Saturday, 18 October 2014

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."

A girls' trip to Porvoo yesterday,

where the cobbled streets were surprisingly empty for once

and the sun and trees dripped in gold.

Plenty of space in the toyshop 

(that's usually jam-packed with kids and adults alike)

to carefully mull over something little to take home.

Jumping in piles of leaves

outshines any bouncy castle.

Today she's been busy rearranging her doll's house

while I've been sipping on my Lapsang souchong -souvenir tea.

I fell for its smoky flavour in England in the summer

and have been meaning to stock up ever since.

(A tea you either love or loathe, I hear.)

Eilen tehtiin tyttöjen retki Porvooseen. 

Mukulakivikadut olivat yllättävän hiljaisia,

aurinko ja puut kultaa. 

Riimikossakin oli kerrankin tilaa 

valita vakaasti ja harkiten.

Lehtikasat päihittivät pomppulinnat

mennen tullen. 

Tänään on sitten tyttö rymsteerannut nukkekotiaan

ja äiti siemaillut Lapsang souchong -tuliaisteetä,

jonka savuiseen maun pauloihin jäin viime Englannin matkalla.

(Kuulemma tee, jota joko rakastaa tai vihaa.)


Thursday, 16 October 2014


Once again my heart misses a beat

when it comes to Erica Cavallini's glorious aesthetics. 

Here, the sun is breaking through soft grey clouds,

and these are exactly the hues 

I'm drawn to right now. 

All images with kind permission

Saturday, 4 October 2014


Finding these soft, grey days strangely comforting.

The autumn weeks seem to be flying past,

but when there's a minute to think,

thankfulness brims to the surface

for all the new ideas, people,

little opportunities,

creating a rich, luscious web. 

A stillness despite all the rushing around. 

Thankfulness for freedom to choose,

freedom to carve those little steps,

freedom that can't be taken for granted in this world. 

Not sure if it's an age thing or what,

but so conscious of the value 

of the gift of life,

shedding a whole new light

on what's important 

and what may as well fall on the wayside. 

“It takes courage to push yourself 

to places that you have never been before...

to test your limits...

to break through barriers.

And the day came when the risk it took 

to remain tight inside the bud 

was more painful 

than the risk it took to Blossom.” 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Today's autumnal & rugged eye candy

comes from Helsinki-based interior store Casuarina. 


Sunday, 21 September 2014


The waft of mint takes me back to summer mornings

in grandma's garden.

She would tell me to rub the coarse leaves

between my fingertips

to release the fragrance 

that she loved so much

(lavender being her other favourite).

And then, years later,

to velvety nights in the  house in the hills we rented in Italy 

the summer before last,

- we'd open wide the double doors leading to the balcony

after our escapades for the day,

and the marriage of sage, rosemary and mint

would hit you

like a fragrant herbal bomb. 

Despite permanently loving a  'bland' palette

of muted whites, greys and beiges,

I seem to be regularly drawn to certain colours

that beckon for a miniature exploration.

Minty greens are on the tip of my tongue right now. 



P.S. That minty pesto turned out delicious

- recommend it! 

(I think I ended up using about half and half of basil & mint.)

Tuesday, 16 September 2014


These autumn days that still remain

warm, bright and green,

locally harvested apples from the market,

a sudden urge to bake, 

richer colours and textures,

Faye Toogood's home elegance (hit the video play button!),

these portraits,

this home, which was also featured 

in the latest issue of Lantliv.


(P.S. I noticed the wrong link opened up 

when using my mobile phone,

click "Elle Deco UK III", if checking the home link that way.)

Monday, 15 September 2014


Last week I found myself

in an old, dilapidated paper mill,

with dark, secret passages

and colossal halls,

where dust-covered windows

sifted the rays of the sun outside 

into softest, milkiest light.

We delved into the world of architecture photography

using a wide-angle, tilt-shift lens,

(or fish and chips lens as we'd call it :)),

checking that every beam and cable

was perfectly aligned right down to millimetre exactness.

Fortunately there was also plenty of time

to get lost in the space

and fill one's own memory card with souvenirs. 

Viime viikolla löysin itseni

vanhasta, tyhjillään seisovasta tehdasrakennuksesta,

jossa oli mitä ihmeellisimpiä tummia käytäviä

ja suuria saleja,

joiden pölyttyneistä ikkunoista

valo taittuu läpi maitomaisen pehmeästi. 

Luvassa oli millintarkkaa arkkitehtuurikuvausta

tilt shift -objektiivilla,

mutta onneksi aikaa jäi myös sopukoiden tutkiskeluun

ja oman muistikortin täyttämiseen. 

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