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Five Things That Inspire Me

My time in the Blog it Forward lineup has come, and today I’m sharing with you the things that inspire me.


The unapologetically pretty. The confidence and strength of owning one’s femininity.

photograph by Eleonore Bridge


Cute fabric. Crazy vintage tablecloths. Bold wallpaper.

Mirabel wallpaper by Romo


That color in between pink and lilac. Charcoal gray. Olive green. Pumpkin orange.

photograph by 11nightmares


Awesome fonts. Beautiful handwriting. Enviable calligraphy. Striking initials.

Daily Drop Cap by Jessica Hische

Flowers & Foliage

The ruffle of a peony. The fuzzy softness of lamb’s ear. The delicate flutter of petals against a flowering tree branch.

photograph by the Blah, Blah, Blahg

Thank you, Victoria, for organizing Blog it Forward. The baton was passed to me yesterday by make something, and now let me pass it on to max and ellie for tomorrow. Also, be sure to check the full Blog it Forward schedule, as there are ten blogs participating and sharing their inspiration each day!

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  • Teresa
    March 11, 2010 at 9:59 am

    ooooh! So lovely! And I *love* this concept of blogging it forward – genius!! :)

  • Benny
    March 11, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I love your list!

    I also just noticed the elephant watering can in your wish list. I have the pink one! It’s one of my favorite things!

  • Jessica
    March 11, 2010 at 10:01 am

    What a sweet list. Love it! Those letters are so fun.

  • My @ tha Hotness
    March 11, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I love your list. I absolutely love Femininity and florals and Typography.

  • Trishna
    March 11, 2010 at 10:09 am

    That was beautiful and very true to your essence Nicole.



  • Melissa de la Fuente
    March 11, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Gorgeous! Such beautiful inspirations!

  • Caitlin
    March 11, 2010 at 10:32 am

    What a nice list!

    That Blog it Forward thing sounds fun! Is there going to be another?

  • Kmart Design
    March 11, 2010 at 10:43 am

    What a beautiful list of inspirations, and the pictures are so lovely too!

    Love to hear if you draw any inspiration from traveling. Our designers do on fashion and home trends from Asia to Europe.

  • Angela
    March 11, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Loving your list and the first image especially. I wish I had the patience and time to do “feminine”!

  • Marivic
    March 11, 2010 at 11:37 am

    A charming list of inspirations…thank you for sharing!

  • glendachilders
    March 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    What a sweet list . . . was it hard to stop at just five? One of the things that inspires me is actually just that ~ LISTS!

  • Miss B
    March 11, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I was just thinking what an eye you have–sigh, Iscrolled through the first three photo’s-love,love, love, the hand lettering sublime and then you gave me a heart attack. GAH!!! If I wasn’t in a public place I would scream out loud. Thank you dear Nicole, I feel so honored to have my lil’ photo on both your beautiful blog and your blog it forward.

    P.S. I am LOVING that you are posting so regularly and so often!!! Thank you for keeping this spot on the web so fab:)

  • In Honor Of Design
    March 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I am loving reading these. This one hit so many of my favorite things:) Thanks for sharing Nicole!

  • Melissa Blake
    March 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    What an inspiring post!! :) Love the red nail polish!

  • Kate
    March 11, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Beautiful post- its got me in the mood for spring!

  • Charlotte
    March 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Love love love that first photo – it sums up femininity and power for me so well!

    Charlotte xx

  • Melissa
    March 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Lovely post. I especially love the letters!

  • Redlilocks
    March 11, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Love the list and relate so much to each one! I knew I loved both this blog and your amazing style for some reason ;)

  • Nicolette
    March 11, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Oh, such pretty, pretty things! I have recently found myself embracing pink in the decor of myself and my home. Thank you for your continued inspiration.

  • Moondoonie
    March 11, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    i love pretty things…great post!

  • Natalie
    March 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing :) xoxo

  • Dennice
    March 11, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    your inspirations are sweet, feminine and enchanting. how lovely to “meet” you in this manner. such a wonderful post…

    thank you so much for sharing…xo

  • Ashley
    March 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Hey I’m also from Blog It Forward. You have a great list here!

  • Andrea Larsen
    March 11, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I just love and adore you!

  • Arcadia
    March 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    i’m such a believer in women owning their femininity, heck it’s where we get our strength!

  • Amanda
    March 11, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    I would love to know what those blooms are. I checked the original blog but there was nothing on there. Anyone?

  • Natalie
    March 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Oooh love the photos! All very inspiring to me as well! It’s sad when women shy away from their femininity. So happy to see someone embracing it :)

  • karyn
    March 11, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    nicole, what great inspirations. i’m so excited to discover you through blog it forward!

  • bianca
    March 11, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    I am inspired; I had a case of the mondays (even though it’s thursday) and this perked me up after a loooong day. Thanks!

  • snuggly
    March 12, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Oh wow, Im so excited that i found this blog. I’m on the same mission and using a blog to document the process too. I’m going to have to go through page after page of this blog when I come home. You seem to have extremely good taste and I will surely get a lot of inspiration from you.

  • Rocio
    March 12, 2010 at 8:09 am

    I love every pic you have uploaded, and Romo is a great brand of wallpapers, I found it last month and I’m in love!

  • Angelika Conan Bammer
    March 12, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I love this post – all the colors and designs here ARE really inspiring! I just found your blog and have been reading up on your painting and organization tips. Love it, love it, love it! Thank you!

  • Allison
    March 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Your first image has inspired me to paint my nails red!

  • Leslie
    March 12, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    LOVED this post. Totally agree. Daily Drop Caps is SO neat.

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  • Christine
    March 13, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Your inspirations have inspired me today! Especially the first one, femininity. Gorgeous photo. Great reminder of a part of me that sometimes gets forgotten.

  • Tori {Thoughtfully Simple}
    March 14, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I can relate to this list. Especially love lettering. I love how with the simple changing of a font, your words can “say” things so differently.

  • agnesl
    March 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    “The unapologetically pretty/ owning your femininity” : just the phrase I’ve been looking for. Couldn’t agree more, and in sharing it you’re an inspiration in turn: just what I needed tonight for my granny-style-weight-loss regimen.

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  • Paula
    March 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I love the wallpaper on the second paper. It’s refreshing.

  • Heidi
    March 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Hands down one of the best “inspired by” posts I’ve seen in a while on the interwebs…visually and content wise

  • Kishah
    March 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I love it! Very lovely post :)

  • Rachel
    April 7, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I know that I’m quite late to the party, but I just wanted to say that I found this post to be quite inspiring and LOVE that top picture.