Where do you find your inspiration? I find inspiration in so many different avenues that sometimes I feel like I need to take a cold shower just to calm down. I want to share with you where I find some of the inspiration I use to create new vignettes at Eddy Street Vintage Market, redecorate my house, or put in my back pocket for later use.
Insider Tip: I find it helpful to keep a journal in my car to write down great ideas because nothing is worse than forgetting that awesome idea you came up with and can’t wait to try!
I keep it in the car because uninterrupted time is a hot commodity these days and somewhat rare to find. My uninterrupted time usually comes when I am driving to and from the shop. There must be a creativity spring in the drivers seat. I can solve all kinds of queries, design my next custom piece and create events I want to do at the shop in that hour of uninterrupted time, playing my favorite music and rocking out ideas!
Do you keep an inspiration journal? As much as I have tried to organize mine, it tends to be a bit scattered with chicken scratch writing due to the pace I try to get my ideas down on the page.
When I am looking for a jumpstart to my inspiration, I turn to these resources to get me to think outside of my box.
Magazines: Publications like Cottages & Bungalows, Vintage Style, The Cottage Journal, and Where Women Create are a great way to see what others are doing, how they put displays together, and what items are popular. If you are like me, you have a pile of these little didies on your living room floor or a trunk full in the garage that are just waiting to be visited. I love to put page tabs on ideas I like so I can quickly reference them when I am revisiting the magazine.
The Fixer Upper: Have you seen this show on HGTV? It is one of my all-time favorites. Chuck and Joanna Gaines help people find homes in the worst condition on the best block. No, I don’t have that backwards. Some of the homes featured definitely aren’t for the faint of heart. But the Gaines’ vision is incredible, they take these discarded homes and make them into coveted masterpieces. I have contemplated moving to Texas just to be on The Fixer Upper and because their housing costs are sooo reasonable. I must confess that I record the show so that I can “binge watch” the episodes. One episode is never enough. A new season just recently started and I can’t wait to see what is in store.
Pinterest: I’m a bit of a Pinterest-aholic. There is so much inspiration on this site. Type in the keywords of what you are looking for and go…………on………..for……….hours…….browsing through the ideas. Whoever invented Pinterest is a creative genius and I thank them for making my life full of creativity…. 5,200 pins and 165 boards and counting. I’m like the Duggars of Pinterest, I add one board and another is already on the way.
YOU! Lastly, I find inspiration from you! The people you surround yourself with can be a great source of inspiration. When you get together with someone and let the creativity flow, it can push you outside of your box to create new wonderful things.
Where do you find your inspiration? Share in the comments. I can’t wait to discover new sources.