Diane Keaton — Academy Award-winning actress, director, producer, author, real estate developer and passionate preservationist — became so obsessed about the Pinterest images she used to pull together her dream home, an 8,000-square-foot structure composed of 75,000 bricks in the Sullivan Canyon outskirts of Brentwood, that she published a book about it, The House That Pinterest Built (Rizzoli).
Fifteen years of buying and selling houses has revealed without dispute Keaton’s penchant for restoring and designing houses (previous tomes include California Romantica, 2007, and Diane Keaton: House, 2012), which began at the age of six when she helped her father paint their brick house blue (now her favorite color).
At the suggestion of her friend and Something’s Gotta Give director Nancy Meyers, the actress turned her cinematic eye to the highly addictive site. (Meyers referred to the boards for the set designs of her film The Intern). Keaton says she looked to “other people’s addictive yearnings for the perfect home, with the perfect landscape and the perfect interior” for inspiration.
In the book — a part historical photographic essay/style compass/how-to/inspirational coffee table book — the reader gets a peek into the star’s design process from her Pinterest pins to the final product. As Keaton combs through pins (Le Style Studio is a favorite), her own boards started to develop (keatondiane), which gives further insight into her popular aesthetic (case in point: boards Tiny Furniture, Breakfast of Champions and Tool Kit Treasures are repinned by some 95,000 followers).
Keaton covers everything from kitchen islands to addressing a bathroom renovation and, last but not least, how to organize your own Pinterest boards, adding philosophical essays along the way. For the lover of all things houses, it’s true design porn.