What inspires those who inspire us?
I love trying to answer this question when seeking refuge in a magazine or online house tour.
The clues of course are everywhere, but personally, I am always hoping for a glimpse of an inspiration wall or moodboard or creative space.
Glimpses of that special space that inspires - a room of one's own.
With the style of living most of us have these days, the idea of a room of one's own is often just that, an idea, and an elusive one at that. The 'room' may just be a favourite spot, an office in a cupboard, or like mine - a shared study space, with the family computer sitting alongside and a spare bedroom when required. Nevertheless, when it comes to the dreaming and scheming, I have claimed it as all mine.
The wall is filled with my inspirations - favourite photos, drawings and things my girls have made, cards, tags and retail inspirations collected from inspiring stores across the globe, special notes & cards from friends and mentors - things that I can glance at anytime, and they will instantly pick-me-up and inspire. Of course there are always flowers, magazines and books by the gazillion, piles of textiles, and an old industrial filing cabinet that attempts to contain the spillover and keep things tidy at least some of the time!
Small though it is, I know I spend far too much time pondering the joy of my own 'creative space' and not enough time actually 'working it'!
If you think about it, that's a good thing.
(I tell myself this!)
Here are some other creative space ideas - my Pinterest board also never fails to inspire me.
Stylist Johanna Flyckt's vintage-inspired space. I love the old picture frame which she uses as a moodboard with tearsheets and clippings.
The corner studio in Holly Becker's workroom.
A pinboard filled with colour and texture. I love the standard lamp instead of a more traditional desk lamp, and the joy of a round table.
Who could not be inspired by Abigail Ahern's study?
Fabulous round table spray-painted with a glossy finish, glorious Jielde floor lamp, surrounded by piles of inspiring books and magazines, and overlooked by a gnome from an amusement park.
Eclectic inspiration at its best.
Cosmetics queen Natalie Bloom must have the most enviable inspiration wall!
Desk to ceiling mementoes, cards, little pieces of art, photos, ribbons, tags and treasures.
Hijacked cupboard, garden shed, kitchen corner, room of your own or space of your own, I hope these spaces inspire a little creativity of your own.