Keeping the creative mind fresh requires consistent mental exploration through looking, reading, and adding new photos to the bulletin board.
To do just that here is a list of current inspirations on my bedside table, bulletin board, or inside my head.
Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley
Although Smiley has written numerous books, this is the first one I have read. It is a sweet story about a horse, a dog, and several of their animal friends roaming the streets of Paris. At this disturbing time in the world, a heartwarming story was a needed distraction.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
Apparently I am late to the party as this book was made into a series and released in 2013. I found it recently while perusing my mother’s library. She no doubt purchased it for my then teenagers, but I always love a romantic fantasy.
The Mexican Series by Verna and Warren Shipway
As I am remodeling my new old house, I turn again, as I always do, to this collection for inspiration. Their many books show countless images of Mexican exteriors, interiors, and the details that make them so charming.
Frida Kahlo by Taschen
A friend gave me this incredible book for Christmas. I have many books on this favorite artist, but one can never have enough. This latest book is quite large allowing her intricate details to be seen. Her style, color choices, and subject matter are endlessly inspiring to me.
This time of year my friends and I head down to Palm Beach to visit the Kips Bay Showhouse.
Here are a few peeks inside this year’s house.
The main living room was designed by Peter Pennoyer Architects.
His room was one of my favorites as it wasn’t a Palm Beach cliché. It was colorful but fresh in its scale and layout.
Florida room by Paloma Contreras.
The impeccable bedroom and bath by Sarah Bartholomew was popular in my group.
The Solar tiles were replicated on wallpaper outside the shower.
Ashley Gilbreath’s bedroom was lovely as well.
A wonderful green toile lined the walls of this lounge by Tiffany Brooks Interiors.
Media Room by Robert Brown Interior Design.
Favorites through the years still on my bulletin board
While considering the design of my new house, I am pulling out items I have loved for years. Some items I have never used and look forward to finally having the opportunity. Moroccan tile is a constant for me, but maybe some new patterns this time around.
Casa V Interiors is always considering new ideas to bring a uniqueness to each project.