May 11, 2010

Back with International Inspiration

It feels good to be back my friends. Of course I miss observing new culture and the idyllic vistas of the South of France, but as design enthusiasts, I'm sure you understand that there's truly no place like home. And especially when you have a home you love.
Apart from spending on decadent dinners, I also found myself unable to resist purchasing every international decor magazine I could find. Eager to peep into the way other countries do it, it seemed a luxury to pick up a copy of Cote Sud Maison for example at a reasonable price.
One thing I didn't plan on was a day in Italy. But being so close to the border, my heart couldn't contain it and I hopped on a train and head straight for the nearest big Italian city, which was Genoa. Oh how my heart sings (...and cries for the missed memories of living there...) when I'm in that magical country!
When I spotted a copy of Marie Claire Maison Italia at the Genoa train station between rows of magazines and hundreds of titles, I made the newsstand boy get up on a latter and fetch it for me. What a treat! To bring new inspiration to my day, to take a breather from our American mags, and find new sources to love.

This here is a home as featured in the Italian magazine, of Pascale Cottard Olsoon, a gallery owner in Stockholm where she exhibits the best in design at Gallery Pascale. Realizing the city didn't have a central place to celebrate the work of beautiful, creative, inventive, and functional design she founded the gallery to much success. No doubt that the next time I'm in Stockholm, I'll be paying a visit to the gallery for sure.

*Thank you all for warmly welcoming my guest bloggers last week! Vacation is so much more rewarding when you know your blog is in good hands and you can truly unplug and shelve the laptop for a week.

12 comments:

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

Welcome Home! Cannot wait to hear all about your trip and hopefully see a lot of pictures!

Love the art in the last two photos. So great you got to make a day trip to Italy. I'm sure you miss it. : )

Alaina

Anna Liesemeyer said...

welcome back!
You find such inspirational rooms Crystal!

Tiina said...

I must head to the gallery next weekend!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Welcome back Crystal! Glad you had a wonderful trip :) Loving that first photo. What wonderful wall decor!

La Feem said...

Such gorgeous rooms! Your trip sounds amazing, thanks for sharing.

SogniSorrisi said...

Welcome back! Glad you had a good trip.

The Iconic Blog.com said...

Lovely post. Welcome back.x

Sarah Klassen said...

Lovely, inspiring, clean rooms! A breath of fresh air...

p.s I totally know what you mean about International magazines :)

Margherita Berti said...

i do love it

Creategirl said...

YAY! So excited you indulged with a quick trip to Italy. I am excited to virtually flip through your magazines with you. Welcome home!

Caitlin @ Sacramento Street said...

Sounds like you had an amazing trip. It's such a nice feeling to unplug for a week.

Love the inspiration from the International magazines you picked up. There's something about them that always give me an extra burst of inspiration. I agree with Julie, I can't wait to virtually flip through them with you - love it! Glad to have you back. xoxo

The Zhush said...

So great! Thanks for sharing some of your international design finds here!

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