As I approach the idea of taking this furniture building thing “full time”, I’m building up a source of inspiration photos.There’s a lot of great stuff out there that would be really fun to tweak and edit and make my own. Plus, it’s nice to see a wide variety of finishes since I tend to do everything the same way. One of the first places I like to look? Catalogues!
Catalogues are the best! Every time I visit my mom, I raid her collection. They don’t even have to be new, I keep them on file to thumb through when I need inspiration. Right now I have about 50 tear sheets in my binder from Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Restoration Hardware for the new house. Not only is there great decor inspiration, but the furniture pieces are plenty. I plan to mix and match things I like to come up with something new.
My second favorite source? Pinterest! I think that one’s pretty expected. I have three boards dedicated to building. Furniture Inspiration (stuff I see in room decor images that don’t have plans or are retail pieces), Furniture Plans to Build (obvs – pieces that have tutorials and plans from Ana White or other blog sources) and Wood (small projects and ideas made from wood). Here are a few of my favorites from those:
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Another more unexpected source is the toy aisle. I like to look through the plastic offerings and figure out ways to hand make more quality kids’ items. Like my $5 Do It Yourself Chair or Ruler Height Chart.
Where do you find your inspiration? Is it somewhere unexpected, or do you use Pinterest and other social media methods?