JUST PIN IT
No need to show up in a designer’s office with a file folder bulging with clippings, sketches and photos anymore. With Pinterest, you can peruse thousands of photos and save them to your boards, then share those boards with your designer. “Pinterest is a website scrapbook that clients can give our designers to show exactly what they’re looking for in terms of fixtures, finishes and colors,” says Mathew Sterchi of Stone Mill Log and Timber Homes. To use the site, you’ll first need to set up an account. To get your feet wet, try creating a board called “Great Room.” Now, type “great room” into the search field at the top left of your home Pinterest page. Soon enough, you’ll be happily scrolling through photo after photo of great rooms. If you see one that catches your eye, click on it and then click the “Pin it” button. You’ll be asked which board you’d like to pin the photo to. Choose your “Great Room” board and repeat— again and again. Now try creating more boards for different areas: kitchens, bedrooms, exterior photos, porches, decks, décor and more. Search “cabin floor plan” and you’ll discover hundreds of design ideas. As you pin, notice that you can write a description) description on (or each change photo. the Take current specific notes here to help your designer down the line. “I ask that clients take the time to fill in the comments about what it is they liked about the image,” Wray says, “then I am not thrown off track if I think they like a certain fireplace design, and in actuality, they liked the chandelier in the photo.” If you have a name of a log home company or architect whose work inspires you, try typing that name into the search field, searching by either “pins” or “pinners.” You’ll find more photos of that firm or company’s previous work and maybe come across the company or designer’s own Pinterest page.