Congrats to the winners of the Euro Style Lighting Contest

Our Euro Style Lighting contest has officially closed. Congratulations to our winners. Here’s what our amazing judge Chris from Curbly.com had to say about the winners.

1st Place Euro Styling In Manhattan by Tikib (pictured above) – “I loved how this design used the color of the wood and brick as a warm orange and red rather than a neutral. I also felt that this design really nailed the distribution of lighting throughout the room. – Chris

2nd Place Loft~Euro Style Lighting Design by Konstadina – “I dig the modern rustic look, and think this one is a great contemporary space that a couple or young family could love living in.” – Chris

3rd Place Dream Modern Loft by Neetib – “I appreciate the layout of the space. The inclusion of a conversation area while working in storage, a TV, and an office space is quite thoughtful.” – Chris

Big thanks to our wonderful judge Chris Gardner from Curbly.com. If you are a DIY fanatic, be sure to check out Curbly for great project tutorials and crafting ideas. You will LOVE IT!

Special thanks to our fantastic sponsor, Euro Style Lighting. We hope you enjoyed browsing and getting creative with their beautiful product line. If you would like to browse more of Euro Style Lighting’s collection, check it out here.

Olioboard featured in Better Homes and Gardens

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We are super excited to be featured in the November issue of Better Homes and Gardens. The team at BHG asked this techie girl what her favourite techie products are. Be sure to pick up a copy at your local retailers or check out their digital ipad version here.

Check out my picks!

While I love my iPad, typing on it can be a pain — especially when I have to send detailed emails. My wireless keyboard cover helps me stay in contact while on the go. Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover – $99.99 – Logitech.com

I can’t live without my juicer. My schedule is extremely busy and my juicer helps give me my nutritional boosts when needed. I grow my own veggies, so I can just got out to my garden and pick what I need. Breville Juice Fountain Plus – $149.99 – BrevilleUSA.com

I didn’t really *need* this, but I love my sewing machine. I recently started quilting. It gives me a chance to focus on something that doesn’t happen on a screen, and it’s a great feeling to create something with my own two hands. Innov-IS 80 Project Runway Limited Edition – $799.95 – Brother-USA.com

Paper is a paired down, fun-to-use sketching app. It makes creating a snap. I also love DailyBurn, I can get get a workout customized to my goals. Paper, free for iPad. DailyBurn, starting at $5 a month for iPhone/iPad and Android.

The ZaggSparq portable battery backup is a life saver when I travel. It has dual USB ports so I can charge multiple devices at once. Portable Battery Backup and Charger – $99.99 – Zagg.com

My Pivot Power Strip is super helpful in our office space. It bends so you don’t waste any outlets when you have oversized adapters to plug in. $29.99 – Quirky.com/Shop

The Fashion and Decor Oliohop Recap

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Fashion has always been an outlet to showcase your personal style. In this oliohop we’re bringing your fashion sense home. Yesterday, Olioboard collaborated with these 10 amazing bloggers who shared tips and tricks on how to mix fashion and decor to create a space that’s 100% YOU! Here’s the follow up to the Fashion and Decor Oliohop.



Erin Hiemstra from Apartment 34
We’re loving Erin’s use of pink, orange and metallics as accent colours combined with a neutral brackground of solid black and white blocks.
We couldn’t agree with Erin’s choice of words more; urban, confident, strong. Who wouldn’t want her closet or her home to make her feel like that! To view the full post click here


Marilyn G Russell from Design Magnifique
Marilyn’s Dapper Dan Living Room won us over. Love the masculine pinstripe sofa with the sleek metal frame and the punchy teal and orange color scheme. Marilyn proves that masculine can be bold and colorful too! To view the full post click here


Jane Gianarelli from Embrace Your Inner Snob Blog
We love how Jane combines the old and new using vintage, flea market finds and antiques. By blending these pieces with new or custom finds, Jane is able to bring the decades together in a single beautiful space. If you are a fan of timeless design, check out Jane’s full post here.


Cori Magee from EuroStyleLighting Blog
For the Chic and Modern lovers out there, Cori’s Dining room design has you covered. Black and Metallic mixes are right on trend for fall and this dining space integrates this bold fashion trend beautifully into the home. View the full post here.


Lynda Quintero-Davids from Focal Point Blog
Be still my heart. Go bold or go home with Lynda’s floral and stripe design. This design is not for the faint of heart. It screams LOOK AT ME. Love the sofa and those floral and gold shoes. So much color and fun in one design. WOW! See all of Lynda’s designs here.


Lesley Myrick from Lamps Plus Blog
Lesley’s clean design and simple color palette creates a luxurious and calming bedroom design. The metallic accents add a touch of glam to this beautiful design. See Lesley’s full post here.


Frankie Durbin from Life in a Venti Cup
Metallics seem to be the hot trend in this blog hop. We love the combination of metallics in Frankie’s design but we love what she says even more. In Frankie’s own words: “This room has such an abundance of femininity that it is almost literally dripping from the wall. This is somehow incredibly powerful yet quietly reserved at the same time. It’s an interesting mix of bold and delicate, organic and modern. I love it.” Need we say anymore. View the full post here.


Julia Buckingham Edelmann from Material Girls Blog
Julia brings us the Plaid Fad and shows us that plaid is no longer just for our great-grandmother’s pillows or lodge decor. Bold and contemporary plaid pieces in a variety of colors are a fashion statement for both wardrobe and decor. Check out Julia’s full post for more on plaid and other trends.


Robin Maria Pedrero from Pocket Full of Colors
We love seeing Robin’s artwork take center stage in her Olioboard designs. By taking inspiration from the fashion image, she uses neutral backdrops to allow her artwork to pop off the walls and draw in the eye. A few well placed colorful accents help tie the space together nicely. See the full post here.


Selma Hammer from Selma Hammer Designs
Black and gold are hot, hot, hot right now and we are loving how Selma pulled elements of this gorgeous black and gold mini dress into her living room design. The geometric shapes, gold accents and the Sophia Table from Layla Grayce are great additions to the space. Beautiful design Selma!

ENTER THE FASHION AND DECOR DESIGN CHALLENGE

Now it’s time to put all those tips and tricks to work. You followed along in the hop and now it is time to enter the challenge. Show us how you would pull inspiration from the catwalk (or your closet) to bring your personal taste’s into your home and create a space that is 100% you. There are some great entries in the challenge already so get creative and get olioboarding! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite’s daily!

Last but not least I would like to do a big – actually HUGE shout out to the ten lovely ladies that participated in this blog hop. Ladies you have truly outdone yourselves. Thank you all so much for being a part of the Oliohops. We could not do this without you and we just want to say thanks for everything!

The Layla Grayce Design Your Dream Bedroom Contest *Win up to $4,000*

Make your dream bedroom a reality with a moodboard that expresses your unique style, and you may find yourself winning big!

Through November, Olioboard is partnering with Layla Grayce for a series of contests beginning with the “Design Your Dream Bedroom Contest,” which runs October 1- 14. Design the ultimate sleeping sanctuary using anything you desire from Layla Grayce. The top three winners – chosen exclusively by Rue Magazine’s Co-Founder and Editor in Chief Crystal Gentilello – will earn cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250. *Remember to use at least two products from our sponsors Pine Cone Hill and/or Dash & Albert to be eligible to win.

Winners will be announced October 16. May the best design enthusiast win!

How to Enter:

1: Click on the ‘Join Now’ button located in the top right corner of the Contest Page. Fill out the form and click ‘Create Account.’

2: Once your account is created, click “Add an Entry’ to begin.

3: After the moodboard creator is open, pull items onto the canvas from the right-side panel to create your design. Save your entry by hitting the ‘Save Draft’ button in the top right.

4: To add your design to the Contest, visit the Contest Page and click ‘Add an Entry’ and select the board you wish to enter by clicking the ‘Click to Add’ button. Alternatively, you can click ‘Publish’ directly from the creation screen during the creation process.

5: Share your moodboard on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more votes! Our judge will choose the Grand Prize Winner and Runners Up from among the most popular moodboards.

Get ready for the monday moodboard dorm blog hop!

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It’s that time of year again. Time to take those boring old dorm rooms and turn them into stylish sanctuaries. We’re collaborating with these 11 bloggers to share their ideas on how to create a home away from home.

Be sure to follow along to get some great tips and inspiration!

Charisse Marie Colbert from CMC Design Studio
Charisse Marie Colbert is the sole designer of this Arizona interior design firm. She has an extensive background in designing custom bedding and window treatments and is an expert in color consultation.

Kate Sessoms from Dabble in Chic
Invigorated by design and style! Dabble in Chic is an avenue for Kate to satisfy her detail oriented ADD within her career, designing, printing, planning, and more! Her goal is to bring Chic Moments to everyday life.

Michelle Ortiz Dunbar from Fashion House Interiors
Michelle is an interior designer for clients from New York to Arizona. At her blog you can follow along on her journey working with homeowners of all incomes. Her blog is a treasure trove of inspiration and tips.

Lynda Quintero-Davids from Focal Point Blog
Lynda has choreographed and styled fashions shows for magazines, shops and clubs. She’s done window design and prop construction. She’s a designer who can help you decorate for a season, occasion or help with major renovations.

Julie Montgomery from Go Simply Savvy
Julie is a Professional Organizer with a passion for order, design and styling. Her goal is to transform and de-clutter spaces that home owners can love. The better utilized a space feels, the greater the sense of tranquility in the home.

Colette Conway from Frugal Finds
Two things that are constantly on Colette’s mind are decorating and bargain hunting. She started Frugal Finds when she began designing her 1st apartment in NYC. Her blog has now expanded to include DIYs and high/low comparisons.

Matthew Iacopelli from HLM Interior Design
HLM Interior Design is all about helping people find great interior design ideas to use in their homes, offices and lives. At HLM Interior Design Matthew will help you change your dreams into your Reality.

Joanne Palumbo from Homestyling101
Joanne is the owner of Homestyling101, a boutique design firm just outside of NYC. It is of the utmost importance that when Joanne decorates a space, the process is simple, and that the outcome is both functional, and fabulous.

Antoinette Plummer from Push Interiors
Antoinette is an Interior decorator/Visual Merchandiser and a lover of all things design, whether it’s interior or fashion. In Her words “My fashion is wrapped in a pair of heels. Avant-garde, eclectic styles.

Selma Hammer from Selma Hammer Designs
Selma’s aspiration is to give you a space that you didn’t even know would be perfect for you. When it comes to budget and how great it will look, she treats your space as if it were her own!

Ana Damaris Then from White Linen Interiors
Ana specializes in residential interiors and online design (e-decorating). Her design style is traditional with a bold modern edge, sophisticated yet casual. Ana loves to create warm and inviting spaces that are beautiful and functional.

The Dip Chair — a modernist statement on a traditional design

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The Dip Chair is based on the Windsor Style Chair that originated in England in the early 1700s. This exact style was invented in New York, making a modernist statement on the traditional chair. It was produced in the mid-1950s. The chairs available at Folklore have been beautifully restored over the last year.

Purchase this chair and browse Folk Lore’s complete line of recycled furniture here.

How to Create 3D Room Designs on Olioboard

This Olioboard tutorial shares tips and tricks on creating 3D room designs on Olioboard. In the tutorial you will learn about the Olioboard tool bar and how to use the tools to save yourself time while creating more professional looking three dimensional Olioboards.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Hues of Nature : Illustrations from Yeoh Gh

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Yeoh Gh is an artist & designer that loves making art, drawing & finding great inspiration from nature! Yeoh is co-founder of Super Nature Design based out of Shanghai. China.

He’s also graduated with a Masters Degree in Computer Graphic Design at the Wanganui School of Design, New Zealand. As a co-founder of Hyperthesis Visual Lab in New Zealand, Yeoh works closely with his team, working on many innovative art projects, interactive installations, illustrations, graphics and animations. Many of these projects have been featured & recognised in international design events, exhibitions and awards.

Checkout some of these lovely nature inspired illustrations:

Dream Away in the Mood Rocking Bed by Joe Manu

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Checkout this dreamy ‘The Mood Rocking Bed’ by Joe Manus for shinerinternational. Traditionally beds have always been thought of as indoor furnishings — but pieces like these really stretch our ideas of what’s appropriate. It can be left to rock or freeze it in any position with rubber stops. This is the ultimate bed for everything you do in bed. Dream your dreams, love your lover and rest your soul in the Mood Rocking Bed.

Learn more here: http://shinerinternational.com

Wayfair and Olioboard bring you 3 room designs, 3 weeks and 3 grand prizes totalling in $1000

Winner of the 1st Wayfair Design Challenge. Go Green Patio by Neetib

As many of you know, Olioboard has paired up with Wayfair to hold three, week long design challenges where three lucky Olioboard members will walk away with some great prizes totalling in $1000 in Wayfair store credit. We have already finished the 1st design contest in which Wayfair challenged the community to design the Ultimate Summer Patio.

We invited the lovely Kristine Kennedy, the Editorial Director of Wayfair, to participate as a judge for this contest. While it was no easy task to choose one board out of the top 25 voted up by the Olioboard community, Kristine couldn’t overlook this beautiful Go Green Patio design by Neetib. BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Neetib on her WIN!

Here’s a look at some of the other amazing designs that were entered into the contest.


Moroccan Feel by alliephillips38


The Graffiti Artist by Designer4life


Sunflower Patio Vignette by Designer4life


Garden Oasis – Ultimate Patio by Irafra


Simple Suburban Chic by Redadie


St. Tropez Chic by Steven


Wayfair Redesign of My Actual Patio by Akdunlap


Moroccan Flair by Cre8


Miami Silan II by NYCLQ


Wayfair Party Patio by Joci37

We are currently running the 2nd design contest in which Wayfair has challenged the Olioboard community to design the perfect nursery or child’s room for your little dreamer. This contest closes on Monday the 25th so be sure to get your entries in and vote for your favourites.

Here’s a look at some of the current entries.


Wayfair Nursery by Marialuisalim


Dream Big Little One by Designasauris


Kids Color Zone by NYCLQ


Peace and Love by Dray19

Enter the contest and design the perfect nursery or child’s room for your little dreamer. You might just walk away with $250 in Wayfair store credit. Or get a head start on the last and final Wayfair design challenge and create a dining or living room where you can entertain in style.

At the end of the three design challenges, the three winning boards will be put back in front of the judges and one will be named the grand prize winner and receive an additional $250 giving the grand prize winner a total of $500 in Wayfair store credit. Good luck to everyone who enters!