I like to think of inspiration sites as the cut and paste magazine scrapbook of the 21st century (no scissors or glue needed!) But with the sheer number of social networking sites there are out there, I know it can be tricky (and timely) to sort through and figure out what each site is actually used for, and if they are even worth your time to join. So, allow me to explain my personal favorite social media platforms (with an emphasis on inspiration sites), and how you can use them in your life!
1) Pinterest: Pinterest is a way to “collect and organize the things you love.” Pinterest is great because no matter what it is that you are interested in, there is a board for it. A Pinterest board is a ‘set’ (like an album) of photos with a common topic. For example, say I am interested in looking up fashion for older women, I can go to Pinterest, search ‘fashion for women over 40,’ and I can browse through a variety of different boards on the topic. Many of which have links to websites where you can actually purchase the the items that are listed, or just re-pin onto your OWN board. You can follow your friends and family, or your favorite companies and celebrities—and make as many boards as you would like.
Here are some of the Pinterest pages that I think are great:
http://pinterest.com/stylefindher/ Style for women over 50.
http://pinterest.com/ms_living/american-made/ Martha Stewart’s ‘American Made’ board.
http://pinterest.com/vermontwoods/ Vermont Woods Studios’—for things Vermont, sustainable, and furniture related.
http://pinterest.com/molly9172005/country-wedding/ A ‘country wedding’ inspiration board!
2) Flickr: Flickr is a website where you can find and host photography. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional photographer, or if you are snapping pics with your camera phone– Flickr will preserve your photos original quality, not making them grainy like on Facebook. Your photos are organized into ‘sets’ that can be arranged in any way you like. While Flickr isn’t the most common site to engage with others, some companies do use it to share high-quality photos of their products, and lots of people use it as the place to store all of their best family photographs. What I love about Flickr is it’s the easiest way to upload and store your photos, every person gets a FREE terabyte of space–and if you’re not a computer wiz and don’t know exactly how big a terabyte is, its big enough to host probably ALL of the photos you have ever taken, unless you’re a photographer. You can search through photos by any topic, such as ‘New England Beaches’ and find tons of really wonderful pictures taken by people from all over the world! Sometimes I use Flickr to find new backgrounds for my computer or phone.
Some great Flickr pages:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/captainkimo/ Inspiring travel photography from around the globe.
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=animals all photographs with the tag ‘animals’… lots of beautiful wildlife photos!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vermontwoodsstudios/ Our company Flickr page, still being updated daily. We showcase our best furniture photos, and a few other things.
3) Houzz. Houzz is a home design and interior decoration site. You can browse rooms, and find thousands of truly inspiring interior design projects and photographs. Each photo has a ‘tag’ with the source of the piece (furniture, lighting, rug, etc) linked to it, so you can find out exactly where those things are coming from! You can also build inspiration boards… so say you have plans to re-do your bathroom, you would want to create a ‘Bathroom’ ideaboard where you can post other projects and photographs to it to go back to for future reference. What sets Houzz apart from things like Pinterest is, there is a huge network of design experts on Houzz who are ready and willing to discuss projects with you. There is a discussion section, where you can get feedback on anything ‘home’ related you might need help with. Like, if I was struggling to find a paint color that really suited my space… you could take a picture of the room, post it in a discussion on Houzz, and the Houzz community can give you help and feedback about what to choose!
Some great Houzz pages:
http://www.houzz.com/photos/traditional/kitchen Traditional Kitchen design photos
http://www.houzz.com/pro/susanjay/susan-jay-design The Houzz page of one of our favorite designers, Susan Jay.
http://www.houzz.com/pro/vermonts-finest-furniture/vermont-woods-studios The Vermont Woods Studios Houzz page!
Well, I hope that this little explanation of these social media sites gives you a little more insight as to what they are about and how they can be both fun and useful! If you have any more questions, feel free to send us a message on Facebook or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for listening, friends!
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