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;


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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




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




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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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



Scandinavian design & lifestyle by ingridesign

I have been working on curating a flipboard magazine that I am finally sharing with you here on the blog. It is titled Scandinavian Design & Lifestyle, and is a collection of design and lifestyle related articles from both my blog and other inspiring blogs and websites. This is an ongoing project and the magazine will be updated regularly, so feel free to follow along if you are interested in the Scandinavian way of life!

Below is a little sneak-peak of the content. Want to see more? Just click here to read the full magazine. Hope you enjoy it!

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Flipboard is a great way to read magazines on your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can find magazines about anything you fancy and discover stories handpicked by people who share your passions. Here are some other Scandinavian design related magazines;

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I’ve been collecting my favourite Scandinavian finds on Instagram this month, which was a very inspiring & fun but difficult task. Want to find out more? Just click on a name to be directed to their full Insta feed for you to enjoy!

1) @emmeselle by Norwegian artist Mona Stenseth Larsen is Scandinavian folklore meets pop art. I love how she takes normal everyday objects from Norwegian culture and creates beautiful illustrations like this one;

2) Beautiful & elegant jewelry by @mumbaistockholm, a Swedish brand using only 100% recycled gold and silver and certified stones. They also offer customers the possibility of sending in old gold jewelry which they then remake into new and modern mumbaistockholm designs. A clever way to update your jewelry box!

3) Cute Scandinavian style DIY letters in beads by Danish @sostrenegrene. You can see how they are made here on their YouTube channel.

4) @sognehome is a Norwegian brand that I’ve followed on Instagram for a while now. I love the simplicity of their homeware, and this mug with “pause” written on (which means break) is the perfect reminder that sometimes all you need is to stop and just enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea.

5) Because who wouldn’t want one Fjallraven Kanken backpack in each colour.. Find the whole range here.

6) How beautiful are these pastel vases by Malmö-based @scandinaviaform?

7) It’s getting very cold, and a pair of traditional knitted woollen socks like these ones captured by @livingenjoy is a must!

8) @lemurdesign is a Danish brand creating beautiful lifestyle & home accessories like these leather wallets.

9) Be sure to check out @heidisuuldesign. She is a Norwegian designer & illustrator creating beautiful art with a true Scandinavian feel.

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 emmeselle / 2 mumbaistockholm / 3 sostrenegrene / 4 charlotte_interior / 5 sasquatch_00 / 6 unisonhome / 7 livingenjoy / 8 krejberg / 9 heidisuuldesign