Organized Inspiration: Creating Binders of Favorite Photos

Organized Inspiration: Creating Binders of Favorite Photos

Tess Wilson
Mar 8, 2011

Whether because the rain, or the coming of spring, or my recent home day-dreaming, I've been spending hours happily getting all of my at-home-inspiration materials in order..

A year ago or so I splurged on these "Super View" Japanese binders from Kinokuniya Stationery in San Francisco's Japantown mall (the Kinokuniya that's upstairs right by the ice cream-crepe place). They were $5.95 for the 20-page version and $8.95 for the 40-page version, and I bought a few of each not knowing quite how I was going to use them. I love the sturdy frosted covers and the crystal-clear interior pages, the fact that they stay open-flat, and how nice and neat they look on my shelves. I particularly like the 40-page versions: plenty of room for future additions, but not too huge. Mine are about half filled, and I get an inordinate amount of joy from arranging & rearranging the pages.

This book holds my current houseplant/fire escape garden inspiration, as well as ideas for the future, if I happen to have more space and maybe even a little land. Gorgeous images, plant care and diagnosis, gardening book reviews, outdoor lighting, flower arranging, hypertufa how-to, and more.
This is definitely my favorite, the one I've spent the most time arranging and admiring. It holds ideas for entertaining, food presentation, kitchen design, food packaging, information on intriguing ingredients, and of course, recipes. The sensible thing to do would have probably been to organize it by season, or type of food. I have organized it visually, with glamorous full-page photos at the front (their accompanying recipes, if any, tucked behind), image and text combinations in the middle, and nuts and bolts recipes (handwritten, copied, printed from online) at the back. Many of the ideas and images I've saved are for the future, when I might be making jam and pickles and infused liqueurs from my garden.
Desserts & Cocktails
So, so pretty. Again, there are many ideas contained within this book, besides the recipes: cake stands, serving pieces, birthday parties, tea parties, edible gift ideas. And sometimes you just need to look at pretty cakes.
Home Design
This binder is still in the beginning stages, and is coming together slowly, as most of my favorite images are ones I've found online. I don't want to print them, but... Still, it makes me happy, and is the perfect way to stash project and aesthetic ideas for now, or years from now.
We'll see how this one goes. I have no urge to rip up all my Vogues, but the stack is growing a little high. Time to start tearing!

Have you found a practical and pleasing way to organize all your favorite images and ideas?

Images: Tess Wilson

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