Olioboard #OlioHop: Designing for Charitable Causes

I’m so thrilled to be participating in Olioboards‘ #OlioHop for #CharityCauses.  Also, I’m excited because I am able to shine some light on a great organization, Preservation Houston, which is Houston’s only city-wide historic preservation advocacy organization.

TheVilla de Luxe Show House benefits Preservation Houston, which is a nonprofit corporation that promotes the preservation and appreciation of Houston’s rich architectural and cultural history through education, advocacy, and committed action, thereby creating economic value and developing a stronger sense of community.  The organization’s major public projects include the preservation of the c. 1858 Pillot Station as part of Minute Maid Park and focusing attention on endangered landmarks such as the Astrodome.  Preservation Houston also helps property owners and neighborhood organizations that request assistance with the designation process for historic landmarks and historic districts.  

For those of you who do not know what Olioboard is, it’s an online, interior design, moodboard creator, where users can create 2D and 3D room designs using real products from all their favorite brands. Olioboard is used by designers, home stagers, and many more where they can design a space to visually show what a room can look like, compete in design challenges and have fun experimenting with interior design.  So click here to view their website and what Olioboard is all about, and while you are at it, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

What is OlioHop?  It’s a group of designers participating in a design theme and sharing the links.

If you have been following my blog, you know that I participated in Preservation Houston’s first ever show home, The Villa de Luxe Designer Show House 2013, presented by Luxe Interiors + Design.  This home was located in Houston’s historic Shadyside neighborhood.  This Mediterranean Revival style home was built in the 1920’s by architect William Ward Watkin.  A little information on architect William Ward Watkin, he oversaw the construction of Rice University and became the first chairman of Rice’s architecture department.

The room I selected to re-design was the master bedroom.  My inspiration for this space came from a view of the sunset, where the pinks in the sunset hit the blue sky creating a hazy lavender color.  I felt like this lavender hue would be just as serene as the sunset it was inspired from, perfect for a master bedroom.  The lavender walls were hand stenciled with a metallic silver Fortuny pattern and hand-rubbed for an aged, worn feel.  Every piece of furniture is an antique from Carl Moore Antiques except for the stunning bed which is an upholstered four poster bed.  I wanted to reflect this historic home’s history and architecture in the decor of the master suite.

My Moodboard on Olioboard

Several sneak peek shots of my actual room in Villa de Luxe Designer Show House

I hope you enjoyed this transformation of the Villa de Luxe Designer Show House master bedroom.  It was a joy to be a part of this great event benefitting Preservation Houston.  Please stop by Preservation Houston’s website to learn more about what they do.

But before you go, stop by the other 9 great designers participating in the #CharityCauses #OlioHop  by clicking on their blog links below! 

Lynn Byrne, Decor Arts Now
Laurie Laizure, Customized Walls
Kim Turner, Dwell with Dignity
Erica Hollinshead Ward, Blue Label Bungalow
Linda Quintero-Davids, Focal Point
Olivia Millwood, Sway Grl
Vanessa de Vargas, Turquoise Blog

To learn more about Preservation Houston, checkout their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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8 thoughts on “Olioboard #OlioHop: Designing for Charitable Causes

  1. Erika at BluLabel Bungalow

    What I admire most about European cities is the abundance of beautiful aged buildings that are fiercely protected by local government.

    Thank to supporters like you, we can realize those same visions of grandeur here in the states!

  2. NYCLQ

    I love how you applied the use of Olioboard to your Villa de Luxe Show House bedroom + some sneak-peeks!! The turned 4-poster bed is fantastic!
    What a wonderful charity and event to be a part of — and yes: preserve the architectural history of America!

    Happy to hop with you today for the #CharityCauses #OlioHop!


  3. swaygrl

    Beautiful Donna Thank you for sharing this wonderful cause with us! I love historic homes and hope they continue to be preserved for future generations to also fall in love with. :) #Oliolove it!

  4. Kim Turner

    Donna –
    Having been a member of Preservation Dallas, I understand the importance of the preservation of the treasures in our cities. Showhouses are such a wonderful way to both raise funds and awareness to protect and maintain the intention of the original architect. It was fascinating to learn that this architect went on to design much of Rice University which is such a beautiful campus. Great job on both your project and your Olioboard! This is a skill I look forward to trying to perfect in the not too distant future. I so enjoyed visiting with you last year in LA…will I see you again this year?


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