HEJ (meaning hi in Swedish) is a Scandi cool cafe / flower shop established in Bermondsey. With cozy Nordic interior and a wooden moose head mounted on the wall it gives the perfect hygge vibe, a little taste of Sweden in one of the most trendy streets of London. Here you can get coffee (of course), a selection of home-made pastries, open-faced sandwiches and Viking Balls – traditional Swedish meatballs in organic bread.
You can also find a shop section where they sell their own coffee blends, now also available from their online shop from wherever you are in the world after popular demand! Since they believe everyone should have access to great coffee, they also offer lessons at their coffee school for anyone interested, and even gives out free coffee if you pop in. This place sounds like coffee heaven to me.. If I was still living in London (and I actually lived in Bermondsey for a while) this would most likely be where you would find me most days!
“With a complex blend of hard work, an inquisitive nature and a dash of rebellion, we ensure our coffee delivers stacks of flavour and a generous heap of positivity in each cup” – HEJ
I am off to Paris for a long weekend with my girlfriends, looking forward to shopping, sunshine, picnic in the park, drinks and sightseeing! Below you can find some of my Paris themed travel essentials for anyone planning a trip, and if you have any tips for what I should get up to in Paris make sure to let me know in the comments!
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!
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.
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.
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.
5 // Cute pillows like these “Big Spoon” & “Little Spoon” ones from Old English Company creates a nice atmosphere and encourages snuggling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
Another month has flown by, and we are closer and closer to autumn which to me is the perfect time for hygge. Its a time to snuggle up inside, and I already feel the urge to buy soft and cozy knitted jumpers to wrap myself up in.. I love seeing all your great moments popping up in the #thatscandinavianfeeling feed, this month there have been lot of lovely landscape views, natural elements from nature as well as lovely moments at home. The images perfectly portray a warm and welcoming end-of-summer feeling, that Nordic coziness that brings a smile to your face and brighten the day.
For me That Scandinavian Feeling is about the little things in life, those moments that just makes your day go from ok to great. My favourite times of the day is breakfast, and I always spend a bit of extra time preparing and creating a lovely atmosphere before I eat. That sets me off in a great mood for the rest of the day, and helps me stay focused. This month I’ve been focusing on adding little personal elements to my home to make it more cozy, little details like photos and decorative items reminding me of where I’m from and memories shared with loved ones. I enjoy creating my own little Scandinavian nest here in Italy, because when I’m in my flat it makes me feel like I am back home in Norway..
I have selected 4 of the images from Instagram to share with you, as well as a little quote from each about what That Scandinavian Feeling means to them. If you want to see more of their photos just click on the name to go to their profile;
1 // @linneajv
“To me, the Scandinavian feeling is a certain airiness – open and bright with calm and soothing colours. It seems to derive from nature and seep through all of culture, evoking an urge to create a cozy, warm corner to snuggle up in.”
2 // @mykindofhappy_
“The Scandinavian feeling for me is about simple everyday magic, small pleasures, colours and emotions that’s reflected in everything from everyday life, interior and nature.”
3 // @m.frantzen
“My picture includes a board and wooden spoon as well as the lovely sheep rug, these are natural and organic products that to me represent that Scandinavian feeling.”
4 // @pa.angsvagen
“When reached by the smell of wet leaves, soil, and the dew lies thick on the lawn.. Autumn has come, and you can curl up in a corner of the sofa with a cup of tea and light candles.”
I do 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, especially now when colder days are coming.
So, what is That Scandinavian Feeling to you? How do you create a cozy environment in your home?
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.
I recently reached 2K followers on Instagram and to celebrate I’ve teamed up with Skandidesign to give one of you the chance to win two of her gorgeous marbled weekly planners! They are the perfect way to keep you organised and on-top of all things you need to do + they make for great desk accessories too.
Head over to my Instagram post to enter, just click here. Good luck!
*Giveway now closed! Thank you to everyone who entered! Get 10% off one these planners by using the code THATSCANDINAVIANFEELING on your order. Valid from the 5th – 16th of August.
Disclaimer; The giveaway is not sponsored by or associated with Instagram. It ends on 09.08.16 and the winner will be announced that day on my Instagram account. Open worldwide!