While many social-networking sites are not much more than platforms for chatter, others have evolved into fantastic tools for renovation, build ing, and decorating projects. Designers, for instance, are starting to use private Pinterest boards to share ideas with clients by pinning images of paint colors, fabric samples, and more. “The boards keep us organized and create a dynamic dialogue,” says designer Jayne Michaels.
Dering Hall helps homeowners find interior designers. Browse hundreds of portfolios to choose a firm, or, if you’re just looking for inspiration, scroll through photo galleries organized by room and style. Another site, Cultivate, focuses on kitchen redos. You can also crowdsource a solution for a renovation problem in one of its lively, themed forums.
Interactive maps on Porch allow you to search for local architects and trade professionals, view their work, and even find out whether your neighbors or Facebook friends have