I'm talking about Diane Keaton's new book, The House That Pinterest Built. I really wish I HAD the book, but alas, it is sold out on Amazon. All I can do is read the reviews AND look at the few images available online, these from Architectural Digest.
First of all, I just CRINGED when I heard that title.
To me, it insinuates this:
Collect your ideas from Pinterest and then assemble them in your project.
That just goes against EVERY SINGLE FIBER OF MY DESIGNER BEING.
It's like taking lots of foods you love to eat......pistachios, goat cheese, real coke, chocolate syrup, and mashed potatoes and mixing them all in a bowl and calling that delicious.
I DO love me some Pinterest.
I do ask my clients to go on Pinterest and find inspiration (in small doses) to send me what they want for an overall look or goal that they are trying to reach as their end result. I would NEVER copy what you like from Pinterest and paste it together into one house or project.
First of all, I would never suggest copying anything. What works in one space and location for one homeowner, will likely never work the same in another for someone else.
I work in a suburb of Houston where I go in and out of homes all the time. I KNOW these builders and floor plans like the back of my hand and can usually identify the model of the home when I walk in the door. I know what works and what doesn't in most of these houses and have done multiple redesigns of many.
However, I can honestly say I've never done the exact same thing twice.
The reason why is because lighting is different, design goals are different, material needs are different, site orientation is different, not to mention budgets.
Every design idea out there that you love doesn't necessarily work well with every location, for your personal needs, and with all the other favorite design ideas you love too.
I'm a firm believer in the idea that you don't have to LOVE every single thing that you put into your home.
(And that's a blogpost coming that been in my drafts for a long time.)
In order for one element that you love to shine and have it's moment, you need for another to remain speechless in the corner. To support the big one, the glorious focus of the room, you need for the other design elements to be quiet, in varying degrees.
That's okay. It makes the one big glorious design element shine all the more.
It's all about keeping your eye on the whole project, the overall effect. It's not about getting your project full of all your wants.
Let's take this image. The kitchen.
First of all, it's enormous. We get it. She obviously has a house full of people constantly and big parties because that island would make for a great buffet. I've read she likes big spaces.
I like the brick wall. I love the ceiling and beams. I love the countertop. I could even tolerate the chicken coop light fixtures, but really.....four of them?
They are overbearing, heavy, put a visual "roof" on the island, and hide the glorious interesting structure going on above. Two would have been fine.
Since I don't have the book, I can't tell what space this is below or how it relates to any others, but can you tell she likes brick? Maybe on walls and floor it's likely just a little too much of a good thing? Can you imagine a black slate on the patio floor and then how much more significant and interesting the brick then might have been?
Okay, she says this house is a combination of a barn and factory. No doubt she has a design filter and used it here, because it comes across as just that.
I've got no problem with the style she is working in here. Style is of a personal nature to me, just like it is with every client. Everyone has a particular style that speaks to them that they want to express in their home.
Diane Keaton has experience in the past with property renovation. Let's say she has the design chops to edit and paste together design elements that fit her style and give her the end result she desires. That's what it is all about really. Who cares if it is well designed according to anyone else's standards anyway? Mine especially. Right?
I actually happen to love this house of hers.
My complaint here is not the house, because I have only seen these snippets and I haven't seen the book.
My complaint is the title and how it influences other homeowners.
The notion that this is possible and a good approach to spending lots of money on a build or project of your own.
No. Not a good way to approach a big expense and investment like building a home, remodeling or furnishing one.
You can read the mixed reviews at this link.