MY NORDIC MOODS
About a year ago we were rudely woken up from our hasty and stressy way of living by the COVID-19 virus. How our lives have changed during the last 12 months! Twelve months into a (semi) lock-down here in the Netherlands, and after the easing of the initial restrictions - and the re-tightening again - daily life has pretty much come to a standstil again. 💚
It’s time to take a moment to reflect on this unprecedented and off the wall year, in which the increasingly important role of our homes became all too apparent.
We have spent more time at home than ever before. The feel of your home affects you more than you may be aware of and there has never been a time when we needed to feel safer and more comfortable in our homes than this year.
Also, we are very grateful for the lessons learned from 2020. It was a year of navigating through and around rules, restrictions and regulations. We have embraced new virtual ways to connect in order to inspire you with - and bring across our Nordic design.
Your involvement is much appreciated and gave us the boost when most needed. To see our products in your beautiful homes, is a great pleasure. Thank you for that.
Let's focus on the bright side and on the silver linings that emerged this year and on the growth during these challenging times.
Stay strong, healthy and alert, because the most dangerous adversary is the one you underestimate. 😏
In the meantime, as always, we’re in the process of adding new, genuine and high quality Nordic design items to our collection. While doing so, the aim of our very own ballot committee always remains the same: only items which are pure, simple, basic, sustainable and organic, are allowed in 😉 Furthermore they should make us happy just looking at them.
As you may know, we are Mid-century modern addicts ourselves, so our main focus is on items that pass the MCM (Mid-Century Modern) test. What makes this particular style so beloved and sought after?
Elise Hernes | owner | founder | web designer | visual merchandiser | interior decorator | @nordicmoods
As the daughter of a Dutch mother and a Norwegian father (tough sailor - yes indeed) my childhood is drenched with Norway. The summer holidays are dedicated to freedom, the outdoors, joy, water and more water and - especially - back to basics. The smell of wood, forest, salt water and rocks always give me goosebumps. This is my home.
The smell of rocks? My rock is large and adjacent to the salt water, heated by the sun and it smells of salt, lime and seaweed. The smell is accompanied by the cries of seagulls... and one cannot be disconnected from the other.
Our hytte in Telemark is both our safe haven and our base. Our Norwegian home without frills and luxury, far from our Dutch regulated life, in the middle of the woods and yet only a two minute walk from a beautiful lake. The days consist mainly of swimming, fishing, reading, drawing, climbing mountains, looking for moose, foxes, remains of small rodents in lynx caves, picking blueberries, baking wafles and lots of daydreaming on the side. Every now and again there is a trip to civilization or to relatives after which we hurry back to our self inflicted solitude.
This is where, when, why and how it originates, my Nordic state of mind, my intense love for Scandinavia, the language, the culture, the Saabs and Volvos - and for the design, the beautiful, simple, timeless design, the organic shapes - inspired by the overwhelming beauty of nature. A love that turned into a passion .... A passion I enjoy sharing. Why not join me on a journey through my NORDIC MOODS?
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