What's Your Muse?
I admit it. Plants and flowers never really excited me until my 30s. I just didn’t notice them. I blithely walked past gardens and overlooked houseplants. But something has changed, and now I understand the fascination. In a recent trip to Hawaii, I fell in love with the plants of Oahu. The colors, shapes, and textures were intoxicating, and the backsplash of so many shades of green blossomed within me a serene feeling of calm. I’m convinced now this is why people take vacations in tropical places. I get it.
The shapes and textures of these plants have been following me around recently, popping up in my imagination. When I get home from a trip, I often find that something --a certain shade of yellow, a unique texture perhaps--starts to resurface in my thoughts. Eventually, I find this little thought-souvenir inspiring my design ideas. It’s a unique source of influence that I think is very valuable.
From a design standpoint, I can only be inspired by others’ designs to a certain point--beyond that, it stops becoming inspiration and starts becoming flat out copying. So, I start seeking out other ways to find inspiration. I find now, more than ever, I'm finding ways to create authentic interiors for my clients from unsuspecting sources: fashion, food, nature, art, and travel. Maybe it's the ubiquity of online interior design sites that all start looking the same. We need fresh sources. Pulling an image off of Pinterest can be great for finding inspiration for your kitchen, but there is nothing like getting out there, experiencing life, and looking around you. So go outside. Go somewhere you’ve never been before. Start taking it all in. You might just find your muse!
Holly Hickey Moore is a boutique interior design firm specializing in full-service interior design, project management, consulting, and purchasing services. Located in Dallas, Texas, Holly works on residential renovations and new construction, vacation homes, and boutique-style hospitality projects nationwide.