For our town, the first day of school is tomorrow. As you've probably noticed, I have taken a few days off from posting just to get some last minute summer activities in. One of those was taking my kids to the store for all of their brand-spanking new supplies. Let's face it. It doesn't matter if you have lots of pencils and erasers left over from last year. There is something so special about getting a new pencil case, some clean pink erasers and a fresh pencil sharpener.
A new school year is upon us. I’m not sure where the summer went. It was just June about 10 minutes ago. But I assure you it is time to get the routine back in order. There are many blogs publishing ideas of how to label your kids new clothes, what to pack for lunch or which backpacks are the best for carrying those heavy textbooks. All great stuff. But Juvenile Hall Design is about inspirational décor for kid’s rooms. I published a previous post about inspiring your genius scientific introvert. But now I’m bringing it close to home. Now we are going to talk about the artist.
If you have a kid who digs up bugs, collects rocks or spends more time identifying plants than running on the soccer field, you may have a budding little scientific genius on your hands. There is a lot of emphasis in education today on “group projects.” Schools have swung towards assigning group projects as a way of teaching tolerance and cooperation. That is important, of course. But what if your kid prefers the route of the introvert?
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.
To satisfy the curiosity of some of my readers and clients, I will give you a quick, uncensored, unedited, peek at the happy madness that is my studio. It drives my husband absolutely nuts. But it is filled with morsels of inspiration and bits and pieces of all of my previous jobs. It also is filled with everything I need to be my creative best. That includes something to stimulate every one of my senses. There are little bags of chocolate and several carafes of hot coffee at all times. My speakers play a constant stream of my Pandora favorites from my iphone. I have a candle I light that fills the room with the rotating scent of vanilla and Entenmanns Bundt cake (yes, they do sell that.) My combination of fairy lights, dressing-room mirror globes and Edison bulbs cover all of my favorite light sources. My natural wood tables where I rest my elbows keep me grounded and natural while my eyes and fingers enjoy the modern matte metallic finishes of my Mac Book Pro.
Is it the picture of organization? To most, probably not. But for me, I have personal relationships with every book, thread and paintbrush in this space. It might not be “spread worthy” for those publications that print those incredibly organized, cataloged studios. But since I’ve made a successful career of designing spaces that inspire creativity for almost 20 years, there must be something I’m doing right.
I can say with complete confidence that my mission to teach people to design for inspiration and celebration comes from a place of experience.
If you have a chance to zoom in and really look at all of the details, you might enjoy a few laughs over items that probably seem to have no purpose what so ever. So if you see anything you’d like me to explain, just send a question my way. I obviously have nothing to hide…where would I put it? ; )