Outside Inspiration – Ample Angles

Welcome to a new blog segment!

Outside inspiration is just as is sounds. I’ll be showing you how to take inspiration from the beauty of the outdoors and apply the same principals to your interior.

We’ll be taking inspiration from an array of different sources. From city streets to sweeping landscapes to majestic mountains, valuable design elements can be found in each.

This stunning photo proves that even the simplest building facade can provide inspiration that can be applied to your interior.

What does it teach us?

  1. A greyscale colour combo is far from boring.
  2. Light is powerful.
  3. Angles add mega-interest.

Who wouldn’t want to live here? The simplicity of this room makes it magical.

The top three takeaways?

  1. Black, white & grey warmed up with wood makes for a crisp colour palette that allows you to introduce any other colour in the form of artwork & accessories.
  2. Although you can’t see a window in the photo, the room is bright and airy, allowing shadows to playfully cast on the walls & floor.
  3. Angles rock! From the herringbone wood floor pattern, to the angular furnishings to the sharp angles in the black & white photography, there is a pop of interest everywhere you turn.

Haaave You Met… The Tommy Twins?

It’s a complete departure for me to name one of my pairs after a boy, but these twins were just begging for it!

If you’ve watched any of Sarah Richardson’s shows on HGTV in the past then you know all about her right hand man, Tommy Smythe.

I enjoy watching him & Sarah interact on TV and I also look forward to reading Tommy’s column in Style At Home magazine.

Once I finished restyling this pair, it occurred to me, just how “Tommy” they really are. So, I strayed from my usual practice and named them accordingly.

I’ve been having a bit of a love affair with tartan lately, so when I found this print, I knew it would be absolutely perfect for this stunning, wood pair that I picked up at the Aberfoyle Spring Special Antique Show earlier this year.

Endless Inspiration…

With so many talented creatives producing such amazing work on a daily basis, I sometimes become overwhelmed with inspiration… Overwhelmed in a good way that is, considering the alternative.

And, with only so many hours in the day and the vastness of the web, it’s fantabulous to have websites that gather the best of the best and bring it all together in one pretty place.

Here are my top 5 go-to hubs for instant inspiration…

1. Pinterest

Pinterest is my first stop for inspiration as well as a reward for a hard days work. Because they have so many users, adding delightful pins all day long, Pinterest is bursting at the seams with goodness. Request an invitation and get pinning! You can organize your own pins onto different boards, making them easy to reference, repin others pins onto one of your boards, or simply “like” others pins (my fave option).

2. Nestfully

From the creators behind We Love Indie, Flairful & Wedfully came Nestfully. Curated from the Artesssen network of blogs, it brings the lastest home & lifestyle posts together in one lovely place. Click through to read entire articles and log in to “favorite” the posts that tickle your fancy.

3. Dwelling Gawker

A daily roundup of the best of the blogosphere. Dwelling Gawker hunts down the most inspiring posts relating to all things home & design and makes them easy to “heart”. If you have a great post to share, don’t just wait for it to be found, submit your post for review by their team! Feeling like you’d like to explore another subject matter? Check out Food Gawker, Wedding Gawker and Craft Gawker!

4. Fab

Fab is the new kid on the block. If you haven’t already signed up to be notified about their daily design sales, you really must! In fact, use this link to help me earn Fab credit. Once you’re a member you can click over to their inspiration page, adjust the thumbnails to suit your visual preferences, then go ahead and get inspired!

5. Instagram

If you’ve got an iPhone and you’re looking for inspiration on the go, you really need to download the Instagram app. Not only can you snap shots of your own world (and add fun, vintage filters to them), but you can also take a peek into the worlds of others by checking out what’s ranking high on the “popular” page. I use this app to snap shots of forsaken furniture in my travels so that I can blog about them later in my Thrifted Thoughts column.

Well, that’s my top five! Where to go for an instant inspiration fix?

When To DIY & When To Buy

I like to DIY as much as the next girl, but our crafty culture seems to forget sometimes that not EVERYTHING is DIY-able by EVERYONE.

With the abundance of tutorials the web has to offer us, it sometimes seems like we can take on anything, but I beg the question…

When does quality come into play?

We each have different skill sets. We each have different strengths and weaknesses. If you value quality, sometimes the better option is to buy from someone who has already perfected their methods.

There is nothing worse than choosing to DIY instead of buying and ending up with something that looks cheap, poorly constructed and sloppy.

Know your limits when it comes to skills, resources and equipment. If you can’t produce something that looks beautifully handmade then pay someone who can. Otherwise your interior will suffer the consequences.

Sure, there are loads of easy DIY’s that just about anyone can master. Sure, anyone can learn to do anything they set their minds to if they put in the time, the effort and the practice required to be great. But, sometimes it’s easier and more feasible to buy from someone who has already put in the time, effort and practice.

Consider also what you really enjoy doing and what you don’t. I see no value in spending your time on a craft you don’t really love.

A great example of this, for me anyway, is upholstery. I thought I would love it. I thought I had the skills to be great at it. I didn’t and I don’t.

Sure, I can handle recovering the occasional chair seat and even a slipcover here and there, but reupholstering an entire chair or sofa… No way! I now know better and leave that job to the pro’s.

By re-evaluating your limitations and your preferences, how could you better support our crafty community through buying from someone whose already perfected their methods?