First off, if you are the type that uses Pinterest like Facebook you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Scrolling through Pinterest when you are bored is literally the equivalent of following only the Kardashians on Instagram. You will end up sad and envious and think about all the things you want and can’t afford. It also fills up your life with all these ideas and hacks that might possibly land you in a bomb shelter basement filled with gallons of vinegar and extreme-couponed canned foods. Everything on Pinterest is a good idea to someone – it wouldn’t be a popular pin if it wasn’t. So these are my 4 hacks (ew I hate that word now) to using Pinterest and saving your life from being sucked of all happiness by the Kardashian sisters.
#1 COOL IT ON PINNING HOUSE HACKS OR ANY HACKS
Ok if you are OBSESSED with never buying a commercially produced cleaning product again pin your heart out. My main point is that Pinterest shouldn’t be just scrolling through looking for inspiration. My idea of Pinterest is to think of an idea or project and then use it as the Google of personal projects. Download the app on your phone and if your child writes with permanent marker on the dog, pull up good ol’ Pinterest and “google” it when you need it. It will tell you that you can easily get permanent marker off of the dog with a potion made of a single unicorn hair, a vile of said child’s blood, and 6 gallons of vinegar. You don’t need to pin it – it makes your actual pin boards crowded and uninspirational.
#2 MAKE BOARDS FOR ACTUAL PROJECTS
Pinboard title “Home” and “Beauty” are pretty general. It’s fine to have these boards for when you see something while scrolling and you just want a place to remember it – like if you don’t have a kitchen to remodel yet. When I moved into my house I went through my old House board and found that I pinned a lot of the same things. Tulip tables. Benches in dining rooms. Boucherouite rugs. It helped me define my sense of style. I thought I’d be a shabby-chicer FOR SURE, but I ended up with A LOT of mid-century bohemian. So I started new boards for each room in my house and really honed in on what I actually wanted to accomplish.
Same goes for wedding boards. If you aren’t engaged then keep on keeping on with your hidden or unhidden (BALLSY!!) wedding boards. (People who have unhidden baby boards are literally living life on the edge.) But once you do get engaged you will be seriously overwhelmed. Scroll through your old wedding board (we’ll call this the Dream Wedding Board) and repin on a new board – your Actual Wedding Board (AWB).
Your AWB is what you actually think you can accomplish on your wedding day or things that fit your theme. Wait a month or two until you feel like you have an AWB full of what you actually want. Then – this is where it’s gonna get a little cray cray – make a bunch of wedding boards. Wedding Hair. Wedding Makeup. Engagement Poses. Engagement Outfits. Wedding Poses. Wedding Signs. Dogs In Weddings. You get the point. HIDE ALL THESE BOARDS. People are going to think you are a legit psycho. But it will bring you so much sanity. You will not believe how many times I’ve scrolled through my AWB to find something to show someone. ANNOYING. Also, you are going to meet with a bunch of wedding vendors and trust me, your florist isn’t going to care what you are going to do with your makeup and vice versa. But you do want the people you are hiring to be on the same page and expectation as you. If you have a separate board for each then your florist, makeup artist, hair stylist, whoever can see what you want to go for and maybe think of something –GASP – creative and original!
Side note: Be very clear to your vendors that you hired them because you loved THEIR work and that your boards are for inspirational purposes only. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard hairstylists say they hate Pinterest because of peoples unrealistic expecations. It is good to have inspiration but it also awesome to have something original made just for you!
#3 FOLLOW DESIGNERS AND/OR CELEBRITIES
Ok, this one is going to get a little Interstellar on us. Think of a DIY pin on Pinterest that is super popular. Well, news flash, someone had to actually make it first, then photograph it, then post it, then promote it, then wait for it to get popular – we’ll call them initial pinners. By the time that DIY pin actually goes mainstream it may very well already be in that inital pinner’s dumpster (my mind kept visualizing pallet DIY’s which all belong in the dumpster – seriously people, do you know what kind of crazy chemicals they haul on pallets? YIKES!) If it takes say 3-4 months to have that pin make its way on over to you from inception and we’ll give you 3-4 months from pinning it to actually creating it you are essentially decorating your house 8-12 months in the past.
Ok, are you belted in for this spaceship ride? Go to actual style maven’s boards and pin from there. My prime example is Emily Henderson. Emily Henderson is the patron saint of gorgeous homes and she deserves her own shrine in Palm Springs. If you’re not into decorating your home think major food bloggers, stylists, or celebrities you like. Or go to that pin and figure out who made that room and go to their Pinterest or blog. Instead of copying what people you admire like, hike yourself up to peer level, jump on their bed junior high style and look through inspirational stuff TOGETHER. Emily Henderson is one of the initial pinners. So if you are looking at what she is inspired by and this stuff isn’t going to be popular for another 8-12 months you are technically decorating your home IN THE FUTURE. Boom. Mic Drop.
BEND AND SNAP CLICK AND SCROLL
This is the magic gem of Pinterest. This is a secret so good I should probably hide it and figure out a way to sell it. But I won’t because you guys are my buds. Let’s say Julia wants to redecorate her bedroom. Julia is a sassy 23-year-old engineering major that lives at J. Crew on the weekends and has a preference for weird vintage things – mainly equestrian. (Julia is a real person. That’s her over there. Hey Juju!)
If you don’t know what your style is or are having a hard time putting it in words to search then you should look at Emily Henderson’s book Styled. She has a really good quiz in there that will tell you exactly what you need to look for. My words from her book were midcentury, modern, bohemian, seventies, and zen. If you don’t like any of the styles she has then your style is probably garbage-style. Jk…maybe.
Back to Julia –
So Julia starts a new board called The Pony Retreat and starts pinning away. Then she finds that pin. That pin is one room that you would trade anything for just so you could live your entire life, raise your children there, and die The-Notebook-style in that bed with your husband.
This was my that pin for my house.
We’ll say this is Julia’s pin – she didn’t pick this – I did because I’m bossy.
Click that pin – and scroll. GEMS ON GEMS ON GEMS. It might not be right away depending on how that pin is linked and the text under it but trust me. Whenever you find a good pin the best pins are hiding under it like Amanda Seyfried behind Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls.
Other tips include actually clicking on the pins you pin, pinning your own pins, and reading more blogs. Pinterest is also a great way to make a Christmas list or Birthday list. I always have a Wishlist of things that are not in my budget but I really really want – like $80 sweatshirts or handbags made in Guatemala. JR always ALWAYS has access to that board.