Finding Inspiration

Where do you find inspiration for your DIY and decor ideas?

I am inspired and regularly amazed at the creativity that I find daily on blogs and online in general.I thought I would share with you some of my favourite places I visit to get my daily dose of creative inspiration.

Of course, you all know that I adore Miss Mustard Seed and her blog along with the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Blog, I find daily Milk Paint inspiration on theses pages.

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint blog via Front Porch Mercantile

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Blog

I also adore my friend Danielle’s blog Finding Silver Pennies. Her style is warm and beautiful, she is an incredible furniture painter and she has amazing taste. I think I could move into her home tomorrow!

Finding Silver Pennies Blog via Front Porch Mercantile

Finding Silver Pennies

Allison from The Golden Sycamore is another inspiring blogger. She too is a wonderful furniture painter and DIY’er and her blog is beautiful and I find myself pinning all her awesome ideas!

The Golden Sycamore via Front Porch Mercantile

The Golden Sycamore

I love Jennifer Rizzo’s blog and was fortunate to be able to sit in on some sessions with her when I was at Haven. she taught a class on starting a creative business and it was amazing. She is super creative and inspiring.

Jennifer Rizzo via Front Porch Mercantile

Jennifer Rizzo Blog

There are so many other inspiring bloggers out there. Check out my other favourites here.

Of course I am totally in love with Pinterest. I recently realized that I had created a job for myself that requires that I use Pinterest on a daily basis. How smart am I? Ha Ha

Check out my Pinterest boards here

Paint it Shabby via Front Porch Mercantile

via Pinterest Paint It Shabby’s  beautiful hutch

I am still a magazine reader,  I have recently downsized my collection of House and Home and Style at Home, Cottages and Bungalows etc, but I like to sit with a cup of tea and flip through my FAVOURITE magazine Country Living UK version. It is by far, my favourite “house porn”. I cannot downsize my collection. I keep them all. I have a problem. This is my fav!

Country Living UK via Front Porch Mercantile

Country Living UK – my FAV

Of course, I love Mother Nature’s pallet as well. When we were pondering the subtle colours we wanted to put in our little cottage in Lunenburg, I realized the colours were right there at my feet.

beach rock as inspiration via Front Porch Mercantile

Mother Natures Pallet (she doesn’t have a blog yet)

I am also inspired daily by the clients that walk into my shop. I love chatting with them and getting pictures from them of their before and afters – seeing the creative juices flowing and listening to them get excited about projects they are working on is very inspiring.

before and after by client Front Porch Mercantile

Customer’s Before and After

So where do you get your creative  ideas? Do you have a  favourite blog? I’d love to know!

Thanks for dropping in, I am so happy you are here!




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  1. I am inspired daily by hearing people’s stories! I will be calling!

    • I bet it must be fun hearing all the stories! Thanks for popping into the shop on Sunday, was great to see you!

  2. Thanks for the leads to inspiration!!

  3. Hi Wendy,

    I have this little routine where I go to, then I go down the list of her blogroll. I also visit Thistlewood, Jennasueblog,,,…oh there are so many!
    I know I’m forgetting some good ones. Oh and I’m currently totally obsessed with Miss Mustard Seed’s blog…have you seen her new feature?
    Seriously, I spend so much time looking for inspiration that I am neglecting my own blog ;)

    • I love all of those too, Jennasuebog was new to me though, so I will check it out! Thanks Colette! :)

  4. What a great idea for a post! I love all of your sources, especially Danielle’s site. Her milk painting kills me! As do all your posts about various techniques. I am always itching to try them. And I have a little news for you. I am giving you both a bit of a shout out on the blog today. Gotta finish writing and I’ll send you the link. Have a jolly day, sweet lady!
    The Other Marian

    • You are just so sweet Marian, thank you for the kind words, loved your post! Wendy xx