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welcome to villa roosa

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By houseofanais · May 7, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

There is this interesting concept in Finland called housing fair - where every year there is a dedicated site where private people build new homes both for single families and multi-family units. These are built in co-operation with the construction companies selling their model houses and they are then decorated by professional interior designers for the pubic to visit for a period of 4 weeks before the new owners can move in.

I am hoping to visit that fair this summer, but here's sample of what one can expect to see - Villa Roosa - a rather modern home and quite typical style for Finland. One thing to note about Finnish houses is that they normally have less bathrooms that the Us counterparts, but there is always a hot, steaming sauna, sometimes even two if the house is by the lake or sea.

Exterior

Living/dining space

The fireplaces normally store the heat and then slowly release it - a good feature in wintertime. A separate dining room is a rare feature in Finnish houses as building is expensive and houses are generally a lot smaller than in the US

Living room

Looks like this house has underfloor heating as there are no visible radiatiors. Note the machine close up in the ceiling - that is probably air heat pump that increases energy efficiency and can also provide cooling in summer time. This has been around for a few years now.

office

Note the circular cover in the ceiling - all houses are required to have air circulation system in place

bedroom

 

Even in large houses the bedroom are normally quite small

bathroom

kitchen

utility room

Very American feature - this house has built-in washer and dryer (latter is still not that common, rather you stick laundry outside, which in winter can cause some challenges...)

bathroom

This is also very rare - a bathtub. When I grew up there were bathtubs, but many were removed in the 80s as they were deemed not very water efficient compared to showers

showers

Wood panelling in ceilings in sanitary areas in also the norm

stairs

Like the stairs with wood, glass and steel

sauna

A very standard sauna really - nowadays everyone also adds mood lighting with little LEDs in the ceiling in addition to the traditional part-covered under-stairs lights (old-fashioned mood lighting)

images KariMattiAntero Puustinen/Asuntomessut

french romance in bathroom

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By houseofanais · May 7, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

French romance is in the air in this bathroom. The style certainly is more classical and the colour palette is so calming. The details are so well thought our, even the light bulbs have that artistic little tip! A beautiful freestanding bathtub and wood floors, but I might be worried that i would destroy that floor when splashing around in the shower.

This is the kind of hotel room I would seek if I was in France - in an old castle hotel or monastery surrounding by lush lavender fields. Who could not get inspired by that kind of atmosphere? C'est magnifique!

french bathroom

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nothing bundt cakes and more

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By houseofanais · May 6, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Here we are at home, this little delectable Nothing Bundt Cakes Carrot cake (great snack size I say) and 3 new magazines that just dropped in the mail! How great is that - there certainly is time for a little browse (full report next week) and coffee break outside.

Now if you wonder why Fitness has joined Dwell and AD on the table the reason is simple - $2. Who could resist such an offer- and maybe it even has such much-needed tips as "how to get fit reading magazines" or "get a six pack by gardening or speed-vacuuming your house". (hello there, great ideas for you editors if you want me to subscribe after 6 issues again as my time is limited and yoga at home never seems to make it on my list.

Anyway, If you haven't tried these cakes, it might be time to do so - and they are best enjoyed in the garden with some nice reads! I am even thinking that the upcoming twins birthday should have an "adult "cake also on offer, as Nothing Bundt Cakes makes such cute Birthday cakes too!

Birthday cakes Birthday cakes

Some cute birthday cake models

 

Nothing Bundt Cake

Nothing Bundt Cake

mmm, the carrot cake

May-June mags

...and coffee break

 

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By houseofanais · May 6, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

reading this week - the art of display

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By houseofanais · May 6, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

If you think that I am reading a lot this week I would say that it is definitely true - a great way to pass some time in sunny outdoors besides doing gardening and sports.

In addition to my lovely magazines and the Sherlock Holmes on iPod I have found some old books of mine (yes, Sherlock is one of the top 100 must read books on the BBC list and yes iPod - little screen - but I am hoping that family will get me the iPad for my upcoming birthday. iPod is my trusted friend when watching (waiting) Anaïs play tennis and swim in her weekly classes)

My spring-cleaning unearthed some old-ish books and we have been eagerly reading the Art of Display with miss Anaïs this week. Great tips even for aspiring little ones - this book has inspired Anaïs to clean and organise her room a bit more!

The book is rather basic, but offers some nice tips and a lot of nice ideas in their photos. Doesn't seem that easy to find though (Amazon is a good place to start) but I would say it's worth it!

 

The art of Display

The Art of Display

I like the idea here although this just looks a bit too store-like and symmetrical.

The Art of Display

This is made for our family as the kids will keep bringing stones, shells, sticks and pine cones home!

The Art of Display

Lovely coastal theme, if only I had tables and other display areas here at home and kids that didn't take everything down. Maybe next year...

computer says no

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By houseofanais · May 6, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Well, it's Friday and that's when I normally come across the curious stuff. I don't know how many of you are familiar with Little Britain TV series, but they have this funny sketch where the travel agents "computer says no".

The guys at Into_Now certainly have seen is, as this is the message when I tried logging in last time... LOL is all I could say!

Computer says no

delectable pink-panelled boudoir

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By houseofanais · May 6, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

This certainly looks like a special feminine space - and a very inspiring one! Looking at these boudoir details, the crown moulding and ceiling, lovely (so pink!) panelling - I am starting to think that our next house should have ladies only zone!

The only things I would change in this room are the colours of the chandelier and the bedside table - I would go got chrome rather than gold, but that's just a personal preference.

This room certainly says "Happy Friday - come and relax - read a book, listen to some music and have a glass of bubbly..."

boudoir

image Style at Home

unusual display furniture

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By houseofanais · May 5, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

This post is for you handy ones, and those lucky ones who have someone to tune up pieces for them. Display glass tables are not really a novelty, but a chair certainly is for me. And looking at these pictures it makes one think that it is not that hard really to do this - anyway the glass should be cut and polished by a professional...

I like the idea of being able to display treasures from latest family trips, or maybe photos from the past month to remind us the good times we had.

Display furniture

image Art of Display

more may magazines!

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By houseofanais · May 5, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

The mail has brought a bunch of magazines again - it is so nice to get mail that is not bills! The May issues of California Home + Design, Elle Decor and Coastal Living are here. These are the features that I really liked - and if you were planning to get one of these, I would certainly recommend this time Elle Decor.

May 2011 interior magazines

 

Elle Decor May issue was filled with great features - my favourite was this house in California Wine Country build to resemble old colonial homes, yet it had a contemporary twist. It was both quirky and cute at the same time and gave me lots of nice ideas!

Elle Decor May 2011

 

The Coastal Living May issue was a great improvement from the previous month, and there were more good feature stories too. Not surprisingly, I adored this Nantucket summer house feature - a light house filled with seashells, nice accessories and rattan furniture. All in the proper New England colour palette.

Coastal Living May 11

 

California Home + Design always has lovely local homes and this issue was no disappointment - this 1920s Mediterranean remodel was fantastic - I loved both the house and interior with its art deco styling.

California Home + Design

 

And one more winner - the ad of the month from Plantation. How cute is this bedroom corner - lovely sheets, love the fuchsia and gold pillows and the accessories, especially the gilded mirror. This ad immediately made me check their website!!

Ad of the month

 

 

malibu - just can't get enough

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By houseofanais · May 5, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

It really seems like the majority of cool modern designs really must be in Malibu - just so many of them. Here's another amazing design and located right on the beach.

The only things I am not too thrilled about are excess marble in the bathroom and the decor- it just doesn't match with the sleek style of the house!

Malibu Beach house

Malibu beach house

The house looks more modern at the front and the back somehow reminds me of New England houses, at least when lit

Malibu beach house

I find this walkway very inviting

Malibu beach house

Cool to still have a pool by the seaside

Malibu beach house

Beautidul fire ring, and clever glass wall for those cooler windy nights

Malibu beach house

The hallway is the perfect place to display are and other artefacts

Malibu beach house

Even I would be inspired to use the gym if I had these ocean views, although running in the sand would be better for both the soul and the body

Malibu beach house

This is the first no-no picture - bland carper and chairs in the bland faux-French style. So not fitting!

Malibu beach house

Obviously someone loves marble in various colours (looks like the sink is green marble). I would use no marble at all as it is refers to old-world grandeur

Malibu beach house

What is that green thing - some sort of sink? On the postiive note glass tile walls are normally a great addition!

images Zillow

inspiration from holistic staircase area

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By houseofanais · May 5, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

This modern staircase area is just stunning. Beautiful dark wood steps, matching casing for the modern statement chandelier and beautiful glass railing around it. And they ever got clever storage on the landing instead of lot of empty, unitilised space.

I would love to know who the designer of this area is and see more from him/her...

stairacse

 

image Style at Home

happy cinco de mayo preparation

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By houseofanais · May 4, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

My recent moderate crafting successes have inspired to try to make some Cinco de Mayo decorations with Anaïs, and we'll be trying to make some of these cute tissue paper decorations found at Martha Stewart.

Cinco de Mayo decor

I also found this nice-looking recipe from Kraft, so we'll see how successful we are...

Kraftrecipe

And if you have a colour printer, these cute party circles from Tomcat studio are worth printing for some extra touch in the drinks

cinco de mayo

...and in case all other attempts fail, we made a little trip to Mi Puebla and stacked up on some Mexican buns, drinks and cookies. Happy celebration!

Mexican buns

We love these colourful Mexican buns

drinks

And kids can have some coconut and mango drinks

bread

This will be my own special recipe. This bread is what I call "holiday bread", simple because growing up in Finland one could never get soft bread like this with a perfect crust - I only got it when on holiday in Spain or Germany. I'll be making some special "celebration" sandwiches too!

new england style in malibu

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By houseofanais · May 4, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

How nice would that be - a New England style new beautiful house with lovely sea views in warm Malibu.

Sounds like a dream to me. Fresh white decor, soft pastels in the kitchen, lovely pool area... The details are just fantastic - look at the ornate ceilings, those sash windows and that beautiful tones of the hardwood floors.

What a way to start a day in that beautiful terrace overlooking that turquoise sea...

New England style in Malibu

New England style in Malibu

New England style in Malibu

New England style in Malibu

New England style in Malibu

New England style in Malibu

New England style in Malibu

New England style in Malibu

New England style in Malibu

New England style in Malibu

New England style in Malibu

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decorating tips needed for john madden?

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By houseofanais · May 4, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

John Madden's 2-bed apartment in New Work's famous Dakota building is for sale for he no longer needs it following his retirement from the broadcasting world.

Now the structure of the place is quite grand and could look fabulous - but Madden's style is - shall we say a bit sparse? I guess he did not really spend time cooking or eating in...

Madden kitchen

The living room also suffers from the typical decorating disaster of "let's move all the furniture next to walls and leave the centre of the room totally empty"

Madden living room

image Zillow

The majestic Dakota building on West 72nd Street is know for its glamorous previous inhabitants such as Judy Garland and Lauren Bacall.


Dakota building

Image David Shankbone/Wikipedia

inspiring ball chair

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By houseofanais · May 4, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Eero Aarnio must be the person whose designs have given me most inspiration over time. There is the Pony, Bubble chair and of course the Ball chair to name a few.

This image is just so fresh and despite the main colours being black and white, it feels colourful and at the same time makes me think of the countryside. - Must be that stripy rug that looks like the rag rugs one normally finds in summer cottages in Finland...

Just love this look!

Aarnio ball chair

image Finnish Design Shop

flower arrangement for the family table

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By houseofanais · May 3, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

This simple setup of flowers is pretty and something the kids could do too with their daddy for the upcoming Mother's Day.

We often go to the farmer's market and buy Gerberas there, so maybe this coming Sunday the family could do a pretty table like this all by themselves!

table setup

image Richard Leo Johnson/Coastal Living

cute picture collage

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By houseofanais · May 3, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

This picture collage is really nice. Made out of combination of pictures and little vintage trinkets such as keys and watch components. Great and inexpensive way to show your collections of little cute items!

picture collage

image Love & Lace

house of anaïs - living room before and after

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By houseofanais · May 3, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Here comes another room in the House of Anaïs original house project - a 1930s country cottage that had been twice extended but not renovated for a while... Unfortunately like before, I have photos of the before, but the final after-state ones are still hidden in some dark space and therefore you need to use your imagination there what you would do with a space like this!

So here we go as a starting point - the living room when we bought the house (no, the furniture is not ours, although we inherited some of it when we moved there). As this room was an extension to the original cottage, the ceiling is lower than elsewhere in the house. What was great was that the windows were large and double-glazed at least so a lot of light (or frost) was coming in.

What was not so nice was the fake wood panelling on the walls, the worn rough blue carpet laid on concrete (read cold floor) and the lack of ceiling lighting. The old front door was turned into arch-shaped entryway from the dining room, and the old window was covered from the living room side.

The ceiling used to be rather horrid textured ceiling, so it was also removed and replastered and new lights added.

Living room

Living room

Living room before

And this is how our project progressed. Step 1 - remove the fake panelling, insulate walls and redo them. The paint colour was the typical English countryside colour - Magnolia. Note the temporary carpet that I bought on week 2 (and cut and laid it down myself too as one could tell easily when inspecting the corners!)

There are also new curtain rods and the old window to dining room has been opened - we created shelving there will LED-lights in the structure (blue and white, it gave a nice mood in the evening)

Renovation in progress

Here's a view from the other side (dining room) to the living room at the same time (dining room works started before the living room - in dining room some coving was also added as the old was fas some sort of flammable foam. As the grand piano was kept here, we installed blackout blinds here to prevent light damage).

Renovation in progress

As the heating was not working that well, a new system was put it and matching to the style Victorian 2-column radiators were chosen

New radiators going up

Almost there in this picture... coving still being painted and some electric work is not finished. The best thing in this room certainly was the views of beautiful countryside - any decent decor will be greatly enhanced with these views!

almost there stage...

Here's the room after. This is the opened up view from living room to the dining room. All light switches, sockets and lights got the brushed chrome look - a much nicer than the dirty off-white plastic that was there before.

Finished living room

Here you can see the few oak floors. They were untreated and I used linseed oil to give them natural shine and protective coating. It gives a great look and is cheap, but you need to reapply the coat more often in the beginning to keep the floor good. We also added plain wood blinds in addition to curtains and the new skirting was that nice Victorian high Torus model.

The furniture here are still those cast-offs from previous owners that we kept there during the renovations (nice coffee breaks are important when you work in the house yourself, as are breaks to watch some home improvement programs etc...)

Almost there

And the final "after" view before furnishing. We kept the old door and added some frosting to it, as it leads to office/guest room space off living room. The only thing that did not end up looking so pretty is the tv/antenna hookup - not a change for a cable connection in deep countryside.

After

courtyard inspiration

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By houseofanais · May 3, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

The daily inspiration comes today from this cute courtyard image - nice potted plants (reminds me of my attempts to shape my own topiary planters), chopped wood waiting for dinnertime fire and cooking outside in the garden when the dark starts to set down...

This courtyard just looks so cozy and inviting!

patio

image Bazar Brasil

kate spade green

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By houseofanais · May 2, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

I didn't think I would buy a green skirt until I saw this lovely Lilith skirt from Kate Spade. Amazing fresh colours! And it feels great too - a bit of 50s style does good for slimming the waistline.

And talking of more green - I had not shopped at Kate Spade until in the US, and my new sunglasses are also from Kate Spade and also hint of turquoish green with brown- I said goodbye to all old boring black Guccis and hello to happy colours of Kate Spade...

Soon I could easily hide in the garden (well, not mine but maybe in Filoli- see my previous posts) with all this green wear as the spring is blooming with all shades of green too!

Kate Spade


Striped lillith skirt

Kate Spade

New Kate Spade sunglasses- so nice!

 

future manor home for the new "royal parents" ?

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By houseofanais · May 2, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

It seems that Princess Catherine's (Kate Middleton's) parents are in the process of upping their home also. it has been reported that they are interested in the previous home of Duchess of Cornwall (aka Camilla Barker-Bowles). This lovely Grade II listed Bolehyde Manor in Wiltshire has 11 bedrooms on 70 acres is on the market for £4,75 m (or $8 M).

Pretty well for a family described as middle-class by Daily Mail! I love the external look of the house and the grounds, but the internal low ceilings are not really to my liking and a historic Grade Ii listed home has limited renovation opportunities...
Then again, if you are in the market for a 14th century manor, you are probably not looking into opportunities to modernise it that much anyway!
Bolehyde Manor, Wiltshire
Bolehyde Manor, Wiltshire
Bolehyde Manor, Wiltshire
Bolehyde Manor, Wiltshire
Bolehyde Manor, Wiltshire
Bolehyde Manor, Wiltshire
images Rightmove

 

fabulous los gatos pt. 2

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By houseofanais · May 2, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

A while back I wrote a post about the fabulous little city in California called Los Gatos. That place is worth a full day visit almost - picturesque wooden houses, nice city centre architecture, so many interior shops and other specialty boutiques, restaurants, cafes and that lovely park with the carousel and steam train for kids (not to forget the lake and playgrounds).

I though I would finally post few more photos of that lovely old-fashioned city nestled by the mountains.

Los Gatos CA

Los Gatos CA

Los Gatos CA

Los Gatos CA

Los Gatos CA

Los Gatos CA

Los Gatos CA

Los Gatos CA

Los Gatos CA

Los Gatos CA

Los Gatos CA

Los Gatos CA

Los Gatos CA

Los Gatos CA

lovely may day

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By houseofanais · May 2, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

A lovely memento from the May Day celebrations yesterday - a sunny moment before most of the guests arrived. Thank you for the lovely hosts for fun time and delicious food and drinks!

May Day

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Tagged with: May Day, Party

kittylicious room

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By houseofanais · May 2, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Our household has two Kitty fans, and they certainly would find this Hello Kitty themed room very inspirational. Certainly a room full of sweetness and happy feelings.

Happy Kittylicious Monday everyone!

Kitty inspiration

image Digsdigs

jennifer aniston's new ny penthouse

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By houseofanais · May 1, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Zillow is reporting that after a long search Jennifer Aniston has bought a penthouse in New York's fashionable West Village for $5.9 M. Surprisingly the condo has only 1 bed and 1 bathroom totaling a bit under 1500 sq ft, but apparently she has also bought another unit underneath so that she could create a duplex.

Cute place and great 18th floor views, but interior is nothing spectacular in comparison to her Beverly Hills mansion - hopefully we'll see how she will end up renovating the place...

Jennifer Aniston NY

Jennifer Aniston NY

Jennifer Aniston NY

Jennifer Aniston NY

Jennifer Aniston NY

Jennifer Aniston NY

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