Step Away from the Screen: Finding Inspiration Offline

Step Away from the Screen: Finding Inspiration Offline

Tara Bellucci
Oct 18, 2011

Like many of you, I spend most of my day staring at a computer. My life is on my laptop, from working and writing to socializing and shopping. Since I spend so much time connected, naturally most of my inspiration comes from the web. Yet when I'm feeling stuck, nothing is as effective as powering down and getting out! Here are my tips for finding design ideas outside the 'net.

As a blogger, it's sometimes harder to step away from the keyboard. I gather so many ideas from my fellow writers here and around the web — I pin them, I share them, I write posts about them. But everyone needs fresh perspective. So here's where I go when I need a jolt of ideas:

Open Houses. Stepping into other people's spaces brings a whole new world of ideas. Colors, layout, furniture placement, trends... is there something they do differently that I can make work in my place? I work in real estate, so I see a lot of homes. But you can get inspired from the homes of friends or open houses. This weekend, I went on the annual South End House Tour, where 6 private homes with historical significance were open to the public for viewing. Each one was extremely different and I have a slew of inspiration for future posts! There may be similar events near you.

Shops. Visiting a new store brings me more than just merchandise. Sleuthing for Marketplace means I'm on the lookout for fresh new retail, and they often spur more than a store profile. Though I can never have the lofty windows and exposed brick from Twelve Chairs, the owners created lovely reading nooks filled with color and pattern that I hope to replicate at home.

Where do you find offline inspiration?

Image: Tara Bellucci.

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