Inspiration (Floor) Board

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.
Cards from some of my favorite spots in the city – Eataly, Dominique Ansel Bakery, La Churreria, Laduree, Three Lives and Company, Maison 140, Penelope, Warby Parker. Tags from some of my favorite brands – Chance, Kate Spade, Arianna Belle, Furbish. There’s a card from The Caramel Jar on Etsy (yummy, yummy caramels). Also the photo booth pics of me and my Mom from The Smith when she visited last year – those crack me up. 
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.

photos by me


  1. Monica {Cake and Lilies} says: February 12, 2014

    I love how you did this! Too bad it probably took up a sizable portion of your floor, because this is such a cute way of displaying all these beauties. At least now you have great pictures of it 🙂 I love how you saved pretty little tags, too– I never think to keep them, but they're such a nice touch.

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: February 13, 2014

      Thanks Monica! I am glad that I have pictures of it now at least, made me a feel a little better about not being able to display it 🙂

  2. Rebecca Spencer says: February 12, 2014

    I love the pieces you've collected! You need to get a small cork board and just get them up there!

    Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: February 13, 2014

      I wish! If only I had more walls 🙂

  3. Hunter says: February 12, 2014

    I love all of these pieces you have laid out; I agree they would make a great inspiration board!

    Prep on a Budget

  4. Rachel {Love This Life} says: February 12, 2014

    Love love love all of these! This would be so pretty displayed.

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: February 13, 2014

      Thanks Rachel!

  5. Kate says: February 12, 2014

    What a pretty display Jackie! And so cohesive.

  6. Jessica Joyce says: February 12, 2014

    Now THAT is the most organized "mess" ever.
    Your Friend, Jess

  7. Tiffany Leigh Interior Design says: February 12, 2014

    This is SO cute. I love it. This is the type of thing I would totally do. Then again I actually have an inspiration board but can't seem to make the time to fill it and style it properly. Shameful!

  8. Allison Eaton says: February 13, 2014

    I'm also longing for a big, amazing inspiration board, but there's no room for one in my tiny studio. I'm jealous of that J. Crew lineup–i'd have it taped up in my closet for sure!

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: February 13, 2014

      That's a good idea! It would give me good outfit inspiration 🙂

  9. dervla @ The Curator says: February 13, 2014

    lovely, maybe you should just tape them up on the wall?!

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: February 13, 2014

      Thanks Dervla! That's a good idea, maybe I will do that…it would be a good excuse to buy pretty washi tape 🙂

  10. Patti Lembo says: February 13, 2014

    maybe you can keep them on your floor and cover them with plexiglass(or some kind of clear covering you can walk on). I think that would be cool and beautiful, just like you!!

  11. Alex says: February 19, 2014

    I'm new to your blog and I have to tell you I am such a fan! This is such a cute idea, I want to do something similar to my cubicle at work.

  12. Lubka Christova says: March 6, 2014

    Great moodboards. As a graphic designer I find these kind of things super inspirational :)))
    You've got a very nice blog, dear! I like the diversity of your posts 🙂
    Do you want to follow each other on Bloglovin? I'd love to ❤


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