Monday, October 4, 2010

My Office Inspiration Boards

Yes, I'm still working on finishing my office. I know! I can't believe it's taking so long either! But it's almost done I promise.

But in the mean time, I do have my inspiration boards to share with you.

I knew I wanted an inspiration board on the entire wall in my office. I was inspired by this board in the Urban Grace Interiors office:



Erika mentioned in her post that she used a 4' x 8' board. I really really wanted this size, but they are $220 and it was a little out of my price range.

Instead, I took out my trusty painters tape and taped out four 3' x 2' boards (which are much more budget friendly) on the wall to see if it would create a similar look (sorry, no picture of this). And luckily for me, it did! I purchased four of these boards at $19 each = $76, saving $140. I shipped site to store so shipping was free!

And here are my four inspiration boards:



This project was a very easy DIY. I used inexpensive linen-like cream fabric from Mary Jo's. I ordered and added antique brass nail heads from here (I found the link via Jenny). The tedious part was nailing in all those nail heads into four cork boards.




(See the three images of dresser styling? I just recently printed them out... they are from this post. Love it!)



I use the boards for both personal use (things that I think are pretty and inspiring) and professional use (fabric swatches and sketches for clients). I love being able to look up from my desk to reference swatches and stuff for my client's jobs.

Now hopefully the rest of the room will be finished soon :)

37 comments:

  1. they look great, I love the final result!!

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  2. I actually prefer your look better. You can organize several projects at once with the four boards-and I love anything with a nailhead trim!

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  3. I like the look of four boards! Can't wait to see the rest!

    Happy Monday!
    Jade

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  4. They look great, love Beacon Fabrics for upholstery supplies! Janell

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  5. I think they're a fabulous substitute!

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  6. looks gorgeous! This reminds me I still need to post my office makeover.

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  7. They are so pretty! And they easier to organize than one large one--you can have different projects on each one. I may have to take down my big one and get some smaller ones.

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  8. if you are ever looking for another option for a larger tack board, try homosote (available at major retailers). i haven't priced it out but would guess it's less than $200 for a 4x8 sheet.

    i like your solution though! nice job.

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  9. I feel a need to run our and make those fab inspiration boards for my office...but HELP! I need and office first!!!

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  10. I love those!!! Actually, I like yours more than the ones in the picture... way to be creative and on budget!

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  11. They look so good Bryn, can't wait to see the room this week. I especially love the picture of the adorable little boy on the tire swing on your personalized board!!

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  12. They look fantastic! Nothing like the plain, boring Staples boards you started with. Great job!

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  13. not to be creepy, but I saw you in the audience at Nate, the previews have been running this morning. You made the commerical. Congats, love the yellow scarf :)

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  14. I love the set of four as well - function-wise I think this will have many more uses than the large version. Like another commenter said, keep client projects seperate will be a breeze! Can't wait to see the whole space :)

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  15. What a great way to take a look you like and make it work for your space! Looks so pretty :)

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  16. LOVE IT! I can't wait to see the rest!

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  17. I love how they turned out! The nailheads add so much!

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  18. I really like your take on the inspiration boards. With four seperate boards, you can have more possibilities with how you use them!

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  19. I love this! I'm in the process of creating a little office in my bedroom! This is inspiring.

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  20. Wow they really look great! What a clever idea. I would love to try this for my home office!

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  21. I'm a newbie... love your blog! Based on this post, I cannot wait for the reveal! The boards are fantastic, I think the four separate boards have a better look.

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  22. It's really coming along in there...I saw your smiling face on the Nate Berkus show today, you looked very happy!

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  23. I like the idea of having 4 boards rather than one. You can have different themes or inspirations on each one. Plus it looks great!

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  24. I like the look of the 4 boards better. Beautiful job!

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  25. These are gorgeous! I just came across your blog via Arianna Belle's recommendation & I love it! I look forward to reading more!

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  26. Love it, Bryn. I like the look of both the large board and the smaller ones -- but I do think the smaller boards are going to be AWESOME for organizing by project.

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  27. Oh I LOVE them, Bryn!!! The smaller size boards and their repetition gives the grouping a cool graphic effect. I may have to borrow your idea. : ) And I cannot believe pics of our little style session made your pretty boards! Such a fun post!!

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  28. These are beautiful! How did you attach the fabric? Did you have to spray adhere it down so that it wouldn't be pulled along the edges and you'd have room for the nice 90 degree angle created by the trim with the nails?

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  29. These are beautiful! How did you attach the fabric? Did you have to spray adhere it down so that it wouldn't be pulled along the edges and you'd have room for the nice 90 degree angle created by the trim with the nails?

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  30. love the look. you kind-of make me wish i was a designer...with all that inspiration hanging around!

    :)

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  31. love the look. you kind-of make me wish i was a designer...with all that inspiration hanging around!

    :)

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  32. I like the look of the 4 boards better. Beautiful job!

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  33. I really like your take on the inspiration boards. With four seperate boards, you can have more possibilities with how you use them!

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  34. if you are ever looking for another option for a larger tack board, try homosote (available at major retailers). i haven't priced it out but would guess it's less than $200 for a 4x8 sheet.

    i like your solution though! nice job.

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