FRIDAYfinds! – Pinterest Fever

It’s surprising what has developed for me through social media.
A simple tool like this blog has introduced me to so many wonderful people,
both on the vendor side and the client side.
I’ve also reconnected with lots of friends from the past who I now keep up with.
 Facebook and Twitter gives me a chance to stay in touch on a daily basis and 
the bonus of tracking birthdays too!
And then there’s Pinterest
OK.  I’m admitting it now.
I’m addicted and showing no signs of withdrawal!
Why is this site so mesmerizing?
Well…let me count the ways.  There is nothing more exciting to a designer
than VISUALS!!!
And Pinterest offers up a infinite number of images to view 24/7.
Who needs sleep???
Customizing your own boards with everything you love is a dream come true.
And now I’m finding that it is a fantastic design tool too.
Great search engine for finding inspiration, or just a cool door knob.
And it’s becoming indispensible when working with my clients.
We shoot pix back and forth on secret boards as we develop our projects.
Which brings me to the newest, exciting thing I’m involved with on Pinterest.
It’s a Pinterest-inspired contest 
for ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) members across the country
to show off their talents.
we are asked to build a board with a specific color theme and fabrics
that expresses our design philosophy.
Then the pinning begins!
Anything that inspires that color theme can be pinned on our board.
Oh wow!!!! How fun is this?

My board started with this fabulous painting I found on Pinterest
by James Nares.

James Nares

I started pairing it with different SW colors and
came up with a combination that is really exciting and fresh.

Sherwin Williams 6597 Hopeful
Sherwin Williams 6966 Blueblood
Sherwin Williams 6127 Ivoire
Sherwin Williams 6585 Coming Up Roses

I imagined working with this color scheme in a historic garden folly by a pool
similar to this one.

McIntire Garden Folly at Peabody Essex Museum

From there I designed a mix of traditional upholstery covered in
outdoor fabrics from Sunbrella to make it easy and worry-free.

Sunbrella Luxe Indigo

I had so much fun creating the interior of my imaginary Pool House!
It’s really does reflect my design philosophy…

"I love stirring up the pot with a blend
of classical references and modern interpretations
and throwing in a few unexpected surprises
along the way."

Follow me back to Pinterest to see my entire board…
  I’ve pulled together some fantastic lighting, tables and accessories
to create a space that
is respectful of the historic structure, yet lively and updated!

Now it’s a waiting game to see if I will be one of 10 winners
who will participate in the Pinterest Pavilion
at Dwell on Design in June in LA!

Wish me luck!


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