I am frequently asked about where I find my inspiration, and I mean frequently. In all honesty, there is a very simple answer. Look up!
I know it’s a well-worn subject these days but if you look around, everyone seems to be looking down, myself included. We are looking down at our “smart” phones and semi-living in a virtual world instead of fully living in the real world.
I am blessed to live in what many call the greatest city in the world. How could I not be inspired? Consider the architecture alone (although Chicago is still my favorite for that) – the way the different styles play off each other is inspirational in and of itself. The way the light plays off the buildings, creating colors and shapes that are or are not there; the choices that were made to decorate the buildings; the people and the process that put those buildings there…the list goes on and on.
I remember one summer, Ed Libby, a friend and fellow event designer, got so excited about the color that a sunset made on one of the skyscrapers outside of the Rainbow Room that he exclaimed, “That color! That lavender, orangey, pinky color! That’s what I want to find for a tablecloth that I need!” It’s a wonderful example of how inspiration can find you at any moment.
You needn’t be in the big city to be inspired, however. You can be inspired walking down a country lane watching the sunlight shine through the leaves, creating patterns and colors or noticing the ways that Mother Nature pairs colors in flowers or in clumps of naturally growing plants; inspiration is everywhere and anywhere as long as you open yourself up to it.
So put down the phone (for a while, at least), and start to look around. You’ll be surprised that all of the colors, shapes, and textures you need to inspire you for your next event are right in front of your face.
The Secret Ingredient: Open your eyes.