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No, it isn't the beginning of a hilarious joke but it is the beginning of us, Ron & Jenn aka Casa Causpanic.

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Olioboard

Olioboard is a fantastic tool...

...especially if you are interested in making or looking at mood boards.  You can do both!  Yep.

It's fun, too.

Why Use Olioboard?

I turned to Olioboard for two reasons. 

First, all the inspiration on the web has been making me lean toward whites, blues and greys for our interior spaces.  I have never been a white, blue or grey person.  It scares the be-jeebers out of me.  Seriously.  A home without beige?  I don't know if I can do it.

Secondly, I have fallen in love with the Ikea Karlstad sofa in charcoal grey.  It's one of those, "Wow, I love that, but I could never see it in my home" type things.  But with Olioboard, you actually can.

Olioboard in Action

A long, long time ago in a far away land I used to change things up all the time.  Little things, like moving the furniture or switching accessories up from room to room, can re-energize a room and make it feel really fresh.  I would really like to start doing that again so I started with a mood board for each season.

Now, I am no design guru by any stretch of the imagination.  I just chose things I liked.  They may not go together in the real world (or the design world, for that matter) but they go together in my world.  Isn't that all that really matters when designing our own spaces?

So, the moment you all have been waiting for...I present the Winter Room. 

You have been waiting for this moment, haven't you?  Don't answer that.

Yes!  Gold and green go with grey and shades of blue and blue grey.  And look...a deer head I wouldn't mind having in my home.  Think Ol' Dawg will like it?  Probably not, since he didnt kill it.  But, it is worth a try. 

Next, the Spring Room.

   Yep, I found all those items right there at Olioboard.  When we first moved to BC I saw some cane chairs similar to the ones in these mood boards.  There were three chairs and three little side tables.  I snatched them up because they were only asking $150 dollars for all six pieces.  That was a good price, right?  Right?  Just nod your head...please

Anyhoo, I was worried they wouldnt go with the Charcoal Grey Karlstad, but based on these Olioboards, I think they go together just fine. 

I love the Summer Room.

Guess what!  There's beige in that room!  Not only that, but it also works with blues and blue greys.  Oh gosh, I love this room.

And last, but not least, the Fall Room.

Normally, I wouldn't choose orange for anything.  I have a deep seeded aversion to orange.  But, I cannot deny that I love it with charcoal grey and navy blue.  

Did you see the Lab sillouhette pillow?? Be still my heart.

In conclusion (yes, I am actually going to let you get back to your life, today), if you are an aspiring design guru, this site could keep you occupied for hours.

But, if you are not an aspiring design guru...just a plain ol' Jane, like me...it can still be useful.

Maybe you are considering a new design for a room in your home.  Maybe you are really wanting to step outside your box. Olioboard gives you the opportunity to try things out before you actually commit to them by buying that sofa or putting that paint color on the wall.

There are tons of products to choose from to include on your mood board.  Love Crate and Barrel?  Ikea?  Target?  You can find products from all those places and more.

You can even upload a picture from your computer to use on your Olioboard.

Not sure where to start?  Check out the Olioboard blog or the tons of previously created Olioboards.

Feeling a little frisky?  Enter one of the Olioboard design challenges.

Did I mention it is FREE?  No? Well, consider it mentioned.  It's free AND fun. 

If the weather is as beautiful in your area as it is here in South Texas, which I hope it is, go out and enjoy it.  Then, at the end of the day after homework is done, everyone is fed and put to bed, curl up with Olioboard for a while and just let your creativity take you away.

Have a blessed week blog friends!  Love ya. 

 

Imagination Unleashed

Color Me Blue...No, Beige, No...White, No...Ugh