Thursday, February 3, 2011

What inspires me???

My baby girl has been so sick these past few days.  It's been hard to get anything done.  So instead, I've been designing and putting some sketches together for accessories and photography props.

How many times are you asked, "What inspires you?".  It's the one question I always get asked when I meet someone new or get asked about my business.  My response is always, "My beautiful daughter, Lola".

I started thinking a little more about that question..."What inspires ME???".  And I came to realize that although my daughter is the inspiration behind everything, she really is what DRIVES me to do what I'm doing.  And of course, I couldn't do any of it without my husband.

But I draw inspiration from so much more!

My shop is all vintage, shabby chic & Parisian inspired.  I've heard so many opinions about shabby chic.  Some say its dead...the era is over.  Some say the term "Shabby Chic" is horrible.  Others simply say it's "Old".  Me?  I say none of the above.  I LOVE shabby chic!!  It's beyond feminine, dreamy, flirty, cozy and so delicate!!  Washed out whites, creams, greens, blues and pinks.  Really??  How can one hate it?  Distressed wood, iron furniture, gorgeous roses and how can we NOT forget the STUNNING chandeliers??   When you look at my designs, you'll see how much I love shabby chic.

For other pieces I draw inspirations from timeless actresses such as Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Ginger Rogers and so many more!

Another inspiration of mine is...Paris!!!  I hope to one day travel to Paris.  It's one of my top destinations to go to (I just need to get over my fear of flying!).  I just love the romantic feel, the colors that come from french pastries, clothing and more!  My designs are mostly named after French girls or something related to Paris.

And lastly, Marie Antoinette!!!  Despite her history...her fashions were flawless!!  Gorgeous colors...amazing fabric textures...lots of feathers...and LACE!!!   If you're wondering...YES, I do have a love affair with lace.  I think all of my designs in one way or another have a touch of lace!

So there it is...that is what inspires me!  So the next time you're browsing or shopping at Baby's Breath Handmade...think of feminine, chic, romantic, & delicate....everything a girl should be!!!

Now it's your turn...what inspires YOU?

Here are some photos that have inspired me today...

I also wanted to share with you one of my latest designs, Lily Chic Headband. Will be listed in my Etsy shop soon!!



  1. I am right there with you!!! Love shabby chic and vintage~ You definately have to make that trip to Paris!! It's such an beautiful city!! You will never regret it. Rock on Girl :)

  2. Cool post, Joyce. Those pink shoes are to die for, are they not????
    Finds of the Fabulous Kind!