One thing I love about winter is how cosy the homes of the people tend to look. There are a lot of old, wooden houses in our street in Finland (sadly we live in one of the only modern blocks) and every time when I walk down the street after darkness, those wooden houses look incredibly homey, with Christmas stars in the windows and lanterns on the front porch. Every now and then you can sneak a peek how people furnish and decorate their rooms – here in this street mostly with bookshelves and paintings, and the decoration tends to be very colorful with big patterns (one of the most well-known Finnish designs is Marimekko: https://www.marimekko.com/#INTL) . This evening, when I went for a short walk to get some fresh air, I even heard two guys playing the piano and singing – it’s so nice to stop for a minute, listen to the music, look around the cobbled street and calm down.
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