June 30, 2011

this makes me happy | inspiration boards and mood boards

I’ve always loved making collages. Whether it’s organizing photos into funky frames, pasting pretty clippings onto folders or collecting little tidbits to store in a treasure box, collages — in whatever form you prefer — are fun ways to keep memories alive.

While I haven’t put together a collage in quite a while, they’ve been on my mind a lot lately, but in a revamped form: the inspiration board, or mood board.

inspiration board natural home

{I love the colors in this inspiration board. The gold frame against that teal wall excites me, too! Photo Courtesy Natural Home magazine}

the glamourai coach inspiration board

{One of my favorite fashion bloggers, The Glamourai, created this beautiful mood board to prepare for her purse design collaboration with Coach. Talk about inspiration and pretty things! Photo Courtesy Coach}

isaac mizrahi inspiration board

{Designer Isaac Mizrahi has a whole section on his website dedicated to inspiration boards. He even has an option for making a digital mood board of your own on his site! Photo Courtesy Isaac Mizrahi}

I love the idea of gathering little things I love from day to day, week to week, month to month, and displaying them in my home office in hopes they inspire creativity, calm and peace.

Learning to find the beauty in the little things in life and bringing them to the forefront of my everyday routine has become increasingly important to me in the past year. I met a new career, a new home and a new love all within the past 365 days. Through the hustle and bustle of it all, it’s easy to get caught up in the motions without stopping to really think about what makes you happy — what brings you joy, smiles, laughter — and reflect upon all the pretty things in life.

I’ve yet to begin my home inspiration board project. Until then, I’m taking 15 minutes a week to pin my favorite things on my digital mood boards on Pinterest. I’m hoping by pinning all the things I love online as well as cruising the other boards on the site, I’ll be able to unleash a few more creative juices before I start pinning things in real life — because, after all, that’s where real people make real memories, right?

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