Yes, I gave in and joined yet *another* social networking/bookmarking site. But like most people, I wholeheartedly agree that this one is something special! In fact, I am almost positive that it’s going to replace my browser bookmarks, my Tumblr, and half of the things I use Google for.
What in the world am I talking about?!?! Pinterest!
Pinterest can be used to “pin” the things you find “interesting” around the internet to inspiration boards that you can categorize and label however you’d like. Then you can follow your friends boards and even “repin” the things your friends have pinned. And even better – you can search Pinterest and be instantly met with dozens of beautiful photographs or relevant articles.
Pinterest is my newest addiction – and I’m not the only one! A friend linked on Facebook to a recent post from Young House Love, issuing a challenge to create something based on inspiration you’ve found on Pinterest.
This project popped out at me right away because I’ve needed to hang something on the wall next to the front door since we moved in. I’ve known that I wanted something with a hook for our keys since the kids are always running off with them – or they get buried in my purse – but I’d been uninspired until now.
The first thing I thought when I came across this flower/hook tutorial is that the paper used could be sheet music. The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea, but was having trouble reconciling a random piece of sheet music in my living room until I remembered that I had picked up two sweet little music themed impressionist canvases a month or so ago ($1 each at the Dollar Tree). I couldn’t resist with one gorgeous Renoir painting already hanging in our living room.
AND I had a nice coat/hat hook in a drawer that I had intended to use in the kitchen to hang reusable bags (decided they were better in the closet). The original tutorial used a genius method for turning a clothes hanger into a hook, and you should totally check it out. I decided to skip that step. Here are the end results:
Paper Flower + Coat Hook + Art =
My living room finally looks somewhat pulled together! I really am pleased with what a simple little flower did! And the best part was that when Rob came home and went to set his keys down on the shelf below the paintings (our shoe organizer, not pictured, but it’s just below where the photos end), he stopped, saw the hook, and said “That’s AWESOME!” Yay! He didn’t notice the flower or the paintings, but those are for me anyway. :)
And now I’m on a roll! I’ve been using Pinterest to keep track of all of my ideas for Aidan & Cora’s room. And just in time, I’m teaming up with Olympic and The Motherhood to try out the new Olympic ONE paint. You can bet I’ll blog about it, and I’m also going to have the opportunity to give one of YOU some free paint! I’ll be snagging mine in the next few days and will be posting about it before the 12th! In the meantime, here’s my Kid’s Room Inspiration Board!