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BEAUTIFUL BEDROOM WITH DANISH DESIGN

This beautiful and calm bedroom belongs to interior designer Gen and her Danish husband Kasper, and was photographed by My Scandinavian Home blog. I love the dark and soothing colour scheme, along with soft and warm textures.

The chevron wooden floor is a great touch, and a twist on standard flooring. It certainly adds a bit more character to the space.

For links to any of these furnitures or items, click through here.

// Photo credit: My Scandinavian Home

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ETSY LOVE // HYGGE FEELING BEANIE HAT

What is hygge? Well, hygge is the word on everyone’s lips at the moment, a state of coziness & calm that you will get from enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

I am happy to announce that I recently opened up a brand new Etsy shop! The first item I designed for it is this beanie hat with hygge in mind, because being warm and cozy in the winter is very essential for all us Scandinavians.

The hat itself is a lovely dark grey colour with a cute pom pom on the top. On the front there is a ‘HYGGE feeling’ embroidery, perfect for anyone that wants to spread the hygge feeling when they walk around.

You can find the beanie here, and make sure you follow me on Instagram for upcoming giveaway’s where you can win it!

// Photo credit; Ingrid Opstad

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FRIDAY INSPIRATION: PRETTY DIY LEATHER STRAP INTERIOR IDEAS

Finally Friday and almost weekend! Today for my Friday inspiration post I wanted to share some DIY finds with you. I’ve been seeing so many great ones using leather straps lately, so I have compiled my favourite ones below. Leather straps are so versatile, I absolutely love the idea of using them as magazine holders or handles on a cupboard.. Would love to hear if you have used them for anything else creative! Now, lets get ready to start the weekend! Maybe time do to a little DIY project?

You can find links to them all on my Pinterest page or click on the sources below the image collage.

// 1: planter / 2: tray / 3: magazine holder / 4: handle / 5: potholder / 6: shelf

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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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10 CREATIVE NORDIC NIGHTSTAND IDEAS

1 // The pretty pocket organizers from Normann Copenhagen are perfect for anyone with limited space, they come in different sizes and colours and can be placed however you like. Here they are styled in Scandinavian Love Song’s bedroom – so simple & stunning!

2 // If you have a low bed the idea of creating a nightstand with a stack of magazines or books can be a great and fun solution. This might not be the best if you tend to store many things on the nightstand, so keep it minimal like here by Decordots.

3 // Having trouble finding a nightstand you like? Why not use a chair like seen on Fantastic Frank? The back of the chair can also be great for hanging items on like for instance the magazine you are currently reading or a lamp.

4 // Using a small ladder as a nightstand can be very handy as you will have a lot of space for little decorative items as well as books, glasses, hand cream etc.. I love this DIY ladder from The Merrythought!

5 // A temporary solution I am using at the moment is the IKEA Bekväm stool, it works great as a nightstand and is handy to have in the house incase you need to get something that’s up high. Here you can see it in a styled home via 55 Kvadrat.

6 // Keep it minimal with a box shelf on the wall like this one found here. Either buy one or even make it yourself in any size you want.

7 // The Ferm Living plant box is very versatile, why not use it as a nightstand like here by Varpunen? Put little plants in it as well as books and anything you need nearby.

8 // Wooden crates are a great way to use something you might have or can find for free instead of going out to purchase a nightstand. But be conscious that if it is untreated wood it will attract a lot of dust so it might be a good idea to treat it first! This photo is from Ma Maison Blanche.

9 // A little squared shelf in the same colour as your wall like in Stylizimo’s bedroom can be a great minimal way to have a nightstand without it being too visible.

10 // Bring a part of nature into the bedroom by using a tree trunk as a nightstand like Passion Shake did here.

I am currently making my own DIY nighstands which I will hopefully share with you here on the blog soon. Keep your eyes peeled!

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MY HYGGE MOMENTS // COZY LUNCH DATE

I am a ferm believer in enjoying those little things in life, appreciate the moment and just be happy. I know there are so many things in life that can get you down (we all have those moments..) and because of that I think it’s important to have times to look back at and say to yourself “in that moment I was truly happy!” It can be things like meeting your best friend for a coffee & a chat, popping a prosecco bottle with a group of girlfriends or as simple as a walk in the park when the light hits the trees in that magical way. It can be laughing so hard that you start crying, getting a smile from a stranger just when you need it, or listening to your favourite music. Those moments are what keeps you going, those moments will lift your mood on a cloudy day and put a smile on your face.

For me one of those moments I will treasure for a long time was a cozy date with my boyfriend when we were in Norway. We decided to take a little drive to a place called Hå Gamle Prestegard, which is an old vicarage that served as the residence of a senior civil servant several hundred years ago. Today, as well as hosting exhibitions and events, you can find a cafe serving lunch as well as cakes and coffee for guests. When stepping inside you get that warm welcoming feeling, its like visiting someone you know and eating lunch in their living room. The cafe has the perfect Scandi vibe and the food is rural and hearthy. We had the chicken soup, which was perfect as it was a very windy, cold day. Sitting there in silence, enjoying the meal and looking out at the view of the pebble beach was one of those moments. A truly happy moment.

// Photo credit; Ingrid Opstad

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