It’s the last day of 2016 and a great day to share a couple of images of my Christmas decorations before it all gets taken down.. Anyone else sad that the festive season is almost over?

I have a confession to make, I am 31 and this year was the first time I had my own Christmas tree! Living abroad I always travel back to my family for Christmas, and because of that I never saw the point in decorating too much before leaving. But this year I decided it was about time to start a collection of decorations of my own. Growing up in Norway we always had a real tree, it was a lovely tradition I always looked forward to. Now when I am living in Italy there are less real tree’s available so people tend to go for plastic version’s. I was a bit sceptic, but decided to give it a go. We purchased our tree from IKEA, and I am very pleased with the result of my FEJKA tree. Not only does it look good, but it was also easy to put up and to store away again after as it comes with a bag. I also purchased the BULLIG bamboo box to put the tree inside, and added a lovely faux fur rug in it. The tree decorations was kept quite minimal and simple, with a colour scheme of copper, white and black which reflects the rest of the flat.

The light I originally bought to have on the tree thinking we would only get a tiny one, but since we ended up with a full size tree it would not fit. Instead I had it hanging on the wall which was very lovely. I might keep it up for a while as it’s not too Christmassy.. I also added tons of scented candles around the home like this one in ‘hot mulled cider’ to create that cozy winter feeling.

To keep with the theme I also got a couple of new pillow cases and a blanket. The pillows I already own have quite the summer vibe, so now I can change according to the season. I got one in white faux fur and a slight pink with copper details as well as this pretty blanket – the perfect spot for some hygge!

Last but not least I also created this super easy and cute DIY snow globe, all you need are some small trees, a jar of some sort and snow (I used rock salt).

That was it for this year, focusing on keeping it very minimal but cozy. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas time and let the countdown to 2017 begin!

// 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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    January 1, 2017

    I love that blanket! It’s such a sign of being a proper grown up, starting your own collection of decorations. I have such vivid memories from childhood of the old box, and digging through it looking for certain favourites – it’s lovely to start it all again :)

    Kayte |

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    January 1, 2017

    I absolutely love all your decorations, they’re so simple and pretty, and that DIY snow globe looks lovely! I’m a huge fan of your blog, I love your style. Also, I love your watch stand – it’s perfect.
    Happy New Year!

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

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    October 30, 2017

    Hi!  I’m an editor for and am writing to request permission to use a photo from this post.

    We hope to feature this in an upcoming round up of ours about natural Christmas decor.  We would include a backlink and clear credit to you via the name of your blog.  

    Please let me know if this is satisfactory.  Thanks for your consideration!

    Kimberly Mueller

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      Ingrid Opstad

      November 8, 2017

      Hi Kimberly, thank you for reaching out to me. That is fine, I am happy for you to use my photo and link back to this post. Have a great day!