The #1 home decor element I’ve always wanted in my apartment, and never had a spot for, is an inspiration board. I have so many things I’d love to hang on it! It seems every time I go to a restaurant, showhouse, or store, they have a cute little business card or postcard to take, and over time I’ve also collected various tags, little pictures, and other random stuff that just belongs on a pinboard. The other day while I was cleaning out the drawer where I keep these things, I decided to just lay it all out and see how I would put it together. Even though I don’t have the space for one, it was fun just to peruse all of the cute mementos that I’ve collected since moving to the city, and remember a few of the fun places that I’ve visited.
I love that hot pink Kate Spade postcard, and the J. Crew lineup (I think it’s from spring 2012). Also a card from Pastis and Greenwich Letterpress (a charming stationery store in Greenwich Village).
Up top is the card from the Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit at the Met that my Mom and I attended last spring. Every year they have a Costume Institute exhibition (you know, the one where all the celebs come on opening night wearing somewhat crazy outfits on the red carpet), and every year when my Mom comes to visit we go and see it. I love Kelly Wearstler’s black, white and gold card on the bottom right (so chic!). The little leopard swatch is from Arianna Belle, when I was deciding which of her two leopard print pillows to go with (she was super nice about sending swatches, and I couldn’t bring myself to toss them!). I love the blush pink and white thank you from Sugar Paper on the top, and the summery Aerin card below that. The playing card is a souvenir from Sleep No More, which is an immersive theater experience here in the city that was basically the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It’s hard to describe, but if you’re a New Yorker I highly recommend looking into it.
That little sketch is a rendering from a showhouse. So pretty!
The prettiest tags and business cards, from Arianna Belle, Greenwich Letterpress, Chance, Kate Spade, and Liberty for J. Crew.
So, that’s what my inspiration board would look like! For now I’ll just keep collecting and hopefully one day, an inspiration board will make it’s way into my home.