Petit VERTIGO

I never thought that choosing a light fixture would be so difficult. I mean all my life I have had inherited light fixtures; old and valuable crystal chandeliers from the beginning of the 19th century. It didn’t even cross my mind that some day I would fall in love with a house that would not match the valuable light fixtures I had. Nor would it seem possible that this kind of house would be my home. My dream house, a place where I feel secure and free. My safeharbour.

When we moved to our new home, I was willing to give up all the other antiques I had been surrounded with my entire life, except for the crystal chandeliers. My husband had told me all along that they would not match the house. But as stubborn as I am, I insisted to see them in place because sometimes odd combinations are the best. In this case my Mr. Know-it-all was right; the chandeliers looked ridiculous in the house. I took them to the garage. And I dare to say that we are the only family that has in fact even today a 19th century antique chandelier hanging from the garage ceiling! 

After giving up the chandeliers I was lost. It had never crossed my mind that only after a light fixture a room is dressed. I studied the internet throughout the nights after the kids were asleep. It seemed impossible to find what I was looking for. Until I found the Vertigo. 

Vertigo. The modern chandelier that is a true eyecatcher. I love everything about it. It looks unique. It is very light in weight so it moves by the air flow in the room. I cannot deside whether it resembles a hat or a dragonfly but I can tell you this, it is a very stylish and contemporary with exceptional design. It creates an intimate space under the light and it is a great space divider in an open concept room.

The Vertigo creates an intimate space under the light and it is a great space divider in an open concept room.
The Vertigo creates an intimate space under the light and it is a great space divider in an open concept room.

Vertigo chandelier was created by French designer Constance Guisset, born in 1976. Guisset has proven to be a great designer of our time and luckily she was brave enough to change her extensive business studies to designing. She gets her inspiration out of movement, lightness and surprise. Constance Guisset has her own studio in Paris.

Merci bien, Constance. Je l’adore.

The dining nook needed an eye catcher and space divider which Vertigo provides. The round shape of Vertigo continues to the livingroom foot stools and to the Mandala over the fireplace.
The dining nook needed an eye catcher and space divider which Vertigo provides. The round shape of Vertigo continues to the livingroom foot stools and to the Mandala over the fireplace.
Side by side different aspects of art. Vertigo by Constance Guisset and The Lady of Matisse by Matias Waris.

Native art

Native art comes in many forms. In fact, it is more like a genre in any form of art. It represents the rich aboriginal culture in any art form. From music to clothing. From silverware to paintings. From jewelry to literature. 

I have always liked Native art. There is something magical in it. It tells a story of hundreds of years and it is meaningful. Also the lines and the colors are exceptional. I find it warm and very suitable for a contemporary home.

One of the most popular forms of Native art is found in jewelry. The jewelry is rich in symbolicism and the ideas mainly are from nature. The jewelry is detailed and beautifully finished. It is made suitable for any budget as the materials vary. The modern jewelry, often rich in detail but exiguous in impression, brightens up any outfit. 

The jewelry is detailed and beautifully finished. It is made suitable for any budget as the materials vary.

My favourite form of Native art comes in wall art. I love the paintings and statues. I love the soft lines of wood and the determined drawings. The bold non-apologetic drawings with a deeper meaning. The layered pictures that capture the mind. The calming or up-lifting stories behind the shown pictures.

The Sun by S. Nelson

My home office walls carry a beautiful yet small collection of Native art. In the future I wish to collect more of these unique hand-made treasures, but I want to hand-pick the right pieces. The best place to find this beautifulart is no doubt the West Coast. Vancouver alone accommodates tens of high quality galleries which sell the most beautiful pieces of First Nations art. Visiting these galleries opens a whole new world in understanding Native art. If you have never had the chance to get acquainted with First Nation’s art before the UBC Museum of Antropology is a good place to start your journey. The museum gives a load of valuable information and shows true masterpieces of Native art such as the magnificent sculpture by Bill Reid called “The Raven and the First Men“. 
The Raven an the First Men by Bill Reid. Photo curtesy of chin.gc.ca.

To my eye the contemporary home should hold interesting pieces of art. Pieces that are more than meets the eye. The art of the First Nations is a perfect choice to complete a straightforward interior style.

“Salmon” by L.A. Wilson and “Coast Salish Orca” by Alfred Crocker
Raven by John Bee

A romantic getaway for an interior freak: Hotel Klaus K

I love my kids. More than anything in the world. But to be honest, sometimes I miss the feeling  when we were just the two of us – me and my husband. I miss the lazy mornings when we had all the time in the world just to stare into each others’ eyes and not to say anything… I miss beeing the center of the attention of my husband.

Luckily our kids are getting big so every once in a while we can escape the world. The hectic everyday life does not offer that change often, but when it does the sweeter it is. On our summer vacation my husband stole me away for a full 24 hours.

My husband is a kind of a man who likes to see things matter. Who really takes time in considering what I might like and what I will enjoy. It is easy to stay in love with a husband like he is even we have been married almost 18 years!

My Mr. Hallmark took me for a little hotel-getaway. And he chose the hotel wisely. He took me to a design hotel that has beautiful contemporary interior design. The hotel Klaus K locates just in the heart of Helsinki. The entrance of the hotel gives a little incoherent welcome. The hotel restaurant locates on the entrance level and it is a very traditional looking Italian style restaurant. The actual front desk of the hotel is on the second floor. The front desk area is somewhat messy with too much paper and flyers lying on each table top. As the hotel markets itself as a design hotel, they should really pay more attention to the first impression.

The hotel room – a modern Skyn loft suite –  was amazing! The corridors leading to the rooms were interesting, focusing on details. The room opened as a large studio with the bed area a few steps higher than rest of the room. The room had a tiny attic window and a skylight window, so there was not much of a view. The modern furniture left much space to the open room. The bed was comfortable and the linen beautiful. There were a few extremly great interior ideas in the room, like the headboard of the bed. But what really stood up in the room was the amazing light fixtures! These unique light fixtures made the room look upclass and chic.

The headboard of the bed was interesting with built-in wooden frames and a carpet on the wall. The LED light gives the headboard a fascinating look. A great idea to adapt.

The bathroom was absolutely beautiful! One of the most beautiful hotel bathrooms I’ve ever been in. The stylish and modern tiles, the shower heads and even the shower drain was all given a thought into the smallest detail. But once again, what I loved the most was the light fixtures. It made the bathroom look elegant. So sassy. So chic. And at the same time the atmosphere was extremly zen.

The bathroom was made to detail. The Etch light fixture by Tom Dixon gave the room a lavish look.

The bathroom was made to perfection in details. The tiles, faucets, indirect lights, even the drains. A bathroom for relaxation!
 

The DSIGN designers had made amazing job with the rooms. They have turned them into elegant and sophisticated 5-star hotel rooms. It is truly sad that the other hotel features do not reach the same level! The hotel lounge is just average. The surroundings are stylish but the service fails and the staff clothing does not match the image hotel Klaus K is trying to create.  The hotel restaurant is way below avarage. The style of the restaurant is out of place, the interior messy, the service arrogant and the food is a great disappointment. Klaus K should take a step further to make all ends meet. My advice for a perfect getaway is this: enjoy the beautiful rooms of the hotel but for restaurant services look around the corner. The hotel locates in the heart of the city – you will find what you are looking for elsewhere.

The interior designing is at its best in every small detail the Sky Loft rooms have to offer.

Klaus K should take a step further to make all ends meet. My advice for a perfect getaway is this: enjoy the beautiful rooms of the hotel but for restaurant services look around the corner. The hotel locates in the heart of the city – you will find what you are looking for elsewhere.

DIY Project; chairs for the home office

As much as I love designer furniture I happen to think that having only designer furniture is no fun. I like to mix all eras in interior designing. Even if I sold most of my antiques when moving to our new home, I still have some left.

These peasant rococo chairs used to belong to my late mother. She was the ultimate romantic ever, even Barbara Cartland would have seemed cynical next to her. Her house was filled with ruffles and gold-plated furniture. She loved the old charm and deep in her heart I am pretty sure, she believed she was born in the wrong age. She belonged to the Victorian era. Oh, how I miss her!

I love DIY projects. They make me happy. That is something I have inherited from my late mother. Giving a new life to an old piece is always fun. But be careful here! Some old pieces should be left as they are. I have seen plenty of DIY projects where a beautiful old piece has been destroyed by bad restoration. Usually truly old pieces should be left as they are!

The old white-blue peasant rococo chairs did not match for anything. They just looked tired.

My DIY project this time was a set of peasant rococo chairs. My mom had them since forever but I was never too keen on them. The only reason why I still had them was that they were very comfortable to sit on and I had not bothered to buy new chairs for my home office nook. The off-white-blue conbination did not match our new house. It did not match anything really. 

For the paint I chose the darkest shade of gray with a glossy surface.

On my first days of summer vacation I needed a project to do. A little paint and fabric. I decided to turn the silly old rococo chairs to match the rest of the house. To make them bold and modern. And I am quite satisfied with the outcome. The chairs have a whole new character. They fit the rest of the house and they are fun. 

A new life of a peasant rococoo chairs. Bold and modern but not too serious.

It is amazing what a little paint and a designer fabric can do. My small home office looks modern, chic and it is functional. A fun place to work really.

My small home office is an inviting place to work at.
Small, compact and fun. A perfect home office really.

Mandala

A Mandala over a modern fireplace gives the room a contemporary look.
My livingroom has a beautiful contemporary fireplace in the middle of the room. On both sides of the fireplace are large windows that bring a lot of natural light into the room. The sun shines in during the evenings and really opens up the garden, bringing it as a part of our livingroom.

I do not want curtains for my livingroom. I do not want to hide the light nor the nature. The Venetian blinds are enough for the large screens and they give enough privacy when it is needed. They also control the amount of light in the room, at the same time helping that the room does not get too warm. By not having curtains I also wanted to create a space that resembles to an atelier or a loft. 

To really salute the high ceilings I needed an interesting center piece on top of the fireplace. I wanted it to be soothing yet interesting. Beautiful yet modern. Artistic but not imperative. I needed the center piece to be fresh yet timeless. And I wanted it to be original, not a copy of a masterpiece in some museum.

As I set my mind on Mandala, I knew I wanted nothing else. My husband did not quite see at first what I had in mind, but he trusts me and told me I can choose whatever makes me happy. Let me tell you, that finding a Mandala was totally a different story! At some point I  thought booking tickets and flying to Thailand would be the easiest way to get one! It seemed impossible to find handmade Mandala with customized color from here.

At some point I thought booking tickets and flying to Thailand would be the easiest way to get one! It seemed impossible to find handmade Mandala with customized color from here.

After hours of searching the internet I found a small store which sells Mandalas and ships them worldwide. Siam Sawadee has a beautiful collection of Mandalas for which you can choose your own finishing color. All the Mandalas are handmade. The customer service was outstanding! And the shipment was prompt and the Mandala was well-backed. I truly, truly recommend Eve Naewmuang and her little shop!

And what comes to the Mandala… Well, take a look. It is stunning! Perfect in quality and the most beautiful piece of art I could have ever chosen for my livingroom!

The open concept livingroom offers a calming and soothing place to relax for the whole family.
The different patterns create a playfull and joyfull atmosphere for the livingroom.
The room offers a lot of seating for cozy get-togethers.

Imola by BoConcept

Yes, I would say it was love at first sight. I mean who wouldn’t fall for the wide shoulders and tight hips? Who wouldn’t like to relax at the end of a day in the arms of this gentle but strong creature? To feel the smooth leather on your skin? To do nothing else than just breath in. And breath out.

That is how the Imola by BoConcept is. I swear it feels like a gentle lover. The chair holds you, wraps its arms around you and makes sure you are comfortable. And it does all this by looking charming, as an ageless classic should. For my Imola I chose the Oxford-category leather in cognac-color. In my opinion the Imola looks at it best with leather upholstery. The finishing of the leather is without compare, making the chair a true gem in your interior. The chair itself has the perfect measurements for sitting. It opens your posture and helps you to relax weather you choose to sit your feet lifted up on the chair or not. Just remember one thing and you will not be dissappointed; the chair itself is hard with no extra padding in it. However the ergonomical designing supports your body perfectly. 

I swear it feels like a gentle lover. The chair holds you, wraps its arms around you and makes sure you are comfortable.

There is only one downside for this timeless classic. The price. But then again, quality never comes in small prize tags!

The timeless masterpiece Imola by BoConcept.
The quality of the Imola is shown in every stich.
The beautiful finish and design of the Imola makes it possible to place the chair even in the middle of the room.

The Kiss

Sometimes the smallest things matter. Like the art you choose for your home. It sends out a message of who you are and what are your values in life. 

To me art is a critical part of a room. It either brights up my day or it brings me down. Even if I do understand the need of an artist to express also the dark and gloomy side of life, I do not wish to carry such pieces in my home. A great piece of art wakes up your imagination, cheers you up, gives you joy. It can make it in the form of a color combination, in a memory it takes you into, or in a shape. It can be smooth to touch or intresting to look at.

A great piece of art wakes up your imagination, cheers you up, gives you joy. 

When I set my eyes on The Kiss, I knew I wanted it. The shape of this wooden sculpture is unique in its simplicity. It has such an interesting blend of sensuality in it. There is nothing to add, nothing that could be taken away. It simply is. 

When choosing art for your home my advice is simple. If you like it, keep it!

The Kiss – a sensual wooden sculpture

The beauty of a kiss. Where do I start and you begin?
The Kiss – a sensual wooden sculpture
The Kiss – a sensual wooden sculpture