About Ingrid Opstad

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!

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Happy Friday, I hope the sun is shining wherever you are in the world! Here the weather has been quite changing lately, from lovely and warm one day to cold and rainy the next. But I guess that’s Spring for you, and what I love about this season!

This Spring I want to keep my wardrobe simple and casual yet cool. Lots of denim, plain or stripy t-shirts, and light jackets but with minimal accessories. Oh, and I’m all about white trainers lately, something I never thought I would be. Here are some inspirational images I found online, you can find all the links below or follow my Scandinavian style & fashion inspo Pinterest board for more.

// 1: Black denim overalls / 2: Oversized blue jeans, plain t-shirt and white sneakers / 3: Grey rancoat / 4: Pink and stripes / 5: Laidback vibe / 6: Denim dress with frills



Milan Design Week is always my favorite part of the year, the city is buzzing and full of interior and design lovers! One of the highlights for me this year was the IKEA Festival located in an old Warehouse in the Lambrate district. Under the slogan ‘Let’s make room for life’, IKEA wanted to redefine the room where the everyday life happens – the living room!

“People have told us that the living room is the heart of everyday life at home, full of activities and precious moments. Yet, it’s a room in need of change. As a curious company, we want to understand these needs and meet them with solutions that cater for the everyday life. In Milan people get to experience our take on this challenge, hopefully it will be vibrant, like coming to a great party in someone’s living room” – Marcus Engman (Head of Design at IKEA Sweden)

The exhibitions were beautifully created and styled by the British designer Faye Toogood, the Swedish creatives and bloggers Anna Lenskog Belfrage & Pella Hedeby and the Barcelona-based magazine Openhouse. It had a fun but relaxed atmosphere, during the day you could find DJ’s, live musicians and even an indoor slide and in the evening it would host parties. Outside the warehouse, you could find little market stalls selling items as well as food & drinks so that visitors could enjoy a Swedish ‘fika’.

I loved walking through all the different styled rooms, each one to discover someone either painting, sewing or making macrame. The rooms were so full of character and personality, it was great to discover little details in each of them. The mix of vintage and DIY with IKEA classics and new items created a lived-in feel, even more so than what you would usually find when browsing the store. Here is a selection of images I took in the 4 rooms with the theme Growing, Creation, Harmony & Compact Living, I hope you enjoy and that it makes you feel like you got to experience some of this great event.

Room for Growing – Anna Lenskog Belfrage
A room full of greenery and a creative desk area. My favorite was the pretty hanging planters and the cute little succulents in little glass jars, as well as the new Ypperlig green chair in collaboration with HAY.

Room for Harmony – Pella Hedeby
Lovely and calm environment with toned down colours in grey-green and beige with natural materials. The new Stockholm cabinet and coffee table fitted perfectly in this cozy space, anyone else have these items on their wishlist?..

Room for Creation – Anna Lenskog Belfrage
Like stepping into a painter’s creative studio in blue tones with a lot of textiles from the Stockholm collection. A room full of paint splashes and creative chaos.

Compact Living – Pella Hedeby
This space was a combined bedroom, kitchen and dining area, a great way to show how you can utilise the space you have. The cozy bedroom area was on a highter level with a little buildt in staircase, and each corner and step was beautifully decorated with items. The black kitchen was a great contrast to the white and wood elements and the whole room oozed hygge.

And even though I have shared too many images already, I’ll end this post with some more from the Openhouse area. This space had a bit of a retro feeling, with a yellow sofa area and colourful additions.

The exhibition was full of new collections including YPPERLIG, DELAKTIG, STOCKHOLM, BJÖRKSNÄS, STUNSIG and more, so be sure to lookout for these items to appear in your local store!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad



It’s been a while, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! I took a bit of time off from the blog after the busy Milano Design Week to enjoy some quality time over the holidays. My parents visited us from Norway, which was so nice! It ended up being quite a Scandinavian Easter after all full of good food, fun and hygge – just the way it’s supposed to be! My parents had brought with them Norwegian Easter eggs in the luggage which was the icing on the cake. These beautifully decorated cardboard eggs are filled with chocolate and sweets, a lovely tradition I am happy to keep.

Thinking back to my childhood, we would always spend Easter at a cabin in the woods going skiing. Whenever I want to get That Scandinavian Feeling here in Italy, I head to the lake. If I look at the view it almost feels like I’m back home, it is something familiar and safe. And although having a walk in the park seeing all the white flowers looking like snow makes me miss home, it also makes me feel content and happy to be here.

If you want to learn more about the typical Norwegian Easter traditions and see what I got up to last year when I was in Norway, have a look at this post.

Now that Easter is done, I am working on a couple of different blogposts from MDW, so stay tuned for that. I saw a lot of great Scandinavian design and I can’t wait to share it with you!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad



I can’t believe it’s April and almost easter already, where does the time go? I love decorating my home for the holidays, and Easter is such a lovely time full of joy and hope. This year in my own home I have kept it fairly minimal with a few little subtle decor elements, but I might add some more during the week. In the meantime, I have been browsing the web for some inspiration, which I thought I would share with you.

Here is a little guide of ways to decorate your home with a Scandinavian touch this Easter, going away from the more traditional style and instead focusing on creating a minimal and natural vibe!

1 // If you are having a family dinner or party with friends this Easter, why not decorate each plate with little, individual nests? I love this beautiful table setting by Stylizimo, very chic!

2 // In Scandinavia we always decorate our home with pussy willow branches or birch branches. They can either be decorated with feathers or eggs on, or simply put in a vase and displayed as is for a more minimal look. They are the perfect accessory to an all white table like this one from Medina Lind don’t you think?

3 // This is a little display I created in my own home, a modern nest! I used my two Danish design birds from Architectmade as well as one of the Kaleido tray by HAY. The eggs are recently bought from Flying Tiger, they have such a great range of Easter decor this year so it is worth a visit!

4 // As soon as I saw these cute DIY bunny napkins also by Stylizimo I knew I had to include them in my round-up, such a great way to decorate by using something you already have. Click through to find a link to a tutorial video if you also want to have a try.

5 // At Easter I love the idea of bringing more of nature inside, so what about decorating your eggs with moss instead of the traditional paint? I found this great tutorial from The Merrythought and thought the effect was beautiful. It adds a lovely pop of green in your home.

6 // For me, the gorgeous Unico pastel vases by Kähler oozes Easter, I have a yellow one myself and although I have it out all year long it comes to it’s right at springtime.

7 // But Easter doesn’t have to be about pastel, what do you think of this chic mix of concrete and black tones by Mielille via Instagram? I think it is very sophisticated and gives off a lovely dark Nordic mood.

8 // As I mentioned before, us Scandinavians love to decorate with branches at Easter, and these pretty ornaments made of folded paper are beautiful decorations to hang on a twig. They are handmade by Studio Äppel Päppel, a Swedish design duo.

9 // Easter is also about hygge, and I love the way Ma Maison Blanche has styled her String shelf with all white and wood elements. This minimal look is perfect for achieving the Scandinavian feeling at spring. Use your own shelf at home as your display area highlighting some of your favourite seasonal items.

10 // And for Easter morning, the egg cups from Design Letters are a great Scandinavian touch. Here styled by Hviit.

What do you think of these Scandinavian decor ideas, will you be trying any of these out this year? I hope you have a wonderful week and Easter celebration, ‘God Påske’ as we say in Norway!



As April starts it’s nice to look back at some of the moments shared throughout March. We have now reached over 1000 images which is amazing, I am so happy that so many of you are using the hashtag and sharing your Scandinavian feeling with us! In the build-up to Easter and springtime, you have all been loving spending time at home creating a cozy environment full of joy where you can enjoy those little things in life. Because hygge is not just for winter, it can be enjoyed all year long! We see a lot of white and wood elements in the interior, but colour are starting to pop up more as we now go towards sunny days.

Here in Italy Spring is already in full bloom, with the sun shining through my windows in the mornings spreading happiness and hope. Growing up in Norway, I remember it still being quite gray in this period and that can really dampen your mood when you wake up. Because of that, Scandinavians are used to trying to make the best out of the situation and create a lovely environment at home that we can enjoy. Having lovely, sentimental items around our house as well as fresh flowers and plants helps us getting through the darker days. We are also very good at using this period to invite friends or family around for coffee and cakes or a dinner party to have something to look forward to. And believe me, when the sun comes out and the weather is great Scandinavians are the best at getting out and enjoying every drop of sunshine to the fullest! But when that’s said, we are also pretty good at staying optimistic on a gray day too, because you never know when the sun decides to make an entrance.

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 // ​​@mich.elle.imagery
“​​That Scandinavian Feeling to me translates to curating and living everyday moments with a sense of joy and inner warmth. This little still life is a collection of those moments for me. A little wood horse picked up during a memorable trip. Pictures of quiet moments, white vases to fill with flowers, and the perfect light filtering through a window nearby adding warmth to my Scandinavian feeling.”

2 // ​​@koivu9902
“​​That Scandinavian Feeling is the coziness I can experience at home surrounded by my family and by the objects I love more, it’s white and minimalistic spaces warmed up by wood and spiced up by bold patterns, it’s lighting candles in winter nights, it’s hot tea in nice mugs and homemade bread, it’s sharing food with friends, it’s curling up on the sofa with a good book… in a word; it’s enjoying the little things that everyday life offers.”

3 // ​​@wealllovebeautifulthings
“​​That Scandinavian Feeling is kicking my shoes off after a long winter day, wrapping up in a warm blanket, sitting on my favorite chair, and relax… I’m home…”

4 // ​​@silje_li_
“​Scandinavians spend a lot of time indoors during a year, and to me That Scandinavian Feeling is about bringing brightness, lightness and «hygge» into our home. It’s about getting that cozy and homey feeling, and using delicate colors and different materials to bring light and everyday-joy indoors. To me, it’s also about bringing nature inside. I love mixing materials like wood, concrete, glass and last but not least: plants and flowers. It’s about mixing old with new, like in this picture with my grandmother’s old wooden crate together with modern design objects. To me, That Scandinavian Feeling is about creating your own style, using objects, pictures, and colors that you like and making your home nice and cozy the way you like it.”

What is That Scandinavian Feeling to you? I hope you want to 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 summer to arrive.



We all have them, those bad days when everything gets a bit too much and you just feel like crawling under a blanket and hide. On those days there are many small everyday things we can do to feel at least a little bit better, things that will boost your mood and improve your day.

Over the years I have figured out things that work for me, everyday things that will make me happy when I feel blue, and I thought I would share a couple of them here with you. So, here are my top tips on how to make yourself feel happier on a bad day;

When I wake up and feel a bit down I love to take my time with breakfast, after all, it is the most important meal of the day! Starting the day with a little pick-me-up like delicious pancakes or a lovely chia pudding with fresh fruit certainly, sets a good base for the rest of the day. I believe it’s important to create a lovely setting too, so make sure the table is set even if it is just for you.

Lately, my favorite go-to breakfast on those days are these delicious banana pancakes. They are so easy to make and as long as you prepare the batter first thing when you wake up and let it rest while getting ready for the day, they don’t take much time to make either. (This is so that they will rise and get nice & fluffy). To make these pancakes I mix together 1 egg with about 1dl natural yogurt, then add about 70g of flour and half a teaspoon of natron. I also melt a spoon of butter and mash up a banana to add in at the end. If the batter is too thick I also add a bit of milk, but I always play it a bit by ear. So next time you wake up and feel a bit rubbish, try these pancakes for yourself and see!

If I’m feeling a bit down I love browsing through my photos, it reminds me of better days and those little moments that I like to remember. It can either be the photos saved on my phone, tagged photos on Facebook, my Instagram feed or photos and albums I have printed. It is bound to put a smile on your face, and a way to remember for yourself that there are plenty of good days!

And while you’re at it, send a text to a friend to plan your next get-together. Having something to look forward to will make you feel a lot better and will create even more memories to look back at.

I work from home, and I see a big difference in my mood if I don’t listen to music during the day vs if I do. When I need a little extra boost on a bad day I put on my favorite music and sing out load (even if I don’t always know the lyrics..) It’s funny how a little thing like being a bit silly can make you feel so much better.

A walk in the park or in the neighborhood always makes me feel better, the combination of fresh air and exercise seems to always do the trick. I live close to a large park so in spring and summertime I try to get out in the morning for a walk or run after breakfast. Since I do work from home I see it as my “walking to work time” where I can reflect on things I have to do that day, or just clear my mind completely. If I have quite a busy morning a lunch walk or evening stroll is just as good. The change in scenery is something that will boost your mood and make you feel ready to tackle the rest of the day.

It’s important to have little everyday luxuries, something you do for yourself which you know will make a difference. I recently discovered linen spray, and I think it’s such a great way to prepare your bedroom by spraying a bit on the sheets after making your bed in the morning. Those days when I do it, by the end of the day when I crawl into bed it does lift my mood and helps me get a good nights sleep. So find one of life’s little luxuries to start doing yourself, something a bit extra that will spark joy and help you get through the day.

You know the feeling, you are not hungry but you just need something.. Well do it, have a little treat and don’t feel bad about it! Sometimes those little indulgences can be a little mood boost and exactly what you need to feel better. For me, it can be anything from salty licorice, biscuits, some chocolate or a coffee.

If the blues hit you, I recommend getting yourself some beautiful fresh flowers to brighten up your day. While having that walk I mentioned earlier, either pop into your nearest flower shop and purchase a lovely bouquet for yourself or pick some wildflowers in the park. Just the idea of walking down the street with flowers in my hand makes me smile, and when you get home and put them in a vase every time you see them it will for sure lift your spirit. As a matter of fact, I think I will go out and do just that now to make today more bearable…

What little everyday things do you do to feel better on one of those days?

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad