There are moments when my creative brain flows almost effortlessly and other times when it grinds to a total halt. Everyone in the creative arena has a system to relight the fire. I start by going over design magazines like House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Traditional Home, and Architectural Digest. Travel magazines give a visual boost as well. Design & fashion blogs, Houzz, and Pinterest are great for a visual kick start. I’ll share a few other ideas to assist in your creative quest.
I find inspiration in the creative instincts of my wife and daughters. I’m listening more.
I can walk for hours checking out cool window displays in Paris, Rome or Brussels.
Displace yourself in unfamiliar territory. Travel helps rewire my creative brain.
I sit and admire an interesting painting.
Do you want to see really beautiful product and packaging colors? Check out the cosmetic department in Nieman Marcus or Nordstrom.
Embrace nature with a long walk outdoors.
Let me loose in an amazing store of visual treats.
I am inspired by the mystery, depth of color and luminosity of silk fabrics.
I love the canvas of ancient walls.
There is no better creative elixir than being near the sea or a wonderful lake.
Sometimes I empty the mind while on a long bike ride. I now have room for new thoughts and ideas.
There is that special dream time you find just before waking up in the morning. Great ideas can generate from this place.
***WHAT INSPIRES YOU????
Image credit: Dick Gentry, Architectural Digest, OPI, Papayaart.