Creating a look & finding inspiration for your dream interior can be time consuming & stressful. Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away with one look then come across something you love even more & change your scheme all together.
The internet is definitely the best thing that’s happened to anybody, like ever. But especially when it comes to us interior obsessed geeks who love nothing more than nosing at other people’s house’s & dreaming of which Farrow & Ball colour to use next.
Trying to create the ‘dream home’ is virtually impossible. You’ll come across another house on Instagram that puts yours to shame (I follow MANY accounts that I’d happily trade with in an instant!). Humans naturally always seek ‘more’ so even if you are 100% satisfied with your home, no doubt if you’re anything like me, in a couple of months you’ll start picking holes & wanting to add this or take away that.
These methods & places are the ways I find design inspiration when I’ve got a interior-block (like a writer gets a writer’s block…I’m sure you get it) & am seeking a bit of a creative spark.
1. Magazines –
I shout at my husband for keeping one England rugby program as its ‘clutter’ & he’ll never look at it even if it could be one day a collector’s item or whatever spiel he tries to give me. It goes in the bin.
On the other side of things, I have a whole hoard of interior magazines (& I’ve recently got rid of a whole lot more…) which I simply NEED in my life, just in case I need to look back at them for whatever reason.
I could happily sit & read home magazines 24/7. Especially when little old me features in them!
2. Pinterest –
I personally don’t use Pinterest in the way it’s intended & have kind of put a ban on using it properly as I know for a fact I’ll become addicted & my little’s won’t eat for days on end.
You can find pretty much anything on it & for interior or decor inspiration it’s absolutely amazing. I even refer to beautiful things as ‘Pinterest worthy’ such as my friends beautiful wedding last week that you may have seen on my Instagram feed.
It’s basically like having a load of interior magazines & picking out your favourite snippits then compiling them in a folder…all for free, plus you don’t have to traul through the ugly things & can just type in what you’re looking for.
3. Catalogues –
Who didn’t love the Argos catalogue when they were little? I remember sitting there & circling the things I wanted for my birthday & Christmas. Not much has changed, apart from the fact that now it’s no longer Argos’ toy section I lust over. If only furbys or pokemon cards gave me the same excitement that the Laura Ashley catalogue does!
4. Friends & Family –
The brilliant thing about knowing someone with a beautiful house is the fact that you can have a nose around without being too much of a stalker. If you’re close enough then they’ll know you can’t help yourself & will happily give you the grand tour plus tell you where xyz came from or what paint colours they’ve used.
5. Nature –
One of the most amazing places to find inspiration is just outside our front doors & it’s always underestimated. I’m a huge fan of styling the seasons & love how bringing nature in, whether it’s through a bunch of fresh blooms or things like styling your decor around the burnt oranges & warm browns of Autumn can change your home.
6. Hotels –
After our stay at The Pig last year for our 1 year wedding anniversary, I came home & decided that I simply HAD to redo our en-suite bathroom to incorporate a roll top/claw foot bath as well as some patterned tiles. I had head over heels fallen in love with our room & the dining room floor at The Pig & so that stay ended up costing us quite a lot….
7. Blogs –
Bloggers are fast becoming one of the top online influences & I’m so blessed to be part of that! We are information providers based on our chosen specialist subject; mine being all things interior with a hope to inspire within the home environment.
I regularly read blogs which give me a kick up the bottom to do this or start that as unlike a shop, it gives a genuine & warm personality behind it.
8. Instagram –
So, I’ve saved the best until last as I’m sure you all know what a HUGE fan of Instagram I am. I am hugely inspired by the beautiful homes I follow & every single day look forward to seeing what the people behind every account are up to.
I always find it so strange how you can feel like you know the person behind an Instagram, like an old friend, but you also know your way around their house. It’s a caring & kind platform which gently encourages as well as inspires. I love it.
What do you find helps you when looking for Interior inspo?
Love, Charlotte x
I find your home really inspirational Charlotte, I particularly like the way that you're not afraid to change things around if they're not working or if you come up with something better xx p.s can you tell me where you got your console table from please? Xx
I love your home! I've only recently found you (and my love for pretty interiors) and I've already read through all of your blog, it's fabulous. I'm just beginning to start sorting my home out so your inspiring me totally. I'd love it if you could do a post about paperwork, I'm drowning in the stuff! What do you keep and where do you keep it? Especially the long term things like birth certificates and house/mortgage paperwork.
Hi Natalie, thanks so much for your lovely comment & reading! So glad you like the blog. I'll see what I can do with the blog post on paperwork organisation. I'm actually turning Rory's old room into an office later this year once our foreign students have left so watch this space x