Kaisa Kartela


Sain hauskan haastattelupyynnön – tai paremminkin kysymyspatteriston – virolaiselta design brändiltä Oot-Oot Studiolta. Sukelsin ajatuksiini ja kirjoittelin takaisin seuraavaa:

I got an interview request – or rather a set of questions – from Estonian design brand Oot-Oot Studio. I dove into my thoughts and here’s what I wrote:

Whose home is this? How did you find the right place?

This home belongs to me, my partner, our baby girl and a cat called Mr. Paw. My friend hinted about this house a few years ago when it was still under construction. She was living next door with her family (and still is, we have such a great community nowadays with couple of our neighbours). I hadn’t heard about this area earlier and fell in love with it when I visited the construction site for the first time.

Who are You as a person; the work, the hobbies, the personality? How Your personality shows in Your home interior?

At the moment I’m in a maternity leave from the field of trade. I’ve been dealing with different tasks in my career – from importing goods to project managing and strategy work. Before that I worked a few years as a journalist. I’m also a part-time entrepreneur as a blogger and I have created a small web store where I sell my posters.

My all hobbies relate somewhat to visual aspects: I love styling, photographing and graphic design (means: spending LOTS of time with my laptop). I create different kind of interior elements myself and enjoy sewing and knitting my baby’s clothes. And perhaps I have to add one more thing: I spent quite a lot of time with different social media apps (including my blog). Is that a hobby?

Did You designed the interior by yourself or did any interior designer helped? Where did the inspiration for designing Your home came from?

Yes, I’ve planned it all by myself – from the design of the sauna to the kitchen cabinets and other surface materials. But I already dream about new kitchen because at that time I desired a bright modern Swedish style with a hint of romantic aspects. Now I get my largest inspiration from Danish minimalism and traditional Finnish design.

What design brands have You used for furnishing and decorating Your home? Which designers work do You enjoy? Which design brands do You admire?

I really enjoy my table from Hakola which is designed by a talented Anna-Leena Hämäläinen and made by hand in Finland. It makes the atmosphere of the whole living room so cosy. Besides that, we have a lamp from Artek, a cabinet from BoConcept, a pillow from Ferm Living, a small tray from Hay, art prints from Paper Collective and dishes from Iittala, Arabia, Marimekko and Muuto. I mix these with my flea market finds, hand made decor and some other inexpensive furniture ie. from Ikea and Ellos.

I admire the work of young and talented designers and their rising small brands. I have made several super fine findings from different design markets. Those are the places where I get really excited.

I saw that Your home is influenced of different DIY project. Which is Your favorite DIY piece?

It must be the wooden fairy light kind of a installation in our living room that I made out of construction waste. I also like the aztec wall hanging in our bedroom.

Which is the most valuable memory that comes to Your mind with Your home?

Definitely the time after my baby girl’s birth. The first morning at home, the highly emotional name party or the day my partner proposed to me. And of course the fun evenings with our friends and neighbours.

Which is Your favorite place at Your home? Why?

Two answers. First thing that popped up in my mind was the living room table because usually the best moments shared with family and friends happens around it. The second thought was my crafts room where I can let my bohemian spirit free without thinking about the mess I create.

Which 5 words (or word-pairs) would You use, to describe Your home?

1) Modern, 2) but cosy, 3) clearly Scandinavian, 4) full of graphic patterns and 5) love. Sorry to be so syrupy but cannot help it. Greetings from my baby-bubble.


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