Because I speak Hungarian, sometimes I feel closer to my Hungarian heritage than my Finnish heritage. But then I spot a Marimekko print in a shop window or see bloggers go gaga over Iittala birds and I feel a rush of pride. I'm a devoted fan of Finnish design because I love pretty (and good quality) things, but also because it's in my blood. Which is why we went on a day trip to Minneapolis last week, purely so I could check out Finn Style, a store I had been aching to visit after I read about it in the July 2011 issue of Lucky magazine.
|The Lucky Mag article that led me to the store.|
It was definitely worth the drive.
Finn Style is a must-see shop for any style connoisseur (Finn or otherwise). This spacious shop boasts impressive collections of Marimekko fabrics, linens & clothing, Iittala glassware, Arabia porcelain and Kalevala jewellery. Plus, you'll find fun & funky Aarikka jewellery, coveted Iittala glass birds and, of course, delicious Panda licorice (that's a staple snack in our household). But for those shopping for something a little more unusual, this shop also sells more exclusive items, like the Vallila pillows my mom scooped up (I'll post photos soon).
Take a look at just some of the goodies sold in store and online:
Marimekko Towels (& other goodies)
|You knew I'd drool over the Alvar Aalto pieces . . .|
Kitchen Accessories, Linens & Arabia Dishware
Clothing & Accessories
|Funky Aarikka jewellery|
|Marimekko Change Purses|
The selection, and prices, were fabulous and my mom and I definitely enjoyed a little shopping indulgence, each leaving with bulging bags. I even bought the same dress featured in the Lucky article that led me to the shop (steeply discounted because it is a summer piece). Even my dad bought himself a mug and Hubby filled his pockets with licorice. I'll show you all of our Finn Style goodies later but here's a sneak peak of what I bought, in the form of a hint:
Need a better hint?
From table settings to upholstered pieces, the shop is chock full of smart and stylish ideas, which made us buzz with creativity. Check back to see what we whip up and take a peak at some of the inspiration.
|Upholstered Chair - Marimekko Unikko Poppy Upholstery Fabric|
|Upholstered Chair - Marimekko Kanteleen Kustu Upholstery Fabric|
|I really, really like this chair.|
See the Finn Style website for more info (if you can't make it to Minneapolis, you can also buy online). I'll be sharing photos of what we bought this week or next.
P.S. A quick note to new blog friends: I'm only blogging about this store because I loved it so. I haven't been perked or paid.