A quick look at my inspiration board for this week. My inspiration boards are really just extensions of my sketchbooks. When planning a design for your own space, making a board that you can view throughout your day shows you not only the things that you love but also small design elements you might not be aware of. Look for colors or shapes that start to repeat themselves. Without repetition sometimes the attraction you feel for certain items remains subconscious. Let design be a process of broadening self awareness. Eventually you will find that your loves, the design elements that inspire you, will become more and more obvious.
I also like to change my boards often. Most of all remember that the board is for you. This is not a clients presentation board. While it may end up being attractive, don't be afraid to tack up post-it's and circle words. It's no different than an artists sketchbook.