We always find it interesting to learn about how others gather inspiration – is it always from the usual places or, if we peer a bit beneath the surface, will a whole new world of ideas unfold? I think that is the case most of the time. Inspiration comes in corners and alleys, in many shapes and sizes and often hidden upon first glance though once found, you wonder how others don’t also see it? I wonder if you know what I mean?
Take for instance, catalogs. Lots of us get them and are often inspired by the color palettes and patterns found in clothing. It could also be the obvious location, like an Italian square around a fountain or in an English garden. In fashion, surroundings and backgrounds can be blurred or barely noticed simply because the focus is on the clothing. It is in these shots that I’d like for you to pay careful attention. Go beyond the obvious and consider what you could extract from an inspiration standpoint.
I recently tried this exercise with my new copy of the Boden catalog, a fashion brand that is colorful, happy and feminine. In some ways though, it was cheating because the location for the shoot (at least most of the indoor shots) was in the home of my friend, London-based photographer Debi Treloar. In fact, I recognized it in their video right away shown on their home page – at least that is where it was last week. When the catalog arrived today, I dug in quickly to check it out – I’ve been to Debi’s a few times so I wanted to play a game of spot Debi’s cool house. Like all good fashion catalogs, the eye should immediately fall upon the fashion upon opening it – and a good fashion photographer will make that happen – yet try to look at the surroundings a wee bit to take away some decorating inspiration. You can do this in any catalog – especially those shot indoors – cafes, homes, shops, etc. Here are 5 decorating ideas that I picked up on immediately from Boden, via Debi’s home.
Another fun exercise is, after you’ve shopped of course, to take the catalog apart at the seams (carefully) and display pages on your wall using washi tape and other elements you’d like to stick nearby for inspiration – a little hunt & gather. In the process, you may even find a pretty dress to order for Spring (oops!).
Now, what to do with the big mess on your table? Why not arrange everything on your wall in 10 minutes with washi tape? In fact, I thought to combine idea #1 and #2 above and use vintage wallpaper, maps and others misc. papers with pages from the catalog and look — now there is something fresh nearby my desk to inspire me until I’m ready for something new.
I’m loving fresh green right now combined with mint, hot pink, yellow and turquoise so this is the palette I went with. Not only did a simple (free) Boden catalog give me 5 good decorating ideas, also for free, but it gave me images to arrange on the wall, free again, with things I already had laying around and viola! something pretty for my workroom without spending a dime. Okay, the dime was spent on a dress but still… (smile).
What do you think?
(images: holly becker for decor8)
I can only imagine the faces of my food photographer friends the moment they see this post! They will drool on their keyboards simply because Mia Blanche ceramics from Sweden would make the best props ever. I am curious, what do you think? If you love to cook, entertain or simply enjoy a hot cup of cocoa near a warm fire, you’ll find something perfect to fit your cravings at Mia Blanche, too. They have a web shop in English so please go have a peek… But first, look at what is calling your name.
I’ve summarized my wish list below in case anyone is feeling generous (har har).
My wish list: 6 Lill Sven breakfast bowls (2 limegreen, 2 blue, 2 light turquoise), 6 Sven cups in white, 6 Oriental cups in white, 1 milk jug, 3 milk jugs with lace (for flowers!), 6 muffin bowls in white (for snacks on movie night!).
Now you must tell me, what would you like to have from this shop?
(images: mia blanche)
It’s time for a hashtag party – care to join? It’s called #bloghug but first, why I’m bothering to do this? I was thinking a lot lately about the connections we make online and the connectors who lead the pack in this effort (maybe one of them is you) and how some have told me that they feel like their hard work isn’t a) getting them anywhere b) receiving much feedback OR that c) they aren’t really feeling so excited lately about blogging. I thought #bloghug could help spread a little internet cheer.
While you are out there pinning and dragging and dropping and clicking and scrolling please take a moment and think about where all of this content comes from and give a blogger a little high five if you can. I can’t imagine the world going back in time to when blogs didn’t exist BUT it is sooo super easy to take for granted those who blog and inspire us all day, isn’t it? I am so proud of our blogger community overall, aren’t you? To all of you out there who are connecting others through your blog, your website, etc. I value you. We value you! You have value – a lot of it! So, I ask you…
Have you hugged a blogger today?
Seriously, have you? Not in real life… I’m talking about a virtual hug, a virtual high five. Maybe this week you can comment on their blog, “like” their Facebook page, send them a friendly tweet – simply to say YOU ROCK.
How to be part of #bloghug
1) Write a blog post about your favorite bloggers or blogger and tweet it to me (@decor8) with hashtag #bloghug so I can pin it.
2) Make a video and post it on your blog and tweet the link to me (@decor8) with hashtag #bloghug so I can pin that, too!
3) Get creative! Have someone snap your photo of you reading a favorite blog on your iPad (just not your own LOL!), or holding a sign that says “I Love Blogs #bloghug” or something that just shows a little love. You can use Instagram for this too – just tweet the photo to me (@decor8) with hashtag #bloghug with a link to your instagram.com page so I can pin it!
Deadline: February 15.
I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!
Here is the #bloghug board on Pinterest where I’ll pin your stuff!
(image: holly becker)
While I’m on the subject of imm, I thought I’d highlight another brand I came across only not at the fair — they had some of their products there but it was only after reading Gudy’s lovely blog the other day that I discovered the gorgeous Gubi.
Based in Copenhagen’s docklands, Gubi is a Danish design studio which occupies an expansive loft space that was once a tobacco factory. Founded in 1967, Gubi has become quite an impressive company with everything from lighting to seating and beyond.
Regarding their inspiration they tell us their collections are about, “Chasing forgotten icons… Each piece is exquisite in its own right with a story to tell, capturing a fleeting moment in history which remains relevant to this day. Our uncanny ability to recognise diamonds in the rough along with original ideas and inspirations have also resulted in a unique collection of exciting new designs worth coveting.” You can really see this in each of their inspiring creations.
I am particularly fond of their impressive collection of lighting and tables. I’m so attracted to copper in particular - it’s been on my radar since I was at Merci (shop tour here by Jillian) in Paris this time last year and spotted copper combined with mint, orange, peach and black on one of their racks where they keep their beautiful clothing for women. Remember this post? That floor kicked off the whole obsession with this color palette for me.
Are you having a nice day? Still gray here but I have good music on and a candle from Muji that smells like a burning fire with a cup of lavender earl grey tea on my desk so I’m making it work. :)
While at imm this year, I briefly had a chance to look around as I ran from my lecture to the book shop – but at least I spotted a few things on my sprint! I snapped a few photos on my iPhone for future blogging and one of those photos had a pouf from GAN. Here’s a glimpse of the good stuff… Runners, rugs, pillows, poufs and best of all, a totally crafty chic boho vibe.
I particularly am fond of the Mangas collection because it was designed by one of my favorite designers in the world, Patricia Urquiola, who I dream of meeting someday – she’s just amazing! I love how cozy her designs for GAN look, don’t you? So snuggly…