Inspiration: Decorator's Notebooks

Inspiration: Decorator's Notebooks

Keehnan Konyha
Sep 29, 2008
Detail of room collage by Christian Lacroix, from Pin-Up Magazine

As much as we might try, our digital desktop remains an unorganized, mislabeled mess of documents and photographs. As we're constantly saving images culled from a variety of sources, not only do we frequently lose track of where they were originally taken from, but we often forget why we saved them in the first place...

Inspiration board by Mallory Mathison
Detail of David Hicks' notebook, taken from "David Hicks: Designer"

While there are digital tools for inspiration archival (Domino's My Deco File is wonderful!) lately we've found our eye wandering towards a more physical version. With something as tactile as decorating, the act of cutting out, touching and arranging tangible images and fabrics for later reference strikes us as worthwhile endeavor.

What about you? Do you keep notebooks of past and current inspirations? How do you organize your personal reference library?

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