Utilizing Pinterest | Breanna Rose

I’ve been an avid user of Pinterest for awhile now. Just like most, I have endless boards dedicated to design, fashion, interior, and tasty FOOD. And some secret ones, too. ;) But it wasn’t until recently that I really considered how to use the platform to better my business. While Twitter and Facebook came easily to me, Pinterest was a whole different ball game in terms of marketing yourself. For the longest time, I just posted what was visually appealing to me – and that was that. Pretty mountains? Posted. Tasty cake? Posted. I didn’t give it much further thought and didn’t expect much in return, either.

But then it dawned on me : I have an audience there, too, so why not take advantage of it?? I decided to spend a couple weeks trying new things and learning easy ways of being productive over there for the betterment of my business. I’m not sure why I haven’t tried harder over there before ( face palm ), but it certainly does help! As I’ve always said : the more you put yourself out there, the greater your potential audience can be. Here are just a few things I have learned over on good old pinterest :

BE DESCRIPTIVE For the longest time, I thought it was “cool” to have subtle + overly creative descriptions. But guess what? That doesn’t make you very searchable. If I label that cookie recipe with “scrumptious,” people searching for “cookies” probably won’t find me. With that said, don’t be afraid to get blatent about what you post. I thought I was cheating my creative self and felt like a fraud by doing so, but that’s not the case. Cheers! You’ll now be found easier.

Wishlist | Around The Home #GiftGuide

I know I’m a bit slow to the draw today, but it’s been a long + much needed Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you all had a good one, too!! As I get back into the swing of things, I’ve been mixing in a lot of holiday research, as I call it. With all the deals going on, I’ve tried to score a few good buys as gifts for friends and family. The above gift guide is filled with things for around the home. The GOOD news is that if you hurry, some of these items are on sale. Gotta love it! I already have this gold accent table in my ( online ) shopping cart and am seriously considering a splurge on this beautiful blanket. Maybe maybe. What’s on your list??

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Dribbble Favorites | #18

With a new batch of projects starting up just before the new year, I’ve been spending a lot of time on dribbble lately, admiring the work of other talented designers. The above shots are some of my recent favorites. Gotta love that background image on the top left and all the rough texture throughout these designs. Plus, how about that fox?? Part of me has always wished that I had the patience to develop my drawing skills more. I guess I’ll just look at this one instead. Feel free to click through the links below to see what else these designers are up to!

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Living Room Anatomy | Curated by Breanna Rose

Our living room is finally starting to come together … and while I’m not quite ready to reveal it ( since we need to tweak + add a few more things ), I thought it would be nice to share the basic anatomy of the room. Since a lot of big things are happening over the next year ( new house, puppy, wedding ), we knew we needed to decorate affordably. As much as I’d like to spend every pretty penny at West Elm or Room & Board, we just can’t. That’s real life.

Instead, we’ve searched high & low for pieces that still fit our aesthetic, on budget, and have even completed a few ikea hacks to REALLY save some cash. The first thing we researched was couches. In an ideal world, we would have purchased a classic mid-century sofa, but that wasn’t in the cards … yet. Instead, we hacked Ikea’s Karlstad sofa, in black. We replaced the legs with tapered peg legs found on etsy, which can be custom stained to match your room. With only a $30 addition, the couch literally looked like a whole new piece. In the future, we plan to tuft the back cushions to give it even more oomph. With matching chairs next on the list, we were lucky enough to inherit refurbished mid-century chairs from Michael’s grandparents. They are beautiful and just need to be re-covered in a lighter grey, which we are currently on a fabric hunt for. You can find similar ones here, or here for even cheaper.

Someware | Home Goods + More

It’s not often that I feature brands around here nowadays outside of my wantlist posts … so this particular one must mean something, right?? My friend Rashi posted about Someware Goods on her blog the other day and I was HOOKED. This little shop has some home goods that I can 100% get behind. And since we’ve been searching around for things to add to our new house, I have a my eye on a few of these pieces ( like this and this ) and am simply trying to decide which we should get. Any favorites out there?? Anyway, this place was too good NOT to share, so there you have it. Plus, you can enter a giveaway right here for one of their bags which is to die for. I already entered. I want to take it shopping with me.