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10 CREATIVE WAYS TO REUSE PACKAGING

1 // Use a egg carton as storage. We all have little things that tend to get lost in drawers, but it can be hard to find the right solution to fit. I love this simple idea from IKEA; cut an egg tray to fit your drawer and you’ve got a great jewellery organiser for free.

2 // Use a cardboard box as a penholder on your desk. You probably have a lot of cool cardboard boxes in different sizes from different homeware or design items purchased. Instead of throwing these out they can be great to use in the home. On my desk I use the cardboard box that one of my Design Letter mugs came in, it is the perfect size for storing pens but also has the perfect look for any Scandinavian design & typography lover.

3 // Use shoeboxes as storage. I usually don’t even take with me the shoeboxes from the shop, but next time I buy a new pair I will make sure I do so I can make some DIY storage boxes. These ones by Mormorsglamour are so gorgeous, and the idea of adding little leather handles is such a great idea! Keep the boxes as they are if you like the design, or paint them.

4 // Use old jars as plant pots. Small succulents or cactuses are the perfect size for storing in jars. These from Yesterdays Sweetheart are so cute, and a great way to reuse any jars you might have such as these candle jars or jam jars.. Wouldn’t they be a cute little gift to give to someone instead of the traditional flower arrangement?

5 // Use a cool bottle as a candle holder. Don’t let glass bottles go to waste, and instead wash them and use as home decor. The Hendrick’s gin bottles have a great look, so if you are a gin lover be sure to keep your next empty bottle (or any other liquor or soda bottle for that matter). This image is by Daniel Leon Stern via Instagram.

6 // Use a paper bag as a planter. Nowadays a lot of shops will have their own designed paper bags, and its a shame to just throw these out when you get home from a shopping trip. I love the idea of using these in your home to store anything you like in, but especially as a planter as seen on Sanctuary. This paper bag is from the Merci shop in Paris, known for cool packaging. I visited the shop last year and still have my bag (the smaller version), so now the hunt for the perfect plant to keep in it starts!

7 // Use cans as kitchen containers. Just remove the labels, give them a good clean and they are ready to use in your kitchen. If you want to customise them with paint, but I like the simplistic look created by Weekdaycarnival.

8 // Use old calendars, magazines or newspapers as wrapping paper. Keep a stack of old paper items you don’t use anymore for wrapping birthday, Christmas or any other gifts, this is from Deko magazine. The monochrome look is great, but the possibilities are endless and it is easy to customise.

9 // Use a perfume bottle as a vase. Next time you have an empty perfume bottle, don’t throw it out but keep it to put a nice branch or flower in. This would be a lovely nightstand decor idea or on a vanity. This one was found via Tumblr.

10 // Use wine corks as candles. What? This seems a bit weird.. But according to A Subtle Revelry you can create super easy candles, all you have to do is soak them in a capped mason jar filled with aceatone alcohol for a week. Then afterwards, put them in little candle holders and light them up!

Do you have any other creative ideas on how to reuse packaging? I would love to hear them!

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NORDIC PLACES I WANT TO VISIT // FINNISH EXPERIENCE HOTEL KOTI IN PARIS

I have been eyeing out this place for a while, it simply is gorgeous and a great excuse for any Scandi lovers to take a trip to Paris.. The Koti hotel is a pop-up experience taking place in Paris for 100 days from January to May 2017 at the Institut Finlandais, a big sleepover in Finnish cabins!

The concept is simple; it’s a living art installation celebrating the Finnish home. There are 6 different cabins, during the day they are open to public viewing and in the evening they are available for guest to use. There is a daily schedule for all guests starting with quiet time & morning showers before a Finnish breakfast is served at a large communal table with specialities such as rye bread, salted butter and Finnish berries.

Getting back to nature in simple cabins can help us escape the busy everyday life and reconnect with family & friends. And the Finnish people are very good at just that, they like to enjoy frequent visits to the cabin as an essential part of everyday life. It really is a lovely way to relax and get away from the pressure and stress of daily life.

“Be our guest at Koti and escape the hectic pace of modern life. Savour the luxury of simplicity, the importance of home and the value of sharing unforgettable new experiences. Sleep in your very own cottage and indulge yourself with tranquility and communal hospitality right in the heart of Paris.” – Koti

You can book your stay through Airbnb. Because who wouldn’t want to have a sleepover in Finland, and waking up in Paris?

// Photo credit: Koti

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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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BEAUTIFUL BEDROOM WITH DANISH DESIGN

This beautiful and calm bedroom belongs to interior designer Gen and her Danish husband Kasper, and was photographed by My Scandinavian Home blog. I love the dark and soothing colour scheme, along with soft and warm textures.

The chevron wooden floor is a great touch, and a twist on standard flooring. It certainly adds a bit more character to the space.

For links to any of these furnitures or items, click through here.

// Photo credit: My Scandinavian Home

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NORDIC PLACES I WANT TO VISIT // FIKA CAFE IN TORONTO, CANADA

Fika is a Swedish word that means to have a coffee break, the perfect name for this cute cafe located in Toronto. FIKA Café provides a cozy place for people to come and break away from the ordinary with typical Scandinavian treats, coffees and teas. Because in Scandinavia you take your time with the coffee, and if you want to have a coffee break the Scandi way then pastries are a must.

These lovely photos are from the Cereal website, and they show a light space full of character that looks inviting and cozy in that true nordic style. The logo is the dala horse, which was a popular toy for children in the old days but in modern times has become a famous symbol of Sweden and it’s culture.

If you live nearby you should stop by and have a fika with friends here, I know I would!

// Photo credit: Rich Stapleton

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10 CREATIVE NORDIC NIGHTSTAND IDEAS

1 // The pretty pocket organizers from Normann Copenhagen are perfect for anyone with limited space, they come in different sizes and colours and can be placed however you like. Here they are styled in Scandinavian Love Song’s bedroom – so simple & stunning!

2 // If you have a low bed the idea of creating a nightstand with a stack of magazines or books can be a great and fun solution. This might not be the best if you tend to store many things on the nightstand, so keep it minimal like here by Decordots.

3 // Having trouble finding a nightstand you like? Why not use a chair like seen on Fantastic Frank? The back of the chair can also be great for hanging items on like for instance the magazine you are currently reading or a lamp.

4 // Using a small ladder as a nightstand can be very handy as you will have a lot of space for little decorative items as well as books, glasses, hand cream etc.. I love this DIY ladder from The Merrythought!

5 // A temporary solution I am using at the moment is the IKEA Bekväm stool, it works great as a nightstand and is handy to have in the house incase you need to get something that’s up high. Here you can see it in a styled home via 55 Kvadrat.

6 // Keep it minimal with a box shelf on the wall like this one found here. Either buy one or even make it yourself in any size you want.

7 // The Ferm Living plant box is very versatile, why not use it as a nightstand like here by Varpunen? Put little plants in it as well as books and anything you need nearby.

8 // Wooden crates are a great way to use something you might have or can find for free instead of going out to purchase a nightstand. But be conscious that if it is untreated wood it will attract a lot of dust so it might be a good idea to treat it first! This photo is from Ma Maison Blanche.

9 // A little squared shelf in the same colour as your wall like in Stylizimo’s bedroom can be a great minimal way to have a nightstand without it being too visible.

10 // Bring a part of nature into the bedroom by using a tree trunk as a nightstand like Passion Shake did here.

I am currently making my own DIY nighstands which I will hopefully share with you here on the blog soon. Keep your eyes peeled!

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