Envision Your Design Style: The Wonderful World of Virtual Idea-Boards…Pinterest, Houzz, Cultivate, etc.
Designer – Client Collaboration
I recently found a valuable design tool for my projects – a new way to collaborate with my clients – the world of virtual idea-boards via websites such as pinterest.com, houzz.com, and cultivate.com. I begin every project by giving clients ‘homework’ – asking them to find images in magazines, catalogs, books, etc. that represent things/places/rooms/homes they love. This is an important first step in the design process….to be sure that I create a distinct space for them…with specific design guidance from me. Some clients have been collecting ‘style-images’ for years and are ready for show and tell, while other clients need a little additional inspiration. So this past month I asked clients to start idea-boards (aka inspiration-boards) on various websites … mainly Houzz and Pinterest. What fun! It has been a win-win situation. I know clients have enjoyed browsing through the websites ‘pinning’ and collecting images that portray their interests…maybe even finding common threads in their idea-boards to help them discover their style. On the other side (the designer side), I was pleasantly surprised to find that client idea-boards are a useful design tool…such a wealth of visual information. The designer-client collaboration begins – we both can add images to idea-boards for inspiration, discuss style using the images, and create a space together.
Now I am giving you a bit of home work. Cultivate your design style – go forth and create your own virtual idea-boards. ‘Pin’ ideas on pinterest.com, explore thousands of rooms on houzz.com, and find inspiration on cultivate.com .
Enjoy! I hope you will share your thoughts on creating Virtual Inspiration-Boards. (If you need an invitation for Pinterest let me know.)
An Image from my Pinterest Board – ‘Architecture Inspires’
My Pinterest Idea Boards: http://pinterest.com/tuscanbluedes/
My Houzz Portfolio: http://www.houzz.com/pro/tuscanbluedesign/meredith-ericksen
My Kitchen Portfolio: http://www.cultivate.com/user/profile/tuscan-blue-design
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Here’s to creating splendid spaces – Cheers!
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