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A Bright Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

by Sabrina Smelko

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face
I’ve been lucky enough to have traveled to beautiful Norway myself—though was unlucky to tear a ligament in my ankle on the trip, moments after a successful (and yes, I’ll admit, typical) “I’m in Europe!” mid-jump photo. However architecturally gorgeous, the cobblestone streets weren’t fooling around that day. But not even a cast could stop me from soaking in and swooning over the history, culture and Scandinavian design and architecture. It’s a design style that’s stuck with me over the years and one that I often browse and seek out online, so when I was scrolling through my Instagram and came across @BenesNordicHome, I just had to get in touch.

Characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality, Scandinavian design has become such a popular design trend in the last few years, but what a lot of people don’t know about this movement—including myself until I experienced it firsthand—is that it’s also very much about creating a space that evokes happiness. So when I asked photographer Benedicte Thomassen what her goal was when she and husband Daniel were searching for a home and decorating, I wasn’t surprised when she came back with “My goal was a happy home!”

Built in 1887, Benedicte and Daniel’s wooden townhouse is nestled on a quiet street near the city center of Skien, a region in southern Norway. When Benedicte and Daniel first saw the home, they knew it was the right home for them, their two Chihuahuas Zoe (3 years) and Chanelle (6 months) and budgies Pipp and Papp. They instantly fell for the white-painted wood exterior, the large windows and the modernized aspects of the historic home. “There was an original timber wall in the kitchen, stairwell and wooden floor in the living room,” explains Benedicte, “The house will never be [perfect]… but that just makes it charming.” —Sabrina

Photographs by Benedicte Thomassen

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

Images above: Benedicte’s living room is her favorite place to hang out, whether it’s reading a book, styling her cabinet filled with beautiful trinkets, sneaking in a nap or cuddling with her dogs. Her sofa is from Muuto’s Connect Sofa System and the feline pillow is a custom print of a photo she took in loving memory of her cat.

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

Image above: The windows remind Benedicte of her childhood home and serve as a nostalgic reminder of the good old times.

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

Image above: Benedict has a love for the color pink and mixing the old and the new, such as the mirror and dining table that are over 100 years old, given to Benedicte by her parents. The chairs are from HAY.

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

Image above: Daniel enjoys watching TV, so Benedicte hung a charming banner up to serve as a reminder to go outside every once in a while, saying “I’m not entirely sure he has noticed it yet, hehe… It makes me smile, though.”

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

Images above: No surface is without books or decor. The lamp from Seletti greets you as you enter the hallway from the living room which can also be seen from the front door. “I think it’s a nice welcome to our home with a greeting and a vase of flowers. And a pig. Pigs rock.”

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

Images above: The original staircase built in 1887 is the first thing you see when you enter Benedicte and Daniel’s home. The prints are from WhatWeDo and plenty more home goods and housewares fill the corner underneath the staircase, such as an awesome and charming dog purse from Etsy.

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

Image above: The old timber wall in the dining area is original to the home and a beautiful focal point of the kitchen, anchoring the new and modern pieces such as Benedicte’s Eames side chairs.

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

Image above: Benedicte’s colorful mug collection from Moomin is one that started when she was just a little girl.

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

Image above: Oh, how jealous I am of Benedicte’s yellow SMEG fridge in the kitchen. “It’s probably the thing my guests first comment on when they visit us,” Benedicte says. I wouldn’t doubt it!

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

Image above: Benedicte’s little corner of joy in her office. It may be small, but she enjoys her pocket of productivity.

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

Images above: Benedicte and Daniel designed and renovated their bathroom to be functional and pretty. Modern yet classic pieces fill the room, such as the round strap mirror from HAY, hanging lamps from Muuto and the black cabinet from IKEA. I absolutely love the white subway tile covering the walls, and the surprise of a paneled ceiling!

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

A Simple, Functional Norwegian Nest Sure To Put a Smile On Your Face

Images above: Benedicte and Daniel’s bedroom is bright and airy. The sunlight streams in through their white curtains and acts as an alarm clock in the morning. On the wall beside Benedicte’s side of the bed is a collection of small things that make her happy and start her day off right in the morning. “Animals are always a part of my happiness.”

 

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Comments

  • All my favourite things are in this home. Do you happen to know where the It’s Beautiful Outside banner is from? Love this, love this home. Thanks for sharing the happiness.

  • Amazing, Bene! So nice to see many rooms together in such a complete display. I ❤️ your style.

  • Thanks for all the kind comments! You guys made my day.

    Sandy, the half moon rug is bought in a Norwegian online shop called Ellos. I’m sure you can find something similar elsewhere. I know that Fine Little Day makes half moon for wallpaper etc, but I haven’t seen rugs by them though.

  • Lovely–colorful and cheerful, but not chaotic. What is the little “love is all you need” script in the bedroom photo made out of? I’ve always loved yellow in a kitchen :)

  • Thanks so much again guys! You should have seen the smile on my face :D

    Reba, thanks for the kind words. The “love is all you need” is made of a thick steel wires. I got it in a local shop here, hand-made I think.

    Claire, in Norway it is called “Fabrikk Grå Jotun” which is roughly translated to “Factory Grey” and the brand is Jotun. It is a standard gray and has a tad of a blue undertone, so in some light it looks a little blue although it isn’t. :)

  • where did you get the calendar in the kitchen? i’ve been looking for one just like it!

  • Kristen, it’s so decorative. I got it in a Norwegian shop, but I’m sure many other other shops in other countries sell them too. Just search in Google for “Calendone Calendar” Design by Pino Tovaglia.

  • This post has so many pinnable pictures! It really does feel happy and welcoming. I know I’m completely gushing, but I just love it. Thanks for sharing.

  • This strikes me as the perfect example of Scandinavian-but-not-minimalist design…which is something you don’t see very often! Love it

  • Benedicte, such a beautiful mix of colors! I’m obsessed with the pink transparent light fixture in the dining area, might sharing where you found it?

  • Thanks for the kind words.

    Kelsey – The pink lamp is from Kartell. It’s called FLY. :) Search for stores that sell the brand in your area. It comes in various colors. But I loooove the pink!

    Donna – The dog pillow i’ve had made by one of my photographs. It’s my Chihuahua, Zoe. :)

  • I love the way you’ve designed your home. It’s so welcoming, cozy and stylish. May I ask where you have the prints with the fox /owl poster from the stairs ? I was searching for such prints for a long time. Would really appreciate if you can guide me. Thanks a lot and congratulations again on the nice home you’ve made!

  • Hi Roberta! Thank you for the kind words, they mean a lot to me.

    The posters in the stairs is from the danish designers WhatWeDo. You can purchase their work on their Etsy site. Just search for WhatWeDo on Etsy and you’ll find their shop. Their work is beautiful!

  • this is the most beautiful home I have ever seen! Where is the rolling Cofee table from in the first picture?

  • Thanks so much Mimi, you feedback made me smile big :)

    The coffee table is made from an old pharmacy desk, just painted and put wheels on it. :)

  • Hi,
    Really love this Norwegian style of houses. I just arrived in Norway a few weeks ago! My girlfriend has been here for over a year now working. She has just pasted the Bergentest and was given a work contract. So now we are looking at getting our own little flate our small traditional house in Norway.

    Can wait to find the perfect place and start buying the little bits to make it look like home:)