Hello This is part 3 of my HOME series and this is ALL about the inspiration! (you can start at the beginning HERE).
Inspiration is EVERYWHERE! My problem is not finding it but rather getting distracted by my next great idea before I get around to finishing the first.
But it was not always this way. Though I’ve always been creative (my mom taught me to sew when I was 6) creativity in decorating is still a work in progress. And one that I am happy to say is never quite complete.
Oh, there are all the usual places to be inspired.. magazines, pinterest, Facebook, maybe even this lil Post Road blog? And while I LOVE these sources my absolute favorite way to come up with ideas for decorating and designs are by getting outside with pen and paper and solitude and just DREAMING. There is something real romantic and relaxing about finding that space in time to tuff out your own ‘lil vision or idea. It takes practice stretching that creative muscle but one that is well worth it.
I haven’t always been one to start with a vision or dream board but lemmee tell you… it REALLY works. I always do this when doing a full room redo or a new line for my shop. I want to really picture the actual feel for my dream. Give it a story and not just a face. What words will describe the feelings it evokes? Because everything in there will play a part in telling the story and giving her real heart and soul.
(one of the few items from my one-of-a-kind spring line that hasn’t sold yet.. find her here)
The goal when designing a room or line or new piece for the shop is to not only tell a story but also to cause beauty and function to COLLIDE. In my world of busy-ness and babies it takes REAL intention to carve out these spots in time to give my heart the freedom and space to dream, sketch, and just soak in the designing… this is really my favorite part of the process and one of the reasons I have dreams to also license my products or design for a bigger company with lots of soul.
So how do you also begin to find your own style? While I do adore soaking up juicy images in magazines and the likes I want to encourage you to just START by doing. Don’t worry about it being perfect. (bleaa.. perfect is so boring anyways). Just start rearranging your own lil corner and in doing so you will start learning what you love. Start with a vision of what you want to room to feel like… and you can slowly begin layering pieces in. Though I have nothing against the big box stores I personally think a home that has layers of vintage, handmade and unique is MUCH more appealing and welcoming.
Have fun!! I am currently in the dreaming phase in decorating my nursery. I know… working on baby #6 and still haven’t tackled this room! Well 6 seems as good as any number to start doesn’t it? Here’s what I have to start with- real character and charm already but she needs some Post Road TLC. I will share with you my creative process in choosing and decorating this nursery starting next week.
Chances are you are a lot more creative then you already realize now. For whatever reason maybe you haven’t found the time, energy, etc.. (s’ok, I’ve been there). But NOW is as good of a time as any! Please like this post on Facebook (at beginning of post) if you know you have friends who would also love to bust out of their creative rut but don’t know where to start!
Thanks for visiting!! Have a great day!