How to Design Your Scandinavian Home Without Breaking the Bank


As much as I love DIY, sometimes the best project is the one that takes about 5 minutes. It just feels so good to actually finish something quickly and get almost instant gratification! And yes, you guessed it, our home is full of my on-going...

My husband loves tea. He REALLY loves it. Which means that he drinks a lot of tea during the day. The problem is that my beautiful, white kitchen surface doesn’t love tea at all.   In order to protect the kitchen surface I thought it would be a good idea to have a small tray where hubby can put his cup when making his tea. But not just a tray, but something that looks nice as well, as it will need to become a more or less permanent feature on our kitchen top.

Cottage kitchen quick make-over - Aaltonen Interiors Scandinavian Style Interior Design At my summer cottage, in the Finnish countryside, the kitchen was in its original 1970’s décor. It was dark and uninviting, with classic colours of the time (blue walls and orange cupboard doors).  The appliances and the furniture were essentially a collection of items that were going cheap or free over the years. And you know what happens when you don’t love a room: it shows. You don’t pay attention, you let clutter take over, you accept impractical design. And you love the room even less. That’s what happened to me with this kitchen – for years.

I love summer and outdoor living. The one thing I don’t like is the mosquitos and flies. I can just about bear mosquitos (they are not that interested in me, they prefer my husband), but I hate flies with passion. Luckily there is a solution that even looks good: a mosquito net.

DIY Wall Art from Cushion Covers Aaltonen Interiors Scandinavian Style Interior Design   I’ve been wanting for ages to bring some colour to our bedroom in our summer cottage in a form of wall art, but haven’t really found anything I like. The cottage was built in the 70’s and even after spending the past 9 years slowly renovating it, it still has quite a retro vibe about it. As readers of this blog will know, I love contemporary Scandinavian design, but with the summer cottage, I feel like taking some liberties and making compromises with my natural preference, and trying things that I wouldn’t do in my “full time” home.