I’m completely and totally head over heels for designing spaces. It’s just my thing. Each and every time I start working on a new project, I create an inspiration board on Pinterest.
It’s so much easier to move things around and change colors and textures digitally than it is as an afterthought – as in after you’ve already spent a few hundred dollars on something you thought you’d love only to decide you don’t. Been there, done that. Seriously.
I have a system of sorts that I use when I’m planning a space and it generally starts with choosing the color scheme. For the little guy, I chose lime, aqua, and navy. And for the studio project, the colors were black, white, and aqua. Can you tell that aqua is another one of my things? Yep, I’m a creature of habit.
After that, I tend to decide on an overall feel for the space. The studio project was easy. At least for me, industrial farmhouse = love at first sight. I’m sure not everyone feels that way, though. Lol… Once you decide what your thing is, start searching. I searched for things like industrial, farmhouse, studio, and DIY along with just about any other variation of those words I could think of.
Keep in mind that this is totally not a weekend project. I’ve been working with this inspiration board, more or less, since we broke ground on the studio project. I add things. I delete things. I rearrange things. There are also a lot more ideas than I could ever actually use. Having options is always a good thing.
Even if you’ve never done it before, creating an inspiration board is easy. Just select create board and give it a name and a description. If you’re not comfortable with your inspiration board being public, you can make it a secret board, which means no one can see it except for you.
When you’re done, click save and pin to your heart’s content.
One of the reasons I asked you to fill out the goals worksheet so soon was to give you a bit of a head start with brainstorming. If painting or anything else along those lines made your list, you’re definitely already going to be starting with a blank canvas. Take some time and really think about what you need and what you want. If you’re already making changes, why not?
Maybe you’re working on a budget and are going to be doing things DIY-style. That’s another great reason to plan ahead. You’ll want to start checking out yard sales and flea markets sooner rather than later. You might also be planning a few project. I know I definitely am.
I’ve shared some awesome spaces in both our Facebook group as well as our group Pinterest board and I hope that as you work through this process, you’ll share all the awesomeness you find too. We’re all in this together.
I know what you’re probably thinking… but Cristi, you want me to make decisions? Yep! I definitely do. I want you to take a few minutes this week and create your own inspiration board. Give it a name and a description and then pin a few things that inspire you. You might want to pick some colors and decide what you want the overall feel of your space to be. You could totally add a few organizational ideas too.
Like I said, I’m loving the industrial farmhouse look and you can definitely see that from looking at my inspiration board. It was important to me to at least have a general idea of what I wanted going into this process so I could plan accordingly. When we were finishing things up in this space and I mentioned the plank wall, my husband looked at me like I was insane. And when we were finally finished with it, he loved it and I hated it. I went out and spent hours distressing it even more, but that’s a story for another day.
Suffice it to say that I have lots of ideas and taking the time to create an inspiration board gave those ideas a focus. I don’t feel like I’m just spinning my wheels because I know exactly what my goals are.
When I started thinking about organizing, I looked for things that would fit in with the overall feel of my space. So far, I’ve ended up with a distressed wooden cubby organizer and a 3-tiered metal spinner. I’m not going out of my way to find things, but if I stumble across things as I’m going about my business… Let’s just say that makes it all worthwhile. That’s so not an excuse to go shopping, though. I’m not telling you to go buy lots of miscellaneous containers. I’m telling you that if you happen to find those one or two things that make your space, by all means – get them.
Psst… If you haven’t already, you’re definitely going to want to come hang out with us in our 52 Weeks Facebook group. That’s where we’ll be chatting about the challenges and our creative spaces.
Thanks so much for visiting and happy pinning, y’all!