Life Is Too Short For Bad Design

Isn’t this a gorgeous spot? It is one of my favorite coffee shops in Seattle, and my friend who was there this afternoon sent me this pic. I miss it.

This isn’t a design blog at all , but this space is so inspiring I have to talk about it. When I lived in Seattle I would sit here for hours and brilliant things would pop into my head. Well, brilliant for me anyway. That is what great spaces do. They inspire.

A few years ago I realized that life is too short to spend time in environments that don’t inspire me. Even if I have to get really creative with budget and meager resources, it is worth it to make a space that invigorates me.

I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite sites for helping create fantastic environments.

Design Sponge  – This site has great pictures to get your mind going. They include DIY, videos & before & afters. Plus, they have really great city guides for where to shop.

Style By Emily Henderson – I love her style. She finds great vintage things from flea markets & craigslist. Plus, she is great at re-purposing items. I want her to come decorate my house.

Apartment Therapy – What isn’t to love about this website? Great ideas for small spaces and small budgets.

Elle Decor – So, this isn’t going to be the most budget friendly site. If you are looking for polished & super stylish ideas…you’ll love it.

Anthropologie – I could spend hours in their stores. I LOVE their spaces and the website is fun to browse.

Okay, those are my favorite places. Where do you go for design inspiration?


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4 responses to “Life Is Too Short For Bad Design

  1. Hey, just thought I'd let you know…you spelled "designed" wrong. 🙂

  2. Wow, I sure did! And that wasn't even the word I meant to put in the title. Thanks for letting me know!

  3. I had every intention of coming to say hello at the retreat today, but got caught up and wasn't able to :/ I promise I will at some point. But it was so great to hear you and Jady share your stories with us! I can't wait to see how the Lord uses your family to impact the college ministry this year and how the college team will impact you guys. And that coffee shop looks divine. I would LOVE to camp out there with a good book on a rainy day (which I'm sure Seattle has plenty of). I'm a big Pinterest fanatic so that's where I find most of my inspiration (and I have far too many pins to prove it).

  4. Okay, please come over and introduce yourself next time you see me. Can't wait to meet you! AND how could I forget Pinterest? The greatest design hub of all!

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