It's All In The Details: Inspiration from Our House Tours

082709-inspire05.jpgLots of times, when I'm trolling for pictures across Flickr to illustrate a post, the stuff I come across and love is part of the group "Corners of My Home," little bits of beauty and detail that inspire me. In preparation for September's focus on collections, here are four corners of homes from our recent house tours that I'm currently obsessing on, how they inspire me and what I learned about where my own design aesthetic is taking me...

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In Jen's Vintage Chic Home, I love the white sofa with the eclectic assortment of colourful pillows. The mix of antique framed sofa, crafty pillows and the almost-but-not-quite-shabby-chic white duck upholstery that feels very modern and fresh to me.

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I know I'm not the only one who fell in love with the art over the couch in Flavia and Rodrigo's Simpitco Space. It turns out that it's a found piece of graffiti from the street Maybe that's why it reminds me so much of Basquiat. It adds a wonderful chaotic energy to what is otherwise a very subdued space.

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There's something about the mix of the shower curtain, the towel and the pendant lamp in Scott's Silverlake Bachelor Pad that I keep coming back to. It's jarring but compelling at the same time, a sharp contrast to the rest of his home.

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I like this lamp from Yoshiro's Bird Roost Bungalow and what I like even more is how it's set against the wood walls, where you can see that they're made of planks.

Interesting. Before I put all these pictures together for this post, why I was drawn to them was not making any sense to me. Now, seeing them all together -- the shabby-chic couch, the graffiti art, the neon colours and then the crafty pillows, the rough walls, the graphic lamp -- I can definitely say that I'm having an 80s moment mixed in with a little bit of the 40s. Which makes sense given what's on my IPod -- Friendly Fires and Matt & Kim (or as my friend pointed out last night, "Is it just me or does Friendly Fires sound a lot like Human League? And Matt & Kim, that's just London in the late 80s.") and my wardrobe (I'm having a it's-about-the-big-shoulders-high-waist-skirts-and-ankle-strap-chunky-heeled-shoes-with-white-socks moment).

What about you? When you put your inspirational pictures together what do you learn about where your design aesthetic is taking you?