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A Couple Shows How They Live in Their Rental Apartment in Helsinki

Today, I’ll tell you about a couple who rent an apartment in Helsinki. They renovated it at their own expense and furnished it with second-hand items bought at flea markets and through ads.

“Our friends asked why we were renovating someone else’s property. For us, it was natural. We live here now, and the atmosphere in the apartment affects our mood in the morning and our eagerness to come home in the evening,” explain the couple.

Let’s see how they transformed an old but charming apartment in a building from 1905!

The facade of a house built in 1905 in Helsinki
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The apartment is in an old, beautiful building near the center of Helsinki. Due to the old renovation and poor furniture (which the couple completely replaced), they managed to rent this apartment for 60% less than similar apartments in the area.

An 80 square meter apartment in Helsinki
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The apartment is 80 square meters. From the spacious hallway, you can see the living room and kitchen-dining area. There’s also a bedroom.

Living room with a sofa and armchairs in Helsinki
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The renters did some cosmetic repairs: they leveled the walls, painted the windowsills and doors, and restored the parquet flooring.

Finnish woman Suvianni in her apartment in Helsinki
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Meet Suvianni, she’s 36 years old. Like her husband, she runs a small business—a flower shop with a friend. Probably that’s why there are so many plants in their rental apartment.

Guitars and snowboard in the apartment hallway
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One corner of the living room is dedicated to hobbies. The husband, Gustav, is into music, while Suvianni loves snowboarding.

Vinyl record player and books in the living room
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To me, this apartment is a great example of how to integrate vintage items into the interior. Antiques and old furniture aren’t just junk—they’re beautiful and cozy.

Vintage chest of drawers with a marble top
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A unique vintage chest of drawers with a marble top was found in a second-hand store. The rug once belonged to Suvianni’s parents.

Dining table in a Finnish apartment
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The paintings are random finds from street flea markets. The chairs are from there too. But the two small icons above the dining table are a gift from Gustav’s grandmother. These icons have been passed down in their family for generations.

Scandinavian display cabinet
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They found a display cabinet to store glassware (mostly glasses and vases).

Scandinavian-style bedroom
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This is what the bedroom looks like. Sage green was chosen for the walls for a reason—Gustav loves this shade and believes it has a calming effect. An unusual feature here is the wooden hanger.

This concludes our tour. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find photos of the kitchen and bathroom. But I think the atmosphere of the apartment is clear even without them. Don’t you agree that it doesn’t feel like a rental? There’s a certain coziness and a unique atmosphere here.

Qualified interior designer and article author specializing in home and residential interiors since 2021. My favorite topics include Scandinavian design, reviews of English cottages, as well as simple and light ideas for apartment decoration.

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