my scandinavian home: An incredibly cosy Finnish family home

An incredibly cosy Finnish family home

Friday, 8 May 2015

My obsession with Finnish interiors is nothing new. There is something very calm and natural about the spaces. We may not all be living in a lake-side cabin with a sauna or rubbing shoulders with Father Christmas (sorry, couldn't resist!), but at least, with a little inspiration, we can all get the look. And the Helsinki home of Kaisa, partner, baby girl and cat Mr Paw is just the ticket.  Kaisa's one extremely talented home-maker - she's handy with knitting needles and a sewing machine (cue: baby clothes, changing station, double-sided cushions...) DIY projects with whatever comes to hand (think incredible wall hangings, floral headbands, camera straps)....she's also an ace shutterbug (these pictures were taken by her). And did I mention she creates and sells prints too? We'd better take a peek inside....














All photos: No home without you, shared with kind permission

You may recognise this space as I once showed it decked out for Christmas, but really, what an incredibly warm, cosy and charming home? And just how adorable is her little baby? As for Mr Paw, what a cool cat, there's no messing with him when it comes to who gets the best spot on the sofa, is there?! Incidentally, does anyone follow Danish writer Annika Von Holdt on IG? Her cat pictures/captions are hilarious - see her oh so fabulous home here too).

A few tips on where items are from. Sofa cushions: H&M home. The chest of drawers with wooden cross handles is BoConcept. Foot stool re-upholstered in tree fabric / throw in powder. Dustpan and brush. A DIY way to update your wall with round stickers here. Many of the prints are available in Kaisa's store. If there's anything else you love let me know in the comment section and I'll give Kaisa a shout to find out where it's from. 

An entire archive of fabulous Finnish cottages, cabins and apartments here. Do you have a favourite?

Oh and a little weekend Finnish trivia for you: did you know the reason people in Finland lightly hit themselves with birch tree branches in the sauna is to relieve muscle tension and sooth mosquito bites?  AND that Scandinavians believe Father Christmas comes from Greenland rather than Lapland?

Have a wonderful weekend and see you Monday!

PS Last day (8th May) to make the most of the 10% discount at Scandinavian modern stores Blackthumb and Snedesign with code MSH10. And get 20% off all weekend from Lo+Behold with code MSH20.


31 comments:

  1. Mr Paw is the most gorgeous cat, I would stay snuggled up on that couch forever! I too am really liking Finnish aesthetic. I grew up in a very "Danish Modern" style house as a child so it is no surprise that I gravitate toward Scandinavian design. Thanks again.

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    1. It sounds like your childhood home was wonderful! PS Mr Paw is sooo gorgeous!

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  2. This interior is just perfect! Including Mr Paw!

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  3. These kinds of interiors are actually very, very rare among the Finns. I love decorating and still don't know anyone whose home would look like this in real life.

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    1. That's very interesting, it would be great if you could add some links for some homes which you feel reflect a Finnish style, I'd love to see.

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    2. Yes, this is the modern Finnish style, I know many people with homes similar to this, lot of white, light wood, minimalistic. Above Anonymous comment is really not accurate except if you live somewhere country side.

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  4. A beautiful apartment and so detailed. Beautifully!

    Kind regards
    Heike

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  5. I love this room living room. Perhaps my favorite of all the ones you've ever featured. And what a clever use of a stool at the dining table.

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    1. It's so beautiful isn't it? It all seems so effortless and relaxed. I would love to be padding around here for the weekend.

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  6. Even the cat in this apartment is within the color palette of the interior design

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    1. I know he's a beautiful kitty isn't he?!

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  7. Love it! What a great apartment. Btw, where is the white sofa from?

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    1. I'll see if i can find out for you, it looks fab and sooo comfy!

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  8. So beautiful ! Can't wait to (have enough money to) design my own little home.

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  9. You're right! It looks incredibly cosy :)
    Such a nice place to live. And awww that little cutie pie in the second last picture ♥
    www.color-castles.com

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  10. How did I survive before discovering your blog? These dreamy interiors are such a treat...it's the first site I scramble to in the morning to start my day! Would she share where she found that fantastic carpet that sits in front of her bed, please?

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    1. Thank you Leslie so happy to hear! :) I'll check with kaisa about the carpet and come back.

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  11. Ooohh it looks so cosy, I love it.

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  12. One of my favourite blogs and homes in Finland. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Nice blog post.

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  14. Beautiful home interior. Nice post. I like your home furniture designs.

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  15. Hi! The pink wall lamp on picture number one, do you know where it is from? Kind regards A.L

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  16. I would LOVE to know where the living room rug is from (as well as the one in the bedroom...they look similar). Thanks!

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  17. What breed of cat is Mr Paw?

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  18. Thanks for the helpful insights. My house has a small living room and these ideas will surely help as I move stuff to make more space. your home really looks cozy and comfortable.
    Outdoor Furniture

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  19. Hi!
    Thank you for a great blog! :-)
    Do you know what type of floor this is? What type of wood is it? Its beautiful!
    Thanks, Therése

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  20. I like the rug in the living room (2nd picture)! where is it from?

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  21. Hi, where did you score the tasseled pillowcase in the bedroom pic? Thanks.

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  22. I would really love to know where the rugs are from! :) Thanks!

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