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The Design Journal: Surrounding yourself with inspiration at home

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

As many of us are currently spending more time at home due to the current state of affairs, I wanted to share something with all of you that will hopefully inspire creativity in the personal spaces we call home while we make health and wellness a priority.

My Studio Director and I attended a Designer Conference in San Francisco a few weeks ago. It was a meeting of the minds for Interior Designers & Brand Influencers. The highlight of our trip was no doubt meeting the legendary Nate Berkus. Perhaps you were a Nate fan from his days on Oprah or maybe you became a Nate fan after shopping his long running partnership with Target offering affordable & stylish home decor & accessories. Nate Berkus continues to run a successful interior design business and partners with many different furniture and retail lines offering his own branded collection of unique, inspiring furniture and decor.

While Nate has 20 years of interior design experience, the insight he shared with us was not about challenging projects, design obstacles or the do’s and dont’s of running a global business. Nope, Nate basically shared what inspires him on a daily basis. What gets his creative juices going. How much travel influences his creative vision. How different cultures and countries influence the design industry and how to incorporate the things we love into our everyday surroundings.

The stories & pictures he shared rang so true for me. It’s why I love what I do. It’s why I’m so passionate about creating spaces for people that truly embrace who they are & where they have been, and where they would like to go. Everyone should love the personal space they call home.

So I ask you, as you spend more time at home than normal these next few weeks....What inspires you? What travel spots have cultural elements that sing to your soul and spark creativity? Since travel Is limited for many of us in the foreseeable future, it’s the perfect time to incorporate things that inspire you into your home. Every time I travel I try to purchase a piece of art or textile, a coffee table book or take a photo of a favorite spot.  At home I have a large bowl of rocks that sits on my coffee table.  Rocks from each and every place I've traveled.  So I encourage you to pull your favorite pieces from the shadows of your home and showcase them on your mantel, your coffee table, by your bedside. Showcase these pieces in your home and share your story.

Carla H. Royder

"Let's live with the stuff that delights and replenishes our senses, the stuff that is filled with the totems and memories that represent the chapters of our life that are written through the things we surround ourselves with." Nate Berkus

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Mary Ann Benoit
Mary Ann Benoit
Mar 22, 2020

I love the idea of showcasing all of the things that delight us. I have a collection of rocks from meaningful experiences too:)

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