Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Design Inspiration

D'Arcy just asked where I find design ideas. In no way do I profess to be a maven of design but I do know some people who are. I've always said I'm not creative just a good copycat. Here are some of my go-to places for inspiration.

If it wasn't already obvious, I love Crate & Barrel. I think their products are reasonably priced, well made, classic but still fun. And while they may introduce new styles, I never get the feeling that they want me to redo my entire house every year. My dream dinnerware:
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has lots of furniture that I covet. And you can peruse their catalog online. My current obsession:
Dwell Studio Beautiful bed linens. OK they sell other things, but for me, it's all about the bedding.
The Conran Shop The online shop is great but if you ever get to NYC, be sure to go to the brick-and-mortar store. I had 2 star sightings in one visit.  Also, it's the first place I ever heard of Tord Boontje.
I love pretty much anything by Marimekko. They help me remember that as much as like white and beige, color is worth the risk. I might be more organized if my home office were covered in these bright red flowers.
In Fredericksburg, TX, one of the stores on Main street sold a lot of stuff from Company C.  I haven't bought anything yet but I visit the site often.

Sometimes I just let other people do all the work for me. Here are a few blogs I like that focus on pretty things.

emma's designblogg
How about orange...


D'Arcy said...

This. Is. Amazing.

I will be taking time tomorrow to look at each site on it's own.

Now I want a million dollars, see what you can do, will you?

Hey, It's Ansley said...

Glad you like it.

I'll tell you the same thing I tell anyone who asks for a guy or a million dollars when I ask if they need anything. As soon as I have it for myself, I'll start working on yours :)

Chelsea said...

I always say that about myself too. Just good at copying.. not really all that creative:)

Great list and thank you for the shout out:)

Mrs.French said...

I feel honored to make your list...your blogs is one of my favorites too, brimming with "pretty things." I am excited to check out your links! wheeeeee!