Aidan Gray Home sprinkled a bit of fairy dust on Atlanta Market over the weekend by bringing Diane Keaton to AmericasMart to sign her book The House That Pinterest Built, published by Rizzoli. Our CEO Saxon Henry felt a bit privileged to be in the room for the entire two hours Keaton signed books because her role directing the actress’ fans out of the room once they’d spent time with her gave her an opportunity to witness Keaton’s authenticity.
It was remarkable to watch as she genuinely engaged with everyone who approached the table where she stood, book at the ready, her black and white ensemble as distinctive as her reputation for marching to the beat of her own drum. Though many who approached her said they were nervous, she put them at ease. Most were laughing by the time they left the room, and a few had tears flowing down their cheeks, the chance to meet her meaning so much to them they couldn’t keep their emotions in check. There were shouts of “We love you, Diane!” and many a humble thank you for the chance to have a moment with her.
The book is nicely done. The inspirations Diane Keaton found on Pinterest are intermingled with images of the house she’d created from the pins she collected. She’s just as personable in the book as she was in person, telling readers, “Play with your dreams. Grab ideas and let them take you wherever they will. Stimulate your life with memories, photographs, travels, model homes seen off the side of the road, movies you’ve fallen in love with, blogs you’ve cruised through, or Pinterest, like me.” She would know about inspirations from films, as we are betting the kitchen Nancy Meyers gave her in Something’s Gotta Give has been pinned as many times as any movie set ever.
It was Meyers, a film director and Keaton’s friend, who turned her onto Pinterest, and the rest, as they say, is decorating history. About the project of building her home, which took 3 ½ years, she writes, “It’s not like I didn’t know I had too many ideas, I just never figured they would translate into one thousand two hundred and seventy-eight days of building one house, on one lot.” She admits, “It turns out there’s a reason architects build homes, not actresses who collect pictures. The absurdity of structuring a home by printing out Pinterest pins, placing them in three-hole black binders, categorized with section titles such as 39 Steps, Sleep Tight and Tiny Furniture was never a problem until it was too late.”
Diane Keaton tapped Cynthia Carlson of Cynthia Carlson Associates to help her take these categories and turn them into architecture, and then chose the myriad other professionals who were required to further the building process along. “In the end, the whole thing feels like a mystery come true,” Keaton notes. “For better or worse, this is the house that Pinterest built.” Seeing how she turned the pins into a home that reflects her somewhat edgy but always classic point of view is definitely for the better. Meeting her is an experience our EIC will never forget.