PoshTots, Olioboard and Elise Jones are wondering if you are up for a challenge

It’s time to get the creative juices flowing again. We’re challenging the Olioboard community to design a child’s bedroom that is not just a place to sleep. It’s a place to play, learn and dream; an environment where a child can enjoy all the simple pleasures of being a child.

Our amazing sponsor, PoshTots, has a fantastic line of products that can transform your little ones bedroom into a sanctuary for imagination and make believe. If your child is in need of a bedroom update, here is your chance. Show us your best design and you could walk away with up to $500 in store credit.

Remember to vote daily for your favourite boards. At the end of the contest, on January 30th, the top 25 voted boards will put in front of a judges panel where the winning three will be selected and announced. Good luck to everyone!

And now to introduce our lovely judges.

Elise Jones is the Blog Editor & Social Media Director for BabyBites.com. Babybites is a wonderful place for moms and moms-to-be to network, socialize, learn, share, play, and be part of a supportive community. The site has been featured in a number of publications and shows and has quickly become a household name in the New York area mommy world.

Elise is also a co-founder of the blog Here in This House. The blog is an amazing outlet for creative and artistic pursuits in making a house a home. Elise and her partner Mae Hacking, created this blog to share their interests, sense of aesthetic, and to converse about these things with a likeminded community. The blog is full of inspiring posts, personal projects and exciting interviews. Give this one a look.

Our second judge is Andrea Edmunds, the founder of PoshTots. With a new baby on the way and a three year old moving into a “big girl” room, Andrea Edmunds wanted inspiring, quality furnishings for her children. Searching for pieces with that “special something” almost eleven years ago inspired her to start a company – PoshTots.com.

From the beginning, PoshTots’ whimsical design work has been featured in People Magazine, House Beautiful, InStyle, Better Homes and Gardens, and many other national publications. Andrea has appeared on Access Hollywood, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, and countless television lifestyle and design shows. PoshTots has earned its reputation as the “designer of choice” not only for celebrity parents, but for clients everywhere. Their distinctive style, and commitment to the finest craftsmanship have established PoshTots as the destination for the most extraordinary children’s furnishings in the world.

A taste of India

A few weeks ago one of our olioboard members suggested we hold a design challenge called Inspiration India. The following boards are a selection of some of the amazing work created by the Olioboard community. These boards in particular were so well done I just had to share them. Big thanks to member vasudilip for suggesting the challenge that created these great olioboards.

This stunning design was created by one of our long time members, marialuisalim. She has a knack for using background images and flipping them in a way to create a full space. One of her strongest talents is her ability to layout the overall design. She creates beautiful symmetry and I just love the how she uses the items that break out the sides of the rectangular frame to create a more pleasing vignette. If anyone is struggling to develop more in depth and detailed moodboards, I highly recommend looking through marialuisalim’s full collection of olioboards to get great ideas and tips.

Panache is another member of the Olioboard community that just keeps turning out gold with each olioboard she creates. As expected, she nailed it with this design too. The wide low slung sofa with no back except for the causally thrown collection of patterned pillows is perfect for the India theme. I also love how the rich spice colour scheme creates a warm and welcome feeling.

Does this not look like the most perfect escape? I want to cozy up onto that window seat and enjoy the view with a good book and a warm drink. The bright, bold colours, elaborately decorated window shutters and gorgeous pendant light work beautifully together in this design. The carefully selected items just go to show Joci37′s great taste and eye for design.

I used one of this lady’s olioboards to showcase the Christmas Tree Decorating Challenge and I’m going to use one of her boards again here. Designasauris is one of our most active members and I’ve enjoyed following along as she designs up a storm on Olioboard. The yards and yards of draped fabric add to the India inspired theme and create a softness for this bedroom, while the mountain of pillows and the colourful quilted bed spread create the ultimate focal point.

Last but not least, I would like to share this great design by Adrianad. Again, anyone who would like to learn more about creating more in depth Olioboards that showcase an overall space rather than a collection of items, should follow these members. Adrianad manages to manipulate images and products in a way that literally transforms them into something else completely. Her ability to source out fantastic items that fit well with the design as well as with the perspective of the space is what highlights her as one of our most talented members. Love the stone rug and colourful wall panels.

If you would like to see more designs from the India Inspired Challenge just click here. If you would like more details on any of the above Olioboard’s, simply click on the design you like and you will be taken to the board detail page on Olioboard where you can view a list of items used to create the board.

I hope you enjoyed this post.

The Christmas tree decorating challenge is on

The challenge is on. We want to see which of you can create the most amazing Christmas tree design to celebrate the holidays with. You have decked the halls, now lets see you tackle the tree. :) There are already some amazing designs entered into this challenge. Click the image above to browse the entries or create an entry of your own.

If you are in need of some inspiration, check out the great collection of ornaments in the Christmas tree challenge sample set.

Can’t wait to see what you all come up with. Good Luck!

The holiday decor moodboard challenge wrap up

Big thanks to all the amazing bloggers who joined in on our Olioboard Holiday Blog Hop. I hope you all had as much fun as I did. For those that have been following along, I hope you picked up some great new tips for achieving a particular holiday style. If you missed any of the moodboard designs along the way, you can see them all below. Just click on any of the moodboards to be directed to the full blog post. Have a look and let us know what you think.

If you are a fan of the coastal style, look no further. Liz is the master. Her coastal holiday inspired moodboard is one of many great examples. The beachy colour scheme, star fish ornaments and sea inspired stockings all work well together to create a festive sea side holiday look. She sparkled up her room with some great items like the crowns on the wall behind the couch with garland, shiny ornaments and the starlette mirrored sconces above the fireplace. Beautiful design Liz!

Vanessa’s beautiful classic red and white design is sure to be a favourite amongst the traditional Christmas colour lovers. She also shares some great tips and tricks for decorating on a smaller budget like the Ikea fabric table runner, adding holiday throw pillows and simply decorating with fruit and candy to give that extra pop of colour.

Wednesday’s holiday moodboard design came from the lovely ladies over at Covet Garden. We’re loving the tiny mushroom ornaments. These mushroom ornaments are popping up everywhere this year. The succulent wreath is also a great piece and a nice alternative to the standard options. You could probably even take it apart after the holiday’s and replant each one for a beautiful succulent garden, just like these little beauties.

We love that Julie tossed aside the traditional colour schemes and create a fresh new take on decorating for the holidays. Her bold fuchsia, silver and black colour scheme gives off a modern and glam holiday look. Keeping a neutral backdrop with gray and silver allows the fuchsia to be the show stopper. We’re also loving her display of cut flowers in stemless wine glasses. Great idea and very pretty.

I love Adrienne’s use of bright colours and bold fun patterns. For all those that have no fireplace to hang stockings on, she has you covered. Check out the fun hip, red, metal coat rack in her moodboard. It’s a fun alternative and great solution for hanging stockings. The wood tones in Adrienne’s design help keep the overall look warm, comfortable and inviting. Great job!

As you can see, I opted to go for a crafty and homemade Christmas look. I’m completely in love with the felt and knit animal ornaments this year. While they are not homemade, they definitely give off that feel and were the inspiration for my moodboard design. I’m also on a kick right now with turning old sweaters into comfy accent pillows which probably also inspired this homemade holiday look. Hope you like it!

How will you be decorating your space this holiday season?

If you still have the decorating bug in you and you want to let some of that creativity out, head over to Olioboard and enter a design into the “Ultimate Christmas Tree Decorating Challenge.” There are some beautiful designs in the challenge already, but we would love to see what you can bring to the table.

Thanks for following along and happy olioboarding!
xoxo Sheilah

A very crafty christmas

I hope everyone is having fun following along with our Olioboard Holiday Moodboard Blog Hop. We’ve seen some amazing designs from some truly talented ladies and I don’t know about you, but I picked up some great tips along the way. Today I get to show you my holiday moodboard design. As you can see, I opted to go for a crafty and homemade Christmas look.

To begin with, I’m completely in love with Crate and Barrel’s felt and knit animal ornaments this year. While they are not homemade, they definitely give off that feel and are about as cute as it gets, if you ask me. I LOVE the skating and skiing penguins. Don’t they just make you smile? Anything that brings a smile to your face, fits well with my kind of Christmas.

I kept the crafty feel alive with some red and white felt ball garland from West Elm and loads of heavy knit items, like the cozy knit pillows, cute stocking and (a personal favourite) the grey and red knitted poufs from CB2. I believe these poufs also made an appearance in Covet Garden’s holiday moodboard post. I guess I’m not the only one loving these.

The simply wrapped gifts in brown paper with pompoms and buttons complete the homemade look in this design.

I kept the main room design relatively simple with a neutral backdrop to let the holiday colours be the spotlight. That about sums up my take on decorating for the holidays. Be sure to check back in on Sunday for a full recap of all six designs. If you missed any along the way, you can catch them in Sunday’s post. Thanks for following along. I hope this blog hop has given you some great ideas for creating your own look for the holidays.

The holiday decor moodboard challenge


Meet the talented ladies behind this collaborative blog hop!

Liz from Shorely Chic
Liz is passionate about all things design and the peaceful and tranquil way of life by the beach. Her mission is to create a home environment that influences a refreshing and chic lifestyle through her inspirational blog, interior design services and product lines available on Etsy.

Vanessa from Decor Happy
Vanessa has a knack for mixing styles, textures and finishes which keep her designs personal, thoughtful and fresh. She would describe her style as refined simplicity – timeless, classic and understated with an appreciation for both traditional and contemporary elements.

Lynda, Jessica & Rhonda from Covet Garden
Combined there is nothing these ladies haven’t done. Let me see if I got this straight: Lifestyle editor, freelance writer, decorator, floral designer, award winning prop stylist, designer, art director and writer for publications such as Flare, In Style, Rouge, Images, and the Winnipeg Free Press. These ladies are amazing!

Julie from Belle Maison
Julie is an interior designer and founder of Modern Chic Home. The inspiration behind launching an online boutique comes from her passion for interior design, the love of sharing what she’s learned and experienced over the years, and the desire to bring incredible resources to the marketplace for all to enjoy.

Adrienne from 2Modern Blog
A writer, blogger and interior designer by trade, Adrienne has worked at a trendy design store in downtown Austin, owned her own interior design consulting business, operated her own pet sitting business and now enjoys making a living writing for a number of editors.

Sheilah from Olioboard Blog – Co-founder of Olioboard.com.
I run a web design company called Keele UX Inc. with my partner Cole, creating large scale social sites and web and mobile apps for our clients. Olioboard was our first attempt at creating our very own app. They say you should start with something you love and I LOVE interior design. Olioboard was created to help others (like me) experiment with their interior design side. For everyone who enjoys spending hours browsing home decor stores, dreaming of new bathrooms and kitchens over cars and clothes… Olioboard was made for you. Enjoy! :)

New Save Draft and Publish Buttons. Here’s how to use them


We have decided to bring down the sign up wall to allow people to create an Olioboard before creating an account. That means that you no longer have to name your board prior to creating it. We still need you to give your board a name in order to save it so we provided a quick save option with the “Save Draft” button.

The “Save Draft” button will save a private version of your board that you can continue to work on. Once you are happy with the look of your board and would like to share it with the community, click the “Publish” button. This will open a lightbox where you can finalize your board by adding a description, tags, etc…

A published board is a public board so if you want to keep your work private, just continue to use the save draft button.

There you have it. We feel these changes will help encourage others to try Olioboard.com for the first time.

If you have any questions or thoughts on this new addition, please feel free to contact me at info@olioboard.com or leave a comment here. I’m happy to hear your thoughts and answer your questions.

Happy Olioboarding!

High or Low. Get the look you want at the price you want


Magazines have been creating High / Low spreads for a long time now, showing you the looks you can achieve with dramatically different price tags. The problem is, it’s not always the look you are after. This prompted me to do a little experiment on Olioboard, to see if I could create a look that I actually want and replicate it at a significantly reduced cost.

On the right you have the original look. On the left you have a similar look at a fraction of the cost. What do you think? Worth the $1660.00 savings or not? I’d have to say YES!

Olioboard is the best resource for experimenting with something like this. You can drag multiple options on the board, view the similarities, check pricing and narrow down to your preferred options. In the very near future, this will be even easier with the launch of our new budget tool. Keep posted for more details. :)

From now on, this is exactly how I am going to approach any home purchases / design projects. It is amazing what you can achieve and (more importantly) what you can save, by taking a little extra time to browse your options – especially when all the browsing pricing, sourcing etc.. can happen in one, easy online location. Happy Olioboarding!

Congrats to our Olioboard design challenge winners

Big congrats to all the winners of our latest design challenges. Be sure to take a moment to check out all the amazing entries below. If you haven’t entered into one of our design challenges yet, what are you waiting for? They are a great way to explore different styles, colour palettes and products without actually changing the interior of your own home. It’s great for letting your creative side out and just having fun with home decor.

There are four brand new challenges on Olioboard right now so if you haven’t tried it out yet, give it a go. You’ll be surprised at how easy and fun it can be. For those of you who regularly enter the challenges – we can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Happy Olioboarding!

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