Thursday, June 9, 2011

displays of affection



Back in April Somerset Studio announced a call for submissions looking for "pictures of mood or inspiration boards and of what's currently on your worktable." I never did get a reply from the magazine but it was still an enjoyable exercise because who knows? In a few months the board could change. Again. And this post will serve as a keepsake.



The board was originally powder blue gingham purchased in excited preparation for my first baby's bedroom. Years later, after painting the Girlie Office pale yellow, I recovered the board in raspberry paisley fabric. Then there was my giant GASP over the aqua Lecien antique flower fabric and the board was recovered once more to how it looks today. {Fascinating stuff, eh?!}



My board is a mix of mood and inspiration ... and fun. It holds sweet notes and Valentines from my boys, pretty business cards, family photos, even the price tag from a dress I bought for $4.98 that was marked down from $89.50 (a real coup!).



To complete the publication entry: here is what was on my worktable that day.



Stepping back and looking at the photos, I can see that my inspiration-mood board reflects what I'm working on and vice-versa. Kind of like -- is the sky blue or does it reflect off the ocean? Or did I just have too much sugar with breakfast and I'd better nibble on some almonds?

xo
elyse

29 comments:

Zuzu said...

Happy, cheerful, bright & beautiful! Love it, Elyse!!!
Hugs,
Zuzu

Bee happy said...

Wow! i love love love your workspace it's so beautiful, I want it! your board is just gorgeous on it's own but it's also filled with such lovely things :) thanks for sharing.

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

A Vintage Chic said...

I LOVE your inspiration board, Elyse--so beautiful! I really need to get one started--thanks for reminding...and inspiring me to do it!

Wishing you the most wonderful day, dear friend!

Julie

Cottage 1945 said...

So, so lovely! I love your workspace-their loss that they didn't put you in the magazine. Your little haberdashery flowers are so cute too.

stefanie said...

its all the best colors!!!!!

Kelly_Deal said...

Hi Elyse! Your work area is so pretty! I love the colors and I love your inspiration board!
Hugs,
Kelly

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Love it! It's so pretty

http://sweetharvestmoon.blogspot.com

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello,

I rely on my inspiration boards and treasure them! Yours is fabulous...love the bright colours!


~ Gabriela ~

Into Vintage said...

I think my board is like yours - inspiration + mementos (such as your price tag!). Although my board itself is not nearly as pretty as yours and I think I've just been inspired to do something about that. :-)

Stevie said...

Such a gorgeous workspace! I LOVE how you arranged your clock inside of a lovely frame, genius idea! xo

Sugar Pink Boutique said...

I love your work space!!!! I am in heaven looking at everything! Your photos are amazing they make me so happy! Thank you so much for sharing!

Cozy Little House said...

I love your color and your pretties, Elyse. I would know a photo of your house immediately.
Brenda

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

i am jealous of your work space! and... your boys write you sweet notes? hmmm... think i may drop a few hints at the dinner table tonight. happy days to you ; )

NanaDiana said...

I love your sweet workspace. I always feel inspired the moment I open up your blog! It just draws me into your tinkered little world! xo Diana

guide to self hypnosis said...

I hope I got the same workplace as yours! It's beautiful!

Mary Ellen said...

My mood board would have pictures of Elyse's office space on it!! Love your creative space!

T's Daily Treasures said...

I think all of its moods are beautiful and wonderfully reflect the who of you! Ha! I need to make an inspiration board. I'll put that on my summer project to-do list. Best wishes, Tammy

Creative Grammie said...

Your inspiration board is exactly that, a beautiful inspiration board. I have one near my sewing table, though I've always called it a 'bulletin' board, I think inspiration board sounds way better.
Elyse, I love your workspace, it's so cheery and fun-looking to work in. TFS and warm hugs to you.

Cottage Flair said...

Your board looks like it would make anyone happy. I need to revamp mine. And you are so right ... I should blog our shop events. I never really thought about doing it before. I forget that people actually live close by!!
jennifer

kimberly said...

Elyse,
I am so happy you stopped by so that I could find you. I must tell you, while I live surrounded by whites, dark woods, and linen, the colors on your blog are what fill my airstream "Mabel"! As a mom of four boys, she is my refuge for all things girlie!
Have a wonderful weekend,
xx

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

All those goodies are inspirational. I love seeing all the sweet things you make with your bits & pieces.

Roselle said...

Your workspace is so bright and happy. I love it. You must get very inspired sitting there! I have workspace envy (as I type this from my kitchen table) ;)
xo
Roselle

FairieMoon said...

Never did find that aqua Lecien antique rose fabric...sigh. I did love it so as well.

Erin :)

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

I do not HAVE an inspiration board! Maybe that's why I'm so uninspired lately... I always love coming here, Elyse! Your blog fills my mind's eye with wonderful color! ♥

demie said...

lovely colors. lovely flowery things. lovely blog : )

Redes Informaticas said...

Realmente hermoso!! Todo muy hermoso!!!

koralee said...

Your board is so inspiring.....I have one too that I keep changing. Hugs sweet friend. xoxo

casapinka said...

Well, that's the kind of thing I actually do find fascinating! Thanks for sharing the process...and that dress tag would have gone on my board, too...I mean, when I do a board. I love the yellow for our cloudy weather - i plan to do a yellow room if we ever find a house (not to usurp pink, of course.!

Marcia (One Heart) said...

The board is perfect but your workspace...oh my...dreamy. I'm inspired!! "Here we go again," gasped one very patient and supportive husband. ;)

Love your blog. Look forward to visiting.