Friday, September 17, 2010

Inspired!

I'm often asked by people, "What inspires you?"

Today's answer: My students! My list is long and varied. I'm constantly stumbling upon inspiration everywhere, everyday, all the time! I love what I do and I feel blessed to have discovered my "calling" per say.

As most of you know, I don't just practice interior design, I teach it at Endicott College and Suffolk University {New England School of Art and Design}. I am always pushing my student's ideas. If they succeed it means I have done my job well! I often discuss the importance of strong concepts, and how they should be somewhat abstracted! Literal design looks juvenile to me..Yes, throw in an ounce of kitch or a nod to the obvious..but always keep it fresh and unique! I was discussing using simple objects, en masse {or in large groupings} and how something very common can take on a sculptural quality when used unexpectedly and in large quantities. Well my student was inspired by Anthropologie's window displays..They practice this very idea! Gorgeous! I'd have to agree with her!!! Well Done.

Marshmallows - look sculptural when suspended don't they?

Milk jug igloo? Brilliant..

18 comments:

Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

ADORE the windows !!

jade said...

Hi Julie...
I wish I was one of your students!!! Love reading your blog.
Of course I'm a huge Anthropologie fan, I used to have a blog about them.
They are always a great source of creative and inspiring displays.
I love to stroll through their stores and take it all in!
Jennifer

Kathysue said...

Julie I soooo agree with you. Anthro's displays are always amazing and creative, fresh and young. Now that is goooood design, Kathysue

Laura Trevey said...

Wow! Stunning and so creative ~~

ashley schmutz said...

i LOVE those window displays. i think i might enjoy them more than the clothes sometimes...

Karena said...

Really inspirational and so fun. How do you accomplish so much!!

I have a New Giveaway from the French Basketeer I think you will love!

Karena
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lisa oram said...

I really love those marshmallows. I wonder if I could get away with that in my living room?? And by the way, I mentioned you on my blog today.

Melissa said...

I have a friend whose daughter, a SCAD grad, is a store stylist for Anthro. I was fascinated to learn that they get tiny budgets-- like $100 or so-- for the entire display. One of my all-time favorite things was a giant peacock made from takeout chopsticks a few months ago

La Petite Gallery said...

My first crush was on a handsome man doing a window display. Never met him, but always like to pass his window. yvonne

rikshaw design said...

stunning!!

Hello Lover... said...

Amazing! I am sure you are a wonderful teacher!

MB said...

The Anthro window displays are lovely and yes, very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

lisaroyhandbags said...

I've always admired their displays any time I've happened to see them. Such an impact they make with such simple items and great ideas :)

Yahnay said...

Wow these pics are amazing! I love it when you see things in windows that make you stop and look. I sometimes wonder how people come up with the ideas.

red ticking said...

they certainly have it goin on!!!!

and i applaud you for giving back by sharing your amazing talent.. xx

Chesapeake Chic said...

I could not agree more! I always wonder if they fly certain employees around to each of their stores to act as display artist-- their window art is always so amazing!

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

Gorgeous! My sister's good friend is in charge of window display at the their Princeton location. Always thought it sounded like the most fun job ever....

Tiffany said...

I've had that image of the marshmallows saved for a bit b/c I'm considering doing it in my large bay window at holiday time. I hope my neighbors don't think I'm crazy.

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