One piece of living by design for me, is exactly that – living surrounded by things and images that inspire me. For this reason, a large interest of mine is interior design.
I’ve always gravitated toward the subject. In college, for example, I remember spending a summer planning and designing my soon-to-be sorority room. I chose a color scheme, I browsed IKEA and Target for inspiration, and I sewed a duvet cover from scratch using fabric detailed with a print I just loved. When I graduated to live-out status in college, my roommate and I loved to go the 2nd hand store and browse for treasures to decorate our cute little house on Maple Street. We painted our rooms and recovered our consigned dining room chairs. In our current home, I have repainted many rooms at least twice and am frequently re-hanging art, collecting fresh pillows, and imagining remodeling projects.
I just love seeing an idea come to life, and I think that what we physically surround ourselves with largely affects how we view the world and conquer our days. Truly, when I say physically, I mean everything that falls under that category – your home, your workspace, the people you spend time with. All of it has an impact on our attitude and approach to life. So why not pick your surroundings on purpose?
If I want to feel calm, I want my space to be neutral, restful, and simple. If I want to feel energized, I might use a lot of bright colors, quotable art, and high impact lighting. You get the idea..
One of my favorite things to do to evoke the way I want to feel is to browse for art and design gallery walls – real or imaginary. Gallery walls are great because they’re fairly free form (aka there are no right answers), you can collect images that make you feel the you want to feel (and change them out as things evolve), and there are so many possibilities! Gallery walls are almost like a vision boards.
For me, I currently want to feel alive, free, creative, brave, feminine, and powerful. So, I created the girly chic gallery wall you see at the top of the post. I love the flirty imagery, black and white free form look, and motivational messages that compose the look.
I’d love to hear how you want to feel, and how your space reflects those desires (or how you plan to make it reflect those desires in the future). Please feel free to leave your thoughts and musings in the comment section below.