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New Marimekko Lumimarja Living Room Pillows – Plus a FinnStyle Coupon Code for You!

I’m so excited to show you my new Marimekko Lumimarja pillows and a look back at how far this lake house living room design has come.

Lumimarja pillows; Blue Lotte lamp

I favor a slow approach to decorating, taking the time to find the perfect pieces and making little changes so a room grows along with me, reflecting my changing style (and also my small budget, haha).  I recently made a small change to the living but it’s the kind of change that suddenly makes everything “click”.  I thought this would be a good time for a quick look back at the living room, to see how it has shaped up in 19 months – and what it looks like now, with the new addition of Marimekko Lumimarja pillows!

Although we sold a lot of things right before we moved to the lakehouse, we kept most of our old furniture for the living room.  Although things were moved around a little, the cream leather sofa, teal velvet chair, minty mingo chair, black organic chair, Ikea wall unit and even our brown ottoman (although that’s on the chopping block) all made the move with us.

When we first set up our furniture, the living room looked a little bland, but it was already more our style because we had painted the walls and trim white and the fireplace a deep charcoal grey.  It looked quite different from when we first viewed the property:

When I spotted some Marimekko Kirsikka fabric on sale, I scooped it up and coerced my Mom into sewing four bold pillows to liven up the neutral sofa:

I liked how the Kirsikka pattern looked with the spherical glass shades of the big chrome lamp we had at the time.  Suddenly the room had more life – pillows made all the difference!

When I stole my Mom’s 1960s blue Lotte lamps, I was surprised by how much I liked the blue.  I hadn’t planned on adding blue, so the pillows – with their aqua, green, black and white palette – weren’t perfect anymore, but I loved them too much to part with them.

Marimekko Kirsikka

When I switched around some furniture, moving our black organic chair and replacing it with the mint mingo from the bedroom, the living room started to boast a riot of patterns and colours, but I still liked the pillows.  I especially liked how the swirls of the Kirsikka complemented the swirls of the upholstery on the mingo chair.

Living room with grey painted fireplace

Living room with grey fireplace, marimekko pillows, lotte lamps

Because the same shade of blue from the Lotte lamps pops up in the both the living room and dining room art, I was confident that the new tweed dining chairs I found would suit our open concept living space quite nicely – providing a visual break from my love affair with aqua, without introducing yet another colour.

With the addition of more blue, though, it was time to introduce a textile that would play nice.

Living room with grey fireplace, marimekko pillows, lotte lamps

FinnStyle (one of my favorite shops, long before the days of sponsored posts) recently reached out and offered to help spruce up a room.  I immediately started perusing their inventory of Marimekko pillows and fabric.  Have you checked out their selection?  SO many gorgeous prints and if you shop in store there’s a great remnant section too.

I found the perfect fabric right away: Marimekko’s Lumimarja, which comes in different colorways, including one with two shades of leafy green and one with nearly the exact same blue as my Lotte lamps and dining chairs (called “white/green” and “grey/blue,” respectively).  FinnStyle generously sent me two of each and the new Marimekko Lumimarja pillows are perfect for the living room:

Lumimarja pillows from FinnStyle; Marimekko print
Lumimarja pillows from FinnStyle; Marimekko print Lumimarja pillows from FinnStyle; Marimekko print

The Marimekko Lumimarja pillows add just enough colour and interest without competing with any of the bolder elements in the space.  They tie in the blues and greens, as well as the warm teak and walnut wood tones, and complement our cream leather sofa beautifully.  Plus they boast a beautiful, organic print that I think pairs just as well with the Mingo chair as the Kirsikka fabric did.  The rooms feels lighter and airier.  What a difference just swapping out four throw cushions can make!  If you look at the Marimekko website, this fabric is actually manufactured in Finland – which is something I appreciate.

Lumimarja pillows from FinnStyle; Marimekko print

Open concept lake house; Mid-century mod style

Cream leather sofa, Lumimarja pillows

Cream leather sofa, Lumimarja pillows

After mixing throw cushion patterns in the townhouse, I went for a bold set of four identical cushions when we moved to the lakehouse because I liked the graphic quality.  But now I’m inching back toward pattern mixing and the Lumimarja is a great way to subtly achieve that look because the prints are the same scale, but the colours vary – making mixing effortless!

Lumimarja pillows from FinnStyle; Marimekko print

If something at FinnStyle caught your eye, you’re in luck!  FinnStyle is offering Dans le Lakehouse readers a 20% discount.  They asked if readers would prefer a giveaway or discount and I figured a discount because then everyone can find something – I hope I chose right!  Click on this link, enter your email address and get your 20% discount right now.  I’ve been an email subscriber for years and I promise they aren’t spammy.  I appreciate getting emails about their flash sales because I have scored some super sweet deals!

Thanks to FinnStyle for providing the Marimekko Lumimarja pillows for this living room spruce.  I was provided the product, but not paid or prompted to provide a positive review – this is the best kind of collaboration, because you already know that I’m a huge fan! 



  1. Ariadne
    September 9, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    I have been to Finland and I really loved it there. Finnstyle has got all those beautiful products I adored in that country!AriadnefromGreece!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 10, 2015 / 4:29 pm

      I went to Finland in 1999 to meet my Finnish relatives. I filled my suitcase with treasures! The Finns have a beautiful aesthetic: Simple, bold, colourful. So happy to hear you enjoyed your trip!!

  2. Terry Buckner
    September 10, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    Hey Tanya,Terry from Texas here! I used your discount code and received $10.40 off of a great bowl!Thanks!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 11, 2015 / 12:30 am

      Hi Terry! So happy to hear you scored something great with the coupon code. Which bowl did you buy??

    • Terry Buckner
      September 11, 2015 / 4:37 am

      the iittala Sarajaton White Serving Bowl. I have been looking for a shallow wide bowl and this one looks perfect.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 11, 2015 / 12:50 pm

      It's beautiful! My mom and I have been mooning over the sarajaton designs. The shape of that particular bowl is so striking. I like how shallow it is. I hope you love it!

  3. Staci
    September 10, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    Thanks for scoring us the discount! It's my birthday month so I just may splurge!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 11, 2015 / 12:31 am

      Happy birthday month!! If not now, when?

  4. brikhouse2
    September 12, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    I did like the old pillows but I loveeeee these new ones. They do seems to make the room more airy and light. They add some pattern but it's not too much or too bright that it takes over the room.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 12, 2015 / 9:19 pm

      Thanks!! I think they pulled attention from everything else. I'm glad you think it looks airier now, that's what I was hoping for! I think the chairs really shine now. Next up: a better ottoman! This one is splitting seams like crazy…

    • brikhouse2
      September 17, 2015 / 8:09 pm

      Lol, I actually love that ottoman. Being my cheap self I would just recover it and maybe somehow make some hidden storage but I am sure you have something awesome planned.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      September 18, 2015 / 3:52 am

      I love the look but it's on its last legs. It's also a bit short but too wide. I'm aiming for something very similar, though, because it's been really practical. Still weighing the options…

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