Pinterest Points the Way


To be honest, most designers I know spend a lot of time protecting their intellectual property.

I’m one of them and you won’t see a lot of my resources or details about how we created something amazingly cool on my client project pages. The Rocky Bay Home project is different though… It’s a “cheat sheet” if you will on how to do a project in an inexpensive way and with all resources and ideas exposed. I’m doing this mostly through the website with blogs and Pinterest.

I’m always inspired by my clients and I currently have an amazing line up of thirty-something women who happen to love Pinterest. Capturing and sharing their ideas visually has helped their projects to stay focused and organized as well as motivated me to work through this Rocky Bay project on Pinterest so that I can share it with you.



Go to my Pinterest boards by searching Amy Dutton Home (and follow my page!), my 4th board is titled: “Rocky Bay Home”. Follow this board.  You will get notifications (if your settings allow) when I add updates to my boards.

The sub-boards has been around for a while but I just started using it after having a client who kept a sub-board titles “Final Selections”.  I only have one main board for Rocky Bay and several sub-boards. This is because I already have a lot of my own boards as well as share many boards with my clients. But you can have one board per room then a sub-board with “Final”.  I’ve moved them around to make sense to me with rooms first and product second, you can organize your boards the way that makes the most sense to you.



You will notice that when I pin a product, I provide the price at the beginning. This is to help me stay on budget, at a quick glance as I scan through the Pin board I can see prices without having to click through to the product. Be sure to only pin from the product itself not from a page of several images because it will just take you to a page of options not the one product that you are interested in.

I also add dimensions when they are important to scale or fit in the description. With lighting fixtures, cabinetry, appliances, this is very important. If I don’t include the dimensions, it means that know it fits. If I do include the dimension, it means that I’m working on comparing and contrasting the size and scale with something else that is will work within a vignette.

You will see that there are several rooms and as well as products. When purchasing, I found it easier to have an entire board of the same product (ie. Lighting) THEN I put the final selection into the room that it belonged in. This way I could see everything together. All of this helps me know what goes where after ordering.



I always put the most recent and most liked photos at the top of the board. I do leave the other images because I always like to have an option of changing my mind or remembering my thought process. I start with overall inspiration photos and move on to product. Some of my boards you will see don’t have inspiration photos. This is because I’m not worried about it or I am going to save the small details for later.

I try to pin just about everything that will go into the space. One thing that I need to do is take photos of things that own and pin them so that I can remember what I have and don’t buy something that I don’t need.

Pinterest has a plethora of ideas but remember that you can pin screen shots as well. You can screen shot an idea from your computer, tablet or phone, just be sure that you provide the URL to the page if it’s a product so that you can find it again.


I set up an excel sheet that works with my Pinterest boards. I cross check this regularly so that I know I’m staying on budget. Read the next Blog for more Excel 101 Info!


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