Stop What You're Doing and Take a Field Trip

I admit, I sometimes get jealous looking at my Instagram feed. It's easy to get swept up in the glamorous lives of acclaimed designers and editors, looking at snapshots of their exotic travels and chic events. It could also make you convinced that the only way to find inspiration for yourself or a client is to travel to the Amalfi Coast or explore some Parisian cobblestone street. Don't get me wrong, these are definitely inspiring places to visit, but chances are, there is much more inspiration than you think right in your own backyard. Last week, I volunteered to be a chaperone for my daughter's field trip. She and a group of students from her school were heading downtown to tour a few landmark sites in Nashville. They were going to be observing different styles of architecture and the history connected to them.  My initial fears of having to chase around 6 and 7 year olds all morning, quickly diminished as we arrived to our first stop. 20141022_101822

 The Ceiling of the Union Station Hotel


Gorgeous old tile floors - Union Station Hotel


Incredible carving detail in the limestone - Union Station Hotel


Beautiful iron railing - Union Station Hotel

Over the course of the next several hours, I actually learned about these incredible sites I had passed hundreds of times, but had never bothered to really study them and look to them for inspiration. By the end of the field trip, I was completely energized and mesmerized both with visual stimulation as well as this newfound knowledge I hadn't had before. What a gift!

20141022_110728Incredible beauty in Christ Church Cathedral


Stunning limestone and carved wood in the Christ Church Cathedral


A steel vision - John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge 


Underside of Pedestrian Bridge


Gorgeous view of the pedestrian walkways next to the Cumberland River

People, take a field trip. Be a visitor in your own town. The architecture, style and history that is attached to your city and how it was founded is part of your legacy now too. Learn from it. Not only will you impress others (and yourself!) with your newfound knowledge, you'll have a greater appreciation of your city, its beauty, its past and its future. 20141022_121734


Happy Monday!!