Bob and Cortney Novogratz are a design duo—and parents to seven children—who recently bought a 1920s-era castle in the Hollywood Hills. Check back regularly on PEOPLE.com as they blog about the rewards, risks, messes, and successes of the project, giving their expert tips and tricks for home renovation. You can follow them on Twitter at @TheNovogratz.
The way we communicate and store our design ideas has been revolutionized by Pinterest in the past few years, both as designers and as homeowners in the midst of a big renovation.
Pinterest is great for multiple purposes. As designers working with clients, we create private boards for there to be a constant dialogue about our clients’ likes and dislikes, as well as their wish lists. It’s easier to get a sense of a client’s aesthetic when the client can also bring images to the table, in real time.
Pinterest has been a huge part of our castle renovation. The kids are using it to show us ideas for their bedrooms in our new house. Wolfgang wants a Soundfreaq stereo, Breaker wants vintage movie posters, Five wants an asteroids arcade game, Holleder wants an indoor basketball hoop, and Major wants a rock-climbing wall.
It has also been great for us as a couple, because we’re able to whittle away at the details of our room and the common spaces without spending a dime.
Finally, it’s been extremely helpful in discussions with people like the contractor, architect, and millworkers. We can show them our inspiration, tweak the idea, and get the ball rolling.
Curating a perfect Pinterest board takes some time. For first time users, it can be daunting. We recommend first finding pinners whose boards and style you love. Some of our favorites are My Domaine, Diane Keaton, Lonny Magazine, and Kelly Wearstler.
Also reach out to friends whose style you admire. Chances are, they’ve already done legwork in finding and following great trend-setters. Once you’ve started following a good number of pinners, your newsfeed will be full of images you’ll likely want to catalogue- whether on private or personal boards.
If you’re looking for something specific — say, a chartreuse bedroom — you can simply type those words into the search bar, and as fast as your internet can deliver, you’ve got a library full of images to sort through.
For anyone who loves tearing images from shelter magazines, Pinterest is a more expansive, budget- and eco-friendly means of gathering ideas.
The key to getting the most out of the site is to spend time with it, and to not limit yourself to only following design boards. Designing is about pulling inspiration from everything around you, so follow travel magazines, foodies, fashion moguls, and artists. Pinterest is about seeing more for less, and creating a visual mood board that inspires and informs your purchases in everyday life.
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