Ciao! I’ts been a bit quiet on the blog the last week and the reason is that I’m on holiday around Italy. If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (username on both is ingridesign) you might have seen already, but the last days we stayed in a lovely airbnb in Torino city centre. It was in a typical Italian 18th century building, but the apartment itself was quite white and modern, with an industrial vibe and quirky details. I thought I would share some detailed shots I took while there, and if you want to see the full listing you can find it here.
Now I’m off to Alba, so follow along on social media if you want to see more!
Earlier this month I spent a lovely week in Norway visiting family & friends, and was so lucky to be there on the hottest week this year to actually experience the Norwegian summer in full. What I love about the Norwegian summer is that on hot days (yes they do exist!) there is still a fresh breeze that keeps you from feeling too hot. On a day like that people tend to spend as much time as possible outside going to the nearest beach or for hikes in the beautiful nature. For me there is nothing like a long walk along the fjord to clear your head and breath in the cool air.
This particular fjord is in Sandnes where I am from, a lovely little place in the region of Rogaland. Even though it is quite small it is actually the 8th largest city in Norway and is located south of the city of Stavanger which is larger and a great place to visit.
And when we are on the subject of water, there is nothing as good as the seafood selection you find in Scandinavia! In my family we always have seafood on Friday evenings, and my dad goes to our local fisherman to purchase freshly caught prawns, crabs and lobsters on his way home from work. It is the best part of the week for sure, so good and healthy.
This time I managed to stop by the Swords in Rock! This 10 meter tall monument of three swords is placed in Hafrsfjord, Stavanger to commemorate the battle that united Norway into one kingdom in 872. It is situated in the beautiful scenery of the Møllebukta area, on the inner part of the fjord where you can also find a popular beach. The monument is really impressive and a popular photo-op for tourists!
I also had a trip into Stavanger where I had a walk around in Fargegata (the colourful street), a must-see! It is a street full of wooden houses in all colours with a very creative and fun vibe. Here you can find a range of cafes, bars and little shops – the perfect place to stop for a coffee or a beer in the summer. I went to Hanekam for a outdoor drink, or utepils as we Norwegians would say. This quirky bar has a very cool and vintage interior, with a lot of little special touches like the sink in the toilet thats made out of a whole drum-set.
And of-course I had to get some deliciously sweet Norwegian strawberries before I left, because it isn’t summer until you do!
Now when its so hot here in Italy I am dreaming about Scandinavian summer days, so I might have to escape back to Norway later this summer.. Stay tuned!
The BYOH Matcha bar in Copenhagen recently got a makeover by Norm Architects and it looks so lovely and bright with its simple, white interior. The place is filled with items from Menu and has a lot of lovely green additions throughout to match the name perfectly.
Here you can get anything from healthy drinks and smoothies, to salads and sweet treats all with matcha in. On their website you can also purchase a variety of matcha ingredients and find a selection of recipes to create at home.
Väkst is a lovely & green restaurant in Copenhagen. In the middle of the restaurant there is a large greenhouse, built through the two floors of the space, created to transport guest into the sensation of a lush garden – in the heart of the city. Here guests are invited to an informal and Nordic dining experience. The menu takes great emphasis on seasonal vegetables, alongside barbequed steak, full-cooked fish and fresh shellfish.
Lightbulbs and sails are hanging from the ceiling and the floor is painted to look like a giant tablecloth, which together with all the green plants gives you the feeling of being at a stylish garden party!
Easter, or Påske as we say in Norway, has always been one of my favourite holidays and I think its mostly because of the relaxed atmosphere & the fact that the sun finally returns. This time of year marks the end of the winter, and is an important time in Norway giving us a chance to celebrate the arrival of Spring after the long and dark winter. For me Easter is all about family & friends, staying home and of course candy! Its a nice time to spend with the people you love, without the fuss that Christmas can bring..
After browsing my Instagram feed these last days I realised that Easter is such a diverse holiday with so many different traditions around the world, but also from family to family. I love reading about different people’s impressions so I thought I would share some of my own traditions around this holiday with you.
When I was young Easter used to be the time when our family would travel to a cabin in the woods and spend our days cross-country skiing & playing in the snow. In the evening we would be doing card-games, sitting in front of the fireplace and listen to the radio while eating our Easter treats. As I got older this tradition changed slightly as I am not as big of a fan of skiing as I used to be. This Easter I went home to Norway for a looong weekend, in fact Norway has the world’s longest Easter holiday. Instead of skiing we went for walks along the beach (yes we do have beaches in Norway!) or in town, and instead of listening to the radio we would be watching crime series on the TV which is now a massive Norwegian Easter tradition.
One of the things that stayed the same, was the Easter egg! In Norway and also the rest of Scandinavia it has always been the chicken & egg that is the symbol of Easter. Eggs symbolise rebirth and chickens are a symbol of fertility. In Norway we get a beautifully decorated cardboard egg which can be opened to reveal a selection of sweets such as chocolate, marzipan and pick’n mix inside. In my family I would always get this egg at the start of the holiday, and it would usually also have a magazine or a couple of small toys to keep me busy the rest of the time.
When it comes to decorations Norwegians tend to use yellow. Yellow candles, napkins and flowers, especially tulips and daffodils, are common things in any Norwegian home at this time. We also use birch tree twigs and branches for hanging ornaments such as painted eggs. The Goat Willows are a very traditional decoration and is a symbol of Easter for many Norwegians. We basically love bringing the outside in, and celebrating Spring time to the fullest.
Easter Sunday in Norway starts with a good Easter breakfast usually consisting of eggs. We boil and dye or paint them before eating to add a bit extra. Eggs in Norway are usually white, and to get them to look yellow we simply boil them with onion skins! This year as an addition I also used these super cute stickers from Tiger. It was an easy & quick way to decorate them around the breakfast table before tucking in.
Now that Easter is over its time to wait for the next noteworthy Norwegian tradition; the national day on the 17th of May!
Do you have any special Easter traditions in your country or home? I would love to hear more so please share!
December was such a lovely month, it was great to spend time at home in Norway charging my batteries. Here are some things to look back at & cherish from this winter;
I turned 30, which was not as bad as I thought it would be!
I got those cool balloons from Søstrene Grene btw, they have a great selection of part supplies but also just other random bits & bobs to brigthen your life.
Walking around beautiful Stavanger and looking at all the cute & colourful doll-houses along the harbour. If you haven’t been there I highly recommend it, especially the old town located right next to the city centre with a collection of 18th- and 19th-century white wooden houses. A very idyllic place!
Spent many evenings cozying up on the couch watching Netflix & eating Christmassy treats…
Speaking of treats, I made these super delicious gluten & dairyfree gingerbread bisquits! It was my first time trying to make them from scratch and I’m so proud that they turned out so great, especially since it’s quite hard doing glutenfree baking.. I used this recipe which unfortunately is in Norwegian but there are probably similar ones in English out there.
I received these prints from my dear Instagram friend @oh_corrin which I can’t wait to hang up on the wall.
And I was so lucky to win this super cute DONUT WORRY pin made by the talented Jesiiii on a giveaway hosted by my sweet friend Sprinkledlife.
As it has been very cold I have basically been living in these soft knitted slippers from H&M & woollen jumpers like this one from Oysho..
Other than that I much enjoyed spending some quality time with family & friends, eating good food, exchanging gifts and being merry! Oh and I have been obsessed with pinecones lately..anyone else?