6 OF MY FAVOURITE PLACES TO FIND INSPIRATION
TRYING TO FIND INSPIRATION - TRY A SCRAPBOOK
My interior design course is certainly encouraging me to go outside of my comfort zone, take risks, explore new looks and think outside the box. One of my first assignments has been to create a PRJ which stands for "Personal Reflective Journal". It's a sort of scrapbook of inspiration, thoughts, things you like, materials and finishes, sketches and ideas you may have for a particular room which develop into a cohesive scheme. Entries of inspiration into the scrapbook can be from a wide range of sources; from photos, samples and sketches to doodles and even poems. I just cut out from magazines or find online and print off. The idea is that the book becomes a reflection of your taste and a great tool to track ideas and thoughts as they happen. I am a way into my PRJ and will share this when it's a bit further down the line but I thought I would just highlight some of the places I have drawn inspiration from to enter into my journal.
MY TOP PLACES TO FIND INSPIRATION
1. FASHION RUNWAYS - FOR COLOUR AND TEXTURE
The lines between fashion and interiors are becoming increasingly blurred. For me it's all about picking out colour, texture and detail and how these all come together. I always use Burberry as a reference point, season to season, and eagerly watch the reply of the show online - my goal is to one day bag a ticket to the real thing. I remember going into pastel meltdown after the SS14 show and this is an image I found for my PRJ from Farrow and Ball.
2. COOKERY BOOKS - FOR STYLING IDEAS
A weird one but I always scour through cookery books for styling inspiration. It's often not the food itself, but the background, the props and the lifestyle imagery that the receipes are shot within which is so inspiring. I particularly love Jamie Oliver cookbooks as the styling is often cool, quirky and spontaneous. I love this image above of the caravan and the bright sunny buttercup yellows. I took inspiration from this and found these pretty patterns from Vanessa Arbuthnott with gorgeous styling too.
3. FILMS - FOR FANTASY ROOM SETS
I had an idea before I started to write this particular blog to focus entirely on decor inspiration from film sets. It's such a fun way to get ideas and snippets of looks, colours, and prints that might just work outside of that fantasy world. I love the recent epidemic of art deco prints, in particular the scallop print featured below similar to the fan backed chair in this screenshot from The Great Gatsby.
4. SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS - FOR FLOORS AND WALL COVERING IDEAS
I and every other interiors obsessed person on the planet will pay particular attention to the newest and coolest restaurants or hotels out there. The budgets for these high end commercial spaces are ridiculous and the designers have the luxury of really going to town with schemes that would normally be too outrageous for domestic living. I always keep a close eye on flooring and wall coverings, for example this stunning tiled floor at Sketch London. I jotted this place down in the PRJ a while ago and then found this rug from Wayfair - which by the way has the biggest collection of chevron rugs known to man.
5. ART GALLERIES AND ART MAGS - FOR "OUT OF THE BOX" IDEAS
I love visiting art exhibitions, the madder the better and I love everything bonkers and alternative for decor inspiration. Think outside the box and get some ideas on unique deocrative objects or artworks to add a cultural bang to your home. I really love Tate Etc. Magazine for abstract images and articles which I use a lot in my PRJ. Pop over to the Tate shop and buy a cool art print like this one by Josef Albers.
6. COUNTRY HOUSES AND GARDENS - FOR PROPORTION AND O.T.T INTERIORS
One of my favourites and probably the most obvious source of inspiration. Always a good excuse to go and visit a stunning National Trust property and have coffee cake (and to get my dose of culture). Look for the use of space, symmetry, perspective and proportion; which the Georgians did particularly well. With the luxury of grand spaces the interiors are dramatic, highly decorative and lavish with totally un-realistc drapery. I have been known to pop to my local reclamation yard and pick up an old door...or buy a couple of lamps and a nice console table.
Thats it! I hope you have enjoyed the tour of my places to be inspired!
P.S. I have bought one of these gorgeous handmade cotton rag bound books and have got really carried away with cutting and sticking stuff into it. I'm supposed to annotate the entries as well which is also useful if you want to write down notes of suppliers or websites. I find the texture of these handmade paper books really adds to the story too. Available to buy from Baileys.
Happy scrap-booking. Till next time amigos.
Images via BURBERRY | FARROW & BALL | JAMIE OLIVER | VANESSA ARBUTHNOTT | PINTEREST | DOMAIN HOME | TATE | BAILEYS