This Is the Chicest, Cheapest Pin Board Solution for Walls That We’ve Ever Seen

updated Jan 4, 2021
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Athena Calderone's office

New year, new goals, right? Well, even if you’re not the resolution type, it can be nice to take some time to think about what makes you tick creatively for a fresh start in January. Sure, Pinterest and Instagram are great for visualizing, but they’re not always the most accessible, compelling ways to catalog all the things that inspire you. If you ask lifestyle expert and Yelp partner Athena Calderone of Eyeswoon, whose home office is pictured above and below, there’s nothing like an old school vision board—or three!—for organizing your ideas and the pretty ephemera you come across in the real world.

In fact, one of the latest DIY projects Calderone took on was creating these three custom pin boards for her work area, which together have also become her Zoom background for work calls. Even though the vertical triptych she created looks super fancy, everything you see was made with simple materials.

If you want to recreate this subtle, sophisticated look to set off your at-home or in-office workspace, all you have to do is buy pieces of homasote, wrap them in burlap or another textural fabric, and then coat that covering with the same color paint as your walls. Homasote is a type of sound barrier sheathing that’s often attached to framing in various building projects, so you actually might find your boards help keep your work area quieter, too. Even better, homasote is very easy to cut, so you can go as big or small as you like with your boards depending on your budget.

A couple of passes with a staple gun will secure the fabric in place on the backs of the boards, while gold grommets and screws placed on the perimeter of the fronts lend additional reinforcement and decoration to each piece. Then all that’s left to do is pin away; Calderone has tacked up notes, fabric swatches, and even strands of decorative beads and rope cords to her triptych. These pin boards are really that simple and can cost far less than store-bought versions, especially if you use leftover paint and fabric scraps or choose to make only one big board. For a more detailed explanation of this DIY project, Calderone has also created a video tutorial.