And then it gets un-fun and slightly depressing.
Just kidding! (Kind of.) I like to think of it as research. I'm basically finding ideals, and then can have a clearer idea of what to look for or make in a more responsible price range. One of my favorite places for such research is High Street Market - they reel me in with reasonably-priced tchotchke (basically all of their brass table decorations are awesome gift material), and then slay me with art and furniture beyond my reach.
It looks like everything I have my eye on right now is either blue or gold...or both. Of course.
For example. We'll start off with fantastic coasters (+2 points for both blue and gold) that I wouldn't normally consider, but seem irresistible as gifts.
A pillow that would make me smile when I made the bed with an absolutely world-class font.
I want this for the nursery so much it almost hurts...I love things that are in the sky on ceilings. Speaking of, my mom painted wonderfully realistic clouds on our bedroom ceiling when I was little. She's so cool! (I'm having these realizations constantly as I get closer to being a mom.)
I mean why not. I can't think of a place in my house where I wouldn't want this. Sure, I can probably find a similar mirror somewhere else, but this is the mirror-ness of this mirror (yes, that's how my classes about Plato have been distilled at the moment.)
This! I thought that I wanted a black and white nautical scene until I saw this in all its colorful glory. The idea of this dominating the space above our couch makes me very happy.
I can't believe I just called this research. But help me out! Where do you like to look for either daydreaming or real house furnishing? Bonus points if it's online...that means I'll actually be able to take advantage of it before 2014.