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>> home inspiration

Sharing some snaps of my home and my inspiration because I find that I must surround myself with things, albeit other works of art the I admire, bright colors, interesting textures, patterns galore – to spark creativity, adventure and curiosity.
My mood board is ever changing and hangs in my studio over my desk. A lot of these paper items were collected from the National Stationery Show. Attending NSS and Surtex was such an awesome experience but exhausting! It took me over a week of being home to sort through my collected goodies of business cards, wholesale booklets with supplemental seasonal lines and tons of postcards. A few of my favorites made it onto June’s inspiration board nestled with vintage postcards I recently picked up from a shop in Maryland, all of which have joined the centerpiece- my favorite calendar I’ve ever owned by Katie Daisy.

June's mood board

June’s mood board

As you can imagine already, I have a paper hoarding problem. Well, maybe it’s not a problem yet… but I love to save bits and pieces of interesting images I spot whether from the mail, product packaging, wrapping paper, old birthday cards, and postcards. I absolutely love collecting postcards. In fact, the souvenirs I brought home from last year’s California adventure were vintage inspired postcards found at touristy destinations. They’ve made their rotation on the mood board and usually get tucked away in a drawer… until now! I’ve finally decided displaying them is the best and easiest way to enjoy them.

Maps galore

This last shot is of a bedroom window. Years ago (come to think of it, at least 3!!!) Matt and I made these flower and leaf pressings from an afternoon of walking, discovering and collecting. They’ve been tucked away (and forgotten) in a giant book to help them stay flat. Matt recently rediscovered them and decided to display them. They feel very ethereal and bring back waves of nostalgia of that afternoon of collecting these very pieces of nature but also of being a little kid again.

window inspiration

Bedroom window inspiration

I love all of these details in my home, and I hope others do too! I hope to share more as I believe it gives insight to a person, and how they view their world and how it can enrich and inspire.

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>> dreaming of the outdoors

Happy Sunday friends! It’s a chilly one out there with a layer of icy rain on top of snow from Friday. By looking at my latest inspiration board in the studio you can tell I am dreaming of warmer temperatures filled with ventures in the great outdoors. These months of frozen landscapes allows me to appreciate whats to come next! Hope you are staying safe and warm wherever you are!


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>> Summer Inspiration!

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen my latest and greatest inspiration board! I love to change it to fit seasonally, with bits of color and imagery tying it all together. It’s a calming and creative process for me to dig through saved ephemera and the end result being a work of collage hanging over my desk in the studio. I often find myself studying the patterns, hues, and small details within the collage which then aides in my hand drawn creations. This summer inspiration board is compiled of my recent adventures! While traveling throughout California, I mainly picked up interesting postcards as my souvenirs- beautiful visual eye candy makes me incredibly happy. My purpose in picking postcards was premeditated, I knew I wouldn’t be able to part with them and they would soon be tacked up on my bulletin board!


Notice the peeks of summer- ice cream sundaes, bears in swim trunks, strawberry wrapping paper, fanciful florals- all charming representations of my favorite things about the season! If you look even closer you’ll notice a blue PCA&D pin- I must admit, I received that at my orientation in 2004 (I save everything)!


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>> March Inspiration

Peeking in this Tuesday afternoon to share my latest inspiration board.

I love to change it each month and be inspired by the season… and I’m so ready for spring time, sunshine and gardening- hence lots of florals and bright cheerfulness!

You’ll see below… a curious creature named Licorice decided to investigate as I took my snapshots. It was so cute I just had to include an outtake.


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>> October inspiration board

I’m so in love with these art of pixar cards, I can’t believe I didn’t know of their existence until 2 weeks ago when Matt surprised me with volume two. Volume two?? What about Volume 1?! I had to find it, to make the collection complete. And lo and behold Amazon delivered, in record time might I add, and now I have a gazillion postcards.

So what does one do with 200 postcards that are too lovely to let go of just yet…

200 postcards of pixar amazingness

October inspiration

The answer is so obvious, one tacks their favorites on an inspiration board, of course! I am completely inspired by the different styles, the detail and simplicity- its the perfect spot to enjoy them before a few get mailed off…

Hope you enjoy my board of happiness and have a happy weekend!

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>> hello world!

working inspiration board, love to change it up each month!

I simply loved the title hello world from the  sample post that I had to keep it for this first official post.

In case this is our first time crossing paths, my name is Nicole Duquette and I am the doodle enthusiast behind hello niccoco! I’ve decided to start fresh on the blog front and this clean simple look is perfect to showcase process pictures, inspiration and all sorts of creativity & eye candy! Hope you will join me in my adventures, big and small, and be inspired by my creations & things I love!

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