How Bacon Bits Interiors uses SampleBoard in their e-design process

How Bacon Bits Interiors uses SampleBoard in their e-design process

An interview with Maja Bacon, owner, and interior designer

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Here at SampleBoard, we have been gushing over Maja’s beautiful design boards she’s continued to build over the years and wanted to learn more about her design process, her inspiration, the way she structures her e-design service using mood boards, and what is it that makes SampleBoard such a significant part of her e-design business.

“SampleBoard has allowed me to get through projects more quickly. It has also helped me to secure more jobs as potential clients have been able to get a quick read on my design style through these boards”.

A little ‘bit’ about Maja and her e-design business, Bacon Bits Interiors

Maja Bacon is the owner and designer of Bacon Bits Interiors, specializing in nurseries, kids’ rooms and family spaces.

Ever since Maja can remember, she’s had an eye for design. While she was just a little girl, she used to mentally rearrange the furniture to what she felt would be a much better layout.

She is truly passionate about what she does and enjoys providing every project with an unusual and unique touch. Maja puts her heart and soul into creating dreamy spaces for little ones, yet managing to keep them cool enough for adults to enjoy too. When designing rooms for kids, what Maja finds most inspiring is the opportunity to let your imagination loose and play around with endless possibilities and color palettes. And when designing a nursery, a privilege of being a small part of a family’s life just before their precious new member arrives is what Maja considers to be the most rewarding.

Kids’ interiors are Maja’s biggest passion, but she is also known to design bedrooms, dining rooms, and even man caves!

At SampleBoard, we love Maja’s creative philosophy, as clearly represented in her design boards. Based on two simple principles, Maja believes that the space you live in should be an extension of who you are and make you happy and that you should be able to have the space of your dreams regardless of your budget. Maja strongly feels that great design should be fun, light-hearted and accessible, and we tend to agree!

The e-design process

As part of Maja’s design process, clients complete an email questionnaire which covers budget, design style, specific needs or requests and provides some pictures for inspiration. She considers Pinterest to be of great help in learning more about the client’s preferences, but she also looks for pictures of spaces the client dislikes as they can be an invaluable part of the design process, eliminating potential hours spent heading down the wrong path.

A custom mood board shows the overall feel and design of the space, providing a strong visual, thus helping you to make easy decisions while shopping and decorating

As part of the e-design service, the client receives a floor plan of their space, design boards with a detailed product list, design notes and instructions for pulling everything together and, if needed, ongoing consultations until the room is complete.

“I think the biggest win with SampleBoard is the ability to quickly create such professional looking boards that allow the client to truly visualize their room.”  

Customized design boards include all the information about selected paint colors, furniture, lighting, rugs, art, bedding, window treatments, and accessories. Maja lets her client know what the items specified in the design board cost and where to find them. She adds no markup, and there are no hidden fees, so customers can shop for the best deals, liaising with Maja until they are enchanted with the result.

It all comes in the form of a neat little package – Bacon Bits Box, or how Maja likes to call it client’s little bundle of design joy.

Overcoming the challenges of e-design

Before utilizing SampleBoard as her principal means of mood board creation, Maja was using an interior design app, but she found it limited in its capabilities.

“I realized that there had to be a better alternative to help me create beautiful vision boards.”

It was also super difficult to bring in the exact images I wanted, particularly directly from the web. All in all, it was super time-consuming and wasn’t very user-friendly.”  

It was then that Maja realized there had to be an easier way to create professional design boards for her clients, her e-design business depended on it. After googling different programs, she came across SampleBoard.

“After trying a free trial, I was hooked. I loved the user-friendly interface that made it so simple for me to create such amazing boards in a short amount of time.”

Maja found it very easy to get started. A quick review of the help desk articles was all she needed to get cracking on creating beautiful mood boards. She believes SampleBoard helps her create faster, simpler design boards, enables easier client collaboration and always ends up with professional results that delight her clients.

Maja’s favorite feature

As Maja is one of our Power Users, we were keen to find out what is the feature she couldn’t live without.

“I like being able to pull images directly from the web with the bookmarklet and the background clipper - those are key!”

“When I am creating a design board, I am often looking to include a particular item that a client could purchase, so I’m not always searching for a random blue pillow but need to get an image of the exact one that we are using. The bookmarklet is amazing for this. I do use the built-in web search when I have trouble capturing the image I need with the bookmarklet. The background clipper helps to cut out the extra “visual noise” so I can focus on just the image I need.”  

Maja notes that it takes practice to produce high-quality mood boards like hers and that her boards have improved over time as she started to use more of the features regularly.

Valuable feedback from clients and friends

Feedback is essential to design creatives, and when fellow designers ask for your guidance after seeing your work, you know you are on the right track. That was exactly what happened to Maja after she presented some of her mood boards made with SampleBoard.

“A colleague of mine asked what I was using for my boards because they looked so amazing and so professional.”

The proof is in the pudding

I think when my clients see their design boards, it is the first time they get excited about their project – they can see how their room is going to come to life.”  

When we asked Maja what her biggest reason was why she would recommend SampleBoard, she said: “I have recommended it several times!  I love it for its professional results, ease of use and user-friendly interface.”

“I recommend SampleBoard for the amazingly professional results that allow you to convey your vision to your clients efficiently.”


Created by designers, for designers, SampleBoard is so easy and intuitive; you’ll be sharing your first mood board in no time.

Don’t believe us? Just ask Maja Bacon, or, better yet, try it free for 14 days and see for yourself.

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How Cecilia Cannon Staging and Interiors uses SampleBoard to sell properties faster

How Cecilia Cannon Staging and Interiors uses SampleBoard to sell properties faster

An interview with Cecilia Cannon, interior decorator, design blogger and one of Chicago’s leaders in home staging and restyling

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Cecilia’s passion for interior design and her exceptional understanding of buyers’ preferences made her one of Chicago’s Top Home Stagers. Her remarkable interior marketing approach resulted in over $86 million in staged to sold properties so far and keeps on growing. SampleBoard is proud to be the invaluable part of Cecilia’s design process as her go-to mood board tool for restyling, space planning and color consultant services.

“SampleBoard enables me to create professional design boards for my clients.”

To date, using SampleBoard, Cecilia Cannon has created 75 professionally designed boards for client presentations, which has been critical to achieving her overall business success.

Who is Cecilia Cannon

Interior decorator and interior design blogger, Cecilia Cannon, also fondly known as Keki, from her blog Home with Keki, founded Cecilia Cannon Staging and Interiors in 2009.

Cecilia began staging properties back in 2006 when she staged and sold her two condos in just two weeks. At the time, home staging was a new concept a few people were familiar with, but that didn’t stop her from pioneering the market. It was a long and challenging journey, but Cecilia made it in style! Her unique talent was recognized by both her peers and the media, being featured on Fox Business News and in the Chicago Tribune.

A lot of Cecilia’s success can be credited to her innovation, determination, professional training, and passion for design, as clearly seen in her blog and unique design style evident in her mood boards.

The challenge of visualizing a property restyled to sell

Home staging professionals like Cecilia come into a house up for sale, and in collaboration with the sellers, try to make it welcoming and aesthetically-pleasing to potential buyers. The process involves both interior design and marketing, paying attention to the latest real estate trends. It includes recommendations on simple improvements such as rearranging the furniture, art, and accessories, decluttering, or bringing in rental furniture. Home staging and restyling are essentially about creating illusions. They are far beyond just decorating and decluttering. Perfecting the art of creating moods is a true magic, and Cecilia holds the magic wand.

What better way to portray moods than to present your client with a professionally designed moodboard

It is imperative for any property, personal or investment, to show well to get top dollar. We work with your current space to allow prospective buyers to visualize the property as their future home” says Cecilia.

The home staging process

Cecilia comes up with a staging plan that includes a floor layout, using existing and new furniture options, as well as a style board with items to purchase. The client may then use this as a starting point to finish the interior on their own or hire Cecilia to complete the look.

Colors play a significant role in home staging, but color selection can be a daunting task to many. That’s why Cecilia puts together a most flattering color scheme for all the spaces of concern. Digital color boards are all she needs to put her thoughts into action.

The design board is a crucial part of any creative process, being used as a collaboration tool with clients, and as a conceptualizing tool when working on a styling project. As designers, we know words fail miserably when trying to translate design concepts.

Cecilia needed to find a tool that would help her create professional design boards in a fast and reliable way, to streamline her design process and sell more homes.

The hunt for a simple, professional mood board tool

The complexity of learning a challenging software like Photoshop was way too time-consuming, so Cecilia researched various tools that would enable her to create professional design boards in minutes so she could share her vision with the clients and prospective home owners wanting to sell their homes, before going ahead with the physical implementation.

At first, Cecilia turned to other online software tools, but she found them slow, with limited paper and page sizes.

She needed to be able to print her design boards onto standard US paper sizes with sharp/clear images to present to her clients in real-life, as well as be able to share digital design boards by email for faster client collaboration.

Discovering an easy, professional platform to create and share ideas

It was clear that Cecilia needed a fast and easy way to create professional design boards, that wasn’t limited in speed, page sizes or complexity. So when she found SampleBoard, the ease of use and accessibility was what won her over.

"I love that SampleBoard saves me time and money."

The ability to create professional design boards by uploading her images, using the background clipper to remove the background of images, being able to export high-resolution boards to her computer, print great quality design boards onto paper and email revisions to her clients allowed her to save hours of time and money.

And with no time invested in learning a complicated software, she could spend more time restyling homes, solving complex space and design problems for her clients, helping her sell homeowners properties faster, for larger profits.


If you’re looking for a solution that makes it easier to create professional design boards and bring your visual ideas to life, give SampleBoard a try! It was designed to fit seamlessly into a designer’s workflow and encourage fast and frequent board creation throughout the entire design process.

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How Keekï uses SampleBoard to Transform Homes

How Keekï uses SampleBoard to Transform Homes

An interview with Laura Cross, interior decorator, stylist, and owner of furniture and homeware concept store

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About Keekï

Laura Cross is the owner, interior decorator, and a stylist of Keekï, a large homeware and furniture concept store in Melbourne. Keekï is well known for its exquisite style which has been built over the years by Laura’s impeccable aesthetics.

Not only does Laure curate the most exquisite selection of items for her customers to purchase, but she also offers a helping hand to those seeking to create their personal retreat in the privacy of their homes. At Keekï’s large showroom, Laura styled a series of room settings so her clients can easily envision how specific items would look once introduced in their homes.

High-quality pieces and a mix of professional styling and customer’s imagination were what made Keekï a go-to destination for retail shopping for Aussies.

Other than the large range of homewares and furniture, Keekï provides its clients with interior decorating, property and commercial styling, and delivery and installation services.

The challenges of running a showroom with a personalized decorating service

Before using SampleBoard to create mood boards, Laura used traditional boards requiring real samples and pictures of products from magazines to present her ideas to her customers.

"SampleBoard simplified my design process."

Traditional design boards are time-consuming and tedious to create, requiring physical samples and pictures of products to be sourced, collected and compiled into life-sized design boards.

Laura found the process tedious and time-consuming and knew there had to be a faster way in getting her visions onto paper to present her ideas to her customers.

After researching Adobe Photoshop, she found SampleBoard.

Finally, a program that offers professional results with ease of use.

Now, Laura uses SampleBoard as part of Keeki’s In-Home Service when creating her professional interior decorating proposal, which includes a full comprehensive quote and concept development board for each room.

 

From now on YOU too have the opportunity to create stunning design boards in minutes. Sign up for a free trial and discover why Laura chose SampleBoard as her go-to solution for visualizing her design thoughts.

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