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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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ADDING GREENERY TO YOUR HOME // PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2017

A couple of weeks ago the Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 was announced and this year we are welcoming the refreshing and revitalizing shade; Greenery!

Here is a selection of Scandinavian design I put together to inspire anyone wanting to add accents of Greenery to their home. Will you be incorporating it, or is green already a part of your interior?


  1. E24 GREEN LAMP BY MUUTO
  2. GROW GREENHOUSE BY DESIGN HOUSE STOCKHOLM
  3. SKYGGE TRAY GREEN BY FIGGJO
  4. GREEN POCKET SHELF BY STRING
  5. TWIST A TWILL JADE GREEN BLANKET BY RATZER
  6. MANO CUP GREEN BY KÄHLER
  7. SOL STOOL GRASS BY HJELLE
  8. PLANT STAND AND POT BY FERM LIVING
  9. CURVE HOOKS BY NORMANN COPENHAGEN
  10. 1:1 PINE CONE MINT GREEN BY FORM US WITH LOVE
  11. LEAF-PRINT CUSHION COVER BY H&M
  12. STONEWARE CONTAINER BY BOLIA
  13. PANTON FLOWERPOT GREEN TABLE LAMP BY &TRADITION
  14. GHOST FROZEN MOJITO RING HOLDER BY STUDIO ARHOJ 
  15. GLADOM DARK GREEN TRAY TABLE BY IKEA

I am quite excited and intrigued by this, mostly because I am looking forward to try to incorporate green into my home – a colour I’ve never actually used that much before. I do have quite a few plants however that adds a natural green touch, but have already started looking at little ways to refresh and renew my space. If you follow along on Instagram I am sure you will see more green popping up as the year goes by – so stay tuned!

“Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.” – Pantone

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CHRISTMAS PERIOD FULL OF HYGGE

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas period and enjoyed a lot of hygge with family and friends. From what I can see of all the cozy images shared this month over on Instagram it looks like it’s been full of lovely moments – tidings of comfort and joy. In some parts of Scandinavia people have enjoyed the snow and cold weather, but probably even more so the warmth from staying inside wrapped in a blanket with a hot chocolate. Candles & fairly lights as well as festive decorations have been a part of creating a nice atmosphere in the home, making the long and dark evenings just a bit more bearable. Now we are all slowly getting rid of all things Christmas as we prepare for lighter days ahead..

I have selected 4 of the images from Instagram to share with you here on the blog, as well as a little quote from each about what That Scandinavian Feeling means to them. And if you haven’t already had a look, be sure to check out the beautiful #thatscandinavianfeeling feed for even more!

1 // ​​@bradyandnicole
​”​Getting cozy by a warm fire, while drinking hot cocoa, surrounded by beautiful, simple design, is what that Scandinavian feeling means to us.”

2 // ​@​kiri_dearie
​”​To me, That Scandinavian Feeling means warm & cozy. Candles lit all around, snuggled up with a blanket, and being with loved ones. It is a time to slow down and count your blessings.”

3 // ​​@appuntidicasa
​”​My Scandinavian feeling is about staying close with my home and trying to create a relaxed and nice atmosphere to stay. The simplicity, with a hint of creativity and beauty, of Scandinavian interior design are key to a home that welcomes you and makes you feel good. And the brightness of the spaces and the selection of colors and materials, make everything very welcoming and valuable. Feelings that I can not do without!”

4 // ​@​beingnatalia
​”​That Scandinavian Feeling is making the flat all nice and cosy with candles and fairy lights and have a night in while it’s cold outside… Especially now at Christmas time!”

I hope you get inspired by these lovely images and words to join in and share your images on Instagram too! So, what is That Scandinavian Feeling to you? How do you create a cozy environment at home or make those dark days more bearable during the winter months..?

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HOW I DECORATED MY SMALL NORDIC FLAT ABROAD FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s the last day of 2016 and a great day to share a couple of images of my Christmas decorations before it all gets taken down.. Anyone else sad that the festive season is almost over?

I have a confession to make, I am 31 and this year was the first time I had my own Christmas tree! Living abroad I always travel back to my family for Christmas, and because of that I never saw the point in decorating too much before leaving. But this year I decided it was about time to start a collection of decorations of my own. Growing up in Norway we always had a real tree, it was a lovely tradition I always looked forward to. Now when I am living in Italy there are less real tree’s available so people tend to go for plastic version’s. I was a bit sceptic, but decided to give it a go. We purchased our tree from IKEA, and I am very pleased with the result of my FEJKA tree. Not only does it look good, but it was also easy to put up and to store away again after as it comes with a bag. I also purchased the BULLIG bamboo box to put the tree inside, and added a lovely faux fur rug in it. The tree decorations was kept quite minimal and simple, with a colour scheme of copper, white and black which reflects the rest of the flat.

The light I originally bought to have on the tree thinking we would only get a tiny one, but since we ended up with a full size tree it would not fit. Instead I had it hanging on the wall which was very lovely. I might keep it up for a while as it’s not too Christmassy.. I also added tons of scented candles around the home like this one in ‘hot mulled cider’ to create that cozy winter feeling.

To keep with the theme I also got a couple of new pillow cases and a blanket. The pillows I already own have quite the summer vibe, so now I can change according to the season. I got one in white faux fur and a slight pink with copper details as well as this pretty blanket – the perfect spot for some hygge!

Last but not least I also created this super easy and cute DIY snow globe, all you need are some small trees, a jar of some sort and snow (I used rock salt).

That was it for this year, focusing on keeping it very minimal but cozy. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas time and let the countdown to 2017 begin!

// Photo credit; Ingrid Opstad

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FRIDAY INSPIRATION: SIMPLE DIY GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS

I can’t belive how quick December has gone by, suddenly Christmas is approaching! I have already been home in Norway for a few days and looking forward to spend the holiday with friends and family, you can see more of what I get unto on Instagram.

Here in Scandinavia we celebrate Christmas with the family on the 24th, so tonight is the eve before the big day! For anyone needing some inspiration for their gift-wrapping, here’s a collage of simplistic and beautiful DIY ideas. You can find links to them all on my Pinterest page.

Hope you all have a lovely holiday full of hygge!

// Photo credit; found via Pinterest

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THE PERFECT MINIMALISTIC WALL CALENDAR

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Wallpley is a small creative studio based in Oslo, Norway who believe less is more and this reflects in their designs. This gorgeous wall calendar comes in both pink (as seen here) and grey, and is the perfect way to get organised in 2017! I love the minimal, nordic style and the fact that I will be able to write all my appointments and important notes on it.

It would also make for a great christmas present for a Scandinavian design lover, head over to the webshop, and if you do decide to make a purchase use the code thatscandifeeling to get 20% off any items! (Code is valid until end of 2016.)

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// Photo credit; Ingrid Opstad

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10 SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS DECORATION IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME

It’s finally December, and for me the time when I start decorating my home for the holidays. I see more and more people getting festive already in November, but for me it makes it even more special to wait until the start of advent when the countdown begins.

Here is a little guide of ways to decorate your home with a Scandinavian touch, focusing on being cozy but keeping it minimal and natural!

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1 // Create a Scandi-Chic Christmas tree with a minimal look like this one by The Merry Thought. I love the idea of using a basket to put the tree in, in-fact I’m on the look out at the moment for something similar for my tree! Make it extra cozy by also adding a faux fur rug in the basket or on the floor under.

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2 // At Christmas time pretty much all Scandinavian homes will have an advent calendar up, why not create your own DIY version like this pretty one on the Mode website.

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3 // Introduce fresh greenery in your home like pine tree clippings. This DIY candle holder by Vienna Wedekind is so simple yet stunning, and would make for a perfect centre piece on a Christmas.

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4 // For us Scandinavians its not Christmas unless there is gingerbread cookies, we love the smell and taste of them and even decorate with them around the holidays. Hang them up in the window, on the Christmas tree, have them in a jar or make a gingerbread-house.. This one by Made In Persbo is made to look like a typical nordic outdoor toilet, so funny!

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5 // Choose a natural colour palette for your home and add little touches of a colour you prefer. For me this year I am adding copper elements to not stick to the traditional colours too much and make my decorations a bit more modern. Remember to keep things simple, less is always more. Just look at how gorgeous this tree by Homey Oh My is with only white and copper decor. I also love her idea of keeping the old pages of her Stendig calendar and re-using them as wrapping paper!

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6 // It’s great to use what you already have, and if you have a big selection of gingerbread cake cutters in different shapes then this hanging wreath made by An-Margit is the perfect way to display them.

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7 // The cups from Design Letters is a statement piece and can be spotted in most Scandinavian homes. Why not have them spelling something festive like here seen on Ma Maison Blanche?

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8 // A table set with some though behind it creates a lovely environment for delicious festive dinners. This simplistic and natural setting from Bo Bedre gives a nordic vibe and a hint to the holidays without going over the top.

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9 // Add some natural wooden elements to your tree, like this lovely homemade garland by Pinjacolada for The House That Lars Built. It could also be hung on the wall or be lying on the table.

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10 // Your shelf can be the perfect place to display subtle festive elements, like this white String shelf found via Nordic Days.

What do you think of the Scandinavian Christmas decor trend, will you be trying it out this year?

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