The horseshoe and animal figures painted gold were a gift from Tofu & Talli, the text from Rita.
"Introduce it to your friends. Don't keep your wonderful (or on-the-way-to-wonderful) home under wraps. Sharing it with friends, neighbors, and family can inspire you to keep it cleaner, make improvements more often, and simply enjoy it more." – Apartment Therapy. Complete + Happy Home (Potter Style 2015)
See the globe? It used to sit on my mom's desk when she was a teenager. – My home is a collection of found or received things, and the vintage Ikea sofa is one of the few bought objects!
Expecting holiday guests...
Photos ⎮ kuvat: Katja K. (The entryway chair in the small image is a flea market find, the cushion from Tallinn's Telliskivi.)
ENG I've been so grateful to spend some time at home these holidays, curled up on the sofa, reading books, after having spread my grandparents' old oriental carpet on the floor for warmth. – Which ones of the below "8 ways to love your home so it loves you back", by Apartment Therapy, have you done these holidays? I've done them all, lucky me...
"1 Treat it right. If you see something that needs attention around the house – a leaky dishwasher, a loose piece of trim – take care of it ASAP. Letting things go in the short term almost always exacerbates the original issue, costing you more money and time in the long run.
2 Buy it flowers. Picking up an inexpensive bunch of flowers (or cutting some from the yard) on a regular basis is a staple of Apartment Therapy's January Cure, our annual guide to starting your year off right. It's a small thing that goes a long way. Colorful blooms can serve as a visual reminder throughout the week that your home – and you! – are worth treating well.
3 Eat delicious meals together. Whether solo, with family, or for guests, cooking at home is always worth it. Each time you prepare a meal, the benefits increase: your cooking skills sharpen; your kitchen gets more streamlined, because you refine its organization as you use it; and, of course, you get to eat really good home-cooked food.
4 Serenade it. Turn up music and belt out a few favorites the next time you're in chores mode; it's way more fun. You can even use the music as a motivator; challenge yourself to finish washing the kitchen floor before the next song starts. You'll clean more energetically and end up happier.
5 Appreciate its uniqueness. No home is perfect. It's the quirks that give it character and charm. Taking time to turn a challenging spot (a dark entryway, a supersmall bedroom) into an eye-catching design moment is one of the more satisfying projects you can take on – and doing so will make you love your space even more.
6 Don't crowd it. Be diligent in letting go of the things that you don't need. Your home should be more than a place to store your stuff. Leaving some room to grow is essential to being comfortable in your place, long-term.
7 Don't skimp on the time spent together. It's easy to prioritize the time you spend outside your home: working, socializing, exercising. But carving out time on a regular basis to spend an evening in – cooking a meal, taking a long bath – creates a necessary home-life balance. Plus, you'll hit the ground running the next day.
8 Introduce it to your friends. Don't keep your wonderful (or on-the-way-to-wonderful) home under wraps. Sharing it with friends, neighbors, and family can inspire you to keep it cleaner, make improvements more often, and simply enjoy it more." – Apartment Therapy. Complete + Happy Home (Potter Style 2015)
Books on happy homes – guess which one I found under the Christmas tree?
If you're into Apartment Therapy: Apartment Therapy. Complete + Happy Home (Potter Style, 2015), if you're into DIY on a budget: A Beautiful Mess. Happy Handmade Home (Potter Style, 2014) – I've already mentioned it here – , and if you're into the Finnish style: Cozy Publishing's Happy Homes series – I've already mentioned Happy Homes. Hideaways (2017) here!
FIN Olen ollut kiitollinen voidessani viettää aikaa myös kotona lomien aikana, käpertyä sohvalle ja lukea kirjoja, levitettyäni isovanhempieni vanhan itämaisen maton lattialle lämpöä tuomaan. – Mitkä yllä luetelluista, Apartment Therapyn kirjasta löytämistäni "kahdeksasta tavasta rakastaa kotiasi niin se rakastaa sinua" sinä olet tehnyt lomallasi? Minä olen onnekseni ehtinyt tekemään kaikki...
Love (my recycled home), Katja K.