What lies beyond the hedges, through the hidden door? Nature in its many forms can both intrigue and inspire.
There is nothing like travel to truly inspire. Inspiration can come from the way the sky shifts as the hours pass and the winds change direction. It can come from the sights and sounds of a local market. Of course, too, the greatest inspirations come from nature itself, including beautiful sunrises and awe-inspiring sunsets.Photography by Way2Finds.Photography by Way2Finds.
Just looking at this image immediately brought to mind different ways to add colors to my house once back home. Why not look at your past vacation photos to find some new inspiration all your own?
Sunsets inspire us in myriad ways. Our eyes are assailed by bursts of color and we reflect on how we can bring natural beauty from the world outside into our homes. No two sunsets are precisely the same, making the possibilities unlimited.Photography by Way2Finds.
So how do you translate this source of inspiration into your home decor? Share images of your favorite sunsets and other colorful gifts of nature onWay2Finds Facebook page, via Pinterest or Instagram, using hashtag #Way2Finds.
As the days lengthen and the light flowing into our homes becomes stronger, we are inspired to add artistic touches both inside and out.
The inspiration becomes even more distinct when we refer to sources such as the works of Kathy Buist, my friend and former colleague. In her abstract paintings Buist explores the transformational qualities of light with the melding of water, sky, sun and morning mist.
With her artwork having already been shown in galleries throughout the United States, After showing in galleries throughout the United States, Buist now has the honor of having a number of her works being shown in Paris’ Musee D’Orsay, starting June 4th.
If we can’t get to Paris, we can still get that boost of inspiration from her compilation of more than 260 images in her new book, Buist-Luminous Sites.
“Where do you go for your inspiration?” To me there are many answers.
I can be at the beach, a friend’s house, shopping, perusing the bibles of interior design, traveling, reading blogs and/or spending time on Pinterest. Where it is I am always taking pictures to capture these inspirations and spark ideas to be used in my home.
Last week I was in beautiful Scottsdale, AZ. The weather was superb (a welcome change from the freezing cold weather in the northeast), the food was delicious and the sunrises and sunsets reflecting off the mountains were exquisite.
No doubt the weather and the reds and greens have sparked my desire to bring the outside in. Once home, I stopped at my favorite florist for a beautiful and unique flower arrangement as well as some succulents to mimic the exquisite cactus garden at our hotel.
So what inspires you and how do you translate this into your home decor? Share with us on Facebook, Pinterest or by using hashtag #way2finds on Instagram!
Winter has a beauty all its own. The muted colors, with pops of color, can inspire your home decor for the season. Winter is also a wonderful time to truly enjoy home, taking a few minutes to reflect and to plan for the year ahead.Photographed by Tammy Vitale.
“Creative” and “inspired” are clearly two of the words that come to mind when viewing this year’s holiday windows. However, the same qualities can be used throughout the year to create arresting displays and use other intriguing décor throughout your homes.
So what themes seem to have emerged from this year’s windows created by some of New York City’s leading department/specialty stores? There is an obvious emphasis on luxury and opulence, but also on fantasy and the incorporation of the arts. While most of us won’t translate what’s seen into these windows into our homes exactly, this creativity can certainly spark other ideas.
For example, while neutrals seem to be popular through the holidays, when it comes to seasonal decorating don’t be afraid to use bold colors and mix shapes, but perhaps not going quite so far as Bergdorf Goodman did with this holiday window. Inspiration this year was art forms such as painting and theatre being reinterpreted.
Art, or rather the reinterpretation of art is also the source of inspiration for the 2014 Henri Bendel windows. Specifically, windows are based upon illustrator Al HIrschfeld’s drawings of Broadway performers and other celebrities created by illustrator Al Hirschfeld to life in its windows. Tom Carroll Scenery has transformed many of these individuals into sculptures, including those shown in the fantasy dinner party below,while others receive further star treatment.
While these artistic recreations are a major project when it comes to time, money and more, we too can use art for inspiration in our own homes. Consider using a painting by your favorite artist (even if the closest you get to it is within a museum) as a source of inspiration for a new color palette. Or create a vignette based upon a still-life painting or photograph.
In other words, use your imagination – just as Lord & Taylor did again this year with its Fifth Avenue windows. The theme was “a journey through the imagination”, with “magical animals”used to quite literally tell the story. As seen in the bookshelves below these are certainly accessories with a difference. This style of decorating can be translated into your home as well, adding a touch of whimsy in spaces where it would be least expected.
Sometimes those touches of whimsy, or the unexpected objet, may come from your travels, whether close to home or farther afield. Just ask Bloomingdale’s where this year’s windows follow shoppers as they travel around the world. (Photographed by Rebecca Dale).
Iconic images such as replicas of the Eiffel Tower or a New York City cab can be used in unexpected ways once back home. Or pick up items that tell a story created by local artists or craftspeople.
Having a budget the size of these retailers’ isn’t always a requirement for creating arresting displays, whether in store or at home. Indeed, design talent (or a knack for thinking “out of the box”) can often trump dollar signs. Just ask the local artists who came together to create intriguing holiday windows for local businesses in Harlem.
The displays, all curated by Omo Misha, were inspired by the story of an 11-year-old boy who travels on a magical horse through seven decades of an ever- changing Harlem, written by Daniel Carlton. (All photos are by Greg Rout, and courtesy of The New York Daily News.)
These illustrate the creative use of relatively inexpensive materials, plus the power of using a story as design inspiration. Both are certainly inspirations for how we can approach decorating, and entertaining, in our own homes.
As these examples, and those found in cities and towns through the United States and around the world illustrate, when it comes to creativity there are simply no boundaries. We can’t wait to see where such inspiration takes us all in 2015!
(All photos supplied by retailer unless otherwise noted.)
Whatever the reason this is a Fall when much pre-holiday season re-decoration has been taking place. Much of this, at least from our perspective here at Way2Finds, isn’t of the radical variety. Rather it’s rooms made fresh again through the infusion of new colors.
Reds seem to be especially popular, ranging from those orange-infused to deeper jewel tones. Where is the inspiration for these colors coming from? Perhaps from an artful display that you did not even realize registered in your consciousness?Photographed by Way2Finds.
Being inspired by colors we see as we go about our daily lives happens more often than most of us realize. Consider, for example, all of the different shades of green popping up everywhere in home décor. Think chartreuse, lime, electric greens. Then look at the photo below — a typical scene at a Farmer’s Market.
So, whether it’s wanting to add just a pop of color to your den or family room, wanting to paint an entire room or wall a surprising shade, or anything in between, don’t forget to look for inspiration from all that surrounds you.
When it comes to refreshing your living room now that Fall is fast approaching, redecorating that family room, creating an office nook, or anything in between everyone needs some inspiration! Often we look for this by looking at design publications, or browsing websites. What we forget, though, is inspiration is all around us.Photography by Way2Finds.
Take for instance this picture of a sunset taken this summer. The colors themselves provide an inspirational palette, ranging from shades of blue, to subtle purples and even to hints of pale yellow and rose. Looking for more ideas? Just keep your eyes open!
Inspiration can and does often come from surprising sources.
INTRIGUING AND INSPIRING DISCOVERIES FOR THE HOME