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Weekday Carnival Blog

December 14, 2012

Are you familiar with Weekday Carnival, a Finnish blog authored by Riikka Kantinkoski, a talented photographer, designer and mother? She has an amazing knack for decorating her home in fact, I blogged about her over a year ago here but since she’s done so much decorating over the past 14 months I have to share some updates from her gorgeous abode today.

Weekday Carnival Blog

I just love seeing how she lives, I find her color palette (pastels with a shot of black) so mesmerizing and I love how tidy she appears. It’s something to aspire to, for sure!

Weekday Carnival Blog

Riikka has a real eye for color and form but also a great ability to edit. Editing is the hardest job of any decorator – knowing when ENOUGH is truly ENOUGH. I think it’s the toughest for any creative actually – knowing when to quit.

Weekday Carnival Blog

I see examples of poor editing all around me when I travel often in shops because they tend to overload the counters and shelves with product – items exploding all around – and shop owners wonder why no one buys anything and customers treats the store as a museum. That’s most likely why. The Conran Shop in London does a terrific job stocking their shelves. They have a few of each item and that’s it. Same with Anthropologie – there is A LOT of product but often they don’t have 500 of the same thing. I walk into stores that often DO have 100 of the same cup on a shelf and I think WHY? This makes me feel like I have all the time in the world to buy that cup, I can come back for it in a month because they have plenty of them in stock! If they do (and some stores are more loaded than others) I often feel overwhelmed and leave empty-handed. Too many choices (think: Pinterest!) often leaves us stressed and worried that we won’t make the right choice. With limitations, we have room to think and consider and decide. Space also allows for us to be creative.

Weekday Carnival Blog

Weekday Carnival Blog

Weekday Carnival Blog

Having the eye of an editor can help a shopowner as much as it can a homeowner. Knowing when to pause and say, “You know, this wall has ENOUGH art on it” or “This sofa has ENOUGH throw pillows” is a great skill. It also allows objects in your home to breath and stand out more – you can highlight your precious possessions this way as Riikka has in her Finnish home. Riikka’s stunning home doesn’t feel overwhelming, overloaded or crammed with stuff. It feels like there is movement and flow – so it’s impossible for your decorating waters to stagnant with such movement. When a room is packed wall-to-wall it can quickly feel dated because there is no movement. You literally cannot move anything else into the space and you can barely fit in it yourself! This makes me think of shops that are so packed that you can barely move around. Stores like that make me want to leave as quickly as I’ve entered!

Weekday Carnival Blog

Weekday Carnival Blog

Weekday Carnival Blog

Weekday Carnival Blog

Weekday Carnival Blog

Please visit Weekday Carnival for inspiration, decorating ideas and loads of beautiful photos taken by mostly Riikka herself. Let the pages of her blog whisk you away but also inspire you to try a fresh approach to your own home. Maybe for 2013 we can “slim down” our spaces a wee bit so there is more movement in them, more flow, more space to breath so the creativity can flow? Hmmm. Something to consider for our resolution list, isn’t it?

(images: Riikka Kantinkoski)

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19 Comments

  • Reply iHanna December 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    There are so many beautiful rooms in the world, seeing this inspire me to clean up my creative mess a bit! Plus, I’ve ordered your book Holly and hope it gets here before Christmas!

  • Reply Shelley@EasyHomeConcepts December 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I love the wall clock and the floating shelf hanging against the white wall. Was that an Indian-looking tent standing next to the kid’s bed? The things I see in the photos look quite cozy and comfortable.

  • Reply Die Landfrau December 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I like this meow-picture. Very nice!

  • Reply Rebecca December 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Beautiful! Anyone know where I could get that amazing upside down cat “Meow” print? I’ve been searching for that forever!

  • Reply melinda ke December 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I LOVE the meow print, does anyone know where I can find one?

  • Reply Ingrid December 14, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I LOVE Weekday Carnival! Wonderful to see all these lovely photos collected in one batch. Pure inspiration! Thank you:)
    Love Ingrid

  • Reply FabricSeen December 14, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Riikka Kantinkoski manages to keep this space minimal while avoiding a stark, empty energy. Her space is a contemporary wonderland.

  • Reply Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating December 15, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Glad to read your comments about thoughtful editing. I am not a minimalist, but I do like a well-edited home, filled only with decor that I love!

    I’m loving Riikka’s geometric wall, and especially the Meow print, which I’ve learned was limited edition and is sold out. :(

    Thanks for sharing her style!

  • Reply Marjory December 15, 2012 at 6:17 am

    “Space also allows for us to be creative.” Absolutely!

    I love her refreshing, spacious, and light filled spaces of her home. Bursts of color and geometry here and there. On the minimalistic side, yet so expressive. Great energy.

  • Reply Ria December 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I just lóve her style!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Jordan December 16, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Holly, you’ve definitely given me some food for thought.

  • Reply Shaleesa Mize December 17, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Thank you so much for the beautiful and inspiring photos! I am working on cleaning out my little apartment over my winter break. I, too, feel like my stuff is starting to feel cramped!

  • Reply Design Pataki December 17, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I so want the white twisted floor lamp! SO Unique! Where can one buy this from? Incredibly fresh looking spaces!

  • Reply Emily Henson/Life Unstyled December 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

    This is beautiful! I struggle all the time with too much clutter. I long for a clean, well-edited space like this, but as a stylist I’m a bit of a prop collector. I often go on a rampage and put everything away in cupboards, but sure enough it creeps back out again.

    I particularly love the white cupboards in the child’s room. A great way to hide the inevitable kid clutter.

  • Reply Judith December 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I love Weekday Carnival! Riikka does such an amazing job styling & photographing her home. And so true about the editing. It’s something I’m trying to learn for myself & our home too…

  • Reply Henrys December 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Hmmm. Well for me this”home” looks like one big photoshoot: the ever so lovely blankets artfully hoovering in chairs. It all seems very nice, but also very calculated. It`s like all surface with very little soul. But I totally agree with Holly`s point of getting rid of clutter next year.

  • Reply Pilar December 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I love it all! :)

    xo,
    pili.

  • Reply Natik Painting January 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I love the geometric patterned wall paired with the geometric patterned rug! Simple accents like those jazz up an otherwise boring room so easily!

  • Reply Kaitlin February 9, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Wow! She has some really beautiful photos, and such great design! I love her use of pops of color.

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