although this design book is written in swedish, and i can’t read much of it, Urban Vintage by stylist, photographer an author ida magntorn is still completely inspiring. the book includes stylish and eclectic residences, all a little bit bohemian modern and very vintage inspired, and its pages are filled with gorgeous imagery and inspiring interiors — from fabulous homes and locations in los angeles, to paris, london, copenhagen and new york. very cosmopolitan, indeed. Urban Vintage shares shopping and flea market resources from all those cities along with fun facts, like films that really depict the nature of the city — all of which I could definitely read, so the gist of Urban Vintage is still very resourceful and inspiring.
the book will be published in english entitled Home Style by City: Ideas and Inspiration from Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Copenhagen next month, and you can pre-order a copy here. but i guess i just couldn’t wait — i still enjoy a good picture book, and this one is one of my favorites. be sure and check out ida’s blog as well.
even though my main manner of keeping track of what inspires me is pinterest, i still love a good old, scrappy inspiration or mood board. i like tearing out my favorite images from magazines and catalogs placing them in a collage together in an aesthetic way that really pleases my eye. i like pinterest for organization and bookmarking my favorite images online for sure, but for flat out creativity i like the tactile way it feels getting out the washi tape or a glue stick and putting an inspiration board (or book) together. do you still do this? or am i just an old dinosaur who likes cutting and pasting?
as you may have seen in the past, i’ve long been a collector of vintage paintings — my preference being the painted portrait, but i love the look of all varieties of vintage paintings. i like their bit of whimsy, never taking them too seriously (because let’s be honest, sometimes old paintings can be just a little weird), they add character and charisma to a room. a collection or grouping of several paintings always looks smashing, but a single painting stashed somewhere unexpected — like in a kitchen or peeking out from a bookcase can be really interesting. old paintings tell stories and add a wonderful conversation piece. i’ve had the best luck finding them at the flea market, but etsy and ebay are good resources as well. there’s also a couple of contemporary artists that paint some pretty interesting work that would blend well with these ancient beauties — try Clare Elsaesser, lisa golighty, and kate pugsley. happy collecting!
Izola is inspired by the old world ideals of utility, beauty, and making things that are “built to last”. Many of the products have a nice neutral and masculine sense, and we can’t get enough of these home and travel goods to add a timeless touch to our spaces.
And to celebrate the start of August and an endless summer full of adventures, friends, and exploration, Izola is kindly offering $250 to their online shop to one lucky reader!
to enter to win $250 from Izola:
• visit Izola online and take a peek at what they have to offer.
• enter using the app below.
• then comment here to let us know your favorite summer getaway!
• please enter by wednesday, august 13th.
• yay! this giveaway is worldwide!
• we’ll announce a winner on my twitter account the week of august 18th, so be sure and follow along.
Top to bottom, left to right:
1. Berta Pfirsich captures the essence of a creative studio called Sea Chant.
2. Let Tobias Tschurtschenthaler‘s dreamscapes sweep you away.
3. The tinkering pays off — TUCKBOX debuts its first furniture collection.
4. This bedroom calls for drawn-out mornings under the covers.
5. A hole in the wall — minimalism meets bathroom storage.