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STAYING IN AN OLD PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO AIRBNB IN TORINO, ITALY

When I travel, staying in an Airbnb is the perfect way to feel like a local and experience a city properly. This one we stayed at in Torino a few weeks ago was full of character and charm, and I wanted to share some images with you in case you are planning a trip.

Space Studio Aurora used to be a photography studio, and because of this the owner had kept a lot of related details such as cameras and photography books on display. The bedroom was big and airy, with a beautiful dark gray feature wall behind the bed. In the common room, space is limited, but it adds a cozy feel. There is no kitchen but you can find the essentials like a coffee machine and fridge. My favorite part of the apartment was the photo wall in the hallway, another nod to the past. The style in the apartment is a nice mix of vintage and minimal, with a lot of little things to discover.

I am planning a few other little trips this summer and will make sure I share more Airbnb’s! In the meantime, make sure you follow me on Instagram for more daily life and travel adventures.

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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NORDIC PLACES TO VISIT // COZY NÆRVÆR WINE BAR & RESTAURANT IN COPENHAGEN

Nærvær (meaning presence) is Copenhagen’s new wine bar & restaurant, located in Krøyers Plads with the water and the Inderhavnsbroen as a backdrop to the city’s light. The restaurant can only seat no more than twelve people, and the space is divided into different areas to help enhance the intimate experience.

Danish Norm Architects used a dark palette combined with warm materials and minimal lighting to create a cosy atmosphere. The place is full of character, and the custom lighting made by the Danes are a beautiful addition.

“With an interior design defined by an array of stone, wood and metal, the materials are all natural and have deliberately been altered in order to create dark and industrial surfaces that matches the mood of the place. This conscious focus on tactility brings a warm, material richness to the interior that naturally compliments the raw concrete walls and industrial framework of the space.” – Norm Architects

Because of the limited space, it is recommended to book if you are planning to visit. Nærvær is located at Strandgade 87 C, stuen, 1401 København K, Denmark. Find out more here.

// Photo credit: Norm Architects

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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 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 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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