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HOW TO ADD COZY KNITTED DECOR ITEMS IN YOUR HOME WITH SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN

With this cold & grey weather cozy knits are essential, not only to wear but also as decor elements in your home. Adding little hints of knitted design creates a lovely environment, and is a great way to keep warm and decorate your home at the same time.

Below you can find a little selection of Scandinavian style knit home decor you can use to add coziness to your interior. The snuggle is real!


  1. COUTURE KNIT MUG BY KINTO
  2. SARJATON BOWL LETTI BY IITALA
  3. THE KNOT PILLOW BY RAGNHEIðUR ÖSP SIGURðARDÓTTIR FOR DESIGN HOUSE STOCKHOLM
  4. KNITTED POUF BY BROSTE
  5. CONCRETE KNIT TEALIGHT BY GRANSTUDIO FOR BOLIA
  6. CHUNKY KNIT THROW BY GRANSTUDIO FOR BOLIA
  7.  KNITTED ISGATA CUSHION BY IKEA
  8.  KNITTED POSTER BY MADEBYLEN
  9.  MOSS-KNIT CUSHION COVER BY H&M HOME
  10. SET OF 4 NORDRANA BASKETS BY IKEA


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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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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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HOW TO GET THE HYGGE FEELING

With days getting shorter and Christmas getting nearer we can all use a bit of hygge in our life. You know, that feeling of coziness. This Danish & Norwegian word that everyone is obsessed about lately has us all longing for those little moments that makes us happy and relaxed. With synonyms like cozy, comfortable, warm & welcoming, hygge is definitely the way to go!

So with these words in mind, I have created a little compilation of items that will get you into the spirit!

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  1. MOODS OF NORWAY ‘PAMELA’ SLIPPERS 
  2. VIFA ‘HELSINKI’ LOUDSPEAKER
  3. SKANDINAVISK ‘HYGGE’  SCENT DIFFUSER
  4. ‘THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE’ BY MEIK WIKING
  5. CHEMEX SIX CUP COFFEE MAKER
  6. HAY CRINCLE THROW
  7. ANDERSSEN & VOLL ‘ILDHANE’ CANDLEHOLDER
  8. & OTHER STORIES BIG KNITTED JUMPER
  9. MARIMEKKO FURRY CUSHION
  10. BLOMINGVILLE ‘SANDRINE’ MUG
  11. STUDIO MACURA LAVA VASE
  12. SWEDESE ‘LAMINO’ CHAIR


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MAKE YOUR HOUSE A HOME WITH FLOWERS

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Happy Friday! I have spent the whole week recovering from a flu, so I decided to start the weekend by adding a bit of joy to my home in the form of a bouquet of flowers. They are the perfect autumn touch, don’t you think? Note to self: remember to buy more flowers because it really does make your house a home..

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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JUST LIKE A SUNDAY HIKING TRIP IN NORWAY

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This Sunday we had a trip to the mountains, sometimes I forget how close it actually is. For a moment I almost felt like I was back in Norway on a Sunday hike.. I wanted to share some images with you to show that it is actually quite easy to get the Scandinavian feeling here in Italy, you just have to look for it.

Growing up Sunday’s were usually the day for family and a lot of times this meant being outside. We would go for hiking trips, walks in nature or exploring different areas around us. It was always a great way to end the week, to get a chance to switch of your brain for a bit and just enjoy the surroundings. Living in Italy can be quite different from back home in Norway, but in the north it’s actually not as different as you would think. The great thing is that it’s so easy to just jump on a train or in your car and get away for a day or a weekend, perfect for anyone with some serious wanderlust. We live quite close to one of the biggest parks in Europe, Monza Park, but sometimes I crave that mountains feeling. Because of that we decided to take a little trip yesterday to an authentic little mountain town about one hour from us; Piani Dei Resinelli. We arrived just in time for lunch, and found this super cute cabin serving Italian winter-food. How good does fried cheese-filled doughballs and blueberry (!) pasta sound?

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“The mountains are calling and I must go..” – John Muir

After the lunch we went to explore the area, and even ran into a group of goats. I had with me my trusted Kanken Fjällraven backpack, because us Norwegian’s will never go hiking without a backpack. Usually this backpack would be filled with hiking snacks like oranges, biscuits (a favourite being the classic Kvikk Lunch – Norwegian for “Quick Lunch”) & a thermos with hot chocolate. It’s important to keep the energy level up as well as being prepared incase of emergency, especially if its a “hangry” emergency!

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Little trips like this really is an energy boost, I now feel refreshed and ready to tackle a new week! In Norwegian we have a saying “ut på tur, aldri sur” (which translates to “out for a walk / hike, never in a bad mood”) and it’s so true.

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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