I was recently interviewed by the local newspaper Il Punto di Villasanta by Valeria Bassani, and I wanted to share the interview with you so you can get to know the cute, little place I call home too. The article is in Italian, so for my Italian readers you can find the original post here. For everyone else, you can read the English translation below:

A chat with the blogger Ingrid Opstad: Scandinavia is just around the corner

Norwegian, graphic designer, author of the blog That Scandinavian Feeling, freelance journalist for Scan Magazine, followed by more than 6,000 people on Instagram: where does she live? In Villasanta!

Ingrid Opstad’s life is a true love story. She left Norway in her twenties to go to England to finish her studies as a graphic designer and it is in London that everything takes shape. Here she falls in love with an Italian boy and together they decide to move to the beautiful country. And here is the landing in Villasanta: “We were looking for a house and we chose Villasanta especially for the proximity to Monza park, and also because it gave us the impression of being perfect in size for our lifestyle. In some aspects it reminds me a lot of the cities of northern Europe,” Ingrid told us.

Her look on the streets of Villasanta is the most fascinating thing: “I can probably see glimpses and beauties, that the ‘accustomed’ eye of the Villasantesi can no longer grasp. Walking through the streets of the village with my dog Bowie I discover every day the corners and details that catch my attention.” In fact, scrolling through the photos of her Instagram profile you get to know a whole new Villasanta made of signs, colors and unexpected details.

Ingrid also explained what the so-called “hygge” is: “It’s a different way to face the day and appreciate what surrounds us. We need to know how to take our time, to chat, to spend time with people who make us feel good, without haste. I think that’s why us Norwegians drink big cups of coffee, while you Italians are used to having espresso. You are always in a hurry and sometimes you forget about the beautiful things you have around you.”

For this reason, in the 7 years away from home, she felt the need to recreate the typical Norwegian atmosphere around her, with warm and welcoming interiors. What better way than with a blog. That Scandinavian Feeling, born as a collector of ideas and ideas related to design, has almost naturally turned into a concentrate of Scandinavia. Ingrid offers advice on decor and lifestyle, but also takes note of all the places, hotels and cafes with ‘that Scandinavian feeling’ that she finds around the world. “I discovered that the atmosphere of my Norway can be found everywhere, even in Villasanta.”

A beautiful story of Ingrid, which helps us to observe the world with new eyes, a little more curious, as are hers.

Here are a few images captured from the streets of Villasanta, a beautiful comune in the Province of Monza & Brianza in the Italian region Lombardy located about 20 kilometers northeast of Milan. If you are ever in the neighborhood​, I recommend​ stopping by for a coffee and a walk.

Find out where Villasanta is on the map below:

// 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.