My reason for starting SEE LARK! was to create a venue to share my passion and love for fashion, travel, food and interior design. Since buying my first home in 2010, I have honed in my decorating skills and learned a lot along the journey. Therefore, after getting some questions about where to find inspiration when styling a home, I decided to share some of my tips here with you!
Q: We are going to move in to a new home and I need a fresh look. Where do you find your inspiration?
I don’t mean to sound like a cliché, but I find inspiration everywhere! With sites like Apartment Therapy and Dust Jacket Attic and the invention of Pinterest, it’s easy to find a picture or a color that will spark inspiration for a theme or a direction for a new home. The intent shouldn’t be to copy the exact image but take things you like from different sources and pull it together to create your own story. This may be a bold navy wall from one place mixed with gold light fixtures and a modern couch from another.
On a more tactical level, I find inspiration by watching HGTV. I watch A LOT of HGTV, sometimes it’s just on for the background noise. Over the years, I have figured out what I like and don’t like and who to draw inspiration from. Some of my favorites include Genevieve Gorder, she has a feminine touch to her designs and mixes old with new. She interjects a lot of Turkish and Moroccan accents through tiling, structures and accents, which I absolutely love! Another great stylist is Emily Henderson. She also has a knack for finding vintage pieces but her overall look lean towards more 70s retro and modern furnishings. She is quirky and her designs express that bubbly personality.
Q: I like Serena and Lily, but I know there must be more out there.
Okay, I guess that was more a statement than a question! Serena and Lily seems to offer part modern/clean lines, part feminine touches (think mirrored objects and scrolly edges), and part global accents (Moroccan poufs and ikat patterns). They offer beautiful things ranging from furniture to wicker baskets but can be a little on the pricey side. There are many alternatives depending on what you are looking for, so here are some quick suggestions:
- Furniture – West Elm (I love this nailhead headboard and this tufted love seat, pictured above)
- Global Accents – Etsy (Moroccan poufs for around $90 and designer throw pillows)
- Textiles – Rugs USA (this site is always offering major discounts, a great source for that diamond or ikat rug, pictured above)
- Accent Furniture – Target (check out this woven side table, this black and gold end table, and tufted stool)
- Lighting – Urban Outfitters (a more affordable geo pendant, pictured above) and Land of Nod (a rope lamp or electron pendant for the kids or adults!)
Q: Where do you find your wallpaper?
Wallpaper is making a comeback and I am very excited about this. I think what’s different this time around is that it’s not covering every wall in the house. It’s now used in small areas like in washrooms or as an accent wall which adds to its longevity. My favorite sources for wallpaper include:
- Cole & Son (wide selection and designs, the Brits know wallpaper!)
- Aimee Wilder (cute, quirky patterns)
- Hygee & West (modern take on floral and other traditional patterns)
- Anthropologie (sources from multiple designers, you can find one and then do additional research for other designs)
- TemPaper (if you aren’t 100% sure you want to go all the way)
If you plan to use wallpaper, I advise you not to skimp on materials or installation. It’s not as easy to change as a coat of paint. You have to love the pattern and hire someone who knows what they are doing. Check out my post on wallpaper for more ideas of how to incorporate it (and patterns in general) into your home.
If you need more inspiration and tips check out my other posts on design and decor: