TWO

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Today is a very special day. It’s two years to the date I first launched that nordic feeling (with this post). What a ride! It’s been two years filled with so much inspiration, meeting so many sweet, kind and awesome people along the way, lots of good laughs, amazing projects and collaborations, the sweetest comments from the best readers in the world (seriously!), 255 posts (wow!), a whole lot of words, more photos than I can count and – I won’t lie – a lot of hard work and late nights. But I’ve loved every step of the way. E V E R Y step.

Some of you have been here since the beginning and some of you have joined somewhere along the way – to all of you I want to say a BIG thank you for being here. Thank you for stopping by, sending me emails full of kind words, leaving me sweet and funny comments and for giving me a place to share my ideas, inspiration and always sincere and sometimes even heartfelt words. You are freaking amazing and this would not be as much fun without you.

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Last year we celebrated with a free to do list for you to download. This year I had a big celebration planned – I still do, it just won’t be today. Life and work have been very busy lately and I’ve struggled to find the inspiration, energy and time lately to sit down and write. But I’ve missed you! Even more so than I thought, I’m just realising while writing this. So we will have a party! And there will be presents – because a birthday and a celebration calls for presents. So stay tuned – I promise to get my ass in gear :)

Happy birthday that nordic feeling. Here’s to the first two – may there be many more to come. x

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The Arne Jacobsen Petrol Station

that nordic feeling // Arne Jacobsen petrol station

I am a great fan of beautiful architecture as well as design. Lucky for me I live in a country filled with both. One of the masters of both was the late Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971). Last year I took you to see his gorgeous Smokehouse in Havnebyen Odden and today I want to show you another one of his masterpieces – a petrol station called Paddehatten (the Mushroom) located just north of Copenhagen. It is considered among his finest functionalist masterpieces – I couldn’t agree more!

The weekend before last I went on a road trip with a good friend of mine. We had such a fun Saturday with many fab stops on the way. I brought my camera along for the ride so I could catch some of my favourite sights for the blog. I already shared photo overload from our stop at the gorgeous Bispebjerg Kirkegård filled with more cherry blossoms than you could ever dream of.

that nordic feeling // Arne Jacobsen petrol station

The petrol station from 1938 is still operating – in fact we filled up the car while we were there. The facade is lined with white Meissner tiles to signal purity and cleanliness. To this day they still do. The petrol station remains the only one of its kind, fully intact and virtually unaltered since it was built in 1938. Only the petrol pumps are recent additions. The details are amazing- the wall clock and the lamps. Even the impressive sea view you can enjoy while filling up your car is just as good as back then.

I wish I could tell you that all petrol stations in Denmark look like this. Sadly they don’t. Although this one was originally designed as a new standard model for Texaco. But the model was never put into production. It is now a beautiful historic monument in Charlottenlund, just north of Copenhagen.

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Stop by if you are ever in the neighbourhood and enjoy just how beautiful something as ordinary and flat out boring a petrol station can be.

Arne Jacobsen want only a brilliant architect. He is also the man behind one of the most iconic chairs in the world designed 60 years ago.

I still have one more post to share from the road trip – coming up soon. Happy Wednesday x

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Urban gardening // Let it grow!

that nordic feeling // urban gardening

One of my absolute hight lights of spring is seeing everything turning green again, bulbs emerging from the ground and all the trees stating to bloom. Isn’t it wonderful? It feels like a miracle each year.

As you might remember, my window sill in the kitchen is full of herbs. We even have a small herb garden at the summer house. I love growing things and I need plants and green things around me. This year I’ve decided to take it to the next level! I usually buy my herbs as ready-made plants in the supermarket and re-pot them when I get home and keep them growing in the kitchen. Not this year! No this year I planted some myself starting with only seeds. And to kick it up a notch, I’ve decided to grow my own tomato plants too.

that nordic feeling // urban gardening

It’s been four weeks since I planted my seeds. Chili, tomatoes and basil to be exact. I’ve been watching over them, watering them and encouraging them with lots of light, water, the occasional pep talk and a touch of fertiliser. It’s funny to see how differently the three plants grow. The basil was the first to sprout and are now looking like tiny little plants. The chili is just beginning to sprout, and I’m still waiting on the tomatoes.

that nordic feeling // urban gardening

If you ask my friends and family they will tell you that I have a green thumb. I’m not sure I agree. It’s probably more luck than skill, but my plants do seems to stay alive and thrive – some for years and years. Hand on my heart I have killed a plant or two in my time, so I’m far from perfect. But I’ve always liked to see things grow and I can’t imagine a home without plants and flowers around me. I’ve shared my love of green plants with you before. Take a look at this post if you are looking for tips to style your plants (btw my Corakia tree is still alive and well – third time was the charm!) and this post if you need inspiration for your window sill.

that nordic feeling // urban gardening

I have never tried planting with fertiliser before, so I was curious to try them out, when Bayer Garden wanted to collaborate with me. I’ve been testing a few Bayer Vitality products. I used the Top Start product to give the plants a great start. It helps the plants absorb nurture from the soil and grow stronger roots. Once the plants are done blooming I’m switching over to Top Taste, that will help the plants carry more fruit and veggies. I for one won’t say no to more tomatoes in the windowsill! I’m crossing my fingers that my tomato plants will start to sprout soon. I am growing the tomatoes in the cutest little mini green house called Grow from Designhouse Stockholm.

Read more about the Vitality-series and what it will do for your plants.

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When I came home from my long journey to Southeast Asia a few months ago, a few of my plants where not as happy as when I left. My sweet neighbour had done a fine job looking after them and watering them, but I guess being all alone in a dark apartment with the heat turned down was not a good combination for them. So I’ve been giving them a little extra TLC with Top Growth and they seem happy again. Apart from my left over pine tree from Christmas. As much as I love it, it is time to say goodbye as it has been looking rather sad for some time now. But hey, that just gives me an excuse to go plant shopping again soon.

I wish I had a balcony. If I did, I would fill it with lots of plants and flowers from early spring till late fall. I don’t, but I do have a beautiful garden, that I share will all my neighbours. We do grow things in the garden – last year we had strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, apples, salat and lots of herbs. Just because you live in the city dosen’t mean that you can’t grow your own food. Urban gardening is all the rave – plus the good thing about having a shared garden is all my sweet neighbours. That means more people to remember to water the plants and that there is always someone to chat to and have a coffee with. So not having a balcony is not so bad, but it will be on my wish list (again) next time I’m moving.

I found these two photos of the garden on my Instagram from last summer:

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What are your traditions in the garden/windowsill/balcony? Do you grow things? And do you use fertiliser? I am curious to know as this is my first attempt to grow a tiny garden from scratch in my window sill and my first time using a touch of fertiliser.

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*This post is sponsored by Bayer Garden, 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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Cherry blossom heaven in Copenhagen

that nordic feeling // Cherry blossoms

Once a year people from all parts of Copenhagen flock to Bispebjerg Kirkegård, a big graveyard in the Northwestern part of the city. The reason; The cherry trees are blooming! And it is indeed a sight worth the journey. The avenue of pink blossoms is beyond pretty and fascinating.

This week is officially cherry blossom season so naturally I had to go too. And I am still high on pink. My friend Vicky and I made a day of it and went on a road trip. We had so much fun and made several stops along the way to visit some of my favourite architectural spots – I brought my camera so I could share them with you (in another post very soon). Today I want to share a little piece of cherry heaven with you.

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We ended up stopping by twice – once during the day when the sun was high in the sky and again on our way back during golden hour. How could we refuse such a golden (pun intended) opportunity. It is literally the most photographed spot in Copenhagen this week.

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that nordic feeling // Cherry blossoms

Vicky caught instagramming.

that nordic feeling // Cherry blossoms

that nordic feeling // Cherry blossoms

Hello! I’m making a rare appearance to say hi :)

that nordic feeling // Cherry blossoms

Make sure to stop by if you are in or near Copenhagen this week. This will all soon be over and won’t be back until next year.

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Olle Eksell for IKEA

that nordic feeling // Olle Eksell for IKEA

I’ve already blogged about IKEA once this week, but they are launching some mighty fine news this month, so here we go again!

Olle Eksell is one of my favourite Swedish designers. I love his playful and imaginative universe. He past away in 2007, but his humorous and hearty designs live on. IKEA ia launching a new series called ÖNSKEDRÖM (It’s Swedish and translates into pipe dream or wishful thinking).

Add a bit of character to your decor, breakfast table or surprise someone you love with a gift that is sure to put a smile on their face. The collection includes pillows, trays, boxes, prints, postcards, trivets, napkins, rugs, bed linen, tea towels, a wall clock (and probably a few more items I’ve lost track of). 

Btw IKEA has plans to build a huge shop in the centre of Copenhagen. It will be the second largest IKEA in Denmark when it opens in 2018. The customers will in true Copenhagen spirit be able to borrow cargo bikes to take furniture home. More about that here

Here are my favourites from the collection – find them online right here.

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I’m sensing a trip to IKEA is up shortly! How about you? x

Photos: IKEA

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Rustic Nordic charm // organic Icelandic sheepskins

that nordic feeling // organic Icelandic sheepskin

I love sheepskins! That is no surprise to you, if you are a regular reader around here. They are a cherished part of my sofa arrangement most of the year. I love the feel of them and the warmth and coziness they add. My regular sheepskins were up for a replacement so I was thrilled, when Furbazaar got in touch with me.

I’ve usually bought the short-haired kind, but this time I wanted to go for a more rustic and Nordic look. The more fluffy the better, right? So I went for a the long-haired Icelandic sheepskin. It is organic, undyed and 100 % natural – straight after my green, sustainable heart.

Furbazaar is your go-to place to buy beautiful – and more importantly sustainable and organic sheepskins from all over the world. They carry quality skins from Iceland, New Zealand, Austria, Tibet and UK too. They also carry a beautiful range of reindeer, goat and moose hides. Furbazaar has been kind enough to share a discount code exclusively for readers of that nordic feeling – you will find it later in this post.

Animal welfare

I went for an Icelandic sheep skin, as they are known for their fine quality due to the rough Icelandic weather. The sheep are born in the wild and roam freely in the Icelandic landscape. The texture of the wool is the result of centuries of adaptation to the harsh Icelandic climate. The long hair protects the sheep’s skin from moisture while the short hair keeps the animal warm. Pretty cleaver, huh!

I care very much about the environment and try to make as suistanble choises as possible. Furbazaar only carries products from certified suppliers. This means, that the suppliers are under strict regulations to take good care of the animals and make sure the furs and skins are produced under sustainable conditions. You can read more about their policy here.

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I’ve been blessed with typical old school Copenhagen window sills – they are wide enough to make a perfect spot to sit, preferably with a coffee and a magazine or book. The windows in the living room has the perfect view of the sun rise. It’s a great spot to sit with a coffee and wake up slow this time of year while the sun is rising in the east. The days are getting longer by the day (yay!), so soon the sun will be getting up way before I am (have I mentioned that I’m not a morning person?).

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When the skin is not in use in the window sill, it decorates my sofa.

that nordic feeling // organic Icelandic sheepskin

To add a bit of colour and rustic feel to my white and grey bedroom, I also ordered a natural grey sheep skin from Furbazaar’s limited collection. Each skin looks different as this too is 100 % natural, undyed and organic.

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Get 15 % off your order + free worldwide shipping

If you want to add a bit of rustic, Nordic charm to your home, now is the time. As a special treat Furbazaar is giving all my readers 15 % off their purchase – and to top that of, they have free worldwide shipping. All you need to do is add thatnordicfeeling at check out. The code is valid until May 31st.

Summer is coming up and sheepskins are perfect for your balcony or terrace too. Just imagine snuggling up on one of these on a chilly summer night with the stars up above – yes please!

that nordic feeling // sheepskins

Photo borrowed from Stylizimo with thanks.

Take good care of your sheepskins

If you take good care of your sheepskins, they will last for years. Furbazaar has a guide with all you need to know to take good care of your skins.

*This post is sponsored by Furbazaar, 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 new series of modern classic tables

that nordic feeling // IKEA news april 2015

A new series of tables from IKEA will hit the shops this month. The series is called LISABO and is designed by Knut and Marianne Hagberg. The look is classic yet contemporary. It has a Midcentury-Modern and Scandinavian feel to it, if you ask me, with the rounded corners and the oblique angled legs.

The series consists of a desk, a dining table and three different coffee tables – all in ash wood. I really like the desk and the long coffee table. What do you guys think?

that nordic feeling // IKEA news april 2015
that nordic feeling // IKEA news april 2015
that nordic feeling // IKEA news april 2015
that nordic feeling // IKEA news april 2015
that nordic feeling // IKEA news april 2015
that nordic feeling // IKEA news april 2015

Keep an eye on IKEA.com or a shop near you – it will be out sometime this month. Way to go IKEA! Happy Monday guys x

Photos: IKEA

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Slow living + Nordic designer wear

that nordic feeling // slowliving & designer lounge wear

Hello there Sunday. I love Sundays – especially the ones without any plans for the day. They’re all about slow living around here. Sleeping in when I have the chance, drinking coffee in bed and walking around in my pyjamas for as long as I can get away with it. Pure bliss if you ask me.

It’s only been a week since Easter. My Easter break was all about slowing down and enjoying the simple things in life – long walks by the sea, coffee in front of the fire, slow cooked food enjoyed with a glass of wine, a good book in the sofa, sitting outside in a sunny nook of the garden feeling the glorious sun on my cheeks and spending time with my family. Days like these recharge my batteries. I am good at slowing down when I go away for a few days. I live a busy life in the city and there are always things to do, people to see and endless to do lists fighting for my attention. But it’s important to slow down in everyday life too. A quiet morning or a slow afternoon here and there can make such a big difference. It’s something that I’ve been practising these last few months and Sunday mornings was made for this!

Today I want to introduce a new brand that I’ve fallen for lately. To me it represents all the best things about spending a slow Sunday morning in bed with coffee, a good book or today’s newspapers in style. I also have a special discount code for you, that will take 20 % off your order. 

that nordic feeling // slow living & designer lounge wear

Hoff by Hoff Copenhagen is a Danish design brand with a collection of lingerie, night and lounge wear and swimwear. It’s has been designed in Copenhagen since 2001 and are sold exclusively in chosen fashion boutiques, underwear and lifestyle shops and in department stores in Denmark, Europe, USA and Japan as well as their own international webshop. Here in Copenhagen you can find it in one of my favourite design shops Illum’s Bolighus.

Hoff by Hoff Copenhagen combines the art of French haute couture with the clean, simple lines of Nordic design. The designs are very feminine yet laid back and sends you mind wandering to a spring day in Paris.

The materials are exclusive and often involves silk. I love silk and would wear it every day if I could (and I had someone to hand wash it for me, ha!).  There is just something about crawling into bed wearing smooth silk instead of an old washed-out t-shirt – you know what I mean?

One of the thing I really love about having a blog is finding new brands and talented designers that I am excited to share with you. I am not about to add lingerie model to my resume (don’t worry!), but I have been testing Hoff by Hoff Copenhagen lingerie and night wear for the last few weeks. And I’m smitten. The night wear is light and perfect for spring – I can just picture myself having my morning coffee wearing this on a balcony in Tuscany or Paris come summer (I wish!).

20 % off your order

To give you the chance to test it too, I have a special discount code exclusively for readers of that nordic feeling. If you enter thatnordicfeeling at check out (in the place where it says gift certificate), you will receive 20 % off all items not already on sale. The discount code is valid until May 3rd. Go to the website to place your order.

For the last few years I’ve been shopping clothes and accessories after the principle of ‘quality over quantity’. My style has changed from being more evolved around trends and the latest colours to being more classic and toned down colourwise. I try to buy fewer pieces and pick the better choices when it comes to materials. This makes sense to me in a world where the environment is suffering because we buy way too much and throw it all away shortly after. Sustainability is actually a big theme to me and one that I would love to share more about here on the blog.

If you take good care of your quality pieces in silk and other nice materials – that means washing them by hand or on a special program in the washing machine – they will last a long time.

It’s definitely not the last time I’m investing in some nice underwear and night wear. I have my eye on the gorgeous black swimsuit with the white trims – it is sold out for now, but I’m hoping it will be back in stock come swim season, as I find it challenging finding nice swimwear.

that nordic feeling // slow living & designer lounge wearHappy Sunday – I think I’ll go make myself a second cup of coffee and procrastinate just a bit longer x

*This post is sponsored by Hoff by Hoff Copenhagen, 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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60 years old and still going strong

that nordic feeling // 7 chair 60th anniversary 2015 marks the 60th birthday of a design classic that is one of my personal design favourites; the 7 chair. The Series 7 chair was designed by grand old design legend Arne Jacobsen. To mark the anniversary Fritz Hansen has made to new editions of the chair available exclusively throughout 2015. So don’t mull over it too long of you want to add one of these beauties to your home.

A masculine edition with a dark blue lacquer shell and powder-coated burnished legs. And a feminine edition dressed in pale pink lacquer with 24-ct gold-plated legs. You can buy the two beautiful chairs right here.

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Honestly I love them both and would love to add them to my collection of 7 chairs. The 7 chair has been a constant throughout my life – we go way back. I grew up surrounded by them. We had them in different pastel colours in the kitchen and in white with blue padding (so 80s – and totally trendy again anno 2015, ha!) in the dining room.

I bought my very first one when I was a student at university. It was the only chair I wanted at my desk. We spent many hours and late nights together studying History and Journalism and craving for exams! I later added a few more to my collection and today they are my dining chairs. It’s a true love story.

Happy 60th birthday 7 chair! Here’s to the next 60 years x

that nordic feeling // 7 chair 60th anniversary

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Trend guide: leather details

that nordic feeling // leather details

One of the trends I believe we will se more of this year is natural materials like stone, wood, marble, skins and leather. At the end of last year I was interviewed for a magazine about the three biggest trends I believed in for 2015 – this was on the top of my list. Today I want to zoom in on leather and give you some inspiration for adding leather details to your home.

By Lassen is out with a new hook called Stropp. I love this one – it is so versatile. I can see a purpose for this one in many different settings from the kitchen, bathroom, hallway, livingroom and even bedroom. It can hold your favourite magazines, the mail, your necklaces, the kitchen towels and your scarves and bags.

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Buy Stropp right here.

Louise Smærup has designed a line of gorgeous pillows all with a leather detail, that I love. It gives the pillows an edge and rawness – and a Nordic twist. I love the contrast from the grey hues to the raw leather.

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Find Louise’s pillows right here.

Danish OYOY has several lovely leather goods in their collection. Personally I love the leather baskets and the pencil holder (which is perfect as a plant holder or storage for extra candles too if you ask me) – and who says that mouse pad can’t be an awesome base for a stilleben or a collection of your favourite tea lights!

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Here you’ll find the OYOY trays in big and small, the mouse pad, the pencil holder and the pillows.

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