My neighbourhood

Entrepreneur Sandra Kurki’s favourite spots in Kivenlahti, Espoo

Living room with a sea view, spacious walk-in closet and the atmospheric Nokkala Lighthouse are Sandra Kurki’s favourite spots. Kurki lives in the seaside suburb of Kivenlahti in Espoo.


Sandra Kurki, whose roots are in Espoo, describes Kivenlahti as a lost gem, where she would never have pictured herself moving before. Kurki’s everyday life and work as an entrepreneur are affected by multiple sclerosis, or MS, which she was diagnosed with four years ago. Kurki spends a lot of time at home and appreciates the accessibility offered by Lumo homes, as it is a prerequisite for a functional everyday life. Her two-bedroom apartment with a floor space of 70 square metres has room for working, studying and spending time with family and friends.

Find out what Sandra Kurki’s favourite places at home and in the surroundings look like.

Living room bathed in sunlight is the heart of everyday life

Kurki enjoys the natural light of the living room.

“The brightness of the living room, the sea view and the interior design make this apartment my home – and it is in the living room that I spend most of my time. In addition to natural light, the importance of lighting can also be seen in my design decisions, and especially in the lamp fixtures I have chosen. I am proud of my home and pleased that I have been bold enough to make my own design choices,” Kurki says.

“All my decorative items are definitely not new. In fact, many of the furniture pieces are recycled and second-hand finds. You can go a long way even with a small budget,” she continues.

Colourful walk-in closet – always in perfect order

Clothes organised by colour inspires for dressing.

“My walk-in closet inspires me when I am getting dressed. Even if rest of the apartment is a mess, my closet is always tidy and my clothes organised by colour. It calms my mind to see my clothes in perfect order. I used to think that a space like this is impossible to achieve in a rental home in an apartment building!” Kurki rejoices.

The makeup mirror with its beautiful lights adds a touch of luxury to the interior.

Place for work and beauty

“I study and work at home, so I need a quiet workspace. However, my workstation is, above all, also a place for make-up sessions and getting dressed. For me, putting on my make-up is a special moment, not just a daily routine."

"The last few years of my life have been tainted by illnesses, but when I am getting ready for the day, I feel I can lead a completely different life. I have deliberately wanted to create a glamorous atmosphere here with the help of, for example, dramatic lights,” Kurki smiles.

Worries fade away on the shores of Kivenlahti

“We live really close to the sea shore. I love to go out for walks in Kivenlahti and get some air, but I also shoot a lot of photos here for different collaborative projects."

"When there are times when I cannot walk, I come here by car. My worries always fade away by the sea, and I love watching the seasons change”, Kurki continues.

New and accessible shopping centre

“When I first visited Lippulaiva, my jaw dropped: what a great shopping centre! Moreover, accessibility is well considered, as the shopping centre is easy to access and there are enough disabled parking spaces. I can find all the services I need right here.”

“One major benefit of the Lippulaiva shopping centre is the metro connection. My friends can visit me more easily now, and I have the opportunity to use public transportation if necessary,” Kurki adds.

Seascapes and café treats

“Nokkala Lighthouse, which is probably familiar to everyone in Espoo, has been involved in many moments of my life. The seaside landscape is beautiful here, and you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee with a mouth-watering pastry,” Kurki says.

“Moreover, Nokkala Lighthouse is one of the major reasons why I live in my current home. I once sat here, browsing through rental apartments, when I suddenly got a notification about my current apartment. Eight hours after I first saw the advertisement, I had already reserved the apartment for myself.”

18.9.2023 (Modified 17.7.2024)

Text Vapa Media

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