I am back with the monthly favourites, and I have to warn you: even though Christmas is done and dusted there are quite a lot of festive items here. If you follow me over on Instagram you might have already seen these images popping up in my feed, and if not – make sure you head over and follow along! Find me here and say hi.

One of my favourites this month was the Kubus candle holder from by Lassen. It has become quite a modern design icon and staple in many Scandinavian homes, and ever since I got it this summer I was looking forward to lighting the candles each Sunday of Advent.

Another favourite, and something I had been looking forward to getting out all year was the little wooden Santa hat for my Kay Bojesen monkey. The hat is made of painted beech and can even be used on other Kay Bojesen animals, such as the classic Song birds or the wooden bear. A beautiful little gift idea for Kay Bojesen enthusiast to get into the Christmas spirit, as a matter of fact, I got it from my best friend.

My puppy got a new dog’s jumper with a typical Norwegian pattern, and would you believe it is knitted by my mum? She used this pattern by DROPS, and I love it. The best thing is that my puppy loves wearing it too, it keeps him warm and cozy on cold days while making him look very stylish.

I also stayed warm but in this Rose wool top from Norwegian brand Kari Traa. These kind of tops are iconic for the Scandinavian winter, providing optimum warmth on cold winter days – perfect for my trip to Norway!

These are a mix of ornaments for my tree, some from last year and some new. It’s so nice to start a little collection and this year my favourite new ones were the white pinecone which I received from a lovely Instagram friend and the red car purchased at Flying Tiger.

If you wonder what this is, it is risengrynsgrøt, a sort of warm rice pudding sprinkled with sugar, cinnamon and a piece of butter on top. It is typical in Norway to eat this around Christmas time. My Italian boyfriend refers to it as vanilla risotto, which I guess is a great way of putting it! A tradition is to create the Christmas Eve dessert using cold risengrynsgrøt mixed with whipped cream, but then we have a red berry sauce over instead. I found a recipe for risengrynsgrøt here if you want to try making it yourself.

What have you been loving this month?

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

Ingrid Opstad

That Scandinavian feeling is a blog by Ingrid Opstad, a Norwegian journalist living in Italy. Ingrid wants her blog to represent the feeling of coziness and calm with a Nordic simplistic, minimalistic style. The blog is intended to share her knowledge and love for Scandinavia; touching upon everything from interiors, design, lifestyle, travel to hygge. A place where you can get inspired to find that Scandinavian feeling yourself, no matter where in the world you are.



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    Luisa - La Mar

    January 7, 2018

    Lovely favorites <3 Det passet nesten litt fint å se dette innlegget når jeg akkurat har pakket bort julen hjemme hos oss, fint og litt vemodig.

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      Ingrid Opstad

      January 12, 2018

      Takk Luisa, alltid litt trist men også greit å få bort julepynten. Men nå kan vi iallefall se fram til vår og varmere tider :-)

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    January 9, 2018

    You’re so sweet Ingrid! So happy that my little present is among your december favourites! 😘Nicoletta

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      Ingrid Opstad

      January 12, 2018

      Thank you again for the lovely present Nicoletta, it was such a nice surprise 😘