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5 Essential Mobile Apps for Home Planning and Interior Design

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Home design planning is a great way to take control of your home’s interior aesthetic. Since it’s the place you spend the most time, it’s worth sprucing it up every so often.

Thanks to the apps featured below, you can design your home quickly and easily from your smartphone.

1. Home Design 3D

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Home Design 3D is a capable offering that allows you to plan the interior and exterior of your home. The app allows you to either create a project with an entirely blank canvas or select from preset options such as Family House, Holiday House, Vintage Garage Loft, and more.

Through the transparent directional buttons in the left corner of the app, you can move around the home. A menu on the right lets you select between 2D and 3D, plus traverse around floors.

From the menu on the left while in 3D view, you can select between Architecture, Objects, and Textures. This allows you to add new elements to the home design and place them in any position you want, in any room of the house.

The 2D model brings up a blueprint of the house, along with the dimensions of each room that you can alter as you please. Through the left menu, you can choose to enable or disable Land Tracing, Room Drawing, and Wall Drawing.

Finally, the menu at the top allows you to enable/ disable Snap, Sizing, and Multi-Selection. Through the Community tab, you can discover design ideas from other members of the app, or share the project you’ve made with the community.

The Shopping Cart icon allows you to unlock the full version, while the Question Mark icon takes you to a comprehensive tutorial with text and video options available. Lastly, the three-doticon allows you to import or print a blueprint, view your project in AR, and share the project or share a project screenshot.

Download: Home Design 3D for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)

2. Live Home 3D

Live Home 3D has a simple UI, yet offers comprehensive planning of a home interior through a 3D view. By allowing you to work on one room at a time, its simple approach will ensure you don’t become overwhelmed.

The app allows you to choose a template, with the three blank options providing scales of 1:50, 1:100, or 1:25. There are also sample rooms you can choose from.

Your project opens in 2D, offering a dynamic blueprint of the room that lets you change elements around as you see fit. Switching to 3D allows you to move any of the elements around, with a transparent directional wheel in the left corner. A slider just to the right of that controls how high up, or low down, you view the room from. Finally, you can use a “pinching” gesture with your fingers to zoom in and out.

The top menu has a number of useful tabs and is where the main bulk of the options reside. For instance, there’s a tab that helps you import blueprints or export the in-app blueprint, a help button that brings up various tutorials, and more.

Download: Live Home 3D for iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)

3. Keyplan 3D Lite

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Keyplan 3D is a colorful and simple app that makes home designing fun, as well as quick and easy.

When opening the app for the first time, it will give you a few quick guides to ensure you’ve gotten to grips with the app. It’ll also ask whether you want to store project data via iCloud or locally.

The free version only allows you to make a new plan from scratch; purchasing the full version gives you access to demo projects.

When in a project, the Home icon in the top-left corner takes you back to your project list, the Build icon in the top right corner allows you to turn on/off Objects Magnet, Walls Magnet, Measurements, etc. and uses sliders to change the width and height of walls. The House icon in the bottom-right corner takes you to the Store, with different pricing options depending on what you’re looking for.

Finally, the bottom toolbar has three tabs: Drawing Mode (which can be enabled or disabled), and an Armchair icon which brings up many different types of furniture. And the Blueprint icon allows you to switch between 2D and 3D.

Download: Keyplan 3D Lite for iOS (Free, in-app purchases available) | Keyplan 3D for iOS ($5.99, in-app purchases available)

4. Houzz

Houzz is a home renovation social media app centered on architecture, home design, and renovation. It offers you pictures of renovated home interiors, the chance to connect with a particular home improvement professional, and a discussion board to chat about your home renovation plans or experiences with other users.

When first opening the app, you’ll be invited to create an account, then select whether you’re a homeowner or a professional in the home improvement market.

Through the top menu, you can view Photos of renovated rooms, or head to the Pros tab where you’ll answer a series of questions and add your postal code to obtain a list of local professionals. Meanwhile, Stories has a stream of Houzz blogs available to read, and Discussions lets you talk with other users of the app.

The bottom menu has four tabs: Home, Notifications, Ideabooks, and Profile.

Download: Houzz for iOS | Android (Free)

5. Pinterest

Pinterest is a lifestyle social media that allows you to save images to Boards—ranging from healthy eating recipes to home design.

This is an extremely popular site, so you’ve probably heard of it before or even use it already. The home design community on Pinterest is very popular, making it very likely you’ll find images to give you ideas on how to spruce up your home design.

On your profile icon on the bottom menu, you can press the Plus icon at the top-right corner to create a pin or a board. Select Board and give it a name, such as “Interior Design.” Then, tap the Search icon on the bottom menu to search for home design-related images and add them to that board. This makes it easy to find them again in the future.

There are also Pinterest alternatives to consider using if, for whatever reason, Pinterest doesn’t do the job for you.

Download: Pinterest for iOS | Android (Free)

Home Sweet Home With Your Phone

Home design and planning are much easier thanks to the apps featured here. With a mixture of planning and community apps, you’ll have a much easier time making any necessary adjustments to your home.



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Better Buy: Facebook vs. Pinterest

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These two social media companies are competing for ad dollars.

According to eMarketer, 81% of internet users worldwide use social media each month. Notably, that figure is up from 78% in 2019 as a result of pandemic-driven digitization.

Not surprisingly, that trend has been a tailwind for social giants like Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and challengers like Pinterest (NYSE:PINS). And given the enormity of the digital ad market, both of these tech companies should continue to grow in the years ahead.

But which stock is the better buy?

What we know about Facebook

Facebook operates several social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp. It generates the vast majority of its revenue through the sale of ad space across those platforms, as well as on third-party apps and websites.

A group of young people interacting with smartphones, while various icons (i.e. camera, email, shopping cart) are displayed above their heads.

Image source: Getty Images.

Last year, as the pandemic drove people online, growth in monthly active people (MAP) accelerated. At the same time, 79% of MAP were also daily active people (DAP), up from 78% in 2019 and 77% in 2018. This indicates an uptick in engagement over time.

In the first quarter of 2021, 3.45 billion people used one of Facebook’s platforms on a monthly basis. Notably, the pandemic-driven increases in engagement continued to hold, as 79% of monthly users also signed in daily. And the average revenue per person (ARPP) increased 29% to $7.75 for the quarter.

In total, revenue jumped 48% year over year in Q1, driven by a 12% increase in the number of ads delivered and a 30% increase in the price per ad. That represents a meaningful acceleration in top-line growth compared to the company’s performance in recent years.

Metric

2018

Q1 2021 (TTM)

CAGR

Monthly Active People

2.64 billion

3.45 billion

13%

Revenue

$55.84 billion

$94.4 billion

26%

Free Cash Flow

$15.4 billion

$24.2 billion

22%

Data source: Facebook SEC filings. TTM = trailing-12-months. CAGR = compound annual growth rate.

While Facebook’s growth has been solid, investors should note that revenue has increased more quickly than free cash flow. This reflects Facebook’s weakening operating margin, which has fallen from 45% to 40% over that period.

Even so, Facebook is the leading social media platform worldwide. Over 2.7 billion people use at least one of its products every day — that’s roughly one-third of the globe’s population. That incredible scale has helped it capture 25% of the U.S. digital ad market. Only Alphabet‘s Google has taken more market share.

Going forward, if Facebook can avoid legal trouble, I think it still has room to grow.

What we know about Pinterest

Pinterest takes a different approach to social media. Rather than connecting friends and family, it’s a tool for inspiration, planning, and action. Pinterest has also gone to great lengths to build a positive environment for its users. Most social platforms can’t make the same claim.

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Pinterest’s growth strategy has focused on bringing more inspiring and shoppable content to its platform. For instance, it doubled down on video in 2020, enabling brands to engage consumers with dynamic stories and tutorials. Pinterest also made it possible to switch to shop mode from search, and it introduced the verified merchant program, helping consumers identify trusted sellers. In both cases, this simplifies the transition from inspiration to action, increasing value for consumers.

Those efforts also drove record growth in 2020: Pinterest added over 100 million monthly active users, and during Q4 it saw a sixfold increase in the number of businesses using shopping ads on its platform. That boosted average revenue per user (ARPU) to $4.26, up 12% from the prior year. Notably, Facebook’s ARPP was $32.03 in 2020, more than seven times higher than Pinterest’s.

In general, Pinterest has delivered solid financial results over the last few years.

Metric

2018

Q1 2021 (TTM)

CAGR

Monthly Active Users

265 million

478 million

30%

Revenue

$755.9 million

$1.9 billion

51%

Free Cash Flow

($82.6 million)

$230.4 million

N/A

Data source: Pinterest SEC filings. TTM = trailing-12-months. CAGR = compound annual growth rate.

As a caveat, investors should be encouraged by the company’s strong performance in 2020, but they should also expect growth to slow in 2021. As the pandemic abates, people will probably spend less time online.

Even so, Pinterest has plenty of room to grow its business, especially in international markets. Given its execution so far, I think the future looks bright for this social media company.

The verdict

Facebook has achieved incredible scale, dwarfing Pinterest. It’s also much more profitable in terms of absolute dollars. That makes Facebook a formidable competitor.

However, Pinterest has also managed to differentiate itself. Its platform is often a safer environment for brands, since ads are less likely to appear beside hateful content. Additionally, people come to Pinterest looking for inspiration — in other words, they come to Pinterest with the intent to shop. That makes it a better place for marketers to spend ad dollars.

Finally, Pinterest is growing more quickly and its ARPU is several times smaller than Facebook’s ARPP. That means Pinterest has plenty of room to expand, which should create more upside for long-term investors. That’s why Pinterest is the better buy.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. We’re motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.

Trevor Jennewine owns shares of Pinterest. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Alphabet (A shares), Alphabet (C shares), Facebook, and Pinterest. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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The World’s Most Popular Wedding Destinations, According To Pinterest

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According to Pinterest, Morocco is the number one place users want to plan a destination wedding.

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Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Pinterest has been there to help us travel the world vicariously, find inspiration and share tips for visiting places that might otherwise be off limits to visitors. Now, as more people around the world are vaccinated and travel begins to make its inevitable comeback, the popular social media site is once again serving as a place to organize ideas for dream trips including epic honeymoons and destination weddings in beautiful places the world over.

A recent study by Money.co.uk, a financial site based in the U.K., revealed the most commonly “pinned” wedding destinations around the world and in the U.S. that people have created Pinterest boards for.

Here are the results for the most popular wedding destinations around the world, by country, according to Pinterest users:

1. Morocco, with 1,001 dedicated Pinterest boards.

2. Greece, with 1,000 dedicated Pinterest boards.

3. France, with 999 dedicated Pinterest boards.

4. Italy, with 998 dedicated Pinterest boards.

5. Mexico, with 997 dedicated Pinterest boards.

6. Bali, with 996 dedicated Pinterest boards.

7. Ireland, with 990 dedicated Pinterest boards.

8. Australia, with 984 dedicated Pinterest boards.

9. New Zealand, with 981 dedicated Pinterest boards.

10. Fiji, with 979 dedicated Pinterest boards.

11. Canada, with 978 dedicated Pinterest boards.

12. England, with 977 dedicated Pinterest boards.

13. Ibiza, Spain, with 975 dedicated Pinterest boards.

14. Scotland, with 972 dedicated Pinterest boards.

15. Thailand, with 960 dedicated Pinterest boards.

16. Spain, with 956 dedicated Pinterest boards.

17. Portugal, with 889 dedicated Pinterest boards.

18. USA, with 821 dedicated Pinterest boards.

19. The Bahamas, with 732 dedicated Pinterest boards.

20. Wales, with 725 dedicated Pinterest boards.

Here’s a look at the results for the most popular wedding destinations in the U.S., according to Pinterest users:

1. California, with 1,003 dedicated Pinterest boards.

2. Colorado, with 1,000 dedicated Pinterest boards.

3. Florida, with 1,000 dedicated Pinterest boards.

4. Hawaii, with 1,000 dedicated Pinterest boards.

5. Virginia, with 998 dedicated Pinterest boards.

6. New York, with 997 dedicated Pinterest boards.

7. Texas, with 996 dedicated Pinterest boards.

8. Georgia, with 994 dedicated Pinterest boards.

9. Washington, with 993 dedicated Pinterest boards.

10. Arizona, with 988 dedicated Pinterest boards.

11. Maine, with 985 dedicated Pinterest boards.

12. Oregon, with 981 dedicated Pinterest boards.

13. Utah, with 978 dedicated Pinterest boards.

14. Montana, 977 dedicated Pinterest boards.

15. Maryland, with 976 dedicated Pinterest boards.

16. Ohio, with 973 dedicated Pinterest boards.

17. Tennessee, with 968 dedicated Pinterest boards.

18. Minnesota, with 949 dedicated Pinterest boards.

19. North Carolina, with 943 dedicated Pinterest boards.

20. Michigan, with 938 dedicated Pinterest boards.

To get the results, the folks at Money.co.uk counted the number of public Pinterest boards associated with several keywords related to weddings and popular U.S. and international destinations. Pinterest users created boards for locales ranging from tropical islands and beaches to bustling cities as well as a blend of coastal and landlocked states, while Colorado, Florida and Hawaii tied with 1,000 boards, respecively. The study also focused on current trends, with Harry Potter, vintage, earthy, natural and farm themed weddings taking the top five spots for themed weddings, as well as popular wedding dress styles and bridal bouquets.

If you’re planning a destination wedding, pay attention to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel guidelines—as of this writing, all international travelers need to provide negative Covid-19 test results before they’re allowed to re-enter the U.S., whether or not you’re fully vaccinated—and stay on top of local health and safety protocols regarding mask-wearing and social distancing wherever you go.

All details and policies mentioned were accurate as of press time.

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Pinterest launches ‘You might just surprise yourself’ campaign

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Pinterest has partnered with creative agency, Droga5 to launch its latest campaign ‘You might just surprise yourself’, exploring how the platform can expand people’s interests in ways they never saw coming.

To kick things off, Pinterest has released a TV ad in the UK, managed by agency Media Hub. The integrated campaign will run across the US and UK including high impact out-of-home, along with audio, podcast, and provocative social ads.

Directed by Yann Demange, the campaign’s hero film ‘Discovery’ – filmed in Mexico City and Los Angeles – takes the audience on a fast-paced journey of exploration focusing on one woman’s discovery before branching out into an unbroken, energetic thread of other characters’ experiences. 

A series of 15 films take this premise further, exploring the surprising leaps and ways people can expand their interests. These include a home chef discovering the fusion of burgers and sushi and a teenager trying his hand at flame nail art.

To expand the campaign across all media channels, high-impact mural out-of-home installations have been commissioned in London, New York, Chicago, and LA, along with high-impact media placements and unique brand partnerships to reintroduce the brand and spark inspiration in new ways. 

Pinterest has formed its first ever partnership with CRWNMAG, a hair and lifestyle culture magazine for Black women and NTWRK, a mobile-first video shopping platform that seamlessly blends entertainment and commerce.

“People need a place to dream, to explore and to visualize their future. Pinterest is the open invitation to try something you’d never thought you’d try. Our campaign demonstrates that Pinterest is a place where you can find a never-ending array of surprises – a place where the more you explore, the more you discover,” said Director of Marketing for Europe at Pinterest, Louise Richardson. “We want to bring people the inspiration to create a life they love and often that means inspiring you to try something new and giving you the confidence to try more, whether you succeed and it’s beautiful or you fail and it’s hilarious.”

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