sneak peek: jutta rikola


Illustrator Jutta Rikola of Kootut Murut lives in Oulu, a town in northern Finland. For the last two and a half years, Jutta and her husband have been slowing restoring their 1956 home. We peeked into Jutta’s home two years ago, and since then, the couple has done a lot work! As only the second owners, it has been important to them that they respect the history of the house — so much so that they even made their own wallpaper paste by boiling wheat flour and water! Their plans for the space include a complete kitchen renovation, but in the meantime, they’ve made a bright, happy home. Thanks, Jutta! — Amy A.


Image above: We are planning a proper kitchen remodel (out with the ’90s MDF cabinets, in with nice wooden ones), but while waiting for that, I wanted to cheer up the boring white and brown kitchen. My husband removed some of the upper cabinet doors, so we got open shelves. I painted the cabinets pink and turquoise with a little cloudy theme. The paint is Tikkurila Empire, pink is color 9721 and turquoise is K370.

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Image above: I’m really lazy at making the bed, so I hardly ever do. The headboard is an old door, and I made the snowflake mobile.


Image above: This is my current working space. It’s just a corner of the living room with a light table and an inspiration wall. I’m dreaming that one day I’ll have a real studio where I can make a good mess.


Image above: We built the screen ourselves with instructions from this Design*Sponge project that we slightly modified. You can read about my version of the project here! My drawing table is hiding behind it. The fabric is green Ananas by Marimekko. The coffee table is an old army surplus trunk, and we added casters to make it easier to move around. The owl print is by me.


Image above: Somehow the staircase called for wainscoting, so that’s what we did. The panels were custom-made, modeled after panels in the basement stairs. My husband built a picture ledge on the wainscoting. We had the electric
wires rewired, because the original wires were no longer safe. However, we
did want to keep the old style. Hunting for the right kind of 1950s light
switches was probably the hardest part (naturally, we left the wiring part
to a professional!).


Image above: The living room walls were painted with Uula iNTO color H388 from Tikkurila color chart.


Image above: The red credenza in my home office is the first piece of furniture I got when my husband and I moved in together. It’s a flea market find, and it’s still one of my favorites. On the home-office walls are pictures that inspire me and works-in-progress. My husband has “helped” me by doodling glasses on my owl drawing and adding mustaches to the Finnish president. The disco ball is an anniversary present from my husband. The turquoise paint is Uula Into color V370 from Tikkurila color chart.


Image above: The Eames Hang-It-All was on my wish list for the longest time when I finally found it on sale. The turquoise printer’s tray is from All the Luck in The World. I won the Ryan Berkley goat print from a Poppytalk giveaway. The print in the golden plastic frame is from London in the 1960s. We found it in the attic. The sister of the previous owner had a home decor shop, so they had all kinds of beautiful things here, some of which they left to us.


Image above: I knew what I wanted to do with the foyer before we even moved in. I saw the Grove Garden wallpaper from Osborne & Little in a toilet ad and fell in love. Because of the dogs, we had to paint the floor in three parts, but unfortunately, we are going to have to do it all over again. The dogs love to use the floor as their runway from upstairs to the front door, which has resulted in the paint peeling off. I’m hoping the rug will help a little.


  1. Jutta says:

    Thank you all so much for your sweet comments, and thank you D*S for having me! :)

    meg, the pillows are by Klo Design http://www.klodesign.fi/index.php?pg=1&ln=en
    I got them from a local shop, Lifestyle Kauppa, but they have a list of retailers on their site.

  2. I love the soft sorbet palette, it feels so spring-like. I would never of thought Lemon could looks lovely as it does on the walls. Really inspiring, thanks.

  3. I love that this couple mixed their own wallpaper paste. Talk about innovation. I have white walls and off-white walls throughout my home…but I think this Finnish home shows that it’s more about pops of color. That’s what I need to do.

  4. Trude says:

    Love her blog! So happy to see the “full version” of her lovely home. :)

  5. jess says:

    Lovely home. I am wondering where the awesome blue dresser is from, and also where the little blue wall shelf is from.
    Thanks!

  6. Jutta says:

    jess, the blue dresser is an old dresser we made over. You can read about it here http://www.kootutmurut.com/2010/10/05/how-to-repair-furniture-chewed-by-your-puppy/

    The shelf is a printer’s tray from All the luck in the world http://www.alltheluckintheworld.nl/en/index.php

  7. busma says:

    love the colour, so comfortable and refreshing

  8. alex says:

    Cutest hous ever!

  9. Mirjam says:

    How very lovely!

  10. Pato Paez says:

    I love the colors! Kudos

  11. Jax says:

    I adore your sofa and arm chair! I assume they are vintage sourced. Beautiful upholstery fabric.

  12. Mirjam says:

    How very, very lovely this house is! Too pretty.

  13. I LOVE this! I have had it up to my eyeballs with the saturation of white lately… sophisticated, yes… but also boring. I adore the use of warm, happy, whimsical color here. Bravo to DS for including it!!!!

  14. madhu says:

    She has amazing creativity and dares to be different and it all shows beautifully!

  15. Outi says:

    Hei tosi makee koti! Tunnistan samoja juttuja/ratkaisuja meidän rintamamiestalossa. Vaikken itse ole pastellien perään, niin teidän koti on tosi jees ;).

  16. maddie says:

    love love love the colors, this home is so peaceful but still eclectic and whimsical and colorful. is the screen just the coat rack with a homemade curtain over it, or is there something holding the fabric down tight at the bottom? i’m looking to make a fabric screen and that one is genius.

  17. jo says:

    love the colors

  18. Wow…beautiful…just everything :)

  19. caitlyn says:

    beautiful home. what’s the blue-grey colour of the stairs? it’s great!

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