Diane Keaton has taken the design world on all fronts: she's launched a tabletop collection, owned significant pieces of architectural history (from a Frank Lloyd Wright property in the Pacific Palisades to a Wallace Neff home in Beverly Hills) and now, has published her third , The House That Pinterest Built.
As a lifelong lover of architecture and interior design, Keaton has learned plenty over the years about both the grit of constructing a home and the tenderness of crafting it. Her biggest source of design guidance in recent years? While most interior designers and architects keep their obsession with Pinterest hush-hush, Keaton has written an entire book about her love affair with Pinning. In The House That Pinterest Built, she reveals some of the most beautiful spaces that inspired the fabulous remodel of her home, and what lessons her favorite boards have taught her.
"I knew my kitchen would not be practical, or cozy or homey. I knew it would not be reasonable, and it was not an easy choice. But is there ever an easy choice when it comes to home? All I can say is, for better or worse, in sickness and health, our kitchen was built in honor of the beauty of light, sometime laced with shades of gray, sometimes blinding as it came down on us, sometimes too little light, sometimes star filled, sometimes dreary and gray, even dull, but, always, light."
"When I was a girl the bathtub was my mother’s favorite place in the house. Not only did she read Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse as she rested her head on the back of the tub, but she also used it as a conference room. I’ll never forget sitting on the edge of the tub as she asked me about my day or reminded me of my homework...Like Mom, I too fell in love with the relaxing heat of a bath, mainly because of her."
"The more I pinned, the more I let myself fantasize. I would hire a library assistant to help the guests with their selections...Friends and family would be invited to touch, feel, see, open, close, linger, pause, read, research, and take notes inside the Riveria Ranch Road Living Library.
I know I got carried away, but one thing can’t be denied: In order to see you have to look. Books, those elegiac tokens of forgotten moments captured by the click of a camera enhance and enrich our lives. Who cares if I’m nuts?"
"I pinned seating areas. I pinned breezeways. But putting pins aside for the moment, most of all, I wanted to make sure our house would be the centerpiece of my family’s world. I wanted the structure that would hold my family’s stories within its walls to be our cathedral, not the landscape. The landscape’s purpose is to highlight a home. Never forget that. And finally remember this, your front yard and your backyard support the most important edifice of your life. That’s right, you’ve got it: your home."
"If you steal enough ideas from as many sources as possible you usually come up with something unexpected. It’s almost as if every thought, every choice, every Pin Pal, architect, builder, and friend built this house.
For better or worse, this is the house that Pinterest built."
Reprinted with permission from The House That Pinterest Built; Rizzoli USA 2017.