What’s your Pinterest?
Pinterest is a photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage image collections such as events, interests and hobbies. Other pinboards can be browsed for images which can be re-pinned and individual photographs can be ‘liked.’ User’s boards can be followed, in a similar style to Twitter with popular categories being travel, cars, film, food, humour, home design, sports, fashion and art. Development began in 2009 and the site was finally launched in 2010 with only 10,000 users after the first nine months. Now an app has been launched, which is compatible with mobile phones and the company is now among the top ten social networking sites in the world with over 11 million visits each week. Pinterest can be linked to other social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook with pin-feeds appearing informing users of any activity on their page. There are four main sections to browse which are everything, videos, gifts and popular with the main choices of sub-categories being food and drink, DIY and crafts, women’s apparel, home décor and travel. For those who currently have a Pinterest account or for those who are considering the option, the following list will be very useful as it displays the current top ten brands on the site.
The Perfect Palette has wonderful ideas for your wedding, parties and life in general. The brand has over 435,000 followers and inspiration can be found from the photographs on the pinboards. Delicious recipes are given for entertaining and fashion styles for summer with trendy colours leap from the pages along with table decorations and gifts for weddings. Many wedding themes are published and suggestions for making a welcome home can be found.
Real Simple has over 344,000 followers and gives creative, practical and inspiring solutions to make life easier. You can read the daily thoughts and find tips for recycling as well as recipes, home decorating and organising ideas. Healthy eating and fitness are promoted with useful hints and advice and fashionable jewellery, shoes and handbags for the ladies can be found. Treats and gifts for special occasions are promoted and useful information for food groups is given.
The Beauty Department has over 820,000 followers and it is not surprising since the page has great ideas for hair styles, including fringes and braids and also for nail art with colourful and unusual designs. There are tips on how to colour your own hair with hair accessories and make-up colours and ideas for daytime and night are shown. Advice can be found for matching certain styles and tones to your skin colour and there are even gift suggestions for the home.
HGTV has nearly 320,000 followers and has good tips and hints for home decorating. You can view various photographs of projects for inside the house as well as the garden for improving your home and there are some bright colour schemes with DIY advice given. You can view textures and patterns for baby’s nurseries and discover ideas for your basement and large empty rooms. You can follow your dreams with pictures of luxury vacations and designer houses and there is even a section for making delicious cocktails.
Apartment Therapy certainly lives up to its name with many wonderful ideas for your home. There are styles of kitchens, bedrooms, lounges and bathrooms to view and there are tutorials for learning DIY. Guides on decorating, renovating and shopping can be found and there is a section dedicated to pets. Therapy is gained in cleaning tips and weddings, parties themes and storage solutions are also offered.
Kate Spade says she is curious, playful and strong and evidence of this can certainly be seen in her work. There are some very colourful fashion tips and ideas for brightening the home with vivid colours and polka dots being heavily featured. Inspirational handbags and flower-patterned wallpaper ensure that this New York lady is rising to the top of Pinterest with colour as her main theme.
Inspiration can be gained for the home and the garden with pictures of beautiful houses and glorious recipes to view. Great ideas on baking are given with sweet temptations and beautiful floral gardens are in abundance. There are some interesting themes for your front door as well as a section on pets and finding bargains at the flea market. Plants for gardens, patios or small spaces are featured with ideas for storage solutions and handmade gifts as well.
Whole Foods Market is amongst the world’s leaders for organic food and there are some beautiful ideas for gardening, growing your own food and healthy eating. Recycling and kitchen gadgets are featured and if you have a sweet tooth, then you will find delicious cakes and desserts. There are dishes for warming the cold winter and with the festive season approaching you can find recipes for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving and Halloween along with a drinks recipe or three.
West Elm has simple and effective design for modern living. There are lovely designs on the crockery with chevrons very much in fashion and garden plants and indoor plants are featured. Spots and stripes bring a touch of vibrant colour to living rooms and willow pattern for the kitchen is very much still in style. There are some interesting bird’s eye views of rooms to give a different perspective and the message that green is the colour for this year is clearly given.
Mashable is a large independent site dedicated to news for the connected generation. Here you can find the latest technology, social media tips and gadgets that the company have pinned. There are phone cases along with the best apps and fashion, music, movies and humour is featured. There are ‘nerdy’ recipes and toys with high tech edge along with video games and digital fitness with the emphasis very firmly on tech.