Red Wine Salt for Easter Dinner

Celebrate Easter with your family by having a delicious dinner together. Beautifully colourful red wine salt is a perfect way to add some extra flavour to your roasted lamb, a great table salt or a gift to bring to your friends. Finish off the festive ambiance with Balmuir’s high-quality kitchen linen and beautiful ball candles.

Balmuir

Balmuir



 

Ingredients

1 pack (800 g) of coarse grain sea salt
3 dl red wine

Instructions:


1. Simmer the red wine until there is about 3,5 tablespoons left. The red wine can become thick and syrup-like.
2. Mix the red wine into the salt so that the salt is evenly coloured.
3. Spread the salt onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and let dry in room temperature for at least 24 hours.
4. Pack the dried salt into an airtight glass container or a salt grinder.

 

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Posted By Tiina Kuusisto

Valentine’s Day Brunch

Set the table for a delicious brunch with your loved ones and delight them with hand made flower wreaths. Made out of dried flowers the wreaths will last longer than traditional, fresh flower bouquets. The granola served with the brunch is also a lovely gift idea when you pack it in pretty jars.

Balmuir

Balmuir



 

Granola with apricot and raisins

You’ll need:

6 dl oatmeal
1 dl oat brans
1 dl rye or wheat bran
1 dl sunflower seed
1,5 dl dried apricot
2 dl mixed nuts of your choice
1,5 dl raisins
2-3 tbsp liquid honey
2 tbsp canola oil

Instructions:
1. Chop the apricots and grind the nuts with a knife.
2. Mix the oatmeal, brans, sunflower seeds and nuts in a bowl. Add honey and oil, mix well.
3. Spread the mix on a baking sheet on an oven tray. Bake at 175 celsius for about 15 minutes. Mix once in the middle of baking. Be careful not to burn the granola.
4. Add the apricot and raisins into the cooled mix.

Balmuir

Balmuir



 

Flower wreath

You’ll need:

Dried flowers
Bambu hoop
Green metal string
Ribbon, if you want to

Instructions:
1. Arrange the flowers around the bamboo hoop to create your desired design and secure them with metal string.
2. If you want to, you can also wrap some ribbon into the flowers and around the hoop to support the wreath. You can also use the ribbon to hang the wreath.

Balmuir

Balmuir



 

Posted in Fashion By Tiina Kuusisto

Prepare for the New Year in Your Home Spa

As the year 2020 draws to an end, it is time to relax and pamper yourself in the comfort of your home. Create your own home spa with homemade coffee scrub and enjoy a refreshing mocktail after a hot sauna or a shower. Finish the luxurious atmosphere with soft, high-quality towels and scented candles and room diffusers.

 

Balmuir Home Spa

 

New Year’s Wellness Mocktail

1 medium piece of cucumber sliced

10 slices of fresh ginger, about 0,5 cm thick

4 dl agave nectar

5dl still water

soda water for serving (about 1,5 dl per drink)

1-2 cucumber slices for serving, optional

 

Place sliced cucumber and ginger in a large, heat-proof bowl. Bring agave nectar and water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until nectar is completely dissolved. Pour over cucumber and ginger and let stand for 2 hours.

Strain into a bottle and chill.

To prepare a cocktail, stir together about 1 shot syrup with about 3 shots water, or to taste. Garnish with a cucumber slice.

Balmuir Home Spa

Balmuir Home Spa

 

Coconut and Vanilla Coffee Face Scrub

1 dl fresh ground coffee

1 dl brown sugar

1 dl coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix dry ingredients together and add the oil and vanilla extract. Store in a dry, cool place in an airtight jar for up to two months.

Rub the scrub gently in circular motions all over your face and body, avoiding the eye contour and leave it on for a couple of minutes to allow the coconut oil to moisturize the skin. Rinse thoroughly.

 

Balmuir Home Spa

Balmuir Home Spa

 

Posted By Tiina Simola

Christmas Crafts: Gift Wreaths and Sauna Scents

Christmas is the perfect time for small crafts and DIY projects. Add a personal touch to your Christmas with home made wreaths for your Christmas gifts. A scented pouch for the sauna is a lovely gift idea or a souvenir for a Christmas visit. Home made decorations and gifts are also a sustainable choice.

Balmuir Christmas

Balmuir Christmas


Gift wreaths

You’ll need:

Flexible branches from a conifer
Flowers to your own taste
Green metal string
Ribbon

Instructions:
1. Tie a piece of a conifer branch into a circle with wire.
2. Add twigs to the wreath by wrapping them on with the wire.
3. Push flowers into the loops of the wire.
4. Finish the wreath and attach it to the gift package with ribbon.

Balmuir Christmas

 

Sauna scent

You’ll need:

Dried flowers and leaves*.
Coffee filter bags
String (for example the string delivered with Balmuir kitchen towels works wonderfully)

Instructions:
1. Place a small amount of dried flowers and leaves into a coffee filter bag.
2. Tie up the bag tightly with string.
3. Put the bag into the water you throw onto the stove in the sauna to release a beautiful scent.
4. You can use the same pouch a couple of times, if you let it dry in between uses and don’t squeeze it too much.


*You can get these from florists or health food stores, or you can use your own. We recommend nettle and birch leaves and hibiscus flower petals. Spruce is also great in the sauna.

Balmuir Christmas

Balmuir Christmas


Posted in Fashion By Tiina Kuusisto

Christmas Party Treats at Home

Celebrate the approaching Christmas at home with your loved ones. Set the table with Balmuir’s high-quality linens and enjoy delicious snacks. Seeded oatcakes combined with cheese, gingerbread cookies and fresh cocktails with forestry flavours create the perfect combination for a lovely evening full of laughter, conversations and a festive mood. These recipes are easy to make together as well.

 

Seeded Oat Cakes

Ingredients

 

50g butter

100g oatmeal

100g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp salt

6-7 tbsp boiling water

2 tsp flax seed

2 tbsp sesame seed

 

Heat oven to 200°C.

Melt the butter and allow it to cool slightly.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl, then pour in the butter.

Add 6-7 tbsp boiling water to make a firm dough.

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface, then roll out until about 0,5cm thick. Cut into small squares.

Bake for 12-15 mins until golden. Leave to cool for a few mins, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Serve with a selection of your favourite cheeses and jams.

 

 

Christmas Forest Cocktails

Ingredients - Makes 2 cocktails

 

12 redcurrants

8 blueberries

4 blackberries

2 sprigs of rosemary

4 lime wedges

ice

juice of 1/2 lime

8cl simple syrup

8cl vodka

ginger ale

 

Divide the berries, rosemary and limes in two glasses.

Muddle well and fill glasses with ice.

Add simple syrup and vodka and stir well.

Top with ginger ale.

 

 

Posted By Tiina Simola

Cashmere Care Tips by Hanna Väyrynen

 

Hanna Väyrynen / Strictly Style

Cashmere clothes are timeless, elegant and an exceptionally comfortable choice for cool days. When taken care of the right way, they’ll stay beautiful for years. Hanna Väyrynen, the author of the Finnish blog Strictly Style, favours cashmere specifically for these reasons.

Hanna’s favourites from the BMuir cashmere collection are for example Valencia v-neck knit, Vita skirt and the new, fluffy cashmere knits.

– Cashmere feels silky soft against the skin and always looks stylish. At home it’s lovely to snuggle up in cashmere socks and Lausanne sweatpants, she says.

Even though cashmere sometimes has a reputation of being a high-maintenance material, Hanna thinks taking care of cashmere knitwear is quite easy. She trusts in five simple tips in her routine:

 

1.  Pay attention to the quality of the cashmere before buying

– I prefer long, thick fibres. I like the firmness of a thicker cashmere knit. High-quality cashmere is more expensive, but it’s also durable. I still use cashmere knitwear that used to belong to my grandmother.

 

2.  Wash only when needed

– Cashmere clothes rarely need washing. I only wash cashmere if it’s stained. Otherwise cashmere knitwear can just be aired out between uses.

BMuir’s cashmere knitwear can be carefully washed by hand, as long as you follow the washing instructions.

 

3.  Remove excess pilling with a cashmere comb

– Every now and again cashmere needs a little maintenance with a cashmere comb. There’s no specific cycle, but I’ve noticed that new knitwear should be combed a little more often. In time, well cared cashmere will pill less and less. These day’s people don’t know that much about how to take care of your clothes, but a little effort goes a long way.

Balmuir’s cashmere comb is suitable for tightly knitted or woven fabrics. Place the clothing on a flat surface, hold the comb straigth and gently brush over in one direction with short strokes.

 

4.  Store your cashmere knitwear folded

– I store my cashmere clothes in the cupboard, neatly folded on their on shelf. I avoid storing cardigans on a hanger, because in time they will stretch and lose their shape.

 

5.  Don’t worry too much

– In the end, cashmere clothes are meant to be used and sometimes life just happens. You shouldn’t be too careful. I like to wear cashmere at home, where I want to be able to relax.

Cashmere care | Cashmere comb

 

 

 

Hanna Väyrynen's portrait: Hanna Väyrynen

Posted in Fashion By Tiina Simola

Adeliina’s Staycation Tips for Helsinki

 

This autumn is the perfect time to travel in your own country. Even your home town can provide new experiences if you keep your mind open. Book a hotel room and take a walk somewhere new. Bamuir’s AW20/21 collection model, actress Adeliina Arajuuri shared with us her tips for a staycation in her home town Helsinki.

 

Balmuir Marbel

 

What would you do, if you were on holiday in Helsinki?

Well, this is a fun game! I’d definitely start the day at Kulttuurisauna, bathing and dipping into the sea. The place is lovely and harmonic. Since I’d conveniently be in Kallio, I’d head for breakfast at Way Bakery & Winebar, where they have a cozy atmosphere and the best bread in the world!

After breakfast I’d take a long walk in Kulosaari, where there are endless beautiful things to admire. Idyllic little streets, gorgeous houses and luscious gardens. I’f the weather was nice, I’d continue to the cliffs of Mustikkamaa to look at the sea. Hopefully I’d have a friend with me, but a book would make for good company aswell.

BMuir Benita

 

I’d finish the day with a delicious dinner at restaurant El Ray, which I think has the best Mexican food in town and a nice, authentic atmosphere

If the holiday continued for more than one day, I’d definitely also visit Suomenlinna, explore second hand boutiques, wander arpund Akateeminen kirjakauppa and museums and of course eat donuts at the cafes of the Market Square.

 

What are your favourite products at Balmuir?

This is an easy one, it’s definitely Helsinki scarf. I got my first one over ten years ago, and it has been a life saver during cold winters and on long flights. I lovet he biggest size, that can easily be used as a blanket while travelling. My other favourite is Balmuir’s perfectly soft linen bedding.

 

What are your favourites from our autumn collection?

I think the new coat collection is wonderful. A good wool coat makes the long winter a lot more pleasant. My personalu favourite is Brina coat in cognac. I fell in love with it at the photoshoot, as it’s long enough even for someone tall like me. 

 

 

My favourite scarf of the collection is Faith in the shace copper. I’ve only recently learned to use silk scarves, they’re so versatile and an easy way to add a little twist to my simple style.

Adalia is my favourite sweater. I love chunky knits that are easy to combine with different outfits in the autumn.

 

 

Posted By Tiina Simola

Delicious Sauces to Complete The Perfect Barbeque

Late summer nights are perfect for barbeque parties with family and friends. Sunset, great company and a beautiful table setting make the dinner even more delicious. Add a new twist to your barbeque favourites with a thick ginger mayonnaise with a lemon twist or New York Times’ hit salad dressing that works with both green salads and more filling options.

 

Ginger Mayonnaise with a Twist of Lemon

 

1 egg yolk

0,5 tsp mustard

2-3 tsp white wine vinegar

2 dl cooking oil or mild olive oil

salt and sugar to your taste

small piece of ginger

1 lemon

 

The ingredients for mayonnaise need to be room temperature.

Separate the yolk into a bowl and add white wine vinegar and mustard that help the mayonnaise to thicken up.

Take out a whisker or a hand blender. Start adding the oil drop by drop while simultaneously whisking the mixture. It is important to add the oil into the mixer slowly, if done too quickly, the mayonnaise will curdle.

Continue adding the oil slowly until the mayonnaise starts to look what it is supposed to. Add finely chopped ginger, a squeeze of lemon juice and some grated lemon peel. Add a pinch of salt and sugar. Mix well, taste and add spices if needed.

 

 

Mustard Dressing for Salad

1 large shallot, minced

2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon aged sherry vinegar, plus additional, as needed

1 tablespoon warm water

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 ½ teaspoons whole-grain mustard

1 ½ teaspoons honey (optional)

2 sprigs thyme, washed and stripped

1 large clove garlic, finely grated

 Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Place the minced shallot in a strainer and rinse with cold water. Drain the shallot and place in a bowl. Add vinegar and warm water.

Allow to sit for 2 minutes, then whisk in the oil, mustards, possible honey, thyme, garlic and a large pinch of salt. Taste and add salt and vinegar if needed.

 

 

Posted By Tiina Simola

Wonderful Morning Recipes

Try out something new for breakfast. Emilia Vartiainen, author of up-coming recipe book Wonderful Morning, created delicious bread and cream cheese recipes for Balmuir. You can pre-order Emilia's book here.

 

 

Spelt Skillet Bread

Bread is my passion. I keep a sourdough starter in the fridge for my weekly baking. This skillet bread was the first proper bread I made, kickstarting my enthusiasm that later got totally out of hand! Skillet bread is easy-peasy. There’s no kneading involved and you can leave the dough on the kitchen worktop for the night – just turn into a hot skillet the next morning and throw in the oven and you end up with a freshly-baked loaf for breakfast. Could there be a better way to start the weekend?

1 loaf

Active: 15 min
Passive: 13 h 15 min

31⁄2 dl water
1 tsp dry yeast
5 dl roll flour mix 2 dl spelt flour
1⁄2 tsp fine sea salt

Heat the water until a little warmer than room temperature and add the dry yeast, both types
of flour and salt. Mix together, there’s no need to knead. Cover and leave in room temperature overnight, for 12–18 hours. The dough should bubble a little the next morning and it may have a slightly vinegary odor.

Place a cast iron skillet with a lid into a cold oven and set it to 225 °C. Turn the dough onto a slightly floured surface and shape into a ball. Once the oven is hot, smear the bottom of the skillet with oil or line it with parchment paper. Carefully place the ball of dough into the skillet. Place the lid on top and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and leave in the oven for another 15 minutes. Leave to cool down for half an hour before slicing the bread for a fluffier texture.

 

 

 

Herb & Cashew Cream Cheese

Cashew-based cream cheeses are my faves in the whole book! Many of my friends share my sentiments judging from the number of requests I get for sharing the recipes after my Sunday brunches. For this version, choose herbs according to your personal taste – I tend to go for chives, plenty of basil and a little dill.

About 3 dl

Active: 10 min
Passive: 30 min

3 dl cashew nuts
1⁄2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice
1⁄4 tsp garlic powder
generous sprinkle of sea salt flakes 1(–2) tbsp water
medium bunch of chives
large bunch of basil
small bunch of dill

Soften the cashew nuts in warm water for half an hour. Add the cashew nuts, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, salt and 1 tbsp of water to a mixer and blend until smooth, adding more water if needed. Chop the fresh herbs and mix into the cashew paste in a bowl. Store in a clean glass container in the fridge and use within a few days.

 

Posted By Tiina Simola

Nanna Susi x Balmuir – Art in Silk Scarves

Nanna Susi x Balmuir

 

Balmuir launches two art silk scarves in collaboration with the Finnish artist Nanna Susi during International Women’s Day week, March 5th 2020.

 

– We wanted to create an art collaboration celebrating wonderful, strong women. Balmuir’s products are inspired by Lapland, so Nanna Susi’s Moments Include Eternity exhibition’s artwork perfectly complements this ideology, says Balmuir’s CEO, Tiina Luhtanen.

 

Nanna Susi / Photo by Maarit Kytöharju

Nanna Susi is a Finnish artist whose expressive paintings convey strong colours and emotions. Her two Lapland themed paintings, Gold Panning and Hidings and Findings come to life in Italian silk through Nanna Susi x Balmuir collaboration.

 

The proposition for the collaboration surprised the artist, but she was happy to get involved. Luhtanen also felt the collaboration was a positive and interesting experience.

– The strong colours and emotional charge in Nanna Susi’s paintings are compelling. The scarves are not just a beautiful accessory, they have a deeper meaning and a story behind them.

 

In February, the finished scarves were photographed in oak frames as a part of the scenery that inspired them in Lapland.

– We wanted to bring the artwork to the source of their inspiration and convey the atmosphere in Lapland also outside the edges of the paintings. Gold Panning was photographed in breathtakingly beautiful scenery of Äkäsmylly rapids in Äkäslompolo, where the river continues to flow through the painting, explains Balmuir’s Head of Brand Marketing, Maija Pettersson.

 

– Hidings and Findings’ beautiful fell scenery continues on the top of Levi fell. During the photoshoot we were lucky to get the perfect winter weather in Lapland, creating the ideal circumstance. The only challenge was the strong wind, that didn’t make it easy to let the scarf become a part of the scenery. This is why we had to look for the perfect location and time for the photoshoot for longer, Pettersson describes.

 

 

Nanna Susi was photographed by Maarit Kytöharju.

 Nanna Susi x Balmuir

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New BMuir Alexa Dagmar Collection to Be Launched on February 6th, 2020

 

BMuir by Alexa Dagmar

 

In the fall 2019 Balmuir launched it’s first collaboration collection BMuir Alexa Dagmar with the Finnish blogger and fashion influencer Alexa Dagmar. After the success of the cashmere collection, the second BMuir Alexa Dagmar cashmere collection will be launched on February 6th, 2020 in Balmuir’s web shop, and Helsinki and Oulu Brand Stores.

BMuir by Alexa Dagmar

BMuir by Alexa Dagmar

 

The collection was designed in Helsinki, Finland by both Alexa and Balmuir’s designers. ”My first collection with Balmuir was a dream come true and one of the greatest monets of my career so far. I couldn’t believe it, when I heard last fall that Balmuir wanted to continue working with me for another collection. I had quietly dreamed about another collection and what it would look like”, Alexa says.

The main inspiration for the collection was Nordic minimalistic style. The products can easily be styled for everyday wear and more formal occasions and look current year after year. The colour palette is classic and harmonious; ivory, light sand and black.

 

BMuir by Alexa Dagmar

BMuir by Alexa Dagmar

 

The basis for the second collection was the popular Alexa turtleneck knit from the first collection. The elegant, short sleeved cashmere knit is beautifully complemented with Alexa pencil skirt made out of 100% cashemere. Slits at both sides of the skirt add comfort and movement to the hem. The third item in the collection is the versatile Alexa cashmere knit dress with a turtle neck. The relaxed dress’ look is easy to change by tying a cashmere belt around the waist. The belt is delivered with the dress.

”I wanted to create clothes that my wardrobe has always needed; luxurious and timeless items that are both versatile and comfortable to wear – the perfect combination, right?” Alexa explains.

 

BMuir by Alexa Dagmar

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First Signs of Spring in BMuir Collection

 

As the days start to get longer, you need a little something extra to brighten up the mood. BMuir’s first spring novelties are already available in web shop and at balmuir Brand Stores. Fresh pastel colours light blue, pink, coral and aqua bring a breath of fresh air into your style.

 BMuir Gail

 

Our alpaca collection is added by classic, ribbed Gail cardigan, that is available in light blue melange, light grey melange and light sand melange. The short cardigan is easy to combine with jeans, dresses or skirts, and it is perfect for both office wear and free time. Also Giselle cardigan is available in new colours, light blue melange and sand melange.

 

BMuir Adriana

Balmuir Adalyn

Balmuir Adalyn

BMuir Arian

 

Made out of light weight mohair blend, Arian cardigan and Adriana knit are the latest addition to BMuir’s materials.Versatile, airy knitwear is perfectly complemented by Adalyn accessories made out of the same material. Chunky, ribbed beanie and scarf keep you warm during the bright days of late winter. Our mohair blend products come in a variety of delicious pastel colours as well as classic black and grey.

 

 

BMuir Valencia

Balmuir Venla

 

Our beautiful Valencia cashmere knit is now available in lovely coral and light blue. The ribbed, modern knit is a guaranteed wardrobe favourite for several occasions. Our cashmere collection is also added by the beautiful Venla cardigan. The feminine details, pockets and relaxed straight fit make this cardigan especially versatile.

 

 

BMuir Adriana

 

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Easy Christmas Treats

This Christmas Balmuir teamed up with a young catering entrepreneur Erika Poussa from the catering company Bakerika to share three delicious and easy Christmas recipes with you. How about a cheese platter for Christmas Eve snacks, pistachio chocolate fudge as gifts for friends or chocolate chip cookies for Santa?

Balmuir Christmas

Balmuir Christmas


 

Pistachio chocolate fudge

Makes: 64 pieces

Ingredients:

350 g of solid dark chocolate (minimum 70%)
397 g of condensed milk
30 g of butter
pinch of salt
150 g of pistachios, no shell
A small baking tray

1. Chop the chocolate and pistachios into small pieces. The pistachios can also be put inside a ziplock bag and crushed with a rolling pin for more chunky, asymmetrical texture.
2. Put the chopped chocolate, condensed milk, butter and salt into a pan and stir to melt on low heat.
3. Add the pistachio pieces into the pan and stir well to mix.
4. Prepare a tray for the fudge by lining it with parchment paper. (This way the fudge is easy to pull out once it has set.
5. Pour the mixture into the baking tray and smooth out the top. We recommend using a spatula.
6. Let the fudge cool and refrigerate until set, for at least two hours. If you have time, we recommend leaving the batch in the fridge overnight.
7. Once the fudge has set, pull the fudge out and unwrap from the parchment paper.
8. Start by cutting the uneven sides so that the fudge looks like a large rectangle.
9. Cut into pieces of your preferance. We recommend approx. 3 x 2.25cm. A tip: With the edge of the knife you can lightly draw the grid you want into the fudge before cutting through fully.
10. Once cut, the fudge pieces can be stored in the freezer.
11. Tip: Wrap the pieces in cellophane and finish off with a beautiful ribbon for a perfect gift idea!

 

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Balmuir Christmas

Balmuir Christmas

 

Cheese Platter

For 4–6 people

Ingredients:


3-4 blocks of cheese based on your preferance. Balmuir and Bakerika used blocks of Manchego, Blue Cheese and Brie
A base of different crackers. The more types you have, the fuller the plate looks. Balmuir and Bakerika used:
o Dried archipelago bread
o Two different types of rye crackers
o Ginger bread
A jar of olives and a jar of cherry jam
o Tip: Choose visually pleasing glass jars for more aesthetic effect
Grapes
Roasted almonds and other nuts of your choice
Dark chocolate with a touch of seasalt
Figs cut in half
Rosemary branches
 
Assemble as you like! Start with the cheeses and the cracker base and start building from there. 

Decorate the table with candles >>

 

Balmuir Christmas

Balmuir Christmas

 

Salty and Sweet Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes: 10 large cookies

Ingredients:

100g of sugar
165 g of brown sugar
1 tsp of salt
120 g of coconut oil or any other plant-based alternative
60g oat milk
185g flour
½ tsp of baking soda
125 g of milk or baking chocolate
125 g of white chocolate
A tsp of vanilla extract
Sea salt for the finishing touch


1. Whisk together the sugar, brown sugar, salt, and coconut oil together in a large bowl.
2. Whisk in oat milk and vanilla, until all sugar has dissolved and the batter is smooth.
3. Sift in the flour and baking soda, then fold the mixture with a spatula, being careful not to overmix.
4. Fold in the chocolate chunks evenly.
5. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
6. Preheat oven to 180°C.
7. Scoop the dough into small balls with a special cookie scoop or by using an ice cream scoop. You can also scoop by using two spoons.
8. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and place the dough balls on it. Make sure to leave enough space between the cookies and the edges of the pan so cookies can spread evenly.
9. Press down on the dough balls gently and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top of each ball.
10. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cookies just begin to brown.
11. Let the cookies cool down completely.

 

Inspiration for table setting >>

 

Balmuir Christmas 

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Inspiration for Christmas Decor

Balmuir Christmas 

Winter is here and Christmas is getting closer. Create the warm atmosphere of Christmas into your home or cottage by adding a touch of red into your neutral coloured decor. Red is a perfect accent colour for neutral shades like grey, sand and off white.

Balmuir Christmas

Balmuir Christmas

 

Bring some colour and softness into your bedroom with red Lucca throws and Venice cushion covers made out of baby alpaca, linen pillow cases and Aurora kid mohair throws. Soft and breathable natural materials in your bedding keep you warm at night and feel comfortable against the skin.

 

Explore home textiles >>

 

Balmuir Christmas

Balmuir Christmas

 

Create a festive Christmas atmosphere into your livingroom with Balmuir’s beautiful ball candles and Verona candle stands. A soft Lausanne cashmere poncho is an elegant and comfortable addition to your homewear. From Balmuir you can also get Christmas presents delivered in beautiful Balmuir gift packages, finished with satin ribbons.

 

Shop Christmas gits >>

 

Balmuir Christmas

Balmuir Christmas

 

Christmas feast feels even more special with beautiful red kitchen linen. The table gets the finishing touches from candle light and elegant Piemonte wine glasses. Linen napkins and kitchen towels are also a practical, high-quality gift to bring to a Christmas party.

 

Inspiration for table setting >>

 

Balmuir Christmas 

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In Collaboration with Billebeino

BxBB | Balmuir x Billebeino

 

Balmuir’s collaboration collection BxBB was created together with the Finnish street fashion brand Billebeino. Inspired by the bold attitude of street fashion and high-quality natural materials, the goal was to create products that anyone, regardless of age or gender, could wear. Beanies made out of wool and cashmere mix and scarves made of 100% virgin wool suit both men and women. Classic neutral colours black and dark grey are easy to combine with different styles. The beanie is also available in Billebeino's signature colour red. The accessories are perfect for both city wear and outdoors. We asked Ville Leino, the founder of Billebeino to tell us more about his brand and his thoughts about the collaboration.

 

BxBB | Balmuir x Billebeino

What started Billebeino? 

Billebeino was created in Buffalo when I still played for NHL. I was recovering from and injury and spent a lot of my time painting. The signature I used became our logo. Billebeino’s co-founder, Juhani Putkonen and I wanted to use the signature for something and ended up making beanies and caps. When they sold well and people were still interested, we decided to make other products too and we’re still on that journey.

What inspires you with Billebeino?

I’m mostly inspired by the creative side, growth and developing our brand. Designing clothes and new, out of the box stuff is also inspiring, as well as collaborations.

How was the process of creating a collection together with Balmuir?

Balmuir and Billebeino have both been doing things bravely in their own style. There’s also a lot of similarities in the growth stories of both brands. The collaboration process was clear, as we had similar opinions on what the collection should be like. Naturally, getting the collection from the first ideas to launch takes time well over six months, but the process was relatively easy to finish.

What kind of a customer is the collection aimed at?

The collection is designed for both men and women, young and older stylish people. I’m very pleased with the products in the collection. The end result looks like both brands involved. The products are simple and stylish and I think they will be very popular.

 

Shop BxBB collection >>

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BMuir's Elegant Silk Collection

 BMuir Maya Light Taupe

BMuir’s new silk collection is comprised of elegant silk shirts and a top that are easy to combine with several styles for different occasions. Silk is a beautiful material that easily adds that special something to a look. It’s also very pleasant to wear as it feels cool against the skin during summer and warm during winter. For extra comfort, a little bit of elastane has been added to the material.

BMuir Malene Black

BMuir Malene Light Taupe

 

The collection includes a classic button up silk shirt Malene, a high cuffed silk shirt Marcia and the elegant silk top Maya. Beautiful, timeless colours black, ivory, khaki and light taupe, and a comfortable fit make these blouses true corner stones for any wardrobe, suitable for both the office and more formal occasions.

 

Five Tips - Update Your Look from Day to Night

As the end of the year with the holiday season approaches, it’s time to party. Even though you’d usually want to get ready for the celebrations with plenty of time, sometimes it’s just not possible. If the party’s starting right after work, we’ve got five tips for updating your look from day to night in just a few minutes.

BMuir Maya Black

 

1. Plan ahead. BMuir silk collection’s silk shirts and top are great for the office paired with a blazer or a cardigan and beautiful trousers or a skirt. As you get ready for the party, just leave out the blazer and change into a pair of high heels.

2. Touch up your make up and add some beautiful lipstick. If you’d rather bring the attention to your eyes, you can add some darker cream eye shadow on your lids.

3. Wash your hair the day before and tie it up in a bun for the day. As you let your hair down, you’ll have beautiful loose curls. Brush through gently and add some hair spray. If you want to, you can also add a trendy hair clip or a head band or tie a silk scarf into your hair.

4. Instead of your large work bag, bring a smaller purse to carry the essentials. Balmuir’s Edith crossbody or Emelie pouch are perfect for this, and the fit nicely into large bags too.

5. The most beautiful accessories you can have are a beautiful smile and a festive spirit! Cheers!

 

Discover BMuir's silk collection >

Shop BMuir clothes >

 

 

 BMuir Marcia Black

Posted By Tiina Simola
My Paris

Explore Paris with Balmuir

The new AW19/20 collection by Balmuir was shot in Paris. The collection got its inspiration particularly from the parisian style, which is effortless yet elegant at the same time. The style focuses on less, allowing the colours and textures of the high-quality materials bask in the spotlight.

Our model Estefania gave us a tour of her old hometown. Discover Estefania’s favourite spots and let your thoughts soar to the mysteriously narrow streets of Paris.

 

 My Paris

 

 

 

LE JARDIN SECRET

"My favourite restaurant for lunch is Le Jardin Secret (The Secret Garden). The restaurant is in the Marais area and it has a boho but Parisian chic feeling."

10 Rue des Rosiers

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Paris

 

 

L'ORANGERIE

"L'Orangerie in Tuileries is my favourite museum which houses a great collection of Monet's Nympheas paintings. Definitely a more niche but a well-known museum for the lovers of impressionism!"

Jardin Tuileries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Paris

 

 

My Paris
 

 

 

RUE DE BRETAGNE

"My favourite area in Paris is Rue Bretagne. Especially when there's the flea market, which is a perfect occasion to buy antique pieces."

Rue de Bretagne

My Paris

 

 

DISCOVER AW19/20 COLLECTION BY BALMUIR AND UPDATE YOUR LOOK >

Posted in Fashion By Katri Kaarre

A Glass of Bubbly And Soft Knitwear – BMuir Alpaca Collection Leads Us to Autumn

 

BMuir Alpaca Collection

BMuir Alpaca Collection

 

BMuir clothing collection expanded last week with soft knitwear made out of alpaca and merino wool mix. The launch was celebrated at Balmuir Brand Stores in Helsinki and Oulu. As the customers got familiar with the collection and matching Grace accessories, they were treated to a glass of bubbly, some sweet treats and a give away. Balmuir Brand Store Helsinki also had the designer of the collection at the event to tell more about the garments.

 

BMuir Alpaca Collection

BMuir Alpaca Collection

 

– We had a lot of our good regular customers visiting. It was nice to catch up after summer, many customer told us about their summer holidays and trips, says the store manager, Tommi Setälä from Balmuir Brand Store Helsinki.

A lot of the customers stopped by at the store befor continuing on to Helsinki Night of the Arts. They were particularly intrigued by the golden yellow and camel melange shades of the knitwear.

The collection was eagerly welcomed by customers in Balmuir Brand Store Oulu aswell.

– The customers really liked Giselle cardigan, and it was sold especially in black and grey on the launch day. Many were planning to come back later for some more shopping, explains Marja Tahvanainen from Balmuir Brand Store Oulu.

 

BMuir alpakkamallistoBMuir alpakkamallisto

 

Knitwear made out of alpaca and merino wool mix are an excellent choice for autumn. The versatile sweaters, tunics and cardigans are perfect for both office and leisure wear. The clothes are available in six lovely colours and, depending on the model, in size XS-XL.

Choose your favourites from our alpaca and merino wool mix knitwear >>

 

Match with Grace accessories >>

 

Read more about the care for alpaca and merino wool mix >>

 

Posted in Fashion By Tiina Simola
My Malaga

Explore Malaga with Balmuir

BMuir linen collection was shot in Malaga, the hometown of our model Mira. She fell in love with the new BMuir linen collection and her favourite garment was the versatile Livia linen tunic that can easily be transformed into various looks with accessories.

Mira takes us on a tour of her favourite spots in her home town. Sit back, relax and get inspired by the Spanish atmosphere:

 

My Malaga

 

 

 

Los Baños del Carmen 

"This beach restaurant is a well known spot for people living in Malaga. History of this place goes all the way back to 1918. Relaxed restaurant situated directly at the beach with easy going vibes.  Soak in the Spanish atmosphere during the weekends – people laughing, families having lunch and enjoying the live music. For me this is definitely the place to watch the sunset at the terrace of the restaurant or from the beach."

Calle Bolivia, 26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Malaga

 

 

 

El Pimpi Restaurant

"This restaurant is definitely a must see when you come to Malaga. El Pimpi offers traditional dishes and variety of Spanish wines. I love the interior decor and vibrant patio of this place, decorated in Andalusian style. For those who don’t know, this is also favourite place of Antonio Banderas who is originally from Malaga!"

Calle Bolivia, 26​​​​​​​

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Malaga

 

 

 

 

Alcazaba de Malaga

"A historical fortress located in the center of Malaga, right next to El Pimpi. If you want to have a great view over the roofs of Malaga and experience the feeling of travelling back in time, this is the place to visit. Take a stroll through history and enjoy the exotic architecture..."

Calle Alcazabilla, 2

 

 

 

 

 

BMuir's linen collection is perfect for warm days in the sun. Balmuir's panamahats, beautiful silk scarves and small bags compliment the outfit. 

 

Discover our tips for accessories to match with BMuir linen clothes >>

 

My Malaga

 

 

Posted By Tiina Simola

A Work Result of the Highest Standard – Interviewing Our Finnish Manufacturer

Eija Kanniala | Balmuir

Over 50 % of the Balmuir products are made in Europe. Our largest source of production is Italy, but some production takes place in Finland as well. In Kiiminki, Eija Kanniala of Tunnelma Koti Oy has been sewing Balmuir for three years already. The work space of Kanniala is conveniently located only a few steps from her home door in the immediate vicinity of her home.

 

What kind of sewing projects do you undertake for Balmuir?

I mainly sew Venice cushion covers with piping, Helsinki beanies and ponchos, as well as Lucca capes. I have also been in charge of smaller projects, such as the sewing of linen drapes for the stores, or small repair jobs. For my other clients I primarily sew home textiles so it’s nice to change things up every once in a while, and work with accessories as well.

Browse products sewn by Eija:

Venice cushion covers >>

Helsinki beanies >>

Helsinki ponchos >>

Lucca capes >>

 

What is important to you with regard to your job?

I have always been a hard worker and my principle has always been to never say no to work. Especially with regard to sewing high-quality products like Balmuir’s, it goes without saying that you’ve got to give the work your 101 %. In fact, I have even made some improvements to the sample products, such as a finer finish to the edges of cushion covers in order to ensure the durability of the product. The materials of Balmuir are always of high quality, but they also require precision. Therefore, I want to make sure that the products are made to the highest standard.

 

What is your typical day at work?

I begin the work day at home around seven to eight in the morning. A few times a week, I go to the centre of Oulu to undertake some sewing work there, in which cases I begin my work only at ten. In addition to sewing, the job also requires lots of cutting, measuring and ironing. For the projects requiring serial production I have my own tools, which speed up the work. For example, the rate of sewing Venice cushion covers is approximately three to one hour. I also regularly take the finished goods back to clients and go get materials for new projects. I only live half an hour away from the headquarters of Balmuir, so the transport works very flexibly.

Venice cushion covers | BalmuirLucca cape | Balmuir

 

How do you balance out work and leisure time while working from home?

I crave different projects in my life and would not know how to simply sit still. However, it is important to me that along with client jobs I get to spice up my days with my own sewing projects or go for a brief swim on my beach during hot summer days. On my free time, I read books and search for metals from the nearby grounds. Nowadays I don’t sew clothes on my free time anymore, but when I was younger, I used to sew clothes for my now adult daughters.

Posted By Tiina Simola

High-quality Linen Clothing Is Suitable For Both Holiday And Office – The New BMuir Collection

The most recent BMuir collection comprises classy and versatile apparel made of the finest 100 % linen in Europe. The premium level natural material, the timeless designs and subtle tones ensure a linen clothing line that is easily adaptable for different occasions. The designer Niina tells us more about the birth of the collection and the properties inherent to linen apparel.

 BMuir linen clothes

 

What inspired the BMuir Linen Collection?

The summer of 2018 reached a record-breaking hot spell in Finland as well – Both our customers and staff were constantly inquiring after a clothing collection incorporating high-quality linen. Linen has been a familiar working material used in the Balmuir home décor collection ever since the beginning, and it has always been one of our customer favourites. This as well strengthened our inspiration for creating a BMuir linen clothing collection.

 

What are the advantages of linen as a clothing material?

The timelessness and effortlessness, as well as the breathability and flow of the material – these are qualities of linen that give it countless opportunities for design. It’s also a common conception to think that linen is solely a summer material. However, combined with other materials it’s also perfectly suitable for the early spring and fall. Linen is also easy to take care of and won’t always require ironing, for example.

Discover the linen clothing collection >>

Latizia wrap dressLivia linen tunic

 

For what kind of use are linen clothes suitable?

Linen is generally perceived as a relaxed material. However, the starting point of the BMuir collection has been timelessness and transformability. For instance, the Latizia wrap dress can be accessorised to fit a more formal event, or the dress can be paired with a turtle neck underneath to suit a colder weather. The more daring dressers could even wear the dress with slim fit trousers. The collared Livia tunic is an excellent choice for work attire and can also be worn open in a jacket-like fashion. The Louise trousers are relaxed and comfortable, yet neat enough to fit a city or an office setting. Of course, the linen is known best as the ideal material for hot summer days.

 

What type of materials should linen be paired with?

Linen is a versatile classic, which can effortlessly be paired with different materials, textures, and prints. For instance, silk, cashmere and linen scarves of the Balmuir accessory collection would beautifully complement the linen clothing collection.

Linnea linen blouseLinnea linen blouse

  

How should linen be cared for?

Linen should be washed in accordance with the washing instructions and shaped while damp. If needed, linen can also be efficiently ironed inside out while it’s still damp. Drying the material in direct sunlight should be avoided in order to maintain the brightness of the colours.

Find the linen care instructions here >>

 
 
Posted in Fashion By Tiina Simola

The Winston Sundae (for two people)

 

Treat yourself and a friend to a lovely ice cream dessert that will certainly satisfy even the biggest of cravings for something sweet. We created a lovely sundae recipe that looks as good as it tastes! 

 

Balmuir Winston sundae

 What you need:

  • 2 Crystal Winston Tumblers
  • 100 g of Digestive Biscuits
  • 40 g of melted butter
  • Approx. ½–1 dl of caramel sauce
  • Dark chocolate and blueberries (or other decorations according to your taste)
  • 260 ml container of Häagen-Dazs Cookies & Cream Ice Cream (or any ice cream of your preference)

The method: 

The Winston Ice Cream Sundae is prepared in layers. Start by preparing the biscuit base. Put the biscuits in a zip lock plastic bag and crush by using a rolling pin. Put a pinch of crumbs aside for the later decorating stage. Mix the remaining biscuit crumbs together with the melted butter in a bowl. Next, use a teaspoon to press the biscuit batter to the bottom of the Winston Tumbler, thereby forming a firm layer of approximately 1 cm. For the second layer, pour the caramel sauce on top of the biscuit layer to once again form a layer of 1 cm (or according to taste). Note that the caramel will rise up around the edges when you add the ice cream. Put the glass inside the fridge for one hour to condense the digestive base. Once the layers are cooled down, add the ice cream on top. Decorate the sundae with blueberries and biscuit crumbs. Add an asymmetrical piece of dark chocolate for a beautiful finish.

Find other inspiring items for table settings from our dining collection >>

Posted By Tiina Simola

Quality and Flexibility – Millan Putiikki, Our Retailer in Lahti 

An effective collaboration with both retailers and producers is of utmost importance to Balmuir, and thus we would like to introduce some of our long-time business partners here in our blog.

This time, we get more acquainted with Millan Putiikki – a store which sells high-quality apparel, accessories and interior décor items. The customers are able to enjoy the store’s selection online at the webstore as well as at a physical location, in a boutique located in Lahti, Finland.  In business since 2012, the owner and CEO of the boutique, Milla Tähkänen, tells us more.

 

What is important to you in regard to the daily operation of your Boutique?

We consider our customers the most important of all, of course, as without them there wouldn’t be us. Another important thing is to have good and reliable affiliates. Together we make sure that our store selection stays interesting and constantly changing. In this way, the work stays personally enjoyable and the customers are motivated to keep coming back yet again to see what’s on offer.

 

Millan Putiikki BalmuirMillan Putiikki Balmuir

 

How would you describe your company values?

We want to offer our customers flexible and good customer service. We are even able to order singular items for our customers, if needed. This is the strength of a small business – flexibility comes easy.

Another value for us is bravery. You can’t always be sure on whether or not something will work, but we still often try new things. Sometimes things go wrong, but fortunately most of the time we make things work. As an entrepreneur, I also think it is important that our employees are content and want to do their own part in running a small business and in ensuring that everything runs smoothly.

 

How do you pick and choose the products that you want to sell in the boutique?

We choose products and brands which we would use ourselves, as well. As the boutique has been in business for quite a while already, the brands in our store have become quite constant. However, sometimes we find new exciting things, we just can’t resist.

 

How did you discover Balmuir?

I encountered Balmuir and its creation story through media at the end of year 2012. In 2013, I re-encountered Balmuir in Stockholm at the Formex fair. There were so many lovely items that it was hard to decide which products we would start with. At first, we got Helsinki and Dawn scarves, linen kitchen textiles and kid mohair throws. Now the selection has grown quite a bit. It was wonderful to get our first shop-in-shop for Balmuir products at the end of last year.

Millan Putiikki BalmuirMillan Putiikki Balmuir

 

What attracts you to the products of Balmuir?

I think that the durable natural materials and the timeless design are what’s best in Balmuir. I also like that you can bring luxury to your everyday life with the products of a Finnish brand. You don’t always have to rely on the Italian or French.

Being Finnish is a great value, and we in fact continuously try to find our customers beautiful and high-quality brands that are domestic. Balmuir fits this value brilliantly.

 

What are your favourite products of Balmuir?

The Helsinki scarf is always my go-to accessory. I wear mine inside as well as outdoors. The new Aurora beanie has also grown on me as a favourite, but the upcoming autumn collection has so many lovely things, that there will definitely be new items to add to my favourites list.

Browse Balmuir's spring novelties >>

 

What kind of visions do you have for the future?

I believe that a small business, such as us, will never be truly ready. I want to learn to be even better in many aspects relating to my work, so development is one of my visions. Of course, creating a memorable and cosy store experience from season to season requires inspiration and the performance of the task multiple times a year. In this aspect also, the best partners will help us push these visions forward.

 

More information on Balmuir wholesale: Phone +358-40-705-6353 / E-mail: sales@balmuir.com

Visit Millan Putiikki online >>

Posted By Tiina Simola

Set The Table for Spring

 

 

This spring the dining table is set in a casual, yet elegant. Invest in timeless and high quality table top accessories that will last you for years. The classic ensemble is brightened with napkins and candles in beautiful colours of the season. One of this spring's most popular colours is pink, balanced with classic white.

Linen is a much loved, durable natural material. Our European made napkins are an essential part of a spring table setting. These napkins are also a more eco-friendly choice for paper napkins. A leather napking ring finishes the look. If you wish for a table cloth, we recommend our linen table cloth to bring a laid back, vintage vibe to your home. 

Browse our kitchen linen >

 

As the early spring nights get dark, create a romantic atmosphere with handmade candles and precious crystal candle stands. Combine different size candle stands and different colour candles to make a center piece for dinner table or in the living room. 

Candle standsCandle stands

Fall for candles > 

Add a finishing touch to the table with a beautiful bouquet with your favourite flowers. Gather the bouquet into our Kensington lantern, which can also be used as an elegant vase. If you want, we can also make the lantern personal with a monogram. 

Buy lanterns >


Have you been invited to a dinner party? Surprise the hosts with a linen kitchen towel that only gets better with time. Our wonderful colour collection includes both classic and seasonal options. Our aprons are also a valued gift for those who enjoy cooking.

Posted By Tiina Simola