Welcome into my home!

I recently did a photoshoot of my apartment and it made me realise that I have never shown it fully here on the blog, so it was about time I invite you in to see more. You might have already seen snippets here and there both on the blog and over on Instagram, but now I will explain a bit more about each room and how I created my Scandinavian home here in Italy.

My home is all about That Scandinavian Feeling, so it tells the story of who I am. It is inspired by my Scandinavian heritage as well as hygge – I would say my home is cozy and homely but also modern, minimal, bright and calm. I have chosen a soft colour palette which runs thought the whole space, with lots of white surfaces as well as light wood accents. My fiancé and I (and our dog) are homebodies and love being cozy, so the design style of our home is a reflection of that. Because like I always say: “home is the best feeling”…


The kitchen is my favourite room. We focused a lot on creating our dream kitchen when we bought this home and it has become just that. It now is the heart of the home. The kitchen is minimal and classic, but I knew I wanted it to be bit different than the normal white kitchen. Instead we went for pale grey doors, a marble style top and gold details such as the knobs and faucet. Since it is so big we didn’t have the need for over-head cabinets and instead put a long open shelf which tied the space all together nicely.

I love the colour we chose for the doors – the Veddinge cabinets from Ikea. These grey smooth, sleek doors brings a soft and modern yet unique expression to the kitchen. Even though they are grey, it seems to change its appearance throughout the day as you can see from my photos. Sometimes the colour seems more blueish and cold, other times it has a warmer tone to it.

One of the things I was very excited about in our new home was this PH 5 lamp designed by Poul Henningsen – a true Scandinavian classic! This exact one used to hang in my parent’s kitchen when I grew up so it brings lots of lovely memories around the dinner table. When my mum came to visit to help me unpack she took it with her all the way from Norway and now it is finally up in our kitchen in Italy. It is all about those little things that help make a home feel special, don’t you think?

Since we like to stay home in the evenings, we also have a little bar area in the kitchen. The bar cabinet is quote a special piece – we met in a bar in London so it reminds me of that.

Read my post our new Nordic kitchen plans to see a moodboard and links to everything.


Our bedroom is calm, minimal and a place I feel serene and relaxed in. For me, a big part when planning our home was to make sure every room was utilised to the fullest and to have enough storage throughout the home to keep it clutter-free. In the bedroom we did some clever solutions, like for instance creating a wardrobe space with a half wall behind the bed as well as having a bed with storage underneath.

When we planned the half wall behind the bed we knew we wanted it to be a feature in the room, so we decided on painting it a calming shade of blue green which to me fits perfect in a bedroom. The colour is based on Farrow & Ball ‘oval room blue no. 85’ but our builders made their own mix. We also decided to create a little build-in shelf on the wall which makes it easy to rotate artwork or style with different design items. It is also the prefect size for our little projector, so when we want to have a cozy evening at home the room transforms into a home cinema. The wall opposite is big and white, so we do not need any canvas to project on.

If you want to read more about the wardrobe we have behind the bed, check out my post our new Platsa wardrobe from IKEA.


The livingroom is probably the room I spend most of my time in. It has my little desk area in one corner where I work from and write these blogposts during the day, and the sofa where we spend most evenings chilling and watching tv. The sofa corner is my favourite little spot – I call it my hyggekrok which is the place you like to sit and enjoy hygge moments. Along the wall we have a low bookshelf, and behind the sofa a long picture ledge – both great areas for styling and easy to change depending on my mood. The tv is mounted on the wall for a simple and clean look.

Around the space I have sentimental items and decor which reminds me of my home, my family and friends or happy moments. I love that each item tells a story and help to make our house feel like home. A recent addition was a cozy rug which helps to separate the sofa area from the desk area and creates a hygge feeling.

To understand more about the layout and space, read my article with the before & after floorplans of our home.

You might miss one room, and that is right! The bathroom was one of the rooms we did not renovate when me bought this home but it is one I am currently tackling (along with our laundry room). So as soon as it is finished, I will share the makeover with you here. But you know how it is… a home will never feel fully finished so there might be future changes along the way.

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// 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.



  1. Reply

    Tara Byrne

    June 17, 2020

    Hi Ingrid, what a beautiful home. Thank you for sharing the details. Although I am in the UK I am interested to know where you got your sofa from, just in case I can get it! Thanks, Tara.

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      Ingrid Opstad

      June 22, 2020

      Hi Tara! Thank you so much, the sofa is actually from Ikea so you will be able to get it also in UK :) The name is Vimle and you can get it in different colours too.