ManCave Moodboards, Contests, and Great Prizes !

Let’s face it, we all have need for some personal space, even in our own homes. So whether it be a light-infused artist studio or a cool modern home office, it’s time to create a space for “him” to call his own. The ManCave Movement is all about creating a hideaway lounge where the home decor reflects his favorite things, his passion for sports and his hobbies & collectibles. In celebration of Super Bowl XLVI on Feb 5th, we take a look at some ManCave Moodboards, specifically designed to encourage male bonding and create a festive environment for entertaining family & guests and most importantly, to enjoy the Spirit of Sports

The “Hollywood Rustic ManCave” is an eclectic mix of casual rustic wares with a touch of modern cool, hollywood cowboy. In this ManCave Lifestyle, we mix up dark chocolate browns with some cool metallic finishes and cowhide rugs. Lovin’ Leather? It’s a perfect choice for upholstery to hold up to hours of game watching and offers a layer of manly ruggedness.

ManUp with Leather! For the ultimate ManCave experience, make sure to stock-up on plenty of seating for those late night boxing matches and Sunday playoff games. Depending on frame choice, you can create various lifestyles: from Traditional Man to Modern Man. One of our favs: the avant-garde Andrew Martin Hirshorn Spitfire Chair, which features an outside shell (inspired by iconic Spitfire panels) and impeccable saddle stitching. Go London Rebel with the Andrew Martin Rebel Stripes Sofa ~ totally Euro cool! Both from Occa-Home.

Display what he loves! Another ManCave must have, bookshelves & cabinets to hold his favorite things & collectibles. We love the large scale 98.4″ wide Maine Shelving Unit from Fashion For Home: a perfect fit for all his electronics & gadgets. Don’t forget the #1 ManCave Necessity – a big screen TV! Choose a modern cool low profile television console, like the Farrow 65″ Media Console from Crate&Barrel.

Create a ManCave Art Gallery. Yes, men love hanging things on walls. One great tip, style together groups of art & decor items based on his favorite sport. Our favorite source for high-end, sports related art from world renowned artists, is Spirit of Sports: Bringing the world of sports to art and the art of sports to the world. Find fine art & gifts searchable by 35 sports categories at www.spiritofsports.com


We’re diggin’ the “Diesel Den” which features an urban industrial vibe by Olioboard member, Arizona Designer and Stylist, Linda Quintero-Davids (nyclq) from Focal Point Styling. Make sure to check out her cool ManCave Post “Test Your Testosterone: Make Your Man A Mancave” and visit her blog for fabulous home styling and interior design ideas. 

“Who says Man Caves are only for watching the big game?” A ManCave Must Read: “Super Bowl 46: 10 Man Cave Must Haves” by Atlanta based  interior designer Jennifer Reynolds. What we love about her ManCave, she includes fabulous essentials like bold sports theme modern art, like “Block Football” by Steve Kuzma (who was commissioned by the Sarajevo Olympics Committee) available from Spirit of Sports. For a more home decor fashion style, she creatively adds pops of color with the Pantone Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango. To view Jennifer’s complete portfolio and to see her amazing interior design website, visit  Jennifer Reynolds Interiors.

The “Old Skool in Effect” Mancave combines cool leather seating, fabulous games & gadgets and eye-catching sports related art from Spirit of Sports. Moodboard created by Interior Designer Marilyn Russell of Design Magnifique, Inc. Marilyn is one of the design bloggers selected by Modenus to go on #blogtournyc. Marilyn is also one of our judges in the ”Ultimate Man Cave Design Contest which launches today! See details below!

Just in time for the Superbowl, we are launching the “Ultimate Man Cave Design Contest.” Create a crazy cool man cave and you could win a $500, $250 or $150 giftcard to spend on the Spirit of Sports website

Special Today Show Opportunity

Any 3D man cave added to the contest before 8pm EST on February Sunday 5th will have the chance to be featured on the Today Show airing Feburary 17th. So brush up on your skills and start moodboarding for this amazing opportunity.

Ultimate Man Cave Design Contest ~ Judges

Marilyn Russell
As the principal designer and founder of Design Magnifique, Inc., Marilyn’s goal is to create stunning interiors that will have a profound and life-altering effect on their owners. Marilyn strives to inspire and motivate people around her to put forth their personal best through her never-ending encouragement, support and her contagious laughter.

Andie Day
Andie Day is an award-winning interior designer whose Design for Life™ philosophy blends fashion with function to create spaces that are simultaneously alluring and practical. Andie’s inventive solutions have been featured in the Washington Post, Boston Globe’s “G Style” Magazine, New England Home, Kitchen and Bath Ideas®, Design New England and in NECN’s inspirational television series: Dream House.

Designer Interviews ~ Bobbi Moore

As our Designer Interviews continue, today we feature Bobbi Moore, ASID Allied., a talented and creative interior designer who uses Olioboard as a presentation tool to showcase various room design layouts, including seasonal, color story and accessory options to her clients. Learn more about Bobbi and her experiences using Olioboard below.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your interior design business.
I am the Principal Interior Designer for Panache Designs, my own company, working primarily in the Northern VA area. Panache Designs operated two retail stores for over 20 years in this area. Since I began as “retail based”, I still operate my design business that way. There are various calls for just window treatments, but since I still offer over 325 companies for furnishings and accessories, primarily I am involved in whole room and sometimes whole home projects. I have completed projects in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Arizona, and a large restoration and furnishings project in England. I am an Allied Member of ASID.

In the moodboards featured above, interior designer Bobbi Moore presents 2 different seasonal looks for her clients: Winter & Spring Foyer.


What’s your preferred way to start a new project? How do you typically get inspired and creative in the early stages?
I start a new project based on the client’s requirements. Since I am involved in a lot of whole room projects, I will start with a client showing them sample colors, pieces of framed art, and patterned area rugs, to see what style and colors they respond to favorably. Usually a client knows the style they like, I just show them how different style pieces can be mixed into it in order to create an artistic look.

Can you name 3 ways in which Olioboard has become a useful tool for your interior design business?
First, Olioboard has been excellent as a way to show clients different styles and colors. I have placed several of my “rooms” into a portfolio presentation on my IPAD, using Dropbox. I recently created 4 foyer scenes based on seasons, and just from those was able to help one client channel her color selections very easily. Second, for another client, I was able to show her the exact color Benjamin Moore paint, with the exact fabrics against it that I had selected for her sofa and chair. I also am trying to get them to paint the fireplace white, so I also included that in their Mood Board. Third, I have had one client that was interested in a sofa, so I put it on Olioboard and of course I added the pillows, art and area rug to the scene. She was able to see a finished scene, and that is also what she ordered, the entire look, including a coffee table.

Prior to Olioboard, how did you present design direction ideas to your clients?
I first started using Olioboard as a fun tool to easily experiment with furnishings and accessories. It is just so user friendly, that I started to realize I could finish a project presentation, completed as a full room style, in about a quarter of the time it would take me to do a computer generated plan from a full software program that I was using. I keep my sets on Olioboard loaded with some of the accessory, lighting and furniture companies that I sell., and they are ready when I am planning a project. Even if we are selecting a different product, using Olioboard does show a client the look I am trying to accomplish, by putting accessories in place.

How have your clients reacted to Olioboard as a presentation tool?
Clients seem to love looking at all the different room plans on my IPAD. One client asked if I scanned them from a magazine. They love seeing their style of room with styles of furniture they never even thought about using. It helps them to branch out and consider different ideas a lot easier than just me talking to them about change.

In addition to the upcoming Olioboard Pro Plan (which includes a color scheme tool, text tool and budget tool), what features or improvements would make your life as a designer easier?
I am very interested in the improvements that are being added to Olioboard. One thing that would be also very useful is the ability to scale a wall, window and furnishings according to actual client room measurements.

What are three time saving /creative tips you would give to designers and members just starting to use Olioboard?

Tip 1: For new users of Olioboard, I would encourage them to just jump in and start mixing together several items they like in the usual “mood board” arrangement.

Tip 2: Experiment with “realistic” looking rooms. Watch the scale of items, for example, with 2 side by side chairs – the one in the foreground should be slightly larger than the one in the background. Use olioboard’s excellent tool to take out the background colors on your item.

Tip 3: Look through the huge library of rooms created by the many talented users of the program and you will get inspired to create your own unique look. Everyone is very friendly about sharing items and sets, this expands resources for everyone. I love seeing the same item used on various boards with such uniqueness.

 

Bobbi Moore is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, ASID Allied. Panache Designs operated as a Design Studio with two retail stores in the Northern Virginia area for over 20 years. The principal designer, Bobbi Moore continues with Interior Design services, still ordering direct from over 350 manufacturers. We offer all design services to include custom window treatments, space planning, furniture, lighting, area rugs and all accessories.

We have completed many whole room projects and also whole home projects in Northern Virginia, Virginia Beach Virginia, Boston Massachusetts, High Point North Carolina, Pine Island North Carolina and New Hampshire. We oversaw the renovation of a Manor House in Exetor England which included all furnishings, draperies and accessories. This project was featured in the local newspaper for Exetor, England. One of our fully decorated homes of 12,000 square feet was featured on the Virginia Home and Garden Tour for Northern Virginia. Panache Designs has participated in the Capitol Expo Home Show in Dulles, Virginia two times a year for over a decade. We have completed build out and design of six retail gift shops. We were also selected to design and implement custom window treatments for twelve floors of a Tysons Corner Virginia hotel. To learn more about Bobbi and to view her complete designer portfolio, visit www.panachedesigns.org. You can also find Bobbi on Olioboard (member: Panache), Facebook, Houzz and Pinterest.

Moodboard Lifestyle ~ Loft Living

Loft living isn’t the location or the space…it’s the attitude! Wide open spaces call for a well edited collection of vintage or modern home furnishings. A few must haves: modern art, B&W photography and at least one avant-garde piece to reflect your individual style for home decor fashion. With an eclectic mix of home decor furniture + wares, we’ve put together a few moodboards to reflect the adventurous spirit of Loft Living: Urban Industrial, Bohemian Grunge and Pure White Modern. ~ Enjoy!

Urban Industrial Loft: mixing clean urban lines with industrial steel, creates a crazy-cool vibe for downtown living. Here we mix up the cool grey color story with pops of New Year yellow! For a fab urban dwelling anchor piece, select modern upholstery, like this 1960′s style Petrie Apartment Sofa in chic graphic grey from Crate&Barrel.

For case pieces, we love the Archive Credenza by cb2, which is inspired by vintage library card catalogs. Plus, it’s handmade from sustainable, plantation grown, solid mango wood. For the true urban industrial dweller, go utilitarian metal with the Industrial Metal Bath Cabinet from West Elm and the Wire Pendant Lights by Lazy Susan from Zinc Door.

Pure White Modern Loft: the beauty of pure white interiors reflects a calm nature and a minimalist attitude. Pure white leather is the perfect fit for the pure modern lifestyle. Go classic modern with the Baxton Studio Gianna Leather Chair from Sears and the Porada Alcide Leather Stool from Occa-Home.

Go ahead and accessorize like a modernist with the ultra-fab Erich Ginder Ghost Antler from 2Modern.com and the uber chic moooi paper chandelier from Occa-Home. Wallpaper Art! Create an unexpected accent wall with artistically designed bespoke wallpaper, like the Eskayel Splatter Spell Wallpaper designed by Shanan Campanaro from 2Modern.com.

Bohemian Grunge Loft: A little bit vintage. A little bit grunge. When it comes to the bohemian grunge lifestyle, nothing’s off limits. Be a home decor fashion rebel and avoid the matchy-matchy vibe at all costs! Create a home decor fashion statement with one of the coolest chairs on the planet: the Walton Leather Armchair by Zinc Door.

The Bohemian Grunge Color Story ~ forget about it! Anything goes, like the Fillmore Leather Ottoman in a distressed olive green leather by Layla Grayce. For home decor fashion accents, go avant-garde with the ultra fab metal chains Arteriors Maxim Chandelier from Zinc Door.

 

Designer Interviews ~ Rachel Guest

We recently interviewed Interior Designer Rachel Guest, IIDA, LEED AP, to discuss ways in which she uses Olioboard as an organization and presentation tool. In our interview, Rachel gives insightful tips in using our moodboard creation platform and discusses her creative process: from overall conception to client presentations. Whether you’re a design student, interior designer, decorator, or one of our amazingly creative community members, you’re sure to find some moodboarding inspiration, along with some fabulous “tips & tools” of the trade.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your interior design business.
I’m currently an independent interior designer living in Austin, TX. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and have always had an interest in art and design, especially organic forms that relate to nature and the outdoors. In the past I’ve worked for both suppliers and large national design firms doing both residential and commercial design. A couple of years ago I set out on my own, retaining some clients from my last employer and developing new ones along the way. I’m a highly visual thinker and love using technology to bring ideas to life for my clients. In addition to design, Iove photography, hiking, being outside, and my beautiful Labrador retriever named Cowboy.

What’s your preferred way to start a new project? How do you typically get inspired and creative in the early stages?
I get inspired by helping my clients find their own unique style and expressing it in my work. I work very hard up front to understand my client’s desires by asking for a lot of input, and then establish some alternative concepts that express who the client is, and what I think will make them most comfortable in their environment. Once a design style is established – I get creative.

What helps me in the initial stages is visually playing with pictures of inspirational settings or element or colors, and placing them together, filtering and adding, changing size based on the relationship to each element. As I “play” with visual relationships, ideas stem and I edit the design ideas. At times I may sketch out a relationship flow, if the projects have more than one program for the space. This is my design process and that’s why the accessibility of the tools Olioboard provides makes this process faster and easier for me to work through with my clients.

From Moodboard concept to final room design. Photos by Merrick Ales Photography.

Can you name 3 ways in which Olioboard has become a useful tool for your interior design business?
First, it helps me push farther in my design process because it is simple and easy to use. I can quickly generate several different design approaches to test the tastes and styles preferred by my clients. Second, I like being able to design first, then see budget implications second and because Olioboard is linked to specific products and pricing, I can quickly see how adding or subtracting elements will impact a client’s financial needs. Third, in addition to making it easy and quick to generate designs, it is very low cost (free!) and provides output in a very aesthetically pleasing understandable format that my clients can both relate to and appreciate.

Prior to Olioboard, how did you present design direction ideas to your clients?
I used to cut out pictures and spray mount them to foam core, then spray mount those elevated images to a large foam core. Then I would need to request material samples or go find them and hot glue gun them to the large board. This cost me in both time and materials and I ended up with piles of samples and many of these boards littered around my office. As my business has evolved I’ve moved to mostly digital presentations. For some clients, I have built entire websites to highlight materials and palettes to be used, for example when a client has multiple offices and is trying to develop a consistent theme.

How have your clients reacted to Olioboard as a presentation tool?
They’ve reacted positively, because the speed at which I can get them back creative and cohesive ideas has increased. Also because the culture has transitioned into such a digital world, that being able to send them an entire presentation in one snapshot of the design board I make on Olioboard simplifies so many aspects from the traditional ways interior designs have been presented. Finally, when they have a comment or a change request, I’m able to quickly and effectively change it and shoot the revised board back to them immediately – they love the quick response. It helps them to stay engaged and excited about the transformation of their space.

In addition to the upcoming Olioboard Pro Plan (which includes a color scheme tool, text tool and budget tool), what features or improvements would make your life as a designer easier?
I look forward to the Pro Plan for sure! But as far as any other improvements that could help me, I guess at this time, maybe a few pre-determined layout templates to help maintain a consistency in a presentation palette for repeat client projects. Another thing that I would like to see as a designer who shares her boards on FaceBook, I wish the like button, when hit on FaceBook, transferred over to show the love on the olioboard profile.

What are three time saving /creative tips you would give to designers and members just starting to use Olioboard?

Tip 1: When sorting through the available products, drag and drop ALL images that first strike your eye as desirable. Don’t get too hung up on whether they match perfectly or not. Because of the layout relationships you can easily assess how the various products relate to each other (or not). I find that it’s easier to delete, filtering your design, than trying to develop the perfect design the first time from the unknown. Basically, pull in all options that draw your eye. You will surprise yourself with some items that work with each other beautifully, that you may never have found by looking at them alone

Tip 2: Scale the image appropriate to what the real physical relationship would be in the environmental space – this helps to get the feel for the presence of the various products in the target space. Then later, you can play with size of images depending on the artistic presentation you want to convey to the client.

Tip 3: Depending on your design goal, present the products and images with a relating conceptual background. Adding in texture or utilizing images that can help give your presentation depth or a framing element is good, but keep in mind the simplicity is also often useful for expressing a vision – if you over complicate the design presentation, the client will have a hard time seeing the forest from trees, as they say.

 


Rachel Guest, IIDA, LEED AP
As a professional designer in the Austin community, Rachel Guest is President of RED Earth Designs and works on an array of creative interior design projects for both commercial and residential clients. An amateur artist and photographer, Rachel’s mission is to blend the functional needs of her clients with artistic touches that create unique and pleasing aesthetics for the spaces she creates. In addition to being a licensed interior designer, Rachel is an art school graduate and is accredited as a LEED-certified design professional, making her an expert in sustainable design. She worked on a LEED project that achieved a Gold Status in 2008, which also won an award for best construction of the year in Texas.

Her expertise spans 12 years of material resourcing with broad technical experience in space planning, environmental design, and incorporating sensory elements that are fun and unusual. Rachel strongly believes in putting her talents, ideas and hard working efforts in giving back to the community. She has participated in many home remodels for non-profits such as Make A Wish and LifeWorks. She also enjoys donating custom art pieces, personalized photo shoots that are framed as part of the decor. Rachel and RED Earth Designs have won numerous awards for their community participation and projects. But her favorite part of these projects is to see how much they touch each individual and how the experience of the spacial interior environment is so important to the soul and it reminds her why she loves designing so much. To learn more about Rachel and to view her designer portfolio, visit www.redearthdesigns.com. Find Rachel on Olioboard, Twitter @REDEDesigns and Facebook.

Mother + Daughter Bedrooms

Like mother…like daughter! For the love of mothers & daughters, we wanted to showcase correlating lifestyle bedrooms. Whether you want to express a vintage modern flaire, bohemian fashion or the beauty of natural woods & finishes, here are some fabulous M&D parings to enjoy!

Vintage Modern M&D Bedrooms! Nothing says vintage modern glam like the PoshTots Mambo Ride-On Zebra and the moooi horse floor lamp by Occa-Home. For the high fashion, vintage modern bedroom, create a statement with works of art and craft a haven for peaceful sleep by selecting layers of rich satins pillows & lush glam bedding. We like the timeless quilted Bella Notte Satin Quilted Coverlet and Bella Notte Satin Quilted Throw Pillows (both from PoshTots.) Don’t forget mother-daughter mix-and-match, chandeliers and fabulous works of art. Featured above: PoshTots Black Gingham Rose Chandelier.


Natural M&D Bedrooms! For a more relaxing and calming bedroom, go natural! Blue is a perfect accent color to promote peaceful sleep & relaxation. To add a pop to natural finishes & fabrics, select some patterns & stripes in your rugs and upholstery. We love the festive feel of the Starboard Rug from PoshTots and the botanical feel of the Sasha Arm Chair from Crate&Barrel.


Bohemian M&D Bedrooms! It’s time to have a little fun with home decor fashion! The bohemian lifestyle is all about rich textures, bold colors and an eclectic, unexpected mix of pieces. Go rich with rugs! Choose hand-tufted & hand-made rugs, like the Satara Medallion Wool Rug in Rust from PoshTots. For the true bohemian, make sure to select at least one avant-garde piece, like the Portero Chair and the Julian Relax Chair. Both from Layla Grayce.

Dream Big! Enter our PoshTots Children’s Bedroom Contest by Jan 31st for your chance to win $500, $250 or $125 in store credit from PoshTots. Don’t forget to include at least 5 items from the PoshTots collection for your board to be eligible to win. Click on the link above for all the details. ~ Good Luck!

Color Stories: Trends + Moods

Home decor fashion is all about color this year! From tangerine tango to cabaret to margarita green, we highlight some of the hottest color trends in home decor & fashion. When designing home interiors, color can say a lot about who you are and set the overall mood for the space. What does your home decor color say about you?

Look out neutral interiors…here comes color!  For home decor fashion lovers, we’ve highlighted some cool moodboards reflecting the cool color trends of 2012. You’ll recognize some of your favorite colors from the fabulous Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2012. So this season, don’t be afraid to add drama & color to your home interiors.

Go Bold or Go Home! From the fashion runway to the most avant-garde, home decor fashion lines, we will be seeing a lot more orange this year. Here we feature the Pantone 2012 Color of the YearTangerine Tango. Design Inspiration for this color, ”Modern art, such as Guyton Walker paintings, as well as world travel and primitive cultures,” says Adrienne Vittadini. What does orange say about you? You’re gregarious, fun-loving & high-energy! Moodboard above “Tangerine Tango” by justthebeesknees.

Lovin’ the New Year Yellow? According to the book “Colors for Every Mood” by Leatrice Eiseman, the mood of yellow reflects “Energy & Life.” It’s also a fabulous home decor accent color to give a boost to a variety of color schemes: neutrals, chocolates and black & white interiors. Moodboard above: “Moonlight Grey” by decorbymandi

Fashion forward designers know how to add fabulous pops of greens to their design mixes & color stories. One hot hue for 2012 is Margarita PANTONE 14-0116. How do you want your home decor to reflect a mood? Light shades of green reflect calm & cool personalities, teal-green is sophisticated & upscale and deep green is more serious & pensive. Moodboard above: “Emerging Emerald” by nyclq.

 

When it comes to making a high fashion statement, choose hot reds & hot pinks! This year, we’re seeing a more eclectic mix from this color story. One of our favs is “Cabaret” PANTONE 18-2140. Who else loves hot pink? The fabulous Betsey Johnson, who talks about her signature color, ”Day Glow Fuchsia because it has been my signature color since 1978 and the world and I love pink.” Red in home decor reflects high energy, which is fabulous for home entertaining. However, soft pink is the perfect choice when designing rooms for babies: it’s calm & soothing. Moodboard above: “Play on Red” by wilmanadine.

Moodboard Lifestyle ~ Vanity Fair Vintage

The Vanity Fair Vintage Lifestyle lets you express your romantic side and create soft vintage and calming rooms to celebrate the true beauty in home decor fashion. Perfect for hopeful romantics, bohemian fashion lovers and for those who love to design more feminine spaces for bedrooms, dining rooms and personal havens.

For this moodboard lifestyle, color stories are delicate, sweet mixes of calming hues in soft blues and greens, like azure blue, silver sage and the Benjamin Moore 2012 Color of the Year: wythe blue. For upholstery selections, choose flirtatious curved frames in washed wood finishes, old-world vintage tufting and use a mix of fabrics: soft velvets, rich silks and relaxed linens. A perfect fit: the Greenwich Sofa featuring a classic style by Home Decorators Collection.

In celebration of the New Year, it’s a fabulous time to create a beautiful haven for sleep and special relaxing spaces with cozy fabrics and calming colors. For beds, choose the comfort and luxury of upholstered headboards, like the understated glamour of the Sophia Upholstered Tufted Headboard: a celebration of the Victorian era from Layla Grace.

When creating gorgeous bedroom and dining rooms, select case pieces that evoke the beauty of the ages and make sure to find a few grand scale pieces to make a fabulous home decor fashion statement! One of our favs: the Brenton Armoire with hand-painted Versailles finish, crystal hardware and wire mesh doors by PoshTots. For more glamour, add metallic finished pieces and mirrored accents, like the Borghese Mirrored Hall Chest from the Home Decorators Collection and pictured above: Andrew Martin Steel Chest of Drawers by Occa-Home.

For the Vanity Fair Vintage Lifestyle, add layers of beauty & drama to every room with various sizes of area rugs. Choose a soft mix of classic patterns with touches of modern and feminine curves. Like the Modern Classics hand-tufted rug designed by Candice Olson of Divine Design from Layla Grace and the baroque Chandelier Rug by cb2.

Accessorize. Accessorize. Accessorize. Home accent like you mean it! Every Vanity Fair Vintage room needs splashes of decor accessories: mirrors in metallic finishes and ultra glam chandeliers to express the home fashionista inside of you. One of our glamour favs, the Starburst Mirror inspired by a mid-Century antique from Crate&Barrel.

Featured above: a fabulous Vanity Fair Vintage Lifestyle room via Interior Designer Stacy Naquin and showcasing the Benjamin Moore 2012 Color of the Year. Make sure to visit Stacy Naquin Interiors Blog for more design inspiration and to view her complete designer portfolio. You can also see her fabulous moodboards here.