Color me happy!

Strong color palette, vintage finds, Alvar Aalto and Marimekko mix happily in this beautiful home in Finland. 

Photography and concept by Riikka Kantinkoski and Mirja Karjula of Roadtrip in Finland.


Fabien Barral graphic designer

Last month, a friend pointed out this website to me, saying this would definitely be something for me. I didn´t have time to look further into it but bookmarked it right away, so I could have a better look a bit later. When I did, I of course, absolutely loved it (my friend knows my tastes quite well). Apparently Fabien and I like each other, because when I was leisurely browsing through the Interior category, I came across a very nice entry about Koolandkreativ. Merci beaucoup, Fabien!
And yes, I absolutely ADORE (spoken with a French accent) everything I see coming from this very talented graphic designer, Fabien Barral. Here are some examples of his incredibly talents.

Fabien and his wife Frédérique, have made a collection of the most beautiful wall stickers, available through their webshop Harmonie-Interieure

And here are some examples of his work for different clients. More examples of his incredible talents on his website


Rock chick jewelry

Found via Slumberdesigns.


Tinna Gunnarsdottir product designer

The dramatic landscape of Iceland, itunique nature, Icelandic folklore, memories from childhood and tales of elves and fairies, these are some of product designer Tinna Gunnarsdottir´s main source of inspiration. Here are few examples of her beautiful work. 

Starkadur, an aluminium wall hook which takes its form from a whale tooth. 

The Tuesday Project is the name for Tinna´s collaboration with two other Icelandic designers, Sigridur Sigurjonsdottir and Gudrun Lilja Gunnlaugsdottir. Their aim is to make products that respect the Icelandic nature and our cultural heritage. The small, delicate silver/gold coated branch above and the small stool in Icelandic birch and cast metal below, are two examples of that collaboration. 

The Storage stool serie is inspired by visits to Tinna´s grandmother who lived in a small village on the south coast of Iceland. In her kitchen were two small stools, which, like these made by Tinna, had the secondary function of storage space. 
Samurai, a serie of rubber table cloth in the form of various bugs, the forms chosen for their beautiful silhouettes. 

The Garden Gnome, made from Icelandic lava, can either be a mobile home for the fairies, a garden protector or a simple garden gnome. 


Tara Ballantyne

Tara Ballantyne is one of those talented people I´ve been fortunate enough to get to know through my work as a stylist/journalist. Tara, who originally comes from Canada, now lives and works in Norway and in my opinion, she is absolutely one of the best stylists working in Scandinavia today. Here are some samples of her recent work but you can see much more from Tara through her website.

Tara also makes the most gorgeous necklaces which I´m definitely treating myself with one day for sure:)

Photographer Trine Thorsen