If you stumbled upon my home office transformation a few months back, you may have seen the seasonal decor areas in the room like the tiered DIY shelves and the inspiration board. When we installed those in my office, I promised myself that I wouldn't be staring at sunflower bouquets and smelling a "Beach Waves" candle in the dead of Winter. I'm not exactly inspired by photographs of ice cream when I'm attempting to thaw out in thick sweaters. You know?
So, a few weekends back, I scooped up a sizable amount of doughnuts from my favorite bakery nearby, washed them down with a lot of champagne, rolled up my sleeves, and got to work on a new, November inspiration board. Today, I'm going to share some behind the scenes shots and a few tips on creating your own inspiration board for Winter from scratch.
(1) Pick a color scheme or theme for your inspiration board. Do a little digging via Pinterest, Instagram, and your favorite blogs to find what you are most inspired by this Winter. Save your favorite photos in one location on your computer. Get these photos printed at your local CVS, Walmart, or Walgreens for cheap.
(2) Grab a few forgotten magazines lying around the house and thumb through to find unique print photos, words, or graphics that you're inspired by. Carefully cut these out and put aside.
(3) Locate any original artwork, calligraphy, or meaningful tokens that you've kept or collected over the past few weeks/months and set aside for inspiration board.
(4) Find or buy a large cork board, photo board, or piece of paper to use as the base of your inspiration board.
(5) Rally your friends, a few bottles of wine, snacks, thumb tacks, and get to work. Place your focal point in the center before layering on top. Mix together the cut outs, printed photographs, and other elements for balance. Secure with thumb tacks once organized.
When I'm styling my shelves for a new season, my go-to items are glassware, bar cart essentials (like Pellegrino), calligraphy, and articles sitting around my house like this thick, knitted scarf. The goal is to mix textures and colors to make the shelves stand out in a crowded room.
How do you style your home for the colder months? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.
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