Design Inspiration is Everywhere

Mentor Lisa Ferguson, Principal of Lisa Ferguson Interior Design and Decor Mentor Founder, shares how images, patterns and textures inspire her designs. >>

Recently I was in Manhattan, New York for an incredible trip during fashion week, with red carpet treatment courtesy of Brizo. You will see in an upcoming article why they are innovators in faucet designs and service.

When I am in New York, there is always a trip to Bloomingdales and So Ho for fashions but its the walking the streets and photographing the city’s architecture and interesting elements and having tea in 6 stunning hotel bars [ yes in one day! ] just so I can inhale and admire the design elements. And get design inspiration for current and upcoming client projects!

Here are my top inspirations and how I plan to interpret them in a interior design project:

1. The wallpapered and mirror closet installation in the Eventi Hotel lobby:

I adore the element of whimsy and surprise!

THE PLAN >> to design a similar cabinet for jewellery with pullout walnut drawers in the interior lower half lined with teal velvet and acrylic dividers, all with sumptuous satin brass hardware.

2. Perforated cutouts with smoke mirror backing in the Diane Von Furstenberg boutique in Bloomingdales .

I am already designing alot of interiors with custom machining but the combination of the gold, the organic pattern and the smoke mirror behind have inspired me to layer more in my custom cabinets and walls! This installation is also a reminder of the perforations trend that is very evident in fashion and decor and V and M founder Bill Indursky talked about at High Point Market in October.

THE PLAN>> A version of this would make gorgeous dressing cabinet door fronts, a great wall divider in an open concept loft or as a feature wall! 3. Building exterior as viewed in a cab.

No doubt you have seen some white wall panels with this kind of relief but the finish and brass metal combination takes it to another level for me.

THE PLAN>> My millworker can interpret 3D designs on wood. I am dying to design a version of this as a feature wall around a satin brass fireplace insert!

4. Vintage brass hardware with patina as discovered at Olde Good Things .

The finish and pattern caught my eye right away and I wish I had the perfect project to install as intended.

THE PLAN >> I do alot of custom embroidery designs for my clients. On pillows, towels, bedding, window treatments and furniture. The pattern in the middle of this handle has inspired me to design a version to be embroidered, instead of typical trim, on a pair or roman blinds. 5. Vintage light fixture at Olde Good Things.

I love vintage lighting, especially in older homes. It makes a space feel more collected over time. I adore the antique brass and the drama of the lines.

THE PLAN >> This fixture, as is, needs to find a home in one of my client projects! My mind hasn’t even gone to an idea inspired by this fixture. Maybe something comes to yours?


Lisa Ferguson Interior Design, author of this feature, is a full service Interior Design firm in Toronto, Ontario. Lisa would love to talk to you about designing a space expressly for you.

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One Response to “Design Inspiration is Everywhere”

  1. The Decor Girl Says:

    Nice post Lisa! We were all loving that mirrored closet in the lobby. I like that sometimes design elements are incorporated, “just because” in a tasteful way.

    Love those light fixtures!

    XO your Brizo Blogger 19 pal


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