Interview with Designer Stacy Naquin on E-Design

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Hello everyone. I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. Today we are very happy to share our interview with Louisiana based designer, Stacy Naquin and our discussion on e-design.

Tell us about you?
Stacy Naquin’s signature style is a unique combination of timeless design details and current trends, making her one of the freshest faces in design throughout Louisiana and the South.

Her lifelong love of design led Stacy to study at the prestigious Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale and Louisiana State University, where she graduated with a degree in Interior Design. Since that time, Stacy has gained over fifteen years of experience and expertise in residential and commercial interiors, which culminated in the establishment of Stacy Naquin Interiors.

Years working alongside many of the nation’s premier kitchen and bath designers has made Stacy an integral resource for new home construction and major renovations, as well as lavish interiors. Collaborating with her husband, the owner of a luxury audio/video technology firm, helps Stacy bring high-tech capabilities to her gorgeous designs, marrying the best in style and function for her exclusive clientele.

It is Stacy’s passion for both design and the business of design that keeps her traveling extensively to work on best practices for the design industry and stay current on the latest resources and trends.

How did you get interested in e-design?
After starting my own business, I realized there was an entire market being underserved or not being served at all. There is a common misconception that hiring an Interior Designer is very expensive and is available only to the elite, but I knew there had to be a way to offer affordable design. According to consumer spending reports, roughly 66% of people buy their furniture online. As more and more consumers embrace the internet, creating an e-design service where clients can do their own purchasing was a natural progression.

What led you to decide?
Time is money – for the client as well as the designer. I’ll find 10-20 times the amount of product online as opposed to driving around town looking for the perfect product in the correct size, pattern or color.

Where do you see opportunity in your design business?
Proximity is no longer an issue. I may have blog readers from Florida to California that love my design aesthetic, and within a week or two I can provide everything they need to implement their new design.

Do you plan to offer luxury services?
Absolutely. You will always have clients that want exclusive fabrics, custom furniture, and unique items and simply don’t have the time or don’t want to do it themselves.

How do you see e-design tying into that?
With Olioboard, I can upload a product from any vendor I carry, not just what is available on their site. Also, I have used it as a tool for conceptual design.

Do you think your luxury clients will be put off to see e-design?
Just as in the fashion industry, there are different levels of product to offer a client. A luxury couture designer will design gowns for the Oscars, but they will also have a separate line designed for Macy’s.

Do you know of any top Interior Designers that offer e-design services?
Tobi Fairley and Windsor Smith come to mind.

What are the 3 ways you see they can use Olioboard?
Olioboard is a time saving tool to create 3-D presentations, print out an itemized shopping list, and to provide clients with the convenience of purchasing by simply clicking on a link.

Do you see any pitfalls or negatives with e-design? When opting for fast, affordable design, you sometimes compromise the extent of customization such as sizes, fabrics, or added trim details.

If you want to learn more about Stacy Naquin and her design services check out any of the links below.

Blog: http://stacynaquininteriors.com/blog
Website: http://stacynaquininteriors.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stacy-Naquin-Interiors/160797013945101
Twitter: http://twitter.com/StacyNaquin
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/stacy-naquin/29/4b/70b
Olioboard: http://www.olioboard.com/users/stacynaquin

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!

Olioboard and an internship with award winning, Austin based designer – Rachel Guest


Designed by Rachel Guest

I’m sure many of you have seen the amazing work created by Olioboard member and award winning designer Rachel Guest founder of Red Earth Designs.

If you haven’t, here’s a look at the office space she designed for Home Away. Rachel assisted in leading HomeAway’s World Headquarters to achieve a LEED GOLD certificate in sustainable design. The headquarters construction won the Best Construction of the Year of 2010 in Texas. Below are some snapshots of the interior.

Rachel, who was recently in need of some interns for her design studio, chose to run a competition involving the Art Institute Interior Design program in Austin, TX and Olioboard.

To gauge which students were a good fit for her company she asked them to provide a design board created on Olioboard.com. Each student received an internship for one quarter, school credit and $500 at their completion of it. Best of all, they got the opportunity to turn that internship into a position within Rachel’s company.

These were the requirements for their delivery:

The boards should display a design for a rustic/modern living space. Furnishings and lighting only; no finishes that require installation or floor plans need to be considered.

Examples of items that should be considered include: lighting, area rugs, seating, artwork, accessories, color palette, etc. Multiple options for each category can be provided, but are not required. The board will need to convey the concept itself through text and/or inspirational images since no verbal presentation will be given.

Students were able to access RED Earth’s presentation boards through Olioboard (search Rachel Guest) to get an idea of what Rachel was looking for in terms of layout.

We are so pleased to see that Olioboard is being used is such creative ways. Students don’t have full projects under their belts that they can show off to potential employers, but with Olioboard they can show their abilities in pulling a space and theme together. Here’s a look at the winning designs.


Design created by Sara Reichardt


Design created by Kim Diaz


Design created by Annette Morales

Congrats to the three winners. We hope you continue to use Olioboard and we look forward to seeing more of your designs. I’m sure you will have a blast working with Rachel. She is incredibly sweet and an amazing design talent. Take advantage of this time and soak up all that you can from her.

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Are you looking for interns? Maybe Olioboard and your local interior design schools can help you just like Rachel. We would love to hear all about it.

mid century madness

Do you have a love for mid-century design? Are you a fan of Mad Men? Do you like shopping sprees? If so, then we have a challenge for you.

This month, we’ve teamed up with Lumens to hold their Mad for Mid-Century Design contest. Lumens is challenging the Olioboard community to create their best Mad Men-inpsired spaces using five products from Lumens.com so let’s show them what we can do.

Once you’ve created your space, enter it into the contest so the Olioboard community can vote on it. On April 16th the top 25 voted boards will be put in front of our two talented judges, James Bedell and Irwin Feld Design who will choose the winning three boards.

Here are a look at some of the entries in the top eight:

Mid Century Living by Olioboard member lyoung

Family Room by Olioboard member Palermo

Rat Pack Retreat by Olioboard member Asite2behold

There are already a number of creative and gorgeous designs entered into the contest so be sure to check them out and remember to vote daily for your favourites.

Think you can do better? Hop over to Olioboard and create a room yourself. With $500, $350 and $150 prize packages available to win, you could give your home a little of that vintage vibe. Good Luck!

Announcing the Zinc Door Spring Colour Contest

It’s time to breathe life back into your home and maybe even win a little shopping spree while you’re at it. The Zinc Door Spring Color contest is all about bold hues, happy spaces and looking forward to what the new year has to offer. Just create a moodboard design depicting your ideal spring space and make sure to include at least 5 Zinc Door products for your entry to be eligible to win. With so many amazing products to choose from, finding five will be a breeze!

We all know that color can influence our thoughts and emotions, so how do you choose the color that’s right for you? Well, it really comes down to understanding what mood you want to get across in your space and which colors will help to enhance that.

Below are some tips about color from Freshome blog. You may want to pay close attention to this as Micle Mihai-Cristian the founder of Freshome Blog along with Jaime Derringer the founder and editor of Design Milk will be choosing the three winning boards in this contest. Good luck to everyone!


palm beach demi lune table and trina turk greek key melon pillow from Zinc Door

Red raises a room’s energy level. It’s a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. In an entryway, it creates a strong first impression. It is usually considered too stimulating for bedrooms, but if you’re only in the room after dark, you’ll be seeing it mostly by lamplight, when the color will appear muted, rich, and elegant.


Whitaker stockholm saffron chair and trina turk palm springs blocks orange pillow from Zinc Door

Orange evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color. For some, it can be a bit intense as a wall color, but adding splashes of orange to a space can bring the energy level up a notch to create a joyful atmosphere, without being overpowering.


nightright yellow side table and currey & co upbeat yellow table lamp from Zinc Door

Yellow captures the joy of sunshine and communicates happiness. It’s perfect for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms, where happy color is energizing and uplifting. In halls, entries, and small spaces, yellow can feel expansive and welcoming.


stump douglas fir stool and trina turk palm springs blocks green pillow from Zinc Door

Green is considered the most restful color for the eye. Combining the refreshing quality of blue and the cheerfulness of yellow, green is suited to almost any room in the house. Green also has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. It is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax.


Arteriors tennyson turquoise linen stool and pebble blue double bulb vase from Zinc Door

Blue brings down blood pressure and slows respiration and heart rate. That’s why it’s considered calming, relaxing, and serene, and is often recommended for bedrooms and bathrooms. To encourage relaxation in the rooms where people gather; family rooms, living rooms, large kitchens, consider warmer blues, such as periwinkle, or bright blues, such as cerulean or turquoise.


trina turk burmese vine purple pillow and trina turk jungle bloom purple pillow from Zinc Door

Purple in its darkest values (eggplant, for example) is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated. It’s associated with luxury as well as creativity, and as an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly.

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Now that you are armed with all this information on color, it’s time to create your board. Head over to the Zinc Door Spring Color Design contest and show us your spring makeover. Good Luck!

Take a moment to say hello our AMAZINGLY TALENTED judges.

Jaime Derringer is founder and editor of modern design blog Design Milk, which has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, San Francisco Chronicle, Singapore Home & Decor magazine, and Real Simple magazine. Design Milk is one of the Google Engineers’ Staff Picks and a Twitter influencer in Art & Design. Jaime has been noted as an expert on design trends, speaks on design and design blogging, contributes to a multitude of design blogs and acts as a consultant.

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Micle Mihai-Cristian is the leader and mastermind behind Freshome Blog. Mihai started Freshome in 2007 with a dream of building a website that would feature inspiring modern design and architecture. At 25 years old, he manages the small-staffed mega-blog Freshome that many mistake as being run by a large company.  Obsessed with a quality destination for readers to return to for home ideas, inspiration, and cool home finds, Mihai is always seeking out the next best opportunity for Freshome and its readers.

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Congrats to the winners of the Spirit Of Sports Man Cave Design Challenge

The results are in an we are happy to congratulate the winners of the latest design contest on Olioboard sponsored by Spirit of Sports. Members were challenged to design the Ultimate man cave to celebrate the sports season.

Thanks to all who entered. With so many fantastic entries in the contest, it was a difficult decision for Andie Day and Marilyn Russell, our lovely and talented judges. Here are the top three boards they selected, plus an honorable mention that they could not let slide by unnoticed.

1st Place goes to Lynda Quinter Davids (NYCLQ) for her design Literary Mantuary

Congrats to Lynda for her beautifully crafted man cave. The green and brown colour scheme with hits of leather and cowhide add to the masculine look of the space. The attention to detail that Lynda gives to her boards, make them appear almost like a photograph. Each item is angled, scaled and placed to perfection. Well done Lynda!

2nd Place goes to Mirella Parer (Mirellaparer) for her design Feeling & Courage

Mirella Parer, you blew us away with this beautiful cowboy inspired man cave. We’re loving the pops of yellow from the rodeo artwork. Absolutely stunning work Mirella!

3rd Place goes to Marialuisalim for her design Spirit of Sports Man Cave

Maria has been an Olioboard member from the beginning and always puts out amazing 3D moodboards. I said it before and I’ll say it again, if you are looking for tips and tricks to create 3D moodboards, this lady is the one to follow. We’re loving the rugged and masculine look of her design.

Honorable mention goes to Selma Hammer Design (selmahammerdesigns) for her design Sophistcated Man Cave

This design was high up on the list for both of our judges so we wanted to give Selma’s moodboard design an honorable mention. We love the sophisticated look she created with the built in bar, gorgeous artwork and spacious seating areas. Nicely done Selma!

On behalf of the Olioboard community and team, I would like to thank our amazing sponsor, Spirit of Sports for offering up the fantastic gift card prizes. Visit Spirit of Sport to see their full art and decor collection.

I’d also like to take some time to thank our talented judges, Marilyn Russell and Andie Day for participating in and helping to spread word of this fun design challenge.

Read more about Marilyn and Andie below.


As the principal designer and founder of Design Magnifique, Inc., 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. Born in Jamaica, raised in Boston and now residing in Orlando, Florida, Marilyn is a true multicultural interior designer.

Empowered with a Bachelor’s Degree in business management while employed as a construction defect claims adjuster, Marilyn quickly grasped the art of construction building and acquired the skills of interacting with contractors, developers, architects and other professions involved in the field. With an eye for detail, admiration for interior spaces and a love for color, Marilyn’s true calling in the field of Interior Design was inevitable.

Marilyn’s goal is to create stunning interiors that will have a profound and life-altering effect on their owners. Designing marvelous spaces certainly will not be Marilyn’s last stop. Transforming the interior design industry’s lack of diversity is on her to-do list. By capitalizing on her skills, collaborating with future interior designers and sharing her passion for interior design, Marilyn will forever leave her mark on the industry.

Visit Marilyn’s Blog or follow her on Twitter and facebook

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. She excels at maximizing small spaces, city living, whole house interior design and small commercial projects. Andie is especially intrigued by the nuances of lifestyles and delving into and discovering ways to unearth triggers that will enhance her client’s wellbeing, peace of mind and health. She is an accredited member of NKBA and a certified aging-in-place specialist through NAHB, she earned her degree from Bentley College in Massachusetts.

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. She was chosen to serve on the Blanco Design Council in 2011. Additionally, she was selected as a winner of Tile of Spain Reign in Spain Tour 2011 where she traveled to eastern Spain and Valencia. Last year, she was also chosen for Modenus’ BlogTour 2011 where she and other lifestyle and interior design bloggers traveled to London during the London Design Festival.

Professionally, she maintains an active blog which ties various lifestyle topics together and relates them back to interior environments.

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Interview with Andrea Edmunds of PoshTots and her thoughts on advertising with Olioboard

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Visions of Versailles by Chaoticallycreative (2nd Place Winner)

As many of you may remember, Olioboard and PoshTots paired up to create a 3 week moodboard contest in January, where members were challenged to create stunning children’s bedrooms or nurseries for cash prizes. Both Olioboard and PoshTots were thrilled to see the amazing entries pouring in and the excitment that was created through social channels surrounding both brands.

We decided to interview Andrea Edmunds, the creator of PoshTots, to get her perspective on partnering with Olioboard to help promote her brand.

Our Interview with Andrea:

Why did you choose to work with Olioboard to promote your brand?

We chose Olioboard because many of our customers were already fans of Olioboard and had used Olioboard to create Mood Boards of their nursery using PoshTots products. Also, our designers had used Olioboard previously to create Mood Boards to share with their customers.

What was your experience like working with the Olioboard team?

We absolutely loved working with the team at Olioboard; and their Marketing/PR partner, Leslie. The team is amazing and great at further promoting the brands and the promotion through Social Media. Their aggressive media campaign helped raise more awareness to the promotion between the two brands and increased our Twitter followers as well.

The PoshTots Children’s Bedroom by Marialuisalim (1st Place Winner)

How did you help promote the contest on your end?

We promoted the contest regularly in our newsletters, on our blog and through our Facebook and Twitter campaigns.

From your point of view, what did you think of the overall contest experience? We’re you satisfied with the results?

I felt the contest was a huge success. It certainly helped raise more awareness to our brand as well as gave us extra creative content to use in our newsletters, blog and Facebook Pages. We were definitely satisfied with the results and would love to work with Olioboard again.

What could we do to improve your experience for the next time?

Honestly I can’t think of anything Olioboard could have done to improve the promo for the next time. Your team was great to work with and again the marketing outreach far exceeded my expectations.

My Little Dear by Susan (Runner Up)

Would you recommend Olioboard to other home decor brands looking for more exposure?

I would definitely recommend Olioboard to any home décor brands looking to increase their exposure!!

Did your social media channels like facebook and twitter benefit from the cross promotion?

We could certainly see our Twitter followers increase as a result of the cross promotion. I’m certain FB did as well but Twitter seemed to be on “overdrive” during the promotion. I am personally alerted every time PoshTots is mentioned on Twitter. And my phone was buzzing continuously during the course of the promotion thanks to your team!

Big thanks to Andrea for taking the time to share her thoughts on working with Olioboard.

If you are in the middle of redesigning your child’s bedroom be sure to check out PoshTots collection for quality children’s furniture. If you want to try out the look before you buy it, you can always put a moodboard together on Olioboard.

Bye for now :)

Man Cave Design Part 2

Named: Feeling and Courage by Mirella Parer

Olioboard is sizzling with activity for their Spirit of Sports fun Man Cave contest! There are so many imaginative and creative man caves being created, all vying for three cash prizes!

The details in the mood boards are fantastic – snacks on tables, cool lighting, interesting backdrops such as brick walls, pool tables, and many more interesting, fun, and relevant decorative details. What makes a man cave both comfortable and energizing to a sports nut? Use these design and decoration tips to capture the perfect sports vibe. Olioboard’s design tools bring these rooms to life in a way that allows you to clearly visualize exactly what the cave (or any room) will look like fully designed.

Named: Gentleman, Start your Engines! by akdunlap

What’s a man cave without artwork of sports in all its glory? Artwork of famous sports figures, the finish of the race, a moment in sport frozen in time; these, and other illustrations of sports art, give a man cave focus and energy…and spirit! You don’t want to have to explain, “…and this is the man cave.” A few pieces of artwork illustrating sports in motion communicates the perfect mood to those who enter the cave. The energy in the room at once prepares the man and his guests to be ready to catch the perfect play on the big screen.

While artwork is the immediate message of the room’s purpose, the furnishings should reflect the man! Depending on where the cave is located, if it is situated on another level of the home away from the other public rooms, then decorate for the man and his interests. Bold colors? Go for it. Over-the-top furniture and materials? Why not?

Named: Spirit of The Sport by Laura Callias

If the man cave resides next to the dining room or other main floor public rooms, compromise and collaboration (with the woman of the house and/or decorator) is a must. Comfortable seating (preferably in easy care materials) for 3-plus hour games which includes pre and post entertaining is the core of man cave design. The size of the TV and viewing distance as well as speaker types and locations from that super comfortable man cave seating should be coordinated according to specifications.

Named: A Relaxed Retreat by Julie Browning Bova Interior Design

Designing cabinetry for the man cave to house a host of audio and visual equipment can clearly express a more substantial or masculine feeling in the room. Deep, rich wood tones, beams, wood paneled walls can communicate a sense of masculinity. The design theme of the man cave can reflect modern design, a gentleman’s quarters, industrial chic or any style that suits the man. Built ins within the man cave may also include one of the most desired elements, a built in bar. The bar design may include a wine and/or beverage refrigerator, beer tapping equipment, and ample storage for glasses, bar tools and serving dishes.

Having several different areas of gathering spots within the man cave such as a bar, comfortable seating, a pool table, dining table and/or other spots to hang out will give the man just what he needs to authentically express his masculinity!

Named: Literary Mantuary by Lynda Quintero Davids

And one more very stunning man cave…

Named: Sophisticated Man Cave For All To Enjoy by Selma Hammer Designs

About the Author:

Susan Serra, CKD, CAPS is a designer of kitchens, baths, media rooms and other rooms in the home. President of Susan Serra Associates, Inc., Scandinavian Made www.scandinavianmade.com and Bornholm Kitchen www.bornholmkitchen.com, Susan’s blog, The Kitchen Designer, www.thekitchendesigner.org, is the #1 blog on kitchen design by a professional kitchen designer. A go-to source for the media on kitchen design, Serra is a kitchen designer, writer, industry consultant, speaker, and her insight and work has appeared in countless national online and print publications over the years. Susan thinks about kitchens…a lot.

Designer Interviews – Lynda Quintero Davids

Today we are interviewing the amazing Stylist | Designer | Planner | Thrifter | Blogger, Lynda Quintero-Davids. Lynda is also a long time Olioboard member who has figured out how to truly utilize Olioboard to promote herself and her business. Read on to learn tips from Lynda on getting your name out there for others to take notice.

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your business.

I love shopping, thrifting, dancing, drawing, painting, gardening, branches, flowers, the color black, cuff bracelets, the beach, history, and NYC! I have a strong passion for making something out of nothing, always finding more space, and a strong desire for wanting to make things look their best. From a simple shift to shopping thrift – My home is my lab where I experiment on looks, styles & techniques I can do for you.  Although I spent twenty five years working in retail as a stylist, fashion show coordinator and visual merchandising director, I’m very passionate about architecture, interior décor and photography. My design experience includes: apartment & townhome renovations, outdoor living & garden design, event planning & execution. My specialties include: budget design, conceptual design, room boards, interior planning, retail space planning, styling, painting, thrifting and furniture refinishing. I also enjoy creating flower arrangements and have worked as a Production & Design Assistant for David Bromstad and the ColorSplash team in Miami.

2. What’s your preferred way to start a new project? How do you typically get inspired and creative in the early stages?

Getting inspired to start a new project can come in several different ways. Often I find myself sketching a thought on the nearest paper I can find or now – as many of you do – I’ve become a Pinterest addict!  If it’s for a client I am working with, most importantly I ask several questions and LISTEN to the answers. While listening to the answers, I also take note of my surroundings by looking around for other clues: colors, keepsakes, and types of magazines & books they may have around. If the space is an empty shell, then asking, “How long you have lived here?” is usually a pretty good guide to let me know either this person is a) in a rush, b) can’t make a decision or c) is a perfectionist and may not be so easy to please. But relying back to listening – the client may not have enough time or not know where to start. We all have something we love dearly – a color, a dress, a photograph, a book, a bowl – so even that can be a good place to start.

When I’m not working with a client, EVERYTHING, and I mean everything, stirs my imagination – both good and bad. And the inspiration doesn’t always need to be taken literally. For example, back in 2006, a beautiful yellow school bus drove passed me on my way to work. Something about that yellow caught my attention and just stayed with me. A few months later, while on a trip to NYC, it dawned on me: with all the NYC photos I have, I didn’t have any of the famed NYC Taxis, so I kept trying to capture an image of them – but failed. A month later, my husband and I returned to NYC to be married in Central Park. On our way to the park, we got stuck in a Taxi jam. Jeff knew I wanted a pic of taxis, so he just stuck his arm out the window with the camerawhile we were in front of Mies van der Rhoe’s Seagram’s Building – and BAM! He got the shot that inspired me to do a black, white & yellow room, popularly known at HGTV’s Rate My Spaceas “Cash Cab”.

3. Prior to Olioboard, how did you present design direction ideas to your clients?

Prior to using Olioboard, I’d use my sketches of floor plans or elevation drawings – along with tons of magazine clippings, catalogue tear-outs and drawings. I’ve also done actual sample boards, but who the heck wants to lug that big board around? Besides – you can’t send that in an email, a tweet, or a FB message.

4. Can you name 3 ways in which Olioboard has become a useful tool for your interior design business (or career)?

Using Olioboard, I’m able to select reasonably priced style that is very desired among my target market. And even if it’s not on Olioboard, I can easily upload a phone pic of a thrift find or a deal I spot at Homegoods… and even better, now I can source on Pinterest what I’m looking for, and then add it to my Olioboard library (basically repining from Pinterest TO Olioboard. All of which is a HUGE time saver when trying to pull together a look for a client, a friend or family member, and even our home.

5. How have your clients reacted to Olioboard as a presentation tool?

Besides emailing an Olioboard to a client to review a color, a sofa style, or a room design, I have also printed my 2D and 3D boards out onto cardstock, which makes for an easy and impressive presentation. Not everyone is a visual thinker – and that’s perfectly alright. Having an Olioboard on hand helps give clarity to the vision of a space. I like using both 2D first and then show the 3D of what the selected elements can look like in the space. And since I print it on paper, it’s very easy to make notes and adjustments. Showing an Olioboard itself online is also easy because the board can be enlarged, or make the necessary adjustments on the spot –  although I still prefer to print out the boards, and put them together in a nice black folder along with my business cards, project details, the budget and a contract. As tech savvy as some people are, I understand not everyone is. People like holding onto the printed Olioboard, especially if I leave them one.

6. 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?

Since Olioboard first started up, I’ve seen them go through a few changes – all for the better to upgrade their site. And the best change by far has to be the addition of the ProPlan Tools. Before the tools, I’d have to save my board and reload it to another site to add in text. Now, with the text tool in the ProPlan, I’m able to easily integrate not only text for the project name, but I can now add in details like “before” and “after” to photos or notes such as “this chair style – in this fabric”

Since I also blog, using Olioboard with Pinterest has been helpful to create blog content for style trends I spot in stores, on the street, or on Pinterest. I am also creating lifestyle spaces- merging fashion with home décor – which is so important to both industries and our economy. This helps me demonstrate that as a designer, I have a CLEAR understanding of the different lifestyles. It also allows me to incorporate my retail background of visual presentation, which is what I did while working at JCPenney: help give brands an identity that the targeted market can relate to their lifestyle – and they will likely the goods. Well, now the goods I’m selling is myself on the internet.

Going forward, an enhancement I’d like to see with the tools is the ability to “save” the color schemes (which is actually already in the works). Another feature I’d like to see is maybe teamining up with Picnik to offer other editing options for boards – for example framing them – plus options to edit photos – for example convert a “before” photo to B&W on a board.

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

1.Learn the buttons and what they can do for you. From cropping, to locking, to shifting images in your layers back to front & front to back. The other important buttons to be aware of are “Public” and “Private”. Some items you may want to keep private are shots of your client’s space, your signature, and your logo. Items to share with the public would be those fab furniture finds you have just pinned or an inspirational photo. Be sure to “save” often.

2.Create your library and take the time to organize it into sets. I started building my library with items I’d find in Olio’s categories and dump those onto an open board, then click save – all the items are saved, regardless if it’s for the current project or a future one. Afterwards, I take the time to put those library items into my sets. Easy sets to categorize are rugs, chairs, flooring, wall colors, and wall coverings – and then create other sets by color. Eventually sets can become client project specific.

3.Don’t be shy! Share your completed boards with friends on Facebook and Tweet them too – especially if you are a designer looking to build your brand. Not all of my boards are blog worthy or represent my design style – but for those that are, I created a tab with a library of my boards on my blog. Although I’ve experimented and have done a bit of DIY projects on my blog, I mostly use my blog as a current portfolio of my work, my design style and my abilities and hopefully it also shows my organizational skills – like an online Resume. Olioboard has been a tremendous help to me being able to apply and showcase my skills in visual presentation, planning and organizing.

Lynda was born and raised in North Bergan New Jersey and frequently visited New York City on the weekends with her Godmother. She grew up seeing her dad sketch something on a napkin one day, and the next, he’d be outside building it. At age ten, her parents relocated them to South Florida where, over the past 33 years, she developed her metropolitan style with an occasional flare for the tropics. She relocated from South Florida to Phoenix, Arizona, (“in the valley”) where she is already tapping into acquiring different décor styles because of the new location.

Early in her teens, she had wanted to go into fashion design. The closest thing to it, that she could do, was window displays. Window displays grew to a love of fashion show production and visual merchandising stores. In her late twenties, she wanted to develop her fondness of merchandising to do store planning and design, so she decided to go to school for interior design. Being her father’s daughter, she too enjoyed building, painting, and decorating the house. Now she passionately combine the two loves. Her work has been featured on HGTV, Houzz, CasaSugar, various blogs and right here at Olioboard! You can connect with Lynda via: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, flickr and her blog, Focal Point.

To learn more about each design in this post, just click on any of the board images.

How to Use Olioboard’s New Pro Plan to Your Advantage


Hello everyone. I hope your week has been a good one so far! We are so pleased to announce the launch of our brand new Pro Plan and we’re even happier to see many of you already making use of this great new feature.

I thought I’d take some time today to show you how you can use the new Text tool, Color tool and Budget tool to not only help you in the design process, but also to help promote your business. I think you’ll find that each of these new tools will significantly help save you time and money. Plus, they are sooo fun to use!

TEXT TOOL

Click on the image for the full tutorial

While the screen above gives you some tips on how to use the new text tool, it’s the moodboard below that shows you how to use it to your benefit. Lynda Quintero-Davids from Focal Point Blog is one of the many members on Olioboard that is putting these tools to use to help promote her brand and business. We’ll be interviewing her early next week so make sure to stop by for tips from Lynda on creating visually impactful olioboards.

You can use the text tool to add a graphic touch with bold titles or to add your company logo and contact information, making it easy for others to find your business. You can also use the tool to simply add notes about your design. Let’s say you want a specific chair reupholstered in a certain fabric, now you can make note directly on your board for youself or your client.

The text tool isn’t just for notes and contact info. Use it during the creative process as well to create bold accent walls covered in brightly coloured text, or create art pieces to add a graphic element to the space. The tool is there for you, so get creative and you’ll find it will be extremely helpful in creating even more in depth and stunning moodboards.


Olioboard by Lynda Quintero-Davids

COLOUR SCHEME TOOL

Aside from the text tool, our new colour scheme tool was one of the most requested additions from our members. With colour playing such an important role in interior design we were happy to act on this request.

Using the colour tool you can create colour schemes of up to six swatches. It’s as simple as dragging a swatch from the right side panel onto the board and mixing and matching colours until you are happy with the result. You can also scale and rotate your colour scheme to fit anywhere inside your Olioboard.

Last but definitely not least, we are working with a very special brand to get you real paint colours to experiment with very, very shortly. Keep your eye open for future updates!

Click on the image for the full colour tutorial

BUDGET TOOL

The new budget calculator will be a tremendous help in saving you time and money. Each time you drag an item onto your board the total cost of the item is tallied and added to the total cost of the design. With this tool you can not only keep yourself on budget, but you can compare costs on similar looking items to get the best bang for your buck. With over 150,000 products on Olioboard, you can save yourself or your clients thousands of dollars. It’s basically your own personal game of high vs low. Pull similar looking items onto your board and get the look you want for the price you want.

The screen below shows a variety of products with a similar look. Each product is listed in the budget tool so you can compare the price. I’ve highlighted the lower costs in the tool so you can see how much you can save.

Well that about does it for today. I hope this has been a helpful post and if you have any questions at all just leave a comment so that all readers can learn from your question.

Bye for now!