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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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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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FRIDAY INSPIRATION: BIG GREY JUMPERS

It’s been raining non-stop here in Italy this week, and this grey weather is making me want to get cozy in oversized clothes. Currently I’m obsessing over large grey jumpers and cardigans, especially when paired with simple accessories and tones.

Here is a collage I made with some inspiration, follow my ‘Nordic style & fashion inspo’ Pinterest board for more!

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// Photo credit; found via Pinterest

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HOW TO GET THE HYGGE FEELING

With days getting shorter and Christmas getting nearer we can all use a bit of hygge in our life. You know, that feeling of coziness. This Danish & Norwegian word that everyone is obsessed about lately has us all longing for those little moments that makes us happy and relaxed. With synonyms like cozy, comfortable, warm & welcoming, hygge is definitely the way to go!

So with these words in mind, I have created a little compilation of items that will get you into the spirit!

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  1. MOODS OF NORWAY ‘PAMELA’ SLIPPERS 
  2. VIFA ‘HELSINKI’ LOUDSPEAKER
  3. SKANDINAVISK ‘HYGGE’  SCENT DIFFUSER
  4. ‘THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE’ BY MEIK WIKING
  5. CHEMEX SIX CUP COFFEE MAKER
  6. HAY CRINCLE THROW
  7. ANDERSSEN & VOLL ‘ILDHANE’ CANDLEHOLDER
  8. & OTHER STORIES BIG KNITTED JUMPER
  9. MARIMEKKO FURRY CUSHION
  10. BLOMINGVILLE ‘SANDRINE’ MUG
  11. STUDIO MACURA LAVA VASE
  12. SWEDESE ‘LAMINO’ CHAIR


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10 PAJAMAS FOR AUTUMN HYGGE

One thing I love about autumn is to go out and get a new pajamas! It really makes those cold and grey nights more fun when you can slip into a new cozy outfit while watching your favourite tv program and drinking a hot drink.

Here is a selection I’ve put together, ranging from warm snuggly ones to quirky cool ones for anyone not living in a cold country. You know, you can still hygge no matter what the temperature is ;-)

Cute and cozy flannel pajamas set from Monki with eyes on.

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Cool pajamas with cactus print from Topshop.

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‘Chilling till Noon’ soft pajamas set from H&M.

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Super soft and warm pink pajamas set from Asos. This is for those extra chilly nights!

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Lovely grey Henley jumpsuit pajamas from Urban Outfitters, this is more of a lounge wear so no-one even knows you are wearing a PJ..

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Classy floral pajamas set from Oysho for a sophisticated yet comfortable look.

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Super comfortable lounge dress from Free People. Add some woollen socks and you are ready to have a lovely evening in.

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‘The snuggle is real’ pajamas set from Asos.

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Plannel stripy sleep shirt from Monki.

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Black & white checked pajamas set from Topshop, just throw over a knitted cardigan to be warmer.

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Now, let’s pajamas all day.. zzz…

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CERAMIC FAVOURITES FROM ETSY

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Who else is obsessed with ceramics? After I visited the home of ceramics this summer, a place called Grottaglie in the south of Italy (which I highly recommend to anyone who loves ceramics), I have been browsing online for beautiful pieces. I especially love when ceramics are handmade with a personal touch, when each of the pieces are unique.

Here are some of my current favourites from Etsy;

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This cute planter by ebenotti is the perfect addition to any home, great to have succulents or any small plants in. Each of the planters are handmade with the simplistic herringbone patterned carved out and inlaid with black stain.

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Loving this adorable spoon rest designed by noemarin to keep your kitchen bench clean while you’re cooking. With it’s simple design and clean lines, this piece can fit in anyones home no matter the style, and it can also be used to place your tea bag or spoon on.

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A fun and modern way to display your rings. These handmade marble ring cones by paperandclaystudio are so stunning, they also come in different colours if you are not as big of a marble-fan as me.

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How adorable are these cup sized colanders for washing berries by FringeandFettle? This is perfect for washing off single servings of fruits or veggies to add to your meals.

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Beautiful pink porcelain box by YuliaTsukerman. It can be used to store jewellery, for cotton pads, candy or any other trinkets of your choice.And as its produced with a spoon slot you can also use it in the kitchen as a sugar bowl or salt cellar. Very handy!

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I love hanging planters, and these ones by spinspin are so characteristic.
They are hand formed and then painted with black dashes, making each one slightly different and unique.

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These polka-dot ceramic spoons by Coconutstudiopottery comes as a set of two and are perfect for stirring with in your tea or coffee.

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Lovely pair of handmade ceramic glasses by MaevoStudio perfect for tea or coffee. They are tinted with different colours to get a beautiful surface, and glazed internally and on the edge.

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