Dec 29, 2014

The Bunker

A few days past Christmas festivities, we are happy to show you the latest advancements downstairs. You may remember the original Man Cave Pekka build two years ago in the small room located next to the bathroom. This room is now serving mostly a storage space and will soon be converted to a guest room, thus meaning that the "Man Cave" functionalities will finally relocate underground, more specifically to the bunker.

Step in and have a peak!

The original table and shelves from the Man Cave have already been reinstalled to the new location and Pekka and has started to build a suspended ceiling. According to our thinking, this seemingly "unnecessary" structure will be important element creating a more "room-like" feel for the Man Cave, rather than the space being just a cellar (as it actually, in reality is). It is all about the details, isn't it?

The first phase of the installation

Similarly to the laundry room, also the bunker has fluorescent tube lighting. What is different between the two is that the main part of the bunker lighting will be hidden behind the ceiling slats.

Hidden fluorescent tube housings

Placing the fluorescent tubes above the ceiling hides the light sources and makes the light penetrate through the slats. On the way down the light picks up a warm wooden tone and creates a cozy, inviting atmosphere.

Light shining through the slats

The bunker will have two separate lighting modes that can also be turned on simultaneously. The first switches on the fluorescent tubes above the ceiling. The second operates the work lights above the table similarly to Pekka's set up in the original Man Cave.

General vs. working lights 

General vs. working lighting 

During a recent visit and the semi-mandatory tour around the apartment, Pekka's aunt wondered if Pekka is having a "slat-period" in his life. Yes, he has indeed built a suspended ceiling in the laundry room using a similar approach and yes, also the downstairs teak wall is made of slats. But rather than Pekka's personal obsession, the rationale revolves more around the warmth and scandinavian look of the structure. So when the decision needed to be made regarding the bunker ceiling, we didn't think two minutes of not adding this mid century twist to the overall slat mix.

Getting there...!

As of today, Pekka has installed about 15 square meters of ceiling. Once again, we quite like how it is materializing.  Over the Holiday break he will continue the project and once there are further concrete results, we will of course post an update for you to review.

Dec 24, 2014

Our Holiday Wishes

Once again, it is time to wish you all Happy Holidays! It has been an eventful year, and now it feels absolutely fantastic to slow down for a while and just concentrate on those things which in the end, matter the most in life: family, friends and quiet moments. 


Building excitement as Christmas is nearing
Learning to sing all those carols I’m hearing
I know there are elves that see if I scream
Behave very nicely or frequently steam.

I whisper to Urho “Santa will be here soon”
We light up the candles, finish chores by noon
Thinking those fun things we did this past year
Done work on the house and travelled far and near.

Playing the piano with mum is a blast
Who cares if the keys and the tunes don’t yet match?
In kitchen I’m always ready to help
Only watching’s not fun, need to try it myself!

The underground chaos is nearing to end
Dad’s building and fixing, teak wall’s being mend
We are crafting a snowman in a bunker brand new
Where both noise and a mess are quite welcomed too!

In day care I’ve made some friends and learned games
We do not slow down for rainier days
With smile on her face can mum close the gate
When going to work she knows I’ll be great!

My brother or sister will be born in the spring
I’ll be really nice, do the big-sister thing
In a few years time we’ll be playing as team
Secret hut in the bunker is just one scheme I see!

Wishing you wonderful Holiday moments
Gingerbread cookies, candles and presents
Hope your road finds what your heart needs the most
And for New Year’s magic you’d be raising a toast!


Focus on the cookies!

Ja vielä suomeksi...

On tullut jälleen aika toivottaa hyvää joulua. Vuosi on ollut vauhdikas, ja nyt on upeaa hetkeksi pysähtyä ja keskittyä asioihin, jotka ovat kaikkein tärkeimpiä: perheeseen, ystäviin ja kiireettömiin hetkiin. 


Jännitys hirmuinen, luukut jo avaan
Jouluisten laulujen sanoja tavaan.
Ikkunan raosta tontut ne valvoo
Olenko kiltti vai nouseeko haloo?

Urhon kanssa me lasketaan jouluun öitä
Jo kynttilät syttyy, vähän jäljellä töitä.
Monta juttua kivaa mahtuu vuoteen tähän
Koti kuntoon tulee, ja on reissattu vähän.

Mamman kanssa on soiteltu “Oravanpesää”
Ja kuvia katsellen muisteltu kesää.
Kun leivotaan, taikinaa haluan mä maistaa
Omat pullat ja piparit uunissa paistaa.

Isi maan alla raataa, usein sirkkeli laulaa
Hiki pinnassa puurtaa, rimat paikalleen naulaa.
Me maalataan, liimataan yhdessä siellä
Eikä sotkua, melua, kukaan nyt kiellä.

Päiväkodissa mukavat puuhat ja pelit
Ei hidasta menoa syksyiset kelit.
Voi hymyillen vilkuttaa aamulla mamma
Ei päivällä huolta se minusta kanna.

Mamman mahassa kasvaa mun veli tai sisko
Sitä silittää aion, en tukasta kisko.
Kun vähän se varttuu, me leikitään kaksin
Ehkä kellariin maja tehdään naruin ja saksin.

Joulun juhlaan toivomme riemua, rauhaa
Tonttujen saloja, puuroista kauhaa
Rentoja hetkiä, yhteistä aikaa
Tähtien loistetta, jouluista taikaa!


Dec 20, 2014

Teak wall - once more!

Never before has a single project required so much effort during the past 2.5 years than the slat wall in the downstairs lobby. Sourcing the teak started nearly a year ago, and since then Pekka has been relentlessly working on the different wall components. Finally, there is a light in the end of a teak tunnel.

162 teak slats

Also, the rest of Project Downstairs is moving forward. A few weeks ago a plumber installed a central heating radiator weighing just under 100 kg, so Pekka's assistance was once again welcomed to allow easy installation. The timing is perfect - the weather is finally starting to get a bit colder. This year winter seems to take forever to begin and even now, in late December, there is no snow in sight in the Southern Finland. But when the snow and cold finally take over we'll be ready: in addition to the radiator the downstairs is secured with 227 meters of floor heating cable underneath the slate.


Pekka has been slaving to finalize the assembly of the slat wall in order to allow Kaitsu, our trusted electrician to finish the lighting (including the led-light system) and installation of the sockets. And as a result of their combined efforts, the darkness turned into light during the first week of December. 

24V transformer ready to be hidden

The slat wall has two openings for a satellite cable and for electricity. The first one is located close to the window on the bottom right corner of the wall. The second one is approximately in the middle of the wall and will be covered by a TV creating a visually "cable-free" outcome.

TV socket before

Pekka still needs to build hatches to cover both sockets. The hatches will allow electricity plugs to pass through even when closed, and they have been cut from the slats located the socket area. Naturally, this is to ensure both the tone and pattern of the grain will be a perfect match allowing a visual continuity.

TV socket. Hatch missing.

The led light was attached in two rows to an aluminium strip on top of the teak slats. Quite an intense moment to see the interaction of the led and the slat wall for the first time...

To the right

To the left

Finally - switch it on! The effect created by the led light is stunning. With a color temperature of 5500K the light reproduces the surrounding colors in a very natural way.

With a trace of disco feel...!

We are extremely pleased with how Project Slat Wall is becoming reality. The overall visual image of the downstairs lobby including slate floor and teak slats is spot on mid century modern. Perfect match to what we originally imagined!

Lights on!

Most of the work including the floor, ceiling and walls is now done. We still lack quite a few small details including for example doors, which might be a relatively considerate next step especially for potential house guests. We also have ambitious plans regarding the furniture and lights, but these are put on hold to balance the budget a bit before rushing into new investments - unless, of course, we run into something absolutely irresistible in some random auction.

Ceiling, floor and walls

Last but not least - a sneak peak of this years Christmas card! As an annual example of the seamless teamwork Minna prepares the layout and text and Pekka has the primary responsibility of the photo shoot. This year, naturally, we wanted to conduct the shoot downstairs and yes, you might already guess who the models (whose willingness for seamless teamwork seems to be a bit variable and require bribing in a growing degree) will be...

Ho ho ho!

Dec 2, 2014

New name, new opportunities: Olive Green!

We have been writing this blog under the name of Olive Green Window for about 2.5 years. Somewhere along the way an idea was born: perhaps one day we'd expand a bit, go beyond just blogging. But evolution takes time, and we did not want to rush things.

During the past two years, it has been a pleasant surprise to see a solid growth in the number of viewers. Opportunities for different collaborations have also appeared. Certain services have also been identified where Pekka's expertise could be valuable to an MCM enthusiast or a DIY soul.

So we decided to start a small business. Naturally, the name would reflect what we have already been doing, so an obvious choice was to name the business after the blog. Unfortunately, to avoid confusion with another local business, we could not choose Olive Green Window.

After a bit of thinking, the decision was to drop the word "window", and go with a simple solution - "Olive Green". Thus the name of the blog will soon be changed to Olive Green, but everything else - the writers, the content and the other key characters, including Urho, will remain the same.

Dear readers, we ever so kindly thank you for your continuous interest, and hope you keep on enjoying what we have to offer!


Minna & Pekka