Down the Rabbit Hole

By Molly Denver

Social Media has some amazing vehicles that allow us to communicate and learn, from connecting to someone you went to high school with on Facebook to sharing photos on Instagram with your boss (Shout-out to Tom Kligerman who keeps Instagram hopping with amazing photos!)

Enter, Pinterest.  I don’t recall how I became aware of Pinterest, but it immediately became a huge time-suck for me.  When I first started using it, I used it to save links to sewing projects I wanted to take on and sculpture that spoke to me, but then I needed to look up how to make applesauce.  Then canning.  Then gardening.  Then building fences.  Then building doghouses.  And don’t get me started about what I paged through when my husband and I decided to raise chickens.  Then ducks.

Snippet of some of my boards

Pinterest allows you to organize into folders and now I think even sub-folders.  You can pin something that you upload, find elsewhere on the internet, or just re-pin what others have pinned.  In the world of architecture, this has become a tool that we sometimes use to share ideas with clients.  An architect or client can create a board with images they like and share it with their team.  For someone like me who is very visual, it’s a great tool to see what everyone is thinking.

Some design-inspired boards of designer Kelly Hohla

A drawback is the sheer volume of information on the website.  Yes, you can find 12,000 images of dining room furniture, but that also gives you the possibility of 12,000 things you might like, many of which vary wildly in style.  One might have 68 pins of kitchens they love, but only one kitchen in which to cram these ideas.

Some of my own library design pins

The ability to filter seems to be key in successfully navigating through the vast world of Pinterest.  

A search for a hidden bookcase door yields these results

What I love most about Pinterest is what it inspires.

My own secret bookcase door

And every pin I decide to try may lead to my very own truly awesome fail.  One can only hope!