Archive for the ‘Inspiration Boards’ Category

Guest Post at The Lil Bee!

February 16, 2009

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The lovely Miss Melisa over at The Lil Bee was kind enough to ask me to participate in her fabulous series, Bee’s Stimulus Package. I put together an inspiration board that I think is very stimulating indeed—please pop over to see the whole board and read my commentary!

It’s a holiday here in the States so I’ll keep my posts light, but I’ll be back tomorrow in full force after some much needed R&R. Have a good Monday everyone!

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Inspiration Board: French Blue and Raspberry for Miss Duckling

February 11, 2009

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Even though my wedding was last summer, I’m still suffering from serious Post Wedding Planning Syndrome. Amongst the symptoms of PWPS? An irrepressible desire to seek out hapless brides-to-be and shower them with unsolicited advice on such burning issues as embossed vs. letterpress, taffeta vs. shantung, fondant vs. buttercream. So imagine my great joy when Miss Duckling of Wedding Bee and My Wedding Report fame approached me for advice with barely any need for my usual persuasive (stalker) techniques! I had the honor of putting together an inspiration board for her, which she posted yesterday on Wedding Bee and which I’m pleased to share with you here today. Here’s what I had to say about the board’s creation:

Miss Duckling came to me with a color palette of white, grey, navy, french blue and raspberry, and she wanted a stronger idea of how the palette should guide her as the wedding comes together. Miss Duckling has a very refined aesthetic sensibility but she’s also one of the friendliest brides you’ll meet in blogland–so I really wanted her inspiration board to reflect this balance of sophistication and approachability.

As I compiled the images, navy blue fell by the wayside and it became clear that French blue would provide the bridge between the two qualities I sought. French blue can be utterly luxe–as on a piece of Royal Copenhagen porcelain–or humbly radiant, as in the petals of a cornflower. Cool white and soft grey set a serene foundation, and bright raspberry provides a playful pop. I also considered the outdoor setting of Miss Duckling’s ceremony and allowed snippets of green foliage to sneak in. The result is an inspiration board in which continental elegance meets garden romance. I can’t wait to see where Miss Duckling goes from here!”

For image credits and for Miss Duckling’s lovely commentary please check out her amazing personal blog My Wedding Report!

Inspiration Boards at Trust Your Style!

January 15, 2009

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Back in November (doesn’t it seem like ages ago?) the fabulous Mary Jo from Trust Your Style dropped me an email in praise of my inspiration boards. After I stopped blushing, I offered to put some together for her—and imagine my thrill and surprise when she asked me to do some boards in support of the Fall ’09 fashion line she is currently developing!

View the complete boards here and tell me what you think! And be sure to read Mary Jo’s thoughts and reflections on her design process—after all, how often do you get a sneak peak into the talented mind of an haute couture designer?

Row One: Richard Diebenkorn, Lucas Allen, Callie Stoltz
Row Two: Unknown,
David Shields, Sandra Lane

Inspiration Boards at Trust Your Style!

January 15, 2009

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Back in November (doesn’t it seem like ages ago?) the fabulous Mary Jo from Trust Your Style dropped me an email in praise of my inspiration boards. After I stopped blushing, I offered to put some together for her—and imagine my thrill and surprise when she asked me to do some boards in support of the Fall ’09 fashion line she is currently developing!

View the complete boards here and tell me what you think! And be sure to read Mary Jo’s thoughts and reflections on her design process—after all, how often do you get a sneak peak into the talented mind of an haute couture designer?

Row One: Richard Diebenkorn, Lucas Allen, Callie Stoltz
Row Two: Unknown,
David Shields, Sandra Lane

Happy Christmas!

December 23, 2008

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Well I’m signing off for a few days. Have a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate, and a wonderful rest of the week if you don’t! Thank you to all my readers, commenters and blog friends for a wonderful holiday season full of love and inspiration. I can’t wait to continue sharing with you in the new year!

I’ll be posting lightly next week so I can take some much appreciated time to visit with loved ones, but will be back in full swing the week after that. See you soon!

Row One: Anna Wolf, Ideal Home, Colin Cooke, John Paul Urizar
Row Two: Country Home Magazine December 2008, Ideal Home Magazine December 2008, Anna Wolf, Peter Carlsson
Row Three: Anna Williams, Martha Stewart via This Is Glamourous, Chris Everard, Chris Craymer
Row Four: Sarah Kaye Represents, Anna Williams, Annika Vannerus, Martha Stewart

Inspiration Board: Ghostly Glamour

October 31, 2008

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This morning we woke up to pouring rain and no electricity—an unpleasant Halloween surprise indeed! But now that I have my internet connection back, I present to you this Halloween inspiration board. The mood is haunted and mysterious, the palette faded and timeworn, the textures wispy and ethereal. May your Halloween be full of chills down the spine and things that go bump in the night!

For more Halloween goodness, be sure to check out the official Snippet and Ink Halloween offering from Kathryn, aka the Inspiration Board Queen! I adore Kathryn's boards, and her latest one is no exception!

Image Credits
First Row: James Merrell, Thomas Klementsson, Ditte Isager, Paul Massey
Second Row: David Prince, Marie Claire Maison, Tobias Regell, Denise Grunstein
Third Row: Marie Claire Maison, Wild at Heart, Gentl & Hyers, Martin Morrell
Fourth Row: Eric Dover, Roland Bello, Eva Marie Rundquist, Uli Schade

Inspiration Board: Ladylike Magenta

October 23, 2008

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As promised, I present to you the third and final board in a series of pink inspiration sets. If the first board was the soft and dreamy baby of the family, and the second was the outgoing middle child, then here is Big Sis in all her type-A, perfectionist glory. Her house always smells like fresh baking. She loves designer suits and cashmere sweater sets. A retro sophisticate to the core, she takes her style and decorating cues from Jackie Kennedy and 'Mad Men'. Enjoy, darlings!

First Row: Source unknown, Will Wipple, Paul Lowe, Domino
Second Row: Decorology, Anders Gramer, Corrie Bond, Polly Wreford
Third Row: James Merrell, Anders Gramer, Source Unknown, Richard Birch
Fourth Row: Martha Stewart, Corrie Bond, Richard Birch, Decorology

Inspiration Board: Ladylike Magenta

October 23, 2008

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As promised, I present to you the third and final board in a series of pink inspiration sets. If the first board was the soft and dreamy baby of the family, and the second was the outgoing middle child, then here is Big Sis in all her type-A, perfectionist glory. Her house always smells like fresh baking. She loves designer suits and cashmere sweater sets. A retro sophisticate to the core, she takes her style and decorating cues from Jackie Kennedy and 'Mad Men'. Enjoy, darlings!

First Row: Source unknown, Will Wipple, Paul Lowe, Domino
Second Row: Decorology, Anders Gramer, Corrie Bond, Polly Wreford
Third Row: James Merrell, Anders Gramer, Source Unknown, Richard Birch
Fourth Row: Martha Stewart, Corrie Bond, Richard Birch, Decorology

Inspiration Board: Pop Pink Glamour

October 20, 2008

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As promised, here's another pink inspiration board. There's no subtlety here; it's all about the bright, fun, playful, over-the-top side of pink. If last Friday's pink board was the dreamy, romantic baby sister, then
this is the attention seeking 'look at me' middle sister!

I wonder what the big sister would look like…?

Row One: Dan Magree, Corrie Bond, Source Unknown, Point Click Home
Row Two: Domino via Decorology Photostream, Source Unknown, A View To, Chris Everard
Row Three: Sandra Lane, Gentl and Hyers, Dan Magree, Polly Wreford
Row Four: The Rug Company via Belle Maison, Point Click Home, Paul Costello, Amy Atlas

Inspiration Board: Pink Indulgence

October 17, 2008

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With all this talk of pink, I got an itch to do a pink inspiration board. So here it is! This one's all about the romance of pink. The girly, decadent, slighly louche mood of pink. The 'prance around the house eating bonbons and wearing frilly negligee' effect of pink. Stay tuned for a second pink board coming soon—same color, totally different feel! Now where did I hide those bonbons?

First Row: Martha Stewart via Decorology, Roland Bello, Janne Peters, Polly Wreford
Second Row: Sandra Lane, Craig Fordham, Gentl and Hyers,
Christina Wilson
Third Row:
Decorology's Flickr Photostream, Chris Blott, Gemma Commas, Jo Tyler,
Fourth Row:
John Hudson, Hannah Simmons, Don Freeman, Janne Peters