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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 :

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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DESIGN CRUSH: THE CUTEST POCKET CHAIR

How cute is this new Pocket chair, a collaboration between the Spanish design studio Stone Designs and Swedish Blå Station. This creative and functional chair was presented at Milan Design Week last month, and ever since I have seen it popping up everywhere.

I love the idea of the secret compartment on the bottom for storing items such as bags, backpacks, scarfs, satchels and jackets as well as the round, organic shape. Although it is intended for public spaces, I still think this can be a great chair for home too.

“We came up with the idea in a ski resort. People pile up their goggles, helmets, and backpacks on the table during breakfast and lunch, so that it doesn’t pick up dirt from the floor. What a mess. And it steals table space from the restaurateur too. We just had to come up with an answer!” – Eva Prego

And what a great answer it is!

// Photo credit: Blå Station

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INSPIRATION FOR A FUN SCANDINAVIAN KIDS ROOM FROM FERM LIVING

I came across an image yesterday of the cutest little miniature funkis house by Danish design brand ferm LIVING, and soon I was lost in their website browsing all the adorable items. The mix of bright and pastel colours combined with quirky prints and characters make for a great environment for kids to grow and stimulate their fantasy.

If you are planning a kids room and want to add a fun yet minimal Scandinavian look or need gift ideas for someone with a little one, check out some of my favorites below.

Little Mr. Teddy cushion;

Shelf hangers, blue Billy basket & Billy Bear wall flag;

Popcorn round cushion;

Little half moon blanket & cloud lamp;

Dotty wallpaper;

Mint dot bedding & landscape bed bumper;

The ferm LIVING KIDS universe is full of Danish design for a simple expression or a more playful look. Check out their webshop for more.

// Photo credit: ferm LIVING

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MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS

Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days around the world, in Norway it falls on the second Sunday of February, but in Denmark and Finland on the the second Sunday of May and in Sweden at the end of May.

This lovely day is great for showing appreciation to the mothers and mother figures in our lives. I have therefore created a guide below full of little gift ideas for the mum who loves Scandinavian design;


  1. ‘HJEM’ (MEANING HOME IN SCANDINAVIAN) GIFTSET WITH 3 SCENTED CANDLES BY SKANDINAVISK

  2. ‘LAGOM: THE SWEDISH ART OF BALANCED LIVING’ KINDLE BOOK BY LINNEA DUNNE

  3. MOOMINMAMMA MUG BY ARABIA

  4. ‘GREAT THINGS WILL BE SERVED’ APRON BY H&M HOME

  5. PAIR OF WOODEN SPARROWS BY KAY BOJESEN

  6. ‘KUUSI’ ROUND TRAY BY SAGALAGA DESIGN

  7. ‘LOVE YOU MUM’ GREETING CARD BY KIKKI.K

  8. SESAME SCRUB SOAP BY MERAKI

  9. ‘MY BEST RECIPE NOTEBOOK’ BY DESIGN LETTERS

  10. PASSION & COCONUT JAM BY NICOLAS VAHE

  11. LEATHER LETTER KEY RING BY ONE MUST DASH

 

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A SENSE OF CALM AND PEACE

May is finally here, but before we fully start to embrace this new month let’s take a look at some highlights from the ever growing #thatscandinavianfeeling Instagram feed. Each month that goes by I love discovering new accounts and seeing how you all interpret what That Scandinavian Feeling is. What seems to be constant is that sense of calm and peace, enjoying life and it’s everyday moments. I believe coziness is key to this, making sure you fully appreciate everything around you and not missing the little moments. At home calm and peace can be achieved with minimalism and decluttering, and what better time to do so than spring?

In my home, I try to keep a minimal colour palette, with mostly white or light wood surfaces as well as a lot of grays. I recently bought all white bed linen, and what a difference it makes! Waking up in a bright and airy environment does wonders for your mood and even though colours can make you happy, I find that white and paler shades do the trick for me.

Another way to feel tranquil is to have a walk and just be at one with nature. A lovely scenic view over the peaceful sea can have a soothing effect and make you forget about all of the everyday stress. Sometimes we tend to stress a lot for no reason when what we should be doing is slowing down and enjoying a nice cup of coffee while thinking about ways to minimize those stressful elements. Many of the things we stress about in our everyday life are just small things we could resolve quite quickly instead of dwelling on. I read somewhere that; if something is on your mind and making you feel stressed that could be dealt with in 5 minutes or less – just do it and get it out of the way! This is something I have been trying to live by recently, and I find it helping me to decrease those long lists in my head of things that always seem to stress me out. So if you too are feeling a bit overwhelmed and need more calm in your life, try it out for the rest of the week and see if it helps.

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 // @momentsandays
“Calm moments and simplicity, time with family and friends. This picture is telling about our Easter tradition in Scandinavia, spring time and new beginnings.”

2 // @annahsalter
“For me That Scandinavian Feeling is simplicity. It’s inviting spaces that draw you in and make you feel at home. It’s ordinary moments that make you feel cozy and content.”

3 // @designandnicethings
“Bright skies, blue water, and fresh air. That Scandinavian Feeling is a sense of calm and peace.”

4 // ​@ingvildye
“​​Now that spring has finally arrived in Norway, it’s great to be able to listen to the birds singing, with a coffee cup in hand and know that the sun is warming up my cheeks. Bright, long and lazy days.”

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

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