I use Pinterest A LOT. It is essential for both the blog and my design business and frankly, I can't really imagine what I would do without it. Pinterest provides a platform for sharing images and information unlike another outlet there. It is global, instant and intuitive and whether you are looking for recipe inspiration, fall fashion or a doggie halloween costume it has something for everyone. For me, it has become my visual diary and a means for self reflection. It is where I collect design inspiration and how I learn about what resonates with me (things that are white, bleached wood, a modern farm vernacular etc.). If I am lacking inspiration for the blog often the first thing I do is browse my "boards" or if I am struggling with a client's floor plan I might look at images of rooms I have pinned to try and dissect why they seem to work so well. On a more personal note, I enjoy unexpectedly coming across images that just make me smile or laugh. Like this one.
Key to my Pinterest use is following a diverse set of "pinners". This exposes me to a wide range of interests and images and creates a constant stream of new sources of inspiration. The "pinners" I follow generally fall into one of these four categories:
1. Friends and Family
2. Fellow Bloggers
3. Publications or Companies
I am constantly adding new pinners to the list but have a few that are my go to so I thought I would share so that you all can be inspired as well.
Megan Gilger - The Fresh Exchange Blog
Megan is a pinner of all things beautiful. With over 21,000 pins and boards that range from "get in my closet please" to "printing", she has a wonderful variety of images to get inspiration from. One of my favorite boards of hers is called "adventure". I also highly recommend her blog The Fresh Exchange.
Janet Sherman - Buckleberry Kids
Janet is one of my random but great finds. She pins a lot (37,581 pins as of today) with the majority of her boards falling into what I would call the "lifestyle" category. I especially like her "garden and outdoor" board.
Beth Kirby - Local Milk
Beth is the creator of the gorgeous blog - Local Milk. Local Milk is food blog but more importantly is about "finding joy & inspiration in the mundane". Beth's pins all have a similar feel in that they are romantic and ethereal. She has so many boards that it is hard for me to choose just one to recommend.
Lonny's pinterest account provides a quick and simple way to look through all of the amazing rooms that they have featured in their magazine. For people who like interior design this is a must follow.
Oh and course you should follow me!