my creative inspiration and creative thought expands far beyond that which is wearable, sometimes (no, often!) venturing into the product design, and interior design realms. fashion is not, by any means, the be-all-end-all.
i want the space that i live in to represent me and feel like my aesthetic just as much as the clothes i choose to put on my back. my creative drive is by no means limited to my person or the human form...it seeps out everywhere and into everything. everything is up for grabs for inspiration and as a target for creative energy.
i often find myself looking at as many or more design and interior design blogs and books than i do fashion. because really, eye candy and inspiration is everywhere, and really, the boundaries between the worlds of design are really, truly permeable.
so on that note, i've been starting a little collection of jeu de paumes books. jeu de paumes is a japanese company that publishes little books that peep into the abodes of creatives living in major european cities like paris, london, and stockholm. the books are full of color and whimsy, and are brimming with creative inspiration, especially for those who like things quirky. above all, though, the interiors shown feel very accessible: they are full of flea market and thrifted finds, inspirational uses of IKEA wares, and making do with what one has...and most of the spaces shown aren't grandiose or ridiculously outsized, in fact, many of the apartments are quite small. great inspiration, then, for those of us elsewhere who are also living in diminutive spaces (most city dwellers the world over, i'd venture!).
a peek inside two of the jeu the paumes books shown above...
from paris love apartments:
i adore the bright bed linens shown here, and placement of the quilt above the bed.
if i didn't have two cats and a child on the way, i might go for a white couch. but alas...
because i favor such bright colors (all of them at once sometimes!), i keep finding myself attracted to stark white walls and solid, simple hardwood floors: both make a fine blank slate for an abundance of bright hues.
from stockholm's love apartments:
these shots are from the apartment of cilla ramnek (and her partner), a swedish textile designer i've mentioned here before. she's also the author of knitprovisation, a book i reviewed on bits and bobbins back in february of last year.
the collage above her computer desk is so awesome...i'm in love!
note the granny square blanket and needlepoint pillows. in an alternate universe, this could be MY apartment. seriously.
also from stockholm's love apartments:
i love how this couple (who's expecting) just has a simple crib and a few choice toys for their baby-to-be, and it's in their bedroom. something similar will likely be happening in our household.
a few choice, colorful, things makes more sense for a newborn (and for our space) to me anyway. i like the minimalism of it all.
i found my copies of the paumes books at the kinokuniya here in san francisco (i'd venture to guess the location in NYC has them as well), but they can apparently be ordered online as well, from the paumes website.
bonus: there's also a jeu de paume inspired community on flickr!