How To: Use a Photo for Inspiration

100608-translate01.jpgThe Fall 08 Home Cure starts today and one of the things that we'll ask you to do is create a style tray, a tray (or a book or a file, whether real or virtual) where you keep all of those magazine clippings that inspire you. But, how do you translate that drool-worthy room in Domino or one of our house tours to your own humble abode in a way that's workable?... Here are the questions we ask ourselves when we translate a room from a photo:


  • What do I like about this room? It is something specific (the wall colour, a piece of furniture) or is the feeling or the style of the whole room (bohemian, elegant, eclectic, formal). Breaking down what you like about a space makes it simpler to pull out the components you like and leave the rest behind.
  • Does this room have the same activities that I'll have in my room? If your living room's used for blogging as well as entertaining friends, will the room work if you change out a credenza for a desk and a chair?
  • Are the traffic patterns in this room similar to the ones in my home? If your room has two doors while the room in your inspirational photo has one, that will change how the room is used.

  • Are the rooms the same size and the same shape? If your room's much smaller, you may have to find smaller scale furniture or leave something out. If the room's bigger, you might have to add something so that the room has the same feeling.
  • Do I already have furniture that I can substitute? Perhaps your couch, with a little reupholstering, can work in place of that special order Italian model.

[image: Melanie Acevedo from Domino, October 2008]

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