Inspiration

INSPIRATION STATION

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Inspiration for a room can come from anywhere: a favorite outfit, a frequented vacation destination or even your favorite movie. I’m not talking about themed rooms, though. I’m talking about textures, colors and details from your favorite things or places and use them in your space. Just to show you what I’m talking about, I’ve matched up a few things with rooms that I feel could have been inspired by them:

Favorite Outfit. It’s your go-to outfit when you want to dress to impress and feel good about yourself. It gives you that I’m-lookin’-awesome feeling and an extra pep in your step. All the more reason it would be a good idea to use your favorite outfit as inspiration for a room in your casa:

The vest is very tailored; similar to that of the furniture in this living room. Also, if you look closely, you’ll see a grid pattern detail in the vest. These clean lines and taut fabrics juxtapose perfectly to the the graphic wallpaper design, which mimics the flowery look of the shirt. And lastly, the colors: gray and canary yellow. This is a very literal translation of the colors, but it definitely works in this situation. If the colors make you feel good, there’s no reason not to bring them into a room you spend a lot of time in.

Vacation Destination. Why not bring a little bit of your vacation home? For many years, one of my family’s favorite vacation spots has been Nantucket Island. Its serene, peaceful atmosphere and picturesque setting is a great source of inspiration:

On Nantucket Island, most houses are decked out with bright white trim, so it’s only natural that a Nantucket-inspired kitchen be adorned with white cabinetry. The white subway tile used as the backsplash and the stainless light fixtures reference the old-fashioned charm that graces the cobblestone streets of Nantucket. The wood used for the kitchen island is similar to the color of wet sand and serves as the perfect anchor in this light and airy kitchen. And you can’t forget the details! Hydrangea is a near-constant fixture on Nantucket Island and is the perfect finishing touch.

Favorite Movie. Luxurious. Sophisticated. Glamourous. These are the characteristics of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the 1961 classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Her high fashion style and laissez faire approach is great inspiration for a fun and glamourous room:

Aside from the obvious Tiffany’s blue wall and ceiling color, this room screams “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” without being too literal. The fun color combination of yellow, green, blue and a touch of pink are reminiscent of the early 60’s vibe that is evident throughout the film. The black accents represent Audrey’s iconic “little black dress” and brings in the needed depth to ground the surrounding light colors. The chandelier is the pièce de résistance of the room and brings the whole “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” vibe home. This goes to show that you don’t have to hang a huge movie poster on the wall to have a movie-inspired room.

For me, inspiration often comes from either a color combination or some sort of graphic pattern. I don’t know if it’s because of my background in graphic design or my abnormal obsession with color combinations. A few weeks ago, while searching for some unique wall art, I found this awesome concert poster designed by the talented Dan Padavic of Vahalla Studios

Greg and I absolutely love the color combination, and we plan on using it as the inspiration for our living room. It’s fun, lively, and somewhat unexpected. Used with the right pieces in the right places, this color scheme can translate into an eclectic yet sophisticated union. (By the way, if you are wondering who Feist is, they are the super cool band that is featured in the “1234” Target commercial.)

We’re going to bring this awesome palette in the room via accessories while keeping everything else pretty neutral (including the wall color, which we painted Martha Stewart’s Cobblestone). For example, I’m currently in love with a certain yellow-hued accent chair from Room & Board that may become an addition to the living room at some point.

Isn’t she lovely? We’re going to call her Ethel — as in Lucy Ricardo’s BFF on “I Love Lucy“… only the best show ever.

Photos courtesy of House Beautiful, Fossil, Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, Decor Pad and IMDB.

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6 Comments

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    brandt @ New House on the Blog
    November 15, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Don’t forget Hepburn’s down-to-earth amazingness in “Roman Holiday” either!

    But I love Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I think my wife is OK with me saying that she looks absolutely stunning in that movie.

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      Ashley
      November 15, 2010 at 8:33 am

      So true! As far as Audrey Hepburn movies go, I prefer “Roman Holiday” and “Sabrina”. But this particular room looked soo “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, haha.

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    Ashley Seick
    November 15, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    That wall paper behind the couch would make a fabulous rug in a sunroom.

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    Michelle
    November 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I love, love, love the color palette you chose for the living room! I’m a Feist fan too. 🙂

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    Linda b
    November 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Great post! I always have that Target commercial song in my head…..”1234″.

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