Category Archives: Finishing Touches

My favorite design blogger gives us a lesson on Olioboard- the design website you will want to know

I am so excited to introduce you to my favorite design blogger Lisa Mende.

Recently, she entered a contest sponsored by the High Pointe Terrace Furniture Market and sent me the “Olioboard” that she submitted. Of course it was completely awesome, and when I went to vote for her it was definitely the best design there… but I had know idea what I was looking at? A beautiful little animated model of the perfect room, but where did it come from?

I asked Lisa if she would explain to both you and me what Olioboard is and how we could use it! Lucky for us, she agreed:

Hi, my name is Lisa Mende,

I want to thank Meredith for asking me to guest post about Olioboard today!

What the Heck is OlioBoard?
Well, it is about the coolest thing since sliced bread or at least that is what I think! It’s kinda like playing dolls when you were a child, only there is no mess to clean up afterwards! LOL! No really, it is much, much more than that! As an interior designer, I use in my work to show clients, a visual of how their rooms will look with their furniture in place. Olioboard isn’t just for designers though, it’s for anyone who wants to create a 3-D visual of a room. It’s so user-friendly anyone can use it! There are over 150,000+ items from well known sources to chose from to build a room, or you can download your own choices from internet sites and create your own library. You can also take pictures of items you already own and upload them to use in your creation. It is so much fun!!! Some days I tell my kids I have a board to do for a client, when I actually just want to play! (But Don’t Tell Anyone!)

How Do You Get Started?
Click Here to go to the home page and register! Once you have a password and a user profile, I highly recommend you mosey over to watch the video that explains how to use Olioboard Here! And while you are on Olioboard, would you please go vote for me?

I am in a contest there right now sponsored by The High Point Furniture Market and Olioboard for the
9th Style Spotter at the October Furniture Market in High Point. You can vote for my board once a day til Aug. 22 when the contest ends!

Here is my competition design board:


I so appreciate your support! Just to show you how much visit my blog to find out about the fabulous prizes I am giving away to one of my lucky voters to show my love!!! Visit Lisa Mende Design to find out what you can win just by voting for my design in the contest! Each time you vote, your name is put in the drawing, so you chances get better!!! Also, if you post it on your Facebook page, tweet about it or any other way to promote my chances, drop me a comment on my blog and I’ll add another vote for you!!

Thank You Meredith for having me on your blog as a guest today! You are awesome!

Making a rent house a home: new rugs by Dwell Studio

Before we moved to Miami in January we had an estate sale and sold almost all of the furniture in our Dallas home. We had not invested too much money in the furniture, and I had grown tired of most of it. I didn’t see the point in spending a lot of money to move it half way across the country.

It did lighten up our load considerably but left us with little furniture for our new home in this tropical paradise. Without a budget to furnish the entire house I thought it wise to purchase the necessities first, in neutral colors and shapes, that would easily move from the rent house we are in now to another home we might choose to buy next year.

Shopping was fun, but I ended up with a lot of boring neutral pieces and wanted to add a little fun to the house… especially the kids’ rooms!

While purusing my favorite children’s store in Dallas, baby bliss/miniMe in Snider Plaza, I fell in love with everything in the Dwell Studio catalog.

I ended up buying 3 of their rugs- two for the two kids’ bedrooms and one for our new playroom. We love the pop of color the rugs add to the house.

Dwell Studio rugs
Dwell Studio
Dwell Studio rugs

Want one for your home? If you can’t stop into BabyBliss/miniMe in South Lake or Snider Plaza in Dallas, shop Dwell at miniMe online:

Baby Steps

I agree, “home is where your heart is,” but I have to admit, there is something to be said for ample closet space.

On the first day of the year my family and I moved almost 1,500 miles to a new house in Miami, Florida. It was hard leaving a community that we loved and friendships that we spent over fifteen years cultivating. On top of that loss, the people of Miami have not exactly welcomed us with open arms. That is just not their way.

I was just telling a new found hair dresser that we are planning to invite our new neighbors over for a Friday night cocktail hour. With a smile she said, “you’ll be lucky if you make it to the door with the invite before they yell for you to get off their lawn.” She was smiling, but I’m not quite sure that she was kidding (we thought we’d try the party anyway, call it a social experiment! I’ll keep you posted).

Even though our hearts have been a little heavy missing old friends, we have not had much time to think about being sad! The kids started new schools two days after our plane landed and we have all been preoccupied trying to adjust to new schedules.

We rented a home in Coconut Grove that is almost 1,000 square feet bigger than our house in Dallas. I had not laid eyes on the house until we arrived with all of all earthly possessions and were handed the keys.

Kuddos to my husband and realtor! The property is even better in person that it looked in pictures on the web. The pool is a gorgeous blue, the palm trees and foliage are so dense the kids tell their friends we have moved to a forest, and the hardwoods throughout the entire upstairs are beautiful!

Despite the sheer beauty of the neighborhood and yard, AND the very well made details of the entire home, the best part of this house are the closets! The architect of this property did not let one inch of space go to waste. If there was wall, she put a closet there, and she did not skimp on square footage. These closets go both WIDE and DEEP and they are glorious! The home was built about 40 years ago and some time between now and then a resident certainly had some “stuff.” Either that or the local Container Store was having a liquidation sale and the owner could not resist a good buy. It looks like the Container Store threw up in here, but I am not complaining. The shelving is wonderful.

I have to admit, my mother was right! It DOES feel good when everything has a place, and when every place has a thing. Clutter really can start to bring a person down. It has made my unpacking experience almost fun. And I will tell you, even though I can’t get one of our neighbors to lift a hand in a wave, much less a smile, my new 8 foot 5 foot closet makes me smile each morning. I think with the empty floors and the matching hangers, that closet might be smiling back at me, and for now, that is enough! I’ll work on the Miamians tomorrow. Baby steps!