Corners of Home: Finland

September 17, 2012

I have a colorful and fun home to share with you today from Jutta Rikola who is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and blogger living in Oulu, Finland. Jutta recently had a baby boy and has been homebound for the past year to care for him but is now getting back to work part-time, you can see her portfolio here and check out her blog, Kootut Murut, to see what her style is like.

Corners of Home: Finland

Raised in Oulu where she has been most of her life, Jutta has also been in the US and England for brief stints including a year in London which she said definitely influenced her taste in interior design and adds, “I love old English architecture and the way they use color.” Inspired by blogs and magazines, books, friends’ homes, thrift stores, and her own home, Jutta says that, “There is inspiration everywhere and I find it hard to concentrate on just one thing. Especially with the baby, time has become a very limited resource, so I’ve been practicing toning it down.” I can relate to her comment, as I’m sure most of you can to because you really must scale back from time to time or else you can feel a bit overwhelmed by all that is out there. As I looked at her home, I thought it would lend a more personal note to this post if I asked her a few questions about her decorating ideas and style, so here is what Jutta had to say to each of my questions below. I wonder how many of her answers you can relate to?

Corners of Home: Finland

decor8: Where do you begin first when decorating or redecorating a room?
Jutta: With the space itself. What are its benefits and limitations? What will it be used for? Also, because I love to use colors and ornate patterns, taking the surrounding rooms into considerations is important. I make sure whatever I’m planning to use matches the surrounding spaces too so there will be a nice flow.

Corners of Home: Finland

decor8: What do you love the most about your home?
Jutta: The original features. Wooden floors, 50’s door handles, bumpy walls. Out latest renovation project kitchen, because it was such a struggle to get it done. We wanted to use traditional methods and recycled materials as much as possible. It was hard work, but the outcome is better than I even dared to hope for.

Corners of Home: Finland

decor8: What do you want to change about your space?
Jutta: I wish there was more of it! I’d love to have a proper place to work. In 10 years time my dream is we’ve built a garage with an artist’s studio, with light flooding in from huge north-facing windows.

Corners of Home: Finland

decor8: Tell us about the inspiration behind your current decorating scheme…
Jutta: I think it was Yvonne from Yvestown who said her house tells her what to do. I feel the same. I listen to the house and it tells me what works for it and what doesn’t. I think that it’s important to respect the history of the house. Built in the 1940’s and 1950’s when they were rebuilding the country after war, these houses used to be modest. So no matter how much I’d like myself some decorative bling bling, I have to keep in line with the house’s character. But of course a little kitsch is always welcome. Other than that it’s a compromise between my and my husband’s taste. Not too sweet, not too industrial.

Corners of Home: Finland
Corners of Home: Finland

decor8: What do you think makes a house a home?
Jutta: Tough one. I’ve lived years in houses that never felt like home and only months in one that immediately did. It’s just a feeling that you get. When we were house-hunting for this house for example, I knew this was our home the moment we stepped in and saw the porch. Now that I think about it, what’s in common with all the places that right away felt like home is that they were all built in the 40’s or 50’s. Maybe that’s where my inner home is. Ha ha if that makes any sense. After years of renovating though our house is becoming more and more us. It’s transforming into the vision I had in the beginning.

Corners of Home: Finland
Corners of Home: Finland

What a fun peek into your home Jutta, thank you for visiting us today on decor8 and sharing your ideas and advice with all of us!

(images: jutta rikola)


  • Reply Jo Seaquist September 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    What I love about Jutta’s home is that it feels like the family has just stepped out of the room for the photos to be taken, whereas so many designed interiors are gorgeous and clever but just don’t feel real–like messes and squabbles and sillyness could happen there.

    I love the way she combines vintage with new, kitsch with clean, airy space.

  • Reply anna k. September 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Lovely home!!

    And by the way – I just adore the new design of decor8! Where have I been latley?! :)

  • Reply Trish September 17, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Oh so very happy to see Jutta’s home here on Decor8. I have been struck with Jutta’s sense of style for a while now over on Flickr, and have loved to watch the transformations she has made. Her home is clean lined and cozy all at once…which to me is the ultimate goal in any decorating scheme.
    Well done Jutta!

  • Reply Igor September 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Love the mix of vintage pieced and the lived in vibe! I adore the tiled splashback!

  • Reply Mervi (tasselflower) September 18, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Very happy for Jutta! Her style is great and she’s a nice person too. I love the way she combines different styles and isn’t afraid to use colors. Jutta is an excellent artist too. Detailed and beautiful work.

  • Reply Diana September 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Hi! The lighting fixture on the first picture – the one that’s half a mirror ball – is that diy or could it be purchased?

    Thank you,


  • Reply Julie September 18, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Gorgeous home – I love the mix of white with pops of colour, and the mix of old and new. Just looks effortless (which it probably isn’t!)

  • Reply Tiina September 24, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you for a post on a Finnish designer! My mother is from Finland, and I have always had a love of simple Scandinavian design. It was wonderful to peek inside Jutta’s beautiful home. She’s demonstrated a great way to combine style with a livable space. Just lovely!

  • Reply Cathy D November 28, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    What is that beautiful light fixture hanging over the kitchen table?! What a gorgeous glow…anyone know where to find something similar???

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