WE ARE MOVING!

After looking for a while now for a space of our own we finally found it. It is in the perfect location in a cute little town here in Italy with good connections and a train station nearby so that it will be easy for me to get around. It is quite a small and cute flat, but it has everything we need. When looking for a flat we (or shall I say I) had a few criteria’s when it came to the flat itself, and I am happy to say that this one ticks most of the boxes.

White space; I was looking for a flat with white walls to fit in with my minimal Scandinavian style. Sort of a blank canvas that will make the furnitures and objects we put in it stand out. This flat not only have white walls everywhere, they are also quite interesting too. As it is located on the top floor of a typical Italian building it has a lot of slanted walls / ceilings which adds characters and charm. It will definitely be a challenge to decorate with it, but we just have to be creative and find good solutions.

Wooden floor; I am a massive fan of wooden floor. Growing up in Norway you rarely find a house or flat without it. I love the comfort and look of wooden floors, and it fits very nicely together with white walls. Our new flat doesn’t tick this box hundred prosent as the floor looks like wood but in fact its not.. Here in Italy its common to have tiles on the floor, and that is after my understanding because it has a cooling effect on those warm summer days. It does mean however that in the winter here in the North of Italy it can be freezing, and woollen socks are a must! Our floor is a new type of ceramic made to look like light wood, and it sure does as I thought it actually was wood when we went to the viewing before touching it. The good thing with it is that we get the positive aspect from both worlds; it looks good but it’s better suited for the climate here in Italy. And even better, there is underfloor heating everywhere, which will be nice and warm in the winter but can give off a coolness in the summer. Perfect!

Here is a little sneak peak of the space, as you can see the slanted ceiling gives an interesting and quirky vibe to the modern and white space.

Natural light; As I work from home and take a lot of photos at home it needed to have good natural light. The living room has two large doors that we can open up and the sun is shining in that way during the day. Which then leads me to…

Outdoor area; One thing I said when living in Italy was that to have some sort of outdoor area, either a balcony or a terrace would be great. When we lived in London we had a lovely outdoor terrace but it was hardly ever used because of the typical British weather.. Now we have four (!) balconies, ok they are all tiny but at least I’m sure we can fit two tiny chairs and a tiny table of some sort on one. And being in Italy where the sun almost always shines I am sure we will get a lot of use of them, or even just have the doors open to open up the space a bit. Note to self; research tiny balcony solutions!

I can’t wait to share how I will make this place our little Scandinavian home here in Italy. For now, here is a little moodboard I put together to start the process!

// 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.

March 16, 2016

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    Agata I Passion shake

    March 16, 2016

    How exciting! I love the attic feeling in the picture, I’m sure you will do magic there :) And I only realized now that you live in the Milan zone! We should go for a coffee one day ;))

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    Eline @ Emmy + LIEN

    March 17, 2016

    The photos are beautiful, it looks like you’ve done really well! When we lived in Milan it was so hard to tick those boxes, and I remember the freezing cold floors in winter well… I look forward to seeing what you do with your new space.

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    ingridesign

    March 29, 2016

    Thank you Agata, yes we should! I’ll write to you on Instagram so we can arrange ;-)

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    ingridesign

    March 29, 2016

    How lovely, thank you so much Eline! Looking forward to share more!

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