Ever since I organized my inspiration files, blogging has been significantly easier: when lacking motivation or looking for a specific reference, all I need is to flip through one of my well-organized binders. But I also needed something more immediate and visual to keep me inspired throughout the day. Enter the inspiration board: I've had one hanging above my office desk for months but I wasn't really happy with it. It was quite a jumble of pictures, quotes and to-do lists pinned on a whim. I'm actually sorry that I didn't snap a "before" picture, but it was definitely more of a big mess than anything inspiring. That's why I made some significant changes over the weekend. I found the biggest cork board possible, but I was a little bit disturbed by its wooden frame. Luckily, two coats of white paint later it looked much much better. I used a lenght of vintage twine to hang it on the wall and then I pulled out and pinned the prettiest pictures that sparked my imagination. I already caught myself staring on my inspiration board several times, daydreaming about Paris, vintage teacups, roses and french braids, planning on how to incorporate these ideas to my upcoming posts. And my advice to keep things fresh and interesting? At least once a week (Sunday is my day), strip it all down, edit the pictures, throw away those that don't make you happy anymore, and add new ones (and don't forget to snap a picture of each of your completed boards: it will be a great reminder of how your style and taste have evolved!).
And a few things that should never be missing on my inspiration board:
A bunch of motivational quotes (these three are my all-time favorites) and a little angel (gift from my mom) guarding me while I'm working.
Vintage, romantic and shabby chic-inspired photos...
...and a little bit of Paris, bien sûr!