Nov 26, 2015

Sotka by Arabia

The story below proves it once again: it is not always necessary to go farther than the sea to fish.

We have been short of espresso cups. The other day when Minna needed to find a box to send some Christmas presents she unpacked one of the final moving boxes (from three years ago). And what did she find? A set of 14 Arabia Sotka coffee cups and saucers!

Sotka cups and saucers

The forgotten tableware used to belong to Minna's grandparents and then to her mother. She kindly gave them to Minna, who packed the Sotka set securely to survive the move. Since then, she had wondered where these beautiful pieces disappeared. Clearly, the underground storage room has some black hole -like features.

Perfect for espresso

Arabia's Sotka tableware was designed by Göran Bäck and decorated by Raija Uosikkinen in 1968-69, and it was in production in 1970 - 1974. Sotka cup is quite small (diameter and height about 6 cm), just perfect for an espresso shot. The simple decoration is hand painted with deep cobalt blue colour.

So finally, we will be able to serve our guests also a visually pleasant espresso!

Nov 18, 2015

Four seasons by Lemon Deco

What a great find for our soon-to-be-ready guest room! These lime green / yellow pillows by Minna's friend Make from Lemon Deco will move in as soon as the guest room floor is seamed and sanded. After all, there needs to be at least one green room in our home!

Lime green pillows

The pillows are actually part of Lemon Deco's very first and very recent collection of home textiles. The collection includes also the "Four Seasons" bed linens. The colourful duvet covers and pillow cases are decorated with photographs by Make - fantastic snapshots illustrating some beautiful details of Finnish nature. Simply impossible to choose just one season, but perhaps Spring for our bedroom and Autumn for the guest room...





So, if you are in Helsinki before the end of November, you should seize the opportunity and meet Make at Kotosalla exhibition in Lasipalatsi (November 17-29) and enjoy the new collection. Such a refreshing burst of colours in the midst of grey November!

Nov 10, 2015

Happy Birthday, Urho!

He is five years old today. Not the bravest musketeer or the sharpest pencil in the box, but has an ego great enough to fill a football stadium and a killer character to charm everyone he meets. A true dachshund to the bone. Let us continue securing warm blankets and delicious treats for you for years to come. Happy birthday, Urho!

"It's raining on my parade..."