Most of us, when confronted about a delicious recipe we found on Pinterest, would admit to where we found it, likely proud of the luck that brought us to it and our home-making resourcefulness; but is it the same with designs? Our space designs are, of course, much more personal, especially when it comes to the design of our homes. Will the amateur, or even experienced decorator, own up to the fact that their beautiful living room design is modeled from a pin they saved down to the colors of the lamp shades and the precise area of the rug? Are these designs meant to be replicated, or rather are they meant to be admired as their own individual pieces of art?
I came across this concern while gathering inspiration for my Desk Design Project. I began to notice a pattern:
Find a room design I enjoyed
Save Pin and open in new tab
Start googling descriptions of what I saw in the Pin in an effort to recreate each “look”
I’m sure this is how many of us decorate, and I want to be careful so as not to offend—There isn’t anything wrong with this approach. Hell, I do it all the time. However, if you’re someone who really values creativity, and looks at the design of your space as a form of self-expression, is Pinterest clouding your originality?
I think it most certainly is.
So how can you maintain your design originality?
Definitely avoid my process which I outlined above. Use Pinterest as a source of inspiration, sure, but take care to only take pieces or general anesthetics from your Pins, and from that you can create your own design. Think of it as paraphrasing, or maybe including a quotation (that fuzzy pillow you WILL build the whole space around). It’s a great resource, but I would argue that you would feel much more fulfilled by a space that is not built on imitation, but by your own imagination. Now I just have to take my own advice–easier said then done, Pinterest designs are #goals.
And for God’s sake, if you do model a room based off of one specific pin, own up to it. Don’t commit Pinterest plagiarism, send us the pin, and give us a follow while you’re at it.
My boyfriend recently landed a new job that is mainly work-from-home (what a jerk). He was given a desktop computer, a laptop, computer dock, etc. Right now, all of that stuff is on the dining room table under a mountain of unopened mail…I know…. Very uninspiring. Because of this, I can’t very well tell you how you should optimize your work-space if I’m witness for what can only be described as an affront to interior design. Therefore, before anything else, I will remedy this situation, posting updates periodically. Things can only go up from here.
Luckily for him, I am an expert in desk design–my blog says so, so it must be true. He is building his own desk (pictures to come), so at least we can waive that expense. I’m picturing a cozy but well lit space; obviously with ample plant-life seeing as the office room only has one small window. Somewhat related: why are area rugs so expensive? Let me know if you know any good websites for that. I’ve been scouring the inter-webs all day looking for unique design elements, I’ll include some of my favorites below–keeping in mind that this will be a man’s work-space, and not the Pinterest desk of my dreams (see Corgi Cactus Holder). However, if all goes well, I’ll assume my services will be in high demand; the line starts here, folks.
Again, more information to come on this project. If you have any ideas/design inspiration please don’t hesitate to share. I’m also on Pinterest so follow me if you’re interested in the aesthetic I will be trying to achieve.
What is an Air Plant.. And how the heck can I grow one?
Air plants, scientifically named Tillandsia, grow without soil. Because of this, the leaves are responsible for absorbing the moisture, and the roots latch on to whatever structure you choose. These plants require bright, filtered sunlight; meaning they are perfect window plants for an office. They’re architectural flexibility makes them popular hanging plants, however they can latch on to any surface you choose–so feel free to get creative.
The drawback of these soil-free wonders is that they require special care to get the water they need. Many people use a spray bottle to mist the leaves of the plants every couple of days. However, in addition to this, these plants need to be submerged in water every few weeks. You can do this before leaving the office one day, and put them back on display the next. There is no fear of over-watering, because the plants stop absorbing once they’ve soaked up all the water they need.
Caring for air plants is a lot easier than it looks, and their adaptability to different structures make them a popular interior design plant. Of course, air plants will also purify the air in your office. Air plants. Below is a good starter pack for someone wanting to experiment with Air Plants.
Now that we’ve established how to begin caring for your new plants–let’s get on to the fun part. Below are some of the most fun air plant holders I could find on the web. Of course, there is always an opportunity to design your own. Let me know in the comments if you would like me to do a DIY version of some of these air plant holders!
As you can see, these beauties do not require much of a base. There are several beautiful Hanging Plant hanging options as well if you want to try out that chic, architectural design.