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NORDIC PLACES TO VISIT // NORWEGIAN DESIGN HOTEL VILLA TERMINUS

Villa Terminus is the smallest hotel in a family-run collection of five historic properties in the heart of the Bergen in Norway. With only 18 bedrooms, this 18th-century nursing home turned modern-design repository is the sort of place where you feel like you are experiencing several time periods all at once. The villa has a Late Baroque exterior, but the interior design stretches from the 1950s to the present day and is packed with 100 years of iconic Scandinavian design.

Recently refurbished by renowned Swedish architecture and design firm Claesson Koivisto Rune, this beautiful boutique hotel now offers guests a finely balanced fusion of Bergen’s history, Norwegian culture mixed with iconic mid-century and modern design.

“The mix-up of time fitted us well since we were neither recreating the antiquarian nor building a contemporary statement. By choosing elements of furniture, fittings and colours from different eras – an ancient finish, a mid-century modern vintage accessory here, a contemporary piece of furniture there – the concept of time has surprisingly vanished.” – Eero Koivisto (Villa Terminus architect)

If you are planning a trip to Bergen anytime soon, be sure to check out this beautiful and unique hotel. A stay here would be like spending the night in an unusually comfortable design museum which is highly appropriate, given Bergen’s importance on the contemporary Norwegian design scene.

Villa Terminus is located at Zander Kaaes gate 8, 5015 Bergen, Norway. Find out more here.

// Photo credit: Åke Eson Lindman

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NEW DANISH DESIGN // AMANDA LILHOLT

My absolute favorite discovery from Milan Design Week was this little space in the Lambrate district, located right next to the Norwegian exhibition ‘Everything is Connected’ (look out for a blogpost on that one soon!).

Studio Amanda Lilholt is a furniture and interior design studio based in Copenhagen with the slogan “We don’t believe in perfect. We believe in taking things a bit further.” The first thing I noticed and loved was her creative concrete flower vases. They come in 4 different colours; pink, dark blue, grey & white and two sizes. Others items to look out for are the gorgeous new daybed ‘HER’ and the cool liquor cabinet with a rotatable circle.

I am sure we will see more from this great new designer, so mark the name!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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FRIDAY INSPIRATION: SCANDI SPRING STYLE

Happy Friday, I hope the sun is shining wherever you are in the world! Here the weather has been quite changing lately, from lovely and warm one day to cold and rainy the next. But I guess that’s Spring for you, and what I love about this season!

This Spring I want to keep my wardrobe simple and casual yet cool. Lots of denim, plain or stripy t-shirts, and light jackets but with minimal accessories. Oh, and I’m all about white trainers lately, something I never thought I would be. Here are some inspirational images I found online, you can find all the links below or follow my Scandinavian style & fashion inspo Pinterest board for more.

// 1: Black denim overalls / 2: Oversized blue jeans, plain t-shirt and white sneakers / 3: Grey rancoat / 4: Pink and stripes / 5: Laidback vibe / 6: Denim dress with frills

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EXPERIENCING THE FUTURE LIVING ROOM AT IKEA FESTIVAL FOR MILAN DESIGN WEEK

Milan Design Week is always my favorite part of the year, the city is buzzing and full of interior and design lovers! One of the highlights for me this year was the IKEA Festival located in an old Warehouse in the Lambrate district. Under the slogan ‘Let’s make room for life’, IKEA wanted to redefine the room where the everyday life happens – the living room!

“People have told us that the living room is the heart of everyday life at home, full of activities and precious moments. Yet, it’s a room in need of change. As a curious company, we want to understand these needs and meet them with solutions that cater for the everyday life. In Milan people get to experience our take on this challenge, hopefully it will be vibrant, like coming to a great party in someone’s living room” – Marcus Engman (Head of Design at IKEA Sweden)

The exhibitions were beautifully created and styled by the British designer Faye Toogood, the Swedish creatives and bloggers Anna Lenskog Belfrage & Pella Hedeby and the Barcelona-based magazine Openhouse. It had a fun but relaxed atmosphere, during the day you could find DJ’s, live musicians and even an indoor slide and in the evening it would host parties. Outside the warehouse, you could find little market stalls selling items as well as food & drinks so that visitors could enjoy a Swedish ‘fika’.

I loved walking through all the different styled rooms, each one to discover someone either painting, sewing or making macrame. The rooms were so full of character and personality, it was great to discover little details in each of them. The mix of vintage and DIY with IKEA classics and new items created a lived-in feel, even more so than what you would usually find when browsing the store. Here is a selection of images I took in the 4 rooms with the theme Growing, Creation, Harmony & Compact Living, I hope you enjoy and that it makes you feel like you got to experience some of this great event.

Room for Growing – Anna Lenskog Belfrage
A room full of greenery and a creative desk area. My favorite was the pretty hanging planters and the cute little succulents in little glass jars, as well as the new Ypperlig green chair in collaboration with HAY.

Room for Harmony – Pella Hedeby
Lovely and calm environment with toned down colours in grey-green and beige with natural materials. The new Stockholm cabinet and coffee table fitted perfectly in this cozy space, anyone else have these items on their wishlist?..

Room for Creation – Anna Lenskog Belfrage
Like stepping into a painter’s creative studio in blue tones with a lot of textiles from the Stockholm collection. A room full of paint splashes and creative chaos.

Compact Living – Pella Hedeby
This space was a combined bedroom, kitchen and dining area, a great way to show how you can utilise the space you have. The cozy bedroom area was on a highter level with a little buildt in staircase, and each corner and step was beautifully decorated with items. The black kitchen was a great contrast to the white and wood elements and the whole room oozed hygge.

And even though I have shared too many images already, I’ll end this post with some more from the Openhouse area. This space had a bit of a retro feeling, with a yellow sofa area and colourful additions.

The exhibition was full of new collections including YPPERLIG, DELAKTIG, STOCKHOLM, BJÖRKSNÄS, STUNSIG and more, so be sure to lookout for these items to appear in your local store!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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10 SCANDINAVIAN EASTER DECORATION IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME

I can’t believe it’s April and almost easter already, where does the time go? I love decorating my home for the holidays, and Easter is such a lovely time full of joy and hope. This year in my own home I have kept it fairly minimal with a few little subtle decor elements, but I might add some more during the week. In the meantime, I have been browsing the web for some inspiration, which I thought I would share with you.

Here is a little guide of ways to decorate your home with a Scandinavian touch this Easter, going away from the more traditional style and instead focusing on creating a minimal and natural vibe!

1 // If you are having a family dinner or party with friends this Easter, why not decorate each plate with little, individual nests? I love this beautiful table setting by Stylizimo, very chic!

2 // In Scandinavia we always decorate our home with pussy willow branches or birch branches. They can either be decorated with feathers or eggs on, or simply put in a vase and displayed as is for a more minimal look. They are the perfect accessory to an all white table like this one from Medina Lind don’t you think?

3 // This is a little display I created in my own home, a modern nest! I used my two Danish design birds from Architectmade as well as one of the Kaleido tray by HAY. The eggs are recently bought from Flying Tiger, they have such a great range of Easter decor this year so it is worth a visit!

4 // As soon as I saw these cute DIY bunny napkins also by Stylizimo I knew I had to include them in my round-up, such a great way to decorate by using something you already have. Click through to find a link to a tutorial video if you also want to have a try.

5 // At Easter I love the idea of bringing more of nature inside, so what about decorating your eggs with moss instead of the traditional paint? I found this great tutorial from The Merrythought and thought the effect was beautiful. It adds a lovely pop of green in your home.

6 // For me, the gorgeous Unico pastel vases by Kähler oozes Easter, I have a yellow one myself and although I have it out all year long it comes to it’s right at springtime.

7 // But Easter doesn’t have to be about pastel, what do you think of this chic mix of concrete and black tones by Mielille via Instagram? I think it is very sophisticated and gives off a lovely dark Nordic mood.

8 // As I mentioned before, us Scandinavians love to decorate with branches at Easter, and these pretty ornaments made of folded paper are beautiful decorations to hang on a twig. They are handmade by Studio Äppel Päppel, a Swedish design duo.

9 // Easter is also about hygge, and I love the way Ma Maison Blanche has styled her String shelf with all white and wood elements. This minimal look is perfect for achieving the Scandinavian feeling at spring. Use your own shelf at home as your display area highlighting some of your favourite seasonal items.

10 // And for Easter morning, the egg cups from Design Letters are a great Scandinavian touch. Here styled by Hviit.

What do you think of these Scandinavian decor ideas, will you be trying any of these out this year? I hope you have a wonderful week and Easter celebration, ‘God Påske’ as we say in Norway!

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ENJOYING THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE

As April starts it’s nice to look back at some of the moments shared throughout March. We have now reached over 1000 images which is amazing, I am so happy that so many of you are using the hashtag and sharing your Scandinavian feeling with us! In the build-up to Easter and springtime, you have all been loving spending time at home creating a cozy environment full of joy where you can enjoy those little things in life. Because hygge is not just for winter, it can be enjoyed all year long! We see a lot of white and wood elements in the interior, but colour are starting to pop up more as we now go towards sunny days.

Here in Italy Spring is already in full bloom, with the sun shining through my windows in the mornings spreading happiness and hope. Growing up in Norway, I remember it still being quite gray in this period and that can really dampen your mood when you wake up. Because of that, Scandinavians are used to trying to make the best out of the situation and create a lovely environment at home that we can enjoy. Having lovely, sentimental items around our house as well as fresh flowers and plants helps us getting through the darker days. We are also very good at using this period to invite friends or family around for coffee and cakes or a dinner party to have something to look forward to. And believe me, when the sun comes out and the weather is great Scandinavians are the best at getting out and enjoying every drop of sunshine to the fullest! But when that’s said, we are also pretty good at staying optimistic on a gray day too, because you never know when the sun decides to make an entrance.

I have selected 4 of the images from Instagram to share with you, as well as a quote from each of them about what That Scandinavian Feeling means to them. Be sure to check out the #thatscandinavianfeeling feed for more! Just click on the hashtag below and it will take you to the feed;

1 // ​​@mich.elle.imagery
“​​That Scandinavian Feeling to me translates to curating and living everyday moments with a sense of joy and inner warmth. This little still life is a collection of those moments for me. A little wood horse picked up during a memorable trip. Pictures of quiet moments, white vases to fill with flowers, and the perfect light filtering through a window nearby adding warmth to my Scandinavian feeling.”

2 // ​​@koivu9902
“​​That Scandinavian Feeling is the coziness I can experience at home surrounded by my family and by the objects I love more, it’s white and minimalistic spaces warmed up by wood and spiced up by bold patterns, it’s lighting candles in winter nights, it’s hot tea in nice mugs and homemade bread, it’s sharing food with friends, it’s curling up on the sofa with a good book… in a word; it’s enjoying the little things that everyday life offers.”

3 // ​​@wealllovebeautifulthings
“​​That Scandinavian Feeling is kicking my shoes off after a long winter day, wrapping up in a warm blanket, sitting on my favorite chair, and relax… I’m home…”

4 // ​​@silje_li_
“​Scandinavians spend a lot of time indoors during a year, and to me That Scandinavian Feeling is about bringing brightness, lightness and «hygge» into our home. It’s about getting that cozy and homey feeling, and using delicate colors and different materials to bring light and everyday-joy indoors. To me, it’s also about bringing nature inside. I love mixing materials like wood, concrete, glass and last but not least: plants and flowers. It’s about mixing old with new, like in this picture with my grandmother’s old wooden crate together with modern design objects. To me, That Scandinavian Feeling is about creating your own style, using objects, pictures, and colors that you like and making your home nice and cozy the way you like it.”

What is That Scandinavian Feeling to you? I hope you want to join in and share your images on Instagram too! It’s a great way for us all to get together and spread some hygge while we wait for summer to arrive.

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