You've already seen a little of the boys' new storage solution in my curtain post. We decided to go with the Ikea Stuva. We are so happy with it. There is a ton of storage and it fit really well in their room. I decided to go with a combination of white doors with a little black. (you can see my storage solution inspiration post here)
I hung the boys' vintage Metro Toronto Zoo print above the toy storage bench and left the Flensted Moomin mobile where it was originally above the change table. The print is a little bigger than the actual box so I left it pulled away slightly from the wardrobe units. If I end up liking it like that, I may consider adding a little filler in the gap. The striped throw cushion is from our patio and the western themed cushion was a gift the boys' received for their birthday. I still would like to add a little sconce/light to this spot to make a nice reading spot.
The boys love the toy storage box and it has helped keep some of the toys in their room. They also really love climbing in it. :)
I'm glad I went for a little black in the stuva units. It helps them tie in with all the black and white in the marimekko kivet curtains and Artek Moomin chair. The black also helps the boys know which wardrobe is theirs. :) Now, if I could just get that amber tone out of our red oak floors! We actually have our flooring guy making some samples of stains to see if we can go a bit lighter with our floors.
The other side of the room still has the same furniture layout, but the stripes on the wall are gone and I have plans to add some DIY projects/art to that side of the room. I also am on the lookout for some new bedding for the boys. So lots of small projects left.
The title of this post really should be: This Post is for Misutati (Aunt Misu). We have never really celebrated St. Patrick's day other than to try a few mint flavoured treats that come out this time of year. My sister, on the other hand, LOVES Ireland and will be visiting during St. Patrick's Day so I thought I would decorate for her. :)
I came up with a simple hexagon garland and geometric clovers for our chalkboard wall. I continued with the mint and hexagonish design I created for this month's calendar. The colours are two shades of grey with mint green. The light grey almost looks like a lavender colour in some of these photos, but it really is grey in real life. My mint stools worked perfectly with this colour scheme too. :)
To make my hexagon garland I simply punched out hexagon shapes with a paper punch and taped them to some baker's twine.
My abstract clovers were taped onto the chalkboard wall with washi tape and I drew a stem with a chalk marker. It can't get any easier than that!
Overall, I think it's a subtle nod to St. Patrick's Day and it's keeping with my love for modern shapes. The mint green is also a great colour to carry right into spring and you could totally leave this garland up past St. Patrick's Day if you wanted.
There were quite a few shots on my photo roll with this little photo bomber in them so I thought I'd include just one. :) I think that big geometric tea towel was temptingly within reach of his little hands!
My aunt sent me some very lovely mail this week. The latest Koto Living magazine and I was so excited to see that my little old blog from Canada got a shout out! For all my Finn relatives who haven't seen it yet you can now run out and get your copy! ;)
Koto living is a really lovely magazine with all kinds of handmade crafts, decor inspiration and recipes. It has a beautiful layout which makes it a great read. This edition also has a fun cover. I heart koti (I heart home) is just the right amount of Finglish too. :) My aunt also sent a little bit of Finnish coffee in the form of a ring on the front cover. :)
Nalle found this a most scintillating read. He is the blog's namesake and got his own shout out in the magazine too.
Here's what the little excerpt said:
"Soumalainen Anu asuu miehensa kanssa kahden lapsensa ja Nalle-koiranssa kanssa Kanadassa ja raskastaa kaikkea suomalaista ja pohjoismaista: designia, karkkeja, kirjontaa, taidetta, luistelua. Kahdekasan vuoden aikana viisi kertaa muuttanut perhe on vihdoin loytanyt unelmiensa kodin. Anun onneksi hanen miehensa osaa toteutta lahes kaikki hanen suunitelmansa ja he tekevatkin paljon yhdessa. Naperryksien lisaksi loytyy niin leivonta - ja neuloohjeita kuin kaikkea kodin sisustamiseen liittyvaa."
"Anu is a Finn living in Canada with her husband and their two children and dog, Nalle. She loves all things Finnish and Nordic: design, candies, embroidery, art, skating. In eight years her family has moved five times and have finally found their dream home. Luckily for Anu, her husband is able to carry out almost all of her plans and they work on many projects together. In addition to crafts, you will find baking, sewing tutorials as well as home decor."
Hopefully, I translated that okay. I tried google translate and they translated the "Anu is a Finn" part to "simple chatting Anu" ??? Maybe google translate was trying to tell me something?
Nalle really wasn't the most cooperative when I tried taking these photos. He was a little mad at me for not taking him to Mummu's. Most of the time he didn't feel up to reading. :) Nalle really is such a good dog. He's had his world turned upside down since the arrival of our first boy a little over three years ago now, but he continues to be the most gentle and patient dog with our boys. He's going to be eight this year and I get a little teary thinking of how few years we get to spend with our loyal friend.
Thanks so much to Koto Living for taking the time to mention my blog in your magazine. It's greatly appreciated!