Thursday, April 11, 2013

How to Use Pinterest & Houzz for Your Home Remodeling & Decorating Needs


Rebekah and I have been followers of Pinterest for some time now. If you don't know what Pinterest is, it's a social networking site that allows you review the "pins" of others and "pin" ideas you like to an online bulletin board. The pins are photos or articles that have been "pinned" by others to this online bulletin board. They can be about virtually anything. Decor, landscaping, recipes, funny quotes, you name it. To make it easier to review, you can search by category or key words for things that interest you.

For example, if I wanted inspiration for bathroom decor or a bathroom renovation I could search "bathrooms" on the site and it would pull up more "pins" than I can look at in one day. Further, if I see something that I like, I can "re-pin" the piece to my online board. Your board of pins is always there for you to come back to and review.

Another great source of ideas is Houzz. The headliner on their site is "Create an Ideabook for your next remodeling project." Unlike Pinterest, this site is dedicated strictly to house renovations & decor. There are millions of photos from designers of homes, rooms, interiors, and exteriors. If you see one that you like, you place it in your "Ideabook" and you can review it at any time by logging in and going to your "Ideabook." Houzz also allows you to search for area contractors and designers. This site is fabulous.

So what do these things have to do with Real Estate you say?

Both of these sites are great sources for remodeling projects, decorating, staging, or just adding some simple curb appeal. Both Pinterest and Houzz have mobile apps for your IPhone or IPad as well.

For our homeowners or sellers, we invite you to explore these sites to gain ideas on decor, staging, and curb appeal. If you're planning a remodel, there's tons of inspiration. If you've lived in your home, but haven't really worried too much about the the decor and just want to spruce it up for showings there are many ideas. Here's a few we found:


If you want your house to smell heavenly, boil some orange peels with a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon on medium heat. My favorite smell in the entire universe!

For our buyers, buying a new home is such a wonderful experience, but decorating and furnishing it can be overwhelming if you don't have anywhere to start with ideas. If you're on a budget, there's also some inventive and cool do-it-yourself furniture pieces and decor that look great! There's even ideas on how to makeover your existing furniture. You could even hit up the thrift shop for pieces and completely re-do them. Here's some ideas of what you can find:

And't be afraid to tap into these sources. If I hear another man say that Pinterest or Houzz is for girls I'll scream! After all, I'm pretty sure you get called in to paint, remodel, or landscape from time to time. Why not be a part of the design? In fact, after your wife/girlfriend or partner starts to peruse these sites I'm sure your "honey-do" list will explode!

Happy Pinning!

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