I thought it was about time I shared another beautiful home on the Nordic Notes blog, and this one is sure to give you all the bright and breezy inspiration you need on a cold day in February.
The home of interiors PR consultant Anne Tiainen-Harris, or ‘nordiclivingincolour’ if you follow her on Instagram, may be located in the UK but it reflects her Finnish heritage perfectly.
Born and raised in Savonlinna, and after time spent living in Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands, Anne, along with her British husband and two teenage daughters have found the perfect place to put down their roots.
Over to Anne to tell us more:
“We moved into our beautiful 1920s house in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside four years ago now and it was love at first sight.
As well as having a light and airy Nordic feel to it, the house is situated in the Chiltern Hills, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Luckily for us, this means we get to enjoy panoramic views of the local countryside and the surrounding ancient woodland, while still being able to easily commute into London.
Like many Nordic people, I’ve always had a strong connection with the outdoors, and I wanted our home to reflect this. Thankfully this house had already been renovated to a high standard before our arrival, so the solid wood floors and light-coloured walls provided me with the perfect blank canvas.
Since then I’ve painted quite a few walls and pasted several rolls of patterned wallpaper to create a vibrant and joyful space, which is then complimented by an abundance of natural materials and house plants in every room.
I still have several rooms to tackle, with the first-floor landing and the utility room next on my list, but I always try to get all my decorating jobs done in the winter because spring and summer are dedicated to garden projects.
My favourite room in our home has to be our open kitchen and dining space. It took me a long time to settle on the right colour scheme, but I love the feel good floral wallpaper, black larder cupboards and dark green and light grey kitchen units. I also enjoy spending time in our living room because all of my books are in there, and when the wood burning stove is lit too, it’s the perfect spot to hunker down in especially when it’s cold outside.
For me home is more of a feeling than a place, and this is why interior design is so important to me. When your home truly reflects your personality and values, whatever your style may be, it will always be a happy and healthy one.”
There’s No Place like Home
10 quick fire questions, to find out more about Anne and her home:
- Tea or coffee?
Coffee, but my day always starts with a cup of tea in bed made by my husband.
- Chocolate or cheese?
I love continental cheese, the stronger the better.
- Watching TV or listening to music?
- Reading a book or flicking through a magazine?
Reading a book.
- Bath or shower?
Bath in the absence of a Finnish sauna.
- Slippers or socks?
I can’t imagine life without my favourite Danish slippers.
- House plants or fresh flowers?
House plants and wildflowers foraged from nature.
- Candles or lamps?
- Cushions or blankets?
Blankets as I’m always cold.
- Dog or cat?
Dog. We don’t have any pets of our own, but we love looking after my mother-in-law’s Shih Tzu, Sidney.
Want to find out more?
Thanks again to Anne for sharing her beautiful family home with us.
All images courtesy of Anne Tiainen-Harris.
Enjoyed reading this post? Then head to Lisbon to virtually visit the home of Marikken Navarsete, aka @third_floor_left.