Almost everyone in the design world has a file folder or 20 of inspirational images pulled from magazines, books, and catalogs. And lately, some designers are using Pinterest to create a streamlined, digital version of their files. The social bookmarking site makes it easy to create virtual boards you can fill with images from all over the web –or your own desktop—so you can easily keep track of your inspirations, and share them with clients and any other Pinterest users that “follow” you.

By simply signing up for an account and adding the “Pin It” button to your bookmarks bar, you can pin any image you come across online to any board you set up – from “Guest Room Ideas” to “Stripes” to “Wishlist” – and the site automatically saves and documents the origin. That way, if you pin, say, a gorgeous guest room from somewhere on the web, not only will you have it on file, you’ll have the source of the image only one click away in case you or your followers need more information. Do note that the anything you pin is public, so it’s not the place for top-secret projects.

While Pinterest has quickly become the darling of the blogosphere, interior designers have also found tremendous use for the almost-three-year-old image-sharing site. Charlotte Moss, Kelly Wearstler, and Grant K. Gibson, are only a few of the designers who have fallen for Pinterest’s charms.

“I used to keep so much on my computer—and just jumbled,” says Gibson. “Now, I can pull out my iPad at a client meeting, go to my Pinterest page, and whip through different boards.” Not only does Gibson find Pinterest a useful way to interact with clients, he uses the site to promote his own work by posting images of his own work to the site. Since Pinterest’s users are constantly browsing and “repining” – essentially, re-sharing – images, it’s a great way to get projects seen by digital tastemakers, especially as some of the site’s most influential users have millions of followers.

Considering signing up? We hope you’ll follow ELLE DECOR and our boards devoted to designer quotes, dream closets, wedding registry ideas, and more. Plus, once you join please leave a link to your own Pinterest page in the comments so Designer Registry members can stay in the loop.

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