Sanna Pelliccioni’s painting in Lillan

At the beginning, there was this quite a murky corner in the upstairs bedroom.

In the beginning of my ownership of Lillan I of course got checked the conduits of it. The chimney did not work well. The chimney sweeper came to help. He found out that  jackdaws had at some point made their nest in the chimney. Because the pipe is old and curvy, he could not get the nest out the easy way. He had to make a hole in the corner to get the chimneys clean. Thus, the grey spot after building the wall back.

Time went by and one day an artist stayed at Lillan during her display arrangements. I really do like her style and ideology behind her art. Even wrote a post of her joyful illustrations.

img_3875-1We became friends.

One day, she posted this picture on her Facebook wall. She had visited an old Italian cloister and there had been these centuries old paintings.

I came up with an idea – and Sanna was happy to play along.

The chimney wall of the Lillan upstairs bedroom got fixed and everything was ready for her to work her artistic magic there.


When I saw the first lines she had drawn there I knew I had made the right decision: this would be so perfect! So Lillan style. So much more than just a cover for a chimney corner.

All those amazing, vivid and yet fragile details. In perfect harmony with Lillan atmosphere.


Now, you can spend your time at Lillan in the shade of these wonderfully eloquent branches.

Or almost hear the water spatter at the fountain, with the bird just watching you, estimating if it would dare to take a bath even though you are there.

Thank you Sanna. You are such a great talent. I’m so proud to have this painting by you in Lillan.

Lillan has stayed on its place nearly 300 years. I expect it to stay there at least next 300 years, now with your art on its wall.

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It was wonderful to meet!


Reading here the greetings from the Open Doors at Lillan. Not everyone left their message there but still I counted 95 names from the book! How lovely is that ❤

The first visitors came already before noon when the happening began and last ones left after 4pm when the Open Doors -happening ended. So wonderful to read all the comments:

Ihana tupa! Wonderful cottage!

Ihana nähdä Taalintehtaan toiseksi vanhin koti; ihanasti olet Sari sisustanut, vanhaa kunnioittaen, nykyaikaan sopiva 🙂
Lovely to see Dalsbruk’s second oldest home; beautifully you Sari have designed, respecting the old, suitable for modern age 🙂

Oli kauniit huoneet ❤ Rooms were beautiful ❤

Kaunista täällä! Beautiful here!

Even though the artist had painted Lillan house red in the map, many and many and many found the small yellow Lillan. So many wonderful discussions, longer and shorter, in those four hours!

But for me, the best of the happening was to hear parts of Lillan history. Who had lived there, what it looked like in those decades, how the life was back then.

And here was the greatest price for this event: a family that used to live in Lillan in years 1966-1974 had bought some photos from those days with them!

The Boy of Friman family on his first school day at Lillan stairs
The hand that I hold very warmly. Thank you Mrs. Friman ❤

Open Doors at Lillan

At the September Open Sunday 10th of September 2017 there is also an Open Doors happening at Dalsbruk. There are several old houses with their personal names attending, telling their part of Dalsbruk’s history for some centuries.

Old houses all have their own stories. Present owners are there to tell what they know and maybe even to hear more about the history of the houses.

And the names of the houses at Dalsbruk, then. Not were houses known by their location but by their names. In Sibirien (Siberia) it was almost always quite cold since it is located on a high bank by the sea. And Kärringslänktan (Hags’ yearning) there used to live the factory’s men still without wife and family.

The event was inspired by the book “Från Honolulu till Sibirien”, collected by the Dalsbruk village union.

I’ll take this book with me to the Open Doors at Lillan.

Lillan will attend, of course. It is one of the oldest houses still left in Dalsbruk. About its name I’ve already told in this post.

Picture of Lillan from 1920’s from the book

Other houses to attend and see are

Marmorpalatset (2 apartments and garden)
Nybyggningen (2 apartments)
Övre Kajlins (1 apartment + garden)
Stenkakola garden
Worker’s apartments in Bruksmuseums area

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Link to the event (in Facebook) here. Event is arranged by Saariston Kulttuuriseurue – Skärgårdens Kultursällskap.


A house by the sea shore?

The title on the Lillan home page, "little house on the ocean shore" has brought up some discussion.

Many of my very well English speaking friends have told me the Baltic Sea to be a sea, not an ocean.

They have also noticed that since Lillan is not located directly on the shore, I should use BY instead. To tell the massive 40 meters distance from the shore.

I know my English is not always impeccable. Thus I truly appreciate all comments to improve my language and to use the correct words.

But about the subject line. I have thought it through, even very much so.

I know the view you have from Lillan is definitely not an ocean one, hardly even sea since there are so many islands on the archipelago area.

But still. It is water connected to all oceans of this globe. I love the idea that by the tiny sea in front of Lillan you can have access to any continent of our world.

Once I had this dream I took off from Lillan shore with a beautiful wooden sailing boat to visit the world's most wonderful place. It was almost at the other side of the globe. Maybe that dream can fulfill some day.

About the preposition then. Lillan was set on its nowadays place year 1730 when it was relocated from the island Hitis where it was built some tens of years before.

At year 1730 it was ON a sea shore. In those almost 300 years the land has arisen (yes, ice age effects here still) and there has even been some landfill in front of Lillan. Thus today the more correct preposition would be by.

Lillan's official name is Lilla Strandbyggnaden, the small beach building. Because then it was at the beach.

Somehow I just wanted the history of the house to show even on the headlines. I truly apologize if someone feels therefore being mislead.

So. For me, Lillan is truly a house on the ocean shore ❤

It’s all about the details (she wrote)


I had just a wonderful family as guests at Lillan. Polite, friendly, respectful, tidy, trustworthy. All the aspects one just could hope for guests to have.

Mother of the family is an interior designer. When I heard of this, got a bit afraid. Would she like Lillan? Surely I do but I’m not official interior designer by education, even though I love it both as a hobby and as a profession.

She asked if she could write a blog post of their stay. Gulp. A moment of truth. What would she say? Would she judge my uneducated interior decisions? And then tell that to all the world! Oh my. Why of course, I whispered.

No need for my fear, after all. She wrote about “Charming summer villa Lillan” as her first Airbnb experience (post in Finnish). Briefly about Dalsbruk’s and Lillan’s history, then about  clean, fresh and calm atmosphere of Lillan.

Perfect holiday; serene feeling and fragrance of ocean.

Even my interior and renovation solutions got exalted. As I appreciate Lillan so much, real materials are a must to prove my honor for the long history of the house.

Lots of nice interior design ideas could be found in the house. I think the self-made bunk bed is just charming. — And the light toned bedroom is like gauzy breeze with its feather lamp and dragon tree.

And the praise continues. And continues. Even my self-made pregnant woman’s torso got mentioned. “Brilliant combination.” “Nice detail”. “Looks wonderful.” Oh sweet joy, I’m floating in the clouds of happiness.

The family had also visited Söderlångvik Mansion and some other Dalsbruk must-sees. Thank you SO much Ullamaija! ❤

PS. Lillan is well fit also for winter – hence not only a summer villa. Many generations have lived there all year round – including mine. So welcome, at autumn, winter and spring as well!



Lillan as Dollhouse and 3D

I just love modern age best parts. Here’s definitely one: now you can visit Lillan as you would be walking through it and even to take a dollhouse view to get a bigger picture.

(Click the pictures to go to the presentation ❤ )

You can stroll through the house, take a closer look to any point or just go with the stream from one picture to another.

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By choosing to view dollhouse,

You can see through Lillan, rotate the view horizontally and vertically and then have a closer look where you wish. Just crab the picture and move it wherever you want to see!

Choose the bedroom you want to sleep in, check the views from the windows or convince your loved ones Lillan is the number one place to stay, by using this wonderful presentation.

Thank you Kristian from Valoomo Oy, this just totally hit the spot!

Joyful illustrations

Rosala Handelsbod has again a wonderful event. This one stays until the end of July: Nähdään majalla (Let’s see at the hut). Talented Sanna Pelliccioni, illustrator and graphic designer, displays her paintings and illustrations for childrens’ books.

Sanna stayed at Lillan during her display arrangements with her two boys. They loved and enjoyed their stay. Well, the feeling is mutual: it was so wonderful to have them as guests at Lillan!

I just love the ideology behind Sanna’s work: she wants to create good and bring joy to the world. She wants to tickle people’s imagination.


That ideology suites more than well to Lillan. These colorful, joyful artifacts are both usable and beautiful.

I think the contrast between the simple tableware of Lillan and Sanna’s bubblingly vivid products is just charming.

These linen and kitchenware do really tickle your imagination, don’t you think? And definitely bring you a good mood.

And the colourbooks are just cheery. Had to purchase some to Lillan toy basket (and try them out a bit 🙂 )


The bedroom upstairs had the narrow wall that felt somehow deserted and desolate. Well, not anymore!

The imaginary tree with canarian type birds bring the needed sun to the murky corner of that room. You can almost hear them chirping there. Sanna’s biologist background does show.


Better yet, there’s more to come. Can’t wait to see the result of Sanna’s and Lillan’s cooperation ❤


Rainy day

Today, heavy rain. A perfect weather for the cozy, hygge, mys Lillan provides. Listen the rain drops drumming on the greenhouse windows. Watch the nature suck the moisture into its marrow. Enjoy the fresh air. Cradle yourself on the sofa. Feel the luxury of clean linen on your skin. There’s no bad weather at Lillan. ❤️

Historical pictures

Got copies of two old photos of Lillan from Dalsbruks Bruksmuseum. Well, all is relative – if Lillan has stood on its ground almost 300 years, these pictures are quite young ❤

They even used the other of the photos for this lovely book’s cover. Thank you Sagalund!

(The house behind Lillan was called Råttfällan. They used to give names to houses and places in Dalsbruk – I’ll tell more about that in a new blog post ❤ )