The importance of inspiration

Delivery deadlines. New client opportunities and follow up. The everyday demands of a family (with pets!)

It is easy to get lost in the day-to-day. While important things need to get done, creating unique interiors and experiences requires creativity; not just for me as a designer, but that spark that ignites any desire to begin a new project -- large or small -- within the heart and mind of a homeowner begins with an inspiration.

Moments of inspiration can be scripted or spontaneous. Think for a moment about the last time you set about to change a space. For the purposeful, you probably flipped through a book or magazine, browsed sites like Houzz or even hopped in the car to visit neighborhoods or furniture retailers.

But it is spontaneous inspiration that really fuels me.

I was reminded of this during a recent trip to New York. 

The New Yorker - on the edge of the Garment District of New York, a wonderful place for home design inspirations

The New Yorker - on the edge of the Garment District of New York, a wonderful place for home design inspirations

Just getting out of your daily surroundings can make a big difference whether you're seeking the intentional hit of inspiration or the unscripted, powerful impact of stumbling upon something wonderful and fabulous. Such was the case for me during this recent trip to New York.

Take in your surroundings

Here is a quick photo I snapped from that same trip. While waiting for a meal to arrive, the shape of this window provided a wonderful backdrop and new geometry to mimic for an upcoming project.

The arched window and divided lights perfectly frame up the outside city view in something more unique and sophisticated than the traditional rectangular storefront window

The arched window and divided lights perfectly frame up the outside city view in something more unique and sophisticated than the traditional rectangular storefront window

Then I found this!

What looks like a fabric tablecloth from a distance held an amazing surprise for me once I drew closer. OK...maybe my eyes aren't as sharp as they were when I was younger. This absolutely fabulous onyx table top gave me inspiration to a space I've been mulling over in my mind for a current project. The client has requested a bar and this top is the statement piece I will use. Just proof that inspiration can strike anywhere, but you need to change your surroundings so that it can find you.

The stunning onyx top that produced the spark of inspiration for me to complete a client's bar

The stunning onyx top that produced the spark of inspiration for me to complete a client's bar

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