The Holiday Style File OlioHop Round Up

By Lynda Quintero Davids from Focal Point Blog

This is just one of many boards created by Lynda for our Holiday Style File Blog Hop. If you have not yet seen her post, it is a must see. Not only did she create a number of simply gorgeous moodboards, but she’s also a DIY encyclopedia when it comes to fantastic holiday decorating tips. One of my favourites is the knit candle cozy made from a leg warmer. There is no way you are leaving that post without a handful of great holiday projects. View Her Post

By Andie Day from Andie Day LifeStyle Blog

Andie throws tradition to the wind with her Oliohop design and we are loving her for it. The bright colours and slick modern furniture provide a fun and relaxed environment that is perfect for entertaining. Hands down, the show stopping piece in this design has to be the Boca Do Lobo Oporto Cabinet. Intricately designed, this cutting edge piece was inspired by the city of Porto and the rhythmic undulating of its black slate roof tops and building facades. Through reflection ingredients such as decontextualization, irony, drama and extravagance were added and Oporto came to life. The cabinet is sheathed in individual scales which are finished in a silver leaf with a high gloss varnish. Its doors feature openings which are spanned with a metal mesh. View Her Post

By Tobi Fairley from Tobi Fairley Blog

From tree decorating, to baking, to table top decor and gift wrapping, Tobi covers everything you will need to know about decorating for the holidays. We loved seeing the combination of Tobi’s and her mother’s distinct design styles sitting side by side in this blog post. Design sense just runs wild in their family. Be sure to check out the pink Christmas tree with the super cute monkey ornaments. View Her Post

By Jane Gianarelli from Embrace Your Inner Snob

If you are looking to make a big statement on a modest budget, check out Jane’s blog post. Using great paint colours, she is able to create a unified pretty in pastel table top design. As Jane shows us, you can paint pretty much anything from pearl necklaces, to books, to dishware and more. Start thinking outside of the box with Jane and you will be surprised at what you can achieve on a modest budget.

What we are loving the most in Jane’s Olioboard design is her fantastic idea of adding close-up’s to show the details in the items. What a great way to highlight products and their interesting qualities. View Her Post

By Sarah Gunn from Yummy Mummy Club

Looks like robin egg blue is a popular colour this season. We saw it in Jane’s post above and Sarah shows us a cute combination of robin egg blue and red for this adorable nursery design. This is one of my favourite colour combinations that works perfectly into the holidays. The knit poufs, cute kiddy pillows and artwork make this a comfortable and loving nursery design. View Her Post

By Lisa Mende from Lisa Mende Design

We are excited to welcome Lisa Mende, winner of the High Point Market Style Spotter Contest to our Holiday Style Oliohop. Lisa is no slouch when it comes to great holiday decorating tips. This masculine design is one small part of her fantastic blog post and you will definitely want to check out her design for the ladies. Lisa’s holiday tips include eveything from shopping for ribbon to create cohesive and beautiful colour schemes, to accent pillows, scents, fires and more. Lisa helps us create the full holiday experience by catering to all five senses. View Her Post

By Allie Phillips from Allie Cat 4 Ever

Allie is currently a student at Sheffield Design school but we have a feeling this lady will have no problems landing clients when she graduates. Allie has been a long time Olioboard member who just continually blows us away with her design abilities and she continues to do so in this blog post. While we are loving the olioboard above, there is much more to see over at her blog. Be sure to click through for beautiful designs including the following colour schemes: all white, icy blue and our favourite the black and white holiday colour theme. View Her Post

By Jennifer Reynolds from Jennifer Reynolds Interiors

It is official, red and teal are the trending holiday colours. In this great post, Jennifer shows us how to take what we already have and make small changes to tie in the holiday spirit. As Jennifer shows us, gift wrapping paper and ribbons are not just for wrapping presents. We love how she uses wrapping paper on her books to dress up bookcases and tie the holiday theme into unexpected places. View Her Post

Kimberly Ward from Pink EggShell

A mix of metallics and festive star burst mirrors are perfect for holiday decor. Sometimes simple and classic colour schemes are what it’s all about and Kimberly proves it with her festive design. Nothing says Christmas more than traditional red and white but the minimal style brings in a modern touch. A simply decorated Christmas tree and solid white gift wrap paper with oversized red ribbons blend in beautifully for a clean festive look. What we love is the little touch of gold to make the whole room sparkle. View Her Post

Leigh-Ann Allaire from Benjamin Moore’s Colour Chats Blog

For all ice princes and princesses. Leigh-Ann’s design plays off of the season and brings the outside in for a beautiful icy blue design. This is a perfect example of how you can take various shades of colour and mix and match them to create a beautiful monotone colour scheme. The snowflake strands that hang down the floor to ceiling glass wall, work perfectly with the outside in theme. View Her Post

Learn About Design From A to Z with Tobi Fairley’s Design Camp


If you love design, it just doesn’t get better than practical training in creating gorgeous interiors AND schmoozing with the design elite at the same time. We are very proud to be sponsoring Tobi’s Design Camps where attendee’s learn invaluable tips and tricks to help them succeed in design and with their own interior design businesses.

This three day design camp starting Nov 7th will be no different. Check out the amazing line up of speakers and giveaways.

Designer and friend of Tobi’s, Amanda Nisbet is coming to camp! Amanda is an amazing interior designer who creates interiors with lots of energy that feel fresh and cleverly-layered. Amanda also has her own line of textiles (available through Holland & Sherry showrooms, Harbinger (L.A.), Travis (ATL), and Tigger Hall (Australia)), a lighting collection with The Urban Electric Co., and two rug collections (!!!). She’s received a TON of attention around her signature aesthetic, including publication in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Veranda, Coastal Living, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Oprah At Home! There’s been a boost in the buzz lately surrounding the release of her beautiful new book, Dazzling Design. Amanda is not only a brilliant designer but a savvy business woman learn from.

All attendees of this camp will receive a signed copy of Amanda’s book as a special gift.

Another speaker attending this round of Design Camp AtoZ is the wonderful Scot Meacham. Wood. You probably already follow Scot’s wildly popular blog, The Adventures of Tartan Scot. He’s a tartan lover, a runner, and he collects antique china. He will be speaking specifically about his technique of choosing finishes for a room, so that things stay layered and diverse without getting distracting and chaotic.

As design enthusiasts, many of you are interested in and want the scoop on High Point Market. Look no further because Cheminne Taylor, the Vice President of Marketing at the High Point Market Authority is coming to camp. You’re not likely to meet anyone more familiar with the design industry from ALL angles. She has over two decades of experience in home furnishings, as well as experience working with Margaret Russell at Elle Decor.

Interior designer Kathryn Greeley will also be leading the campers in search of the state’s finest pieces AGAIN! Kathryn is known for her passion for entertaining and for creating and displaying magnificent collections, through her features on the Tobi Fairley blog and on the pages of Traditional Home, on Martha Stewart Radio and on P. Allen Smith’s radio show. Attendees of camp will get her expert advice on how and where to find the antique pieces that will make their room look “collected, not decorated.” All who attend the Antique Trip will also receive a signed copy of her book, The Collected Tabletop!

What a line up. We could not be happier to be participating as a sponsor and to show our support of the camps, all attendee’s will also receive 6 months free use of the Olioboard Pro Plan.

To those attending this camp, we are sure you are going to have a blast and find invaluable information to help you and your design business grow. If you didn’t get a chance to attend this camp, don’t worry, there are more to come. You might even find yourself a chance to win a spot at one of Tobi’s camps in the very near future if you follow along with Olioboard. Keep your ears and eyes open for more on this amazing opportunity.

To learn much more about the content of this crash-course in the basics of interior design, CLICK HERE. It has been a major motivator and source of inspiration to design professionals and enthusiasts alike!

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s day to all the amazing moms out there! I hope you are spending this day relaxing and getting in some quality family time. To celebrate, I thought I would do a post on some of your talented kids. It appears that a number of you have children that could be aspiring designers. I stumbled upon this design a couple of weeks ago and was blown away when I realized it was created by a nine year old.

This board was created by Chaotically Creative’s son. Not what you’d expect from a nine year old boy right? You would think the design would be filled with bright colours and modern furnishings, but this little guy has obviously got a taste for classic and rustic design.

Chaotically Creative says: “My nine year old asked if he could use Olioboard to create a Mood board. I gave him about a 5 second tutorial. I didn’t even show him how to use the frames. I think this is pretty good for a 9 year old. And look it’s even got a color theme.”

I think this is more than pretty good for a first attempt. If this is what he is putting together now, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with down the line.

This board is created by Olioboard member, designperson. Designperson (love the name by the way), is the 11 year old son of Olioboard member Designasauris. Again, this is not the kind of design I expected to see from an eleven year old. Check out this clean, minimal look he has created. We’re excited to see that he is already attempting 3D rooms by using the empty room images and scaling the furniture to fit within the space.

It’s so great to see Olioboard become a creative outlet for kids of all ages. Interior design is not really a subject that is often available in schools so kids rarely get the chance to really test it out and see if this might be a possible path for them. I love seeing mom’s feeding their children’s creative side and encouraging them to try new things.

A while back Susan Rapp did a blog post for us that focused on Mother’s and daughters. She created bedroom designs in a specific style for the mother and re-created that look in a mirroring daughter’s bedroom. Here’s a look at some of the designs she created.

Susan’s take on Vintage Modern M&D Bedrooms

Susan’s take on Natural M&D Bedrooms!

Try it out for yourself and see if your child has an interest in interior design. Encourage them along with helpful tips and offer up mini challenges. Try following Susan’s lead and pick a style and a space that the two of you can work on together. People of all ages spend a fair amount of time online these days. Turn some of that time into a bonding and educational experience. Happy Mother’s Day!