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MORE SNAPS FROM MY NEW NORDIC FLAT

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It’s been a month since my first little home update so I though it was time to share a bit more. There is still a lot to do, but we are slowly getting there! I always find its better to live somewhere for a while to see what you actually need and get the feel of the space before you do everything.

I am all for affordable solutions, and knew that I didn’t want to spend too much on the dining table. Because of this we decided to get the basic IKEA table Ingo made of solid pine. It comes untreated, so we decided to do it ourself as I wanted a whiter finish. The process was easy but a bit time consuming as we ended up doing three layers of paint and sanding in between. I was so pleased with the end result, it is still not a solid colour so you can see the wood play through which gives a really nice effect. We also added a top coat to so that it is smooth and easy to keep clean.

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Another affordable and great purchase we did from IKEA was the white Sprutt cabinet. It is made of thin steel and comes with label holders on each drawer to easy organise everything. At the moment I have yellow blank labels in it, but I am thinking about something creative to do with them..

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This is our little music corner where the Crosley record player is the centre of attention. Over the shelf we have the small Mosslanda white picture ledge which gives the perfect space for displaying vinyl records as well as art or any small decorative objects. I love it because it gives me the freedom to change what I have on it quite frequently.

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You might have noticed already that I love yellow, and this duvet cover gives the perfect splash of colour to the bedroom. We still have a lot to do in that room as we have been focusing mainly on the living room, so I’ll share more photos when it is ready.

Now I’m going to snuggle up on the couch reading the new Cereal magazine while listening to the rain outside..

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// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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GREEN LIVING THE DANISH WAY

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I don’t know about you but I am going a bit crazy for plants lately. In my search for the best ways to display them I fell in love with this beautiful range from Ferm Living. I particularly think the plant stands and wall holders are great. Which one would you add to your living space?

Use these plant stands in two different heights to display your plants and flowers in a new and elegant way.

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Why not hang your plants up with this beautiful geometric plant hangers, a great mix of retro yet modern!

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Or add a little extra greenness in your home by hanging these plant holders on your wall. Great for plants & flowers in the living room or what about herbs in the kitchen.

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You can even have one or more of these plant boxes as decoration in your house, temporary storage or room dividers.

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If you dont have too much space or simply juts want to add a little touch then the hexagon pots are great. They can also be used in the plant stands or wall mounted plant holders.

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// Photo credit: Ferm Living

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TOP FOUR SPRING INTERIOR TRENDS 2016

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Swedish Residence magazine created this shoot to show us this spring’s top four trends. The styling is by Eva Lotta Sundling and Elin Kickén.

1 // LOCAL MANUFACTURING & FOCUS ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Our interest in locally made products with a focus on sustainability and environmental awareness is increasing. We want to know everything about what we have in our home; where things come from, how and under what circumstances they have been made. We therefore choose to furnish with items produced under good conditions, with long-lasting qualities and with as little impact on the environment as possible.

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2 // TEXTURE & COLOUR
This spring its all about warm colours, different shades of beige and rusty tones mixed with simple colours like black and white. We experiment more with textures and materials such as velvet, leather, metal and chrome to create a feeling of depth.

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3 // ELEGANT
We are seeing more and more influences of art deco in the accessories and furniture, and a grown-up elegance takes place in the interiors.

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4 // UNIQUE & PERSONAL
We’re looking for a personal and unique touch to stand out from other and be different. There is a growing interest in ceramics, unique pieces and handmade crafts. By mixing different styles and eras there is more room for individuality.

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// Photo credit: Kristofer Johnsson

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MY SCANDINAVIAN SHELFIE

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So these are a few of my favourite things displayed neatly in my black Vittsjö shelf from IKEA. I have to say I am really impressed with this shelf so far, it looks very elegant and is very affordable.

💛 The yellow Unico vase from Kähler designed by Anders Arhøj. This vase is a pretty statement piece that has a unique glaze. At the moment I have a green branch in it which goes really well with the beautiful round shape.

💛 The poster I have is the ‘Norgesglass’, a typical glass jar from Norway, by Emmeselle from the collection Norsk Nostalgi. It is the perfect little reminder of my home country and a lovely piece of art. I’ve put it in a standard black frame from IKEA as a contrast in my mostly white flat.

💛 I have two of the Urbania lighthouses also from Kähler designed by Becker & Bache (I had three but one broke in half in the move..) They come in a range of different styles and sizes, and are replicas of modernistic apartment houses. In the evening its nice to put a tea light inside and enjoy the silhouettes and shadows created through the windows.

💛 Another candle holder I have is the Lup triangular copper holder designed By Shane Schneck for HAY. In it I have a grey tall candle and I love the simplicity it portrays.

💛 I had to have my trusted little wooden birds on display designed by Kristian Vedel and sold by Architectmade. The cute thing about these are that they can express happiness, sadness and curiosity depending on how you tilt their heads.At the moment they are having a little chat and looking quite happy I would say.

💛 I’m trying to add more green into our home and recently got a cute little succulent from IKEA. I put it in one of their standard white pots for now until I find a better solution..

💛 And last but not least; my hanging wooden monkey designed by Kay Bojesen!

Get the look;

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// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad (except product images)

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SNAPS FROM MY NEW NORDIC FLAT

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A little home update; we have now been living in our new flat for about three weeks and love it. Even though there are still so much to get in place we have already managed to get it quite homely. I thought I would share a couple of images with you to show some of the details. More to follow when we are more settled in!

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A temporary solution I have done is to use the KNAGGLIG wooden boxes from IKEA as nightstands. This has worked really well when putting them sideways, and as you can see here I have placed books and magazines inside while using the top to store anything like my glasses, jewellery and so on. This is a cheap and great way to have a unique nightstand while hunting for the perfect one.

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One of the things I was really excited about purchasing was the Mountain ABC by Coco Lapine. It’s something that has been on my wishlist for so long, and I am so happy to finally have it. I found the perfect black frame for it at IKEA, the RIBBA 50cm x 70cm. It still needs to go up on the wall though as it is quite bare at the moment but it also looks quite nice standing on the ground.

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Something else I have been drooling over is the new VITTSJÖ shelving unit from IKEA. It has black metal frames and glass surfaces which makes for an open and airy feel. A great display unit that can easily be built upon if we ever need to. A little tip; always go and check out the bargain corner when visiting IKEA! We went to buy this exact shelf, and was lucky to find that someone had returned their’s which meant we could get it 30% off even though it was brand new.

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The flat is quite white and clean, so I have added a bit of colour with some pillows. The yellow one is by Maisons Du Monde, and the Norwegian pattern one is my own design which can be purchased here.

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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MUUTO CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF NEW PERSPECTIVES ON SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN

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As I mentioned in my last post, this year Muuto is celebrating 10 years of new perspectives on Scandinavian design! And they are doing this by launching quite a few new designs and also sharing their stories from behind the scenes. A lot has happened in the first years of the Muuto story. 10 years ago the two Danes Peter Bonnén and Kristian Byrge sat down to rethink Scandinavian design, and as a result the interior design company Muuto was born. The duo wanted to create a new chapter in the Nordic design legacy, under the slogan New Nordic. They hand-pick leading contemorary designers from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland and given them the freedom to design products of high quality and great functionality with the Muuto creative team. Their collection today truly celebrates the beauty of simplicity and the true Scandinavian style that so many of us love.

“New Nordic isn’t merely a slogan or a description of the collection. It’s a commitment by Muuto to let the brand grow dynamically with the emerging ideas and concerns of young Nordic designers. The term also functions as an invitation, a challenge and a motivation to us as designers.” – Anderssen & Voll

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I was lucky to be present on Tuesday when they were having a toast to their last 10 years in their stand at Salone Del Mobile. There was a DJ, free popcorn & drinks and you could meet the designers and team Muuto. All in all it was a great atmosphere and it was topped off by great goodie bags including the iconic the DOTS coat hook designed by Norwegian Lars Tornøe.

The DOTS were actually one of the first Muuto pieces ever created back in 2006. Since its launch it has become a classic and highly recognisable design item with more than a million DOTS in different colours and sizes worldwide. It is a piece of design that is easy to arrange on your wall exactly in the pattern you want.

“The characterful little family of hooks is a friendly addition to any wall. The DOTS are proud of their round edges and will treat your clothes with the greatest care.” – Lars Tornøe

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For as long as I can remember I have been a big fan of their simplistic, playful & beautiful expression. Here are some of the many classic Muuto pieces that has stood the test of time representing some of the best of Scandinavian design today;

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The MHY pendant lamp has a playful and cute personality, as it is shaped after the hairdo of the Little My character from the Finnish Moomin cartoons. The lamp shade has a characteristic and elegant shape and is available in six different colours. MHY is ideal for mounting in clusters or rows to provide unique and fun light installations. It was designed back in 2006 by NORWAY SAYS, the internationally recognised design trio from Oslo.

“MHY has an elegant appearence and a strong personality. The playful shape of Mhy draws inspiration from illustrations and characters from our childhood’s literature. The near size of Mhy allows the pendant to be mounted in clusters or rows over your meeting room table, in the canteen, in a reception or somewhere else where you would like to add a design element with unique, but understated character.”

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The now classic STACKED system provides a storage solution with endless possibilities. With the use of small clips, the modules can be rearranged to create a custom shelving system, room dividers or even side tables. Just play around with the space between the modules or mount them directly onto the wall, and you can easily change it to fit your home. The concept of STACKED was created in 2008 by Copenhagen based architect Julien De Smedt, and his aim was to design something that was able to be both specific and generic at the same time.

“How to be specific and generic altogether? Shelving systems have a tendency to achieve one concern but never both. We decided to dimension shelving units based on the generic measurements of things to store and display while allowing for them to be combined according to specific needs and desires. The result can be at times a random stack of boxes or a coordinated grid of efficient storage… or both!” – Julien De Smedt

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The E27 pendant lamp is a naked build with a simplistic and striking industrial design. It can be used on its own, in a pair, on a row or even in clusters to create a modern Scandinavian chandelier. It was designed in 2008 by Mattias Ståhlbom, an architect and partner at the Stockholm-based architecture & design studio TAF.

“The simplicity of the naked bulb is hard to compete with. It stands for something that feels romantic and contemporary at the same time. E27 departs from the essence of a lamp – the socket – creating a simple yet strong object that celebrates the potential beauty in simplicity.” – Mattias Ståhlbom

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The felt structure of the RESTORE gives a unique and understated touch to this storage basket. It is mainly made from fibres extracted from recycled plastic bottles and is strong enough to be used for items such as magazines, toys or even firewood. Finnish designer Mika Tolvanen designed RESTORE in 2009 with a view that design should not be the one that requires attention by being special.

“I wanted the basket to have a non-obtrusive nature. Polymer felt combined with a soft form give the basket a friendly appearance. The name RESTORE is inspired by the fact that baskets are made of recycled PET bottles.”

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UNFOLD‘s soft rubber shade creates modern and playful version of the classic industry lamp design. It is an affordable design lamp that comes in a variety of colours and is suitable for multiple settings. It was designed in 2010 by FORM US WITH LOVE, a multidisciplinary design & interior architecture studio from Stockholm.

“The industry lamp is a classic, and sought after design that we are excited to provide a new perspective on. The soft silicone rubber gives UNFOLD a modern and warm personality. It also enables the lamp to be folded into a neat package by a slight push on the top. Just open and unfold your new lamp.” – FORM US WITH LOVE

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The NERD chair is a modern Nordic take on the iconic all-wood chair, reflecting its classic Scandinavian design heritage and crafter with the highest quality materials. The seamless integration of the back and seat provides both comfort and an inviting personal look. It was designed by David Geckeler and was produced after winning the 2012 Muuto Talent Award.

“While the appearance of NERD is unique, the overall expression, material and craftsmanship all have references to classic Scandinavian design values. The innovative integration between seat and back, as well as precise detailing, gives Nerd a strong personality and a very iconic character. The chair that stands out as a very personal and distinct interpretation of an all-wood chair.” – David Geckeler

You can follow #‎muuto10y‬ for upcoming‬ stories and content from Muuto, and if you are interested in seeing the new design launches check out my blogpost from the Salone Del Mobile exhibition this week.

Happy birthday Muuto!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad / product photos by Muuto

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