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