1st March 2014

A couple of these images have been doing the rounds on Tumblr – I’ve reblogged them myself on my other photo blog – but when I spotted the whole interior featured in Residence it felt very worthy of a share.


This 1920s apartment is located in Helsinki and is the home of interior architect and designer Joanna Laajisto and her photographer husband Mikko Ryhänen along with their two young children. The interior combines classic pieces of furniture and lighting with the light-drenched and restrained aesthetic that feels instantly recognizable as Scandi-style.

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I must admit, I’ve been wondering about introducing grey-toned walls into my own all-white interior (see this post on The Property Files to appreciate why) but considering this apartment and the quality of the light here inspires me to stick with white walls for a little longer. After all the mood is so serene, yet uplifting.


And there are lovely details, including the marble worktop and backsplash that add a touch of luxury alongside the ultra-minimal kitchen cabinetry, or the rug – which looks like a Berber Beni Ourain design – that adds a graphic yet subtle splash of pattern to the understated palette.


Photos by Mikko Ryhänen; see the Residence feature here.