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Fashion+Decor, Black & Gold

Love fashion? Love shopping? You can pull your favorite items from your closet, fashion magazine or images from the latest Paris runway and bring that inspiration into your home. This theme of pulling fashion inspiration into home decor is becoming more and more prevalent with the accessibility of the internet. The ability to find the latest trends in fashions off the runway and the latest home decor are just clicks away. High Point Home Furnishings Market starts Saturday, October 13th and the main theme throughout will be Fashion Focus, www.highpointmarket.org. For this Fashion + Decor Blog Hop, I pulled my favorite runway pieces right off pinterest.com.

I’ve been really gravitating to Black & Gold lately. I’m thinking with the holidays coming up and the colder weather approaching us, I find some comfort in the color black. Metallics have been huge in fashion for quite sometime now (at least a couple seasons) and are always great for holiday wear. I feel like the trend from silver is gravitating to more golden tones, even some rich bronzes. I grew up in the fashion and fabric industry and remember back in the late 80′s and early 90′s when black brocade with gold metallic thread with even some gold lame was really in. Almost everyone was buying the gold lame.

If you are not familiar with what kind of fabric lame is, see Elvis wearing it! Uhhh-huhhh



Important Note: Please don’t get the idea that me posting this image as a recommendation of wearing all gold or decorating your whole room in gold metallic fabric!


Don’t be this guy, rocking the MC Hammer pants. I don’t recommend walking the streets or rocking the clubs looking like him, unless you want to get a beat down… There is a reason he is wearing sun glasses. The glare of his clothing is just down right blinding…Ouch!

However, I found a fabulous dress in gold from Saks Fifth Avenue, so there is a little hope if you want to be ultra shiny.


According to InStyle.com and their Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, “Let gold dominate. It’s more fun and flattering. Do not let any other color come out to play with these two (referring to black & gold). No jewelry except for gold earrings. Find one knockout garment that will take you through the holiday and beyond.” I recommend wearing a bold black piece if you want to really go for the gold, such as a strong black jacket or adding some black accessories (jewelry, shoes or purse). The best way to wear it or style it in your home is to find a nice balance of both black and gold.



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The main inspiration in my room design was this fabulous dress in black and gold brocade. It has beautiful trim detail and is paired with fabulous geometric cuff bracelets that remind me of Greek Keys. The dress has an ancient Asian feel with modern, edgy lines that results in a flattering and form fitting design.


I’m also absolutely in love with these coordinating shoes from Manolo Blahnik….oh la la!——–>


If they are a little too matchy for you, I have another fabulous to-die for pair of Alexander McQueen heels….

Mmmm deliciosa



These shoes will certainly have all eyes staring at you! How do we achieve an ultra fabulous room that has the details, visual interest and feel of all this fashion eye candy?

First, I started by applying an amazing gold damask wallpaper to my olioboard, go to Olioboard.com to create your own mood board. It’s fun, simple and available for anyone to use! I then layered some luxurious black velvet drapes from West Elm for a nice bold contrast to the walls. I incorporated a strong black sectional sofa to really anchor the space.

I added the Greek Key Rug in black and white that reminded me of the gorgeous cuffs the model is wearing with the Leonard Collection Dress. This Trina Turk Greek Key Rug found at laylagrayce.com takes the ancient Greek Key motif and makes it look modern and fresh. So accessorize your room as you would your body, add an unexpected piece for a nice “Wow” factor. I do this in all my designs. At times, my clients can be bit skeptical but when you step back and look at the overall finished room, it certainly always makes the design. My recommendation is to take a little risk and it will go a long way!

One of my favorite pieces in the room is the artwork, called Dress One by one of my fellow OlioHop bloggers, Robin Pedrero. Robin is amazingly talented and I selected her painting as a beautiful touch of elegance and to add softness to the space. There are many angular elements in the room and the painting reminds me of a beautiful Monet watercolor painting but with a beautiful fashion element with the the dress as the focal point. You can find more of Robin’s artwork at http://www.etsy.com/shop/RobinMariaPedrero

The power of olioboard.com is you can be your own artist. You can take a piece of fabric and make it a wallpaper to see how it would look on your wall then go and try to find a product similiar. Most of the time, you can shop the product by just clicking on the image on your own olioboard or other olioboard designs you love! It’s so simple! I was a bit creative with the Sophia Table from Layla Grayce. It’s one of my all time favorite tables. It’s actually a dining table but in my design, I really wanted to use it as a coffee table by the sofa.

It has a strong masculine espresso table top but the antique gold legs add a feminine curvy effect that looks like a piece of art.

Another piece that is a small element of the room but makes a strong visual impact is the lumbar pillow found on the black wingback chair, it’s a John Richard pillow found at lampsplus.com. I’ve bought lighting at Lamps Plus before but to my surprise, they also carry home accessories and decor items!





If you are not ready to redo your whole room (like most of us) but want to use some of what you already have to emulate a similar look, I can give you a few tips:

1- You can always slipcover your sofa with black fabric.

2- Purchase some decorative pillows. I suggest contrasting the black with black & white print or gold & white fabric pillows.

3- You can change out your lighting, which can be an investment into your home. For some active home buyers out there, such as myself, I always look at what kind of overhead lighting is in a potential home I’m looking at buying. A fabulous chandelier such as the black one found in my design can be found at laylagrayce.com. If it’s something you absolutely love, take it with you when you move, which I’ve done with a chandelier that was given to us by our parents.

4- Don’t forget to add table lamps for ambient lighting and task lighting too when you don’t want to use overhead lighting. I am in love with this lamp found at wayfair.com, one of my favorite websites ever. You can pretty much find anything and everything for your home there. Shhh…it’s my secret weapon (for finding fantastic interior design items).

Please join me in this Blog Hop today by visiting 9 other extremely talented bloggers. Check out their olioboards and interior design tips with their take on Fashion + Decor inspiration:


Thanks so much for stopping by, please join us on olioboard.com for some #OLIOLOVE and create a fun moodboard, using some of your fashion inspiration to create a fun 2D or 3D room design. Please be sure to comment on my blog for feedback. Hope something in my post inspired you or at least made you chuckle!


Darling Dorm Decor

Going to college can be an overwhelming task. There are many emotions involved for the student and the parents. The best way to handle the endeavor is to make lists. I remember when I was going into my freshmen year. I turned to AOL chats to meet people in my school and ask for advise as to what to bring and meet some people before I got to my school. I didn’t know anyone from my high school graduating year that was going to my university and I was the oldest child and first grandchild going to college! Holy smokes, the pressure! What do I bring? What do I wear? How do I act?

Moodboard created at Olioboard.com

You probably received a checklist from your school or you can find many online. I found a useful one at www.pbteen.com, click http://www.pbteen.com/shop/pbdorm/college-checklist/?cm_type=lnav to see the items that they recommend.How do you decorate your dorm room? Mostly likely your room at home has the decor you’ve had for a while, so take this opportunity to start fresh and go for a more grown up look but with all the colors you love. Make your space personal but remember not to bring things that are very valuable. Most, likely you will be eating, drinking and studying on your bed, so the best option is to purchase a durable and ultra washable duvet cover and removable blanket over your duvet. I would opt for several layers, because you may not have room for a sofa in your dorm room so when all your friends come over, they’ll be sitting on your bed. Also, several layers are smart for not only your clothing as temperatures change from your 8AM class to your 8PM group project meeting, but also in layering your decor on your bed. Remember you most likely have to share a space with someone that doesn’t care for the same room temperature, so you can either kick off layers of blankets or if your roomate is an eskimo, you can add layers.

The best advice I got from an older student at my college was to bring a mattress cover and an egg crate foam mattress topper. My suggestion is to spend the extra money on one that is ultra durable, thick and now they have memory foam options. Most of the time you will be running on little sleep as you will be either partying or studying to the wee hours of the morning. You need to make sure your sleep is ultra restful. Sleep is for breaks and long weekends at home!

The main decor items that will make your room really stand out on the dorm floor are your area rug, your bedding, your lighting and storage items. Storage items sound really boring but are key since there is limited space in your dorm room. You most likely will have less room then at home; sometimes half the space because you’ll mostly likely have a roomate. You want to do your storage ”homework” by going to the Container Store, Target or Walmart. My favorite storage item for dorm rooms is the plastic drawers that you can stack. You can fit all your toiletries in one and your dry food items in the other. Also, you’ll most likely get limited closet space so make sure you buy those thin hangers so you can maximize your closet hanging space.

Check out this helpful infographic from mint.com on how to decorate your dorm room:

 The most frustrating thing if you love color is that you can’t paint your cinder block walls. They are cold and instutional looking. My recommendation is to buy some cool wall decals as shown in my Olioboard above! Also, select really fun and bright bedding! You can design your own bedding at http://www.pbteen.com/shop/pbdorm/featured-dorm-design-bed/?cm_re=12SumD2Dorm-_-Featured-_-BeddingTool. Even if you don’t buy all your bedding from Pottery Barn Teen, you can play around with mixing different colors and patterns to get inspiration for your room.

Another really important factor is to consider lighting! You may not get a ton of natural light in your room because your view maybe staring at another dorm building. This can make your feel drab and not able to stay awake all hours of the night when you have to pull an all nighter study session during mid-terms and finals. Buy some table lamps and even a hookable, overhead plug-in chandelier to add some elegance and flair to your dorm room! You can buy removable 3M hooks to hang pictures and clothing (hats, robes and jackets) on your walls.

Remember: 1) Include your favorite colors 2) Lighting, lighting, lighting 3) Washable and durable bedding 4) Splurge on a padded mattress cover and 5) Lots of multifunctioning storage containers!

For other great blogs on dorm room decor, please check my friends’ blog posts at:

Charisse of http://cmcdesignstudio.com/blog/

Kate of http://dabbleinchic.blogspot.com

Michelle of http://fashionhouseinteriors.net/blog/

Colette of http://frugal-finds.net/blog/

Julie of http://gosimplysavvy.com/blog/

Matthew of http://hlminteriordesign.com

Joanne of http://homestyling101.blogspot.ca/

Lynda of http://nyclq-focalpoint.blogspot.com

Antoinette of http://pushinteriors.blogspot.ca

Ana of http://whitelineninteriors.net/blog/

For more interior design ideas from me, check out my website at selmahammer.com, my twitter account @DesignerSelma and my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Selma-Hammer-Designs/167088703347770. Thanks so much for stopping by!


What Moms Need! #OlioHop 3

What Moms Need!

What do woman want? We want to feel beautiful, loved, cherished, strong and confident. We want to surround ourselves with positive people and things. We love beautiful things and enjoy conversations about the things we love in life. We all strive to meet that person we can share these things with. We strive to find a career where we feel successful, passionate, help others and have a sense of pride and accomplishment.

In that journey to find the things we love and to do what we truly love, we need time to reflect. We need a space to find solace, peace, and serenity. A place that envelopes us, has elements of our favorite things, colors and includes the beauty we seek in life.

To me, life is about these things. Making sure I have the right support system of people that I love and love me back. Also, it’s important for me to learn every day. Learn something new about the world, my children, my career or how to help others. In order to do these things, I’ve learned that I have to look inward and find my inner peace. All mothers have the toughest job, raising children who are good people. The pressure is overwhelming at times. It’s stressful and hectic as we try to juggle taking care of them, our significant others, our career and the few minutes we have to take of ourselves. We all need a Mom Retreat within our homes. A space we can run away too or a place to reflect, to read, to learn and be the best person we can be.

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Home Office Serenity- OLIOHOP #2

In Need of Creating the Ideal Home Office?

For details on Olioboard shown here: http://olioboard.com/boards/116216-office-organizing-gone-chic

Here are some steps to consider when you are converting that guest room or basement into that much needed home office.

The trend in homes is having a home office. Whether you are an executive that needs to check emails and send correspondence in the evening or just can’t ever take a full day off or a stay at home mom looking for some extra income, you need a space that you can call your own and is organized.

STEP 1: CHUCK THE CHAOS: Make sure everything in your Office is relevant.

I’m sure there are random trophies, old textbooks from college, unfinished projects and old product samples; you think you’ll one day need. NEWS FLASH: chuck it!! It’s liberating and just cluttering up your life. Move on and make space for more relevant and new fresh décor items or the latest Apple gadget!

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OlioHop with Selma! Tween Boy Bedroom

How can you express your design wishes with little to no experience? How can you create that dream children’s room? Have you heard about Olioboard? Don’t miss out!

I’m really overjoyed at the opportunity to create a children’s room via the #OlioHop blog event! One of my favorite rooms to design that is near and dear to my heart is a child’s room. I love creating rooms that are eclectic and have unexpected elements. A seriously great design always includes taking risks and trying something you normally wouldn’t have!

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Four Looks- Which Do You Like Best?

One of the first questions I ask clients is what is definitely staying in the space. A lot of times there is a couple things that need to stay for varying reasons. Sometimes it’s for sentimental, budgetary or just practical reasons. The mood board (created on olioboard.com) shown below shows a blue sofa (http://bit.ly/wdbGwN) that needs to stay in the space and a beautiful rug (Home Decorator’s Collection). My client just purchased both and loves them and doesn’t know what else to buy to make their space beautiful, functional and coordinate. They are in a loss at to which paint colors to select and what fabrics would look best. This point is when I come into the equation and assist my client put the rest of the room together so everything flows well, is functional and beautiful. They have natural looking hardwoods in the living room and surrounding areas as well, which is the main reason they selected an area rug.

Please don’t feel that when you hire an interior designer that I’m going to come in and tell you to rent a dumpster and chuck everything out the door! Don’t get me wrong, there are times when everything is so outdated or worn out that the solution includes starting fresh. In most cases, I work my magic around something that needs to stay. Most times the solution includes considering the spaces that surround the room at hand. I have to tie in the overall space. It is important to consider coordinating the adjacent paint colors and furniture so everything is cohesive.

Many of my clients opt for having a couple choices and that way they are part of the decision making. I like doing this because they can be a part of the design selections so they feel proud that they helped choose things. Also, there are clients that have no desire to be a part of the selection process and just go with what I select due to their time restraints and hectic schedule. I have no problem making all the selections but it’s usually after really getting to know my clients, their lifestyles and home functionality. This reason is why I will ask you a lot of questions!

I will explain how you can obtain four different looks by switching around accent seating pieces, artwork, lighting and fabrics. There are many details and selections considered when designing your space. I try to gauge what design aesthetic your home encapsulates or what you would like your home to eventually look like after we complete you redesign projects.

In Look 1, I choose a cheery palette. I added bright colors and based the look on the fabric that incorporated all the colors. Since the sofa is a solid overall color, I selected a print side chair.  The aesthetic speaks to me as more earthly and natural. I chose a chandelier that mimics the feel of bird cages since tropical birds tend to have many of the vibrant colors in the space. In all my looks, I incorporated artwork based in nature and used Spirit of Sports (http://bit.ly/wzda4V) as the vendor. The artwork in Look 1, is called Fly Fishing by Steve Kuzman.

In look2, there is more of a transitional yet sophisticated feel because it incorporates some traditional, modern and French country aspects. Overall the feel of the room is very calming and comfortable. There is a lot of visual interest and texture. The artwork featured in this room is Fly Fishing by Ken Auster http://bit.ly/xWp2Aw).

Look 3 has several different elements. Overall it feels very natural with the use of linen. There are some decorative damask patterns that tie in the rug with the space. I tried to incorporate some masculine elements to balance the damask and floral in the rug. I used brown velvet chairs and leather ottomans which emulate a more masculine look. This aspect is important to my clients who have a dilemma of battle of the colors and styles with trying to satiate the wife’s and husband’s wishes. The art piece featured here is called Fishing Hole by Ralph Spitzmiller (http://bit.ly/xvhz1g).

Lastly, Look 4 is has a modern and elegant feel to it. There are more grays to neutralize the vibrant teals used. The fabrics are both feminine and masculine. By using a hounds tooth and a gray fabric, the man of the house will be pleased. The wife will be happy to see the slight floral in the toile and teal and white print. The chandelier is feminine it that it has some soft draping to it but masculine in the fact that it is pewter and made out of iron. The artwork featured is The 9th Hole, The Royal County Down by Linda Hartough (http://bit.ly/zlJg8L).

Each of these looks is unique and works but which one would you pick? Which one emulates your style and would work in your home? It’s very interesting how the same room with the same sofa and rug can look very different by selecting different fabrics, window treatments and side chairs. Please keep this in mind when selecting things before consulting a designer. The sooner you contact us, the better in our perspective so we can help you fully obtain the look you are hoping for. If you are not sure what look or colors you want, we can help your discern that as well. Please contact me at selmahammer.com for more information of the spaces and if you are interested in a consultation.

Adult Kid, Kid & Pet Friendly Man Cave

So most American families have 2.5 children. Is that you? 2 Kids and an animal? Well, most pet lovers consider their dogs/cats, etc… as their babies! It’s so important to really listen to your client to see how they use their space. Not just talking to the paying client but listening and watching how their family and pets interact in the space. Honestly, if you were to walk into my house right now, what you’d see is a Lightning McQueen Power Wheel parked next to my great, new Stickley Sofa (from my son’s 2nd birthday), LOL! Hey, as designers we have to be realistic. We can make the house pretty and posh but can we design the space to really accommodate the homeowner’s needs. That is the big challenge that all great designers consider and can base their execution on.

Okay, so when you hear Man Cave, you think of chest bumping macho man sitting around drinking beers and yelling at the TV, right? Maybe not everyone…but “man cave” refers to the Cave Man Era where the men carried around their spears and weapons. Survival of the fittest, right? Well, in design, survival of the fittest applies. The good designers that listen to their clients and really get to know the family, the children’s names, ages, pets, relatives, live-in family members (in my house, Aunt Sufi), parents, etc… It’s always great to carry around some dog biscuits in your car for that giant beast that wants to tackle you. 

One of my clients has a baby, 4 cats, a large Rottweiler and a mini dog. Their primary requirement is having materials that are easy to clean. One of their cats tends to sneeze all the time and leaves it’s snots on the windows and fabric. Poor kitty! We chose fabrics such a sunbrella and outdoor/indoor rugs for their home.

I try to relate to everyone. I learned this talent from my mom, who tends to take on people’s accents as she is talking to them. It’s funny to hear it but she has this magical ability to relate to people and is very down to earth. I got it from my mommy!

As seen above, I have a lot of comfortable surfaces for children and adult children to hang out and relax. There are 3 huge football bean bags to snuggle into. I’m seeing a trend back to bean bags in my clients’ homes due to the advancement in fabrics, textures and options available. One of my clients told me she ordered some from beanbag.com. There are even bean bags with backrests now too. Amazing how manufacturers are really listening to the needs of the consumers.

Starting the inspiration for the Giants Man Cave, I was thinking about adding some Astro Turf like material so you feel like you are right in the stadium. I found an awesome Giants football field rug to accomplish that feel. I always say that there is a fine line between gaudy and fabulous, so be careful not to overdo it with the collectors’ items and sports paraphernalia. Pick your favorites, whether it is for sentimental value or for the priceless factor. Many Man Caves display autographed framed jerseys or tickets to an attended playoff game.

I grew up with really huge sports fans in my family so I was lucky enough to watch the Super Bowl on a projection TV like the one in my moodboard. The players are giant (pun intended) and you can see all the details. Typically, you can spot who is at the bottom of the fumble pile! 

Every Man Cave needs some sort of bar! This man cave offers some yummy chocolate covered strawberries that look like little footballs, which are a kid favorite. The bar stocks plenty of beer and glasses for the party. A good storage piece of furniture and this one is pretty to look at. It serves as extra seating and a surface to place food.

The Man Cave of today is family friendly. It’s not realistic to ban the rest of the family out of the space. A lot of them have video game consoles for Wii, XBox 360, Kinect, PS3 etc… A fun thing to add is something that everyone in the family enjoys, whether it’s arcade games, dart boards or a pool table as chosen in this Man Cave. So, how do you place all these games, chairs, tables and bar so it doesn’t look like a confusing mess. If you are sitting a lot of people, you want to have ample seating. A great versatile item to add into living spaces, such as media rooms, living rooms, and family rooms are movable cube ottomans. If you can’t spot it in the room, it’s placed in the corner with a Giants garden gnome on it. As you can tell, I like to add a little fun into all my designs. It’s a good talking piece and it would be a good debate on whether it’s creepy, cute, acceptable or just plain weird. 

There are a lot of different kinds of ottomans and cubes. I prefer those that have the option of being on casters. Then, you can easily move the extra seating to anywhere you need it. Other upholstered ottomans, such as the leather one above are versatile. You can place a tray on it and serve food or you can seat an extra person.

You want people to know where they are supposed to sit and where there are supposed to eat and where they are supposed to play. You can guide people with the flow of you rooms by a floor plan. You can have sitting, bar, and game areas. I love using swivel chairs in large open spaces that are versatile because you can swing around and join a different conversation if your heart desires. Kids love swivel chairs too. My kids like to play in the one at the pediatrician’s office which I am so thankful that they have something to keep them occupied.

So what if 5 or 10 extra people show up at your house. Make sure you have enough throw pillows around. I have placed numerous throw pillows around the room. You can always use one to lean back on the side of an occupied chair (if you like the person who is sitting in it and they don’t have smelly feet). Also, people can sit on the soft rug, using a pillow or not. Kids love sitting on pillows. I think it’s because at any moment they can pick it up and start a pillow fight! They are also much more flexible and don’t have those aching, sore backs yet!

The one thing to make your Super Bowl Party or any party stand out is by giving out a prize, whether it’s some money by having a pool or by giving away some team NFL wear. I placed some foam fingers in the room to poke the person who is routing for the wrong team and for the kids to think it’s awesome to have a finger the size of their body. Also, there are some Giants hats in some of the seats for the person who didn’t spill anything, like beer!


I hope I gave you a couple laughs and good advice to make sure you keep your space kid, adult kid and pet-friendly to entertain!

Please visit selmahammer.com to see more of my work and follow me on Twiiter @DesignerSelma. GO GIANTS! What!?! I’m live in Upstate NY and grew up in Jersey!

Get in the Mood to Cre8! Using Olioboard.com- 2D & 3D Moodboard Guide

Ok, so what’s this site that all the buzz is around, especially in the design community? It’s Olioboard.com and if you haven’t heard about it, you are missing out my friends!! I discovered it a couple weeks ago, when I was sick and stuck at home for week with bronchitis. I was on twitter and kept seeing mentions of Pinterest and Olioboard. I saw something about Olioboard being a moodboard tool to create design boards, so automatically a light bulb went off. It can be time consuming coming up with hand made design boards and I do everything on my computer, hence why I’ll be getting carpal tunnel surgery in a couple months!

Okay so what is Olioboard- it’s a tool where you have a blank sheet to add background, products from tons of different vendors, such as Layla Grace, Spirit of Sports, West Elm, Arteriors, Worlds Away, Dwell, Home Decorators, PoshTots etc…

Step One (you’ll have so much fun!): First you need a concept and a plan. Are you going to do a board strictly to compete in the many fun contests the Olioboard community suggests or one sponsored by Olioboard’s affliates, such as PoshTots Nursery contest (ended on 1/30/12) or the “Man Cave” Spirit of Sports contest, starting on 2/1/12? What parameters does the contest have; do you need to feature some of the sponsor’s products? For the majority, you are not competing in a contest. You are probably looking to see how you can put a room together and how all the pieces of the puzzle all come together, such as wall & window treatments, flooring and various products. For designer’s you can use Olioboard to present to your client’s with or without your pricing. For consumer’s, it’s like a fun game! Do you like to craft, scrapbook, stamp, and/or collage, well Olioboard is for YOU!

Step Two (there is so much you can do): You need a background. You can select flooring, wallpaper, windows to enter in the space. The key is enlarging or shrinking items to the size you desire. You drag it from the menu of items to your board after you have chosen to “+create board.” When you click on the specific item it will show a white circle. You can click the solid circle and pull it to the left or right to spin the item so a vertical mirror can be changed to be horizontal such as the one pictured on my board.

Step Three (let out your glee): If you want a 3D board you can google 3D room backgrounds and have some options through sites such as shutterstock. Also, Olioboard has a hand full of backgrounds (more to come according to the company) by clicking on the tab All Sets then scrolling to Rooms. You drag the room picture you want and slide it over your empty board. Tip: Make your board smaller by zooming in on the bottom left hand corner and clicking the minus button or sliding it down so you can see how much room on the board you have to work with  (so you can see that you are covering all the ground you need). You want your background image to cover as much of the board, so you have more room to play.

Step Four (products galore): Tip: Adding large items to your board first will save you lots of tweaking time. If you are going to add window treatments, flooring, wall paper, fireplace, etc.. DO THAT FIRST. Crop the items, if you need to flip them, which flips the item horizontally. If you flop it makes the item upside down. You can make a item bigger by clicking the solid circle and pulling up or down with your mouse (I have a laptop and I use my fingers to open and close like an iPad or iPhone). So if you are placing items on the board on the background and they disappear but you see a dotted circle your item is behind the background. You have to click front on the tool bar and it places the item to the front of all items at the time in your olioboard. Tip: This tool is incredibly important when you are layering items, such as pillows onto a sofa on top of wall paper on top of a background.

Step Five (Hope you are still alive?): The neat thing is you can put any product from the internet on your board. If you can right click on an image from the internet and save as. Then you can upload the .jpeg into My Images (tip: images have to be smaller than 1MB). You then click on My Images, click on upload then add images, upload items. Then name your product, give it tags, put the source, where to purchase (which could be you with your designer pricing), price it and the best part is you can either make this information available to the public or click private. I’ve used both options.

At first, I didn’t realize the thousands of great products already uploaded into Olioboard’s categories and products, which you can easily search for. I would pull them in laboriously one by one from Arteriors, etc… In the olioboard shown here, I used browsed by keyword on olioboard items such as “orange,” “pendants,” “blue rug,” “orange sofa”, etc..

My first moodboard took most of a day, which is not the case if you know what you are doing, which I’m hoping to help you with. Tip: Be careful of objects that have busy backgrounds that you only need the main object from, i.e. if there is a gorgeous vase you would like to use an image of, but it has other vases around it or it is placed on an ugly background that background will show when you upload it to Olioboard. You can use photoshop or try to pick items directly from manufacturer sites, they typically don’t stage their products with tons of objects around it. Another tool is to use cropping to get rid of unwanted bordering items in a picture.

Step Six (get to the mix -ing of textures): How do I create a 3D look? You have to choose items that are angled in the photo to drag over to place on angled side walls. Not all products are on an angle. If they are on an angle you can flip them to be angled differently to place on the opposing wall. Tip: If you need more than one of the same item, first size the original item to the finished size then click duplicate. The duplicate will be on top of the first item so you just click on it and drag to where you need to place it. I use this tool for items such as pillows, pendants, bar stools, etc..

Step Seven (in design heaven?): How do you get that 3D effect in your board with the products you use? So in reality, if you are to stand at the end of a room, the objects that are closest to you are larger and when you are standing far away from things they appear smaller. Use this rule of thumb when placing items on the back wall, you make them smaller. On objects that are at the bottom of the board, the items that are closest to you, you enlarge them. This takes some playing around to get the item to the size you need.

Step Eight (you are doing GREAT!): Don’t forget to save you work along the way. The worst is if you get distracted from your computer or your battery dies and you lose all your work! When done publish your board!! You can tweet it out, facebook like it and download a .jpeg to share with a client, via email, blog post it or pinterest it. Tip: You can download items from Pinterest, in the sample olioboard shown; I downloaded some fun shoes that go with the style and color scheme of the room! How fun! You can really personalize and go crazy to have a fun time. I can hide myself in a room and create Olioboards all day if allowed!!

I hope I have given you enough tips, tools and advice to get you started on making your dream rooms, whether it’s a cute nursery, sophisticated master bedroom or a macho “man cave.” Thanks for reading my blog at blog.selmahammer.com

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For all your shopaholics out there, this satiates my need to spend because I put beautiful rooms together without spending a dime!! That is, until my client approves of the board!! Good times! I have already created one specifically for a client for a master bedroom that was approved! Woot, woot!

Brightfully Cheerful Gender Neutral Nursery

You don’t need pastels in babies’ rooms. You are not limited to light pink for girls’ rooms, soft blue of boys’ room and yellow and green to be gender neutral. The room was inspired by the whimsical brightly colored owl fabric. We mixed a lot of visually interesting fabrics but mostly solids, such as turquoise and teal blues and vibrant tangerine. The fun comes in many different colors and textures. The bedding was custom designed and showcases a gorgeous and vibrant argyle print with whimsical eyelash trim bed skirt. The lime green shag rug and velour fleece crib sheets add tactile interest for a baby. The fun doesn’t stop at fabric in this room where there is a multicolored acrylic chandelier chosen for its design and durability. The draperies introduce a new design in window treatments using quilting fabrics and elements into the cornice and panels. The panels are hand dyed batik fabric and the cornice is quilted and went through a tedious sewing process to achieve a puckered 3D affect with dainty blue and green pom-pom trim. The room was designed with functionality in mind since the bed is a convertible crib that transitions from the infant stage to adulthood. It starts as an infant crib, converts to a toddler bed then moves on to a full size child/adult bed.