Be inspired…

Happy New Year everyone! What are your resolutions this year? One of mine is, believe it or not, start an inspirational wall. Yup. Since moving into our new home a year ago, my pile of swipes, clippings, and trinkets are getting higher and higher… my folder is literally bursting with all sorts of inspirations that I need to give them all a home. I've kept our walls quite bare, and it has worked for us. But for 2011, I am ready to jazz it up a bit. I was particularly inspired by Thomas O'Brien's oversized bulletin board (shown above and below), which is part of his living room decor. I thought to myself, I have a big white wall on one side of our work/living space as well, and I am going to make it happen! There are certain inspirational boards that really appeal to me, and here are a few that stood out for me – even years later I'm still thinking about them. The more eclectic, personal, and lived-in, the better.

1 Here's another version of O'Brien's bulletin board, a year after the top image was published in 2006. This gave me an idea: should document mine every time I switch out the materials. How great is it to go back and look at what I was inspired by year after year?!

2 I especially love this one, not only because of the typographic clippings, but because it belongs to my friend Alex Bates, the Creative Director of product development for West Elm. A glimpse inside her office space was very aspirational to me as a designer.

3 All the different textures in this shot make me want to dive right in!

4 Here's one for the minimalist – perfect for a stark space. Notice warm tones on top, and cooler ones on bottom, beginning to like this formula…

{ credits: top image Elle Decor Jul/Aug 2006 / 1 House and Garden Sept 2007 / 2-3 Lonny Magazine Apr 2010 / 4 Mo+Mo Living }

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