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.

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.

Let your soul rest

In this busy world a mind needs a place to rest. To recharge your batteries. To give your inner you some room to relax and to listen to yourself.

Too many times people tend to find relaxation out of noisy bars, movie theatres or from the company of other people. Surely these all are good for socialization, but a human mind needs more. It needs alone time. Just time to be. Nothing more.

I find my alone time usually in the nature. By the sea. That is my place to rest.

A few days ago we paid a visit to my husband’s uncle and aunt at their summer home. I knew that the summer house would be an amazing place, since their city home is one of the most beautiful apartments I have ever visited. But the summer house blew my mind! I was in tears the whole time just because the beauty of the place. Because of the tranquility and serenity of the old 1902 built house. 

The old 1902 build house has a lot of charm.

I love my husband’s family. My family. They are the most intelligent, fun, caring and tender-hearted people on earth! On top of that his uncle and aunt are the most creative artists. I am really out of words. Let the photos do the talking!

The old wood furniture makes a powerful impact in its simplicity. Pay attention to the ceiling which opens the craftmanship of the roof.
The restoration of this old wooden villa is made with a level of professionalism that only an architect-couple can do.
A true eyecatcher in its simple beauty.
Even a bad book turns into a masterpiece in surraundings like this!
A mind needs a place to rest.

ABC on style creating

For me interior designing starts with a feeling. The feeling may come from a beautiful object, new color or even from a ray of light. But how to create a whole room to match takes a little more than just a feeling. 

I am an interior designer junkie. I read all the magazines on interior designing. I follow my favourite designers on Facebook and Instagram. I’m hooked on Houzz. I have several Pinterest boards. And I could watch hour after an hour designer tv-shows. Well, at least my favourite ones, which include Love it or List it VancouverGrand Designs and Sarah Richardson’s tv-shows. (And may I tell you, the best interior shows are all made in Canada!) It would make me so happy  to have HGTV in Finland! Altough I seriously believe I would not be able to get up from my sofa if that would happen!

I pick what I like from the interior designer magazines and shows. I pick ideas. Learn about styles and mistakes. Actually, the show is at its best when you realize what you don’t like. It helps you to narrow your choices in planning your home.

I happen to believe that every interior style can be beautiful when it is a completed thoroughly. My personal likes and dislikes don’t matter – I see beauty in every style. It doesn’t mean I would pick each and every style for my own home, but when a style is picked and followed, the outcome is beautiful.

The most problematic feature in interior designing is usually picking the colors. The colors play a significant part in the outcome. The biggest mistake most of the Finnish homes are facing is the lack of colors. The modern and contemporary design is considered as everything in white, black and white or white and gray. Then again, most Canadian homes are mixing and matching way too many colors. The outcome is chaotic.

Contemporary doesn’t mean to narrow the colour palette. Nor does it mean to pick the coolest new colors and mix them together. The most beautiful contemporary interior design comes from choosing a right color palette and staying with the colors. The key features to a contemporary look is to limit the furniture and items on display. And to choose timeless classics.

How to create a stylish room in its entirety?

My list and advice are simple. They might be called “The ABC’s for interior design dummies”. But best things are often simple.

  1. Choose the color you like. Just one color. You might have the color in a vase, cushion cover or in a magazine.
  2. You have now your ACCENT color. Use that color wisely. If on a wall, make it only one wall. If on cushions, add it on a vase or rug. 
  3. Choose a color palette around your accent color. Take a photo of your accent color and carry it with you. 
  4. Use apps. My favourite app at the moment is Enlight. I take photos of the color or a fabric I want the rest of my decoration to match. Then I build a photo collage to see which look is the best. Which color matches. Which style is what I am seeking for.
  5. Draw a blueprint of the room you are decorating. Sketch the furniture in it. Trust me, if you can’t get them all in your drawing you won’t be able to fit them in real life either.
  6. And last, but not least: keep in your home only the things YOU LIKE. Do not have things just because of their sentimental value. Memories are in your heart. You don’t need to surround yourself with stuff to keep your memories alive. 

Remember that home is never finished. Things change, children grow, needs change. Things that are good today, maybe doomed tomorrow! Interior design should not be a serious game! Enjoy your home!
Use apps. My favourite app at the moment is Enlight. I take photos of the color or a fabric I want the rest of my decoration to match. Then I build a photo collage to see which look is the best. Which color matches. Which style is what I am seeking for.