MINIMAL, UNDERSTATED & CALM

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Time to look back at the last month of autumn before winter starts to set in. Who is ready for the cold?

October was a lovely month and for many of you the beginning of what we like to refer to as the hygge season. While spending time at home enjoying self-care and making it as cozy as possible is important, it is also in my mind the prettiest season to spend outdoors. The crunchy leaves, the colourful trees and the fresh air does good for both the mind and the soul (but so does a cinnamon bun – am I right?)

For me, October has been a bit hectic. We are in the midst of moving home and am currently staying with family. I, therefore, do not have my own space to decorate and enjoy, which is a bit frustrating. I have however made the most of this time by traveling back home to Norway which did the heart good. There is something very magical about autumn time in Scandinavia, and I was able to visit both my hometown as well as Oslo, the capital of Norway.

Another fun trip I made this month was a short but sweet visit to London. Many of you might not know this, but I used to live in London and UK was my home for over 8 years. I have not been back since I moved away 4 years ago, but as soon as I arrived it did feel very familiar and warm. The reason for my short visit, in fact only 24 hours, was to attend the ceremony of the Amara Interior Blog Awards where I was shortlisted in the category ‘best written blog’. I did not win, but I had such a great time at the event and was very happy to connect with other amazing bloggers. You can see a video from the stunning event here. Although I did not have much time while in London I managed to stop by both Skandium and the Conran Shop for a quick browse, which are both great places for finding Scandinavian design. I did however not have time to go to the Danish bakery Ole & Steen which I had been recommended by my friend who knows I love cinnamon buns… Next time!

How do you find that Scandinavian feeling in your life? I love looking at all your posts on Instagram of how you slow down and enjoy the little things. Every month I feature four moments shared in the feed by you, and below you can find this month’s selection. These monthly little catch-ups are a great way to get to know each other and to discover new accounts, so make sure you click through to see more of their beautiful feeds and give them a follow.

1 // @melissaselmin
“That Scandinavian feeling to me is minimal, understated and calm. It is also enjoying nature and bringing it indoors, either through plants (I particularly love dried grasses at the moment) or perhaps artwork like my art print ‘Forest Mist’ featured here.”

Find her beautiful print here.

2 // @harrybeau_and_i
“I love the clean fresh designs of Scandinavian interiors, and would describe my style as Scandi / boho / eclectic as I do like to mix it up a bit. Bringing that Scandinavian feeling into my home give it a cosy, warm feeling whilst still being light and simple. It adds a little ‘hygge’, and we love a cosy knit and candles at this time of year!”

3 // @the_cosy_club
“The taste and the look of a cinnamon bun reminds me of great childhood memories spent in my parents home. Coming home from school on a cold day to the lovely smell of newly baked buns that we would eat for our afternoon tea. I try to pass the same warm and cosy feeling on to my kids whenever I get a chance.”

4 // @littleplaceoflykke
“That Scandinavian feeling is more than just a feeling to me. I have fibromyalgia and anxiety problems. So if there’s one thing that my body and mind is teaching me, it’s to live slow and enjoy every moment. Even if they’re small. The first time that I’ve set foot in Denmark it felt as if I was home. The more I learned about Scandinavia, the more that feeling grew. That Scandinavian feeling is my goal, my perfect state of mind. One I hope to achieve at least once everyday.”

Join in and share your moments too by adding the hashtag. How do you find that Scandinavian feeling wherever you are? How are you enjoying the little things in life and enjoying little moments at home or outdoors?

And if you haven’t already, make sure you head over to the #thatscandinavianfeeling feed and have a browse of all the entries we have had so far by clicking on the hashtag below:

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Hi there! My name is Ingrid Opstad, I am originally from a little town in Norway but currently living near Milan, Italy with my boyfriend & dog. I have a Master Degree in graphic design, but I am also working as a freelance journalist for Scan Magazine. That Scandinavian Feeling is a place for me to share my knowledge and love for Scandinavia; touching upon everything from interiors, design, lifestyle and hygge.
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