No. 1 Fresh Flowers
If I have one weekly indulgence, it would be buying $10 supermarket flowers for my desk. Not only do they literally make me stop and smell the roses throughout the day, but that little change of something alive and new in color, scent and texture keeps my workspace feeling fresh too. A necessary expense for me.
No. 2 Art Exhibitions & Museums
One of my girlfriends wanted to treat me to a birthday celebration, and I asked to spend that with her at the Getty Museum on Saturday. Soaking up history, learning about new artists, seeing works up close and personal invigorate me like no other. I am already planning my 2nd annual trip to Art Basel in Miami in December — it refreshed me so much last year!
No. 3 Design Books
No doubt you’ve seen my home and office enough times by now to know I have a lot of design books. Depending on the project I’m conceptualizing on a particular day, I’ll flip through a few that are relevant (and sometimes not relevant at all). It amazes me what off-the-wall ideas spring up from this exercise. They truly expand my creativity in unique ways.
No. 4 Magazines (vintage ones are great too)
When I’m feeling stuck, I’ll venture out to the bookstore and check out what’s the latest to hit the newsstands. Or, I’ll reference my collection of vintage magazines (I get mine from Paper Pursuits). Like design books, they get me thinking in different directions and you just never know what will develop out of it.
No. 5 The Beach
Even if you don’t live near the beach, you can step out into the great outdoors for a little fresh air to clear the mind. Taking thoughtful pauses when I’m blocked jump starts the flow of creative juices again. Even more so, taking a time out at the beach for a few hours to breathe in the sights, smells, sounds and sunlight recharges my batteries.
What are your offline sources for original creativity?
Photos 1, 3, 4 by Erika Brechtel (2 & 5 by Ana Miller)