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A SERENE AUTUMNAL MOOD

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So, the cold has suddenly snuck up on us here in Italy and I am in a very autumnal mood all of a sudden. It’s been rainy and grey outside, and I have been trying to stay cozy inside our flat with woollen socks, warm outfits, hot drinks and baking. Here are some autumn moments from my Instagram, follow me there for more hygge!

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Now I’m off to buy some pumpkin to try and make myself a pumpkin spiced latte from scratch.. Wish me good luck!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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LIKE A WARM AND COZY HUG

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What is That Scandinavian Feeling? To me its like a warm and cozy hug, one that just makes you smile and feel happy. It makes your grey days feel better, your coffee taste even nicer and puts a smile on your face. If you have been following along on Instagram you might have seen my monthly #thatscandinavianfeeling post, as well as all the lovely images shared by people using the hashtag. It makes me so happy when I scroll though the feed and see all the beautiful moments, and I love getting to know everyone more through this little hygge community we are creating.

I have selected 4 of the images to share with you here on the blog, as well as a little quote from each about what That Scandinavian Feeling means to them. Its getting harder and harder each month as more of you join in, I’m starting to think I might have to do this more often.. Well anyway, here is this months collection!

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1 // @mariethorsen
“It’s about the small things in life. About that warm blanket on your sofa or the first cup of coffee when you wake up on a cold day. It’s about the morning sun when it hits the green plant in the corner of your living-room.”

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2 // @naomile
“I find a rich cocktail of simplicity, minimalism and clever functionality in That Scandinavian Feeling. Its a genuine love for the natural, for durability and clear lines.”

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3 // @luxeandthelady
“To me, That Scandinavian Feeling is about enjoying the little luxuries in life – lighting a beautifully scented candle, curling up under a blanket or near the fireplace to read, being surrounded by nature on a hike, time spent in the garden, or even a lazy morning testing out some recipes in the kitchen and sitting down to a slower meal than usual. I think it involves a calm peacefulness that comes from living in the moment. It is natural, lovely, and fresh.”

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4 // @capsulewardrobe_
“To me, That Scandinavian Feeling is being home, surrounded by the people I love and by the few things that make me feel safe and calmed, like a hot cup of tea, a good book and a blanket. Oh and a candle burning. It’s everything I miss when I’m away. Every time I get back home after a couple of days abroad I instantly feel that ‘feeling’.”

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I hope you join in and share your images on Instagram too! Its a great way for us all to get together and spread some hygge. So, what is That Scandinavian Feeling to you? How do you create a cozy environment in your home or where do you go to feel peaceful and calm?

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END-OF-SUMMER HYGGE FEELING

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Another month has flown by, and we are closer and closer to autumn which to me is the perfect time for hygge. Its a time to snuggle up inside, and I already feel the urge to buy soft and cozy knitted jumpers to wrap myself up in.. I love seeing all your great moments popping up in the #thatscandinavianfeeling feed, this month there have been lot of lovely landscape views, natural elements from nature as well as lovely moments at home. The images perfectly portray a warm and welcoming end-of-summer feeling, that Nordic coziness that brings a smile to your face and brighten the day.

For me That Scandinavian Feeling is about the little things in life, those moments that just makes your day go from ok to great. My favourite times of the day is breakfast, and I always spend a bit of extra time preparing and creating a lovely atmosphere before I eat. That sets me off in a great mood for the rest of the day, and helps me stay focused. This month I’ve been focusing on adding little personal elements to my home to make it more cozy, little details like photos and decorative items reminding me of where I’m from and memories shared with loved ones. I enjoy creating my own little Scandinavian nest here in Italy, because when I’m in my flat it makes me feel like I am back home in Norway..

I have selected 4 of the images from Instagram to share with you, as well as a little quote from each about what That Scandinavian Feeling means to them. If you want to see more of their photos just click on the name to go to their profile;

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1 // @linneajv
“To me, the Scandinavian feeling is a certain airiness – open and bright with calm and soothing colours. It seems to derive from nature and seep through all of culture, evoking an urge to create a cozy, warm corner to snuggle up in.”

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2 // @mykindofhappy_
“The Scandinavian feeling for me is about simple everyday magic, small pleasures, colours and emotions that’s reflected in everything from everyday life, interior and nature.”

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3 // @m.frantzen
“My picture includes a board and wooden spoon as well as the lovely sheep rug, these are natural and organic products that to me represent that Scandinavian feeling.”

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4 // @pa.angsvagen
“When reached by the smell of wet leaves, soil, and the dew lies thick on the lawn.. Autumn has come, and you can curl up in a corner of the sofa with a cup of tea and light candles.”

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I do hope you join in and share your images on Instagram too! Its a great way for us all to get together and spread some hygge, especially now when colder days are coming.

So, what is That Scandinavian Feeling to you? How do you create a cozy environment in your home?

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SCANDINAVIAN SUMMER MOOD

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I have been overwhelmed by all the lovely images shared on Instagram since I started the hashtag #thatscandinavianfeeling, and love looking through the feed every day. The photos are all so cosy and positive which portrays the Nordic summer mood perfectly. It is a time of hope and happiness, and even though the weather’s not always the best, us Scandinavians always finds happiness in the little things. This month I have again selected 4 of the images to share and have also asked each of them to tell us what that Scandinavian feeling means to them.

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1 // @latazzinablu
“​My scandinavian feeling is to sip a cup of coffee while sitting on the veranda, breathing the freezy morning air.”

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2 // @karibecks
“​I’m very inspired by Scandinavian design and like simple style and clean lines. A modern Scandinavian style with elements of black, white and natural describe my style well, this image is an example of that.”

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3 // @thisishomebnb
​”If I think of Scandinavia, I always imagine a long and cold winter and a family staying inside around a fireplace in a warm and cozy atmosphere. The Scandinavian feeling I love and the look for my bed&breakfast is a mix of little details – such as a slice of banana bread and a cup of tea – that make you feel relaxed and welcomed. Beauty is in the little things of everyday life and Scandinavians knows that best.”

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4 // @ingvildmusikk
“​To me the Scandinavian feeling is about soft colours, clean lines and nature. I love to mix wood, plants and ceramics. By putting new and old design together I try to create a feeling of timelessness.”

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As this will be a monthly post, I do hope you join in and share your images on Instagram too! Its a great way for us all to get together and spread some hygge. So what is that Scandinavian feeling to you?

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HOW TO HAVE A SCANDINAVIAN PICNIC

It’s so warm here in Italy and I am dreaming of lovely afternoons in the park, so I though I would put together how you can get that Scandinavian feeling on your next picnic;

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  1. HAY PLUS 9 APRICOT BLANKET
  2. & OTHER STORIES WIDE BRIM STRAW HAT
  3. H&M PAPER NAPKINS
  4. H&M PLASTIC CUP WITH STRAW & LID
  5. MONKI COPPER BUTTON DENIM DRESS
  6. MODCLOTH WOODS OF WISDOM BACKPACK COOLER
  7. RICE 24 PCS DISPOSABLE CUTLERY SET
  8. BLOMINGVILLE PAPER PLATES
  9. OPEN FACED SANDWICHES (RECIPE FROM WWW.THEVIEWFROMGREATISLAND.COM) & CINNAMON BUNS (RECIPE FROM WWW.SCANDIKITCHEN.CO.UK)
  10. RICE MELAMINE PLASTIC BOWL SET
  11. TÅPPED BIRCH WATER
  12. VIFA ‘OSLO’ SPEAKER


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A SELECTION OF 9 BOOKS TO READ THIS SUMMER TO GET INTO THE NORDIC MOOD

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I don’t know about you, but I love to read a good book or two during the summer holidays. Finally you have some extra time to focus on other things than just work and everyday things, and what better way to spend that time than relaxing with a good book (hopefully on a beach somewhere warm..) I have put together a list of books to read if you are after that Scandinavian feeling to create the ultimate hygge time on your holiday!

1 // THE NORDIC THEORY OF EVERYTHING: IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE by Anu Partanen
“In The Nordic Theory of Everything, Partanen compares and contrasts life in the United States with life in the Nordic region, focusing on four key relationships—parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens. She debunks criticism that Nordic countries are socialist “nanny states,” revealing instead that it is we Americans who are far more enmeshed in unhealthy dependencies than we realize. As Partanen explains step by step, the Nordic approach allows citizens to enjoy more individual freedom and independence than we do.

Partanen wants to open Americans’ eyes to how much better things can be—to show her beloved new country what it can learn from her homeland to reinvigorate and fulfill the promise of the American dream—to provide the opportunity to live a healthy, safe, economically secure, upwardly mobile life for everyone. Offering insights, advice, and solutions, The Nordic Theory of Everything makes a convincing argument that we can rebuild our society, rekindle our optimism, and restore true freedom to our relationships and lives.”

2 // THE YEAR OF LIVING DANISHLY: UNCOVERING THE SECRETS OF THE WORLD’S HAPPIEST COUNTRY by Helen Russell
“Denmark is officially the happiest nation on Earth. When Helen Russell is forced to move to rural Jutland, can she discover the secrets of their happiness? Or will the long, dark winters and pickled herring take their toll?

A Year of Living Danishly looks at where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.”

3 // HYGGE: A CELEBRATION OF SIMPLE PLEASURES. LIVING THE DANISH WAY by Charlotte Abrahams
“In Hygge, Charlotte Abrahams weaves the history of hygge and its role in Danish culture with her own attempts, as an English woman, to embrace a more hygge life. In this beautifully written and stylishly designed book, she examines the impact this has on her home, her health, her relationships and, of course, her happiness.

Light a candle, pour yourself a glass of wine, and get ready to enjoy your more hygge life.”

4 // VIKING ECONOMICS: HOW THE SCANDINAVIANS GOT IT RIGHT – AND HOW WE CAN, TOO by George Lakey
“Liberals worldwide invoke Scandinavia as a promised land of equality, while most conservatives fear it as a hotbed of liberty-threatening socialism. But the left and right can usually agree on one thing: that the Nordic system is impossible to replicate elsewhere. The US and UK are too big, or too individualistic, or too . . . something.

In Viking Economics—perhaps the most fun economics book you’ve ever read—George Lakey dispels these myths. He explores the inner-workings of the Nordic economies that boast the world’s happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if we can enact some of the changes the Scandinavians fought for surprisingly recently, we, too, can embrace equality in our economic policy.”

5 // MIDNIGHT SUN by Jo Nesbo
“He calls himself Ulf—as good a name as any, he thinks—and the only thing he’s looking for is a place where he won’t be found by Oslo’s most notorious drug lord: the Fisherman. He was once the Fisherman’s fixer, but after betraying him, Ulf is now the one his former boss needs fixed—which may not be a problem for a man whose criminal reach is boundless. When Ulf gets off the bus in Kåsund, on Norway’s far northeastern border, he sees a “flat, monotonous, bleak landscape . . . the perfect hiding place. Hopefully.”

The locals—native Sami and followers of a particularly harsh Swedish version of Christianity—seem to accept Ulf’s explanation that he’s come to hunt, even if he has no gun and the season has yet to start. And a bereaved, taciturn woman and her curious, talkative young son supply him with food, the use of a cabin deep in the woods, a weapon—and companionship that stirs something in him he thought was long dead.

But the agonizing wait for the inevitable moment when the Fisherman’s henchmen will show—the midnight sun hanging in the sky like an unblinking, all-revealing eye—forces him to question if redemption is at all possible or if, as he’s always believed, ‘hope is a real bastard.'”

6 // HOW TO BE DANISH: A JOURNEY TO THE CULTURAL HEART OF DENMARK by Patrick Kingsley
“Denmark is the country of the moment. Recently named the happiest nation in the world, it’s the home of The Killing and Noma, the world’s best (and most eccentric) restaurant. We wear their sweaters, watch their thrillers, and covet their cool modern design, but how much do we really know about the Danes themselves? Part reportage, part travelogue, How to Be Danish fills in the gaps—an introduction to contemporary Danish culture that spans politics, television, food, architecture, and design.”

7 // A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman
“Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.”

8 // THE HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISSAPPEARED by Jonas Jonasson
“After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle.”

9 // THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE: THE DANISH WAY TO LIVE WELL by Meik Wiking
“You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.

Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress.”

Have you read any of these books? I would love to hear your thoughts on them!

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