We invite interesting people to tell about the way they decorate, live and how sustainability reflects the way of their living.
Our first guest is photographer, content creator, and food developer Thais FK. On her Adagio blog, she focuses on the themes related to seasonal recipes, slow living, and sustainability. This year’s stories are related to wild foods and local tourism. Adagio in music terms means that a piece is performed at a slow tempo.
Thais was born and raised in Piedmont, Italy. In the beautiful Italian countryside, she spent most of her childhood with her dad in the forest or with her granny in their vegetable garden, orchard and kitchen. As a multinational person, she has roots in Italy and Brazil and lives now with her husband in Oulu, on the shores of the northern part of the Baltic Sea in Finland.
Hard work and sustainable living are deeply connected. Looking back I’m so grateful for how I was taught to live sustainably and slowly. And what sweat and hard work meant. I was born in the 90s, but really I grew up as I’d been born three generations earlier. We used to have a little farm with a couple of cows and goats, chickens, rabbits, turkeys, and pigeons. For the most of it, we self-sustained with our animals and our garden. My family would work hard in the kitchen, in the field, in the orchard and in our little farm to make food, preserves, stock up vegetables for the winter, and so on.
In my opinion, slow living is about channeling one’s efforts to do what one thinks it’s most important and letting go of the rest. These values are still very dear to me and I do my best to apply them in my life and share them with my readers and through my collaborations. I’m so grateful for how I was taught to live sustainably and slowly. And what sweat and hard work meant. These values are still very important to me and do my best to apply them in my life and share them also on my blog.
We reduce our ecological footprint by living in a passive apartment building. We try to buy as much as possible local ingredients and are very careful not to waste food. We don’t go to extremes either, meaning we don’t let our sustainable choices or slow living unreasonably limit our lives. In the choice of clothing and home textile, we always opt for natural materials. My husband is an artisan and specializes in refurbishing old furniture, so almost everything in our house has been either built or refurbished by him.
The most valuable objects at home should be something both practical, endurable and that will add value to the living experience. I like my home to be cozy and functional. I don’t want my home to look so sleek and empty, it almost feels like nobody is living in it. I want to bring in natural, even distressed materials to create a comfortable and warm atmosphere. For me it’s very important that the objects I acquire for my home, may they be furniture or decorations, are not a spur-of-the-moment purchase, but are well thought out.
My favorite piece of furniture we own is a sideboard he designed from an old wooden bench that used to be in a boat. Lately, we also refurbished together a 100+ years old refectory table with a reversible countertop that can be used for baking!