IS­LAND CHARM

This charm­ing lit­tle white house by the sea is a place of cre­ative in­spi­ra­tion and vin­tage de­sign.

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Tone's charm­ing sea­side home in a Nor­we­gian is­land is a Spring de­light.

This charm­ing home be­longs to Nor­we­gian de­signer Tone Fin­nanger, cre­ator of Tilda. The lit­tle white wooden cabin above the sea is lo­cated on the rocks of an idyl­lic is­land in the South of Nor­way. The is­land is windy in the win­ter but in the sum­mer it be­comes lively with vis­i­tors. If you read our Is­sue 10, you would have seen the house at Christ­mas and you will ap­pre­ci­ate how dif­fer­ent it looks. In the Spring the sur­round­ing na­ture be­comes part of the house, and the many can­dles are re­placed with flow­ers that adorn ev­ery room of the house in im­pro­vised vases. The house is di­vided into an old part and a more mod­ern part. Tone lives with her hus­band in the old part and the newer part houses her stu­dio. For Tone, her home is al­ways a work in progress and she likes to change the decor ac­cord­ing to the sea­sons. In the warmer months, the light floods in from the many win­dows. Won­der­ful views of the sea and the pass­ing boats can be

en­joyed from al­most ev­ery room of the house, in­clud­ing Tone's stu­dio, from where she cre­ates her whim­si­cal de­signs whilst she lis­tens to the birds. Tone cred­its the calm and the nat­u­ral beauty of the is­land for her cre­ative suc­cess. For the last 20 years, she has been com­ing up with new char­ac­ters and de­signs that are loved by crafters around the world. This Spring she has launched the 'Bum­ble­bee' col­lec­tion, in­spired by the new sea­son with its flow­ers and bum­ble­bees. One of Tone's pas­sions, apart from craft, is homes and in­te­ri­ors. Her taste for vin­tage and an­tiques is present through­out the house with many pieces be­ing fam­ily heir­looms or pieces bought at flea mar­kets and an­tique shops over the years. White and a soft pal­ette of pas­tel shades of green and blue are the pre­dom­i­nant colours and pretty flo­ral pat­terns are every­where in fab­rics, pa­per and pot­tery. The vin­tage de­signs on old quilts and cush­ions

as well as up­hol­stered so­fas and chairs are beau­ti­fully faded. Tone's col­lec­tion of Dan­ish porce­lain from Royal Copenhagen is a fam­ily heir­loom. It be­longed to her Dan­ish grand­mother, a tex­tile artist who has been a piv­otal and in­spi­ra­tional fig­ure in Tone's life. What makes Tone's brand so per­sonal is that a lot of what she cre­ates is in­spired by her mem­o­ries and feel­ings for the im­por­tant peo­ple in her life and the things she loves. Tone's dec­o­rat­ing style is, like her brand, ro­man­tic and fem­i­nine. She tends to mix her an­tique fur­ni­ture with vin­tage finds but she also likes to dis­play cre­ations from lo­cal artists, many of whom live in the same is­land and are friends. In fact, the is­land is a cre­ative hub of painters, sculp­tors, ar­chi­tects, pot­ters and own­ers of art gal­leries who for gen­er­a­tions have flocked to the area. There is plenty of art and ar­ti­sanal items to choose from.

“One of Tone's pre­cious items is the lamp above the kitchen ta­ble that was de­signed and made by a friend. ”

Some of the pot­tery in the house was made by a neigh­bour and friend, Anne Bjorn­stad. One of Tone's most pre­cious items is the lamp above the kitchen ta­ble that was de­signed and made by her friend Chris­tine Ton­nesen. In spring and sum­mer, life moves out­doors and gath­er­ings take place on the ter­race where there is plenty of space to sit and eat a meal or to gather for cof­fee and cake. On the rocky garden, you can find lovely spots to read and re­lax in the sun con­tem­plat­ing the sea be­low. This is a truly charm­ing re­treat in which to live, dream and cre­ate.

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