Art & Design, Destinations, Interiors

Recreating the Memory of a Place

October 19, 2012 • By

ImageHave you tried Olioboard?  My friend Kellie Smith, the interior designer, told me about it. I signed up and created a couple of rooms online, and now I find myself wanting to get up and move virtual furniture around in the middle of the night.  (This used to be something I would do in real life, so at least now I can do it online and save my back!)

Anyway, here is my latest creation…I based this mood board on an apartment I rented last year in Neve Tzedek, a hip neighborhood in Tel Aviv. Neve Tzedek is filled with trendy shops and cafes and beautiful people in cigarette jeans and sunglasses.  The architecture is primarily British Colonial, with most of the spaces fully restored.  There are great wooden shutters and plaster walls and colors like the sunset. The streets are narrow and winding.

We found the apartment on – a great website for finding vacation homes and apartments for short term stays, around the world.  This particular apartment was just off a main shopping street – an easy walk to everything.  The outside was covered with red bougainvillea.  Inside, the plaster walls were a little worse for the decades of wear.  The windows were high and arched and the floor was made of beautiful painted tiles.

I had a lot of fun recreating that space, and adding my own idea of furnishings on Olioboard.  On a whim, I even entered it into a contest. (Yes, they actually give away prizes for these things sometimes!) So if you like my space, and feel so inclined, I hope you’ll go vote for it at  And while you’re there, move some of your own furniture around!