Hi, I’m Rosslyn, born and bred in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, interior designer by trade and creator of SampleBoard.com

life adventures

The idea

I’ve always loved designing mood boards for client presentations and started playing around with different techniques. I scanned in samples of fabric, paint, tile and carpet swatches instead of using the traditional board and tape method, and started rendering my AutoCad drawings electronically using Photoshop and PowerPoint. This technique allowed me to create beautiful layouts for clients, but it was very time-consuming. I realized there was a gap in the market for web-based software that would amalgamate all the programs and methods I used to make designing mood boards faster, more effective and more professional looking, from the comfort of your own creative space, anywhere in the world.

Inspiration behind SampleBoard.com

I envisaged creating an eco-friendly sample board and mood board generator that would not only lift the overall standard of design presentations by being electronic and green, but to make design an interactive experience to be shared amongst design teams within a corporate sector and between students working as a team.

With my background in interior design, I know how easy it is to head down the wrong path, and spend hours or days or even weeks on design work that falls flat with the client.

Mood boards are a great way of timeously getting you and your client on the same page. It helps your client to visualize the design concepts and ideas you’ve discussed prior to committing to specific fabrics, furniture, color schemes or a specific layout.

SampleBoard.com allows you to quickly and efficiently tweak and edit your mood board presentation digitally without having to use the old tools needed to make a traditional board including the board, tape, adhesive, stanley knife and labels.

What I learnt through the process of setting up SampleBoard 

I have learnt a lot of valuable lessons during my time of trial and error creating SampleBoard. I recently had a very personal revelation that SampleBoard is not just a business in the sense of the word for “creating mood boards” or “creative networking”. SampleBoard is my personal journey, a quest for those unanswered questions we ask ourselves – what is my purpose? what makes me happy? how far can I push myself to achieve my goal? what do I want out of life? am I doing the best I possibly can?

I have made SampleBoard my life-guide, my teacher. I sometimes question if it’s my stubbornness or persistence that makes me carry on day in and day out, but I believe in order to be successful in business you need to have vision, drive, determination, and discipline. And with that comes a whole lot of excitement, discovery, lots of work and research, frustration somewhere along the way, problem solving and ultimately fulfillment.

My inspiration

I get inspired by many things, glossy magazines full of information, color, ideas, and concepts. Pinterest. Books that take me to worlds beyond the one I live in. Nature; it clears my mind, my soul and allows me to catch my breath. Travelling; each country I’ve had the opportunity of visiting has blessed me with a beautiful memory.

My design philosophy

Follow your gut and evolve with the times. Don’t stay stagnant. Become a trendsetter, take risks, be brave, experiment with different styles. Stay creative and innovative. Always stay a learner – a student of life.

I hope that in my very small way I can inspire fellow creatives out there. This is, afterall, a journey and not a destination, and I’d love to share with you.