I must admit, I have a new obsession. It’s called:
About 2 weeks ago in an effort to clean out, organize and downsize I threw out about 18 years of magazine swipes…all neatly filed by room or category…plus, about 10 years of favorite magazines. GASP…Yes, I really did.
I almost hyperventilated while decluttering. Being a visual person I LOVE inspirational pictures and had created quite a library for both research and presentations. But the truth is, I haven’t created a physical board or used my magazines or swipes for clients in at least a couple of years. Everything I do now is on the computer. Between google images, on-line magazines, interior design blogs and my portfolio, I can create all my presentations as a power point directly on my computer. Literally the same week I did this a friend recommended Pinterest (Interest with a P in front). This was the third time I heard about it, and while I had already signed up for it, I hadn’t done anything about it yet. So I started checking it out, and now…I am addicted. Pinterest is a virtual pin board, or creative visualization board. What can you do on it?
- Collect ideas to redecorate your home
- Plan your wedding or upcoming special event
- Find and share your style
- Save information, inspiration and ideas
- Save your recipes
- Share taste and interests with people you love
The way it works is:
- Ask for an invitation or have a friend invite you to join Pinterest.
- Set up a profile-it’s free!
- Set up the categories or boards you think you would file ideas in…you can always add more.
- Add the “pin it” button as a bookmark so you can pin from all over the web.
- Peruse through the categories listed like-Home Decor, Fashion, Entertaining, Weddings, Technology etc…
- If you see a photo you like, you can repin it to your board.
- Ultimately you will put together your very own visualization board for what ever is of interest to you!
- Share thoughts and ideas with followers and friends.
- I can digitally maintain my catalog of ideas and inspiration for projects, just for fun, or to remember an idea.
- I can begin a board for my clients and put together a collection of ideas that is personal for them.
- It allows potential clients to go through my library to see how I “see” things and a bit about how I think of space and find out who I am.
- It allows my clients to set up their own boards for me to see what attracts them, and incorporate their ideas into my designs, helping to create a space that is truly reflective of them!
- I also create my own creative visualization boards for my life and things that interest me. Like remodel ideas for my own home and garden!