Simple Scandinavian Christmas table setting

Scandinavian Christmas table setting via that nordic feeling
Scandinavian Christmas table setting via that nordic feeling

Christmas is just around the corner. Today I’m bringing you inspiration for setting a simple, yet elegant Christmas table in the Scandi way. The setting is from my birthday last weekend, but it works just as well for Christmas or a December get together. The palette is pale blue, light wood and lots of white. Info and links on the different items in the bottom of the post.

Scandinavian Christmas table setting via that nordic feeling
Scandinavian Christmas table setting via that nordic feelingScandinavian Christmas table setting via that nordic feeling
Scandinavian Christmas table setting via that nordic feeling
Scandinavian Christmas table setting via that nordic feeling
Simple Christmas table via that nordic feeling
Scandinavian Christmas table setting via that nordic feeling

☆ Table cloth, napkins and the ribbon I’ve tied around the napkins are from Broste Copenhagen – found here.
☆ The vases are the Lyngby vases found here.
☆ Plates are the white fluted by Royal Copenhagen found here.
☆ The salt and pepper shakers are the Menu Bottle grinders found here.
☆ The flowers are white tulips – a simple and beautiful winter flower – in odd sizes of little glass vases collected throughout the years.
☆ The tree (wooden cone) is by House Doctor or Bloomingville (sorry, I can’t remember).
☆ I found the wooden stars at Illums Bolighus – unfortunately there is no brand on the pack, so I don’t have any info for you on these. These could be a nice alternative.

Scandinavian Christmas table setting via that nordic feeling

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Life lately

Simple Christmas table via that nordic feeling

Is it just me or is this December flying by faster than usual? Pew! I for one can’t catch my breath. Christmas is less than a week away – can’t believe it!

Here’s a few photos from the table setting I did last weekend for my birthday. I’ll write a post about it with more photos as soon as I have edited the photos. Maybe you are looking for inspiration for a simple and elegant Christmas table setting?

Simple Christmas table via that nordic feeling

I’m stuck in bed these days with a fever – just typical! Hoping it will clear up soon, so I can get the last Christmas preparations done. I still haven’t written a single Christmas card and I still need to buy a few presents. I’ll get there.. :)

Happy Thursday, guys x

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All I want for Christmas..

What’s on your wish list this December? These are some of my wishes this year. And since my birthday is on Sunday, I have a double chance of unwrapping some of these babies this year (pretty please, Santa).

that nordic feeling Christmas wish list

♡ I wish for this softer than soft pillow in baby alpaca from Aiayu.

♡ I love blue. I love leopard. And I’ve had a crush on this super soft blue leopard pillow from Soft Gallery ever since I saw it at the SS15 press launch last summer.

♡ I dream of adding a few of the smaller sizes of the classic Lyngby vase in white to my collection.

♡ I love everything from L:A Bruket and would love to give my skin an organic hug with the lovely body oil from L:A Bruket.

♡ I need this portable a groove speaker from KreaFunk to stream music on in my life.

♡ I am always looking for cool frames for my growing print collection, and I would love to add this cool wood frame from Menu.

♡ My cheeks need this award winning organic facial oil by Rudolph Care – a life saver during the cold months.

♡ If I only get one wish this year, let it be this gorgeous magazine holder by Foxy Potato – I have just the wall for this! And I’ve been drooling over it since I first saw it on a design fair earlier this year.

All right Santa – do your magic!
XOXO

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Back home

Christmas via that nordic feeling

Hello guys. I hope you are having a fab December so far. Did you enjoy the guest posts last week? (Here, here and here) I sure did. We got home from Thailand this weekend and I have been struggling with jet lag ever since. I don’t remember it hitting me this hard before, maybe I’m getting old(er)?! I’ve been waking up before the crack of dawn, which leaves me very tired early at night. Anyways that’s why I’ve been quiet so far this week. I’ll get up to speed soon.

Christmas via that nordic feeling

I can’t believe it’s the 10th of December already?! Starting my Christmas month in 35 degrees heat surrounded by palm trees, sunshine and orchids has completely scared away all my Christmas spirit. I’ll get it back, I know, but for now I haven’t even decorated the house. In Denmark it is tradition to do it on December 1st. So far my little pine tree and a few hyacinths are the only Christmas decorations around here. Speaking of the pine tree, so many of you have asked about the it. I’m sorry, but I don’t know what kind of pine it is. Can any of you help?

Christmas via that nordic feeling

My birthday is coming up this weekend. Can’t believe it’s here already. It’s been a great year and for that I am very thankful. I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for me. I have a good feeling about it.

Have a great week guys, I’ll be back soon x

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Gluten-free Domino cakes // recipe {guest post}

Gluten-free Domino cakes via that nordic feeling

I’ve asked a hand full of talented people to each write a guest post for the blog to keep you entertained while I’m off enjoying life on a white sandy beach in Thailand. Third up is Nora and Laura from our food stories.

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I first met Nora and Laura at a flower styling work shop at Vipp – a food stylist and photographer from Berlin, Germany. Like so many others I am mesmerised by their beautiful photos (on Instagram too!) and I love all the gluten-free recipes on their blog. I asked them to share a new recipe with us. 

Domino cakes

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Hello everyone.

We are happy to be guests at lovely Rikke’s blog today and therefore we have a special recipe for you! It’s our first christmas-recipe this year and it’s inspired by a typical german christmas-candy called „Dominostein“ As all our recipes it is gluten-free. We hope you enjoy!

dough:

  • 30 g. butter
  • 100 g. honey
  • 50 g. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g. rice flour
  • 1 tl gingerbread seasoning
  • 1 tl tartan baking powder
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 50 g. ground almonds

gel:

  • 200 g. apricot jelly or jam
  • 3 g. agar-agar (or another gelling agent)

topping:

  • 100 g. marzipan (you can buy it already rolled out)
  • grounded pink pepper
  • 4 little rosemary sprigs
  • sweet salty almonds:
  • 50 g. almonds
  • 1 egg white
  • sugar + salt

 Gluten-free Domino cakes via that nordic feeling

dough:

pre-heat oven to 160 degrees (fan assisted; or 180 degrees top/bottom heat).

melt the butter in a pot, add the honey and sugar and stir until everything is dissolved. let the mixture cool off for a while, put it into a mixing bowl and stir in the egg. mix in a separate bowl rice flour, gingerbread seasoning, tartan baking powder and salt and sieve the flour-mixture to the egg-butter-bowl  (in 3 parts) and stir. then fold in the ground almonds. line the bottom of the spring form pan with parchment paper and grease the sides. fill the dough into the spring form pan and bake for 25-35 min. until the dough is done. let cool off about 10 min., then take off the cake from the spring form pan and let cool down completely on a cooling rack. cut out small circles with the cooking rings and cut the top even. put them back upside down into the cooking rings, place them on an even plate and press the dough a bit down at the sides, so the jelly cannot run down the sides.

apricot-jelly:

mix a bit agar-agar (amount ca. 3 g. for 250 ml. liquid – look at the packing instruction ) with the jelly and add a bit water (about 4 tbsp), bring to boil, cook for 1 min. and spread the jelly carefully into the cooking rings. leave the cakes for at least 1 hour in the fridge (the jelly has to be firm), then push the cakes carefully out of the cooking rings.

Gluten-free Domino cakes via that nordic feeling

sweet salty almonds:

pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees top/bottom heat. roast the almonds in a pan from both sides. whisk a bit an egg white and toss the almonds in it. line a baking sheet with baking paper and spread some salt and sugar on the paper. place the almonds on it and spread more sugar and salt on top. bake the almonds for 5 min. and take them off for cooling down.

Gluten-free Domino cakes via that nordic feeling

marzipan-top & decoration:

roll out the marzipan (you can spread a bit icing sugar on your worktop). cut out marzipan-circles with the cooking rings, arrange them on the jelly and press on lightly. sprinkle with some freshly ground pink pepper. top with the sweet salty almonds and a rosemary sprig.

Gluten-free Domino cakes via that nordic feeling

Gluten-free Domino cakes via that nordic feeling Gluten-free Domino cakes via that nordic feeling

Thank you Nora and Laura. Yum! I am hungry now – aren’t you? I hope you enjoyed this post – please do come back and leave a comment if you give the recipe a try – I know I am, when I’m back. If you want to see more, go find Nora ans Laura’s profile on Instagram under @_foodstories_ and check their blog our food stories.

Did you catch the other guest posts this week? Nadia Lassen of by Lassen sharing her personal story and stylist Gitte Christensen of Objects & Use sharing her best styling tips.

Photos: our food stories

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Nadia Lassen: My story {guest post}

I’ve asked a hand full of talented people to each write a guest post for the blog to keep you entertained while I’m off enjoying life on a white sandy beach in Thailand. Second up is Nadia Lassen.

Nadia Lassen via that nordic feeling

Nadia Lassen is the director and co-owner of by Lassen. She is also the great-granddaughter of the Danish architect Mogens Lassen. I first met Nadia a couple of years ago and we’ve had many great talks and cups of coffee together since. I have great respect for Nadia and all the hard work she’s put into building a company around the designs of her great-grandfather and his brother. I’ve heard the story of Mogens and Flemming Lassen many times so I wanted to get a new angle on this. I wanted to hear from Nadia, what it was like growing up the great-granddaughter of a talented architect and how she came to build a company around that legacy. 

How by Lassen came to be

By Lassen via that nordic feeling

Dear readers of Rikke’s blog,

Rikke asked me if I would share my story with you, so I hope you will enjoy reading it.

My name is Nadia Lassen, I am 28 years old, and I am the director and co-owner of by Lassen. On a personal note, I am the great-granddaughter of Danish architect Mogens Lassen, and it was in his spirit that I in 2008 founded by Lassen along with my uncle, Søren Lassen.

The starting point for by Lassen was a paper that I wrote the same year while getting my bachelor’s degree. My assignment was to do a paper on exports, and originally I intended to write about the Danish brand Vipp, but they were not able to give me any insight into the business. As my uncle already was producing the Kubus candleholder, I thought that it might be an interesting direction to pursue. At that time, Kubus was relatively unknown in Denmark, and internationally no one other than architects was familiar with Mogens Lassen or Kubus. The unfulfilled potential appealed to me. Mogens Lassen was a major architect of his time, but eventually he was forgotten. As for myself, I barely knew anything about him other than the fact that he was an architect and the father of my beloved grandfather.

Nadia Lassen via that nordic feeling

Nadia and her uncle Søren in 1986. I don’t think any of them had imagined at this point, that they would end up going into business together!

By Lassen via that nordic feeling

Here they are years later with Nadia’s daughter Aya in 2011

So I did not grow up in a home where amusing anecdotes were told about Mogens Lassen and his brother Flemming Lassen, nor was I surrounded by their designs. They were primarily architects, and sometimes when they designed a house they were also asked to decorate it. For that reason, there were many unique furniture designs that my family did not have access to. Naturally, we had the Kubus candleholder and the little ML42 stool, and Kubus has always been a ‘family’ candleholder for as long as I can remember.

Mogens Lassen via that nordic feeling

Mogens Lassen in his study.

When we founded by Lassen I was 23 years old, and I was starting from scratch to say the least. First of all, I’d never run a business before, and I knew nothing about finance, product development, packaging, etc. I also had very little background knowledge of my great-grandfather or of his products. I thought that the first thing I should do was get an overview of his designs, so I contacted the Danish National Art Library, which archives all of Mogens Lassen’s sketches. I asked to be sent all of the sketches so I could copy them, and was told that his sketches would fill a small van, so they questioned whether this really was necessary. Today, the fact that there is such a wealth of sketches is a real gift, and it is fantastic to see that Mogens Lassen sketched every day and always fine-tuned his designs. The old sketches and photos provide me with a unique insight into his life, and a photo of Mogens Lassen, Flemming Lassen and Arne Jacobsen together says more than a thousand words, just as a Christmas card from Kay Bojesen or an old Illums Bolighus receipt does.

In 2012, we at by Lassen decided it was time for version 2.0 of the company, and we also acquired the rights to Flemming Lassen’s designs. And we added a new partner to the owner group, who coincidentally had worked at Vipp, among others. Today, we have created a solid company with unique products and a strong position, and we have grown from 1 employee to no less than 13 dedicated and talented employees. We have also developed and launched a number of new products, including the Frame storage solution, Flow wallpaper, the Mingle sofa and the Twin table. The fact that these products would have a new life more than 30 years after their deaths is something that I don’t think either Mogens or Flemming Lassen could have ever imagined.

By Lassen via that nordic feeling

The shop in Copenhagen on Holbergsgade.

By Lassen via that nordic feeling

The shop in Copenhagen as it looks today.

For me, ending up in the design business was a happy coincidence, and today I can’t imagine not being part of this industry. I feel fortunate in that I am privileged to be surrounded every day by beautiful and significant products, and that every day I can delve into the history of two of Denmark’s greatest architects, Mogens and Flemming Lassen. I look forward to going to work every day, and I can’t describe how proud I am when I see ordinary consumers sharing my love for by Lassen products on social media.

Thanks for reading along.

Warm regards,
Nadia Lassen

Thank you Nadia. I hope you enjoyed reading Nadia’s story? If you want to see more, Nadia shared her favourite corner and you can read all about the Frame storing solution here. Also; go find Nadia’s personal profile on Instagram under @nadialassen and by Lassen’s under @bylassen.

Did you catch the other guest post this week? Stylist Gitte Christensen of Objects & Use sharing her best styling tipsStay tuned – there are more guest posts to come this week.

Photos: Nadia Lassen

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☆ Happy December 1st ☆

Christmas via that nordic feeling

It’s here!! One of my absolute favourite days of the year! Turn up the Christmas tunes, get the Christmas crimbo out of storage, let the decorating begin, light up those twinkle lights, start baking and fire up the calendar candle – ahhh, hello December.

I will be doing none of the above today, as I’m halfway around the world, surrounded by white sandy beaches and palm trees. In stead I will soak up the sun, have an extra ice cream or mojito (or both!) and toast to a happy month, even if it is off to a very different start this year. The crimbo can wait a week till I get back home.

Christmas via that nordic feeling

Christmas via that nordic feeling

Enjoy your day, guys. Very merry December 1st x

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Style like a pro – tips from a stylist {guest post}

I’ve asked a hand full of talented people to each write a guest post for the blog to keep you entertained while I’m off enjoying life on a white sandy beach in Thailand. First up is Gitte Christensen. 

Gitte Christensen is a freelance interior stylist and designer based in Copenhagen. She’s running the sustainable webshop and blog Objects & Use. Her favourite topics are sustainable living, design and green plants. I have the pleasure of knowing Gitte in person and she is as nice a person as she is a great stylist. I’ve asked Gitte to share her best styling tips with us.

Stilleben via that nordic feeling

How to make a personal Stilleben – 5 guidelines

A ”Still life”, ”nature morte” or ”Stilleben” – all names for objects in a small cluster you can have in your home, in the window sill, on the shelves or at small side tables.

There are some guidelines I use myself, when making a stilleben, that I will share with you in this blog post.

Stilleben via that nordic feeling

Use colours that are tonal. I used ceramics in blue and green tones, with a nice colour match. I collect ceramic vases and try to find blue and green ones at markets etc. – then I know they will match those I already have at home.

I like to use new and old things together, the book ”Art versus Design” is new and was my inspiration for this setting.

A variation in heights of the objects is good for the eye flow.

Stilleben via that nordic feeling

Adding a green plant makes it more cozy and homie, and it feels less styled up. Also a little vase with a single flower can sum up the colourstory really nice.

Stilleben via that nordic feeling

A stilleben can be really simple – 3 objects together is better than 2 or 4.

In this little setting I colourmatched from the ViSSEVASSE poster of Dragør – and I added a light pink toned plantholder

Stilleben via that nordic feeling

Add a plat to make the stilleben more green – I like plants a lot! Again the tones match the graphic poster

Look what happens when another object is added:

Stilleben via that nordic feeling

5 objects together looks more natural and is more interesting to look at.

A group of 3 and a group with 2 things put together. The plants are great to use – I often move my plants around my home.

To sum up:

5 tips for making Stillebens:

  • Use tonal colours
  • Use old and new things together to inspire you
  • Use objects with variations in height
  • Add green plants
  • Use 3 or 5 objects together – an uneven number is good for the eye

Thank you Gitte! I hope you enjoyed Gitte’s tips? If you want to see more, go find Gitte on Instagram under @gittechristensen and check Gittes blog here and see some of her stylings here.

Stay tuned – there are more guest posts to come this week.

Photos and styling: Gitte Christensen.

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Thailand here I come + surprises in store for you

Via that nordic feeling

Today is the day! I’ve been looking forward to this day for months now. Goodbye cold weather, darkness and busy schedule. Hello sunshine, sandals and holiday bliss. I can’t wait to feel the warm sand between my toes, swim in the sea, feel the sun on my cheeks, read a good book and take as many naps as I want to. We’re off to Thailand, Phuket to be exact (tips are still very welcome in the comments!). And I have no intention of working at all while we are away (well, we’ll see – I did bring my iPad). But have no fear – the blog won’t be quiet, because I have asked a bunch of really cool people to keep you company while I’m away.

There will be a series of guest blog posts from some awesome people, all of whom I admire. They will each share a post about a special og personal topic – you are in for some awesome posts, I’ll tell you. The first one will be up on Sunday, so make sure to stop by. Here’s a tiny sneak peek..

Via that nordic feeling

I spent yesterday packing and getting ready. That also included my first ever professional waxing (auch!). The things we do to look pretty – and pay for, ha!

Via that nordic feeling

I’ve stuffed my suitcase with summer clothes, sandals, sun screen, the cutest little travel sizes from L:A Bruket, a stack of (great, I hope!) books, my Foof sunnies and lactic acid bacteria from Duolac (to make sure we won’t get sick from the food) – to name a few things.

I’m off. See you on the other side x

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Everyday luxury // L:A Bruket {organic love}

L:A Bruket via that nordic feeling

Earlier this month I wrote a post about my daily beauty routines. As I mentioned then, I feel the same way about skin care products as I do about food. I prefer them to be as natural as possible and mostly organic, always without parabens and preferably without artificial colours and perfume.

So I was thrilled when my friends over at Walnut Street got in touch and asked if I wanted to work with them on a new brand, they have launched on the Danish market. The swedish brand L:A Bruket is as organic and natural as they come and they strive to be as environmental friendly as ever possible. Now that is a brand straight after my heart! I’ve had my eye on them for a while because I love their gorgeous packaging and ditto philosophy.

L:A Bruket is based on the traditional spa-culture of the Swedish west coast. The ingredients come from the sea, the coast and the plants. The different herbs, waxes and oils origins from near and far, all with special qualities. Each product is designed to heal, calm, nourish or moisturize. I love the references to Scandinavian nature as well as more exotic places. Read more about the different ingredients in the products here.

The products are meant to nourish and protect, soften and heal hands, cheeks, feet and bodies. Now, that’s a statement I can get onboard with! Especially wrapped in pretty packaging. Packaging shouldn’t be underestimated in my opinion. It’s a plus in my book when products are pretty enough to be left out on an open shelf. And L:A Bruket most certainly is.

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I will be testing a broad range of their gorgeous products over the next six months and I’ll share my thoughts with you along the way. So far I am completely addicted to the scented candle with lavender. Lavender has a calming effect, so I burn it for 20 minutes in the bedroom before I go to bed. It leaves a very gentle smell of lavender. I am a bit sensitive to powerful smells (I hardly ever wear parfume for that reason), and this is just right. Not to overpowering in any way.

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The hand creme is another favourite so far. My hands tend to dry out in this cold weather we are having, so a good hand creme is an absolute must.

L:A Bruket via that nordic feeling

I can’t wait to try out the gorgeous 4-step facial program that nourishes, replenishes, moisturizes and revitalizes (yes, please!) sensitive skin.

L:A Bruket via that nordic feeling

The body lotion is coming with me to Thailand. I’m sure my skin will be happy with a gentle organic hug from it after spending all day in the sun (Yes, I’m excited!). We are leaving tomorrow morning, so I’ll be spending tonight packing and getting ready. I have some special surprises planned for you next week – come back tomorrow, where I’ll reveal more.

If you want to try L:A Bruket too – you can find a Danish retailer near you – the rest of you can look for a store near you right here.

Have a great Thursday, guys x

*This post is sponsored by Walnut Street. As always thank you for reading my blog and supporting my sponsors. They make it possible for me to do what I love.

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