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Feeling Inspired

by - Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I have a new toy. As you may have noticed, I love to put together "inspiration boards". These boards are a good way to convey the mood and look I want to create for a room. I've done a few for the guest bedroom, deck, and kitchen. Typically, I'd cut and paste pics I found around the internet and plonk them into powerpoint to create an image. Well, I've discovered a new tool that helps me create boards much more easily. is a "unique, easy-to-use web-based application for mixing and matching products from any online store". That it is, and more! Call it 'virtual collaging'. Remember when you were in Grade 3 and you had to put together a collage using pictures cut out from magazines? This is the same thing for the Internet generation. Once you put together your collage or "set", you can share it online with others. And if you want to purchase the products you put in your set, easy-peasy, Polyvore saves the link back to the original store where you got the pic.

The best thing about the site is that you can easily create different variations of one look. Here's a few looks I've put together for the kitchen...the yellow kitchen:

The silver kitchen...

And the black and white kitchen...

How fun is that! And if you still can't get enough of internet tools, check out my old post on Google Notebook. You'll never leave your computer again, lol.

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  1. I adore that yellow diamond-pattern. It'd make such a cheery space. I find black and white kitchens incredibly sterile. The punch of yellow would add just the touch of warmth to say that this is a home's kitchen, not an institution's.

    What I would envision in your kitchen is the yellow diamonds being a tiled backsplash (rather than the wallpaper I'm assuming this sample is), with the rest of the room being black and white.

    This would include a black (not all black, just a predominately black stone-style pattern) counter instead than the light one you picked out. For the walls, I see a slightly softer white than what you've picked for your cabinets, something with the tiniest bit of blue in it, and textured to give the walls oomph. The floor sample is exactly what I would envision in the space.

    I can't wait to see what you end up choosing!

  2. After 5 minutes I'm hooked on polvore - thanks

  3. Ooh, great suggestions raven. The yellow is actually a fabric for the window shade or tea towels. I need to bring in the yellow from the adjoining dining room somehow.

    modernemama - you're welcome, lol.

  4. Ooh, I really don't see the yellow as being only an accent colour. I really do visualize it more as a focal feature since you don't have that much backsplash space. I'm envisioning really glossy tiles in a sunny yellow shade.

    Where I grew up, you often saw this colour combination in house exteriors--they would be painted a glossy white with black trim (shutters, window and door trim) with the front door being a cheery yellow that just popped.

  5. Love your site...I like the yellow kitchen as well...did you find a good slab of kashmir white with lots of silver flecks?
    I work as a designer for a Tile Contractor, and have one suggestion that might complete your kitchen with the your marble backsplash, add accent subway tiles in the yellow color as well as metal subway tiles that are stainless steel. Randomized in the backsplash it would tie everything together.
    hope this helps!

  6. OMG...I think I could probably spend hours playing with this! But it's late...I should REALLY go to sleep...

  7. Too cool. I'll check it out tonight. P.S. Love the yellow kitchen too.

  8. PeachyKeen4:44 AM

    Ooooh fab program - and gorgeous ideas for the kitchen - I LOVE the yellow one, really like the black and white one, and like the silver one. I like the light benchtops with the dark grey floor tiles, and the yellow accents. I think its best to keep accent colours to easily modifiable furnishings, like you have suggested - the window shade and teatowels (and maybe a nice pic or print?), or even a 'feature' wall, rather than incorprate them via a splash back or something so permanent. Its too hard to change if you change your mind! Gee I wish I had your talent for making a room come together!

  9. Thanks for the suggestion leah. I hadn't thought of an accent tile. But I may be inclined to agree with peachykeen and keep it to the less permanent features... I can be fickle with colour choices, lol. Will have to think about that some more.


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