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.

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.

A Pair of Vintage Chairs

My vintage chairs has a cheerful Johanna Gullichsen upholstery.

Combining old with new is my favourite interior style. If a home is filled with only new and modern furniture, no matter how stylish the outcome is, the rooms tends to be cold. The home turns into a hotel room. To have a homey feeling new furniture needs to be combined with old things.

If a home is filled with only new and modern furniture, no matter how stylish the outcome is, the rooms tends to be cold. The home turns into a hotel room.

If you have not inherited old furniture a good place to find vintage furniture is internet autions and fleamarkets. When picking a piece of second hand furniture make sure the body of the piece is in good shape. Don’t mind about the fabrics or colors – thay can be easily updated!

I made a perfect vintage chair find a few weeks back. A pair of newly restored Asko K-chairs from the forties was for sale on an internet fleamarket site. The pair of these Finnish classics that were nearly in every home on the forties had been recently upholstered with contemporary Johanna Gullichsen cheerfully yellow fabrics. 

Johanna Gullichsen makes good quality fabrics with nice contemporary patterns. The Doris fabric comes in different colors. I love the look of the fabric. It is lively, bold and cheerful. And it has a nice modern look to it, making a perfect contrast with the old chair.

The K-chair is a perfert chair to sit on and it offers easy seating for elderly people: it is comfortable to sit on but it is not too soft nor too low for elderly people to stand up from. And hey, let’s face it – each passing day we are all getting older!

The bright yellow Johanna Gullichsen fabric is a playful and cheerful choice for the forties classic.
The measurements of this forties classic makes it an easy chair for elderly people to get up from the chair.

Life around a coffee table

A coffee table or a side table is often a statement in contemporary style. In Scandinavian style sofa tables are often made totally or partly out of glass to give an airy look to a room. Also sleek, thin lines are preffered. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these kind of tables, I love them and see the beauty in them!

However, as mentioned before, our livingroom is grande. A large room needs large furniture to look complete. Also the problem with an open concept is, that in order to work properly the pieces of furniture should make a complete picture. Our diningroom table is an old heavy oak table, which I love, so the rest of the tables needed to match the style. 

I love wood. Driftwood is by far the most beautiful wood. I have pieces of driftwood lying in my livingroom table tops as eyecathers. Pieces that I have collected from all over the world on my travels from beaches. For my sofa table I wanted to have something earthy-looking, not too sleek, not too modern. I wanted to have a table that invites people near: to lift your feet on it, to play board games around it, to read, to draw, to have a cup of tea and read a magazine.The table needed to be large enough to accommodate all, strong enough to keep its shape dispite all the life and it needed to have a drifwood-look, which I love so much.

I found a perfect solution from Boknäs line. A large, heavy table that would last the pace of life. A table that was at the same time contemporary, stylish and laid-back. The table is gorgeous! But dear-Ikea what you have taught to the furniture manufacturers! The table was in teeny-tiny pieces with hardly any instructions with it. It took hours to get it together. If it had been me the table would be burning wood. But my darling husband, the Cold-Blooded Warrior, took it easy and got the table together.

But dear-Ikea what you have taught to the furniture manufacturers! The table was in teeny-tiny pieces with hardly any instructions with it. It took hours to get it together. If it had been me the table would be burning wood. But my darling husband, the Cold-Blooded Warrior, took it easy and got the table together.

To have even more seating in the room I decided to have foot stools. But I wanted to have playful stools that would add texture to the room as well as joyfulness. The foot stools needed to be small enough that they could be placed under the table. I found just what I was looking for once again from Sits. The Circle is a perfect sized foot stool to sit, play and put your feet up. 

Tho modern and playfull fabric of the Sits foot stool was a perfect choice!

The table ended up to be quite what the livingroom needed! And we love this timeless piece. It also works as a quite elegant playground.

Heaven from Sits

Choosing a sofa is a nightmare for me! Not because I don’t know what I want but because it seems that the sofa of my dreams is not made – or at least it is not imported to this side of the Atlantic! 

As I go to furniture stores in Canada, I am in heaven. The sofas over there are different. They are of good size. They are inviting. They come in all fabric styles. When you go to a furniture store in Finland all the sofas are the same: either they are made of leather in a style from the eighties or they are cube-like in neutral colors. And that is when I become desperate. I know what I want. But I cannot get it.

The livingroom in our new house is a large room (aprox 30 m2/350 sq ft) with a high ceiling and with large floor-to-ceiling windows. Our old livingroom furniture, especially the sofa, was too small for the grand room. We needed a new sofa. 

I do have an Ikea sofa in the tv-room. It comes from the Söderhamn family and it is quite practical with kids. However, it is not a quality sofa nor does it look like it. It is not a sofa I would feel comfortable having in my livingroom. No, in my livingroom I wanted to have something more posh. A grown-up elegant sofa. But I didn’t want it to be serious. I wanted a lounge-like sofa.

My poor husband, or shoud I say my Fearless Warrior, took the challange and cruised through the furniture stores with me. He sat on more couches that one should never sit on. And always I found something that was not right: the arm rests were odd, the sofa was too soft, too hard, too low, too high… Finally it was in fact my husband and kids who chose our new sofa. Maybe it was the result of them beeing so tired, but when they sat on the Sits Heaven sofa which is exclusivly sold by Boknäs in Finland, there was no turning back. That was the sofa the family chose. I was only able to choose the fabric. 

My family chose well. I love the sofa as well. The only thing I worried about was the fact that the sofa has feathers in it and I have been allergic to those old feather pillows since I was a kid. The salesperson assured us that the modern way of washing the feathers and the usage of only duck feathers does not cause allergies anymore. Actually I even found a medical study about this on internet also stating the same. So, we took the risk and ordered the Heaven couch. And it truly has been Heaven! It is large enough to accommondate easilly the whole family. It is soft. It is modern. It is classy. And it has the lounge-look I was looking for. And I’ve been even napping on it with no allergic symptoms.

The new medical studies show that the new way of washing feathers has dramatically decreased the allergy factors to feathers in furnitures and blankets.

I chose linen fabrics for my Heaven. The covers are washable, 100% linen covers. The feeling of the linen on your skin is Heavenly. It was a bit more costly but it was well worth the money.

Sits have a wonderful app on appstore, where you can find all their product information, including the fabrics and measurements. We chose our Heaven to be large because our livingroom is large. The sofa is 3,41 m/11,4 ft wide so it gives room for 4 people to sit on it very comfortably and for 6 people if large number of seating is needed.

The beautiful gray loose covers are washable 100% linen. The cushions are from Pottery Barn collection.
The painting on the wall is original Pirkko Pääkkönen oil on canvas painting. To learn more about Pirkko’s work please visit TheArtILove.com
The gray linen covers of the sofa matches perfectly with the bold wallpaper and the beautiful stone floors making a peaceful combination.