I used to use a 3-ring binder of pages I had clipped from shelter magazines to help communicate ideas with clients. Sometimes I would have them take the binder and tag pages they liked so I could get an idea of things they liked, their style, color preferences, and just as important, what they didn't like. It was a good way to "get into their head" so to speak. Other times, I would use the binder to help illustrate an idea ... for example an image of a particular window treatment.
But today, although I still thoroughly enjoy reading my favorite shelter magazines and occasionally will still clip a page or two, I find that a good portion of my inspiration comes from design blogs and online magazines. When I see an image I like, I can just pin it on one of my pinterest boards to resource for later, or to share with clients.
I know I will be using this wonderful filing system much more this year. And even though I am an old-fashioned girl who still prefers to sketch on a pad of graph paper I am trying to push myself to get more tech-savvy. In fact, I am looking forward to discovering even more new tools on my brand new ipad soon (thanks family for the great Christmas gift!).
These are just a few of my favorite images. The sources are listed on my pinterest page.