Raised by the seaside in the south of Norway, Rikke Anderson recently celebrated over eight years in her “girly” apartment in Oslo. The interior designer’s home is sunny and soft, with varying hues of Rikke’s favored pastels on the walls. Despite being in the center of Scandinavian designs, Rikke is influenced by her many travels. As she says, “design is not just about the aesthetics, but it’s supposed to create a feeling and questions. Design is made by designers with an idea, feeling and emotions… it’s made for a purpose.” Click through the slideshow to learn more!

Tell us a little about yourself.
I work for myself and have my own business called “Rikke’s Room.” I work as an Interior consultant and stylist – and I really do love my job- I’m so glad I finally went with my dream of starting something on my own, and that I can work with my hobby everyday and actually make a living out of it.

When did you first know you had a talent for interiors?
Since I was little, I have always been conscious about my surroundings. I remember my mum helping me paint my room at least a couple of times over a few years, putting up wallpaper, changing curtains and so on…she was such a sweet mum (still is)! I remember changing pictures, posters and reorganizing my room. So from an early age I have been interested in interiors and liked to make changes in my homes. My sister has always been very into Swedish design, so I have absolutely absorbed a lot from her and her style, but over the years I have found my own style and become more aware of what I like.

So interior design has been important throughout your life. What does design mean to you?
Design is not just about the aesthetics, but it’s supposed to create a feeling and questions. It creates discussions. Design is made by designers with an idea, feeling and emotions- it’s made for a purpose. I think it’s so important that we focus on new designers, as well as use and appreciate all the great design from the past. In Scandinavia we have a lot of great design and designers. That is something that we are proud of and it makes us known outside of Scandinavia for great design and quality as well as functionality.

How does living in Oslo influence your sense of design?
I actually don’t think Oslo influences me that much. I usually get influenced and inspired when I travel and go to other cities and countries- that’s one of the great things about traveling. But of course I get ideas from good restaurants and shops, especially places like Grünerløkka and Grønland (in east Oslo). The new architectural design down in the city center by the Opera and “Barcode district” is also really inspiring, and of course our new part of the city “Tjuvholmen”. So its great to see that Oslo is finally doing something new and trendy – we absolutely needed it. Those are the place I always recommend to people who are visiting Oslo- they stand out.

I have lived in Oslo for 13 years and love it, it’s a small capital but I feel so at home here with all my friends and family… I guess I will grow old here, and just use my money on traveling.

What’s your strategy for pulling a room together?
Colors and patterns and all the small details that you decorate with matter. The ceiling lamps should be a centerpiece in every room, and they should complement each other with the same color tone. I have used a bit of pastels like green and blue.

Top advice for turning a house into a home?
Make a mood board and find inspiration, and then in the end, make it your own. Don’t be afraid to try something new!