Farewell to summer – hello to fall

that nordic feeling // August momentsSummer is officially over. Boom. I know I say this every year, but I c a n n o t believe how fast it flew by. I blinked once and here we are. At the brink of fall.

It’s not all bad. It’s time to dig out all the woolen blankets, candles and knitted pillows and the darker days is a completely valid excuse to cosy up on the sofa with all your favourite magazines and a pot of your favourite tea. And to top that off, it’s also the season for interior autumn and winter news. I am running around to lots of events these days and I’ve seen so many good things so far, that I am excited to share with you.

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You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been less active on the blog these past months. Honestly I’ve needed a break. A chance to breathe and time to find my inspiration again. I’ve been struggling for a while. Having a fulltime job (and an extraordinary full work schedule this spring) and keeping up with the blog and all the freelance creative, writing and styling work I get on the side has been taking its toll on me. I started this blog because I wanted to share my inspiration. I had no idea it would grow as big or as fast as it did. Don’t get me wrong I feel very blessed and thankful. But at the same time I want this to be fun – always – for me and for you. I want to have something honest to share with you. That’s where all this began. And that’s the way I want it to continue. So that means saying no more often. Finding new ways to manage all the business aspects and not letting the never-ending streams of emails steal all my time and focus. I am working on it, and for the first time in a long time I feel inspired. My fingers are itching to put all the ideas floating around in my head into words and pictures.

I am reviving an old tradition of writing down my intentions for the next month. So dear September, I am excited to great you. My calendar is so full of wonderful things already, the high lights counting Design Awards 2015 next week, where I am nominated for the first ever Blogger of the Year award (Wuhuuu!). I am so p r o u d and t h a n k f u l – and I would not be here without all of you, so thank you. And my first ever yoga and Pilates holiday. I have wanted to go on one of these for years. Life is short and all that so here we go! I think the break – physically and mentally – will do me good. So imagine me sitting on a beach in Greece in some odd yoga pose meditating the day away In fetal position hugging my phone while going through serious withdrawal symptoms from the digital detox, ha! And my youngest nephew and Godson’s 2nd birthday (stop growing so fast, please). It’s going to be a good month, I can feel it!

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Dear August. I could write you a love song. You brought all the sunshine and warm summer days, July so epically lacked. You were full of bike rides in the sun, barbecues in the court-yard, beach fun and ice creams, friends and adventures, a wonderful family weekend in the North of Jutland and the best of weekends in Malmö. You made so much of what I had on my summer list come true. I am sad to see you go, but I will cherish you long into the cooler and grayer days of fall coming our way soon. Fall, no need to hurry x

P.S. Last chance to enter the Vee Speers’ give away if you havn’t yet. Go, go, go!

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Give away: Vees Speers’ posters x 3

Vee Speers magical universe via that nordic feeling

Are your walls in need of a make over or an upgrade? Here’s your chance to win beautiful Vee Speers and VISSEVASSE posters for your walls!

Did you catch my post on Vee Speers magical universe on Sunday? If not, make sure to stop by to get a glimpse of the magic that happens, when Vee aims the camera at the fine line between fantasy and reality. Also you will find more pics of my styling with my favourite posters.

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To celebrate the good news that VISSEVASSE are now the exclusive distributor for Denmark (and don’t worry if you’re not Danish – VISSEVASSE ship world-wide) and the blog’s second birthday (well, time flies when you’re having fun, so let’s make that 2 yrs and then some-birthday, haha!) we’ve teamed up to bring you a fab give away.

And I do mean fab, because there will be not only one, but THREE winners! Each winner will get to pick his or her TWO favourite Vee Speers’ posters (50×70 cm) + ONE VISSEVASSE poster (50×70 cm). The give away is open internationally.

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How to enter:

  1. Go follow that nordic feeling on bloglovin’
  2. Check out VISSEVASSE’s Vee Speers’ collection and pick your two favourites
  3. Then pick your favourite VISSEVASSE poster
  4. Come back here and leave a comment on this post telling us, which three posters you hope to win and where you want to hang them
  5. Cross your fingers and hope to win :)

The three winners will be picked by random and announced on facebook a week from now on September 2nd. Make sure to stop by facecook and check if you’ve won as we will need to hear from you in order for you to claim your prize. If we don’t hear from you, we will pick another winner(s).

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*This post is a collaboration with VISSEVASSE. 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 white kitchen with a Nordic twist

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Many of us dream of a new kitchen – preferably one with lots of space, air and light. Some of us have one. The tricky part is making it our own – especially the white ones can feel a bit bare and impersonal until you add your own personality and style. And that is my favourite part! So I was thrilled, when I was asked to style an amazing Vision kitchen from Tvis Køkkener earlier this summer. To make the whole thing even better, the kitchen is located in an amazing penthouse apartment in Copenhagen (currently for sale, if you’re looking for a new home!).

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White kitchens are very popular in Denmark. I have a white kitchen myself – it makes the perfect canvas for you to add your own personality. My best advice is to start by making up your mind of what kind of look you want to go for. In this particular kitchen I went for a clean, Nordic look to compliment the clean lines and airy feeling. I wanted to add personality without taking away the feeling of light and space, that I immidiatly loved about this kitchen. And I wanted to create a happy environment that would encourage vivid conversations over coffee and papers on a Sunday morning and big cooking projects on a Friday night with a glass of wine in hand.

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Having great cooking gear and tools is very important. So is a few nice things to decorate with. I added a few black frames (from IKEA) with black and white prints from Strups to add character to the white walls. I kept most of the ornaments in basic colours like black, white, grey and brown with a few marble pieces in between.

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I  spruced it up with a few blues hues here and there and lots of colourful veggies and green plants to add a bit of sass.

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Items I used

A bathroom

While I was there I got to give the bathroom a mini make over too.

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All of the products, make up brushes and the towel are my own (yes, I love organic products from L:A Bruket and Rudolph Care and Nuxe). I also used a Melting Mug from Studio Arhøj (which I have a huge crush on!) and a copper/white Tray from Louise Roe.

To make this styling even more fun and inspiring, Tvis Køkkener asked two other bloggers to give it a go too. The same kitchen looks so different with each of our stylings. Check them out here: Thomas from Madetmere and Laura from The Sweetspot.

By the way; tomorrow is the last chance to vote for me for Blogger f the Year – actually you can vote once a day, so that gives you two votes ;) Check this post where I explain how to do it – it takes 2 minutes and I so appreciate it. Thanks x

Credits

Styling: Rikke Brams // that nordic feeling
Photos: John Bendtsen // Wichmann+Bendtsen
Kitchen and bathroom: Vision // Tvis Køkkener. The counter top is a white coretop, the exhaust hood is from Gerson and the other appliances are from Siemens.
Location: Penthouse apartment in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen currently for sale by TGA Copenhagen Invest 

*This post is a collaboration with Tvis Køkkener. 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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Vee Speers – photos from the edge of reality

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I have had a thing for Vee Speers’ fascinating art photos for years. I love the way they tricker a reaction in the viewer no matter if you’re fascinated or puzzled. And I have good new for you, if you are a Vee Speers fan too. My good friends over at VISSEVASSE have become the exclusive distributor for Denmark. Don’t be sad, if you’re not Danish – VISSEVASSE ship world-wide.

You probably already know VISSEVASSE (maybe from this post if you a regular reader). If you don’t, VISSEVASSE has a gorgeous candy-coloured universe full of posters designed in Denmark. And now they also sell posters from two of Vee Speer’s collections called THE BIRTHDAY PARTY and THIRTEEN. There’s a total of 18 motives. I’ve chosen a few favourites to style.

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I bought my first Vee Speers poster a few years ago and my collection has since grown. I should mention, that the quality of paper, that VISSEVASSE prints on are much better than any Vee Speers posters I have from other suppliers – plus it is environmentally friendly, which is always a big plus in my book.

Vee herself describes her universe like this:

“I like to seduce, with images that are at once disturbing and beautiful, but leaving a space for the viewer to enter my world. My portraits combine elements which evoke conflicting emotions that can surprise the viewer, telling a story that is somewhere between fantasy and reality, the obvious and the unexpected”.

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TIP: How to style a picture wall + where to find the prints and posters

I am especially drawn to the THIRTEEN series. It’s portraits of her own daughter from the year, she turned 13. We’ve all been there and know how agonising the shift from child to woman can be. I love the way Vee has captured all these little changes that happens so fast but are so significant.

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Make sure to check out the series THE BIRTHDAY PARTY too. Imagine having Cleopatra, the duchess of Devonshire, Queen Victoria, an empire and a snake charmer over for a party. Add a few odd objects and Vee Speers with a camera. Then you’ll get theatrical portraits of costumed children on their way to an imaginary celebration. Speers came up with the idea for the project during her daughter’s birthday party.

Find both the THE BIRTHDAY PARTY and THIRTEEN series here.

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If you love, what you see, make sure to stop by the blog again on Wednesday, because I’ve teamed up with VISSEVASSE for a fab give away. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this.

Until then, have a fab Sunday and a lovely new week. By the way – remember the beautiful kitchen I styled earlier this summer? Tomorrow I will share the photos with you, so check back if you’re looking for inspiration to add personality to your (white) kitchen.

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*This post is sponsored by VISSEVASSE. 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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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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