Friday, 11 March 2011

Inspiration Journey Linky Party

Hello poppett,

I am loving. your. outfit. So gorgeous.

Welcome to Modern Country Style's Inspiration Journey Linky Party.

Shall we sit down for a moment and have a recap of the week?

Want a cuppa tea? Hot chocolate with mountains of whipped cream, sprinkled chocolate and marshmallows? Wine?

Mmmmm, yeah, thought so. :-)

Now then.

On Monday, I showed you my Book Art inspiration images. Weren't the sculptures mind-boggling?

On Tuesday, I shared my hopes for entertaining in our garden this summer, using Al Fresco dining images.

And then, yesterday, I hope you enjoyed my post about How To Create Belgian Style.

What I love about blogs that use Inspiration Images is watching how they use the images to help shape their own thoughts.

Seeing how this image of a beautiful veranda...

might spark an idea as simple as this for eating outdoors....

Or how looking at pictures of Belgian Style...

...might be the beginning of designing a room that borrows heavily from that look but becomes what *you* want.

Images via: Brian Dettmer, Kylie Stillman, House Beautiful, Food & Travel, The White Company, Belgian Pearls, The White Company

Inspiration ideas aren't there to dictate what we should be doing but I like to think of them as a spring board to finding out what *I* want to do with my home, or my crafts, or my wardrobe, or my garden.

In the next couple of weeks, I'll be sharing in more detail about how to make Belgian Style work for YOU by creating a softened version of the look that can work in any home.

Plus, I've been working on some crochet projects that I'd love to show you.

Oh, and I want to have a brainstorm about accent colours in the kitchen as part of the Kitchen Makeover series.

My mind is all a-buzz.

So, tell me, what flips your flops?

You can link up Inspiration posts for crafts, your home, garden, clothes....really and truly, whatever inspires you.

Here are two things I'd love you to do. 

1) Follow Modern Country Style if you're liking what you see here. 

2) Link back to me in your post so other people can come and share the love.

Not rules...but I'm hopeful. ;-)

Now, take it away..... (just click on the button and follow the instructions and give me a shout if you need a hand)...

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Unknown said...

Am I the first to arrive at your party?

There are flowers in my hair and wellies on my feet!

Thanks for hosting, Sarah.xx

Miranda @ Pressing On said...

For this week, I will just enjoy all the linky's people put in there, but I think your party idea is so fun.

And since I'm attending, I think a cup of super chocolately cocoa with marshmallows would hit the spot :)

Unknown said...

Oooh Oooh Oooh! I'm one of the first to the party rather than fashionably late as I tend to be, dahling... ;) I've brought freshly baked scones, jam and whipped double cream to go with our tea... Mmmm. (oooh I've made myself hungry now.)

Lovely series and hopefully the first of more!


Meera @ firstsense said...

Hello darling! I've been very excited about this party and I've come with a mojito cake ;)

Thanks for hosting this fabulous party!

Meera xxx

Meera @ firstsense said...

By the way, did I tell you how your Belgian post KNOCKED ME OUT! Rustic warmth with French influences and effortless luxury - that is ME! My style quiz result says so! I'd say just a teensy-weensy bit more colour to those spaces, and that's me knocked out with a feather. Can't wait to hear more about this gorgeous style!

Alison said...

Hello there lovely, thanks so much for hosting another fun party. I'm looking forward to visiting the other posts...can't wait to see what others have in their inspiration folders!!

I think I will just have a cup of tea, please...It's a bit early for a wine here, or maybe's almost lunch!! ; )

Enjoy your party!

Alison xx

ps. not sure my linky has worked, from my end of the link the photos haven't loaded properly : (

michele said...

it was a rough nite, and i didn't have time to bake, baby.

so i've brought italian beef from Portillo's, pizza from Lou Malnati's, and Eli's cheesecake (i'm a Chicago girl) for the fest. :)

i loved this challenge btw and so appreciate your friendship.

can't wait to explore Belgian design together.

now eat that Chicago deliciousness!


Travel With Lulu said...

I can't wait to see what's next :)

Crochet and a painting class? Can't wait to see the big reveal!

Thank you for hosting this fab party - you got me thinking hard on this one. Which is a good thing. You always throw a great party! XOL

On Crooked Creek said...

Alrighty! NOW, I understand the concept of your party. Sorry that I was so dense on what you were having! It's alright, my first Party~Lite party was the same . .. only there I was "in person". HA! Your photos are, truly, inspirational. What a gracious hostess. . .sit back now and enjoy your company!

Anonymous said...

Sarah, this is such a fantastic idea for a party. It really had me thinking. There was just so much that inspires me. I hope you decide to continue it. Out of all the linky's I've seen, this would have to be the one that's got me the most interested. Thanks for hosting. It's 11:30pm here, and I am looking forward to having more time on the weekend to see what inspires everyone else. I'm seeing it as an opportunity to really narrow down and have on cyber record my inspiration file. Thanks again. Loving the Belgian inspiration too.

Lisa x



You inspire me. Your blog is so warm and inviting and always a bit of fun. Your teaching style is lovely. Thank you.

My mom always taught me to bring a hostess gift to the party. I just found a darling set of litte yellow plates in a rod iron stand . . . from the inexpensive HOME GOODS store right by my house. Wish you were my neighbor . . . I would pop it right over to you. (along with my white chocolate apricot scones.)

Thanks for hosting.


Privet and Holly said...

Hello....I'm here!
And what a lovely
party it is : ) I
visited a friend,
yesterday who has
the Belgian look down
beautifully and now
I want to get me some!!!
So, I'll look forward
to learning more.
Thanks for inviting me.
I've had such a great
time at your party!
xx Suzanne

Anonymous said...

Oooo great party going on here - some fantastic inspiration!

Cindy said...

Hi Sarah,
I am loving this party!!! It is great! I am hoping you will do this again and again and I think others are too.
I am looking forward to your post on how to incorporate the Belgian design in ours. It has many cottage elements in it that I admire.
Thank you SO much for having this party!
Hugs, Cindy

Anne said...

I'm really jazzed about this party, Sarah -- It really got me thinking and exploring to come up with images for my post, so much fun! Hope you'll have a moment to check it out.. and hope to see you at my Design Board party on Monday!

Tricia said...

Hello? I'm here, I'm here. I'm so happy to come to your party Sarah, the thing is I brought only myself. My post just doesn't feel right to me. Hopefully, I'll be a better guest next week ♥

Luciane at said...


This is my first party! I've mentioned your party on my post today, but next time I'll try to make it "bigger"...

I'm loving this! So many gorgeous people here, huh? You have really chic friends, my dear!!!!! :-)

Have a blessed weekend, sweetie!


Luciane at

PS: I'm # 26! :-)

michelle said...

Hi sweets! Thank you so much for hosting this beautiful party! This is such a wonderful idea. There is so much awesomeness here and I am having fun looking at what inspires others!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

New follower and linker upper. Happy Friday.

Magali @ The Little White House said...

Hi Sarah!
Thanks so much for your nice comment on my dress (you were speaking of me, weren't you?)... Thanks for hosting such a great party, very different from others... I loved fishing ideas on every other partiers' blogs!
Magali xxx

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Miss Sarah~ I linked up my cottage bedroom update - it was inspired by Charles Faudree and a picture of an inspiration room I have- should I have posted the bedroom inspiration post instead of the bedroom post? If I goofed- let me know and I will come back and add the other link and you can delete this one. Thanks for hosting!! Hugs, Courtney

Anonymous said...

Hi sweetpea!

Thanks so much for hosting such a fun link party. I'm having technical difficulties today. Sorry!

I'm excited to see what inspires everyone! It will be fun to explore Belgian style with you! The last image looks so cozy. I want to take a nap :)

Hope you have a wonderful day and weekend!

Sylvia said...

Thank you Sarah
for visiting my blog and writing such a nice comment !I love you blog and style !

So happy to know you !

Gypsea Nurse said...

Sarah... thanks so much for hosting.. I am a first timer.. and I am profusely thanking you for getting me off my lazy hazy days behind...
What fun!
And can't wit to see what you have in store next!
Cat @ Tattered Rebel

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Wow, they came out in force today, Sarah! I'm off to get inspired by some of these links. Have a great weekend!

Odile said...

J'aime cettes superbes photos, cette table fantastique. Good weekend and hello from spain.

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I am so happy to find your lovely blog! This is how I live my life and decorate my home, inspiration. I call it dreams over at my blog. I've always done it even before I had a blog. That's how my brain works. I love the age of technology where we can just have a photo at the click of a button. My magazine stash is not nearly so overwhelming. Still love those too though. I'm your newest follower. I'll be back to participate in your party. Thanks for hosting and nice to meet you!

Mary Bergfeld said...

I loved the photos you shared with us today. I'm especially fond of the one of the blue and whit veranda table. Gorgeous! I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

Beautiful Castles said...

Hi, here you have some handpainted watercolors, do you like it?

Erin said...

I'll have to take a cup of liquid refreshment from the sidelines for this party as life's just been too busy this last week. But I can't wait to browse through the lovely submissions! You've got my curiosity piqued with the mention of crochet so I'm looking forward (as I always do) to your forthcoming posts.

Have a lovely weekend!
Erin said...

Sarah, this was fun....I want to do this again. As you can tell I'm a newbie. This was my first time to link up with anyone and my thumbnail picture that I linked up with ended up cutting my model's head off (heehee). Sorry about that...I'll be better at it next time. Happy weekend to you.

Unknown said...

I barely made it in...whew! Crazy week here so I highly enjoyed looking at everyone's *inspirations* so fun...Let's do it again! And thanks for noticing my sweatpants and fleecy slippers;)

Stephanie said...

Loving your stuff!

Tricia said...

Hi Sarah! I just had to pop over and see how your party was going. Wow, you're doing great. I'm going to have to look through a few of these :)

LindyLouMac said...

It certainly looks as though your linky party has been a great success :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Thanks for hosting this party. Nice to be able to share inspirational photos.

Holly Lefevre said...

So many beautiful link ups already...I am dried up this week (sorry!) but I must go back and check out the Belgian Style, because I am LOVIN' it! I gave your party a mention on tickled pink!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Thanks for hosting this linky party - what a great idea. I'm off now to get some great inspiration.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

I noticed that #19 links back to you rather than their post. Not sure if you can do anything about that or not.

AntiqueChase said...

Hi! New follower. I just linked up. Found you from Savvy SOuthern Style. Come say hi to visit!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Oh Sarah, I fear I am too late for the party this time. I have been so busy on a project and haven't had time to blog until just now. Well, next party count me in. This theme is wonderful and I am going to enjoy looking at everyone's inspiration.
I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Signe said...

Those garden images makes me long for summer :)

Brandi said...

Thanks so much for hosting Sarah! Such a unique idea for a link party! Love it! It's so nice to have one common place to browse through so many inspiration photos!!

Teacup Moments said...

Sarah, this is the first Linky Party I ever joined and it's amazing, pure fun! Thank you so much for hosting!

Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors said...

Such an amazing party idea. We all have to do this again, only next time, I promise to show up on time!

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