I, myself have a love hate relationship with Pinterest. I LOVE the fact that from a decorator stand point my client's can create boards on there & I can follow them to see what they like to give me inspiration, I LOVE the fact that its gives you so many ideas for great stuff, I LOVE that you can pin things to keep them for later reference and ideas and I LOVE all the amazing things you can find on there from recipes to beauty tips, to outstanding sayings.
But on the other hand as a professional event decorator I HATE that some clients do not allow me to use the pictures from Pinterest as inspiration, but what me to completely copy or replicate them. When I meet with my clients to get a feel of what they like and many will bring me pictures of things they like - GREAT, and I can immediately tell when they are Pinterest pictures - I invite them to bring me inspiration pictures, so this is good, however when they want this exact thing done - I then explain to them that I will be more than happy to use it as inspiration, but will not replicate it & therefore it will not be the exact same thing as what hey are seeing in front of them right now. First off I DO NOT copy or replicate ANYONE Eelse's work, or it is not my work. I will however take things that I like & I think are cool and use it as inspiration to me to create a similar type of thing in my own creative way. I would feel horrible, completely unprofessional, mortified, & embarrassed to make an exact replica of someone else's beautiful work & say it is mine, because even though I would technically be doing the labor to recreate the exact same look it still does not make it my work. Make sense?
To show you what I mean I have included some pictures below to show you.
I have been seeing these huge, massive, elegant, show stopping paper flower backdrops as seen on the right from a picture I seen on tumbler and on the left we, Forever Fresh did a small interpretation of the paper flower backdrop.
We used just a few paper flowers we made and incorporated them into our backdrop for a garden theme wedding, instead of making a whole entire backdrop of paper flowers.
My work on the left & the gorgeous work done by www.elizabethannedesigns.com on the right.
I was in love with the whimsical feel of the rose petals in the whole aisle. So I also decided to do an aisle of rose petals - the design is much different, but good inspiration.
On the left is my creation of the inspiration picture found on Pinterest but originally taken from Bridalguide.com
I liked the airiness of the flowers above the guests & the sophisticated style of the whole centerpiece. So what I did to create this of my own was to hang flowers over the table & line the middle of the table with various heights of candles.
So see it's not that I hate pinterest, no way, I just like to use it as inspiration & inspiration only. Not to completely copy someone else's work. Just remember when you hire a professional - let them do what they do best! For me that is letting me be creative :)