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Around the Globe: A Trip to Helsinki

Back in September, I did a round up of Marimekko and the patterned wonderment that is Helsinki. Everywhere you turn, someone’s in a dotted scarf, a dog’s being walked by a striped leash or airport food is being served on a stylish tray. It’s just the way it is in Finland, and it’s refreshing.

As I write this, I’m sitting in New York, behind a computer at a marketing agency in Tribeca, designing websites, remembering a specific piece that got away. This ottoman’s great, isn’t it? I sort of wish I jumped on it. The effortless vibe paired with mismatched dots can work in any environment. It’s a reminder not to always play it safe – as a designer or a decorator. What do you think?

PS, We’d love to hear from you! If you’d like to share and submit some personal textured treasures you’ve found from the road (and why they’re meaningful to you), get in touch by sending a note with the title line, Around the Globe to

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