Where do you take inspiration from when it comes to your home decor?
Do you look at magazines? Maybe you go window shopping on the high street or the internet? Or perhaps you look at blogs and places like Pinterest to collate your ideas and inspirations.
Like me, maybe you create your own home look from a combination of them all, as well as looking at real homes and real places.
I think one of the best ways you can gather inspiration for your home interiors is from your day-to-day surroundings. Drawing on the environment, culture and society to create an interior design can be powerful, individual and very personal. And I’m sure lots you of you do it without even realising.
If you’re not sure how this can work, here are some examples of what I mean.
Ok, so firstly you need to be inspired by a place or area. Perhaps a significant event strikes a chord with your creative side, and you want to be reminded on a daily basis of this wonderful time. For me that would be our honeymoon just over a decade ago in California. Wow, what a few weeks we experienced, creating stunning memories that have remained with me constantly over the years.
We visited the amazing Yosemite National Park, and experienced nature at its finest. We took picture after picture (not digital I hasten to add) of the wonderful surroundings, waterfalls, ancient high sequoias, valleys, meadows and wilderness.
Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.
We drove the Highway along the coast and saw immense wind farms, towns such as Clint Eastwood’s Carmel, all the way up to Monterey and its wonderful Monterey Bay Aquarium.
We visited San Francisco twice so we could take in the incredible Gay Parade, and the truly stunning Fourth of July celebrations.
We shopped, we ate (boy did we eat!), rode trams, and saw California Sea Lions, but really only experienced a fraction of this incredible state.
There’s lots of inspiration there, but in the time we had we really didn’t do the whole state justice. What else would I discover if money and time were unlimited, to help me create my Californian inspired interior decor?
Dream Big Californian Home Style:
So, if the sky was the limit, what would I do in California to bring me the perfect inspiration for my interior decor and home style. Oh, the choices are incredible, and even though we have the children to consider now, there are still an amazing array of family friendly ideas.
Yosemite National Park:
I would definitely revisit Yosemite; we really didn’t do it justice last time. I want to go on an Ansell Adams trail and discover all of the places he photographed. If you don’t know, Ansell Adams is a renowned photographer who spent much of his career photographing the stunning scenery in Yosemite, usually in black and white. We have a copy of the ‘Cathedral Spires and Rocks’ print and it sits on our den wall alongside other modern prints. It has sentimental significance too, as it belonged to my departed mother-in-law.
I love the idea of taking the girls on one of these trails, ending in Yosemite. We would get to experience a Hyde Street Cable car, the Jelly Belly factory tour, museums, Hilmar Cheese Company and wonder at some of the world’s largest, oldest trees in Mariposa Grove. What an experience, and what incredible inspiration.
Yosemite gives us beautiful scenery, colours and light; all important elements to incorporate into any interior decor, but the rest of California is pretty inspirational too!
Best of the Rest:
From Hollywood to San Francisco to Napa Valley and the wild Northern Coast, you can’t help but be drawn into the colours, vibrancy and warmth of the Golden State. Visiting these places, if money were no object, would offer such incredible inspiration for any home decor.
Bringing it Home:
When I look at these Californian images, I see colour, light, vastness, vibrancy, excitement, and diversity. All amazing elements that can be the basis of your home decor, Californian style. But how would you do that, and what would it look like?
Well, here are some ideas based upon California Home and Design’s Showhouse in Hollywood taken from an Apartment Therapy House Tour. A huge property, with each room designed by a different interior designer. For me, these images capture the essence of California and encapsulate it into decor. What do you think?
I love the contemporary styling, the eclectic collections, the bright colours, and the rich hues. This kind of styling isn’t for the faint hearted, you need to think big and be brave with your choices. But the end results are s0 worth it. Much like your experiences of California.
So that’s my Big Dream. To tour California, taking in some of the most amazing sites, incredible scenery, and exhilirating experiences it has to offer. Let’s not forget Legoland, Disneyland and Whale Watching!!
And don’t forget, when you’re styling your home, Dream Big too. Think more creatively than you ever have before, bring new elements into your plan, and push your boundaries. Remember, if it doesn’t work you can always paint over it and start again!
This is my entry into the Visit California Bloggers’ Competition.