Have a look inside our home…

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This summer Pia Olsen from Living Stories and photographer  Frederikke Heiberg visited our home for a story for the Danish interior magazine Boligmagsinet. The result is now online and if you are curious to see how Martin, Ava and I have decorated our 1950’s villa – you can have a look below or read the story behind here.

I sommer havde vi besøg af Pia Olsen fra Living Stories og fotograf Frederikke Heiberg, der lavede en fin boligrapportage til Boligmagasinet. Resultatet er nu online, og er du nysgeriig for at se, hvordan Martin, Ava og jeg har indrettet vores 1950’er villa, kan du se billeder nedenfor eller læse historien bag her.

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The definition of “hygge”

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Hygge’ is a Danish import and one of 2016’s hottest buzzwords, having caught on quickly after Helen Russell, journalist and Londoner expat in Denmark, published her best-selling debut novel, The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country, in 2015. Though the word has been around in Denmark since the 18th century, it has only recently begun to spark interest worldwide with a slew of books being published on the subject in the last year alone.

This is from the a new article in American Express Essentials where I have written my definition of the word among 7 other so called life style experts (I’m quite flattered).

 

“Hygge is a state of mind rather than a situation or activity. The word describes a feeling within me when I sit around a table laughing and talking to good friends, or when I play with my daughter and we’re both having fun and enjoying every miniscule moment. The good feeling can’t be forced and only appears when you’re doing something enjoyable. Spending a Friday night on the couch with my favourite candy, wine and movie is also hygge.

“Hygge is where the heart is, so if you’re at a place where you feel comfortable, it can appear. My boyfriend and I love to spend time at home, so we’ve created a home with things that makes us feel good and happy. For instance, we’ve painted our walls in dark colours; we’ve decorated it with inviting furniture, wall art and green plants. And when we have guests over, they can feel the atmosphere as well.

“To create hygge, do things you enjoy the most and create an environment that’s conducive to pleasure and togetherness. Candlelight, fine wine and good food on a dark and stormy night can all help.”

Read the whole article here.

Som dansker ved jeg godt, hvad hygge er, men det er der mange udlændinge, der ikke helt forstår – altså hvad betyder ordet, og hvordan skaber man hygge. Jeg er blevet interviewet af American Express Essentials, der ville høre min opskrft på hygge. Læs artiklen her.

 

Colorful and simple…

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Meet Anne Malling and her colorful and simple universe of illustrations. In her work she focuses on her love for everyday life and pleasures and centres her work on the themes of friendship, love, community, tolerance and humility. Malling loves the absurd, the funny and the offbeat. She says: “My main aim with my art is to bring joy and happiness to people.” I really love the simplicity in the illustrations that comes in so many colors and shapes – I don’t know about you, but they make me smile…have a nice weekend!

Mød Anne Malling og hendes farverige og enkle illustrationer og grafiske plakater, hvis motiver udspringer af en kærlighed til hverdagen og det almene, og kredser om temaer som fællesskab, venskab og universalitet. De er tegnet med en forkærlighed for det skæve, sjove og absurde og her er både stilstand og aktivitet, langsommelighed og vildskab  -og masser af håb og drømme! Anne arbejder både i hånden og digitalt og er desuden meget optaget af printprocessens betydning for det endelige tryk. Jeg er vild med hendes illustrationer, der har et enkelt, varmt, sprødt og humoristisk udtryk. Jeg ved ikke med dig, men de får mig til at smile…god weekend!

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Moebe

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Sometimes it is difficult to describe what it is you like about a certain brand – a certain look or style. At Northmodern I discovered the new design constellation MOEBE which is a scandinavian design brand based in Copenhagen, consisting of cabinetmaker Anders Thams and architects Nicholas Oldroyd and Martin D. Christensen. Earlier I have written about the beautiful mirrors designed by Nicholas Oldroyd and now he has joined forces with Anders and Martin creating the elegant and timeless brand MOEBE. Take a look and see if you are as impressed as I am.

Nogle gange er det svært at beskrive med ord, hvad det er, du er vild med ved et brand eller stil. På Northmodern opdagede jeg den nye designkonstellation MOEBE, som er et skandinavisk design brand med base i København, bestående af møbelsnedker Anders Thams og arkitekterne Nicholas Oldroyd og Martin D. Christensen. Jeg har tidligere skrevet om de smukke spejle af Nicholas Oldroyd, og nu har han teamet op med Anders og Martin og skabt det elegante og tidsløse brand MOEBE. Tag et kig og se om du er ligeså imponeret som jeg er.

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Design by MoebePhotography: Chris Tonnesen Styling: Ida Lærke
Design by Moebe Photography: Chris Tonnesen Styling: Ida Lærke

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Design by Moebe Photography: Chris Tonnesen Styling: Ida Lærke

Know the time…

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When it’s summer I often forget about the time…and when fall comes I can’t wait for the summertime to come back. I count the days and months and it all goes by much quicker if I have a lot of plans. Mayby I will write them in a calendar like this new one from VisseVasse that in color and style fit most homes. I also like the new poster calendar that are more obvious for decoration.

Når det er sommer, glemmer jeg tiden…og når efteråret kommer begynder jeg at tælle dage og måneder, indtil sommeren er her igen. Det hele går dog lidt hurtigere, hvis jeg har mange planer, og måske skal jeg plotte dem ind i denne fine nyhed fra VisseVasse. Jeg er også ret vild med deres nye plakat, der nok er mest oplagt som flot dekoration.

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A Copenhagen design map

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We have so much great design in Denmark and a walk throug the streets of Copenhagen can be very inspirering. Expedia has just launched a virtual guide for Copenhagen and Aarhus that gives you a overview of design stores, galleries and showroom worth a visit.You can take a look at the guide here.

Vi har så meget fedt design i Danmark, og en tur gennem de Københavnske gader kan være meget inspirerende. Expedia har lige lanceret en virtual guide over København og Aarhus, hvor du kan få et overblik over designbutikker, gallerier og showrooms, der er et besøg værd. Se guiden her.

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I love to organize – and I love to organize in a stylish way. Even though I use the calendar on my IPhone for must appointments I have learned (after becoming a mother), that a stationary calendar is very useful. Copenhagen-based stationery brand KARTOTEK has been so kind to send me some products from their latest collection of notebooks, notepads, greeting cards and calendars. I love this brand! Especially the feel of the products, which are all made of the finest Scandinavian paper and produce in Europe. Besides that, the idea of writing your thoughts, ideas, appointments etc. on paper like in the good old days really appeals to me. Ideas just get a little bit better when written in a beautiful notebook!

Jeg er vild med at organisere – og allerhelst på en stilfuld made. Selvom jeg bruger kalenderen på min IPhone en hel del til aftale osv., så har jeg efter at være blevet mor erfaret, at en fysisk kalender er ret så brugbar, så der er styr på Martin og mine fælles aftaler. De dygtige piger fra danske KARTOTEK har været så søde at sende mig nogle produkter fra deres seneste kollektion af notesbøger, store og små kalendere og kort. Jeg er VILD med det hele! Det er bare lækre kvalitetsprodukter i de fineste materialer, stil og farver. Det passer perfekt til vores stil, og jeg kan godt lide ideen om at skrive tanker, ideer og aftaler ned på helt gammeldags facon. Ideer bliver bare lidt bedre, når de skrives ned i en lækker notesbog!

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