Tuesday, March 11, 2008

WFMW 3-12-08

I love to decorate and have always taken great pleasure in coordinating my home decor. Something that has really worked for me in the past is placing items of inspiration into a three ring binder. I use the clear insert pages plus I also use some of the pockets that are made for a binder.

I keep what most would call a storyboard in the binder that has samples of fabric, paint colors (with name and vendor), wallpaper samples, flooring, etc. I also keep in a small pouch in my bag paint chips, wallpaper and/or fabric samples so if I am out shopping and I see something for my home I can match it up right away with the small samples I have with me.

In this binder I also keep ideas that I have found on the Internet, blogs, magazines, and brochures. It works as my dreamboard and the place I start formulating ideas for the rooms that I want to re-do or the few that I have yet to tackle.

Having a place for all these items helps me keep my ideas together in one place. I keep my notes in one of the pockets so that I can update as needed. It is also very handy to keep business cards of contractors available so I always know where I can find the information when I need it.

I have placed an image below of the cover I created for my binders in Publisher, however, the darling black and white checked border did not show up and that is a shame. It really sets it off! I have binders for everything...household, home inventory/warranties, kitchen notebook, and my great ideas binder.

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Gray Matters said...

I love using binders, too. They make me feel so organized!

Sheila said...

That is a good idea! I tried to do that when I moved into our new house but I only put in some of the things, and when I take it with me to the store it's not that useful.

Maybe I'll go make another effort to finish it...I would like my house to look a little more coordinated.

Have a great day!

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Amy said...

Good idea! I use a lot of binders for various things, too. I have a "house plans & ideas" notebook, but nothing as detailed as yours.

Monique said...

I am glad to hear I am not the only one! My husband thinks I am crazy for the past 15 yrs I have collected in binders (over 25 of them!) with various tearsheets from magazines organized by room. If there were a fire, they would be the first things I grab. Okay, I may have a problem...