoosi Sisustusmania blog.

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