It never fails that whenever I access my Pinterest account I get a sense of pleasantries. It is the same kind of feeling when I browse my favorite store, Anthropologie, and I am in awe of the stylish mix of fashion, accessories, home decor, and books!
But with Pinterest I get a whole lot more. From the galleries of photographs of every single aspect of lifestyle, one can certainly find a picture that is a catalyst to fulfilling a goal or taking a step to completing a challenge.
This is how Pinterest serves my purpose – as a tool to curate all sorts of inspirational boards that keeps me in check when I have an ambitious objective. By seeing what others have accomplished I am able to push myself to see if I could do the same.
Such is the case when I was indecisive to transform a small guest room into my ‘creative, crafts, and home business’ office. How could I possible fit everything that I wanted to do in such a tiny space? As it turns out there were thousands in the same predicament. Yet, as demonstrated by the images they ‘pinned’, they were able to accomplish this feat by showcasing exactly how to create stylish yet productive interiors in minuscule square footage. I created a board from these visuals and called it my ‘Crafts and Office Room‘. Within a matter of months I completed my task and couldn’t be more happy with the results! By creating my own ‘Mommy Cave’ I found energy and pure joy in my hobbies and home business.
Now I am not stopping there! I have a few goals in mind that need inspiration, and thus a new collection of Pinterest Boards. Check them out:
My Tea Time Board
From the moment I stepped into the English Rose tea house in downtown Pleasanton, I was smitten by the Victorian ambiance and the experience of an English Tea Party! It is absolutely delightful to try different flavors of tea on lovely fine bone china tea sets and taste the accompanying delicacies, such as scones, curds, petit fours, and sandwiches! I returned a few months later and celebrated my birthday with my college girl pals, and I came back a few more times with my tea-guru and close friend, Tet.
Since then I have started collecting vintage English tea cups (will tell you more about this in a future post!) and started learning how to make dainty finger foods. Creating my Pinterest board will help me see if I can host my own tea party by using my bone china collection, serving the favorite teas I have tried, and baking the pastries I have learned to make. It is also a fun excuse to get my girl friends together! Hopefully my Pinterest Board on Flowers and Bouquet will help me create a charming ambiance.
Home, Garden and Decor Board
Very few friends knew but one of the college majors I was keen on applying was Interior Design. In fact, when I finished my undergrad, I was contemplating on whether I should apply in the basic course program of the Philippine School of Interior Design (it was also a stone’s throw away from my the condo residence I lived in). I suppose it made sense that this would be an interest. My Mom is a property-developer. I have seen hundreds of corporate and home interiors as I was growing up whenever I joined her in her project-site visits. However, this dream did not materialize because I became busy with my budding broadcasting career.
Nevertheless with today’s vast number of interior design apps such as Houzz, Behr ColorSmart, Home 3D, and Home Interior Layout Designer, and a myriad of home style magazines, catalogs, and blogs, any person can try their hand at designing their own abodes. I have certainly taken up this challenge with my home. Although my family and I have settled in since moving three years ago, everything is still a work in progress. I created a Home, Garden, and Decor Pinterest Board to help me narrow down the style and aesthetics from the many ideas I had in mind. It is looking like I love a modern, yet comfortable ambiance with lots of color.
I have three fondant cakes to my belt since starting my baking hobby. To move my skill to the next level I challenged myself to do tiered cakes and add some floral accents or fondant-molded figures. What better way to get some ideas on designing my cakes than browsing through thousands of fondant cake images!
An example of how a community shows camaraderie in social media is when ‘Pinners’ share a recipe or tutorial of the cakes they love. That is just incredible! In the past one had to scour baking books or leaf through the small number of cake magazines just to get inspired. But with the social tools available to everyone today it is not that difficult nor expensive to hone your pastry skills (read up on my ‘How to Bake‘ for tips to get started!)! With that I have created another board called ‘Baking Tutorials‘.
Not being satisfied with just cakes, I could not help but create a board called ‘Yummylicious Cuppies‘. They are so pretty that I think my sugar cravings are satisfied just by looking at them. It is obvious this is one of my favorite boards. And yes, with that I hope to be inspired to make some fondant cupcakes too. I am particularly fond of anything that has a tea pot or a flower.
So there you have it…a peek into the Stylish+Geek Pinterest Boards. If you haven’t tried Pinterest, I highly recommend it. It’s very easy to set up – just open an account, start doing an image search, and pin away!
Let me know if you have your own boards! Would love to check them out!