If you are on instagram, then I’m pretty sure you’ve seen the quote or message that instead of a pretty photo says “Do more things that make you forget to look at your phone.” I find that a little funny since the way in which they are giving you this message is most likely– on your phone. I get the meaning behind it, of course, but I think we all gather so much beautiful inspiration from looking at our phones– or specifically instagram on our phones. Right after I scrolled past one of those messages I came to Nina Freudenberger’s account and was instantly inspired by a photo she posted of their old house. I met Nina Freudenberger at a book signing at Serena & Lily last May. She was singing copies of her new book, Surf Shack. I love her laid back style that’s never over styled; rather it’s very livable and really quite doable. It’s about living with what you love and maybe arranging things that you use in an artful way. Part organization + part art = beautiful living.
Looking at the dining room/kitchen in Nina’s house inspired me to use flowers that were left over from a project at the shop. I tried them first in a few vintage vases, not quite right. Then I picked up my phone and landed on Nina’s instgram account. A simple glass jar with a rope tied at the top as a vase. I grabbed an ikea jar and cut a piece of rope and attempted to tie a not and dropped the handful of stems into the jar. And all that came from one little square. I still read several shelter magazines, buy a few design books each year and the rest of my inspirations comes from living. But when I’m waiting in a line at the grocery store or the post office, I scroll through instagram and click the little flag when I see something I want to save!
Instagram inspired a previous post as well, you can see that here.