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Helsinki apartment | Egg rolling in Devon

We celebrated Easter today by participating in a typically Devonshire sensible passtime: egg rolling.  You chuck boiled eggs down the hill and chase them with a stick, trying to control your competitive urges so that one of the small children can win. This was followed eating two legs of lamb with token vegetables (not just me, we were a crowd, just so you know). I love meat. Can’t get enough of the stuff. Apologies to vegetarians.

Here’s a beautiful apartment from my native Finland. It’s in Helsinki, and besides from being in Helsinki it scores on all levels of perfection: it’s white, it has wood and it has taxidermy.

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Family home in Copenhagen, Easter holidays Scrabble standoff

A superb start to the Easter school holidays, we had friends staying for two nights, very special people – we go back years and years, we don’t meet up as often as we would like but when we do it’s like we have never been apart. One of the reasons why we fell in love with our house when we first saw it was that we can double the numbers and still live comfortably.  Me and husband both have family and friends living far and away and when everyone has multiplied with several kids and dogs, we wanted a house that can store that extra volume, extra chaos, and have a bit of spare capacity for the inevitable game of midnight musical beds (small children ending up in parents’ beds, parents ending up anywhere between living room sofas and dog beds). We hiked en famille to the top of the steep hill overlooking Bigbury Bay, we cooked, we drank wine, we fell asleep on the sofas in front of the fire an hour after the kids had gone to bed, which is about the same time we used to leave the house to go out to bars and clubs back in the day. We sent our friends off on their drive home and finished the Saturday with a Scrabble tournament, and I wiped the floor with my opponents – husband and my 6-year old son. There was a bit of a disagreement regarding whether American English spelling was accepted, but I stood my ground, to ferocious accusations of cheating. I was crowned champion (deservedly). Life is good.

I saw this home featured in Bo Bedre, a house in Copenhagen designed for a family of four,  and thought that this would be great for gatherings. Space for children to run around, space to sit down with a cup of tea and a book safe in the knowledge that you can be together and be on your own at the same time. I love the black kitchen, let’s move away from the all-white interiors, my Nordic brothers and sisters.

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House in Humblebaek, Denmark

I had to remind myself to breathe when I spotted this house in the Australian magazine Est. Designed by the Copenhagen firm Norm Architects to accommodate the needs of a working artist, the house had to work as a studio as well as a home, maximise natural light and provide a sanctuary for inspiration and creativity. The old farm workers house was found in the open fields behind the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek (serendipitous?), and the reconstruction utilised a lot of the existing raw materials: old wooden beams, brick walls and steel supports.

I think the result is breathtaking. I love the floor, it was made by roughly sanding a concrete base and treating it with shiny epoxy, such beautiful colours and shades. The perfect backdrop for those paintings.

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House in Jämtland, Sweden

I called my mum in Finland today, she always gives me a weather report first and today it was a beautiful late winters day, -13C and plenty of snow on the ground. She is usually also able to tell me what the the weather was like on the same day last year, and the year I was born. And she will tell me what the weather is is like here in Devon, saving me from looking outside. Expat life is so much easier now with Skype, I am old enough to still find it unbelievably amazing that I can chat to my mum via Skype video call first thing in the morning while firing up the Nespresso. When I arrived in the UK aged 23 we wrote letters, she would send me Finnish interior magazines (she still does) and we would talk on the phone every week. Now she can show me how much snow they have outside and actually demonstrate the current state of the weather by waving the computer screen towards the window. I am closer to home but the distance feels so much more real, I can see the snow, I can imagine how it feels standing in the spot where the computer screen is pointing, in -13C, what sounds I would hear, what I would see exactly if I turned my head this way or that.

So despite my children running into the sea bare feet this afternoon, for me it’s still winter. My love of cabins is well known among my friends, and I found this one – not exactly a cabin in the strictest Nordic definition in that there is electricity and I hasten to guess, indoor toilets and running water, but a weekend/holiday retreat nevertheless. This wooden holiday house is in Bydalen, in Jämtland, Sweden and so so up my street: the textures everywhere – aged wood, concrete, wool, sheepskins, metal – and the beautiful snowy landscape outside those huge windows. This is where I would like to spend my winters. To be able to clip on my skis at the front door and go for a two hour trek in the woods, that would be heaven.

via Hus & Hem

House in Jämtland, Sweden

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