Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story

– Erin Flett

It’s not a secret that I simply love flea markets and secondhand stuff! Our home is filled with things I’ve found on my little treasure hunts, and that’s what they really are to me, treasures. I feel like I’m saving these poor little things and giving them another chance, haha. Seriously speaking, it’s also more affordable and ecological, than buying new things, and if you ask me, it’s more fun too. You never know what you’ll find (sometimes nothing) and that’s what makes it so exciting.

Yesterday I decided to test my luck at the flea markets, and oh boy, I’m happy I did. It was a success! My whole catch is in the below photo. Almost immediately I walked into that large ceramic vase with the most beautiful color and shapes. I was thrilled, and felt it had already been a visit worth doing.

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I have a weird weakness for baskets. It doesn’t matter big or small, round or square, if it’s a basket I will at least pick it up and consider whether it’s worth buying, whether I really need it. I don’t, but at times I just can’t help myself. This time I was telling myself, I already had use for the basket, as I was anyway going to buy a big green plant, and would of course need a plant pot to put it in. So, the decision was easy – a couple euros versus 30-50 euros (as new) was quite a good deal. The other basket was just too cute to leave behind, as well as the white and turquoise tray. I like their boho vibes!

However, one of the best finds by far was this flower table. It’s old, dirty, worn and in need for a new paint layer, but in my eyes it has great potential. I will paint it at some point, but for now it works perfectly fine. I already placed it in the living room and arranged all my green plants on it. Now they can continue growing beside each other.

It always gives so much inspiration when you get new things to decorate with, and for me it often means, I’ll start cleaning up the house room by room. Today I finished up with the living and dining room and tomorrow I’ll continue with the rest of the house.

Have a good night!

xx mybohem

A home with old furniture has no need of ghosts to be haunted

– Hope Mirrlees

Our home is a mix of furniture and details that we’ve either received as gifts, inherited or found secondhand. Actually there’s only a few furniture we’ve bought new to this house. I value the stories behind things and think it makes them a bit more interesting, and often more beautiful too. I will share some of my favorite items.

This antique cupboard is one of the most precious secondhand finds I own and probably the only furniture in our home I would not trade for anything. I just love it! I was so lucky to get this and I have to say, on top of everything, it was really inexpensive. The previous owners bought it in an antique shop in Rauma, and by chance that’s the town where my grandmother was born and spent her younger years. So maybe this has belonged to someone she knew or even been in the family, you never know.

I like these decoration details and cactuses. The bookshelf is painted with black chalk paint and I just love the matte finishing it gives.

This beautiful chest was a gift to us from my in-law’s. It’s really old, presumably from the 19th century.  The Stockholm Design House Light is also a gift I got on my 25th birthday from my high school friends. I like how this combination creates a contrast between old and modern. The side tables I found a long time ago from a local flea market.

The old Singer sewing machine is heritage from my grandmother. My grand-grandmother has been sewing with this back in the days. The chair is yet one of my secondhand finds and the lamp is from a Finnish brand called Pentik. The Raku ceramic houses are handmade by me.

It’s nice to surround yourself with good memories and things that remind you of important people in your life.

xx mybohem