PIN BOARDS Inspiration for My Inspiration

a.k.a. “my next art installment” 

I’ve got a photo shoot in a couple weeks for a new daily online magazine (yay!), so I’m scrambling this weekend and next to get a few projects done around the house. One is to get a pinboard up above my desk in my studio. I’m thinking large and in charge, which means it’s gonna take a lot of time to put it together — using what I have saved already, and looking for additions to fill in the blanks…

I realize that a pinboard is technically supposed to be random, collected-over-time inspiration, yet it seems like we often treat it like a major work of wall art! (At least I do!) So for inspiration for my inspiration board, I’m looking at these fab examples:


High coverage. Density. Overall color scheme. Variety of media. Variety of scale. Appearance of expansion. Got it. 

 Don’t let them fool you — these things don’t make themselves. ;o)

Oh, and progress on my daughter’s room: ordered her window seat pillows in the elephant John Robshaw print, and I’m picking up a vintage wicker headboard tomorrow!


Images: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).


  1. Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in /home/erikabre/public_html/wp-content/plugins/easy-author-image/easy-author-image.php on line 209' viv says:

    I would love a floor to ceiling one of these!

  2. Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in /home/erikabre/public_html/wp-content/plugins/easy-author-image/easy-author-image.php on line 209' Erin says:

    These are great examples! You are right they are like works of art! Maybe when you make yours you can give us regular folk a tutorial so it is not so overwhelming?
    Love your blog!

  3. I want one!!! Ugg my office is such an embarrassing mess. The opposite of inspired.

  4. I love, love, love inboards!!! I have one hanging above my desk that is ever evolving…currently it is mostly post wedding remnants…go figure 😉 I am really drawn toward that first photo…gorgeous :) Happy weekend! XO brynn

  5. Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in /home/erikabre/public_html/wp-content/plugins/easy-author-image/easy-author-image.php on line 209' elizabeth says:

    I love these – especially the second one with antlers. I want to fill the entire wall in my sister’s playroom like this, but it is a huge wall! It will definitely take years…
    Oh, your FAMOUS Tom Ford book/side table/peony pic is on today…
    xoxo -e (modern24seven)

  6. I love all of these!! Ok I have an idea….to help you we, your followers, can send a few things we think you might like to add to your board?? if its a magazine ad, or a post card…..since you have a few weeks that could be helpful to you and you might be surprised at what you get in the mail! OMG I’m so excited :) If you are interested email me your address and I would be happy to send a few paper beauties

  7. Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in /home/erikabre/public_html/wp-content/plugins/easy-author-image/easy-author-image.php on line 209' Madison says:

    I love pin boards. I had the best one in my old room at my parents house and before I moved out I took it down. I was amazing to see the layers that I had added and how taking it down had so many memories piled behind the front photos. It had been a work in progress for a few years and I restarted it at my own place. Will be fun to watch it transform as well! Good luck:) I’m a big fan of #6

  8. Love all of these! Makes me want to create a pinboard for my office. A REAL and LITERAL old fashioned pinboard. :)

  9. I love all of these Erika! Random inspiration often produces the most artistic creations, so can’t wait to see what you come up with! xx

  10. This made me so happy! I love inspiration boards! And those pictures are beautiful
    congrats on your feature in the magazine, can’t wait to see it! xx

  11. Gosh, looking at these inspiration boards gave me inspiration. :) Creating a killer inspiration board is quite the undertaking, but the process is so fun. Good luck! Can’t wait to see your future feature.

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