Design Morgue

We can find design inspiration everywhere!

I started compiling my little notebook of design inspiration years ago. I eventually outgrew it and now I keep all my little ideas in a binder. A design binder, or design morgue as I’ve heard it called, is a great way to discover your own style. Whenever you see a room you like cut it out and store it away. Once your collection has grown take it out and look for patterns or trends that you are drawn to. Maybe you never thought you liked purple but for some reason all your rooms have purple in them. Or perhaps you thought your style was more traditional although you’ve collected quite a few modern rooms.

If you’re like me your style is always changing. The key is to find rooms that you really love. That way when ever it is time to redecorate you won’t find yourself saying, “I wish I remembered what that room looked like”. It doesn’t just have to be rooms. It can be architecture, decor, designers, stores, art ect. When people say to me, “I don’t know what I like”. The best advice I can give is to start figuring it out.

Your own style doesn’t have to be pinned into one category. There are so many types. So get out those scissors and start collecting!

2 Responses to Design Morgue

  1. Melissa & Phillip Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 9:01 pm #

    This is a great idea – it keeps the wheels spinning. Here is another spin off of the idea. Start a binder and put sections in it (bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, draperies, tile work, cabinetry, lighting, etc.) and continually add pictures of different types of examples into the different sections. I started mine when I was in ID school, and I still add to it and refer to it when working with different clients to help ‘jump start’ my design ideas.


  2. Heather Davis Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 10:30 pm #

    k, what a great idea! i’m going to start a binder, i love it! just so you know… i will be asking you for lots of advice in the future. fun for you.

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