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A month ago I started asking people on Instagram to join in and share images using my new hashtag #thatscandinavianfeeling, you can find the original post where I talk about this here. I have been so pleased to see beautiful images appearing in the feed as June went by. Its so nice to see how people add nordic elements to their life whether its with interior and styling, or simply the little things and cosy moments. I have selected 4 of the images to share and have also asked each of these lovely people to let me know just what that Scandinavian feeling means to them.

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1 // @nordic_dreams
“​The Scandinavian feeling to me means simplicity but warmth, neutral colours and influences from nature. It means functional design and practical but beautiful objects. I think that everything in a home should have a purpose and you should love it.”

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2 // @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!”

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3 // @krisje____
“To me the Scandinavian feeling is everything light and easy. I absolutely adore the simplicity in the design, the neutral colours and the austere style. It’s timeless and miminalistic and I just love it!”

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4 // @hemmamedtiina
“​Our Scandinavian feeling is ‘simple and natural’ and no doodle.”

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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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LOOKING FOR THAT SCANDINAVIAN FEELING

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💚 Remember to join in and show what gives you that Scandinavian feeling. Just add the hashtag #‎thatscandinavianfeeling to your images on Instagram and lets spread hygge all around! I will be choosing a selection in the end of each month to share here on my blog and on Instagram.

Check out my last post for more or click the hashtag above to see what has already been shared! Some really lovely entries so far so keep them coming.

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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FINDING THAT SCANDINAVIAN FEELING

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What is that Scandinavian feeling? To me it is a lot of things but at the same time hard to explain and I guess that’s why it is so fascinating and deep in my heart. I have now lived away from Scandinavia for over 7 years, but for some reason the feeling is stronger than ever. It is not about location or origin but simply a mix of cosiness & calm. It is a warm atmosphere that invites you in and makes you feel welcome, but at the same time a cool freshness that hits you like a winter breeze. It is wrapping yourself up in a nice comfy blanket with a hot drink and a cinnamon bun. It is simplicity and minimalism, focusing on the little things in life. It is wooden houses, reindeers, knitted jumpers, fjords & mountains..

So what does that Scandinavian feeling mean to you? Whether you are from Scandinavia or just have a nordic state of mind I’d love to see what you think. To join in and share what gives you that Scandinavian feeling just add the hashtag #thatscandinavianfeeling to your images on Instagram and start browsing. Can’t wait to see!

I will be collecting some images I find each month which to me shows of that perfect Scandinavian feeling and sharing them here. Hopefully it can be a way to inspire each other and discover new accounts or brands and spread hygge all around! To start it off I though I would share a selection of my images to set the mood;

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// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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THINGS I LOVE // NUORI LIP TREAT

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💛 I’m currently loving this lip treat from Nuori, both the beautiful branding & the product inside.

Branding: So nice, fresh and minimalistic with the perfect pop of colour. The premium designed protective packaging has a simplistic expression and is easy to open. It cleverly has a start-using-by date stamped on the front of the outer packaging and the expiry date stamped on the top of the tube as a reminder. I really feel like the packaging design reflects the freshness of the product.

Product: A lovely blend of natural hydrating wonders; sweet almond & apricot oils along with shea, avocado, and cocoa butter. It really works wonders for dry lips, my lips are now so smooth and nourished after only using it for about a week. Thumbs up!

“NUORI, a new Scandinavian beauty brand, is reinventing how we view freshness in the beauty industry” – The Telegraph

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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A LITTLE & OTHER STORIES HAUL


This week I went on a little shopping trip to Milano and ended up picking up a few little treats at & Other Stories. If you haven’t been to any of their stores yet you should, the space is beautiful minimalistic and their products and clothing are always presented in a creative and lovely way.

The store in Milano Corso Vittorio Emanuele 1 near the Duomo is quite large, in fact it has four floors dedicated to everything from clothing, accessories, beauty products & shoes. It is heaven for anyone who is into Scandinavian minimal style & straight lines. It was my first time purchasing something for myself other than the odd gift, so I decided to try a couple of small items, and here is what I got;

✖️ The hand cream comes in a cute tube that looks a bit like one you would get paint in, and it was one of the reasons why I got it (what can I say, I’m a sucker for nice packaging design..) It comes in a range of different smells, I ended up choosing the Bourbon Tree which had a soft and pleasant smell. The quality is very nice and it does keep my hands soft for a long time!

✖️ They have a large selection of nail polish and it was quite hard to choose one, but I ended up choosing a brigh and fresh shade called Rick Rack Coral. The nail polish itself is a bit thin so it does need at least two layers, but the colour is great when on and the quality is good.

✖️ I wanted to get a ring, and I have been quite addicted to rose gold & copper lately so when I saw this one I knew straight away it was the one. Five single circles all in different sizes makes for an interesting and cool effect when you put them on your finger, and it is very versatile as you can wear them also on their own or on different fingers. I have a feeling I might wear this ring quite a lot from now on..





Hope you have a lovely weekend!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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SCANDI WEEKEND VIBE

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It’s finally Saturday and time to chill, well at least here! I’m starting a new little post here on the blog to share some links & fun things I have seen during the week that might inspire anyone who has time to spare during their weekend.

1 – Really interesting interview with Kinfolk co-founder Nathan Williams by Dezeen about how they have grown from a little-known independent publication to a household name in less than five years. Read it here.

“If you go through the Kinfolk Instagram there’s not a single photo of a latte,” Williams told Dezeen, “but somehow it’s started and kind of grown as its own thing that is actually completely out of our control.”

2 – Wishing there was a H&M Home near after seeing the new TROPICAL APPEAL trend on their website. Have a browse here or even better; take a trip to your nearest shop this weekend to get some tropical Summer essentials. I’m loving all the bananas & pineapples!

3 – Have a read of the new Spring Feelings issue by Nordic Design Collective, the free online magazine with inspiration from the latest trends in home decor & Scandinavian interior design.

4 – Get inspired by this calm and white Swedish space with beautiful wooden floor found via My Scandinavian Home!

5 – If you need a little DIY project to do this weekend be sure to check out this simple & unique wooden poster hangars by A Beautiful Mess. I might have a go myself when I have the time!

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