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IN LOVE WITH LUXEMBOURG

A couple of weeks ago I visited Luxembourg for the first time, an incredibly cute and lovely place to spend a few days. This is a city with a mixture of French and Germanic cultures and styles, but I managed to discover a couple of Scandinavian gems that I want to share with you!

NJöRD FOOD
Scandinavian café

This lovely little café is located in the same building as the Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art, and is the perfect place to stop for a quick bite or coffee, or a beer in the evening. The food selection was great, a mixture of warm and cold dishes such as smørbrød (sandwiches), salads and soups as well as desserts. The interior was minimal and Scandinavian, but with a cozy and homely vibe.

HONEY \ MUSTARD
Clothing & accessories store with a Scandinavian approach

Honey \ Mustard is located in the heart of the city, near the Royal Palace. As soon as I spotted this store I could see it had a Nordic style, stepping in I felt like I was back in Scandinavia. The store is beautifully curated with a simplistic and tasteful look and a great selection of Scandinavian brands such as Filippa K, Tiger of Sweden, Norse Projects, Samsoe Samsoe, L:A Bruket and more. A great place for fashionistas looking for Scandinavian style inspiration!

Mandarina hotel
Affordable hotel with a Scandi vibe

This hotel was located a bit outside the city center, but with buses going past regularly it ended up being a great location. The whole building seemed to be newly renovated with a modern and trendy approach. Our room was decorated with many great features like the Normann Copenhagen dropit wall hooks, Vitra chairs, and a very interesting wall lamp.

Have you been to Luxembourg? Although it is small, there is still so much to discover. I fell in love with this cute place and hope to come back soon, just look!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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NORDIC PLACES I WANT TO VISIT // NORWEGIAN DESIGN HOTEL VILLA TERMINUS

Villa Terminus is the smallest hotel in a family-run collection of five historic properties in the heart of the Bergen in Norway. With only 18 bedrooms, this 18th-century nursing home turned modern-design repository is the sort of place where you feel like you are experiencing several time periods all at once. The villa has a Late Baroque exterior, but the interior design stretches from the 1950s to the present day and is packed with 100 years of iconic Scandinavian design.

Recently refurbished by renowned Swedish architecture and design firm Claesson Koivisto Rune, this beautiful boutique hotel now offers guests a finely balanced fusion of Bergen’s history, Norwegian culture mixed with iconic mid-century and modern design.

“The mix-up of time fitted us well since we were neither recreating the antiquarian nor building a contemporary statement. By choosing elements of furniture, fittings and colours from different eras – an ancient finish, a mid-century modern vintage accessory here, a contemporary piece of furniture there – the concept of time has surprisingly vanished.” – Eero Koivisto (Villa Terminus architect)

If you are planning a trip to Bergen anytime soon, be sure to check out this beautiful and unique hotel. A stay here would be like spending the night in an unusually comfortable design museum which is highly appropriate, given Bergen’s importance on the contemporary Norwegian design scene.

Villa Terminus is located at Zander Kaaes gate 8, 5015 Bergen, Norway. Find out more here.

// Photo credit: Åke Eson Lindman

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EASTER HYGGE IN ITALY

It’s been a while, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! I took a bit of time off from the blog after the busy Milano Design Week to enjoy some quality time over the holidays. My parents visited us from Norway, which was so nice! It ended up being quite a Scandinavian Easter after all full of good food, fun and hygge – just the way it’s supposed to be! My parents had brought with them Norwegian Easter eggs in the luggage which was the icing on the cake. These beautifully decorated cardboard eggs are filled with chocolate and sweets, a lovely tradition I am happy to keep.

Thinking back to my childhood, we would always spend Easter at a cabin in the woods going skiing. Whenever I want to get That Scandinavian Feeling here in Italy, I head to the lake. If I look at the view it almost feels like I’m back home, it is something familiar and safe. And although having a walk in the park seeing all the white flowers looking like snow makes me miss home, it also makes me feel content and happy to be here.

If you want to learn more about the typical Norwegian Easter traditions and see what I got up to last year when I was in Norway, have a look at this post.

Now that Easter is done, I am working on a couple of different blogposts from MDW, so stay tuned for that. I saw a lot of great Scandinavian design and I can’t wait to share it with you!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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NORDIC PLACES I WANT TO VISIT // HAPPOLATI RESTAURANT IN OSLO

If you are planning a trip to Oslo be sure to check out this beautiful restaurant designed by Anderssen & Voll. Happolati is located on St. Olavs Plass and is a lovely mix of Asia and Scandinavia, with both the interior and the food inspired by Japan with a Nordic twist. The space looks open and inviting, and the dark floor blends nicely in with the bar. I love the creative wood lamp on the wall which reminds me of origami, a lovely detail!

Tempted to visit? Have a look at the menu and make a reservation here.

// Photo credit: Elisabeth Heier

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NORDIC PLACES I WANT TO VISIT // FINNISH EXPERIENCE HOTEL KOTI IN PARIS

I have been eyeing out this place for a while, it simply is gorgeous and a great excuse for any Scandi lovers to take a trip to Paris.. The Koti hotel is a pop-up experience taking place in Paris for 100 days from January to May 2017 at the Institut Finlandais, a big sleepover in Finnish cabins!

The concept is simple; it’s a living art installation celebrating the Finnish home. There are 6 different cabins, during the day they are open to public viewing and in the evening they are available for guest to use. There is a daily schedule for all guests starting with quiet time & morning showers before a Finnish breakfast is served at a large communal table with specialities such as rye bread, salted butter and Finnish berries.

Getting back to nature in simple cabins can help us escape the busy everyday life and reconnect with family & friends. And the Finnish people are very good at just that, they like to enjoy frequent visits to the cabin as an essential part of everyday life. It really is a lovely way to relax and get away from the pressure and stress of daily life.

“Be our guest at Koti and escape the hectic pace of modern life. Savour the luxury of simplicity, the importance of home and the value of sharing unforgettable new experiences. Sleep in your very own cottage and indulge yourself with tranquility and communal hospitality right in the heart of Paris.” – Koti

You can book your stay through Airbnb. Because who wouldn’t want to have a sleepover in Finland, and waking up in Paris?

// Photo credit: Koti

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NORDIC PLACES I WANT TO VISIT // FIKA CAFE IN TORONTO, CANADA

Fika is a Swedish word that means to have a coffee break, the perfect name for this cute cafe located in Toronto. FIKA Café provides a cozy place for people to come and break away from the ordinary with typical Scandinavian treats, coffees and teas. Because in Scandinavia you take your time with the coffee, and if you want to have a coffee break the Scandi way then pastries are a must.

These lovely photos are from the Cereal website, and they show a light space full of character that looks inviting and cozy in that true nordic style. The logo is the dala horse, which was a popular toy for children in the old days but in modern times has become a famous symbol of Sweden and it’s culture.

If you live nearby you should stop by and have a fika with friends here, I know I would!

// Photo credit: Rich Stapleton

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