Post # 1
Do people really own houses that look like these pins? Well obviously people do but I sure dont! My new house is an open canvas and 2600+ feet but I dont have walls made of stone that go into my basement, I have a door and wooden stairs! lol
I go on there daily to get ideas of how I want to decorate but unless I had a million dollars I cant do any of this stuff! All im getting out of Pinterest is how to remove hard water stains with lemons and so on lol
Theres my rant for the day…lol
Post # 3
I think a lot of the pictures are from showhomes and Houzz
My parents have a wall made out of stone in their house… my dad and brothers did it all from stuff from Home Depot. But they do kind of have a Pinterest house so I guess that doesn’t mean a lot lol.
ETA: I don’t have a Pinterest house, but I do have a bunch of things in my house that I learned from there. And, lemons really do work on hard water stains! lol
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
No, just like all of that wedding stuff that SMP and other blogs feed to us, Pinterest home stuff is more fantasy than reality for 98% of people. That’s not to say that it’s worthless, just that it’s not a realistic reflection of how most people live. I use it for inspiration and then figure out how to implement the ideas in real life. So far my garden is significantly benefiting from my pins. LOL I am looking forward to having the time and money to start turning my interior dreams into reality…. right after we replace the water heater. le sigh.
Post # 5
Houzz is my worst enemy right now. No matter what I type in, the results are always gorgeous. “Small kitchen” yields amazingly decorated small kitchens that blow my mind. Yea, sure, my tiny kitchen can TOTALLY look like that… not.
Post # 6
@TLDR: I agree. I type in small bedroom and get bedrooms the size of my living room and dining room put together. It just isn’t fair!!
Post # 7
Yeah I think houzz is even worse lol. They’re both great for finding examples of paint colors though!
Post # 8
@Leonard2B: My favorite is the ones that are like “Hardwood floors in 3 easy steps! 1. Remove carpet 2. Lay hardwood 3. ENJOY!” with corresponding pictures. Yes, because laying hardwood floors are really EXTREMELY easy and can be done in 5 hours on a Tuesday, but we’re just super lazy.
Post # 9
lol I want to find a shoe organizer for my new walk in closet and these massive celebrity closets come up and make my nice walk in closet look dinky compared to it!
Post # 10
I used Pinterest for a lot of design inspiration when we bought our house last year. Some of it is really over the top and ridiculously out of reach for us ‘normal’ people, but honestly I did get a lot of great ideas. Sometimes I just found less expensive ways to implement certain things.
Post # 11
@cooperlove: Haha, oh the steps. “Build your own furniture, it’s so easy! 1. Build frame (shows wood, hammer, and nails) 2. Cut foam (shows perfectly sized cushions) 3. Upholster with fabric of your choice 4. Enjoy!” I just…I think you left some details out…
Post # 12
I like using Pinterest for party ideas, recipes (especially cakes), and things I want as gifts.
I do not really want to own a home – I like renting – but if we ever DID own a home, the only Pinterest idea I would want would be a lazy river in the back yard!!
Post # 13
Sure my house looks like Pinterest… PinterestFail that is.
I love Pinterest. I adore it. But it’s a digital scrapbooks for things to inspire, not something I will actually do. I don’t have the level of skill of a master carpenter with 30+ years of experience, so my house will never have those amazing wood trim detail if I do it myself. Half the crafts I will never attempt, it’s just intersting.
Plus, we all need things we’d like to do… eventually.
Post # 14
I have so many pins from Pinterest on my New House Ideas board. I’m so overwhelmed trying to decide which DIY projects I will attempt and which ones I should know are unrealistic. I do love all those exposed brick walls and nooks for the dogs. I tell myself one day when we build our own home I will just show Fiance the pins and tell him to have at it, I want it all!!
Post # 15
Some houses look like that, yes. Most don’t because people think it’s too expensive or the task it too daunting. A rock wall is likely something like Z-brick (facade panels that look like stone/brick), rather than an entire wall of stone. There are houses in my area that have these, though. It’s amazing at how inexpensive/easy some of those updates can be, IF you know what you’re doing.
Post # 16
@Leonard2B: the way i use those pins is, i pin something if it contains a large element that i already own that i can work around. ex:
I have a couch almost exactly like that. So I’m working on getting the lamp, the curtains, the coffee table and the throw pillows from the pin.
I have a side table that looks almost exactly like this, except it has that awkward faux-wood covering on the outside of it. It’s starting to look pretty run-down, so I’m going to use this pin as inspiration when I redo it.
I’m registering for a bunch of whiteware, and this photo made me think of the most awesome way to display it once we have it.
Oh, how I love thee, Pinterest.