February 2, 2012

Behind the scenes with Paulina Arcklin
{And a brand new website to inspire you}


Some time ago I came in touch with Finnish decorating editor and stylist Paulina Arcklin. Her former Helsinki home was shown in the same issue of Dutch interior magazine as my home was in so it almost seemed as if we already knew each other a little. And after some mails we found out we do not even live that far from each other ... So the other week we met at her Amsterdam Expat home and Paulina gave me a little home tour. 


I have fallen completely in love with the home where she and photographer Tim, who is responsible for most of the beautiful pictures at their site, live. What I love most is how she decorated their apartment. We totally agreed about the fact that you do not need a big amount of things or money to have a beautiful home. What you need is lots of inspiration and clever ideas.


Paulina and Tim kindly share their ideas on the brand new website they just launched and I am absolutely sure you are gonna love it and won't reveal to much of it on here so you will have lots to read and look at...I'd love you to get to know Paulina a little better by some questions I asked here for this blogpost, as I am sure we are going to hear lots more from her in the future! 


Your Helsinki apartment was recently publiced  in VT Wonen magazine... and now you are living in Amsterdam.. How do you like the city and do you have a favorite place to go already?  
Yes, my former Helsinki home story was in Vtwonen January 2012 issue. I love this city! Really! I really like the lifestyle of Amsterdam and the people who live here.... Everybody is enjoying their life and you can see this also in their homes. Dutch people have such an inspiring and relaxing taste of decorating.

I have many favourite places to visit...interior shops of course! I like to visit them very often and check whats new. I also like places like Roast, Cafe Brecht...and I love Vondelpark and Amstelpark! But I know that I have not seen everything yet, so there might be other places also that Ilike ;)  And beause I love photographing myself too, there are so many places to go photographing! 



Is there anything you miss from Helsinki and your old apartment in Helsinki?   
No. I don't miss anything from Helsinki or my old apartment. And maybe because I love all the new things in my 'new' life. I wanted to change my life and it happened! And if I want, I can always go to visit Helsinki ;) My Helsinki home was a rental home, so the only important things were my stuff. It was very emotional to sell a huge part of it. But now when I think of them, I like more my new stuff then the old ones.

What do you think about the look/layout of the houses in Amsterdam? 

I love the old Amsterdam houses. Each one of them has such a personality and unique floorplans. It's amazing. In fact, normally I would like to stay and live in one home as long as possible, but here I have become so curious, that I would like to live in a few different kind of houses. Also in Houseboat, about what I first thought "that! never ever" :D



Is your Dutch apartment gonna look very different from the clean Scandinavian look you created in your Helsinki home?  Is there anything you are gonna do different and why?

Yeah, our Amsterdam home is very different as my former Helsinki home. And this "our" home. I found a very special man that came to my life here.  He is photographer and we just started working together.

Those few furniture what I take with me from Helsinki, looks so different in here and it's only good. I like a much more relaxed and soft style now. I like to mix and the industrial style is definately a new part of me too.



Would you be working as a stylist in Holland or do you have other plans? 
I'm an interior stylist and editor (journalist). When we are going to take photos for a Home Story. I style the homes for the pictures, but I like to use the owners own items and things. And I also style our decorating story photos.  



Thank you Paulina... on to many more inspirational meetings....  

NOW Get Inspired .... www.Paulinaarcklin.nl


pictures copyright by Tim Collins / Paulina arcklin.nl

19 comments:

Tibs said...

Yes, I've seen her former white and small Helsinki home in a Finnish interior magazine some time ago.

She has a great ability to create stylish and functional yet cosy white interiors.

Greetings from
Tibs

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Ooooo Desirée,
I love Paulina and Tim's home and it's so refreshing to see a beautiful home that is within most people's budget. It can be quite annoying when we see beautiful homes in magazines and we know that we won't be able to buy most of the things in it !!!! Some of the kitchens I see in magazines are bigger than my house and my house isn't that small !!!!
I shall be going over to their website to get some affordable yet beautiful ideas !! XXXX

Berså said...

Love the pictures !

Rozmeen said...

Wat een super gave fotos en die sfeer!! Ik ga snel op haar site kijken.

Liefs,
Rozmeen

Jill said...

Wonderful story and beautiful pictures. I'm going to Amsterdam in a couple of months, so always like to hear recommendations.
- Jill

Judith said...

Deze post is een half tijdschrift op zich:-)

Ik laat niet altijd een reactie achter, maar ik vind het wel altijd fijn om van je mooie plaatjes te genieten!

Fijne avond, groetjes Judith

Igor Josifovic said...

Thanks for the introduction to Paulina Arcklin. Off to check her website now!

Iro {Ivy style33} said...

Thank you Desire, this is a diamond of an introduction. So much I love about it all.
The story, the love story in fact, the previous home... the new one... how they work together.

Many hugs from the little uncertain my, whose silent, mighty roar is starting to reach my soul and ears again. I shall make it my dear friend. Here & now,

Much love + happy February, xoxox

Iro {Ivy style33} said...

Thank you Desire, this is a diamond of an introduction. So much I love about it all.
The story, the love story in fact, the previous home... the new one... how they work together.

Many hugs from the little uncertain my, whose silent, mighty roar is starting to reach my soul and ears again. I shall make it my dear friend. Here & now,

Much love + happy February, xoxox

Anonymous said...

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Nicole said...

Ziet er prachtig uit, Dees!
Echt een droom appartement!
Fijn weekend!
Nicole

Rosemary and thyme said...

I am so glad I found this blog:)
Hugs, Tove

Tina // Peppar och Vanilj said...

I`m still ispired after visiting Paulina Arcklin.. My latest blogpost is inspired by one of her pictures. Guess which one...

xx Tina

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

looks great desiree, thanks for the tip off! going to check it out xx

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Une page ecrite said...

Froid polaire et neige... Alors... Aujourd'hui vu le temps... Ce sera théâtre cocooning..."Le feu de la cheminée, ce petit théâtre où les flammes gesticulent comme des acteurs affairés". Bisous

Mademoiselle I do ! said...

Love the suitcases painted in white!!
Paulina Arcklin has a real gift to create a cosy atmosphere !
I have made an article on my blog because I love it so much !

Svatava said...

White is the best ;-)

Short Stay Apartments Amsterdam said...

I've just got back from Amsterdam describing my experiences in three words: I loved it!
Found myself a nice place to through short stay amsterdam,. They had a nice clean canal house where'd stayed, maybe worth checking it out for your next trip! not too expensive either.

P.S.: Love your work! moi moi