April 23, 2019

Where Do You Find Inspiration?

Angelique Foster, Houston Studio Manager

I sometimes hear people say “I’m just not inspired to do anything with this space” or “I don’t know where to start. My response? Inspiration can come from anywhere! Literally, anywhere.

While pregnant with my daughter, the idea of decorating her nursery was so overwhelmingly exciting. I’ve wanted to decorate a girl’s nursery as long as I can remember. All the pink and ruffles and bows! But when it came time for me to actually start, I was paralyzed. How can you choose with so many possibilities? My Pinterest page was exploding with different rooms I loved but I couldn’t commit to one idea.

Then one day I stumbled upon a print while doing research for another project I was working on. See below:

Flight of the Elephants by Terry Fan

I don’t know what it was about this print that captured me in that moment but I loved everything about it. I had toyed with the idea of a “hot air balloon” theme but didn’t want to stick with one specific theme throughout. I wanted the space to be the foundation of a room that would grow and change with her.

Needless to say, I ordered it and was so excited to see it arrive. Still a bit stumped on how to incorporate this into a nursery, I started compiling ideas to move forward nonetheless.

The muted colors of the print set the tone for the linen and flax drapes and bedding with touches of ivory and the palest pink I could find. Then I stumbled on an adorable little lamp. It’s a gold bunny sitting on his hind legs with a chambray shade almost exactly the same color as a chair I saw on sale earlier in the week. I ordered the lamp and ran back to the store to pick up the chair excited about the unexpected pop of blue in a girls room. The whimsy of the bunny led to a set of animal silhouettes in natural oval wood frames and a few other touches of gold.

Now, almost two years after bringing my baby girl home to her room, I’m still tweaking and finding little things here and there, but all in all, it’s a fantastic space for a little girl.

My friends all laugh at me because I’m always snapping pictures with my phone. You never know what will make you stop and think. I find inspiration in the beauty that is around me every day. Perhaps it’s the tile floor at the new coffee shop around the corner from my house or the field of wildflowers on a drive through the country. Or maybe it’s my daughter’s hair blowing in the wind as she runs through the yard chasing a butterfly. You never know where you will find the inspiration, but rest assured it will find you exactly when you need it to!

Header image: Visit Braemore, an Ashton Woods community in Raleigh, NC

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