The winner of the Easter give away

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I am starting my Easter break today – and what better way than to announce the winner of the Easter give away for a set of Duck & Duckling from ARCHITECTMADE designed by Hans Bølling?

Thank you to everyone who participated – I loved reading about all your Easter and holiday plans. With a little help from random.org the winner is comment no. 87 out of 131: Camilla Madsen. Congratulations Camilla! I am sending you an email to get your details.
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Happy Easter to you all. Enjoy the spring, the days off, time with your family, lots of chocolate goodies and hopefully lots of sunshine x

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Add colour to your summer

Add colour to your summer with Pinotex and thatnordicfeeling.com
Spring is in the air and Easter is just around the corner (hello holiday, sleeping in and spending time at the summerhouse!). Birds singing, sunshine, bulbs and blooming trees everywhere are making summer feel near. I can’t wait – I looooove summer. Long light nights (Scandinavian summers rock!), bare feet in sandals, sun kissed cheeks and all the ice cream I can eat are just some of my favourite things.

So I didn’t hesitate when Pinotex asked me to be a part of their new campaign ‘Add colour to your summer’. I spend as much time as possible outside during summer to make up for the long cold Danish winters. In my own garden here in the city, at parks around Copenhagen, at the beach or the harbour baths (we sure love water in Copenhagen), at the summerhouse or at friends and family’s gardens – you name it, and I’m there!

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Decorating your outside space is just as important as decorating your house – and I love how you can be more playful with colours outside to match the blooming flowers. It’s quite easy and cheap to paint old garden furniture and flowerpots to add some life and personality. I have gathered some inspiration for you on Pinterest. These are my favourite ways of adding colour to your garden, balcony or patio. There’s a photo from the summerhouse in there too.

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What are your plans for your outside space this summer? And how do you add colour to your summer?

Photos: Pinterest (see the sources on my board).

*This post is sponsored by Pinotex. As always thank you for reading this blog and supporting my sponsors.

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Updated kitchen

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Remember I talked about getting a stool for the kitchen? I realised that I never showed you which one I ended up with. I used to have this one, remember? Well here’s a little update from the kitchen.

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that nordic feeling kitchen

As you can see I ended up getting the About a Stool from Hay – is that the one you guessed for? I am very happy with it – the perfect spot for a quick breakfast, an afternoon coffee and a place for guests to enjoy a glass of wine while I cook.

I also updated the kitchen with two new shelves. My growing urban herb garden in the window was taking up too much space. I don’t like clutter (surprise!), so this works for me. The herbs get to enjoy a sunny spot without taking up too much room on the counter. The shelves are from IKEA in case you are wondering.

that nordic feeling kitchen

that nordic feeling kitchen

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve probably seen a sneak peek of these last weekend, while we were hanging them. I’ve added a few red details to match the fridge and a framed postcard by Therese Sennerholt. If you want to see more of my kitchen, check the big kitchen tour right here.
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Btw, don’t forget to enter the Easter give away. Happy Friday and weekend, friends x

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Easter give away

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Spring is blooming in Copenhagen and Easter will be here soon – two things that make me happy and both worth celebrating. I’ve teamed up with ARCHITECTMADE for an amazing give away open internationally. One lucky winner will get a chance to win a set of the beautiful Duck and Duckling designed by the talented Danish architect Hans Bølling.
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The story behind the set is the most charming one. I’m sure you’ve seen the very famous “Wonderful Copenhagen” poster of a Police man holding back traffic to let a family of ducks pass the street? But I bet you didn’t know, that this actually happened on Dronning Louises Bridge in Nørrebro, Copenhagen in 1959 and was caught on camera by a passing photographer. The photo and story hit the papers and everyone was talking about it. The rest, as they say, is history. It inspired Danish artist Viggo Vagnby to paint the world-famous poster and Hans Bølling to create the wooden ducks. Cuteness overload!

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Photo borrowed from dengang.dk and poster borrowed from posterland.dk

As you know, if you are a regular reader, I love classic Danish design. I remember seeing Hans Bølling’s ducks the first time when I was a little girl and I’ve had a soft spot for them ever since. I have a feeling that my little family of ducks will be needing another little sibling sometime in the future.

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How to win Duck & Duckling

  • Follow that nordic feeling with bloglovin’ and like this post by clicking on the ♥. If you are already doing that please follow that nordic feeling on facebook.
  • Follow ARCHITECTMADE on facebook.
  • When done, come back here and leave a comment telling us what you are doing for Easter. Do yo have any traditions? If you want to see, what I did last Easter, check this post.

The winner will be chosen at random on April 15th just in time for Easter and announced right here on the blog – so make sure to stop by and see if you won. Good luck my lovelies x

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Btw I recently visited ARCHITECTMADE’s woodturning workshop and met the designer behind one of the other wooden animals. If you want to see how the animals are made, do take a look at the post right here.

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It’s all about a chair (and how it can become yours)

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As you know, I have teamed up with Designdelicatessen (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check this post). We are now hosting our second give away together. The prize is the beautiful and iconic chair All About a Chair from Danish Hay. It is with 1599 DDK/224 €. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? I definitely wouldn’t object if it moved in with me (hey, Santa)!

The give away will be hosted over on Instagram like last time. Come over and join the fun, if you aren’t already a member of the IG community.

How to enter:

  1. Follow @designdelicatessen & @thatnordicfeeling on Instagram.
  2. Show us where you would place About a Chair, if you won.
  3. Make sure to tag your photo with @designdelicatessen @thatnordicfeeling and #nordicfeelingdesigndelicatessengiveaway in the photo caption to enter. Tagging old photos won’t cut it. You need to open your account if it is private for us to see your photo.

We will be looking for aesthetics and creativity too, so don’t hold back! Last chance to enter is on April 14th. The winner will be announced on Instagram the next day.

Good luck! I am looking forward to be inspired by all your photos.

I love great design and great design shops. Therefore I am very happy to have Designdelicatessen as a sponsor here on the blog. Designdelicatessen is a webshop who ships worldwide (oh yes, finally a place where you can find the designs you can’t buy in your country) with a fab selection of Danish and international designs. They also have a very nice shop located in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen – you should stop by if only to be inspired, if you’re ever in CPH.

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The big bedroom tour

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I have promised you a tour of the bedroom for some time now. The pictures have been sitting on my camera for a month, I just haven’t had time to get them sorted and edited until now. But here we go! I have had so many questions about this room, so I guess it’s a bout time I invited you in. If you want to know where a certain item is from, please read the whole post, as I will be giving you all details. Enjoy the tour.

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This room – like the rest of the apartment – has had a big makeover. We painted all the walls, the ceiling, the doors, the door frames and the windows white with one exception; we painted one wall grey. I had been dreaming about a grey wall for a long time, but didn’t want the hassle of painting in my old apartment as I knew I would be moving. Finally this wall came true 8 months ago (wow, it’s been 8 months already!) and I simply adore it. The colour is just right and I love the contrast is gives.

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Moon print: Seventy Tree / frame: IKEA

I know that I’ve already inspired a few grey walls on Instagram – and to those of you who’ve asked about the colour, it is called ‘Lady Wonderwall s4000n’ from Jotun. It has a matte finish that looks great. The lamp above the bed is a Ball lamp – more on that right here.

The bedding is my current favourite bedding from Louise Roe. I love the feel of clean, white sheets – especially really nice quality ones! Check this post for more info and pictures.

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The floors are the original almost-a-100-year-old-ones. They are stained with white oil to make them lighter – I wrote a DIY guide and you can find it right here. And please ignore the ironing board under the bed, ha! I bought the rug on a holiday in Sweden last year, and the bed side table is an old discontinued IKEA stool.

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To the right are a big set of double Pax wardrobes from IKEA. I love that you have so many options to make the inside fit your needs – it makes it so much easier to pick out an outfit in the morning. On the same wall as the wardrobe is a big mirror from IKEA – I actually wrote my first official post on the blog about this mirror last year with pictures from my old bedroom. This is also where I keep the laundry basket. It’s the first edition of the Vipp laundry basked, that I’ve had for 10 years. It’s since been discontinued.

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This is the view to the hall. If you want to see more of that check here here and here.

The opposite wall holds two big MALM dressers from IKEA.
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that nordic feeling bedroom

This is where I keep all my jewellery, perfume, skin care and other bits and bobs.

that nordic feeling bedroom

that nordic feeling bedroom

that nordic feeling bedroom

Candles: H&M Home and IKEA / Heart print: Seventy Tree / Frame: IKEA / Copper box with marble lid: Base 212 / Wood box: TripTrap / Woman print: Lovisa Burfitt / ‘Confidence is not for sale’ print: Cutout from a paper bag / Vase: Kähler

Bedroom via that nordic feeling

This is also where I keep my beautiful Normann Copenhagen Flip Mirror. I wrote a whole post dedicated to it right here. The foot of the mirror is the perfect place to keep the jewellery I wear every day.
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The watch was my grandmother’s. I love it so and wear it every day. It reminds me of a beautiful person, that I miss very much. I have a picture of her sitting in the frame with the heart print from Seventy Tree, in case you wondered.

that nordic feeling bedroom
that nordic feeling bedroom

On the wall next to the dressers are a set of Muuto dots (the oak ones). My bags, totes, necklaces and a few clothes items are making the rounds here accordant to my mood and the season.

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The window overlooks our garden and brings in lots of light. Right now our big plum tree is in full bloom and it’s stunning.

that nordic feeling bedroom

that nordic feeling bedroom

that nordic feeling bedroom

Vase: Ditte Fischer / Boxes: Søstrene Grene / Ceramic jar: Kähler / Candle holders: IKEA / Postcard: Seventy Tree / Frame: IKEA

The alarm clock was a gift from a Japanese family friend back when I was a little girl. It’s been with me ever since and I can’t imagine a bedroom without it. The clock’s colours inspired the set up in the window sill. The Hopitimist was a gift from a friend when I moved in and I love it so much that I’ve just ordered some friends for him. Everyone needs a hopping optimist in their life.

that nordic feeling bedroom

that nordic feeling bedroom

that nordic feeling bedroom

Prints: Lovisa Burfitt / Ceiling lamp: IQ Light

That’s it. Hope you enjoyed the tour and that the post finally answers all your questions. Have a happy Friday, dear readers. I am off to IKEA today x

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IKEA PS 2014 collection

IKEA PS 14 Collection via that nordic feeling

IKEA has just released photos of the new PS Collection. It will hit the shops on April 25th. Every year IKEA ask young designers to help them create the PS collection. This year the collection was designed for “young creative people living in the city in small spaces”, according to Peter Klinkert, Project Manager for the PS collections.

Here are a few of my favourites from this year’s collection in random order.

Cool lamp – I like that it works both as a closed and open lamp to adjust the light:
IKEA PS 14 Collection via that nordic feeling

IKEA PS 14 Collection via that nordic feeling

These photos make me long for summer and sunshine – and a balcony! Clever with foldable furniture in small spaces.
IKEA PS 14 Collection via that nordic feeling

There had to be stackable cubes/bookcases in the collection! All the brands are making their own version these days like the Muuto mini stacked etc.
IKEA PS 14 Collection via that nordic feeling

This vase also has a Muuto feel to it.
IKEA PS 14 Collection via that nordic feeling

Nice coat rack.
IKEA PS 14 Collection via that nordic feeling

And a matching mirror – perhaps a cheaper alternative to the Normann Copenhagen flip mirror.
IKEA PS 14 Collection via that nordic feeling

What do you think? Is there anything you want to get your hands on this year?

All photos: IKEA

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Painting school at Royal Copenhagen

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I took myself out on a little date this weekend and had the best time. I have been wanting to try the painting school at Royal Copenhagen for so long, but every time they have announced new dates, I have had no luck getting a seat. Finally I succeeded! And I loved it.

This post is NOT sponsored by Royal Copenhagen (although maybe it should be ;)), I am just a happy customer wanting to share a good experience with you. As this was not meant for the blog, I didn’t bring my camera. So you will have to make do with my iPhone pictures.

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At the painting school you can choose to paint either blue fluted mega plate or cup – I chose the first one. This is the plate, I painted. I had never tried painting on porcelain before, but I loved it! And I was actually quite good at it! Steady hands I tell you. I was fast too, faster than everyone else – in fact the first thing the teacher said to me was “You’ve done this before I see”. I hadn’t – but I could have kept going. It was my first try, so it won’t look as good as the ‘real’ ones – but that’s alright. This is my special one, signed by me.

Painting school at Royal Copenhagen via that nordic feeling

Caught in the act. I don’t make many appereances around here – but I’ll make an exception. Hello :)

We were about 15 people in the class, and Mette, our sweet teacher who has been painting plates for the last 15 years, showed us every step of the way. There are also photocopies of the plate on the table to look at while painting and the plate has little pencil marks and dots to help you in the right direction.
Painting school at Royal Copenhagen via that nordic feeling

All that is left now is to burn the plate. In about three weeks, I can pick it up. I can’t wait to see the finished result. I will show you, when it arrives.

If you want to try your hand at painting royal porcelain, keep an eye on dates right here. They sell out fast, so make sure to book as soon as they come up with new dates.

Painting school at Royal Copenhagen via that nordic feeling

Last but not least; Check out some serious lamp and ceiling love at the Royal Copenhagen Flagship Store. I mean wow!

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Behind the scenes at ARCHITECTMADE

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Last week I visited ARCHITECTMADE’s small woodturning workshop. ARCHITECTMADE invited me in behind the normally closed doors to see, how their famous Bird by Kristian Vedel (check this post to see Bird) and the newly relaunched Owl by Paul Anker Hansen are made – and I got to meet the designer behind the OWL himself, Paul Anker who is close to 90 years old today. Such a fun day!

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Turning wood by hand is a forgotten craft. There are only a few of these workshops left in Denmark who still make wood figures by hand (with help from machines). ARCHITECTMADE works with one of them to keep the old traditions alive and to be able to actually make Danish design in Denmark. If you are a regular reader, you know that I value this quality highly.

that nordic feeling visits Architectmade

It is not all of ARCHITECTMADE’s products that are made in Denmark as woodturners are hard to come by in Denmark today. Such a shame really when you think about how this craft is one of the cornerstones in iconic Danish design from the mid-century. But this particularly workshop produces the Bird by Kristian Vedel and the Owl by Paul Anker Hansen.

that nordic feeling visits Architectmade

Owl was recently relaunched by ARCHITECTMADE. It was designed by Paul Anker Hansen back in 1960. Paul Anker Hansen is in his 80′s today, but a man full of life and with a spark in his eyes. I got to sit down with him last week and talk about how the Owl came to life.
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Let’s start by turning back time. Paul is a veterinarian, who loves animals. The Owl in particular was a big fascination of his. He grew up on the idyllic island of Bornholm on a farm next to a big plantation. He and his three brothers spent their childhood playing in the woods, getting to know all the birds, owls and squirrels that lived there.

For years he was thinking about making an owl, but he couldn’t work out the details:

“One Sunday morning in 1960 I woke up bright and early with a clear image of the Owl in my head. The night before we had entertained guests and I got to bed late with a lot of coffee in my blood. That morning, I had finally solved the puzzle of the owl, that had been on my mind for years,” says Paul Anker Hansen.

So he wet out to his lathe and started creating. By noon he had a rough model.

“I brought it inside and showed it to my wife. She was not impressed at first. But I kept working on it and by dinner time, she could see what I was on to.”

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An old newspaper clipping. Am I the only one who thinks Paul was a handsome young man back in the day?

The Owl was put into production and was produced until the producer went bankrupt in 1977. After this, Paul Anker Hansen made the owls by hand as gifts to friends and family. He keeps this up for years. His children and friends encouraged him to find a new producer so the owl wouldn’t be forgotten – and that is how he met ARCHITECTMADE.

Originally the Owl was made in teak wood, but both Paul and ARCHITECTMADE wanted to make it in Danish wood. Today the Owl is made in oak with eyes of wenge wood. The head and the body is attached with a magnet, so that the Owl can tilt its head to create various looks. It is sold throughout the world and you can find a retailer right here.
OWL by Architectmade via that nordic feeling
I want to say thank you to ARCHITECTMADE for inviting me in and showing me what goes on behind the scenes. I had such a great day and I loved meeting Paul Anker Hansen. I hope you, my dear reader, have enjoyed a tour behind the scenes too.

OWL by Architectmade via that nordic feeling

Paul was kind enough to sign my Owl.

OWL by Architectmade via that nordic feeling
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