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SAVOURING THE LAST OF AUTUMN

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Another month has gone by and days are getting darker and colder as we speak. November has been a very cozy month, and we have seen many lovely moments shared on the Instagram feed (in-fact we have now passed over 500 images!) For me November has been all about savouring the last of autumn as well as greeting winter. I’ve packed down my summer clothes and changed them with warm winter clothes, scarfs, hats and gloves to be prepared for what’s in store.. For me the Christmas decorations are not put out until December starts, but I have been out purchasing some new items which I am very excited to start incorporating into my home. Oh, and I have been lighting candles pretty much every evening (as well as a couple of grey days when I needed a bit of an extra pick-me-up.)

I have selected 4 of the November images from Instagram to share with you, as well as a little quote from each about what That Scandinavian Feeling is to them. If you haven’t already had a look, be sure to check out the beautiful #thatscandinavianfeeling feed where all the hygge is happening! I’m especially looking forward to see what festive images will pop up now as we are heading into December. Just click on the hashtag below and it will take you to the feed;

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1 // ​@cathrinewefall
​”For me That Scandinavian Feeling is the cold & Nordic light, the raw nature and the faded palette.”

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2 // ​@hildeandhercamera
“​To me, That Scandinavian Feeling is enjoying the little things and being cozy and snug inside when it’s so cold and dark outside. A new knitting project and a cup of tea goes a long way!”

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3 // ​@lukindae
“​For me when that first snow comes it triggers the Christmas feeling. Living in Finland snow is a must at Christmas (otherwise it doesn’t feel like Christmas.. Yes we have had Christmases without snow too but definitely something missing then!) Winter is a long season in Finland and snow lightens everything up! It’s fun to play in the snow, making snow-angels, riding the sledge… Winter-sports are not really my thing but I love long walks in the neighbourhood on a crispy winter day. I also love the hygge effect snow gives when you are cozy indoors with the fireplace on and a lot of candles lit + warm chocolate and/or coffee is a must too! It snowed here a little last night so now the snow is back again. Really hope we will get some more and it stays until Christmas!”

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4 // ​@north_polar_bear
“For me That Scandinavian Feeling definitely means chunky layers and lots of them! It’s about being relaxed and comfortable whilst embracing the less is more lifestyle – only wearing and surrounding yourself with things and people that are special to you!”

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I hope you get inspired by these lovely images and words to join in and share your images on Instagram too! Or even just some words here in the comment section as I would love to hear. So, what is That Scandinavian Feeling to you? How do you create a cozy environment at home at Christmas time or make those dark days more bearable during winter?

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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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COZY AUTUMN MOMENTS OF JOY

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So autumn is in full swing, and I love seeing all the cozy moments shared this month over on Instagram. For me October has been all about getting out my lovely knitted jumpers and socks, finally having the chance to light candles in the evening as well as enjoying multiple cups of hot drinks! This period is so nice, its not too cold yet (well, at least not here in Italy) but still cold enough to start appreciating those little moments of joy. Christmas is still a while away, so for now lets enjoy the beautiful autumnal colours in nature, the softness of knits & our favourite fabrics, staying in and decorating our home.

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 where all the hygge is happening :-)

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1 // ​@ingvildye
“That Skandinavian Feeling for me is to be able to snuggle up in large hand-knitted woolen socks with a good cup of coffee in my hand, especially if I can see the snow or cold taking its toll on the outside of the window. That is the perfect feeling after a day when the fresh Norwegian air has whispered on your cheeks.”

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2 // ​@sagalagadesign
“​Calm and quiet moments by the sea. Simplicity and beauty in details. Functional life. That’s That Scandinavian Feeling for me!”

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3 // ​@mykindofprettythings
“​That Scandinavian Feeling for me is that nature and the sea is never far away… And because of that its easily available to enjoy the silence and feel life itself… The moment!”

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4 // @mine_hverdagsgleder
“​That Scandinavian Feeling for me is clean lines with only a few well chosen accessories. Less is more! I love the colours in Scandinavian interiors, and since I’m not that fond of glitter & glam I really feel like I’ve found my style.”

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I hope you get inspired by these lovely images and words to join in and share your images on Instagram too! Or even just some words here in the comment section as I would love to hear. Its a great way for us all to get together and spread some hygge. So, what is That Scandinavian Feeling to you? How do you create a cozy environment now in autumn time and where do you go for a little time-out of from all the everyday stress?

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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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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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LIKE A WARM AND COZY HUG

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What is That Scandinavian Feeling? To me its like a warm and cozy hug, one that just makes you smile and feel happy. It makes your grey days feel better, your coffee taste even nicer and puts a smile on your face. If you have been following along on Instagram you might have seen my monthly #thatscandinavianfeeling post, as well as all the lovely images shared by people using the hashtag. It makes me so happy when I scroll though the feed and see all the beautiful moments, and I love getting to know everyone more through this little hygge community we are creating.

I have selected 4 of the images to share with you here on the blog, as well as a little quote from each about what That Scandinavian Feeling means to them. Its getting harder and harder each month as more of you join in, I’m starting to think I might have to do this more often.. Well anyway, here is this months collection!

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1 // @mariethorsen
“It’s about the small things in life. About that warm blanket on your sofa or the first cup of coffee when you wake up on a cold day. It’s about the morning sun when it hits the green plant in the corner of your living-room.”

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2 // @naomile
“I find a rich cocktail of simplicity, minimalism and clever functionality in That Scandinavian Feeling. Its a genuine love for the natural, for durability and clear lines.”

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3 // @luxeandthelady
“To me, That Scandinavian Feeling is about enjoying the little luxuries in life – lighting a beautifully scented candle, curling up under a blanket or near the fireplace to read, being surrounded by nature on a hike, time spent in the garden, or even a lazy morning testing out some recipes in the kitchen and sitting down to a slower meal than usual. I think it involves a calm peacefulness that comes from living in the moment. It is natural, lovely, and fresh.”

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4 // @capsulewardrobe_
“To me, That Scandinavian Feeling is being home, surrounded by the people I love and by the few things that make me feel safe and calmed, like a hot cup of tea, a good book and a blanket. Oh and a candle burning. It’s everything I miss when I’m away. Every time I get back home after a couple of days abroad I instantly feel that ‘feeling’.”

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I hope you join in and share your images on Instagram too! Its a great way for us all to get together and spread some hygge. So, what is That Scandinavian Feeling to you? How do you create a cozy environment in your home or where do you go to feel peaceful and calm?

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