Before the days of virtual pinning on Pinterest, I learned the technique of actual pinning during my days at Ralph Lauren. Twice a week, my team met with Ralph to present new lifestyle ideas for The Home Collection. Armed with a full box of T-pins, up went magazine tear sheets of fabulous, faraway places, articles of clothing, inspirational words – anything and everything was fair game. The department’s massive pinning wall, once covered with all sorts of bits and pieces, would always paint the most beautiful picture!

I still use this method for organizing my thoughts, visually. When the elements are combined, the look unfolds and develops, usually in a way that I had not originally imagined. From pinning random finds like an old brittle snippet of seaweed, to a palette of paint chips that seem perfect for the season, they all help build my stories for decorating, gardening, and entertaining ideas for Connecticut Country House.

As much as I love my Pinterest boards, I will always use the real thing as my main catchall for all kinds of crazy, and not so crazy, snippets of ideas.

Happy pinning!

Love, Nora


  1. Jane on February 22, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Hi Nora ! I haven’t explored this, but do you print off Pinterest photos to add to your wall? We are building a new house and I’ve been pinning so many ideas and now need to pare down the ideas. It’s frustrating that I can’t have the favorites in one place to create the board to obtain the “feel.” Thank you.

  2. Andi Biagi on February 22, 2016 at 11:23 am

    I love this technique too- it’s the best way to build and the best way to edit!

    • Nora on February 22, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Absolutely! Love, Nora

  3. Jane on February 22, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Nora! I love this approach. I haven’t explored this but do you print photos from Pinterest? We are building a new house and I’ve been pinning like crazy but now that I’m ready to narrow down my choices, I’m frustrated that I can’t visually see them Side by side and/or in a notebook or board so that I can really study them. Your website is inspiring and just my style. Thank you for sharing so generously!

    • Nora on February 22, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Jane!

      Yes, that makes a lot of sense to print out “the best of” and play around with the various combos. It can get pretty overwhelming on Pinterest otherwise!

      And I am so happy you like the site! Thank you!! Please let me know how you make out! Love, Nora

  4. Mary Lou Cummings on February 23, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I think many people with artistic inclinations keep actual pinning boards for visual
    Inspiration. I know I do. There’s just something about getting lost in thought when
    we gaze at all these snippets, so carefully clipped or collected for future dreams and artistic endeavors.

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