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.
Keeping with the Greenery theme from last blogpost, how cute are these little Botanica prints by Danish Studio Arhoj?
Each of these packs contains 10 different A5 prints featuring floral oil, pen and watercolour paintings. The paper is made in Denmark using sustainable wind power and printed with vegetable ink. Perfect for framing and decorating your home with or as a card since the pack also comes with white envelopes. The prints can also be bought separately.
I am quite excited and intrigued by this, mostly because I am looking forward to try to incorporate green into my home – a colour I’ve never actually used that much before. I do have quite a few plants however that adds a natural green touch, but have already started looking at little ways to refresh and renew my space. If you follow along on Instagram I am sure you will see more green popping up as the year goes by – so stay tuned!
“Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.” – Pantone
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas period and enjoyed a lot of hygge with family and friends. From what I can see of all the cozy images shared this month over on Instagram it looks like it’s been full of lovely moments – tidings of comfort and joy. In some parts of Scandinavia people have enjoyed the snow and cold weather, but probably even more so the warmth from staying inside wrapped in a blanket with a hot chocolate. Candles & fairly lights as well as festive decorations have been a part of creating a nice atmosphere in the home, making the long and dark evenings just a bit more bearable. Now we are all slowly getting rid of all things Christmas as we prepare for lighter days ahead..
I have selected 4 of the images from Instagram to share with you here on the blog, as well as a little quote from each about what That Scandinavian Feeling means to them. And if you haven’t already had a look, be sure to check out the beautiful #thatscandinavianfeeling feed for even more!
1 // @bradyandnicole
”Getting cozy by a warm fire, while drinking hot cocoa, surrounded by beautiful, simple design, is what that Scandinavian feeling means to us.”
2 // @kiri_dearie
”To me, That Scandinavian Feeling means warm & cozy. Candles lit all around, snuggled up with a blanket, and being with loved ones. It is a time to slow down and count your blessings.”
3 // @appuntidicasa
”My Scandinavian feeling is about staying close with my home and trying to create a relaxed and nice atmosphere to stay. The simplicity, with a hint of creativity and beauty, of Scandinavian interior design are key to a home that welcomes you and makes you feel good. And the brightness of the spaces and the selection of colors and materials, make everything very welcoming and valuable. Feelings that I can not do without!”
4 // @beingnatalia
”That Scandinavian Feeling is making the flat all nice and cosy with candles and fairy lights and have a night in while it’s cold outside… Especially now at Christmas time!”
I hope you get inspired by these lovely images and words to join in and share your images on Instagram too! So, what is That Scandinavian Feeling to you? How do you create a cozy environment at home or make those dark days more bearable during the winter months..?
It’s the last day of 2016 and a great day to share a couple of images of my Christmas decorations before it all gets taken down.. Anyone else sad that the festive season is almost over?
I have a confession to make, I am 31 and this year was the first time I had my own Christmas tree! Living abroad I always travel back to my family for Christmas, and because of that I never saw the point in decorating too much before leaving. But this year I decided it was about time to start a collection of decorations of my own. Growing up in Norway we always had a real tree, it was a lovely tradition I always looked forward to. Now when I am living in Italy there are less real tree’s available so people tend to go for plastic version’s. I was a bit sceptic, but decided to give it a go. We purchased our tree from IKEA, and I am very pleased with the result of my FEJKA tree. Not only does it look good, but it was also easy to put up and to store away again after as it comes with a bag. I also purchased the BULLIG bamboo box to put the tree inside, and added a lovely faux fur rug in it. The tree decorations was kept quite minimal and simple, with a colour scheme of copper, white and black which reflects the rest of the flat.
The light I originally bought to have on the tree thinking we would only get a tiny one, but since we ended up with a full size tree it would not fit. Instead I had it hanging on the wall which was very lovely. I might keep it up for a while as it’s not too Christmassy.. I also added tons of scented candles around the home like this one in ‘hot mulled cider’ to create that cozy winter feeling.
To keep with the theme I also got a couple of new pillow cases and a blanket. The pillows I already own have quite the summer vibe, so now I can change according to the season. I got one in white faux fur and a slight pink with copper details as well as this pretty blanket – the perfect spot for some hygge!
Last but not least I also created this super easy and cute DIY snow globe, all you need are some small trees, a jar of some sort and snow (I used rock salt).
That was it for this year, focusing on keeping it very minimal but cozy. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas time and let the countdown to 2017 begin!
I can’t belive how quick December has gone by, suddenly Christmas is approaching! I have already been home in Norway for a few days and looking forward to spend the holiday with friends and family, you can see more of what I get unto on Instagram.
Here in Scandinavia we celebrate Christmas with the family on the 24th, so tonight is the eve before the big day! For anyone needing some inspiration for their gift-wrapping, here’s a collage of simplistic and beautiful DIY ideas. You can find links to them all on my Pinterest page.