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Pinup Style: Editors' Inspiration Boards

  • By Colleen Egan & Victoria Spencer
  • Photos by Mike Krautter

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Long before “pin” was a verb, the editors of Martha Stewart Living have been creating inspiration boards. There’s a new board for every story, and for some editors, making these collages has become a form of creative expression. “I love doing inspiration boards,” says style director Ayesha Patel. “They’re freeing, in a way, because you really can put up what you want, no strings attached, to create a mood or a vibe, a sketch.”

Ayesha says her inspiration boards are always a work in progress. “They’re very spontaneous. I don’t put a lot of thought into it, and that’s the part that I really like. Things naturally fall into a place that looks good, feels good.”

We were intrigued, so we asked Ayesha and other Living editors to create boards showing us what is inspiring them right now.

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  • Ayesha Patel, Style Director
    Ayesha Patel, Style Director
  • Painting and Ceramics
    Painting and Ceramics

    The seascape postcard is a painting by my good friend Ran Ortner. The actual painting is awe-inspiring for its sheer size and mastery. Ran won the ArtPrize in 2009 and continues to create masterful paintings. His energy is unbelievable. 

     

    The ceramics are from a recent show at The Future Perfect in New York’s Nolita neighborhood. These ceramic bowls by Japanese artist Ryoto Aoki have beautiful forms and gorgeous unusual glazes.

  • The Milkmaid by Jan Vermeer
    The Milkmaid by Jan Vermeer

    I love going to museums first thing in the morning during the week. It's a great way to start the day. I just saw the Balthus show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was so inspired by his color, tone, and composition. I can’t wait to see the Vermeer show at The Frick this season.

  • Lindsey Adelman Lighting and Candlesticks
    Lindsey Adelman Lighting and Candlesticks

    Lindsey Adelman was one of our 2013 American Made honorees in the design category. When she started making them, her lamps felt very unique; organic, yet modern at the same time. They’re beautifully designed.

  • Image from Living’s November issue
    Image from Living’s November issue

    This image is from our Thanksgiving issue. Even though we shot it in the summer, Marcus Nilsson's light really captures the fall vibe.

  • Creel and Gow Necklace
    Creel and Gow Necklace

    Creel and Gow is a wonderful place on the Upper East Side. They specialize in anything and everything from the natural world. It’s one of my favorite places in the city.

     

    The necklace is a recent purchase from New York jewelry designer named Iwona Ludyga. I love her spring line, which is inspired by Native American designs. She edited the colors down to just black, white, and red with a bit of gold. The line is really exquisite.

  • Ayesha Patel, Style Director
    Ayesha Patel, Style Director
  • Lindsey Adelman Lighting and Candlesticks
    Lindsey Adelman Lighting and Candlesticks

    Lindsey Adelman was one of our 2013 American Made honorees in the design category. When she started making them, her lamps felt very unique; organic, yet modern at the same time. They’re beautifully designed.

  • Painting and Ceramics
    Painting and Ceramics

    The seascape postcard is a painting by my good friend Ran Ortner. The actual painting is awe-inspiring for its sheer size and mastery. Ran won the ArtPrize in 2009 and continues to create masterful paintings. His energy is unbelievable. 

     

    The ceramics are from a recent show at The Future Perfect in New York’s Nolita neighborhood. These ceramic bowls by Japanese artist Ryoto Aoki have beautiful forms and gorgeous unusual glazes.

  • Image from Living’s November issue
    Image from Living’s November issue

    This image is from our Thanksgiving issue. Even though we shot it in the summer, Marcus Nilsson's light really captures the fall vibe.

  • The Milkmaid by Jan Vermeer
    The Milkmaid by Jan Vermeer

    I love going to museums first thing in the morning during the week. It's a great way to start the day. I just saw the Balthus show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was so inspired by his color, tone, and composition. I can’t wait to see the Vermeer show at The Frick this season.

  • Creel and Gow Necklace
    Creel and Gow Necklace

    Creel and Gow is a wonderful place on the Upper East Side. They specialize in anything and everything from the natural world. It’s one of my favorite places in the city.

     

    The necklace is a recent purchase from New York jewelry designer named Iwona Ludyga. I love her spring line, which is inspired by Native American designs. She edited the colors down to just black, white, and red with a bit of gold. The line is really exquisite.

Beauty

  • Melissa Goldstein, Beauty & Lifestyle Director
    Melissa Goldstein, Beauty & Lifestyle Director
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Psychedelic Sister
    Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Psychedelic Sister

    I love this eyeliner -- I even wrote a blog post about it. I tried this shade one day, and literally by 10 o’clock that morning three random strangers stopped me on the street to tell me they loved my eyeliner. I can genuinely say that has never happened to me before in my life.

  • Apivita Refreshing Body Milk
    Apivita Refreshing Body Milk

    I discovered Apivita when I went to Greece this summer for the first time; it was one of the amenities in my hotel room. I knew the line, but there’s something about the scent -- fig and aloe -- that I just love. It’s so pretty but delicate.

  • Ciate Denim Manicure
    Ciate Denim Manicure

    I actually brought the Ciate Denim Manicure kit home to do with my daughter. What I love about this is it's not necessarily about drawing pictures on your nails -- it’s about great textures and great colors and being able to re-create an effect with little energy on my part.

  • Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream
    Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream

    The Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream is basically a cream version of her amazing Moroccan argan oil. Aside from the fact that I love Josie Maran's products, everyone in this office whom I've given them to has fallen in love with them. 

  • Tory Burch Beauty
    Tory Burch Beauty

    What I love about it, aside from the incredibly chic packaging, is that it’s simple. These are universal shades.

  • Melissa Goldstein, Beauty & Lifestyle Director
    Melissa Goldstein, Beauty & Lifestyle Director
  • Ciate Denim Manicure
    Ciate Denim Manicure

    I actually brought the Ciate Denim Manicure kit home to do with my daughter. What I love about this is it's not necessarily about drawing pictures on your nails -- it’s about great textures and great colors and being able to re-create an effect with little energy on my part.

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Psychedelic Sister
    Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Psychedelic Sister

    I love this eyeliner -- I even wrote a blog post about it. I tried this shade one day, and literally by 10 o’clock that morning three random strangers stopped me on the street to tell me they loved my eyeliner. I can genuinely say that has never happened to me before in my life.

  • Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream
    Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream

    The Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream is basically a cream version of her amazing Moroccan argan oil. Aside from the fact that I love Josie Maran's products, everyone in this office whom I've given them to has fallen in love with them. 

  • Apivita Refreshing Body Milk
    Apivita Refreshing Body Milk

    I discovered Apivita when I went to Greece this summer for the first time; it was one of the amenities in my hotel room. I knew the line, but there’s something about the scent -- fig and aloe -- that I just love. It’s so pretty but delicate.

  • Tory Burch Beauty
    Tory Burch Beauty

    What I love about it, aside from the incredibly chic packaging, is that it’s simple. These are universal shades.

Food

  • Sarah Carey, Everyday Food Editor
    Sarah Carey, Everyday Food Editor
  • Capers
    Capers

    Capers make almost everything better. They're an instant flavor creator, adding salty, briny depth to any dish.

  • Chickpeas
    Chickpeas

    I always keep a few cans of chickpeas in my pantry since they're incredibly versatile and packed with protein. This season, I love using them in the sweet and tangy chickpea and cauliflower salad recipe from Everyday Food's October issue.

  • Apple Corer
    Apple Corer

    I never tire of baking pies, which is why I always keep this tiny tool on hand during the fall apple season -- it makes prep work a cinch.

  • Braiser
    Braiser

    Heavy-bottomed skillets and sturdy braisers are the real workhorses in my kitchen. I use them for everything from quick sautes to slow braises.

  • Sarah Carey, Everyday Food Editor
    Sarah Carey, Everyday Food Editor
  • Apple Corer
    Apple Corer

    I never tire of baking pies, which is why I always keep this tiny tool on hand during the fall apple season -- it makes prep work a cinch.

  • Capers
    Capers

    Capers make almost everything better. They're an instant flavor creator, adding salty, briny depth to any dish.

  • Chickpeas
    Chickpeas

    I always keep a few cans of chickpeas in my pantry since they're incredibly versatile and packed with protein. This season, I love using them in the sweet and tangy chickpea and cauliflower salad recipe from Everyday Food's October issue.

  • Braiser
    Braiser

    Heavy-bottomed skillets and sturdy braisers are the real workhorses in my kitchen. I use them for everything from quick sautes to slow braises.

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