Lisa Congdon is an illustrator and fine artist who's work I very much admire. Above are some of my favourite pieces of her work (although as you can see, I had trouble narrowing it down) from the top are some illustrations from her nordic inspired series and others from her vintage inspired series. Lisa is predominantly self taught and did not begin painting until she was 31 years old (which is inspiration in itself) She is also a prolific collector of old and unusual things and surrounds herself with these things in her home & studio. You may also know of her from her impressive Collection A Day 2010 Project.
If you are planning on checking out Lisa's Etsy shop, just a heads up that it will be temporarily closing for a few weeks (from 15th May) for a revamp (and due to her upcoming wedding) so if there's anything you have your eye on get it while you can. Take a look at her website for a browse at her inspiring and happy portfolio or have a read through her lovely blog.