Last fall I showed you a basket in this post, that I had picked up at IKEA and use for storage in the hall. The basket was discontinued and I know that many of you went looking for one without any luck. So I wanted to tell you, that IKEA is introducing a new basket called GADDIS, that looks a lot like the old one – this time they even have it in a dip dyed version in black, orange and purple. They will hit the stores in August, so look out for it next time you go to IKEA.
I’ve been quiet for a few days while I enjoyed a long weekend at the summer house. O boy did that feel good! Lots of beach time, swimming in the sea, naps in the hammock, lots of ice cream and seafood (although not at the same time) and good old relaxing offline. Much needed – I’m now back to work with only three more days to go till my summer holidays starts (!).
There is one special event I always look forward to each year – the new IKEA catalogue. When I moved last year I found a stack of old IKEA catalogues going back to 2004! And even though I find some of the images way to crowded, noisy and colourful to my taste, I still love the IKEA universe. And I love that they stay true to their own voice. Also I love all their gadgets for keeping order.
I’ve selected some of my favourite images from the new catalogue – it will hit the streets in just a few weeks (at least here in Denmark). Enjoy x
All photos: IKEA
I am spending this weekend at my family’s summer house in Rørvig. I am working from home today, so you will find me in the garden – in the shadow as it is still stinking hot in Denmark (did I mention how much I love it?) – with my laptop and phone. I can’t wait to turn the computer off and hit the beach this afternoon! I fully intend to fill this weekend with trips to the beach, ice cold white wine, reading a good book in the shadow, soaking up some sun, eating too many ice creams and good food. Ahhh! I’ve got one week to go till I’m off on summer holiday. I fully intend to spend this weekend pretending, summer holiday is already on. Here are a few pictures I snapped last night.
Have the happiest of weekends, dear friends xx
Click right here if you want to see more from the summer house.
I hope you are enjoying summer as much as I am! Here’s a little collection of some of my summer crushes.
Btw are you on Twitter? I’ve started tweeting – feel free to follow me, if you would like.
When the 5 pairs arrived, I grabbed a friend and my camera. You see it’s not that easy being both in front of and behind the camera at the same time, so I needed a little help with this one. My friend is not a photographer, in fact I don’t think she’s even used a big camera like mine before. But she got away with it, I think! We had a lot of fun shooting these – I don’t feel very comfortable in front of the camera, so I tend to look a bit (read: a lot) stiff. So Vicky kept bossing me around trying to get me to loosen up. Also it kept starting to rain so we had to run for cover over and over again – hence the frizzy hair and rainbow coloured glasses (note that the test pairs don’t have reflective glass, like the end product will have). Did we get away with it? I’ll let you be the judge!
As a little gift to you, Foof have decided to provide my lovely readers with a special discount code. If you enter ‘thatnordicfeeling’ at check out, you’ll get 10 % off your new glasses or sunglasses – or both. It’s good for as many pairs as you want. The code is valid through August 9th. Mind you the glasses come pretty cheap to begin with, so this is the perfect time to update your eyewear. Read more about Foof, the concept and the prices in my first post.
Here we go – get ready to laugh!
Okay, so first up is Damon:
Then we have Cruise:
I’ve got a bit of a Harry Potter look going on here, don’t I?
Last but not least we have Hanks:
Okay boys any girls – what do you think? Which ones should I pick? I myself am leaning towards Cruise. I love how they’ve all got Hollywood star names! Can’t wait to hear what you think. Thank you x
This one’s for you, Vicky – thanks for cracking me up! I know this wasn’t easy (I’ll have the model agency send someone more trained next time). Thank you for the help and for a fun day! x
*This post is sponsored by Foof. As always thank you for reading this blog and supporting my sponsors. They make it possible for me to do what I love.
I am always looking for ways to improve my kitchen. I love to cook, so this is a room I spend a lot of time in every day of the week. Anything that will make cooking easier or the kitchen look more tidy is always very welcome in my world.
You might remember this post, where I highlighted new designers to keep an eye on after visiting the Formland Trade in the beginning of the year. One of the new designers, I noticed, was Maja Bøgh Vindbjerg from nur design.
Maja is 27 years old, studying for a master’s degree in Architecture and lives in Århus, Denmark. She started nur design last year as an outlet for her passion for Nordic architecture and design. I had my eye on the trays from the first time I saw them. I knew they would be brilliant in the kitchen. They come in three different sizes and a range of different colours – including a copper one. I have found the perfect spot for all three sizes in my kitchen. Maja sent me some trays to try out, and I have been testing them for a few months now, and my enthusiasm for the trays are still intact.
My kitchen top table is made of wood. A light wood even – and even though I’ve stained the surfaces with white oil, they are still very delicate. I always have to be ware not to leave any water – or even worse a coloured liquid – lying around. Even dishwasher soap can leave marks. This is where the trays come in handy! The small one is the perfect size for my dishwasher soap, the middle one fits perfect as a tray for some of my herbs and the big one can hold all my oils and vinegar etc.
I used to store my oils, spices etc. on a black and white tray, but this white one is just so much easier on the eyes. My Smeg fridge is big and red – and very noticeable to say the least, so I like to keep the rest of the room quite simple. Anything that is both functional, elegant and simple is always a winner in my book. It doesn’t take me long to get sick of items with too much detail or colour on – they are just too noisy for me. More from my kitchen here and here.
Here is a list of the shops, who carry Maja’s designs. You can also email Maja directly if you can’t find a shop near you, I’m sure she will be happy to help you out.
What do you have in your kitchen that makes your life easier?
This week has been all about Copenhagen here o the blog. I get so many emails and questions on Instagram and here on the blog from people coming to stay in Copenhagen. They want tips and insights. So I thought it was about time I started to share more tips here on the blog and get back to working on my CPH guide.
This week I shared a tip for having coffee & cake – and helping others at the same time (win win!), a fab video from Copenhagen to celebrate it being voted the most liveable city in the world for the second year in a row by the Monocle, my favourite brunch place in the city, a big guide to going swimming and cooling off in the coolest spots in the city and a tip for more than 100 culinary events coming up at Copenhagen Cooking festival in August.
It’s been fun sharing my city with you this week, and I would love to share more. But tell me – what do you want to know? Shopping tips? A guide to restaurants and cafés? Places to see, things to do? All of the above? Or something else? Leave me a comment below, please. I would love to hear from you and get your ideas, so I can make the best guides for you. Thank you, friends!
Btw, if you want to have a look at all the other tips and guides I’ve written about Copenhagen, take a look at ‘Copenhagen‘ in the archives.
I wish you a fab weekend and hope yours will be as sunny as mine x
Get ready to have all your dreams about new Nordic food come true in August. Copenhagen Cooking festival will take place in Copenhagen from the 22nd – 31st of August. For the 10th year in a row Copenhagen Cooking is filling the Danish capital with more than 100 unique food events for all tastes; for children and grown-ups, and whether you are a novice or genuine connoisseur within the world of gastronomy. Now is your chance if you’ve ever dreamed of dining in two Danish top chefs’ private apartment, joining a jam-making workshop in a bramble thicket, or sampling a royal banquet in the royal kitchens at Christiansborg Palace.
Go check out the programme and make sure to buy tickets for the events you want to join before they sell out.
A touch of history
Two of Copenhagen’s most historic buildings, the National Museum of Denmark and Christiansborg Palace, are also making themselves available for unique food events. Christiansborg Palace is opening its doors to the large royal kitchens, where food has been prepared for countless royal gala dinners in the Great Hall upstairs. Usually the kitchens are closed to the public, but during Copenhagen Cooking, guests will be able to visit the kitchens and taste samples from the royal table.
Have a bite of the park and the streets
It’s not just out in the countryside that you find wild plants for cooking. Copenhagen also has edible parks. Wild food and finding raw ingredients in nature is a growing gastronomic trend, one which is being celebrated by Byhøst (City harvest) when the Wild Festival is held on Amager Fælled, a large area of common land to the south-east of the city centre near the airport. Here, among other things, there will be a jam-making workshop in a blackberry thicket, and guests will be invited into the pop-up restaurant Buskads (Thicket’).
These are just some of the events lined up. With more than 100 I’m sure you will find something for you. Have fun x
You might know Copenhagen for its design, food and fashion scene. And no doubt about it – it’s a city full of food, fashion and beautiful design aswell as architecture, playgrounds and parks/green spots. But there is another thing Copenhagen do really well – swimming! Once the sun comes out to play during summer, the city is full of spots to go swimming and cool off.
Last week’s heat wave is coming back this weekend, so it’s perfect timing for a little guide to soak up some sun and get your swim on in the city. Copenhagen has 2 beaches, 3 harbour baths and 2 public open air swimming pools – so no matter where you are staying in the city, the water is never far away.
Us Danes spend as much time as we can outside during summer when the weather is nice. I guess we need to make up for all the cold and dark months. Summer is just the opposite - the sun rises at 4 in the morning and sets at 22-23 at night. That gives us a lot of hours in between. So you will find a lot of outdoor activities going on by the beach and the harbour baths. We go for picnics and barbeques and soak up the sun till late at night. You need to see this to get the true Copenhagen experience.
I’ve plotted everything into a Google map for your convenience:
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There are two beaches in Copenhagen – the big beach park on Amager and the beach on Østerbro. Svanemølle beach is a 4,000 sqm. new sandy beach with a 130 meter long pier into the water.
If you are staying in Østerbro make sure to check this ice cream place out (they changed their name since last year, but the ice cream are still as good!).
My favourite is the beach park on Amager – 5 kilometres of beautiful sandy beach along Øresund with a view of Sweden and the majestic wind turbines, you probably noticed from the plane. There’s an artificial island just off the coast, forming a lagoon with toddlers’ pools and a 1,000-metre long rowing and swimming lane. There is also a pier called Helgoland (see the first photo of the post) where you can jump in the water from, enjoy the sun and take in the view of the beach. There is a board walk along the beach, so it is also a popular spot to go for walks, bike rides, skates and anything with wheels on really. There are nice areas with grass so it is also a very popular spot for picnics and barbeques. You can also play mini golf, go windsurfing, kayaking and don’t forget to treat yourself to an ice cream. I recommend the homemade ice cream from Ismageriet (by Kastrup Fortet) – Yum!
Did you catch my tip on my favourite brunch place yesterday? This place does really good take away too – a 5 minutes walk from Amager Strandpark.
Amager Strandvej - Take the Metro (ariport-line) and get off at Øresund st.
2300 København S
Open all year round obviously, but the life guard stations are manned from 23rd of June to the last Sunday of August, every day from 10.00-18.00.
2100 København Ø
Open all year round obviously, but the life guard stations are manned from 23rd of June to 31st of August, every day from 10.00-18.00.
The harbour baths
Copenhagen is known for its clean water and being a green capital. The harbours are so clean, that we can swim in it. There are three harbour baths along the canal. There are life guards on duty during opening hours all summer long and kid friendly basins. The place attracts all sorts of people – families with children, young people, swimmers alike, so feel free to jump in and join the fun.
Havnebadet Islands Brygge
Islands Brygge 14
2300 København S
Open from 1st of June to 31st of August, every day from 07.00-20.00.
Kalvebod Brygge 55
1560 København V
Open from 1st of June to 31st of August, every day from 11.00-19.00.
Ben Websters Vej 69
2450 København SV
Open from 1st of June to 31st of August, every day from 11.00-19.00.
Public open air swimming pools
There are two public open air swimming pools if you prefer not to swim in the ocean.
2450 København SV
Open from 9th of June to 7th of September, every day from 10.00-18.00.
Open from 1st of June to 31st of August, every day from 11.00-17.30.
Hope you do go for a swim while visiting Copenhagen during summer. Also go buy some take out and have a dinner picnic by the beach or harbour Copenhagen-style. Have fun! x
I don’t know about you but I love going out for brunch on weekends. Today I am sharing my favourite brunch place in Copenhagen.
Wulff + Konstali is a food shop and café situated on Lergravsvej 57 on Amager. It is hidden away amongst industrial buildings close to Copenhagen’s best beach the beautiful Amager Strandpark (perfect for an after brunch walk all year round). You would never look for a nice café on this quiet, hidden away street, if you didn’t know it was there. Lergravsvej is a 10-15 minutes bike ride from the city centre or 3 stops on the Metro (the airport-line). Get off at Lergravsparken or Øresund st. – it’s a short walk from both.
The reason I really love this brunch is that you get to put together the exact meal, you are in the mood for. The brunch order slip has 18 different things on it and you can order 5 or 7 (depending on how hungry you are). My favourites include the ½ advokado with olive oil and toasted sesame seeds, free range bacon, fried eggs, sausages and the Vesterhavs cheese. Yum!
Try a glass of freshly squeezed juice with your brunch and a coffee served in the beautiful VIPP ceramic cups. Wulff + Konstali also bake really good bread from scratch – they sell it to go too. There is a cozy little seating area outside when the weather is nice.
They also have a variety of salads, sandwiches and other meals to go – perfect for lunch or dinner while spending a day on the beach. And ice cream too!
This is not a sponsored post. I just really love this place! And I get so many emails and questions on Instagram from people coming to CPH, so I’ve decided to share more tips on the blog from time to time. Hope they are useful to you x