Ilse Crawford for IKEA: Stunning new collection

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As the summer is slowly coming to an end, all the fall news will hit the shops come August and September. Every now again a new collection hits the spot in all ways possible – as is the case with a new collection designed by Ilse Crawford for IKEA, that I am thrilled to share with you today. Once in a while a new collection has it all; the colours, the shapes, the textures, the feel – and this new SINNERLIG line by Ilse Crawford for IKEA has it all, if you ask me. I can’t wait to see it live in stores next month and see, if it lives up to my expectations. From the look of the photos, I want to buy it all from the flower pots, the rugs, the table ware, the pillows, the lamps and most of all the day bed – if I only had the room!

SINNERLIG is divided into 3 main categories; work, dining and relaxing. Three things we all do on a daily basis. It will hit the IKEA warehouses in August 2015.

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The collection speaks to your senses. If you are anything like me, you want to reach out and touch your screen to feel the rough seagrass rug, the cool, smooth plates and the soft pillows. The materials are very sensual – it’s an attempt to bring some balance and counterweight to all the digital appliances we surround ourselves with every day. I love that thought, and it works for me. I will definitely be lining up in IKEA come next month to get my hand on some of these items. How about you – do you see any of these items fit into your home decor?

I see a lot of references to the 70s in this collection. It’s a tendency that I’ve been noticing more and more lately. Both in the materials suck as cork, linen and twine and in the organic shapes and earth tones and colour scheme. Maybe I should write a post on this and how to fit that bohemian, laid back 70’s vibe into home decor anno 2015?

In case you missed the news, I was nominated for Blogger of the Year at Design Awards 2015 – yippie! I would be so happy if you would vote for me – more on this right here x

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Life in slow motion + nominated for Blogger of the Year

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The summer holidays is in full swing around here. That equals life in the lowest gear; time to read the papers over coffee every day, lots of good books, walks to the beach, cocktailhour in the garden and lots of great food and bbq’s – I love it. I hope summer is treating you well, where ever you are.

The holiday mode has been felt here on the blog as well. A break from all chores and work is healthy every now and again. But I wanted to stop by and say hi and share a few snapshots from the summer house with you (at the end of this post), where I’ve been spending this week. Next week will be my last week off work and I’ll be spending the week at home in Copenhagen catching up with friends and going out to all my favourite spots in town.

Nominated for Blogger of the Year!

Nominated for blogger of the year at Design Awards 2015

I also have some very special and happy news to share with you; I was nominated for the Blogger og the Year-award at the Design Awards 2015 that will take place in September in Copenhagen. I am very honoured and so happy! All the seven nominated blogs are great, so I don’t know if I stand a chance to win. And this is where you come in! I need your help to win this thing – as the blog with most votes gets the award. You can vote once a day until August 25th – so get busy, haha :)

The vote is in Danish, but you are more than welcome to vote and I’ll walk you through how..

Click this link – and then press the grey button that says ‘stem’ (means vote) underneath my blog.

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This will take you to this page, where you fill out name, last name, email, phone number (just type 8 random digits) and year of birth. When done press the grey button ‘stem’ in the bottom.

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When submitted, this pop up window will appear on you screen, thanking you for voting (and asking if you want to share on Facebook). By voting you subscribe to Bolig Magasinet’s newsletter and you are entering a competition to win great stuff. You can easily unsubscribe from the newsletter anytime.

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Thank you so much for voting for me – I really appreciate it x

And now – a few glimpses from the summer house. You can check this tag if you want to see more from out beloved, cozy, little house in Rørvig – or go find me on Instagram, where I am more active during the holidays.

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Happy summer x

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Hello July! + winner of the Kähler Hammershøi dining set

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Hello July and hello summer! After a semi-cold fall-like June, July arrived yesterday and brought its good friend summer(yay!). I’m a fan and celebrated the first ‘real’ summer night with a bbq in the court yard – the first of many this summer, I hope.

The temperature is going to rise even more come the weekend, so I think the year’s first beach trip is in order! If you want to go swimming too, check out my big swimming guide to Copenhagen from last summer. If you’re looking for inspiration for other summery things to do, check my summer list.

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And now to something I know some of you are waiting for. It’s time to pick a winner of the big Kähler give away. Thank you to everyone who entered. Random.org has spoken and picked number 58.

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So congratulations Vinni! You are the lucky winner of a beautiful Kähler Hammershøi dining set for 4. Please get in touch with me, so I can get your details.

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Better luck next time to the rest of you – which btw will be soon as I have another fab belated birthday give away coming up shortly – stay tuned!

Have a great July and enjoy the sun x

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Arne Jacobsen’s Bellevue Beach Park

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I have one more favourite Arne Jacobsen spot to share with you. As you know I’m a sucker for great architecture as well as design. Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) was a wonderful architect and designer and I am full of admiration for his work. So much of what he touched feels timeless and looks as elegant and contemporary today as it did when it was first built.

The Bellevue Beach Park was constructed in 1932. The area’s residents had long complained about not having a place to change at the new beach. So when the road was pulled back from the beach, an architectural contest was announced. A young Arne Jacobsen won the contest with his plan for the area. The crown juvel of his plan was the iconic blue lifeguard towers, that still stand tall today more than 80 years later, and have become an iconic and well-known landmark.

The beach park is located just north of Copenhagen very close to the world’s prettiest petrol station called Paddehatten (the Mushroom) – also designed by Arne Jacobsen and considered among his finest functionalist masterpieces.

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So Arne solved the problem by building individual changing booths and a common locker room, where you could store your clothes. The men’s and women’s section were each constructed as a transverse back with six wings. Each of the six wings containing 16 booths in two rows, the end of which was a shower and two benches. The changing booths were positioned perpendicular to the dressing rooms that were built into the slope of the park.

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But it was more than just changing rooms and beach facilities. The whole area had a touch of Arne Jacobsen. He designed everything from the familiar blue-striped lifeguard towers to ice cream parlors, tickets, season tickets and ice cream packaging. The kiosks, booths and pier disappeared over time unfortunately.

In 1938 Arne Jacobsen added a kiosk systems with a kayak club at Bellevue.

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Want to see more of Arne’s work? Check my posts about his iconic petrol station, the beautiful smokehouse and one of the most famous chairs in the world.

P.s. Don’t miss out on the amazing give away I am hosting to celebrate the blog’s second birthday. You can win a complete set of tableware from Kähler’s new Hammershøi line for a total value of 4000 DKK.

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Give away: Kähler Hammershøi dining set for 4

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On Monday I shared my styling of Kähler Design’s new tableware series called Hammershøi. Today I am giving you a chance to win a set for yourself! The blog turned two years old last year and that calls for (belated) celebration.

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In collaboration with Kähler Design I am giving away an amazing prize – a complete set of Hammershøi tableware for 4 persons:

The prize is worth a total of 4000 DKK. You decide what colours you want the cups and bowls in. The give away is open internationally (yay!).  Read more about the tableware and the colours and see my styling right here.

How to enter:

Leave a comment on this post telling me who you will invite over for dinner, if you win. Make sure also to comment on what colours you want the cups and bowls in – check Kählers website for options.

If you don’t already follow the blog on Bloglovin, Facebook and Instagram, I would be so happy if you would. It’s so much more fun to hang out here and create great content for you, the more we are. I appreciate it, thanks x

A winner will be picked at random and announced on the blog on 1st of July. Make sure to come back to check and see if you won. If I don’t hear from the winner, a new one will be picked at random.

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*This post is sponsored by Kähler Design, but all words and opinions expressed in the post are my own. As always thank you for supporting my sponsors. They make it possible for me to do what I love.

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A simple, Nordic dinner setting

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I love putting some effort into setting the table when I have people over for dinner. It’s the little things that make a difference. The perfect colour scheme, beautiful flowers and little details like a leaf on the plate, freshly ironed napkins or place cards. The dinnerware itself plays a huge part in the table setting. I prefer a simple, elegant dinner service – it gives the perfect backdrop to serve beautiful arranged dishes on as well as giving me the freedom to play around with colours like the flowers, a tablecloth etc.

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Kähler launched a new series of dinnerware this spring called Hammershøi. Hammershøi is the new kid on the block, but the simple design with decorative furrows is blessed with fine historical details in natural, Nordic materials like ceramic, oak and glass and therefore looks and feels like a classic already. The colour scheme is a classic palette of Nordic colours like white, anthracite, sky and marble – with cheeky addition in coral.

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Hammershøi caught me eye immediately when Kähler presented their spring news to the press just before I left for Singapore in February. So I was very pleased, when Kähler got in touch and asked me if I would do a styling with the new tableware. Not surprisingly I stuck to the calm palette of white, grey and blue. If you are feeling more frisky than I am, a splash of coral or two would be a fun addition.

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This is my way of setting a simple, yet elegant Nordic table for a cozy dinner for four. If you love the new Hammershøi tableware as much as I do, you should definitely come back and check the blog on Wednesday, where I will be launching a give away. Some very lucky reader will get the chance to win a complete set of dinnerware for 4 (!) persons. Isn’t that a fab prize? I told you we would be celebrating the blogs belated second birthday, didn’t I? More details on Wednesday – for now here’s a few more shots of my styling for Kähler. I just love the flat salad bowl and beautiful salad servers in oak.

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After dinner coffee and a little something sweet on the side is always a hit!

DSC_0069 Hammershøi styled by that nordic feelingBtw; if you’re a History buff (like me) you’ll get a kick out of reading about all the great designers, that has worked for Kähler throughout its 175 years history.

*This post is sponsored by Kähler Design, but all words and opinions expressed in the post are my own. As always thank you for supporting my sponsors. They make it possible for me to do what I love.

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Arken opens new Bjørn Wiinblad exhibition

that nordic feeling // Bjørn Wiinblad exhibition at Arken

A new Bjørn Wiinblad exhibition opens tomorrow on Arken Museum of Modern Art – the biggest one to date. I was fortunate enough to go on a pre opening tour earlier this week, and I loved it! Wiinblad’s universe is as whimsical and magical as it gets – and they’ve brought in every play in the book. The Wiinblad exhibition will run from June 13th through January 17th next year, and I highly recommend you stop by, if you have the chance. The architecture of Arken is a sight in itself.

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Like so many other Danes in my generation I grew up with Wiinblad’s characteristic designs. His naive work makes me smile and has a very special place in my heart. My parents had vases, ashtrays and all 12 calendar platters hanging in the kitchen – I remember looking at them when eating breakfast in the morning. When they took them all down and gave them away, I held on to the December plate – my birth month. I still have it and use it as a coaster and trivet from time to time. I even tried my hand at styling a Wiinblad – remember?

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Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006) was famous for his colourful and playful designs. They stood out against the contemporary designers works. In the 60’s and 70’s when Bjørn Wiinblad was most popular in Denmark most other designers went for minimal and functional design – what Danish design are most known for around the world. But not him. He was not afraid of colours and personality.

The new exhibition covers a broad aspect of his many, many works of art. In Denmark he is most know for the trivets and ceramic coasters (like the December one I have)  – and that is just a tiny fraction of his work. From sketches like this early one of his new pew below to ballet costumes, wall carpets, dinner ware, fine china, sculptures in different materials and scenery designs for ballets and plays. I promise you that you can’t leave the exhibition without a big smile one your face. It is impossible. The many colours, the cuddly round people and the triangle-shaped noses – it is a feast for your eyes, soul and imagination.

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And while you are there enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding Arken as well as the gorgeous architecture. Arken Museum of Modern Art is a monumental landmark sur­rounded by a manmade beachscape just south of Copenhagen. The museum showcases one of Scandinavia’s finest collections of con­temporary art, and the maritime-inspired architecture has gained the museum international renown. Read more about Arken Museum of Modern Art.

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Photos: Arken Museum of Moders Art

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My summer list

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Summer is here! Although we are still waiting for the temperature to catch up. So Instead of a June list I thought I ‘d share my summer list. After all a new season is upon us – and it’s my favourite one. What’s on your summer list?

This song always gets me into the summer spirit (take a moment to dig the clothes, the hair, the moves – Madonna hat it going on in 1983!!)

Rikke’s summer list

  • I can’t wait to wear sandals and bare legs. Don’t you love how easy it is to get dressed during summer? A cute dress, some sandals, a few bracelets and a pair of sunnies, and you’re good to go. No standing in front of the wardrobe in the morning trying to figure out what shirt goes with what skirt. LOVE!
  • Lots of beach trips! And I mean lots. I am lucky to live near Copenhagen’s amazing beach park and the summer house is close to the beach too. Yay! Check my guide for going swimming in Copenhagen if you want in on the action.
  • I can’t wait for the elderflowers to bloom. As soon as they do I am making homemade elderflower cordial – my absolute favourite summer drink. Check my recipe right here.Homemade Elderflower cordial via that nordic feeling
  • Anything rhubarb! I love rhubarbs and I se them for desserts as often as I can. It happens to be rhubarb season right now, so I’ll be making Rhubarb Crumble and Trifle – yum!
  • Summer is also strawberry season and I want to eat Danish, organic strawberries for every meal. Or at least once a day, every day.
  • Long Sunday mornings in bed surrounded by crispy papers and coffee and sun strikes peeping in from the open window. And gluten-free blueberry pancakes served in bed. That’s summer to me.
  • Trips to the summer house. Barbecues on the terrace, cold white wine on the side and the sun setting behind the trees. Ahhh…

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE summer and cannot wait for the summer holidays to get here – and warmer weather too, pretty please. This is what my summer looked like in 2013 – more of that, please!

If you want more summer inspiration, check out my summer board on Pinterest:

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New Scandinavian lamp cruches

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It’s no secret that I have a weakness for lamps. Today I am sharing my latest lamp crushes. The thing, that they all have in common, is that they are all minimal, simple and elegant Scandinavian design – and yet they are all stunning and will all add a dash of decadence to your home. Which one’s your favourite?

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Tribeca Franklin Chandelier by Menu // Bollard by Menu // Grethe Meyer by Menu // Follow Me by Marset // Cloche by HAY // Peek by Menu

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Photos borrowed with thanks from Menu, Marset and HAY

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Hello Summer!

that nordic feeling blog // window sillHello June and hello summer! Well at least the calendar says it is summer, although you wouldn’t think so by looking out the windows. The weather here in Copenhagen feels more like autumn at the moment. But I’ve got new sandals at the ready as soon as the temperature goes up a bit!

May turned out to be a pretty busy month around here. I’ve been putting in a lot of extra hours at work and have been running very fast, so the blog is now screaming for attention. I’m back and have a lot of exciting things planned for you.

So a few weeks ago the blog turned two! Thank you for all the congratulations and well wishes, they mean a lot to me. I promised you a party – and gifts – and that, we shall have. Watch this space :)

For now I want to share a little film with you that I came across a few weeks ago. It’s called The Worlds Most Relaxing Film – I don’t know about you, but that sounds good to me! I must warn you, it’s addictive. It’s filmed in the area where our summer house is. And it’s amazing. I want to go visit every single location! So my loves, sit back, take a deep breath and come with me on a journey of some of the amazing nature Denmark has to offer:

Ahhh! Do you feel more relaxed? Beautiful right? I will be watching this when I need a break from now on. I hope it works for you as well. I found it right here, where you can read more about the beautiful places in the video.

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In other news, I wrote an article about Instagram and its meaning in the design industry in the Sunday’s edition of Politiken the weekend before last (the Design section) – one of the biggest morning papers here in Denmark. Some of you asked on Instagram about a translated version. Unfortunately it’s not online and I’m not sure it will be, but I’ll keep my eye on it and let you know.

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