Everything in its place, and a place for everything.

Thinking outside the intended use of everyday household containers, I have discovered many in my cupboards that were empty, waiting to be filled….and put on display

Jugs, jars and vases for all things tall and some small. 

Utensils on my kitchen counter

Utensils on my kitchen counter

Family heirlooms in a preserving jar

Family heirlooms in a preserving jar

Plates and bowls, for jewellery.

Earrings and bracelets on dresser in glass and silver plates

Earrings and bracelets on my dresser in glass and silver plates

Canvas bags for paper items: books, magazines, files. 

Bookhoo bag on ladder with my choice of books if stranded on an island

Bookhou.com bag made in Toronto, on ladder with my choice of books if stranded on an island

Baskets and boxes for magazines, games, scarves. 

Rustic rectangular basket for magazines

Rustic rectangular basket for keeping my interior decorating magazines in order

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Here are some of my current favourite print and online home decor magazines

The challenge with magazines is that they can pile up. I go through my collection every few months and save the articles that images for future reference. These four publications are my current favourites because they are innovative, of good taste, and have inspiring photos. They allow me to daydream.

1. Elle Decoration UK

http://www.elledecoration.co.uk

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2. Dwell

http://www.dwell.com

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3. Domino

https://domino.com

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4. Covet Garden

covetgarden.com

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Be Inspired

Be inspired! open your eyes to the visual feast that is all around you. Your muse for creating personal space is multi-faceted, in your neighbourhood hang-outs, public spaces, travels, magazines, book stores, art exhibits and web-sites. You may have a specific room in mind that is due some attention, or the project could be a dream for the future. Define the desired outcome for yourself. Not how it is going to look, how it is going to feel!

Begin by collecting images, (decide if you are going to do this physically, or in a folder on your device), whether it’s tear-outs from magazines, photos you have taken, or themed on-line inspiration albums like Pinterest or Tumblr.

I personally like to start without boundaries. This is not the time to be concerned about whether it is realistic, affordable, or not your current style. It is inspiration for dreaming, the beginning of your journey. My personal preference is having the images out in the open where I can see them.

Photo of my desk: a long scroll of primed canvas (bought from an art supply store) the width of my desk, pinned to the wall up near the ceiling

My current desk has a long scroll of primed canvas (bought from an art supply store) the width of my desk, pinned to the wall up near the ceiling

Glass cabinet with photos taped.

My previous desk had this glass cabinet overtop. I taped the photos directly to the glass.

Here are two more photos of walls filled with inspirational images that I found on Pinterest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I will talk about the next phase of editing and grouping the photos in a later blog. In the meantime, enjoy this creative, dreaming time.