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VISITING NAMI CONCEPT STORE IN BERGAMO // FOR NORDIC DESIGN & HYGGE LOVERS

Living in Italy I do miss the homeware stores we have back home in Norway, always beautifully decorated and stocked full of goodies for Scandinavian interior lovers. So when I discovered a new store opening nearby with that same Nordic vibe that I love, I knew I had to visit. The NAMI Concept Store is located in the small but vibrant town Bergamo, about an hour drive from Milano. If you are planning a trip to this area I would highly recommend stopping by, the store is gorgeous and it has a great selection of homeware items in different price ranges. When walking in you immediately feel welcome, it is like entering someone’s living room full of treasures to discover. Warning; you will probably not leave empty handed…

On my visit I had a lovely chat with the owner Stefania, she told me all about her idea of creating an emotional store where design, quality, and craftsmanship are fused together. Her mission to enhance our daily life with little details chosen with care and attention for nature do come to life in NAMI, a store with the perfect Scandinavian feeling here in Italy.

BIO: Stefania, 28 years old, is a graduate in Design and has been working as a photographer for some years while cultivating her passion for art in all its forms. In the last few years, she has organized different exhibitions and collaborated as art director for a young artists collective called Progetto Meteora. She says she is an aesthete and likes to discover things that satisfy her taste; because of this during the last few years, she has approached Nordic design and therefore felt the need to bring up some not so well known artisans and brands for people to discover. For her, Nordic design is the right compromise between liveability, design, and nature.

Q1 // Tell us more about NAMI and why you decided to focus on Scandinavian style and hygge?

The idea originated from a little dream of mine but was mostly led by the path I had taken such as my photography experience, design studies, and experiences in retail. This all became NAMI. I started off by taking part in local markets and followed with an e-commerce, then finally I recently opened my concept store which allowed me to have a physical place to show all the products I love. The store is today also a gallery and a workshop location.

Q2 // Which Scandinavian brands do you currently have in your store?

I have decided to focus on two main Danish brands; Bloomingville and Madam Stoltz. While the first is more modern and minimal, the second is rougher in the aesthetic but with an ethnic chic soul. I have chosen these two companies as their styles are diverging but at the same time they provide our concept store with a good view of my idea of Scandinavian design, the right mix between the new (Bloomingville) and the lived (Madam Stoltz). We also stock Meraki skin care products.

Q3 // What are your future plans for NAMI?

In the future, I can see definite room for art exhibitions, workshops, and collaborations with new brands and creative people, in this way we will be able to widen the network of art and Nordic design lovers.

Q4 // What do you think is most important to think about when styling your own home? Any personal tips and smart solutions?

There are many elements to consider when giving a homogeneous and uniform style to your own home. Everything needs to appear as comfortable as possible since we have to see it as the place where we will spend the majority of our time. First of all, I believe the consistency of the palette is essential, the number of colours does not really matter, instead the ability to combine them correctly is key. Another essential aspect is the correct use of empty walls. Sometimes we tend to overload them as they can feel quite bare, in this case just the use of a wallpaper with the right colours and patterns is a great solution.

Q5 // Any new furniture & interior trends you are excited about?

Yes! One of the most fascinating trends for me is the use of plants in the home for decorative and other purposes, finally, we are bringing nature back inside. Apart from looking nice in the environment, plants appear to provide a relaxing feeling. They are also natural humidifiers, have healing power, minimize allergies risks by purifying the rooms and reduce the level of stress.

I would like to further develop these aspects in my concept store as well. At the moment you can find plants such as cactus, pilea, aloe and terrarium, but for the near future, I am planning to start retailing the beautiful vase by Boskke which aims to save space and water.

Q6 // How do you like to relax, how do you hygge?

During my free time, I like to discover new places and I am always hunting for new inspiration as, believe it or not, I find it very relaxing!

Q7 // What is That Scandinavian Feeling to you?

For me, it means to be able to understand deeply all the aspects of a different culture from mine and turn it into inspiration.

If you would like to visit the store, you can find it on Via Broseta in Bergamo. View all items available and shop online here, and if you do go let me know as I would love to hear what you though!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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NORWAY IS THE HAPPIEST COUNTRY OF 2017

So it’s official; Norway is the happiest place on earth, at least according to The World Happiness Report just released today on the International Day of Happiness! This report is based on measuring how happy people are and why, and it is great to see that all the Nordic countries are in the top 10. In fact, the Nordic countries have been dominating the top spots in this report for all of the five years it has been published.

Top 10 happiest countries 2017;

    1. Norway
    2. Denmark
    3. Iceland
    4. Switzerland
    5. Finland
    6. Netherlands
    7. Canada
    8. New Zealand
    9. Australia
    10. Sweden

“What works in the Nordic countries is a sense of community and understanding in the common good.” – Meik Wiking (chief executive officer of the Happiness Research Institute, Copenhagen)

// 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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SELECTION OF 11 BEAUTIFUL SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN FLOWER VASES FOR SPRING

With spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start decorating your home with beautiful flowers. I see this season as a new beginning, a chance to add some new little home decor pieces and colour! As I’ve mentioned before green is a big hit this year, but I love pairing it up with a lovely nude pink tone and white for a fresh vibe.

Here are my top picks of beautiful Scandinavian design vases to inspire you!


  1. FLOWER VASE OLIVE OPAL BY MARIMEKKO
  2. LAVA VASE BY STUDIO MACURA
  3. HEXAGON PINK VASE BY FERM LIVING
  4. UNICO VASE ROSE BY STUDIO ARHOJ FOR KÄHLER
  5. ROYAL VASE GREEN BY ARNE JACOBSEN / DESIGN LETTERS
  6. ALBA VASE BY ANNA KRAITZ FOR DESIGN HOUSE STOCKHOLM
  7. ILSE VASE STAINLESS STEEL BY GEORG JENSEN
  8. FOLDED VASE TALL BY MENU
  9. THE MIE VASE BY BJØRN WIINBLAD
  10. GREEN GLASS VASE BY HAY
  11. BALANCE 3 VASES SET BY HALLGEIR HOMSTVEDT FOR MUUTO

 

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COZY & GREEN RETRO HOME IN SWEDEN

Would you have dark green walls in your home? After seeing this beautiful home I am very tempted. It belongs to the Swedish couple Cajsa Berndtsdotter & Torbjörn Olsson living in Gothenburg and is full personality.

I love the dark green used here, and the combination of the green along with vintage, brown tones is perfect. The gorgeous artwork on the wall and the personal decor items around the apartment really gives it a unique look.

The kitchen has a minimal yet personal look, and I especially like the use of the String shelves and the herringbone tiles on the wall.

The bedroom has a retro wallpaper that gives off a warm and welcoming vibe.

“I love the decor from the 1950-70’s. Everything from colour to shape is amazing! I also like to mix it up with new to get your own style. But the best is to fins flea market bargains of furniture or fittings. It makes the home so personal.” – Cajsa Berndtsdotter

// Photo credit: Andrea Papini via Elle Decoration

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BOTANICAL DECORATIVE ITEMS AT HOME

I am currently loving the botanical trend, and have slowly been adding little accents of it in my home during winter to make the transition to spring. For me, subtle hints are key to still keeping with the minimal theme, so things like prints, decorative items and pillows are a great way to achieve the look without feeling like you live in the jungle.

A minimal print in black & white like this one can be a great way to have something botanical without going green. Another great way to add greenery without having real plants in your home can be ceramic cactuses or candle holders with a botanic print on.

If you don’t have a green thumb, botanical decorative items can be a great way to add a little green in your life. Here’s a little round-up of the items mentioned above;

🌵 Ceramic candle holder with cactus from Bloomingville
🌵 Tvilling cactus poster (set of 2) from Ikea
🌵 Large white ceramic cactus from Maisons Du Monde
🌵 Själsligt green decoration (set of 3) from Ikea
🌵 Cactus pillow cases from H&M Home.

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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