A Suitcase DIY You’ve Never Seen!

Vintage suitcases are all the rage these days, and I feel like I’ve seen them in every possible reiteration: nightstands, pet beds, end tables – even planters. Yet after stumbling upon this image of Ki Nassauer’s living room, I’ll never look at an average suitcase DIY the same way:

Yes, that’s right. Vintage suitcases turned into shelving! Genius idea, and brilliant execution. I love how the vintage tones and textures of the suitcase sing against a muted blue wall, perfectly styled with quirky accessories and a mid-century credenza. The look just screams personal style, doesn’t it?

What do you think, friends? Would you try this look in your home – and do you have the patience to find the perfect vintage suitcases for the job? Spill in the comment section below!

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Inspiration Only: Vignette

Inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places, as was the case when I stumbled upon a storefront that was styled in the most genius manner:

Post 27 recently hosted a gallery event in their retail space entitled Vignette. The result? Dazzling vintage ephemera and classic furnishings paired together in a swoon-worthy combo.

My favorite look is the above image featuring clipboard wall art, quirky typography and a fall-inspired color palette.

Ahhhh, this will be one for the tear sheets indeed.

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The Best of Both Worlds

Old, meet new. Created by London-based architecture firm Haworth Tompkins, this abandoned building has been transformed into a modern art studio, eliciting conversations from whomever may come near.

Once a dilapidated two story brick building symbolizing local music and creativity, the new design now marries form and function with the locals’ fond memories still in full tact.

It’s fascinating, yes? Proof that new and old can form a very perfect union indeed.

Images via Arch Daily.

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Hindsvik Vintage

Every now and then I'll stumble on a shop that feels so very… Flor. You know the kind, yes? Beautiful patterns and textures, layers of found objects, dozens of vintage, unique furnishings begging to be discovered? All impeccably styled, of course?

Hindsvik Vintage is that shop for me. Hailing from Canada and boasting one of the best vintage selections on Etsy, I sneak a peek at this shop at least once a week — and always see something that reminds me of something I'd spot in a Flor catalog. Bonus? With prices ranging from $8 – $800, there's always a special find to be uncovered, whatever the price range. (I'm currently pining for this unusual wood rocking horse!)

What about you, friends? Any shops or sources you know of that feel very Flor to you? Share with us in the comment section below!

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Vintage wallcoverings…

My earliest memory of wallpaper designs was in the apartment that I grew up in. It was a muted color landscape with metallic highlights. Strange how I could remember the details so well, and now I'm thinking the metallic touch was quite brilliant actually. What prompted me to write this post wasn't really about wallpaper actually, but rather Lucienne Day's textile designs. As I was reading an article about Robin & Lucienne Day, the fabric images that were shown in the story reminded me so much of a wallpaper exhibition that I went to in 1995 at the Cooper-Hewitt. So I went through my archive and dug up the booklet (shown above) from that exhibition – titled "Kitsch to Corbusier, wallpaper from the 1950s". Did you know Le Corbusier designed a line of solid-color wallpaper in 1932? The National Design Museum started collecting wallpaper in 1900 and now houses over ten thousand wallcoverings dating from the late 17th century to the present. Below are just a few of the designs from the booklet that I scanned in, some of them are still very much relevant, don't you think? Click here to view their collection online if you are interested to see more.

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