I have some really fun news! I partnered with FinnStyle to give Dans le Lakehouse readers a chance to win a gift card! [UPDATE: giveaway is closed] But it’s always so sad to pick just one winner, so we decided to give away THREE gift cards! Three lucky readers will each win a $75 FinnStyle gift card. We’re hosting this giveaway over on Instagram, so click this link to enter (just look for a photo with these pillows!). You can also scroll to the bottom of this post for full contest details and another change to pop over to Insta. I wanted to mention it here too, to make sure no one missed out! Plus I wanted to share photos of my little update in the bunkie, courtesy of FinnStyle.
Longtime readers will know that I have been a huge fan of FinnStyle for years (you can see our collab from 2015 here). I’m half Finn, so a love of Finnish design is probably in my DNA. I’ve always had an affinity for Marimekko, Iittala, Arabia, and Kalevala (I love their jewelry so much!), but Pentik is a new-to-me brand. I spotted these Pentik Paletti pillows on the FinnStyle website and knew they would be perfect in the guesthouse bunkie. Last fall we renovated the bunkie bathroom with hex tile, black fixtures, and a muted blue/grey DIY shower curtain:
The new muted bathroom design made the bold Marimekko pillows I had in here seem dull, but this cheery pattern really pulls together the color palette, tying together the soft blue/grey from the bathroom with the warmth of the pine paneled walls and the pop of pink from my Marimekko blanket (my first FinnStyle purchase, from way back in 2012).
This year we hope to fix up the sauna in the bunkie – did you know it has a sauna? But I guess some things aren’t in the DNA because I actually don’t really enjoy a sauna. When we moved in, the sauna floor was rotten and the benches smelled, so we tore them out and roughly fixed the floor. It became storage for seasonal things but this year I’d like to empty it out, fix up the floor properly, build new benches and try to enjoy it. At the very least, I know guests will love it! Because we have more reno plans in here, I don’t have a big budget for bunkie decor. The bedding, furniture, DIY art – even the accessories! – are all the same. But throw pillows are such a fun and easy way to freshen up decor and pull a space together. These breathed new life into the room (you can see what the room looked like before, by clicking here)!
Do you like my Finnish vignette? I thought it was only fitting to rummage in my cupboards and rustle up some of my favorite Finnish pieces. The vase is vintage Neodymium art glass and signed by Tapio Wirkkala. The bowl with the cherries is also vintage Iittala. My Mummu brought some pieces home from Finland many years ago and my Mom gave them to me when I moved out. But now that Hubby and I live here, nestled between the lake and the woods, the tree silhouette is even more perfect. Even the little candle holder is Iittala – and of course there’s my Marimekko throw, a favorite splurge.
I feel like the photo below captures summer so well! You can almost feel the warm breeze, right? You know what’s funny: we’ve never slept out here! Guests have, of course, and I keep thinking Hubby and I should, as a little getaway. A vacation to the backyard is pretty much the only trip in our budget right now, haha – but it has a view of the lake, which our master bedroom doesn’t, so I actually think it would feel like quite the oasis for us.
Be sure to head over to my Instagram account today. The giveaway entry is easy! Just follow @danslelakehouse (that’s me!) and @FinnStyle on Instagram, like the post with these pillows and leave a comment (click here for the direct link). Earn an extra entry for every friend you tag in the comments (leave a new comment for each tag). And for an additional entry, sign up for FinnStyle’s newsletter here. I’ve signed up so I can know when the sales are – they have amazing sales that you won’t want to miss!
Contest will close in one week and is open to anyone over the age of 18. FinnStyle will tally the entries and reach out to the winners – GOOD LUCK!!
P.S. You can tour the rest of the bunkie bedroom right here!