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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Check out the Christmas issue of Norwegian Maison!

Our sponsor Maison’s Christmas issue hit the stands yesterday, and I LOVE it! They’re covering a huge range of different styles, all with the little extra.

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Now this is Christmas decor with a twist ;) The yellow touches are totally not what I associate with this particular holiday, but boy, does it work!!

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Cupcakes for Christmas too?? Yes, please! (it’s actually a great idea! )

 

 

 

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We all know and love Norwegian interior designer Halvor Bakke, and “Stugan” where he celebrates Christmas is incredibly cozy!

 

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Would love to cozy up in front of that fireplace with a huge cup of tea! 

 

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This home is probably the epitome of traditional Christmas. Absolutely beautiful!!

 

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The wreath with the wine red bows is absolutely beautiful. Am very fascinated by the stenciled floors! (more about that later ;))

Now, go and get your hands on the Christmas issue asap! I promise you you’ll enjoy it!

(their website is also filled with lots of eye candy. Check it out here)

 

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Contestant Number Four: Hancock Cupcakes

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The fourth and last contestant this season, is Hancock Cupcakes. Ingrid’s concept is slightly different from the other three, she has teamed up with a professional bakery that makes the actual cupcakes. The concept is fully developed by her.

All of the contestants got the same pictures for inspiration, and they can be viewed by clicking here and here.


The minimum order is 24 cupcakes.

Ingrid is sweet as a pie, and incredibly service minded. She delivered her cupcakes in a cute little box with a big bow.
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The cupcakes were girly and feminine, with a soft colored pastel color scheme. The flavors were as following:

1. Lemon Kissed Cupcakes with lemon frosting
2. Chocolate Cupcake with Bailey’s flavored frosting
3. Carrot Cupcake with Vanilla frosting

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We’re going to start out with my favorite of the bunch, the chocolate cupcake with Bailey’s frosting. Surprisingly good, the frosting had a distinct Bailey’s flavor (which happens to be one of my favorite drinks ;))

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The pastel pink cupcake was the carrot cupcake with vanilla frosting. The frosting was thick and yummy and it was overall a very good cupcake :)

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The final flavor was the classic lemon cupcake with lemon frosting. The frosting was fresh and the lemon flavor was pretty solid without being overpowering.
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Hope you enjoyed the presentation! Make sure to check out Hancock Cupcakes here.

The other contestants this season were:
1# Olea’s Cupcakes
2# Cupcakes Confidential
3 # Chopcakes

xoxo
dagnysign

Happy Monday!

Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent, and in Norway, we celebrate the four Sundays of Advent before Christmas. We celebrated our youngest daughter’s first birthday, went to see the Christmas tree in our neighborhood get lit and met Santa too!

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This morning, I got the husband and kids out of the house early, and am enjoying the bliss of burning the first Advent candle, and eating my breakfast from a very pretty bowl. It just makes breakfast a tad bit more exciting, doesn’t it? I’m eating oatmeal on a bed of fresh apples and bananas, topped with cinnamon and rice milk. LOVE IT!! The stunning bowl is Morning Flirt by Elinno, which is available from Mandarin Chic.

 

 

Have a fabulous Monday morning, and I’ll be back later tonight with the last contestant in the Cupcake Challenge!

 

 

xoxo
dagnysign

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bring me to the surface!

okay, this isn't a Scandinavian brand but these shoes are so fab that I have to show them anyway!


This really is the perfect shoe in my book. I have long been looking for a lace up shoe that doesn't cut right at the ankle but continues up a few inches. With the "Packer Wedge" shoeboot, the Paris based brand Surface to air did everything right! I LOVE wedges, but I often think that wedged boots have a tendency to be a little butch, these ones on the other hand are cool yet feminine with its narrow shape and soft color.


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The suede leather gives the color some extra softness, and the lacing gives this shoeboot some edge.

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Love the leathered wedge and the patchwork detail on the sides.
"Surface to air" also have some other wedged beauties;

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Buckles buckles buckles. wish summer wasn't over so I could parade about in these....

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Ah, they come in suede gray as well!

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Buckle and lacing in perfect combo. and the color again is just beautiful.

 

Do you have a shoe out there that’s just waiting for you?

 

xx
Ida

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Trend Forecast 2011


The year is almost over, and it’s definitely time to
look ahead at what’s happening in 2011.

At Scandinavian Chic, we’re all about Scandinavian Maximalism, and here’s what we think is in store for us:

1. Brass / Gold

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We’ve seen the beginning of this trend, and I know we haven’t seen the end. Be prepared to loose the chrome and go for gold!

2. Chinoiserie

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Chinoiserie is already hugely popular in the States, but I’m pretty confident we’re going to see some very exciting Scandinavian interpretations of this trend in the future

3. Colors!

Scandinavian Maximalism usually flirts with white walls. Lately we’ve seen tendencies of moving towards brighter colors, like the image above. The red carpet, aqua wallpaper and plush ottoman makes this room Scandinavian & Chic!

Want to see what trends other design bloggers are forecasting? Check out Design Refuge’s November Challenge HERE.

xoxo
dagnysign

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Contestant Number Three: Chopcakes

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The third contestant in this season’s Cupcake Challenge, is the successful Chopcakes. Founder, Tone Oraini is very passionate about her cupcakes, and in addition to the regular kind, she also makes healthy lunch cupcakes.

All of the contestants got the same pictures for inspiration, and they can be viewed by clicking here and here.
HÅNDLAGET: Tone Orani Selfors satser på chop cakes. - Alt er laget for hånd, forteller hun.
The cupcakes cost NOK 30,- each
Tone is really in it to win it, and what she delivered was definitely a sign of her taking this serious. Love it!! The flavors were:

  1. Chocolate oreo with a variation of different frostings
  2. Caramel with burnt almonds
  3. Lemon with salty licorice
  4. Dark chocolate with after eight frosting
  5. Spiced cupcake with chili frosting
  6. Coconut cupcake with banana frosting
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The models all lined up for a group shot, love the combination of minis and regulars!

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This cupcake was sprinkled with glitter and candy diamonds. It smelled like “after eight”. Yummy! The dark chocolate cupcake paired with a thick after eight frosting was definitely successful!

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This looked like a pretty, classical cupcake. The taste was everything but. Say hello to a COCONUT cupcake with BANANA frosting!

Hello Hawaii and hello banana bugg!! OMG is def the right way to describe it.

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Come meet mrs spiced cupcake with hot chili frosting! Holy hannah, this was GOOD! Chili is prob my fave spice and I use it for almost everything. Now, it’s a must for frostings too!

To quote Hviit: “I liked it!”

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Another interesting combination of flavors, lemon cupcake with lemon and salty licorice frosting!
We loved the salty licorice, and it could have been very interesting to add licorice to the actual cupcake as well!

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We decided to save the best for last! First of all, this has to be the strangest cupcake I’ve ever seen!
But don’t let the strange appearance fool you, this has to be one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever tasted! The burnt almonds and the caramel were absolutely perfection! I think this could be a modern interpretation of the traditional Christmas dessert!


Hope you enjoyed the presentation! Make sure to visit Cupcakes Confidential here.
Make sure to check out the previous contestants:
1# Olea’s Cupcakes
2# Cupcakes Confidential

Next Monday we’ll introduce you to the last bakery, Hancock Cupcakes!
xoxo,
dagnysign

A special thank you to hviit for guest judging and taking some of the pictures AND Elinno for providing the china

Building My Dream House (#9) Garden


Waiting for acceptance to start building, I allow my self to dream of my garden. Well, it looks more like a football field covered with snow right now, but in my dreams it looks more like this: 

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Image via House Beautiful

I just LOVE how these plants defines the alley AND the tiles.

Images via Anna Kern and Once Wed


I will decorate the alley with lanterns to extend the nights and make the right atmosphere for my guests.

Images via Sköna Hem and Living Etc

Please enjoy! I know I do ;-) ... still dreaming of my garden.

How do YOU picture your dream garden?


Previous "Building My Dream Home" features:

(#1) Facade                              (#5) Grand Entry
(#2) Floor Planning                  (#6) Bathroom de Lux

xoxo
carina1
Monday, November 22, 2010

Grey+Brass=Tres Chic!

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I’ve been heavily inspired by this color combo lately..

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But can’t seem to find any good inspiration pics. Have you seen any?

What’s your favorite color color scheme these days?

xoxo
dagnysign

PS – This week’s Cupcake Challenge presentation of Chopcakes is moved until tomorrow due to some practical issues. Stay tuned, you’re going to love this one!!

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