THERE’S no doubt that social media is the perfect place to while away a few hours. Who hasn’t found themselves on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest into the wee hours, wondering where the time has gone?
But instead of posting cat videos, commenting on photos of old school friends’ kids or accidentally liking an ex-boyfriend’s profile picture, design buffs are turning to these channels to inspire and be inspired.
A simple hashtag search for interiors or interior design turns up literally hundreds of thousands of results — ranging from professional stylists showcasing their latest work to brands promoting looks and products to design amateurs just doing their thing.
We asked three design professionals how they use social media and get their tips for the best places to look for inspiration on your phone, laptop or tablet.
THE DESIGNER: LISA T
Lisa T for Target, iamlisat.com
“I’m a social media addict (if you know of a rehab for people like me, inbox me). Can you believe, I actually set my alarm 40 minutes earlier than I need to because I have to check Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest every morning? Waking up to comments and regrams on my Lisa T for Target account makes my morning, and scrolling through my feed inspires me for the day.
“In terms of the types of things I post, I love to make people smile, feel good, be inspired and be part of something. My posts are a combination of product, sayings, fashion and lifestyle. It shows who I am and what inspires my designs.
“I am inspired daily by how many people style my products and the time they take to post their shots. Our whole team gets such a kick out of reading the comments and seeing the #shelfies (see breakout).
“Tips …. leave yourself time. Pinterest is excellent for organising ideas into folders sorted by themes. I like to file by topics but many pinners file by colour. I have to confess I’m not the most organised person, so Pinterest is an excellent tool to file inspiration.
“Besides my kids’ and friends’ Instagram, I have no particular loyalty to any pages but there are some Insta accounts that I find myself continuously “liking”: @targetaus; @dotandpop; @bigshots; @interiorsaddict: @weinspirelux; @lisamessenger; @theinteriorqueen; @thecoolhunter; @thegoodquote; @Iquitsugar, and; @beautaplin is my latest crush — incredible poetry about life and love.
“One of the other tools I love is Polyvore.com, which is excellent for mood boards. Each item is linked to a site where you can buy it.
“It also allows you to see other people’s mood boards, making for inspired choices in colour combinations and finishes.”
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