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INSTAGRAM FAVOURITES #6

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Its been a while since last time I did one of these, almost two months actually, but after a little break I’m back with my selection of favourite Scandinavian finds on Instagram. Want to find out more? Just click on a name to be directed to their full Insta feed!

1) Kjær” is the Norwegian word for beloved or dear and is pronounced similarly to the English word “care.” This beautiful illustration is by @velmakin.shop, check out their account to learn more Norwegian words!

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2) How cool are these rings by Norwegian @skjerven_jewellery? They have the original iconic LOTUS pattern from Cathrine Holm on them and can be bought here.

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3) I’m obsessing over the cute ghost from Danish brand Studio Arhoj here photographed by @stuen.th! They come on so many different colours & patterns and are so fun. You can find the whole collection of ghosts here!

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4) The gorgeous HAY scissor is almost too nice to use.. Pictured by @thesefourwallsblog.

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5) Sometimes rainy days can result in beautiful photos like this one by @regineforsund.

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6) The perfect shades of the Pantone Colours of the Year spotted by Helsinki-based @erikaappelstrom. Anyone else been loving the colour selection this year?

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7) Lovely living room by @lillian_ba. That carpet!

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8) This pretty photo by @thislittlestreet of Copenhagen really makes me want to go soon.. Anyone want’s to join me?

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9) In Denmark they say “put on your yes-hat” as a synonym for being more positive, and these cute limited edition Yes-Hat jewelries by @kasialilja is just adorable!

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This is a monthly post, so stay tuned for more Scandinavian inspiration! And do share in the comments below if you have any great Instagram accounts you know about that I should check out.

// Photo credit: 1 velmakin.shop / 2 skjerven_jewellery / 3 stuen.th / 4 thesefourwallsblog / 5 regineforsund / 6 erikaappelstrom / 7 lillian_ba / 8 thislittlestreet / 9 kasialilja

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LOOKING BACK AT JANUARY: STUFF I LOVED

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If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen these items on my feed over the last month as it’s been some of my favourites lately. I thought I would present them all here with a little bit more information about why I love them;

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L:A BRUKET FACE OIL

This facial serum by the organic Swedish brand provides nourishing and boosting qualities while also deliver moisture to stimulate and revitalize dry to normal skin. It has been my winter essential and has been helping my skin feel soft & lovely in the cold. Psst; and it’s anti-aging so thats always a big plus!

“We find our ingredients from both sea and land and we strive for our raw materials and products to be as organic and environmental friendly as possible. The herbs, waxes and oils used in the production of our products, are from origins from near and far, all with special qualities that deliver nourishing possibilities. We constantly seek new ingredients and combinations in order to achieve the optimal benefits and sensations from our products.” – L:A BRUKET

 
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H&M DEER NECKLACE

I’ve been loving this cute little necklace from H&M. It was a part of their Christmas collection so unfortunately I can’t ind it on their website anymore but you might be lucky to find it in the sales section of your local store. The necklace comes with a selection of little cute Christmassy charms that you can change depending on what you want to wear, but now that Christmas is over I have been loving this little deer head. So adorable (and affordable)!

 
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ARCHITECTMADE BIRD

These adorable wooden birds is the essence of Danish design, simple in appearance with its clean lines and a timeless classic. I love the fact that you can create endless expressions by just tilting its head in any direction to express happiness, sadness & curiosity.

“Each Architectmade object is designed with architect-precision and personal vision that comes from the heart, reflecting the individual values, beliefs and ways of life of some of the greatest Danish architects of our time.” – ARCHITECTMADE

 
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BLOOMINGVILLE MARBLE TREE

I had been eyeing up this adorable marble tree for a while in a local store back home in Norway, and when I found it on sale at 70% off I knew it was meant to be! It comes in a choice of 2 sizes and is originally a Christmas decoration but I think it is the perfect storage for my watch & bracelet. Bloomingville is a popular Danish homeware brand, and their collection is defined by its contemporary mixture of raw products with a nostalgic Scandinavian twist and reproductions of beautiful pieces from the past.

 
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FRANKIE 2016 DIARY

This year one of my goals have been to get more organised, and for my birthday I got this amazing diary from one of my friends so it was the little kick I needed to get started. So far I have been good at filling it out and keeping track of everything I need to do which is great. I love the design of the planner, each month has a different patterns such as pretty florals, dots, stripes & cute shapes hand-drawn by Frankie Magazine illustrator Sara Hingle. It is divided into a week to a double-page layout and also has as a weekly notes section for all those little lists you need to scribble down. And the most important thing; its got a yellow cover!! 💛 You can find some photos of the inside of the diary here.

 
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ZARA ‘SNOW FEELING’ HAT

So event hough we haven’t had much snow, and I actually prefer being inside looking at the snow instead of being cold, I have been loving this knitted hat with SNOW FEELING written on the front of it. I don’t know why, but it just makes me feel cool. After I bought it I did discover there is a yellow version too.. but I couldnt justify having two of the same hat.

Stay tuned for more stuff next month or follow along on Instagram!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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THE SCANDINAVIAN LETTERS

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Æ Ø Å are the extra 3 characters we Norwegians & Danish have at the end of our alphabet, and I always love hearing foregners trying to pronounce them as they appears quite regularly in our language. In Swedish they change them up slightly and have Å Ä Ö instead.

What do all you non-Scandinavians think of these weird characters?

As a Norwegian I like seeing them pop up on different design items, it adds a bit extra and is to me visually pleasing to the eye. Here are some designs I have collated with various of these characters on;

POSTER BY RK // DESIGN:

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SCENTED CANDLES BY SKANDINAVISK:

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POSTER BY NORDICPRINTSTUDIO:

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MUGS BY DESIGN LETTERS:

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POSTER BY IKEA:

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I love hearing if you have spotted these extra letters anywhere else, so please let me know if you have!

// Photo credit: 1 Ingrid Opstad / 2 the Designchaser / 3 SKANDINAVISK / 4 NordicPrintStudio / 5 Design Letters / 6 Terrat Elms

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INSTAGRAM FAVOURITES #5

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I have yet again been collecting my favourite Scandinavian finds on Instagram this month. Want to find out more? Just click on a name to be directed to their full Insta feed for you to enjoy!

1) The cutest Marimekko cookies made by @kitandnancy;

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2) I’m obsessed with pinecones at the moment, and these necklaces from Norwegian jewellery brand @kvistkvae are so beautiful;

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3) How lucky is @trees_and_treasures to have this beautiful snowy winter wonderland view from her window;

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4) Check out these wall (or floor) decals by @snedesign, a young eco-conscious Norwegian brand with a passion for bringing nordic playfulness to the world;

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5) These Crown & Branch coat hangers by Swedish @mazeinterior are made from 100% recycled metal comes in black, white and copper;

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6) @tuvamoenholm knows how to wrap! This gorgeous wrapping paper is by Norwegian designers Darling Clementine, find all of their products here;

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7) So jealous of @elisabethsofie with the perfect combination of these white string pocket shelves & a beautiful grey shade on the wall;

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8) Love the traditional Nordic pattern mixed with the more modern colour choices of these mittens knitted by @pastapatchwork;

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9) @sarahk1rby is obsessed with these Muuto the Dots hooks and I can understand why;

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This is a monthly post, so stay tuned for more Scandinavian inspiration! And do share in the comments below if you have any great Instagram accounts you know about that I should check out.

// Photo credit: 1 kitandnancy / 2 kvistkvae / 3 trees_and_treasures / 4 snedesign / 5 mazeinterior / 6 tuvamoenholm / 7 elisabethsofie / 8 pastapatchwork / 9 sarahk1rby

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WHAT IS KOS(ELIG)?

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KOS(ELIG) is a Norwegian word that describes the warm feeling you get from simple pleasures in life. It can be meeting up with a good friend, cozying up under a blanket on a cold winter day with a warm cup of cocoa & biscuits, a hug… Basically anything you enjoy can be referred to as “koselig”.

(The plate is from Bloomingville & the alphabet biscuits are from IKEA.)

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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MY MIXTAPE: NORWEGIAN MOOD

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I recently went to a concert here in Milan to see one of my favourite musicians, Thomas Dybdahl, who is actually from my hometown back in Norway! It was a very beautiful gig, just him and his guitar, and the audience were all sitting on the floor enjoying the melancholic music & funny anecdotes he delivered.

It got me thinking, there is a lot of great music from Scandinavia that might not be that well known anywhere else.. So I decided to put together a little series of mixtape lists for you to hopefully discover some new bands or rediscover some older classics.

First up, here are some lovely songs to get you in the Norwegian mood;

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You can find this playlist in my Spotify if you want to listen to it. Any other Norwegian songs you think I should add? Leave a comment below as I would love to expand my list!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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