You can check a million tourist attractions off your list when traveling, and still wind up leaving with little understanding of the everyday aesthetic and life in that place. But, there's something about entering a local's home that gives a true sense of a city's essence.
Unless you already have friends in a foreign city (or make instant pals at the local pub), it can be difficult to get that glimpse. But, Swedish writer Ida Magntorn's new interior book, Home Style by City
, solves that dilemma. The eye-candy coffee table book features five design-focused metropolises — Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Copenhagen — and funky spaces that reflect the sensibilities of life there. On each page she delves into the heritage, habits, and priorities of each place — such as the French bedroom, London flea markets, and the New York loft concept. It has visual inspiration galore. Ahead, five of our favorite real, "lived-in" rooms that make us want to start packing immediately.