If you are looking to plan a party, re-decorate a room in your home, or possibly plan your wedding, the first thing we all want to do is gather inspiration. Whether it’s creating a Pinterest board or hoarding up on inspirational magazines, we all want to gather ideas for how to create something we’re really proud of and something that ultimately is pretty.
But, how do you sort through the millions of images you have pinned or pages of magazines you’ve bookmarked and actually apply your ideas? It can be challenging. Just because Suzy Q painted her bedroom wall with black and white stripes and you like it, doesn’t mean the look will mesh in your own home. Or maybe you love that over the top dessert table you saw online that would be perfect for you little girl’s next birthday party, but the the amount of time and money it would cost you just isn’t feasible.
Here are a few things to consider and a few tips for how to turn your inspiration into a reality.
Figure Out the Look and Style You Want to Achieve
Once you’ve gathered all your ideas and pulled together images, you should begin to see what look and style you are gravitating towards and how you want your event or home to feel. Are all your images of rustic outdoor events? Then you probably like the idea of your event being casual and laid-back. If you keep pinning spaces with bold artwork or unique accessories, make it a priority to find or create a funky piece of art to hang on the wall or transform an otherwise ordinary accessory into something unique and quirky.
For our wedding, I tended to gravitate to images of outdoor ceremonies with rustic and casual touches, so I applied that inspiration by having an outdoor farm wedding.
Pay Attention to the Color Palette
Pay attention to the colors from your inspirational images. Do all the party images you’ve gathered incorporate the same color? Maybe several of the parties have a gray and yellow theme or all of them used orange. Take the common colors you gravitated towards and create your color scheme from that. Same goes for your home. If you keep pinning kitchens or rooms that are all white, then stick to a neutral color palette when it comes to selecting paint.
For our wedding, I knew I didn’t want a ton of color, but kept searching for floral arrangements that fit the color palette I was going for. Based on several of the images I found, we created something with a similar look, yet distinctively unique for our wedding.
What Details Are Important to You
What makes an event or room particularly special are the details. Whether it’s certain accessories or party decor, we all want to add an extra special touch. In your inspiration images, what details tend to catch your eye? Do you keep collecting images of spaces with family portraits on display or meaningful wall decor? Then consider displaying a gallery wall of your favorite family photos or create a piece of wall decor based on a special verse or phrase significant to your family. When it comes to events, if you love all the parties that have fun and unique party favors or custom labels for all the food, then make it a priority when it comes to your time and budget to either purchase or make food labels and put together something fun for favors.
Details apply to weddings too. For our wedding I loved the idea of creating simple and rustic tablescapes for our reception. Using these images as our inspiration, we incorporated some wood elements as part of the centerpieces and included a simple pumpkin at each tablesetting.
What Impression Do You Want to Leave
When someone leaves your home, what impression do you want them to take with them? Do your images and ideas convey a glamorous or magazine-worthy home? Or do you gravitate more towards more lived-in and personal spaces? Take that feeling conveyed in the images and translate that into your home. For a more stylish and sophisticated home, it would be important to use unique and elegantly styled accessories, beautiful lighting and statement furnishings. If it’s more important to convey a family-friendly atmosphere, personalize walls and spaces with photos, personal mementos and more casual furnishings. With a party, do you love all the ideas and inspiration that include lots of games and activities for guests? If so, then place more importance on the activities than the party decorations.
For our wedding I wanted guests to relax and have a good time. I wanted both parents and children to have a good time and enjoy themselves. Since we would be on a farm, I kept gravitating towards outdoor games and outdoor activities that both kids and adults would enjoy. So we made sure to have several lawn games outside including corn hole, bocce ball and ring toss and also have a bonfire with a special s’mores station for guests to enjoy.
These are things I applied to our wedding but also things I’m doing when it comes to renovating our new house. My house inspiration might not always be budget-friendly or feasible, but I’m taking the look and feel behind the images I’m gravitating towards and applying that same idea in our new house.
How do you turn an idea into reality?
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