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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!

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BXXLGHT

Photo by BXXLGHT

Photo by BXXLGHT

BXXLGHT is a design company founded in 2013 by Daniela Upmark in Stockholm, Sweden. They specialise in designing light-boxes which can be customised by changeable letters. There are three rows on each light-box, and the maximum amount of letters is 9 per row on the large ones and 9 per row on the smaller ones.

Photo by BXXLGHT

“New York 2011, that is where I came up with the idea of BXXLGHT. Something felt missing in the Swedish design market. Especially at a time when home decor is the focus and where personal creativity is so important. During a trip in 2011 to New York I came up with the idea of BXXLGHT. I wanted to find art that stood out and that did not have to cost as much as an artwork from a gallery or from exclusive auctions. For each season we will let a creator interpret a light box, which will be available as a limited edition” – Daniela Upmark (CEO and designer for BXXLGHT)

I think these light-boxes are so creative in a simple and modern way, and definitely need one in my future home. Now just to choose what it should say (good thing that I can change my mind as many times as I want)..

Here are some great examples from their Instagram feed:

Photos by BXXLGHT (via Instagram)

Photos by BXXLGHT

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MARSALA

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Photo by Pantone

The Pantone Colour of the Year 2015 was just announced; Marsala – an earthy & robust tone.

“Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.” – Leatrice Eiseman (Pantone Colour Institute)

It will be interesting to see it popping up in design, fashion & interior throughout the year!

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FORM US WITH LOVE

Photo by Jonas Lindstöm

Photo by Jonas Lindstöm

Swedish design studio Form Us With Love recently designed the affordable & stackable JANINGE chair collection for IKEA, and I am in love with the clean, simple & modern design.

“The great idea behind the JANINGE collection is the democratization of design, to create a durable construction, based on the needs of both domestic and public environments” – IKEA

“Our collaborative objective was to find the perfect multi-purpose chair, easy to fall in love with and quick to maintain” – Form Us With Love

 

Photo by Jonas Lindström

Photo by Jonas Lindström

JANINGE comes in light grey, crisp white, and bright yellow (my favorite!) and is a mix of 75% polypropylene, 75% glass fiber and 25% pigment. It can be used both indoor and outdoors.

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JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S COVER

I always choose books to read by the design of the cover, which you might say is a bad idea.. Below are some of the books I have read this year, and I have to say that so far my method seems to be working as they have all been great reads!

The Rosie effect

Photo by Ingrid Opstad

The Rosie Effect is the sequel to The Rosie Project, and both are my absolute favorite books this year. After reading the first book I was so sad it was over, but recently discovered the second one in a book store and had to buy and read it straight away! Without telling you too much, this is about the unforgettable & extraordinary character Don Tillman & his relationship with Rosie. They meet through Don’s Wife Project, his attempt to meet the perfect partner through a detailed questionnaire. It is a very different, charming & hilarious take on a love story, written in a clever way. I recommend reading both of these amazing books, but have to warn you that you will not want to put them down..

“Squelch your inner cynic: the hype is justified. Australian Graeme Simsion has written a genuinely funny novel…This is classic rom-com” – The Washington Post

 

The state we're in

Photo by Ingrid Opstad

The State We’re In was a very interesting & deep read, with great characters that you end up empathizing with the more you get to know them. The story is very gripping with a lot of unexpected twists and turns along the way. A must-read but when you’ve finished it; remember to #KeepTheSecret..

“Sweet, sharp and simply unforgettable” – Lisa Jewell

 

Summer at the lake

Photo by Ingrid Opstad

I read Summer at the Lake on holiday in Italy this summer, which was very fitting as most of the story is set in my favorite place in Italy; beautiful Lake Como. The book is about three very unlikely friends who meet by accident when the main character Floriana is knocked over by a car. Property developer Adam Strong & 80 year old Esme Silcox helps her, and they end up forming a special bond which takes them on a life changing trip to Lake Como. As a reader you end up falling in love with all three characters as well as the stunning surroundings and gripping story.

“A big hug of a novel that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy” – WOMAN

 

The time of their lives

Photo by Ingrid Opstad

The Time of Their Lives was another book I read at the beach this summer, a little bit of a cliche at times but an enjoyable and good book to bring along on holiday. The book is about a group of four best friends who after 45 years of friendship know each other inside out until each of them experience things they had not planned for. It is an honest and well written novel about the generation that wanted to change the world but didn’t bargain on getting old.

 

The fault in our stars

Photo by Ingrid Opstad

I have never cried as much as I did while reading The Fault in Our Stars but even though it is a sad story, it is not depressing. It is a cute and addictive read about the serious topic of terminal illness and how it effect the victims and those close to them. John Green did a good job pulling off this emotional but yet entertaining book, and I recommend anyone to read it.

“A novel of life and death and the people caught in between, The Fault in Our Stars is John Green at his best. You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more” – Markus Zusak

 

Finding Colin Firth

Photo by Ingrid Opstad

The last book on my list is the heartwarming and fun Finding Colin Firth. It is about three women in a small town who comes together because of their joint love of Colin Firth. It challenges topics such as adoption, teenage pregnancy and the women’s search for happiness. To find out if they find happiness (and Colin Firth) you have to read the book..

“March writes poignantly and beautifully to give real meaning to the dramatic moments as well as lighthearted witty moments of humor. This one’s a true pleasure to read” – Romantic Times

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