I have two must have books to show you even if you don't intend to go to London or New York.They both have the same format and are both made from beautiful card stock paper. They are inspirational for design purposes and highly inspiring. I'm sure after looking at them you will want to go visit these two amazing cities. Don't expect the usual tourist places to visit, more like beautiful hidden gems.
There is an essence to London style and you find it in the small, off-the radar palces: the one-off shops, street markets, corner pubs and local restaurants that Londoners themselves go to.
London style guide takes you on a journey to the heart and soul of London, revealing more than 150 hidden venues that make this city unique. Author and journalist Saska Graville breaks the city down by village, unveiling the places that locals love. rather than the more familiar iconic spots, these places share a certain eccentricity, quirkiness and independence of spirit. Also featured are some of the Londoners behind the shops, cafes and hotels, and Saska asks them to reveal their city secrets. (Taken from the cover of the style guide)
Stunning places to visit full of character, as regular readers of my blog will know my youngest son lives in London, so I look forward to many visits and blogging these places to you in the future.
Sibella court, who worked in New York city for 10 years as an interior stylist for leading American magazines and brands, opens her address book to reveal her favourite places in the worlds most exciting and energetic city. Cleverly arranged into loops of interest such as 'Jewellery and Hardware', 'Haberdashery and Handmade' and 'Furniture and interiors'. The stylist's Guide to NYC takes the first-time visitor-or long time resident-on a number of surprising and beguiling journeys, uncovering traditional merchants and hidden sanctuaries as well as some of the coolest spots in town. This well-edited collection of stores and services, galleries, markets and refuelling stops also contain city survival tips, maps and comprehensive indexes. An idiosyncratic travel guide celebrating the beautiful, the curious and unexpected, and chosen with the impeccable eye of an insider. the Stylist's Guide to NYC is an indispensable accessory for anyone visiting, working or living in New york. (Taken from the back cover of the book)
This last picture is one of my eldest son Sam's favourite places to visit in NYC, it is called the High Line, it's a old disused railway track that has been converted into a beautiful oasis where you can admire stunning views and even maybe a sneak into someones loft window, where I'm sure they have amazing interiors. Sam has visited NYC a number of times, and finds as a designer, it is the most inspirational place to visit. I hope one day he gets to work/live there for a while, this is a purely selfish hope, as I would like him to visit all these places and be able to take me around with him! How cool would that be.
Have you any recommendations for either cities? Feel free to share by leaving a comment. Are you inspired to visit