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Creating an Inspiration Portfolio

Sometimes we don’t know what we are looking for until we see it. When it comes to design, articulating our particular likes and preferences is especially difficult. Sometimes we don’t have the right vocabulary, or we can’t put into words the way we feel when a favorite design resonates so strongly inside of us. How do you communicate these preferences to the architect who will ultimately be designing your dream home? One of the best methods is to create an inspiration portfolio to organize all the different influences that have inspired your dreams.


An inspiration portfolio can be physical or digital. Physical collections include printouts from the Internet or pictures cut out from magazines like Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Kitchen & Bath Design News, HGTV Magazine, Home & Design, Interior Design, and many more. A three ring binder is a simple way to compile your collection and makes it very easy to show an architect when going through a design consultation.


Perhaps the best technique is taking the digital approach to creating an inspiration portfolio. The easiest way to do this is by leveraging the capabilities of Pinterest. Pinterest is a leading social media platform designed to discover, organize, and share content of interest found on the Internet. Expressive Homes recommends creating a board to pin all the inspiring images you come across while searching the Internet. Pinning creates an archive with bookmarked links back to all the various influences that inspired you. It also connects you with others who have similar interests and provides recommendations for additional content based on the items you have pinned. This is a great way to build your inspiration portfolio.


Over time, trends change and your individual interests often change. Take the time to periodically review your inspiration portfolio to make sure it still reflects those items you would love to see in your own new home. Keeping an inspiration portfolio is not only useful in the design process, but is also a fun way to be inspired by the creativity of others.