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“Olio Hopping” into Holiday Style with Olioboard and Friends

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I’m thrilled, today, to be talking holiday style as part of OlioHop Monday! Any bloghop can be a good time, but with Olioboard it’s guaranteed! I think Rudolph could even get excited about today’s Hop!!!

I must admit I was sort of a latecomer to the Olioboard party (hopefully that won’t make Santa move me over to the naughty list), but as soon as I saw what this great online program lets me do, I was hooked! And now Olioboard is an event partner to all of our Camp Tobi Fairley events and I’m busy telling designers and design lovers how they can use it to do their best work!

Surely by now you’ve tried out Olioboard! If not, you should do so, A.S.A.P. On Olioboard, you can create digital mood boards, inspiration boards, bulletin boards, and actual room designs in 3-D perspective! So many resources at the click of a mouse! I am always surprised at how fun and versatile the tools and marketplace are! I can shop on Olioboard; I can get inspired by fellow creatives; I can even use it as a starting point for creating gorgeous tangibles for my clients while they’re in that span of time between ordering and installation! What’s not to #OlioLove?

But without further ado, let’s get to the Oliohop Holiday Post! For today’s virtual gathering, I thought I would share my inspiration for “Holiday Style”.

Like many of you, the Holidays are my favorite time of year. And one of the reasons it’s special for me is that my mom always takes so much time to make Christmas loving and meaningful. But let’s not forget how she also makes it full of STYLE!

Mom’s tree is always decked out with gorgeous color inspiration (which is partly responsible for my love of color I’m sure), but also rooted in the Traditional, too. As a child it was such fun getting each and every ornament out from her Santa collection and remembering where we bought it as we hung it on the tree. But the decor that surrounds the Santas each year is always updated, exciting, and right on trend!

And cooking and baking is a big part of Mom’s Holiday Tradition.  I still make it to my mom’s house for at least one day of Holiday baking each year. It’s definitely a tradition I just won’t miss! So the kitchen is always decorated, too.

That way we can enjoy holiday style in Mom’s fabulous kitchen while we pour our hearts out into our recipes for those we love. And we always listen to our favorite holiday songs on the stereo to keep us in that Holiday Spirit.

Gift wrapping in mom’s house is a big “to do” as well. It is usually coordinated with the tree decor but she adds special embellishments on packages to personalize them for the recipient. With the packages always so pretty that you hate to open them, the wrapping is definitely part of the experience.

And then there is the table top for our Christmas meals. Wow, what a production and how much fun to change up which of mom’s china patterns we use each year (yes, she’s addicted to dishes like me)!

The way she orchestrates the table top is the way I design a room. With the flowers, linens, china, crystal…every tiny detail is attended to with loving care, but always with a dose of chic!

So now that I am all grown up with a family of my own, it’s during the Holiday season that I feel most excited to share my love and my style through my design talents in my own home.

My trees, banister, mantle and gifts are all perfectly thought out and coordinated. But all the work is not for me, it’s to see the look on my daughter’s face when she gets to see what we’ve created again each year.

And I do it to create the perfect, albeit stylish, backdrop to make memories with my husband and our friends too.

And of course there’s the baking and the meals and the tabletops that are such a part of my Holiday fun, just like it always is at mom’s!

And I take extra time to make my guests feel welcome, always treating them with a beautifully-presented gift at meals or gatherings to let them know how much we love them.

I only hope that when my daughter has children of her own, she will be inspired to create “Holiday Style” for her family just like I was inspired by my mom.

I hope she will get as much pleasure as mom and I do creating loving, nurturing holiday cheer for those she loves.

I hope that she will feel that special swelling in her heart each Holiday season as she knows that it is from her hands that so much happiness was created for those she loves.

So, yes, Holidays can be loving, nurturing and full of style all at the same time. And just because it’s stylish and designed, doesn’t mean that your holiday is less personal and meaningful. The best thing about the holidays really is that you get to decide what sort of style you want to bring to your home and those you love. And if you want to see how your design is going to look, why not pull it all together on Olioboard for a sneak peek like this board below?

Want to see how the others in Today’s blog hop are expressing their holiday style on Olioboard? Check out:

Michelle at Color Chats

Jane at Snob Interior Design

Lisa at Lisa Mende Design

Jennifer at Jennifer Reynolds Interiors

Sarah at Sarah Gunn: Wall Candy

Lynda at Focal Point

Andie at Andie Day Lifestyle

Alicia at All About Design

Kimberly at PinkEggshell

Or see more from Olioboard on their various social media channels:

FacebookTwitterYouTube, and the Olioboard Blog

Happy Hopping and Happy Holidays! xo,

p. s. Speaking of Olioboard…why not enter the 2013 Color Trend Design Contest to win a ticket to a Camp Tobi Fairley event in 2013 AND a Paint Prize Pack from Benjamin Moore? Check it out!