i may not be able to read jutta’s blog kootut murut, but the good news is that visual language is universal, and everything on her blog is beautiful. so we’re so pleased to have a lovely sneak peek into her home in finland. the home was built in 1956, she and her husband are the second owners of the home. since they moved in last winter they’ve been renovating little by little. the coolest part is that they’re using traditional and ecological methods and preserving as much of the old as possible. understandably they didn’t really like the ’90s white plastic-y wallpapers and the vinyl carpets, but when the carpets were removed, they found a beautiful wooden floor underneath. it’s a good reminder of what a little bit of sanding and couple coats of paint can do. click here for additional images not in the post below, and you can find more of jutta’s work (in english!) here. [thanks, jutta!] -anne
[above: Most of the stuff in the foyer are bought second-hand, from thrift stores and etsy. The green travel case and the name your poison glasses are from blue bell bazaar on etsy. I just love her shop!]
The house is a typical house built after WWII with tiny rooms and walls covered with heavy building paper. We’ve tried to preserve those features and not to make too big changes in the house. Both of us love vintage, old pieces just have so much character. For me, the best are the ones with a story, like my grandma’s desk or the little statues she got from Bali when she was young, and furniture made by Panu’s great-grand-uncle. (Can you say that? He’s the ‘s brother of Panu’s great-grandma.) And I seem to be drawn to things from the 50´s, they just fit in the house so well.
CLICK HERE for the rest of Jutta’s sneak peek (and all of the images on one page) after the jump!
A lot of the furniture is thrifted, the desk used to belong to my grandma. The reindeer antlers we found at the attic. I wasn’t sure how I felt about them initially, but after some work and a little paint I’ve started to like them. Panu cut a backdrop from wood for them so we could hang them on the wall and I painted it the same color white as the antlers.
For the walls we used Grove Garden from Osborne&Little. We made our own paste by boiling wheat flour and water. It actually kept the wallpapers up on the walls, I must admit that I was a bit worried at first. The little niche for the rack we evened out with newspaper wheat flour paste and painted it kinda dark blue/turquoise with linseed oil paint.. . a picture of me living the everyday life of a home owner :) (I have a thing for mustaches).