Design Inspiration from the Things You Love!

April 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Design Space

Inspiration! It’s one of those magical words that makes you believe you can achieve pretty much anything. It’s true, how many times have you heard, “All I need is a little inspiration and….” before you know it, you are starting a blog, taking dance lessons, or painting your bedroom walls blue. Inspiration is my fuel. I find it in the friends I surround myself with, the music I listen to, the books I read, the art I admire, the roads I walk, and sometimes even in the most unlikely places like an old stuffed toy. My first blog post has a picture from Vogue,March 2009. The outfit is from Alexander McQueen’s spring 09 collection and I realized at that moment, I had to find a place to store all the amazing images and ideas that allow me to create.

So just how does all that fabulous inspiration translate into good design? It’s hard to rope in all the things you love into one space. But if you find that one source of inspiration, a place you visited, a picture, a dress, then tying it all together is easy. Here are just a few of the ways I get inspired to create.

Design Space 1Credits L: Bing search R: interior design, Lynn Morgan

Nature

It is amazing how many people today want to live in a coastal themed home all year round. The beach blues, and sandy tones were reserved for summer homes and seaside residences. But today, we are taking coastal to a whole new level. You can find ways to inject nature’s colours and textures into your home without making it look too much like a beach resort. It’s easy to see in the image above how you can incorporate some of your favorite aspects of nature’s palette into a room. Deep ocean blue, dark sand and natural fibers make this room reminiscent of a cool and breezy beach on a sunny day. Nature is probably one of my favorite places to find colour and texture palettes. A lush green summer forest, golden rolling hillsides in autumn, pine trees covered in crisp white snow, and the first blooms of spring. Playing around with textures like silks, velvets, linen and seagrass can create a space that is cool in the summer, but still feels warm in the winter.

Design Space 2Credits L: painting, Bobbie Burgers R: interior design, Mary Douglas Drysdale

Art

Oh the endless delight of a work of art that awakes the physical and emotional senses. It certainly is wonderful to see how your favorite colours come together when you find them in a painting. Many interior designers look to the collection of art their client’s possess for inspiration when redesigning their homes. You can draw more than just colour combinations from a painting. It’s a feeling. How do you want people to feel when they walk through this room or house? Are you going for comfortable and casual, serious and sophisticated, formal and elegant, or right at home? The painting by Bobbie Burgers above is filled with beautiful rich tones, and has wonderful depth that makes me want to gaze upon it for hours. Similarly, this dining room’s rich warm tones invite me in to slow down and enjoy the comforts it has to offer.

Design Space 3Credits L: L’Wren Scott R: interior design, Emily Followill

Fashion

Have you ever wondered how to incorporate your favorite runway looks into your home? Ok – maybe you don’t follow the fashion blogs like I do, but you may have a favorite dress, or power suit, or cashmere sweater that is your go-to piece of clothing because the colour is perfect on you, the fit is comfortable and you just feel your best. You can create that feeling in your home or just one room that you want to be your own happy place. So what is your style? Are you the jeans and T-Shirt type or are you more the polished professional? The outfit by L’Wren Scott above is something I would wear in a heartbeat. It has good structure, but has wonderful soft lines. The gray is sophisticated and the coral embroidery is fun and lively. I was thrilled to find this living room by designer Emilly Followill. Like the dress, the room is tailored but has soft lines, the pillows add a very exciting touch to what could be a serious gray, and even in its modern sleek design, it screams comfortable.

I hope you found a little inspiration for designing a space that is a true reflection of the things you love. Now go and strip that old beat up coffee table and paint it fire engine red.

Comments

12 Responses to “Design Inspiration from the Things You Love!”
  1. Jeanne says:

    Great post..I love how you categorised it. Great for those in a decorating muddle. I will definitely keep this in mind when I look thru my inspriation journals for decorating…I wonder what it will be? Thanks for the post :)

  2. pve says:

    I am in the design phase of our renovation and I cannot wait to share with my readers my “Fresh Calm” that I am heading towards. I think you will love my inspirations….
    These are all amazing inspirations, that Vitania is wonderful!!!
    pve

  3. I love this post, so beautiful pictures and wisely categorized! xo

  4. Vitania says:

    Hi Jeanne,
    Thanks for your kind note. I think it’s great you have an inspiration journal. I think it’s important to have more than just pictgures of rooms and their furnishings. I think filling it with beautiful images or nature, cityscapes, fashion ads, crafts, really help build the character of a home.

  5. Vitania says:

    PVE – you know I can’t wait to see what you have been working on. The words Fresh calm alone are heightening my anticipation..

  6. Vitania says:

    Thanks Ludmilla, you know I had to keep it to a minimum here – but I had so many other ideas to share.. Stay tuned…:-)

  7. Bo Mackison says:

    Wow – I love how you connected the inspiration to the room. What eye opening images! Beautiful!

  8. Anne Maybus says:

    Your posts are always a joy to read and to look at. I love the way you have shown the use of colour and the sources of inspiration. I am so inspired by your images.

  9. Vitania says:

    Thanks Anne and Bo,
    It’s a pleasure to share.

  10. Dee says:

    Do I have a job for you Vitania! :) If you ever come to Australia you’ll be busy (heehee). I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article, and like others here love the connection between the inspiration and room.
    Look forward to seeing what else you have in store for us.

  11. DesignTies says:

    Inspiration is definitely all around us. And sometimes, it’s in the most unexpected places :-) I was inspired to build an interlocking brick pathway in our backyard because of a patch of dead grass!!

    Love the grey & coral pictures you found — the outfit and the room reflect each other so well!!

    Kelly