Ask Design Mom: Redecorating Notebook

May 22, 2007

Hi Gabrielle, I love your blog and I have a question for you. I want to create a notebook for all of my redecorating ideas. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, Ashley

Design Mom Answer:
Oh. Ashley. I love decorating notebooks! But I find this kind of thing very personal. Not personal as in private, but personal as in what works for one may not work for another. So I’ll tell you what I do, but I can offer no guarantees that you’ll like my simple system as much as I do.

My favorite thing for this kind of project is a medium size notebook that I can fit in my handbag. It needs to have an elastic closure, so that when I tuck bits and pieces of paper in they don’t fall out. In addition, if I’m really working intensely on a decorating/inspiration notebook, I like to keep a small container of paperclips and a roll of double-sided tape in my handbag as well. I like Clipiola clips, because they come in a cute, petite container, that closes securely.

Several companies make notebooks of the size and variety I prefer. In fact, See Jane Work carries a great selection of elastic closure notebooks, but my two current favorites are probably the Bella Journals and Cavallini Notebooks.

Best of luck putting together your decorating notebook. I’m certain Design Mom readers will add some brilliant ideas.

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1 Leslie May 22, 2007 at 8:20 am

i started a blog for this very purpose! i scan in my myraid of magazine clippings and categorize them once they’re posted! i think eventually I’ll categorize them by room (bathroom ideas, kitchen ideas, furniture ideas, etc.)


2 Shauna May 22, 2007 at 11:49 am

For carrying samples of fabric, paint, colors, trim, photos, etc., I use a 4″x6″ photo album. It is portable and fits perfectly in my purse without bulk. I always have it with me when I come across that just right treasure.Even when a project is completed, I like to have basic color samples with me in the event I find new accessories, etc.


3 Ashley May 22, 2007 at 3:23 pm

Thank you for the great ideas, everyone. And thank you for pointing me to See Jane Work. What a great site!


4 Alyssa Coberly May 22, 2007 at 4:09 pm

i have one of the little notebooks that i carry around (similar to the printed ones shown) and then i glued a thin stiff fabric pocket on the back for anything that i dont have stuck in (ei: paint chips) it goes with me everywhere … a good idea too is if you cant take a piece of your couch or chair or something with you (who can?) then find a paint sample that matches and carry that around … that way you know if something matches the furniture


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