Currently: December


Oh hello, long time, huh?

I know, I said I’d be back in a couple of weeks, and now it’s been… well, a bit longer than that. What can I say? Moving is hell, but I’m sure you know that.

Besides, I’ve been living in joggers (i.e. what I’m wearing here) for the past few weeks. Perhaps longer. Forever, or at least that’s how it feels like.

Then again, there’s not much incentive to get dressed up just to continue unpacking all the junk I don’t even remember buying and desperately just want to get rid of…

Yes, I’m decluttering again… Of course it would make more sense to declutter before moving house. Which is exactly what I did. Or I thought I did. Seriously, the local recycling centre is very well stocked now, thanks to my almost daily visits… Yet, I still seem to have way more stuff than I need. Or want.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks (besides working, that is): trying to decide where to store all the stuff I may or may not need or want. And given that we moved into a bigger flat, it seems like an odd problem to have.

However, while we gained an extra room (a.k.a ‘the study‘, at the moment reserved for Zoom calls and working from home), we didn’t really gain more closet space. If anything, we have less closet space. Which is OK, or will be, in the long run, as my goal is to declutter and have less stuff. In the meantime, I just have a mini nervous breakdown every time I open another cardboard box …


But let’s talk about something positive. I really like this area: I’ve always wanted to live by the sea. And I’ve always wanted to live in southern Helsinki. Some dreams do come true, it seems.

No, we don’t have a sea view, but as this is an island, the sea is close enough. And there are enough parks nearby for Professor M to feel at home, too. Unlike me, he actually enjoyed living in the suburbs, and he used to drag me along for endless walks in the ‘countryside’ (he’s German: in his eyes, Finnish suburbia is practically rural).

But what does the new flat look like? I know you’re curious, but there’s still some decorating to be done (and too many cardboard boxes to unpack). And of course I will post some pictures, in due course.  But for now, I’ll just leave you with this little teaser, to give you an idea of the ‘new look‘:

new decor

Do you change the decor when you move?
Or do you try to recreate the old familiar ‘look’ in the new flat?


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  1. Flora
    15 December 2020 / 12:19 pm

    I hope you’ll enjoy living in your new flat. Living near water is a must for us it’s so relaxing to walk by a river or the sea. We don’t change our decor much as we have had a lot of our furniture for many years and there are some colours we always return to just like our clothes, regardless of fashion. Love your lamp.

    • Tiina L
      18 December 2020 / 6:22 pm

      Oh, I’m sure I’ll like it here.
      I love the sea, too, especially in summer. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to live near the sea., so this is perfect.

  2. mireilleftm
    15 December 2020 / 3:22 pm

    Oh, a great teaser! That is an awesome lamp! I remember really liking your decorating style in your other appartment so I can’t wait to see more! Hope the boxes get unpacked without too much mental pain =)

    • Tiina L
      18 December 2020 / 6:26 pm

      Thanks! Yes, It’s quite a stunner. But decorating is so frustrating, I don’t actually enjoy it very much. I just want to get everything done, as soon as possible.

  3. q
    15 December 2020 / 6:14 pm

    Hey, if you moved in only weeks ago and have only few boxes not undone, that is superb. We moved in five years ago and still have some boxes around unpacked. Anyways I hope the new flat of yours is great, at least the surroundings seem to be nice. -q

    • Tiina L
      18 December 2020 / 6:31 pm

      Oh, I love this area! I’m just tired of the clutter; I’ve been living with dozens of cardboard boxes all over the place for months now (I started packing in October), and it’s starting to get on my nerves.

  4. 17 December 2020 / 7:17 pm

    Congratulations on your new move! I know when weve moved I wish I could just click my heels and have everything magically appear in the new place. Love the taste of your new decor, the bit we can see 🙂 What a pretty area and yur puffer coat looks just right for the area!
    Happy Holdays and thanks for Linking!
    jess xx

    • Tiina L
      18 December 2020 / 6:36 pm

      Thanks! And yes, that’s how I feel: I just want everything to ‘be ready’, right now. Or some fairy godmother or decorating genie to sort out everything while I sleep…

  5. shelbeeontheedge1
    20 December 2020 / 9:30 pm

    Hi Tiina, so nice to see you back! It looks like a beautiful place to live right near the sea. And I admire your diligence in decluttering. I am not so good at those things! I look forward to seeing more photos of the new flat once you are completely settled in! Thanks for linking with me!


    • Tiina L
      21 December 2020 / 1:20 pm

      Thanks! Yes, it’s a great place, and I love living so close to the sea.

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