Sep 2, 2013

Happy Anniversary, Olive Green Window!

Unbelievable - it's been a year!

Actually, it's been a day more than a year, but yesterday was chaotic. It is amazing how much commotion a small person can create between sunrise and late evening, if she so wishes. So even if it was the actual anniversary, Olive Green Window needed to yield in front of a stronger force.

A year ago, the apartment looked a bit different. It has been a quite of a journey, but an enjoyable one, and so far we are really happy with the outcome. Upstairs is fully habitable, there have been no insuperable hurdles or devastating drawbacks, and all participating parties have more or less managed to maintain their sanity. Following several iterations, most of the furniture is starting to find their places, at least for the time being (until Pekka gets his next big idea). Slowly, the apartment is really becoming our home.

Fortunately, one thing which truly is permanent behind the Olive Green Window is change. The snapshot below was taken last weekend - guess why there is a ladder in the middle of the living room? There are actually two reasons...(which are to be returned later).

Pekka's little helper

It took him a while, but also Urho is starting to feel fully adapted to his role as a house master. He is no longer sad to be left at home alone, but has rather come to realize the benefits of an empty apartment during the day. 

A sharp look of a "badger hunter"

Finally, we would like to kindly thank you, our dear readers, and invite you to participate a competition to celebrate the one year anniversary of Olive Green Window! The idea is quite simple. Just leave a comment after this posting or share the story link in Facebook, and you are in. The competition closes by the end of anniversary week (September 8th, 2013). 

Two lucky participants receive a bit of luxury for their kitchen - a set of Porche knives.

Winners will be randomly selected among all of those who either left their greetings or shared the link via Facebook. The prize will be mailed to the winner (both to Finland as well as abroad) by the end of September 2013. For this, we kindly request the winner's mailing address by email after the announcement of the winner on this blog site. If the winner has not responded back within two weeks time, an alternative winner will be chosen.

GOOD LUCK! ...and hope you keep reading!

44 comments:

  1. It has been quite the transformation. I've enjoyed watching it all happen, keep up the great work!

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  2. Onnea :) �� seuraavalle vuodelle

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    1. Siis peukut ja tsempit seuraavalle vuodelle

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  3. Love your blog. The dream house you are creating brings back many good memories. We had several Urho's growing up and I had forgotten how wonderful those dogs were.... Brian

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  4. It's funny, but seeing the beautiful renovation you two have made to your apartment has actually influenced my own renovation plans for our house. Our house also has "Olive Green Windows" very similar to yours. While I'm not sure if we'll keep them in their current positions around our front door, because of your blog I've begun playing around with ways to keep them and incorporate them into the rest of our renovation. :)

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  5. Happy blogaversary! You guys are inspiring. And your dog is super cute.

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  6. Happy one year anniversary! Have loved keeping up with the blog- very informative, and a beautiful home. Heres to another year of posting!

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  7. Happy anniblogversary! I have really loved getting to know you and Pekka during this time. I especially love your beautiful home! Can't wait to see what's going on downstairs! Keep up the great work!

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  8. Great blog! It's really good inspiration for the redecoration of the mid-century home I purchased just over a year ago. I like keeping track of what you've been up to and hope my efforts come close to matching yours!

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  9. Onnea vuosipäivän johdosta hienolle blogille! :)

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  10. Löysin tämän blogin juuri ja olen ällistellyt teidän ihanaa kotianne! Onnea blogin vuosipäivän johdosta!

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  11. Happy anniversary, hyvää yksivuotispäivää!
    (ps. tarvitsen uusia veitsiä)

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  12. Onnea! Teillä on kyllä unelmakoti. Kuvakiertoajelu olisi kiva!

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  13. Onnea! Ja tsemppiä tuleviin projekteihin.

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  14. Happy blogiversary – It's been so much fun watching the transformation! All time favorite renovation blog, so keep up the good work and keep posting :)
    Greetings from Denmark

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  15. Happy blogiversary, I love accompanying the changes you are making to your beautiful home, and especially monitoring Urho's supervising role!

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  16. Happy blogiversary! I just discovered your site a few weeks ago and have had a great time scrolling back through the old posts. Love how you've documented the journey to transforming your beautiful home!

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  17. Love your blog, love your home, love the inspiration, adore the puppy!

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  18. Happy anniversary! Keep up the awesome work, the house looks amazing!

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  19. Onnea yksivuotiaalle! Kotinne on upea, jatkakaa samaan malliin :)

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  20. I'm pretty new around here, but I am loving your blog. Congrats on the anniversary, and thanks for sharing a bit of your world with us!

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  21. Löysin tämän blogin vasta vähän aikaa sitten ja kahlasin sen läpi suurella mielenkiinnolla. Onnea!

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  22. Congratulations on your blogiversary! I love reading your inspirational blog posts and look forward to reading many more.

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  23. Paljon onnea 1-vuotiaan blogin johdosta! Mahtavaa luettavaa, kivat kuvat ja upeaa tekstiä - vie mennessään :). Terkkuja house masterille!

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  24. Congratulations - it's been a pleasure watching your progress

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  25. Congratulations - the Cherner arm chairs are spectacular! It's been great seeing your progress.
    I recently finished the cellar in my house, a ton of work but worth it. Can't wait to see what you do.

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  26. Happy anniversary! You inspired me to replace our ugly light fixtures, helping us discover some bad wiring from the mid-40s. Still no fixtures, but now the house won't burn down. So that is pretty good. :)

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  27. Huikea muutos, iso työ. Onnea!

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  28. Onnea mahtavalle blogille. Meillä odottaa hieman samantyylinen talo omaa remonttiaan ja tässä on hienoa päästä seuraamaan muutosta. Ihailtavaa kärsivällisyyttä huonekalujen hankinnassa :)

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  29. Happy anniversary! Olen mukana arvonnass.

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  30. Grattis till Jubileet!
    I really like to read about your big renovations and the 50's style.
    I'm also a big fan of the american case study houses and the style of it!
    Best regards
    Erik

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  31. Hello from London Minna and Pekka.

    Congratulations on one year in your magnificent mid-century modern home - Aren't they're the best for family living!

    Loved the wood curtain tutorial, and have made my own!
    It was so easy to follow.
    Can we have more please!

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  32. Congrats on your one year mark! Love your dining chairs and tableware. It's always exciting to find a treasure!

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  33. Congratulations on your anniversary! I am a Swede stranded in the US and live vigorously through your blog. <3

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  34. I really love what you have done. I went back and read every post to watch the transformation, and it has been amazing. As well as inspiring for my own reno.

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  35. your house is so inspiring! and your little girl is so so cute!, oh and of course! your dog!
    Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  36. Nostan hattua tekemällenne urakalle, ja vielä vauvavuonna. Vau!

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  37. Found the blog not too long ago. Lovin' it so far. Happy Anniversary!

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  38. I think your blog is wonderful. The posts are so cheerful. More photos of the adorable baby, please! (And of Urho, of course.) Congratulations on the anniversary and on all the tremendous progress you've made in the renovation!

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  39. Onnea vuodesta! Kiva seurata myös tulevaa.

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  40. congratulations to your anniversary. It is so inspiring to see what you have accomplished in one year. you have an amazing design sensibility!

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  41. I have really enjoying your blog since I found it. Thank you for sharing your home and your journey to improve it with us!

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