Monday, March 31, 2008


I always find it fascinating to see where designers get their inspiration, and one of my favorite sources is the "Behind the Curtain" section on Kate Spade's website. The desktop profiles in this section highlight Kate's designers and what makes them tick, ranging from flea market finds to vintage fashion magazines. Recently, I noticed the vintage movie poster above on Ruth Parsons' profile and decided to hunt one down for myself! It turns out the poster is from the 1966 Czech film The Knack, and can be found in limited quantities at vintage poster stores such as Posteritati here in the city.

Below, I thought I'd share with you some of my own inspirations, as well as some favorite boards and images. Enjoy ;)

Initial inspiration board for Rubie Green (one of many to follow!)

My office inspiration board that's constantly changing- business cards, feathers, matchbooks, photos etc.
Initial inspiration board for M.A. Belle. My goal was to celebrate design classics and to share a bit of my life and style ideas.
I've always been a fan of this board by Laurie Smith (yes, Laurie from Trading Spaces!) I love the multiple layers and saturated colors. Photo: William Stites for Discovering Home.

Here's another style of board completely. I love the simplicity and the fabric covered tacks! How adorable! Board: Paula Gibbs via Jupiter Buttons.

Individual images can often be inspiring as well. I can't get enough of Paula Gibbs' riding boot sketch at left, or the image at right torn from an Anthropologie catalog via Creative Little Daisy.


Pink Wallpaper said...

i agree w/ you...inspiration boards are the bomb!

Decorno said...

Your inspiration board is a big pile of YUM. Glad you posted it!

style & grace said...

I love this post! It is not only visually appealing, it is a huge inspiration to make one myself. Great taste and great post.

Jennifer Ramos said...

OOOH these are so awesome!

Jen Ramos
'100% Recycled DESIGNER Cards'

coco+kelley said...

i think i'm on inspiration overload... love it!

adding you to my blogroll!!

Style Court said...

Love the KS web feature, always look forward to it. LOVE your boards! (And I'm so flattered :)

Turquoise Chic said...

I love looking at Kate Spade's Behind the Curtain too! Your inspiration board is awesome! I love, love, love this post!!!!!!

Anna Spiro said...

Gorgeous post - love the inspiration boards (very inspiring)!! Received our beautiful fabrics today - they are so pretty and so much better in real life!! Thank you! I'll be sure to send pics of them made up!

LondonCalling said...

Great idea! I think I'll get one made up.

perfect bound said...

I could never take these apart, they are too perfect. Do you make your own frames too? I have been collecting discarded picture frames and collecting cork to create the actual boards. Then the images, of course!

Mélanie said...

I love these inspiration boards !!! fabulous

ellastica said...

nice inspiration boards!
that shot of Jackie O in color is breath-taking.
her wind-blown hair, the red top with the faded jeans is so classy and timeless.