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

Concluding the 7 Days, 7 Bloggers, 7 Moodboards – Coastal Cottage Challenge

We have come to the end of our Coastal Cottage Challenge. I hope everyone has had as much fun with this as I have. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with such talented ladies and to see each one of our unique takes on this sea side style.

For those that have followed along, I hope you were able to gather some great tips on pulling off this look. Here’s a recap on all the fantastic designs and some of my favourite elements from each moodboard.

Day 1: Lynda’s studio design is definitely a space I could lose hours in. I love the wall art made up of a variety of paint swatches. It’s such a different and fun idea for art and is particularly well suited for a studio space. The shelving units on wheels would be ideal for a studio as everything should be easy to move around to accommodate projects of all sizes. I also like the contrast created in the design by the crisp, clean white sofa paired against the more aged and worn pieces.

Day 2: I couldn’t agree more with Lindsay when she said the desk really made the design. It is such a great find. The mix of vintage and modern elements makes this space feel as if it was created over years of carefully collecting the right pieces. My favourite elements would have to be the antiqued white shelf, blue shuttered desk, three leg table lamp and painted blue glass bottle. Beautifully done Lindsay!

Day 3: What I enjoy most about Rhoda’s design is that she didn’t stick with the typical blue-green colour scheme that the Coastal Cottage is known for. Not to say I have anything against this palette (as you can see by my own design), it’s just nice to see a fresh take on the Coastal Cottage style. The bold hits of red liven up the space, while adding nice contrast to the teal accents. The beautiful rug, which I believe was the inspiration for the space, helps tie it all together. If I had to choose a favourite piece, it would be the coffee table. I love it when random items are transformed into functioning furniture. It just makes for a more interesting design, don’t you think?

Day 4: What’s not to love here. The natural materials, glass accents and colour scheme really bring the beach theme to life in this bedroom design. The show-stopping wallpaper is definitely a great choice. The fun, bold pattern helps tie in all the colours in this design for a polished, finished look. Love your work Kristi.

Day 5: The mash up of items in this moodboard is completely what makes the design. Shannon says it best ‘When putting together a dining room, my rule of thumb is, always go for a more eclectic look – one style for the table, different style for the chairs and a mismatch of different textures – jute, wood, fabric, etc.’ I completely agree. When you go with a complete set you lose the element of ‘happy surprises’. Changing up the style of table from your chairs, or incorporating multiple styles of chairs can give your dining set loads of character, and more of a personal touch. Try it yourself and let us know how it worked for you.

Day 6: I said it before and I’ll say it again. Happiness is colour and LOTS of it. Rachel’s design is the perfect example. Here is another case where teal and red go beautifully together. While the design is simple and uncluttered it still packs a punch. The white backdrop allows the bold coloured elements (in a mix of modern and vintage) to set the mood for this summery escape. Oh, and I love the addition of the rain boots. :)

Day 7: My favourite part of my kitchen design is the addition of the window seat. I’m a big fan of bold patterns and great fabrics. More often then not, they are something that gets put aside when designing a kitchen because kitchens are usually more focused on the harder surfaced items. Whether it is a tablecloth, curtains, seat covers or wall dressings, I think there is a place in the kitchen for fabrics and the more you add, the cozier your kitchen will feel. The kitchen is supposed to be the heart of the home. Make it a comfortable one.

That’s it. I hope you enjoyed this challenge. We had a lot of fun creating these designs and we hope this collaboration has helped you in creating your very own sea side escape!

7 Days, 7 Bloggers, 7 Moodboards – The Coastal Cottage Challenge


Hey everyone. Starting Monday the 15th we’re collaborating with 6 of our favourite bloggers to bring you the Coastal Cottage Challenge. Each blogger picks a room in the cottage to design and a day of the week to post about it. We’re bringing you seven completely different takes on the Coastal Cottage Style. I can’t wait to see what we all come up with. Follow along to learn great tips and tricks for pulling off this sea side look.

Here’s a look at our blogging schedule:

August 15
Blog: Focal Point
Room: Library/Studio
About Lynda: Lynda has done it all. She’s choreographed and styled fashions shows for Seventeen magazine, shops in Coconut Grove and for clubs in South Beach. She’s done window design, prop construction and styled window displays. She’s an interior designer who can help you on something as small as getting organized to decorating for a season or occasion all the way up to a major renovation. Her experience and passion for interiors make her blog a must for ideas and inspiration.

August 16
Blog: Living With Lindsay
Room: Home Office
About Lindsay: Lindsay, is a DIYer and home decor crafter with a zeal for budget decorating. She’ll see a great item in a store or online and create it at a fraction of the cost. If you’re creative hands are itching for a great project, follow Lindsay. She’ll point you in the right direction and give you all kinds of tips to help you out.

August 17
Blog: Southern Hospitality
Room: Living Room
About Rhoda: Rhoda started her blog back in 2007 on a whim. A lover of old things, vintage and worn objects, her blog is one beautiful image after the next of personal projects and amazing finds. If you’re like Rhoda and love putting in the extra effort to make a house a home, look no further. This blog has you covered.

August 18
Blog: Addicted 2 Decorating
Room: Bedroom
About Kristi: Kristi is a professional interior decorator by day, and a DIY fanatic and slightly obsessed blogger by night. In her blog she shares glimpses into her projects, whether they’re for clients or for her own home. Check out her blog for new interior decorating ideas, decorating tips, helpful articles, stunning photos, and great step by step instructional guides.

August 19
Blog: What’s Up Whimsy
Room: Dining Room
About Shannon: Shannon Fitzpatrick is a lover all things design, whether it’s design in the home or event design . She describes her style as “contemporary whimsy, with a hint of vintage”. What’s Up Whimsy is an extension of those two loves and a place for you to find loads of inspiration.

August 22
Blog: Fresh Home Blog
Room: Patio/Front Porch
About Rachel: FreshHome’s design blog, is a spot where the editors of FreshHome Magazine post their favorite design ideas, products and how-tos. Rachel is the online editor of Fresh Home. She’s always got a great project up her sleeve, whether she is rehabbing a dresser found on Craigslist for less than $20, or painting (and repainting) a room until she’s found the winner out of 80 different shades of blue-gray.

August 23
Blog: Olioboard Blog
Room: Kitchen
About Sheilah: I run a small web design company with my partner 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!

great find for $36


$36 and four cute as can be, easy to care for house plants. I found these colourful little spice jars ($5 each) in Anthropologie a few weeks ago and thought they would be perfect for some succulents a friend of mine had told me about. They ended up being just the right size and came in four great colours.

The succulents cost me $4 each. They are sooooo easy to take care of and come in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes like the ones above. Just make sure you put them in an area that provides lots of light.

What do you think? What creative ways have you come up with to house your plants?

Personal Project: Patchwork Pillows & Fabric Art


A few months ago, I started a weekly sewing night with a group of girlfriends. These pillows are my latest creations. I have to say I’m pretty proud of how they turned out, so I’ve decided to share them with you guys.

I must admit I got a little carried way by all the fun patterns at the fabric store and bought way too much. Since I don’t need a dozen pillows to decorate my bed, I opted to instead get creative and take the fun fabric and turn it into a whimsical art collection. These now sit above my bedroom dresser and tie in nicely with the new decorative bed pillows.

Try it out for yourself — it’s a cost effective way to add an instant cottage/country vibe to any space. The weathered white frames definitely complete the look.

Design 29: Nicolek’s Black and White Bathroom


Well guys, I didn’t quite manage to get all 30 designs complete within the 30 day time frame, but it was a great challenge none the less. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to stretch out of their comfort zone and explore their interior designer side.

Today’s design is for a very sweet Olioboard member, Nicolek, who has a husband that wants black walls in their master bathroom. She’s not a 100% sold on the idea, but he definitely is and since he never really requests much when it comes to the decor of the house, she would really like to be open to this idea. Her main concern is that she can’t see black as being romantic.

Challenge accepted. :) Nicolek, this bathroom design is for you. I hope it’s a design both you and your husband can enjoy.

I think black walls can work in a bathroom and still create a romantic space as long as you add a good amount of white or another lighter colour to balance it out. If your husband likes the idea of black walls and you’re not entirely in love with it, how about a little compromise. Try dividing the wall in half. The lower portion could be paneled and painted white and the top half of the wall could be painted black or done in a black wallpaper. I personally, would recommend a black wallpaper over black paint. The pattern in the wallpaper would help break up the solid dark space.

If you choose to go with a black paint, maybe try something that isn’t pure black, like a really dark, soft charcoal. Another thing to keep in mind is that you can also add items to the dark wall to lighten it up. Try an over-sized mirror over the vanity, like the one in the design above. Aim to get a mirror that is the same width of the vanity, to create a more balanced look. Add silver towel hooks, rails and crisp white towels. You could also consider adding wall sconces to either side of the mirror to help brighten up the space.

You can use the tile choice in your bathroom to further tie the two colours together. Get a combination of grey, black and white tile in various materials (glass, porcelain etc…) to create a more interesting vignette. Finish off your design with some great accessories that fit within the style and colour scheme of the space and you’re all set.

Design 28: Soft Violet Living Room


The last few designs have been focused on poppy colours and a more modern touch, so I felt like bringing back some classic charm for this design.

The sofa was the piece that inspired this whole design. I love the colour and elegant button tufted look. Once I found the sofa, the rest just sort of fell into place. Sometimes all it takes is one item to make everything else come together.

The clean simple lines of the coffee table, paired with gorgeously detailed legs, made this piece a winner in my books. It blends perfectly with traditional or transitional decor and the distressed brown lacquer finish adds a nice antique appeal.

The mid-century console table was another great find that works itself perfectly into the colour palette and style of the space. The beautiful curves that form the base of the console table make a dramatically chic statement.

Let me know what you think.

If you had to describe your style in two words what would it be? I think mine would have to be Country Chic. Not based on this particular board, but just in general.

Design 27: Little Monsters Nursery


I’ve designed most spaces found in a house for this 30 moodboards in 30 days challenge, but had yet to design a nursery. So here it is.

I like the no frills approach to this nursery. Not to knock frills or anything. They work for others, but not for me. This more modern nursery is much more my style. I like the clean lines and neutral colours of the furniture. It allows all the fun accessories like the knitted monsters, artwork and accent pillows to take the spotlight.

I also like nursery designs that work for both boys and girls. Who’s to say that girls like pink and boys like blue. As long as the space is friendly and inviting, it’s doing it’s job.

You may recognize the lamps from the last design. They are one of my new favourites. You can create your own by mixing and matching colours to fit your colour schemes.