Is Your Bedroom a Sanctuary?

When designing a new space, I ask several questions such as “What is the purpose of the Room?”, “How do you want to feel in the space?” “What is not working?” I am redesigning a client’s master bedroom right now, and she told me she wants her bedroom to be a sanctuary (and perhaps a place to hide from the kids every now and then!) What does sanctuary mean to you? Is it a place inspired by the beach? A comfy chair for reading and coffee? You spend over 1/3 of your life in bed, so I believe your bedroom should be a place of retreat where you can wind down after a long day.

Is your bedroom your sanctuary or a place for miniature chairs, goldfish crumbs, and children watching Dora?! Ha!

Here are a few tips to help get you on the right track:

1. Get rid of clutter. I try to get everything off the floor, and I always feel much more productive in other areas of my life when the house is clean and piles of paper are out of site.

2. Incorporate baskets if you need extra space to store those random items or boxes with lids to hide the things that aren’t beautiful. (think remotes, notebooks & books you aren’t currently reading)

3. Minimize accessories. Lots of small accessories can cause mental clutter without you realizing it, plus, it’s much easier when dusting if you don’t have to work around several small items.

I asked myself the same questions that I would ask a client, and my ideal sanctuary would be: A bedroom with white walls, no clutter & a touch of glam!

Hop on over to my friends’ blogs for more creative Mom’s Spaces…a place for you to dream, create, or simply relax!

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If it’s time to treat yourself to a beautiful bedroom or other sanctuary, email me at or visit Olioboard to create your own space!


Monday Blog Hop…Baby Nursery

If you’re planning a new nursery or thinking of redesigning your child’s room…this is the post for you! Olioboard put together a little Monday Fun-day and invited ten bloggers to create their favorite child’s room or nursery.

I’m teaching a Leisure Design Course at LSU this summer, and in our first class this week, we talked about design beginning with inspiration. One student asked in which order they should select things. For me, I try to leave my mind open to what I’m drawn to for that particular project, but usually I start to look at COLOR first. What mood am I trying to evoke? What color combinations do I want to use?

For this nursery, I knew I  wanted a sophisticated look, and it was important for the look to “grow” with the child. I certainly didn’t want the client ripping off “tractor” border in 5 years! Can anyone relate?

I have created “sets” in Olioboard that are like folders. They save a lot of time if you add things you like as you go. The first thing I found that caught my attention was this fabulous chest of drawers! The next thing that caught my eye was the navy striped pendant…so this is where my project began! To keep the feel soothing and sophisticated,  I opted for a monochromatic color scheme. Did you notice the different shades of blue?

Monochromatic Nursery by Stacy Naquin Interiors


*Hop on over to my friends’ blogs to see what they came up with!*

Jennnifer Reynolds – Jennifer Reynolds Interiors Blog

Kate Sessoms – Dabble In Chic Blog

Michelle Ortiz Dunbar – Fashion House Interiors Blog

Olivia Millwood – Niche By Design Blog

Marilyn Russell – Design Magnifique Blog

Selma Kwaja Hammer – Selma Hammer Designs Blog

Lynda Quintero Davids – Focal Point Styling Blog

Lindsey Pinkowsky – Pinklet & C Blog

Antoinette Plummer – Push Interiors Blog


Create your own child’s room or nursery moodboard and leave a link to your design in the comments.

Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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5 Tips To Creating the Perfect Moodboard – Olioboard

When designing a new space, you always want to begin with Inspiration. It may be tempting to start buying furniture & accessories, but just like when building a new house, you wouldn’t start without a plan. Even though you like something, it may not go with your vision. I always tell clients: “You may love stilettos and sweatpants, but you would never wear them together!” Having a cohesive plan is the key to a successful space!

If you are looking to redo a room(s) in your home, here are 5 tips to creating the perfect moodboard:

  1. Click here to visit Olioboard’s website. It is a wonderful place to start for inspiration. Look at other moodboards for inspiration. Your board can be as simple or as intricate as you like.
  2. Pull things you love. Choose your favorite items (furniture, rugs, lighting, wallcovering, etc.) in the database from manufacturers such as Ralph Lauren, Layla Grace, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, and many more. You can also upload items from your favorite websites or actual furniture from your home. Don’t worry about adding too many things, you can always edit later.
  3. Look for a common theme. Are you selecting similar colors? Patterns? Finishes?
  4. Edit. Have you selected more than one sofa or coffee table? Now it’s time to choose. The great thing about Olioboard, is you can visualize your space before you purchase! The items in your moodboard can be used as identical pieces to add to your room or just as inspiration for color and finish. (Designer Tip: Olioboard is a great way to present to clients having a hard time visualizing their space.)

Typically, if you were to add items into a program like Word or Powerpoint, it would look like this:

But with Olioboard, you can remove the image background. See how much better it looks!?

5. Publish your Olioboard so others can see and draw inspiration. After you’ve selected all your products, you can purchase right from their site!


If you are still unsure of your decisions, you can always call a designer.

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