How to Design Your Scandinavian Home Without Breaking the Bank


A Bad Idea to Spray Paint a Leather Chair - Aaltonen Interiors My philosophy as an interior designer is to make use of the existing furniture as much as possible. I enjoy the creative challenge of breathing life to old furniture. I also think it’s plain foolishness to dump perfectly usable furniture.

House Tour - The Grove in Cromer - Aaltonen Interiors Recently I spent a wonderful weekend in Cromer on the Norfolk coast with my family. It was the best weekend holiday I’ve had in a long time! First of all, I love the sea. I love the smell of the sea, I love the sound of the waves, I love looking at it, I love swimming in it (when the water is warm, I might add). Being by the seaside always makes me happy. Secondly, the Grove, where we stayed at (, was an amazing find (thanks hubs!)!

Plywood used to be considered as a building material rather than an interior element. Increasingly, though, designers and architects are starting to see the beauty of it and, instead of hiding it in the structures, they want to leave it visible and embrace it. It’s been used in wall paneling, cabinetry and even floorings.

Surface Design Show 2015 This year’s Surface Design Show took place in London a few days ago and I really enjoyed it so I wanted to share some of the best bits with you. Enjoy and be inspired!

Lighting is such an important part of our interiors, but so often neglected. By changing the lighting in the room you can change the atmosphere in the room completely. Although lighting design is an art in itself, there are things you can do on your own as well.

Season's Greetings 2014 - Aaltonen Interiors The start of the festive season is very near now, and I have to admit that I am very excited about it. I love this time of year: the family get-togethers, the food, the presents, the cozy feeling inside while it’s cold and dark outside - everything!   Like every year, the run-up has been absolutely frantic though. There have been cards to write, presents to buy and send... And at the same time of course, the business has been going on.