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.