I’m thrilled! I found a new member to our old furniture collection; a wooden sideboard which will work nicely in our living room. It’s obviously old and it was quite dirty when we got it, in desperate need to be cleaned and freshened up. Although, I could see a great outcome in my mind, I have to admit, this exceeded my expectations – it’s simply perfect! I was lucky enough to be the first one to reserve it in a flea market and we picked it up already the same evening. It was a bargain, not expensive at all if you compare to similar ones. I’m so glad the living room is slowly taking the look and feeling, which I’ve desired.
This weekend was nice, although I felt a bit ineffective. That often happens to me when I’m having a lot of plans in my head. Today I’ll go and get myself a new project, which means I’ll have quite a few furniture already in need for new paint. I have chalk paint for that purpose, so I’ll share some of the steps with you later on.
Musla is a blog I’ve been following more or less ever since the beginning when it was still only written by Kirsikka. I love the way she writes, it’s really entertaining and inspiring at the same time. I admire (and secretly envy) her wardrobe and home, both so stylish! The latest thing she’s inspired me to question is my own consumption habits, especially when it comes to buying new clothes. This spring Kirsikka started a shopping challenge, a fast, as she calls it, meaning she won’t be buying any new clothes in 365 days. Respect!
It sounded quite easy to me at first but when I really started to think about it, I understood it would be everything else than that. Already looking back on this year I can’t believe the amount of clothes I’ve bought. Still, it feels my wardrobe is not any more functional than it was before. How depressing that I’ve spent money on clothes I don’t even remember… it’s so easy to just buy and forget. Way too easy.
It would be notably easier if I would be able to avoid all the temptations. I don’t hang around in shopping centers, unless I have real errands, so from that point of view I’m safe. It helps to live on the countryside, haha. The hard part is of course the Internet. There’s so many temptations in there, advertisement everywhere and different webshops bump up all the time. The marketing is both visible and invisible, so it’s a struggle both in mind and subconsciousness. What happens quite often is that I click things into the shopping basket but in the end get to my senses and leave the page. Good for me. I would otherwise be in bankruptcy.
I get by far the most influenced by advertising in blogs I read. There’s numerous times a blog post has triggered me to buy something. That’s why I find it so refreshing and truly interesting when a blogger is carrying out a challenge like this, instead of introducing the latest fall fashion. This challenge is something everyone can do and most importantly, afford. This would actually save your money and on the side of that, you would be doing a favor to the environment.
Wabi-sabi is exactly about the delicate balance between the pleasure we get from things and the pleasure we get from freedom of things.
― Leonard Koren, Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
Another very interesting blog post in Musla, related to this topic, was written by Mia a few days ago. She was writing about how we should change our perspective and attitudes towards old, worn out and shabby things, we should value the things we already own and only buy secondhand. She had been inspired by a Japanese aesthetics called wabi-sabi. The idea behind wabi-sabi is to embrace imperfection in all things, appreciate our planet and live a more simple life where wealth, status, power and luxury are not things to be chased after.
This concept really fascinates me, and I think this is something worth striving for, at least when it comes to consumption of new things, especially clothes. I highly appreciate the fact that Musla bloggers are bringing up these topics in such an engrossing way. It has made me stop for a while and reflect on my own habits and I believe this will definitely help me being more self-aware and critical in the future when making the decision to buy or not to buy. So thank you Musla for being such an inspirational and exemplary blog!
Oh well, after all my autumn praise I got to taste the downside of the season and catch a little cold. It’s been years since I’ve had fever! Luckily this disease only got me to bed for one and a half day, so I did have time to enjoy the weekend too.
Ever since I started this blog and my Instagram account, I’ve been very inspired about home interior stuff and had so many ideas running through my head. While I was healing, I had time to think about some of the improvements I’d like to make around the house.
One of the trouble areas for me has been our living room. It’s a large room with four big windows, white walls, wooden ceiling and dark tile floor – an ideal blank space really. Unfortunately, our house renovating projects are eating all our savings and extra money, so I can’t buy anything new or expensive (at least for now), and need to manage with the mix-match of furniture we already have scraped together for over the years. There are some quite nice pieces too in that mix-match, they just don’t go so well together and that’s why it’s been quite a challenge to make the room comfy, yet stylish. All in all, you could say the biggest problem has been the lack of money to invest into this room styling, but also the lack of imagination and creativity.
Okay, so no money to spend for new decoration or furniture… for some it might be a deal breaker, but not for me, not when I’m having the creativity mode on! The minute I started to feel like myself again, I started to go through all our cabinets and cupboards, and collect things I could sell on flea markets. Although I have been quite good with recycling and we don’t have loads of extra stuff at home, there’s always something we’ve been holding on to, but don’t really need or use anyway. For example an extra blender, an old coffee set and 40 pieces of Ikea mugs (don’t even ask). Suddenly, I had filled the kitchen tabletop and a whole box with unnecessary things. When to it, I also did some organizing in the kitchen cabinets and it felt really relieving to suddenly have a little extra space. I’m doing Konmari my own way, haha.
Now after a few days I’ve been rid of only a few things, but already earned myself 100 euros. From that I’ve spent 50 euros on white sofa covers I found secondhand. The whole room freshened up and the covers match the color range so much better than the old beige ones. Of course, I’ll now also try to sell the beige covers and hopefully earn some more cash for the room makeover. As I was cleaning around at home, I even realized I have lots of different fabrics that would work well as new cushion covers, so I just need to start sewing.
During the weekend, I even made a macramé plant hanger with help of these super easy instructions, click. I’m going to buy some more green plants, as I think they give a great final touch to any room – and because I love them! No explanations needed. Then I also have many different frames and pictures I’ll hang on the walls. For some reason I haven’t done that earlier, maybe because I’ve tried to figure out whether the walls should be painted or not, but in any case they definitely need some eye catchers. I think I’ll also try to make a macramé wall hanger.
My excitement is still on, so I’ll be reporting about the progress and results also in here, just in case it would inspire someone else to let their inner creativeness flourish.
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.
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.
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.