Are you a pinner? Yep, me too. But I was pinning before pinning was cool. I’m what you might call and “old school” pinner. I’ve been pinning ideas for years, just the old fashioned way on a real bulletin board with real pins.
I love collections; ideas, quotes, magazine scraps, articles, recipes, ticket stubs- you name it, I have it. All in an organized fashion mind you, but I have it. I love to surround myself with memories of people, places, and things that are important to me.
This is the bulletin board in my laundry room. I have pictures and snippets from blogs I read, scriptures I love, and a favorite poem. On this board I have some of my very favorite things. Since I’m in this room daily, I love to read these over and again. Seeing them makes me smile.
And here’s a few more:
Next is really old school Pinterest. This is a notebook where I’ve been keeping pages from magazines for years. There are decorating ideas, fabric swatches, tips and hints, etc. that I’ve ripped from the magazine, and then recycled the rest.
“Pinning” or collecting, to me, is just a form of collage. Didn’t you love to make a collage when you were in school- all the cutting, arranging, and pasting? Well I sure did. This is the back of my clipboard from my senior year in high school:
It’s neat to look back and see how my tastes have changed, and some stayed the same over the years.
This collecting, or pinning, is exactly how I start a project when I’m hired by a client. I begin to collect ideas for a certain room or job in a file and may even make them an online sample board. Lots of times I will ask my client to go through some magazines and rip out a few ideas they like, or I will visit their Pinterest boards to get a feel for what makes them happy.
Pinning is a great way to begin any decorating project you may be getting ready to jump in to. If you have a room that just isn’t working for you, take some time to go through some magazines and grab some pictures you like. Get some paint swatches or wallpaper samples. Pin them on the walls in the room and live with them a couple of days. As you begin to collect ideas and colors, you will see that if you stay true to your tastes (as opposed to someone else’s), the things you choose will always work together.
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