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!
I am currently loving the botanical trend, and have slowly been adding little accents of it in my home during winter to make the transition to spring. For me, subtle hints are key to still keeping with the minimal theme, so things like prints, decorative items and pillows are a great way to achieve the look without feeling like you live in the jungle.
A minimal print in black & white like this one can be a great way to have something botanical without going green. Another great way to add greenery without having real plants in your home can be ceramic cactuses or candle holders with a botanic print on.
If you don’t have a green thumb, botanical decorative items can be a great way to add a little green in your life. Here’s a little round-up of the items mentioned above;
Starting the weekend off with a moodboard created with the lovely photos of the new curated collection for the modern home by COS X HAY. What do you think? I’m loving all the green and natural tones, perfect for Spring!
Another month has gone by and we finally say hi to March. But first, let’s have a look at some of the many moments shared through February. I love seeing all of your beautiful images from home or traveling, they really capture that lovely Scandinavian feeling I so long for. Although it is still quite cold outside, we can finally start to see signs of Spring which gives hope after a long and dark winter.
This period is the perfect time to create special happy memories with your loved ones, whether inviting them over for coffee & cakes or exploring a new city together. Speaking of exploring, I am planning a trip to Copenhagen soon and cannot wait to see what this vibrant Danish city has to offer. Do you have any fun travel plans lined up?
I have selected 4 of the images from Instagram to share with you, as well as a quote from each of them about what That Scandinavian Feeling means to them. Be sure to check out the #thatscandinavianfeeling feed for more! Just click on the hashtag below and it will take you to the feed;
1 // @suffolk_wife
“To me That Scandinavian Feeling is happy times with my family, enjoying comfort food and creating special memories.”
2 // @veerle2412
“My bedroom has windows from floor to ceiling and even on a dark and rainy day it’s still bright in there. After a long workday and taking care of my two-year-old, I love to snuggle up there under some blankets with a cup of tea and edit some photographs or read a book. This dresser I got from an old neighbor when I moved out of my parents house at the age of 18. The dressers history combined with a light print and some plants really make my bedroom a calm, fresh and hyggelig place to be.”
3 // @latazzinablu
“That Scandinavian Feeling to me means stay at home enjoying the precious moments, buy fresh flowers and light up some candles.”
4 // @whotookmymojo
“No one ever said being seperated from someone you love was meant to be easy. You only have to observe the number of times those doubtful feelings come and go. That Scandinavian Feeling to show where she’s coming from, only the sea set us miles apart. That Scandinavian Feeling of her postcards which never cease to amaze me, pulled me back where we departed.
That Scandinavian Feeling I had everytime I set foot on foreign soil, either calling it quits or battling with the law of emotions to realise that achieving longetivity and that long term respect of a fickle world is much, much harder than it looks.”
I hope you join in and share your images on Instagram too! It’s a great way for us all to get together and spread some hygge while we wait for warmer weather. So what is That Scandinavian Feeling to you?
I love the idea of having a large statement print somewhere, especially something personal like a blown-up black & white photo from traveling or nature. Below are a couple of inspirational images found online showing different ways you can incorporate an oversized print or artwork into your home.
Large printed black & white photo attached to a vintage school room map via Design*Sponge. What a creative way to mount a print, giving off a vintage vibe.
A minimal painting as seen here by Stylizimoblog home can add a calm and beautiful tone to your space. Especially if you have darker walls, a light coloured artwork can be a nice contrast.
If you don’t want to hang anything up, having giant frames on the floor can do the trick, like here found on My Scandinavian Home.
A large landscape print can work great along a large wall. The simplistic and minimal look of these winter trees found via April & May work great in a white space.
I think the bedroom can be a great place to add a large print. Keep it a bit funny with a statement like this one from Tamara Magel.
Or what about printing a selection of smaller prints to hang up so that they make up one big poster? This can be a cheaper and quite decorative way to get something unique for your wall. Image was found from Emma Woods Interiors on Instagram.
What do you think about this new trend, will you be adding an oversized print or artwork in your home?
I had the pleasure of having a little chat with Satu Enstedt, the woman behind the Finnish brand Sagalaga Design. Their designs are born from life’s magical moments and the depths of timeless time. She gets inspired by the simple aesthetics of Finland, creating beautiful Scandinavian products with the nature at heart.
Q1 // How did Sagalaga Design start? Can you tell us a bit about your creative background and how the brand was created?
Sagalaga Design started in 2013 by baby steps. I was working as a creative freelancer for clients and I felt I needed to create something on my own. Sagalaga, as a word, didn’t leave me alone, so I trusted my instinct and that’s how Sagalaga Design was created. ‘Saga’ has been my childhood nickname and it means story / fairytale which I would like to believe can be found in my design style as well.
I studied Fine Art, Graphic Design & Textile Design while working on many different kind of creative projects before Sagalaga Design. I think the result is a good combination of all projects from my past.
Q2 // What inspires you in your design process?
Unexpected things in quiet moments are the best. I think my head is constantly working on something new and when the mental process is ready to come out, I start to work with an idea on paper. The idea can basically come from anywhere around us. There´s always a story behind every illustration or pattern, even though it may not be that obvious at first. Little joy for your everyday life, as our slogan says.
Q3 // In what way does your Scandinavian heritage affect your style?
I spent my childhood playing around in old pine forest close to our house and we also had a summer cottage in a small island at Finnish archipelago. I think nordic nature with all its scents, forms and lines are still affecting me and can be seeing as a minimalistic Scandinavian style and functional products.
Q4 // Are you currently working on any new designs, and if so can you give us a little insight?
Yes, I´m currently working with new patterns and designs, new products are coming out soon. The latest will be our cosmetic bag and two smaller purses. These will be out this Spring and we are quite excited about them!
Q5 // How do you like to relax, how do you hygge?
I relax with friends and loved ones spending quality time together. Cooking together, spending time by the sea or doing a picnic in the forest is to me the best thing you can do.
SAGALAGA DESIGN PRODUCTS SHOWN IN THIS BLOGPOST: KUUSI tray: Silent, winter woods, snow on spruce. This pattern is inspired by the beautiful winter forest with heavy snow on trees. The Finnish word KUUSI means spruce. TUIKE candle holder: This wooden candle holder is made out of Finnish birch. You can have a small piece of Finnish forest twinkle at your home and bring you special nordic atmosphere. The Finnish word TUIKE means twinkle.
Both the KUUSI tray and the TUIKE candle holder are available from their online store along with a lovely selection of other trays, textiles, paper and wood products.