Thursday, June 26, 2008

Finding Inspiration

I'm on week four from officially being laid off and I've hit a wall...up until now I've been super motivated to get my business off the ground and have been working day and night putting it all together, planning, obsessing, designing, etc...but today woke up feeling overwhelmed and uninspired. I'm starting to go a little stir crazy in my apartment and kind of miss all my girls back at the office (which no longer exists - went out of business). So, to put a little wind back into my sails, I created a design inspiration board for a future project.
This is how begin creating a design concept. It usually starts with a "lead" fabric - something with a pattern and at least two colors. From there, I decide which direction to take the design and begin pulling in other elements, magazine tears, paint chips, etc.
The lead fabric I used to inspire this concept was from Scalamandre. I mixed in a subtle blue fabric, a white linen and a textured neutral. I kept the paint colors soft and neutral and to add some interest, threw in a natural seagrass wallcovering (maybe for a ceiling, trimmed with white crown moulding?).
Beautiful dining room concept. Comfortable, relaxed and cheerful.

Master bedroom concept - fresh, soothing and relaxing - the ultimate retreat.

Chandelier and accent mirrors to use either in the dining room or bedroom.

What inspires you? Whether you're an interior designer or just in the creative field in do you begin a project? Please share your thoughts, ideas, comments, etc.!


  1. AnonymousJune 26, 2008

    I always suggest the first place to start is with the rug. It's one of the most difficult items to choose, and can provide a multitude of colors to use throughout the room.

    The next thing I always consider is texture--what type of wood do I want for the case goods, etc. That begins the feel of the room for me, and from there I can determine the fabrics and accessories.

    Best wishes on your new endeavor - it's a lot of hard work to get things started and off the ground.


  2. Thank you Jane for your input. I'd never condsidered starting with the area rug but what a great idea!

  3. beautiful jules! i love it! it's great to see your creative process and concepts. this board turned out really great & has such a relaxing and cool feel to it.


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