Real Life Inspiration Boards


my Pottery Barn magnet boards in 2007


Long before Pinterest came along, I was pinning inspirational ideas and memories on a real bulletin board. As long as I can remember, I’ve had a board of some sort, even if it was just the back of my bedroom door. I would collect pictures, quotes, and favorite images and put them up together in one place for happiness and inspiration. Even now that I’m an all digi kind of gal, I can’t live without my real life boards!

I’m in the mood to redo my boards and I would like to help my kids start curating their own collections so I’ve been looking for ideas. There are so many to choose from!

Big inspiration wall on cocokelly blog


A bulletin board can be a design focal point in a room.


Or it can be simply a small addition.


Clipboards are a great way to be able to change around an inspiration board in an instant.


Linen pinboard from Pottery Barn = beautiful elegance.


DIY homasote boards are great for those on a tight budget.


Pottery Barn Teen bulletin board tiles are perfect for mixing and matching.


You can really make a pinboard from just about anything!


I love the way the shutters are used here!


In fact, you don’t even have to use a “board” format at all. Art wires are a fun alternative!


There’s just something wonderful about having a place to display some visual inspiration.

Best of all, you can change it around any time you want to!

katie big

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