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About Ingrid Opstad

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Hi there. I’m Ingrid, I am a graphic designer, and I love being creative. I get inspired by everyday life, and you can find traces of my Norwegian identity in alot of what I do. This blog will be a space for me to share my work but also somewhere I will post about things I like, places I go and things I experience. Hope you enjoy it!

Posts by Ingrid Opstad :

DREAMING OF SNOWY TREES

Sorry for the lack of posts here lately, the Italian summer is in full swing and my home is like a Finnish sauna at the moment… While I am waiting for the air-con to be installed and dreaming of cooler days, here is a minimal and beautiful poster of a winter tree full of snowy branches photographed in Munich by Coco Lapine. You can purchase this poster here, or browse her online store for more beautiful wall art.

Note: the shelf used to display the poster on above is the folded shelves designed by Johan Van Hengel for Muuto.

// Photo credit: Coco Lapine

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NORDIC PLACES TO VISIT // COZY NÆRVÆR WINE BAR & RESTAURANT IN COPENHAGEN

Nærvær (meaning presence) is Copenhagen’s new wine bar & restaurant, located in Krøyers Plads with the water and the Inderhavnsbroen as a backdrop to the city’s light. The restaurant can only seat no more than twelve people, and the space is divided into different areas to help enhance the intimate experience.

Danish Norm Architects used a dark palette combined with warm materials and minimal lighting to create a cosy atmosphere. The place is full of character, and the custom lighting made by the Danes are a beautiful addition.

“With an interior design defined by an array of stone, wood and metal, the materials are all natural and have deliberately been altered in order to create dark and industrial surfaces that matches the mood of the place. This conscious focus on tactility brings a warm, material richness to the interior that naturally compliments the raw concrete walls and industrial framework of the space.” – Norm Architects

Because of the limited space, it is recommended to book if you are planning to visit. Nærvær is located at Strandgade 87 C, stuen, 1401 København K, Denmark. Find out more here.

// Photo credit: Norm Architects

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MINIMAL LOVE FROM STELTON

If you need a new water pitcher, kettle, water bottle or other homeware items look no further. Stelton, the Danish design company with strong roots in the Scandinavian design tradition, has a great selection of minimalist products with a retro vibe. I am especially loving the new pastel colours seen in their Spring collection.

Stelton is a brand with long traditions in Scandinavian homes and has managed to capture the hearts of design lovers since the late 1960s. Arne Jacobsen’s iconic Cylinda-line in stainless steel for Stelton launched in 1967 was based on his philosophy that ”good design should be available for everyone”. Today five decades later, the series has become the essence of Stelton’s design DNA. The Cylinda-line features selected items coated in beautifully coloured enamel to celebrate its 50th Anniversary with an array of soft colours; ocean blue, dusty teal, powder and smokey blue.

The Emma pitcher reminds us of the classic Danish steel pitchers of the 1950s, reinterpreted for today in a sculptural and classic design. This beautiful pitcher is an addition to the Emma collection. How pretty is the Emma electric cordless kettle with the same retro style?

The Circle water bottle is a handy reusable bottle in glass, with a pure and unique design. With a unique open/close function in form of a beautiful circular stopper, the bottle is easy to hold and to drink from.

The To Go Click cup has a ”smart click” function that lets you open and close it easily, and you can drink from the full 360 degrees of the cup as if there were no lid. A great way to enjoy hot or cold drinks without spills when you’re on the move or while traveling.

This year we can find the iconic EM77 vacuum jug designed by Erik Magnussen in 1977 in new bright colours sand, dusty green and light grey. The colours are inspired by Scandinavian evenings by the sea and sandy beaches with gentle summer breezes.

// Photo credit: Stelton

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SEEKING COZINESS EVERYDAY

I loved May, but is it just me or did it disappear so quick? For me, it is the perfect month. A lovely temperature and a time full of happiness. Everyone is smiling because summer is arriving and there so much to look forward to.

For many people seeking coziness everyday is necessary for feeling happy. It is about finding a calm in a stressful world, a little hyggekrok (cozy nook) where it is ok to slow down and relax. What better way to do so than in a minimal space with a cup of coffee in hand. This dark and flavorsome happiness-potion has become the symbol of hygge, and the latest trend is having a coffee-nap. A coffee-nap is the perfect way to get a quick pick-me-up, it literally means to drink a coffee followed by a 15-minute nap. When you wake up the caffeine kicks in, this way you can get an effective rest that makes you feel ready to tackle the rest of the day. Next time you feel tired – try it!

I have selected 4 of the images from Instagram to share with you, these images all have a calm and lovely tone that captures That Scandinavian Feeling perfectly. If you want to discover more, grab a coffee and click on the hashtag below;

1 // @by_cwpg_coffee_moment
“With my image, I want to convey the Nordic light surrounded by clean lines, simplicity, the purity that emerges from the light in the room.”

2 // @laura_ascari
“Staying home and enjoying the little things in life on rainy days gives me That Scandinavian Feeling.”

3 // @acuriousfind
“That Scandinavian Feeling for me is living in a stripped back and minimal space. I like to have a white background and add in simple furniture pieces, with clean lines and no fussiness. Our lives are so busy, it’s important to me, to have a clean, simplistic space that helps me clear my head after a busy day. I like to add in wooden tones throughout. This adds warms and interest, and stops the space from being cold and bare.”

4 // @a_frebel
“That Scandinavian Feeling to me means seeking coziness everyday, finding comfort in the ordinary, and striving to keep things simple but significant. It is enjoying slow mornings with coffee and my dogs, and wearing fuzzy socks while watching the snow fall. It is clean sheets, the subtle sound of falling rain, and vanilla scented candles.

In relation to this image, my Scandinavian feeling usually involves coffee. I find comfort in coffee because it is warm and fuzzy, it represents routine & productivity. Coffee can be drank at any time and with anyone. Many conversations, moments, and memories have been shared over coffee.”

What gives you That Scandinavian Feeling? Share your images on Instagram too for a chance to be featured, and let’s spread some summertime hygge!

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FRIDAY INSPIRATION: GREEN INTERIOR

Green is really growing on me (no pun intended), and I am very intrigued by all the green interior I see on Pinterest. Green is such a calm shade, a green accent wall or a little green corner in a livingroom seems like a great way to add some colour. I can’t decide if I prefer the lighter or darker shades… What do you think, would you be bold and add green in your home?

// 1: Green kitchen cabinets / 2: Bedroom with a green, tropical vibe / 3: Modern look with pale green / 4: Green colour palette / 5: Cozy nook with a warm shade of green / 6: A green corner with plants

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IN LOVE WITH LUXEMBOURG

A couple of weeks ago I visited Luxembourg for the first time, an incredibly cute and lovely place to spend a few days. This is a city with a mixture of French and Germanic cultures and styles, but I managed to discover a couple of Scandinavian gems that I want to share with you!

NJöRD FOOD
Scandinavian café

This lovely little café is located in the same building as the Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art, and is the perfect place to stop for a quick bite or coffee, or a beer in the evening. The food selection was great, a mixture of warm and cold dishes such as smørbrød (sandwiches), salads and soups as well as desserts. The interior was minimal and Scandinavian, but with a cozy and homely vibe.

HONEY \ MUSTARD
Clothing & accessories store with a Scandinavian approach

Honey \ Mustard is located in the heart of the city, near the Royal Palace. As soon as I spotted this store I could see it had a Nordic style, stepping in I felt like I was back in Scandinavia. The store is beautifully curated with a simplistic and tasteful look and a great selection of Scandinavian brands such as Filippa K, Tiger of Sweden, Norse Projects, Samsoe Samsoe, L:A Bruket and more. A great place for fashionistas looking for Scandinavian style inspiration!

Mandarina hotel
Affordable hotel with a Scandi vibe

This hotel was located a bit outside the city center, but with buses going past regularly it ended up being a great location. The whole building seemed to be newly renovated with a modern and trendy approach. Our room was decorated with many great features like the Normann Copenhagen dropit wall hooks, Vitra chairs, and a very interesting wall lamp.

Have you been to Luxembourg? Although it is small, there is still so much to discover. I fell in love with this cute place and hope to come back soon, just look!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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