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MINIMAL LOVE FROM STELTON

If you need a new water pitcher, kettle, water bottle or other homeware items look no further. Stelton, the Danish design company with strong roots in the Scandinavian design tradition, has a great selection of minimalist products with a retro vibe. I am especially loving the new pastel colours seen in their Spring collection.

Stelton is a brand with long traditions in Scandinavian homes and has managed to capture the hearts of design lovers since the late 1960s. Arne Jacobsen’s iconic Cylinda-line in stainless steel for Stelton launched in 1967 was based on his philosophy that ”good design should be available for everyone”. Today five decades later, the series has become the essence of Stelton’s design DNA. The Cylinda-line features selected items coated in beautifully coloured enamel to celebrate its 50th Anniversary with an array of soft colours; ocean blue, dusty teal, powder and smokey blue.

The Emma pitcher reminds us of the classic Danish steel pitchers of the 1950s, reinterpreted for today in a sculptural and classic design. This beautiful pitcher is an addition to the Emma collection. How pretty is the Emma electric cordless kettle with the same retro style?

The Circle water bottle is a handy reusable bottle in glass, with a pure and unique design. With a unique open/close function in form of a beautiful circular stopper, the bottle is easy to hold and to drink from.

The To Go Click cup has a ”smart click” function that lets you open and close it easily, and you can drink from the full 360 degrees of the cup as if there were no lid. A great way to enjoy hot or cold drinks without spills when you’re on the move or while traveling.

This year we can find the iconic EM77 vacuum jug designed by Erik Magnussen in 1977 in new bright colours sand, dusty green and light grey. The colours are inspired by Scandinavian evenings by the sea and sandy beaches with gentle summer breezes.

// Photo credit: Stelton

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SEEKING COZINESS EVERYDAY

I loved May, but is it just me or did it disappear so quick? For me, it is the perfect month. A lovely temperature and a time full of happiness. Everyone is smiling because summer is arriving and there so much to look forward to.

For many people seeking coziness everyday is necessary for feeling happy. It is about finding a calm in a stressful world, a little hyggekrok (cozy nook) where it is ok to slow down and relax. What better way to do so than in a minimal space with a cup of coffee in hand. This dark and flavorsome happiness-potion has become the symbol of hygge, and the latest trend is having a coffee-nap. A coffee-nap is the perfect way to get a quick pick-me-up, it literally means to drink a coffee followed by a 15-minute nap. When you wake up the caffeine kicks in, this way you can get an effective rest that makes you feel ready to tackle the rest of the day. Next time you feel tired – try it!

I have selected 4 of the images from Instagram to share with you, these images all have a calm and lovely tone that captures That Scandinavian Feeling perfectly. If you want to discover more, grab a coffee and click on the hashtag below;

1 // @by_cwpg_coffee_moment
“With my image, I want to convey the Nordic light surrounded by clean lines, simplicity, the purity that emerges from the light in the room.”

2 // @laura_ascari
“Staying home and enjoying the little things in life on rainy days gives me That Scandinavian Feeling.”

3 // @acuriousfind
“That Scandinavian Feeling for me is living in a stripped back and minimal space. I like to have a white background and add in simple furniture pieces, with clean lines and no fussiness. Our lives are so busy, it’s important to me, to have a clean, simplistic space that helps me clear my head after a busy day. I like to add in wooden tones throughout. This adds warms and interest, and stops the space from being cold and bare.”

4 // @a_frebel
“That Scandinavian Feeling to me means seeking coziness everyday, finding comfort in the ordinary, and striving to keep things simple but significant. It is enjoying slow mornings with coffee and my dogs, and wearing fuzzy socks while watching the snow fall. It is clean sheets, the subtle sound of falling rain, and vanilla scented candles.

In relation to this image, my Scandinavian feeling usually involves coffee. I find comfort in coffee because it is warm and fuzzy, it represents routine & productivity. Coffee can be drank at any time and with anyone. Many conversations, moments, and memories have been shared over coffee.”

What gives you That Scandinavian Feeling? Share your images on Instagram too for a chance to be featured, and let’s spread some summertime hygge!

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DESIGN CRUSH: THE CUTEST POCKET CHAIR

How cute is this new Pocket chair, a collaboration between the Spanish design studio Stone Designs and Swedish Blå Station. This creative and functional chair was presented at Milan Design Week last month, and ever since I have seen it popping up everywhere.

I love the idea of the secret compartment on the bottom for storing items such as bags, backpacks, scarfs, satchels and jackets as well as the round, organic shape. Although it is intended for public spaces, I still think this can be a great chair for home too.

“We came up with the idea in a ski resort. People pile up their goggles, helmets, and backpacks on the table during breakfast and lunch, so that it doesn’t pick up dirt from the floor. What a mess. And it steals table space from the restaurateur too. We just had to come up with an answer!” – Eva Prego

And what a great answer it is!

// Photo credit: Blå Station

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INSPIRATION FOR A FUN SCANDINAVIAN KIDS ROOM FROM FERM LIVING

I came across an image yesterday of the cutest little miniature funkis house by Danish design brand ferm LIVING, and soon I was lost in their website browsing all the adorable items. The mix of bright and pastel colours combined with quirky prints and characters make for a great environment for kids to grow and stimulate their fantasy.

If you are planning a kids room and want to add a fun yet minimal Scandinavian look or need gift ideas for someone with a little one, check out some of my favorites below.

Little Mr. Teddy cushion;

Shelf hangers, blue Billy basket & Billy Bear wall flag;

Popcorn round cushion;

Little half moon blanket & cloud lamp;

Dotty wallpaper;

Mint dot bedding & landscape bed bumper;

The ferm LIVING KIDS universe is full of Danish design for a simple expression or a more playful look. Check out their webshop for more.

// Photo credit: ferm LIVING

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MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS

Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days around the world, in Norway it falls on the second Sunday of February, but in Denmark and Finland on the the second Sunday of May and in Sweden at the end of May.

This lovely day is great for showing appreciation to the mothers and mother figures in our lives. I have therefore created a guide below full of little gift ideas for the mum who loves Scandinavian design;


  1. ‘HJEM’ (MEANING HOME IN SCANDINAVIAN) GIFTSET WITH 3 SCENTED CANDLES BY SKANDINAVISK

  2. ‘LAGOM: THE SWEDISH ART OF BALANCED LIVING’ KINDLE BOOK BY LINNEA DUNNE

  3. MOOMINMAMMA MUG BY ARABIA

  4. ‘GREAT THINGS WILL BE SERVED’ APRON BY H&M HOME

  5. PAIR OF WOODEN SPARROWS BY KAY BOJESEN

  6. ‘KUUSI’ ROUND TRAY BY SAGALAGA DESIGN

  7. ‘LOVE YOU MUM’ GREETING CARD BY KIKKI.K

  8. SESAME SCRUB SOAP BY MERAKI

  9. ‘MY BEST RECIPE NOTEBOOK’ BY DESIGN LETTERS

  10. PASSION & COCONUT JAM BY NICOLAS VAHE

  11. LEATHER LETTER KEY RING BY ONE MUST DASH

 

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A SENSE OF CALM AND PEACE

May is finally here, but before we fully start to embrace this new month let’s take a look at some highlights from the ever growing #thatscandinavianfeeling Instagram feed. Each month that goes by I love discovering new accounts and seeing how you all interpret what That Scandinavian Feeling is. What seems to be constant is that sense of calm and peace, enjoying life and it’s everyday moments. I believe coziness is key to this, making sure you fully appreciate everything around you and not missing the little moments. At home calm and peace can be achieved with minimalism and decluttering, and what better time to do so than spring?

In my home, I try to keep a minimal colour palette, with mostly white or light wood surfaces as well as a lot of grays. I recently bought all white bed linen, and what a difference it makes! Waking up in a bright and airy environment does wonders for your mood and even though colours can make you happy, I find that white and paler shades do the trick for me.

Another way to feel tranquil is to have a walk and just be at one with nature. A lovely scenic view over the peaceful sea can have a soothing effect and make you forget about all of the everyday stress. Sometimes we tend to stress a lot for no reason when what we should be doing is slowing down and enjoying a nice cup of coffee while thinking about ways to minimize those stressful elements. Many of the things we stress about in our everyday life are just small things we could resolve quite quickly instead of dwelling on. I read somewhere that; if something is on your mind and making you feel stressed that could be dealt with in 5 minutes or less – just do it and get it out of the way! This is something I have been trying to live by recently, and I find it helping me to decrease those long lists in my head of things that always seem to stress me out. So if you too are feeling a bit overwhelmed and need more calm in your life, try it out for the rest of the week and see if it helps.

I have selected 4 of the images from Instagram to share with you, these images all have a calm and lovely tone that captures That Scandinavian Feeling perfectly. If you want to discover more, grab a coffee and click on the hashtag below;

1 // @momentsandays
“Calm moments and simplicity, time with family and friends. This picture is telling about our Easter tradition in Scandinavia, spring time and new beginnings.”

2 // @annahsalter
“For me That Scandinavian Feeling is simplicity. It’s inviting spaces that draw you in and make you feel at home. It’s ordinary moments that make you feel cozy and content.”

3 // @designandnicethings
“Bright skies, blue water, and fresh air. That Scandinavian Feeling is a sense of calm and peace.”

4 // ​@ingvildye
“​​Now that spring has finally arrived in Norway, it’s great to be able to listen to the birds singing, with a coffee cup in hand and know that the sun is warming up my cheeks. Bright, long and lazy days.”

What is That Scandinavian Feeling to you? Share your images on Instagram too for a chance to be featured​, and let’s spread some hygge!

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