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Inspired By Weekday Carnival

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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)

Posted by decor8 in blogs on December 14, 2012

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  1. iHanna commented
    December 14th, 2012 at 1:23pm

    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!
    iHanna´s last blog post ..Just some Painted Index Cards

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  2. Shelley@EasyHomeConcepts commented
    December 14th, 2012 at 3:12pm

    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.

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  3. Die Landfrau commented
    December 14th, 2012 at 6:02pm

    I like this meow-picture. Very nice!

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  4. Rebecca commented
    December 14th, 2012 at 7:58pm

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

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  5. melinda ke commented
    December 14th, 2012 at 9:30pm

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

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  6. Ingrid commented
    December 14th, 2012 at 11:17pm

    I LOVE Weekday Carnival! Wonderful to see all these lovely photos collected in one batch. Pure inspiration! Thank you:)
    Love Ingrid
    Ingrid´s last blog post ..Box it.

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  7. FabricSeen commented
    December 14th, 2012 at 11:47pm

    Riikka Kantinkoski manages to keep this space minimal while avoiding a stark, empty energy. Her space is a contemporary wonderland.
    FabricSeen´s last blog post ..Featured Fabrics: Winter Warm Up

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  8. Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating commented
    December 15th, 2012 at 3:27am

    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!
    Hollie @ I’m Busy Procrastinating´s last blog post ..Crushing on baker’s twine

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  9. Marjory commented
    December 15th, 2012 at 6:17am

    “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.
    Marjory´s last blog post ..Ten ideas to create a space your [inner] child loves

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  10. Ria commented
    December 15th, 2012 at 7:23pm

    I just lóve her style!! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Jordan commented
    December 16th, 2012 at 11:20pm

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

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  12. Shaleesa Mize commented
    December 17th, 2012 at 3:37am

    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!
    Shaleesa Mize´s last blog post ..Since Last Sunday

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  13. Design Pataki commented
    December 17th, 2012 at 8:51am

    I so want the white twisted floor lamp! SO Unique! Where can one buy this from? Incredibly fresh looking spaces!
    Design Pataki´s last blog post ..Art Basel Miami – The Highlights!

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  14. Emily Henson/Life Unstyled commented
    December 17th, 2012 at 11:35am

    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.
    Emily Henson/Life Unstyled´s last blog post ..Many Uses For A Pretty Dress

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  15. Judith commented
    December 17th, 2012 at 12:03pm

    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…
    Judith´s last blog post ..A ridiculous bike trip

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  16. Henrys commented
    December 18th, 2012 at 9:29am

    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.

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  17. Pilar commented
    December 23rd, 2012 at 4:21pm

    I love it all! :)

    xo,
    pili.
    Pilar´s last blog post ..Christmas in Zaragoza

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  18. Natik Painting commented
    January 9th, 2013 at 8:34pm

    I love the geometric patterned wall paired with the geometric patterned rug! Simple accents like those jazz up an otherwise boring room so easily!
    Natik Painting´s last blog post ..Decorative Paintings and Faux Finishes

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  19. Kaitlin commented
    February 9th, 2013 at 3:56am

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

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