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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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10 PAJAMAS FOR AUTUMN HYGGE

One thing I love about autumn is to go out and get a new pajamas! It really makes those cold and grey nights more fun when you can slip into a new cozy outfit while watching your favourite tv program and drinking a hot drink.

Here is a selection I’ve put together, ranging from warm snuggly ones to quirky cool ones for anyone not living in a cold country. You know, you can still hygge no matter what the temperature is ;-)

Cute and cozy flannel pajamas set from Monki with eyes on.

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Cool pajamas with cactus print from Topshop.

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‘Chilling till Noon’ soft pajamas set from H&M.

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Super soft and warm pink pajamas set from Asos. This is for those extra chilly nights!

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Lovely grey Henley jumpsuit pajamas from Urban Outfitters, this is more of a lounge wear so no-one even knows you are wearing a PJ..

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Classy floral pajamas set from Oysho for a sophisticated yet comfortable look.

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Super comfortable lounge dress from Free People. Add some woollen socks and you are ready to have a lovely evening in.

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‘The snuggle is real’ pajamas set from Asos.

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Plannel stripy sleep shirt from Monki.

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Black & white checked pajamas set from Topshop, just throw over a knitted cardigan to be warmer.

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Now, let’s pajamas all day.. zzz…

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A SERENE AUTUMNAL MOOD

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So, the cold has suddenly snuck up on us here in Italy and I am in a very autumnal mood all of a sudden. It’s been rainy and grey outside, and I have been trying to stay cozy inside our flat with woollen socks, warm outfits, hot drinks and baking. Here are some autumn moments from my Instagram, follow me there for more hygge!

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Now I’m off to buy some pumpkin to try and make myself a pumpkin spiced latte from scratch.. Wish me good luck!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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10 WAYS TO CREATE A COZY BEDROOM

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1 // Add a lovely chunky knitted blanket for the ultimate hygge look like this one found on Decordots. A tray with coffee and a sweet treat will make it the perfect lazy morning spot!

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2 // Put a textured rug on the floor to soften up the room. This one seen on Avenue adds a lovely and personal touch. A cluster of framed artworks or photographs is also a cozy addition, especially if it includes things that makes you feel happy.

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3 // If you have a smaller and low bed, a large duvet touching the floor can give quite a cozy feeling. This image is from Urban Outfitters where the duvet cover is from.

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4 // Adding some stacks of books on the floor can add a cozy effect to your space, photo via Planete Deco. Keeping the bed a bit half-made will also add some cozyness.

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5 // Cute pillows like these “Big Spoon” & “Little Spoon” ones from Old English Company creates a nice atmosphere and encourages snuggling.

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6 // Green plants and personal touches like these hats on the wall are a lovely way to bring hygge to the bedroom area. Great idea to add the large hanging planter in a corner to utilise the space, like New Darlings has done here.

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7 // Mixing textures, fabrics and colours in the bedroom will help make the room ooze comfort, warmth and relaxation. A blanket casually draped on the end of the bed gives a nice and lovely feeling. This dreamy bedroom is from Norske Interiør Blogger.

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8 // Adding a large light fixture above the bed, like this one from IKEA, creates a lovely cozy scene. If you are lucky enough to have a wooden slanted ceiling like this one found via Vtwonen it makes it even more snug.

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9 // Accents of wood and nature is so welcoming and homely. I love the idea of putting up a wooden branch like this one found on the West Elm blog to hang items such as hats, scarfs or bags on. Keeping a couple of your favourite items on your nightstand like a book, a mug for hot drinks, flowers or plants and some decorative touches really helps to make it super cozy.

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10 // And last but not least, candles! Having a lovely scented candle on the nightstand, a shelf or on the window sill will give any room a cozy and warm tone. Or why not put them on a rustic bench at the end of the bed like in this image from Blog Milk? Just make sure you stay safe and blow them out before going off to dreamland… Zzz..

What do you do to make your bedroom cozy?

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A SCANDINAVIAN COLOURING JOURNEY

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I came across this colouring book online and though it was the cutest, a great way for you to unwind & be creative in true Scandinavian style. It is created by textiles and homeware designer Zeena Shah and is full of folk-inspired patterns and illustrations of nature and wildlife to colour in. The Scandia colouring book has 49 illustrations which are all single sided designs so you can pull them out and frame them after you finish. Fun for both kids and grown-ups!

You can purchase this beautiful book from her website or on Etsy & Amazon.

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// Photo credit: Zeena Shah

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