Monday, November 14, 2011

My Very First Inspiration Board!

Okay! It’s the start of a new week and we’re going to do something a little different around here.

Remember how I mentioned that I love reading interior design blogs? I meant it. They’re actually my favorite kinds of blogs to read. I get SO inspired from seeing the beautiful pieces that people choose to surround themselves with in their homes – it makes me want to run around my apartment redecorating the whole thing all over again!

One of my favorite things to look at on interior design blogs is inspiration boards – collages where the blogger arranges the pieces of furniture, art, rugs, lamps, etc, to see what a potential future room would look like with all the elements in one space. In fact, I like looking at them so much that I decided to make my own!

So, without further ado, here’s my very first inspiration board:

leopard living room

The cool thing about this one is that it includes a lot of things I already own! I have the brown round chair (Z.Gallerie), the brown couch (Living Spaces), the Morrocan side table (Target – mine is black), the hanging floor lamp (IKEA), the gold pouf (Calypso for Target), and the leopard rug (Overstock). All of these pieces together cost me less than $2,000, and I accumulated them over time.

Which means the only new things in this photo are the pillows (white Mongolian pillows from West Elm, black and white spotted pillows from Furbish), mirrors (sold individually from Walmart, of all places!), table lamp (Jonathan Adler), and the Parsons coffee table (West Elm). For these new items, I purposely chose pieces that are available online and therefore accessible to everyone, no matter where you live, as well as very affordable (okay, I tossed in ONE semi-expensive thing – that Jonathan Adler lamp. Come on!)

Funny story: I would like to point out that right after I made this, I got so excited I immediately emailed it to my boyfriend, and then picked up the phone to call him so I could hear his reaction.

Dead silence. And then… “Babe, it’s great! I like it a lot. But… what’s with the leopard?”

WHAT’S WITH THE LEOPARD?! I don’t even understand the question! Who does he think he’s dealing with? :) “Leopard is essential to my happiness!” I told him. He sighed and changed the subject.

So now we know how HE feels. But I’d love to know what YOU think! Would you like to see more home décor inspiration boards on the blog? I had so much fun making it… I’ll even make YOU one if you want!


Annemarie @ Brunch at Saks said...

Your first board looks amazing! I agree with you- leopard makes everything better! Looking forward to more inspiration boards :) xo

Grace - Stripes and Sequins said...

Beautiful! Definitely agree... leopard makes everything amazing! xo

Marta said...

LOVE this! Esp. the side tables and mirrors! I want to make an inspiration board - did you just use Photoshop or did you use a website?

Gameday Stylist said...

Such a cute layout. Love the leopard.

- Sara @ Gameday Stylist

Shannon said...

Very well done... especially for your first inspiration board. I love all the pieces you chose and they look great together.

L.A. in the bay said...

got to love leopard!

Alyson said...

Wow, amazing inspiration board... especially for the first one. You were clearly holding out on us. LOVE the use of animal print. Great pieces you already own.