Sometimes, if I'm feeling short on inspiration, a step into the great outdoors immediately recharges me and offers up so much styling fodder...
You only have to look at my cabinet of curiosities to know that I'm a dedicated beachcomber. There are so many wonders found via a stroll along the shore. And whether they're slightly broken or misshapen I love them all the same. Shells, sea urchins, sand dollars, and remnants of sea life bring so much texture and interest to an empty space, whether they stand alone or are stored together in a glass jar.
But we can easily look to the forest for inspiration. When I was in Scotland, I loved the towering pines so much. I found the needles a beautiful addition to the floor as that unforgettable scent was released as they were stomped over. It's difficult to go wrong with things made of wood. No matter what its origin (pine, oak, blackwood, jarrah) or use (chairs, tables, picture frames, bowls or boxes) it is a very adaptable, durable and attractive choice. I love that it's sturdy and has a sense of history.
My sense of adventure may take me to a desert, which I love for all the colours that I see. The colour hunter in me loves the deep ochres, the washed-out greens and other muted tones around this landscape. You might even pick up a sun dried piece of timber that makes a lovely table centrepiece.
I think it's best to put on your stylist or artist's hat when you step outside, so you're ready to drink in the wealth of inspiration that surrounds you. I certainly do.