If you often fantasize about your dream home but don’t know where to start, consider exploring the design-friendly web site, Pinterest.  Even if your budget is a far cry from allowing you to purchase designer tiles, custom upholstery or even new bedding and pillows, all the design pros agree its best to do your research to understand your taste by collecting images of what you like in a notebook or file folder.  Pinterest is a tool for creating your own virtual inspiration board.  So come on — dream a little.

It’s really simple to use even if you’re a techno-phobe and still don’t even go on Facebook.  Create an account and start to develop “boards” such as “kitchens”, “bedrooms” and “backyards”.  When you see things you like online, simply look for the magic “p” button (most sites now include them) and start to “pin” your faves on your boards.  Before you know it, your bank account will be flush and you’ll have your entire dream house designed.

Sometimes it’s fun to just be a voyeur and peek at other people’s boards.  Or, you can search for specifics like “white beach kitchens” or “bohemian bedding”.  Here are some ideas to start.  (Click on the links to see the Open House Modern Beach Design boards):

Beach Kitchens:

My Favorite Fabrics:

Beach House Furniture:

Desert Modern

You get the idea.  Happy pinning!

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