Thought I'd share a bit of what's inspiring me lately...at the top of the list is a favorite new-to-me book, In House by Mitchell Owens (text) and Derry Moore (photography). I discovered it at the book store a while ago and poured over every page. I decided against bringing it home with me, having already burned through my budget for books for the quarter. But, after a week of not being able to get it out of my head, I just had to go back for it. I am really glad I listened to myself and ignored my budget, as the images from In House have proved to be the most significant source of inspiration for my spring line.
The rooms in this book are over-the-top ornate, lavishly embellished, lush with color - all of the things I am not in my decorating taste and somehow, a perfect jumping off place for me. I found this richness seeping into my drawings and ideas for the spring collection - a sort of pared down, rustic, simpler take on gilded garlands, sweeping boughs, and ornate frames. Beautifully photographed, the images transport and transfix. Just what my sleepy, winter time imagination needed. Certainly worth the investment!
Also inspiring me is the gorgeously photographed new line from Talbots. Stunning. Victoria of SF Girl by Bay alerted me to their new look with this post. Would have been the last place in town I'd stop for a new top or dress, but now I feel compelled to see some of the pieces in person. I'm loving their new take on classic, and the rich colors, too. I'm curious if, when removed from perfect styling and the stunning Julianne Moore, their new line will have the same fresh energy. Will report back.
Hope something makes your heart sing today, friends. xo, S