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Marimekko Cushion Covers & Nordic Design


I really want to make sure there are some Finnish vibes in our home, which is the reason I came back with two bags instead of one when I was last visiting…I went through the cupboards in my old flat where my brother and his fiancee are now living, and found some long lost Finnish design friends that I just had to take back with me. Keep reading to see what the new additions in our home are!

I knew I wanted to make cushion covers from Marimekko fabric (iconic Finnish textile brand), and I fell in love with this purple fabric – it’s from the new autumn collection and called ‘ The best of the gardener’. I think every Finn needs a little bit of Marimekko in their home =)


And here the cushion covers are in all their glory. I used the same simple sewing method as I always use, you can see a video here.


As I had some fabric left that I didn’t want to waste I made an oven mitt as well. Design a’ la Nina.


June 2014


September 2014

As you can see, our living room is less bare now than a few months back, we even got curtains!


We’ve also welcomed Matthew’s old bunk-bed ladder that his dad kindly painted for us into our home. It was Matthew’s idea, and I must admit that I really like it.


This beautiful vase can be found in many Finnish homes. The vase is designed by architect, designer, sculptor and painter, Alvar Aalto. Thank God it didn’t break in my suitcase!


The vase really calls for some fresh flowers. Matthew?


One of Swedens iconic Dala-horses came back with me from my visit to Stockholm last summer. These carved, painted wooden horses originate in Swedish province Dalarna, and can be found in pretty much every shop in the touristic Old Town in Stockholm. This is an authentic one though, bought in the Nordic Museum.


This is another iconic Finnish design product called the ‘Sun bottle’ or ‘Sun vase’ (Aurinkopullo/Aurinkovaasi) that my grandmother’s given me. I’ve got another clear one too, that is sitting on the ladder if you look closely.


I’ve always liked the style of Frida Kahlo, and think the motifs and colours of her paintings are so fascinating. This one was a 26th birthday present from my dear friend Leena and after a few years in a cupboard it’s now on my wall again.


Now we finally also got some art hanging above our bed. This is a jigsaw piece that Matthew’s dad made by covering the wood in a collage of pictures and then varnished – I think it fits really well with the modern feel of the room.


And here it is with a very subtle photo filter…(It’s too dark to take another one now.) It’s a collage of lots of different superheroes and cartoon characters.

I didn’t bring everything I wanted, so will have to do another load next time I visit…=)

x Nina x

Nina Äikäs

I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!

  • freebutfun

    Love the latter, pricken på i!

    October 11, 2014 at 6:11 pm
    • Anonymous

      Thanks, me too 🙂

      October 11, 2014 at 10:52 pm
  • Geo

    These cushions are so pretty!

    October 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Thank you, really pleased with them 🙂

      October 14, 2014 at 7:35 pm
  • Monica Aikas

    Ser så fint och genomtänkt ut. Soffkuddarna är verkligt vackra, och konstverket som Matthews pappa gjort är fantastiskt!

    October 14, 2014 at 6:47 pm
  • annika b

    Your home looks amazing! I’m proud of your 4 skills and designing skills. I really like the ladder and Matthew’s dad’s jigsaw art!

    October 15, 2014 at 1:25 pm
    • ninaaikas

      Danke schön!

      October 16, 2014 at 9:07 pm
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