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Nomen est Omen

June 16, 2013

What’s in a name? We give them to our children for many reasons. We choose names that we hope to stand for what they shall become. We give them names that stand for something or somebody we admire. We give them names that have a deeper meaning. We give them names that have a history.

Villa Linnea has a name for a reason. Not only is Linnea a beautiful name. Linnéa or Linnea was the seventh most popular given name for girls born in Sweden in 2008 and was the most popular name for girls born in 2008 in Norway. (source: wikipedia). Linnaea borealis, a flower common in subarctic regions, is also commonly known as Twinflower. Twin flower, twin tower! What’s the second name of my daughter and my better half: You guessed right! Linnea.

And with the name being significant as it is, it deserves to displayed. We’ve been pondering for quite some time where and how to display it. At this weekend, we found the solution.


It found its way over the door to the master bedroom.

Already two (or was it even three) years ago I found an old wooden board washed on the beach by the wind not far away from our land. I took it with me not really knowing what to do with it. It’s been tucked away for a long time. Few weeks ago, watching a Finnish interior design TV show called Huvila&Huusi (Manor House & Outhouse), I got the necessary inspiration.

I cut out the heart with a jig saw, printed the words on 4 A4 sheets of paper, cut out the letters with a carpet knife, and dotted the paint with a sponge onto the board.

By the way, it was raining a lot during last week (not necessarily during the weekend) allowing me (with the help of my son) to complete another building project: Lego Villa Linnea. It’s not exactly a perfect copy but I think one can recognize similarities…


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