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PHOTOS FROM OUR STAY AT A CUTE AIRBNB APARTMENT IN FLORENCE, ITALY

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After staying in the lovely airbnb in Torino a few weeks ago I was bit by the airbnb-bug! I love the idea of searching on their website for the perfect holiday home, and then living like a local in these quirky and cool apartments instead of staying in a hotel. We recently had a trip to Florence where I found the most perfect apartment, a bright and airy recently renovated place in a cool and trendy area near the city centre. It is owned by an architect who has an eye for colour and details. With its cozy, comfortable and quiet atmosphere, this place had the perfect Scandinavian vibe! Here are some images I took there, and if you want to see the full listing you can find it here.

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The apartment was on two floors, with a large living room and kitchen as well as two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor, and a open loft solution with two extra beds. This gave a lovely feel to the flat, and made it very open and inviting. The colour scheme though the whole space was blue and light pink, which really works well together with the vintage elements. I am usually a lover of white walls, but after staying here I think I might be converted to adding some colour.

The kitchen was small but cute, I loved the fabric handles on all of the cupboards as well as the retro wallpaper behind the sink area. The marbled kitchen top was a beautiful detail too.

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The light fixture in the bathroom with hanging lightbulbs and copper + yellow was stunning, even more so in real life! This was something I have never seen being done in a bathroom environment before, but it really worked. The cool wallpaper on one of the walls was a great detail too.

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Here are some images from bedroom number one, my absolute favourite! The high seiling, clean lines and statement yellow chair gave it a great look. If you are planning a trip to Firenze I highly recommend you checking out this apartment. It’s cool, spacious, in a great location and owned by the loveliest people.

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Next week we are off to Puglia, so if you want to follow along do add me on Instagram, find me here!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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CEREAL COPENHAGEN CITY GUIDE

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So ever since CEREAL came out with their new Copenhagen city guide I have had even more of an urge to travel there.. Just look at these beautiful images!

The guide features their favourites places, along with a photo essay of the city + personal essays by chef Rene Redzepi and owner of Gubi, Jacob Gubi. There is also a neighbourhood map and a section of additional recommendations from the CEREAL team.

Here is a selection of the stunning spreads from the guidebook;

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Did you know they also have city guides for London, New York & Paris, as well as a variety of online guides? You can find them all here.

Now excuse me while I dream of Copenhagen for a bit…

// Photo credit: CEREAL

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NORDIC PLACES TO VISIT // OSLO RESTAURANT IN VALENCIA, SPAIN

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OSLO is a vegetarian restaurant in Valencia, a little piece of Scandinavia in Spain with a warm and welcoming atmosphere! It is situated inside a 1850 building where you can discover little special areas throughout the space. The designers, Borja García Studio, has respected the atmosphere of the old building with the wooden beams in the ceiling and the brick wall. This combined with the modern and minimal furniture and touches adds the perfect Nordic feel.

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// Photo credit: Borja García Studio

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DETAILS FROM OUR AIRBNB IN TORINO, ITALY

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Ciao! I’ts been a bit quiet on the blog the last week and the reason is that I’m on holiday around Italy. If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (username on both is ingridesign) you might have seen already, but the last days we stayed in a lovely airbnb in Torino city centre. It was in a typical Italian 18th century building, but the apartment itself was quite white and modern, with an industrial vibe and quirky details. I thought I would share some detailed shots I took while there, and if you want to see the full listing you can find it here.

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Now I’m off to Alba, so follow along on social media if you want to see more!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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NORWEGIAN SUMMER MOMENTS

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Earlier this month I spent a lovely week in Norway visiting family & friends, and was so lucky to be there on the hottest week this year to actually experience the Norwegian summer in full. What I love about the Norwegian summer is that on hot days (yes they do exist!) there is still a fresh breeze that keeps you from feeling too hot. On a day like that people tend to spend as much time as possible outside going to the nearest beach or for hikes in the beautiful nature. For me there is nothing like a long walk along the fjord to clear your head and breath in the cool air.

This particular fjord is in Sandnes where I am from, a lovely little place in the region of Rogaland. Even though it is quite small it is actually the 8th largest city in Norway and is located south of the city of Stavanger which is larger and a great place to visit.

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And when we are on the subject of water, there is nothing as good as the seafood selection you find in Scandinavia! In my family we always have seafood on Friday evenings, and my dad goes to our local fisherman to purchase freshly caught prawns, crabs and lobsters on his way home from work. It is the best part of the week for sure, so good and healthy.

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This time I managed to stop by the Swords in Rock! This 10 meter tall monument of three swords is placed in Hafrsfjord, Stavanger to commemorate the battle that united Norway into one kingdom in 872. It is situated in the beautiful scenery of the Møllebukta area, on the inner part of the fjord where you can also find a popular beach. The monument is really impressive and a popular photo-op for tourists!

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I also had a trip into Stavanger where I had a walk around in Fargegata (the colourful street), a must-see! It is a street full of wooden houses in all colours with a very creative and fun vibe. Here you can find a range of cafes, bars and little shops – the perfect place to stop for a coffee or a beer in the summer. I went to Hanekam for a outdoor drink, or utepils as we Norwegians would say. This quirky bar has a very cool and vintage interior, with a lot of little special touches like the sink in the toilet thats made out of a whole drum-set.

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And of-course I had to get some deliciously sweet Norwegian strawberries before I left, because it isn’t summer until you do!

Now when its so hot here in Italy I am dreaming about Scandinavian summer days, so I might have to escape back to Norway later this summer.. Stay tuned!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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WISH YOU WERE HERE

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I had such a nice time in Norway, the weeks just flew by. Here are some of the many moments that I’ll cherish until next time..

Waking up to this view of the fjord every morning;

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Catching up with friends;

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Eating open-faced sandwiches true Scandinavian style;

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Cozying up with woollen socks;

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Family walk in the beautiful Norwegian nature;

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Discovering new cafe’s like this cool one called TØRST;

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And visiting an old favourite for a girls night;

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The calmness;

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Lunch-date with my brother at SABI sushi;

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Seeing cute wooden houses everywhere you go;

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Shopping with my Mum;

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Waking up on Saturday to our tradition of a late family breakfast while listening to a music quiz on the radio;

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Trolls;

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Walking past the Stavanger Cathedral;

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Popping into Sjokoladepiken to purchase some delicious chocolate;

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Browsing small independent shops in Sandnes;

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Eating dinner under this design classic;

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Taking a deep breath and enjoying the beauty;

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// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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