A Finnish home in the Hamptons
14 Monday May 2012
Tiina Laakkonen, a former model and now a fashion stylist grew up in Imatra, a small town in Finland. Now she is living in the Hamptons, creating a home that looks very true to her roots.
The house, she says, is “full of Finland.” Laakkonen and Rosen travel there twice a year, and every room contains the spoils of their shopping sprees.
A bench off the kitchen displays her collection of rice porcelain from the 1940s. There are quilts, also Marimekko, from a vintage shop in Helsinki, and rugs made by her sister-in-law. The wooden floors are painted the gray of every farmhouse in Finland.
“A stylist is all about having control over a manufactured image,” Laakkonen says. “Here there is no attempt to do something visually clever, just to make it a home.”