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#1-Fellow blogger Cris Angsten email me last week and asked me to contribute to her  “Weird Things Design Types Love” series where this week’s topic would be the Saarinen Tulip table. I wrote my thoughts Wednesday, emailed them to her and BAM, post goes up yesterday. Click here to see my thoughts along with a few other bloggers/design fanatics.

#2-As you know, I’m still working on the commercial project and I’m seriously like, less than a week from being done. I was debating about ordering the Saarinen from Room & Board (which I believe is just inspired by the original Tulip table)and called the store last night to see if they had the table in stock.

Dayka: “hi, …..if you have the SAAR-EN-IN table in stock in stock?”
Salesgirl: “I’m sorry, I didn’t understand… what did you ask for?”
Dayka: “the SAAR-EN-IN 36″ coffee table.”
Salesgirl: “oh, I think you mean the SAIRE-EN-IN?”
Dayka: “uh…yes, sorry.”

Now I am totally cool with having my grammar corrected if I am in fact pronouncing a word wrong, because I never want to be that person that is publically speaking in a super confident manner and yet saying something like “pacifically” instead of “specifically.”  So if (on the odd chance) you hear me saying something crazy, please tap my shoulder, whisper in my ear and educate me. After we hung up I did the first thing I always do in a serious case of confusion and turned to trusty ol’ Google to hunt down the proper pronunciation…and I was right! It’s not SAIRE-EN-EN. It is in fact, SAAR-EN-IN. Phonetic, just like it’s spelled (like my name). And here’s the link so you can even have fun saying the whole name in native Finnish tongue if you so choose.

So I leave you with this friendly reminder…check your pronunciation.


  1. Holly
    January 13, 2012 at 7:13 am (6 years ago)

    Good for you! I would have done the exact same thing. Checking out your photo shoot pictures now!

  2. swtpee1010
    January 13, 2012 at 10:51 am (6 years ago)


  3. Cris Angsten
    January 16, 2012 at 10:10 am (6 years ago)

    How funny! I once got “corrected” on the pronunciation of “sisal”… had to let that go. Cool link to hear it pronounced correctly (and now I feel confident saying Saarinen also).

  4. Pixie
    January 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh, she was just trying to be all snooty. I HATE when sales people go all snooty on you…it drives me crazy. Instead of pretending you don’t know what I’m saying how about just say it the correct way in conversation if I’m wrong and I’ll pick up on it. lol.

    PS: Love that black and white wall paper in the photo…wow.

  5. court.
    January 17, 2012 at 10:43 am (6 years ago)

    ooohhh….for all that attitude, the employee was wrong! I love how you gracefully handled that…then looked it up!

    January 29, 2012 at 8:35 am (6 years ago)

    Ha Ha…..I hope the next time you are in there you through out some crazy word and then just stand there and watch her squirm. In fact start asking her questions so you can enjoy the moment even more…..


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