Yesterday I received the sweetest comment from Lisa …
“I love how you decorate. I think mainly it’s because you use a lot of my three of my all time favorite colors of pink, green, blue. I also appreciate how you show us were you get your inspiration from, like designers, magazines, and other places. I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind giving me some suggestions. I NEVER see anything that remotely looks like my house, or the look that I’m going for, which is what I would call Rustic Woodland or Mountain. Everything I see is the lodge look or has moose or bears on it, which is not what I’m going for. I thought maybe you could give me some good places too look. I hope this isn’t too big of a question. “
I get a version of this question fairly often and I thought I would take the time today to post a pretty extensive list of all the places I get inspiration for design. Also I tried to post some pictures from those sites that might fit into Lisa’s love of Pink, Green, and Blue with a slightly more rustic bent. I don’t know if I got it right Lisa, but I gave it a shot!
Sometimes when you have a style that doesn’t fit one niche it can be hard to find resources that inspire. Also it can be hard to explain to others what you like.
Because I love pink and cotton florals, some people assume I love lace and want doilies draping every corner of my home. Actually nothing could be further from the truth.
Even though I love more feminine colors and patterns, I also love cleaner lines and simple textures. I only like cottons – burlap, duck, chenille, terry cloth, linen, ticking… I don’t really like silk, velvet or brocade – at least not for me and my home. I don’t want everything I have to be curvy and foufy. I like parsons chairs with simple tailored slipcovers – not ruffly drapy ones. For my home I don’t want furniture with a lot of carvings and scrolling all over it. I like simple and to the point furnishings. Clean lines mostly in white.
So what I do for inspiration is I pull from all over the place. I scour all sorts of magazines, online shops, web sites, and blogs to gather ideas. Some are too frilly for me most of the time, some are too modern…but regardless they expose me to new ideas, new ways of looking at design objects and sometimes I find something that just resonates and inspires, and those are the golden moments.
So here are all the places you can usually find me surfing and collecting ideas and inspiration from… If you have any great sites that you love please leave a comment with a link!
these are sites with extensive galleries of photos, mostly from a pool of magazines
House to Home
My Home IdeasFavorite Designers
Each one of these designers has inspired me in some way or another for several years, staying both consistent and fresh over the years.
Shabby Chic, Rachel Ashwell
Online Shops for Inspiration
I am not saying I can afford these shops, I am just saying that I love to look and be inspired!
Cottage and Bungalow
My list is pretty long (I feel) but I also think it is pretty comprehensive for what I can get here in Arkansas and for the style that I like… I get every issue of the top 3 or 4, the rest I purchase when they really appeal to me. Some of these mags have great web sites, some not so much. Regardless I tend to like these magazines more in my hand than on my screen. Just something about holding them and reading them, putting them down and coming back to them later. I like how tactile it is.
(these are blogs that always feature links to other designers/shops etc.)