Roomie August Picks | DESIGN IS YAY!

Aloha Design is YAY readers.
No, we are not residing in Hawaii, but with the current temperatures in the single digits her in NZ, we are pretty much clutching at any tropical straws that cross our path.  Here are our August picks:
1. Retro Print Revival keep it tropical with a touch of 70′s with this gorgeous table lamp
2. For the stationary nuts out there – take your plumeria with you to your next meeting – the ultimate tropical note book from Kith & Kin
3. Country Road add a blast of colour to their typically pared back aesthetic. We are loving this new range of leaf print sweats. Bring on summer.
4. Bonnie and Neil can do no wrong with their Holiday 2014 release. Yes, let’s holiday.
5. Snuggling down on a winter’s night just got better. Deny Design does it again.
6. Instant pineapple gratification, in the form of this delightfully tropical ceramic jar from Kmart.
Keep warm out there!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tina Stephen is an interior designer based in New Zealand. After over a decade both teaching and working in commercial settings, Tina started ROOMIE, a smart, client-led service which brings all the elements of interior decorating together.
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As a designer, I know how difficult it is to keep my workspace neat and tidy all the time. I do have a nice workspace. However, when work lines up, I find my things are all over the place, and I don’t even have the time to clean it up! When I was approached to do a workspace makeover sponsored by Officeworks, I jumped at the opportunity right away. What better way to start the new Financial Year than having a workspace refresh? The great news is, you can enter to win $100 gift voucher giveaway from Officeworks (GIVEAWAY CLOSED, THANK YOU)! Details are at the end of this post.

Let’s take a look at some before pictures…

Officeworks Master Your Workspace & Giveaway (Before) | DESIGN IS YAY!

This is how my workspace looks on a typical busy day. Sketchbook and notebooks everywhere, stacks of invoices and bills, drawing tools, and I don’t even own proper storage for my things. I normally re-use paper boxes from my paper supplier. Sometimes it’s hard for me to do things on my computer with all of those things around me.
Beside my main computer desk, there’s a smaller desk where I put my wireless printer and store my art and craft supplies. Underneath that desk was where I stored my stacks of printing paper, packaging supplies and some books and magazines. With all those things on the desk, I had no more space to comfortably do my work. They also look very messy and uninspiring. So I figured, what I need are some proper storage units to tidy them up.

Officeworks Master Your Workspace & Giveaway (Before) | DESIGN IS YAY!

 

#MASTERMYWORKSPACE

Officeworks Master Your Workspace & Giveaway | DESIGN IS YAY!

My main computer desk is looking much better now for sure, where did all the mess disappear to?

Officeworks Master Your Workspace & Giveaway | DESIGN IS YAY!

I’m so pleased that now I have my main computer desk, AND a work station on the side to do my printing, cutting and packaging orders for shipment. How neat are those Monday to Friday A4 Folders? I also picked up some clear hooks to hang those folders using paper clips. The idea is to put the documents that need to be looked at on each day of the week in them. I also got my packaging supplies some proper storage boxes: A Large Stackable Drawer that’s big enough for my bigger-than-A4 tough mailing bags and brown wrapper roll, and an A4 box for the smaller things, such as twines, scissors and stickers. I also found this cute expanding file with a lot of compartments to store mails, bills, invoices, product warranties… you know how difficult they are to find when you really need them. It comes in 4 beautiful colour to match your workspace interior.

Officeworks Master Your Workspace & Giveaway | DESIGN IS YAY!

As a stationery fan, I couldn’t miss the chance to pick up some cool stationery from Officeworks’ X collections. I bought those cool mechanical pencils that kinda look like led pencils, B5 Spiral Notebook with PVC Zip Lock Cover where I can stash my stationery and drawing tools for when I’m doing work outside (and the dotted sheets is so convenient for sketching!), a pack of 36 Mini Coloured Pencils and it’s no surprise that I just had to have these cat paper clips. How adorable!

I also bought an A5 binder for my blog planner and a magnetic white board to stick my general to do list and some images that inspire me :)

Officeworks Master Your Workspace & Giveaway | DESIGN IS YAY!

One of Officeworks’ services that I use quite frequently is their Print & Copy service. They can print your documents/artwork instantly (unless they are really really busy) without a minimum order. I also find that their printing quality is great and they have a wide range of paper to choose from. That custom portrait illustration of me and my husband was printed by Officeworks Print & Copy, and I also didn’t forget to pick up a white frame for it. Also, if you’re not in a rush to get your printing done, you can order your prints online and have them delivered to your house.

Now, if you’re still wondering where all those messy things disappeared to, here’s my favourite purchase from Officeworks – Spencer 10 Drawer Cabinet with wheels in Aqua. The drawers might look small to you, but they are actually very spacious and able to contain a lot of things. I always love having things around my workspace with wheels, as I tend to move things around when I work. The Spencer 10 Drawer Cabinet also comes in other colours. Now, who says that a workspace needs to be colourless and boring? Officeworks has a range of colourful furnitures and stationery to match the theme of your workspace.

In this drawer cabinet, I finally get to neatly store my stacks of printing paper, my greeting cards collection, some art supplies, my writing tools, and I organised my stationery using a clear drawer tidy, which fits perfectly inside the drawer cabinet.

Officeworks Master Your Workspace & Giveaway | DESIGN IS YAY!

As I was strolling down the aisles in Officeworks, I couldn’t help but notice there are a lot of things that I need (or want!). From HP Pavilion Notebook in Red to this beautiful Hampton Trestle Desk, Officeworks have everything we need to create an organised yet attractive and inspiring workspace.

And even when you don’t feel like going out to your nearest Officeworks to pick up things that you need, you can browse the widest range of office supplies tech and furniture at the lowest prices 24/7 in the comfort of your own home at officeworks.com.au. They will also deliver your goods for free on orders over $55.

Here are my favourite picks from Officeworks for your workspace:

Master Your Workspace - Officeworks picks | DESIGN IS YAY!

From top left, clockwise:
Never forget a task by jotting them down on [ X Slimline Notepad ]
Cool [ Mechanical Pencils ] that looks like your good ol’ led pencils, come in Black and White
If you’re not up to having a 10 drawer cabinet, there is also [ Spencer 5 Drawer Cabinet ] for your desktop
Having a meeting outside? Bring with you this [ Notebook with PVC Zip Pouch ] and you can keep all your stationery inside the pouch
Pack of 36 coloured pencils ] for your colourful ideas (and they are great for kids too!)
Organise your documents inside these [ A4 Weekly Folders ]
Cat Paper Clips ]. Need I say more? (They also have other shapes such as butterfly, car, peace fingers and helicopters)
I might not get the chance to get an [ Antrim Mesh Task Chair in Green ] this time around, but it’s definitely going onto my wishlist. I just love the colour; it’s so fresh!
Expandable File Folder ] to organise your mail, documents, bills, invoices and product warranties.

 

GIVEAWAY – WIN A $100 GIFT CARD FROM OFFICEWORKS (GIVEAWAY CLOSED, THANK YOU)

After seeing my workspace makeover, don’t you feel like doing the same with yours? Well, you might be able to! I have a $100 gift card to giveaway to one lucky reader. Simply comment below, answering the question:

 

How will you master your workspace with Officeworks?

 

Giveaway ends on Tuesday 26th of August. Read Terms and Conditions here. The winner will be announced on our Facebook Page (so don’t forget to like!). For more ideas on how to master your workspace, check out this video by Officeworks on How to organise your workspace. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mastermyworkspace when sharing your workspace or workspace inspiration online.

This sponsored post is brought to you by Officeworks. All images are by me, Wita Puspita for Design is Yay. All words and opinions are my own. 

My Freelance Life : Project Organising Tips | DESIGN IS YAY!

If you’re flying solo in your freelance career, you might find yourself a bit overwhelmed with all the different projects that you have. These are a few programs/website that help me in managing and organising my projects:

Dropbox and Google Drive

I am using both Dropbox and Google Drive for different reasons. I find that Google Drive’s iPhone app is a lot more user friendly than Dropbox. However, file sharing seems a lot faster and easier using Dropbox. I use Google Drive to do quick image transfers between desktop and my gadgets. I use Dropbox for file sharing between me and clients. I also use Dropbox to keep some files that I need to access from time to time when I’m overseas. However, for safety reasons, remember that you still need to back up your files.

We Transfer

To send huge files that doesn’t fit as email attachments to once-off clients, printers or clients who don’t have Dropbox, I like to use WeTransfer. WeTransfer lets you transfer files up to 10 GB via email.

Trello

If you’re wondering why the image above this article has the word “Trello” in it, this article is not sponsored by Trello. I was simply feeling grateful for Trello’s existence in my life that I decided to hand-lettered their name on my sketch book <3.
Trello is a project organising tool that you can use for yourself or to collaborate with your colleagues/project team members. Trello is Free (YAY!), but they also have Trello Business Class and Trello Gold which unlock a few features that Trello Basic doesn’t have. I can’t tell you anything about Trello Business Class and Gold, because I’m currently using Trello Basic and doing more than fine with it, but I can say that the upgrade to Trello Business Class is inexpensive at all.
Trello lets you create project boards, and you can add checklists, attachments, notes & comments on each board. While notepads are definitely much cuter option to write all of those down, but I have a habit of jotting down my checklists, notes and inspirations on different notebooks or notepads. After a while it gets really confusing. Plus, with everything that I need to work on right now (blogging, graphic design, custom portrait & the hotel), Trello helps me separate the tasks in each project board. I can also attach images so I could remember where I left it off. Trello also has apps for iOS and Android, so you can check your project boards on the go too!

Fluid

I download Fluid when I thought how great it would be to have Trello as an app on my Mac, instead of having to log on to their site all the time. Although Trello has not released a Mac app yet, but you can download Fluid to create an app out of (any?) websites. So far I’ve created gmail and Trello apps and keep them on the dock.

Pinterest

Okay, I’m sure ninety-something percent of bloggers are using and loving this website. Pinterest is both my organising and procrastination tool :P When Pinterest enable us to create secret boards, it ultimately became my go-to site for planning. I use the secret boards to pin images online and plan what post should I create next for Design is Yay. I also use pinterest to create moodboards for my graphic design clients (if they haven’t make one themselves yet). The only cons to using Pinterest is not being able to focus on my own blog plans and start clicking and browsing on images that have nothing to do with my blog or projects!

Evernote

Evernote is like the little notebook you carry around to jot down your notes and spur-of-the-moment ideas. The best thing about Evernote is you’re able to create many different notebooks within the mobile app, and you can access your notes in all your devices. Not only am I using it for jotting down ideas for the blog, but I’m also using it to plan my weekly meals and create a shopping checklist. I have a Samsung Note 10.1 tablet, so I can also create sketches on Evernote using the available S Pen.

Mailbox for iPhone

Mailbox is a mobile app that allows you to sort your email using swap gestures. For example, quick swipe (to the) right to archive, swipe-hold right to delete, quick swap left to pick a different time for the email to re-appear, and swipe-hold left to move the email into different labeled mailboxes. It’s basically a quicker way to organise your email.

Formstack

I use Formstack to create project/custom portrait questionnaire for clients. They are easy to use and modify.

 

Other

Freshbooks

Freshbooks is an online accounting tool that lets you send invoices and capture expenses. I find it especially useful if you have a few recurring clients that you need to keep track of. Freshbooks is free if you only have 1 recurring client, you need to upgrade for a fee if you need to use it for more than 1 client. I put Freshbooks under ‘others’ because I am currently only using it for free, as I find their fee a bit expensive for something that I don’t necessarily use too often. I also accept most of my payments through Etsy or Paypal and doesn’t need invoicing. Although it might be a great and useful website for some freelancers or business owners, but I’m still happy to stick with my traditional invoicing and book keeping.

I hope these tips have helped you in planning and organising your projects. Let me know in the comments if there are other project organising tools that you love! This post is not sponsored by any website or brands mentioned above. I created this post simply because I like (or recommend) the websites above, and hope that they could be useful to other Freelancers & Bloggers. 

Wanderlist Maastricht, Holland| DESIGN IS YAY!

Below we’ll hear from Veega, a good friend of mine, about her romantic getaway to Maastricht, Holland. 

Wanderlist Maastricht, Holland| DESIGN IS YAY!

1.    Are you a local or a traveller?
I’m a traveller

2.    When were you in (Maastricht, Holland), and on what purpose?
My husband and I were visiting some relatives who lives in Holland in October 2013. While we were there, we decided to have our own getaway to this little town called Maastricht for 2 days.

Wanderlist Maastricht, Holland| DESIGN IS YAY!

Wanderlist Maastricht, Holland| DESIGN IS YAY!

3.    What do you like about Maastricht?

It’s a very old town with beautiful riverbank that split the city in to two. Although most people would say that Paris is the most romantic city in the world, I personally think that Maastricht is. The town is surrounded with beautiful old architecture and antique shops. To me, it’s heaven on earth.

4.    One best experience/moment you had.
I live in Jakarta where I don’t really have the chance to walk in the city. So while we were in Maastricht, the best experience for me was to have the chance to explore the town by foot, especially with the cool weather and beautiful buildings that surrounded me.

Wanderlist Maastricht, Holland| DESIGN IS YAY!

5.    Five places/activities/eats recommended by you.

  1. Do a walking city tour.
    Start from the Maastricht train station then passing the city walls, park, Jekerkwartier, Vrijthof square and many other highlights of Maastricht.
  2. Patisserie Royale – Have slice of cake or bread from this old bakery in Wycker Brugstraat.
  3. Il Giardino – a great Italian restaurant with great choices for pasta, meat & wine located in Onze Lieve Vrouweplein.
  4. Douwe Egberts – it’s a famous coffee brand from Holland. Sit and enjoy a cup of coffee after your long walk.
  5. Design Hotel – boutique hotel with modern design near Maastricht station. Very convenient and just like the name, the rooms are well-designed.

Wanderlist Maastricht, Holland| DESIGN IS YAY!

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All images are taken by Veega.
Thanks Veega for the beautiful story about your journey! Love travelling? I’d love to hear from you! Email me at submissions@designisyay.com with a little story about the best trip you’ve had in your life.

Orange Julius-ish Smoothie Recipe | DESIGN IS YAY!

Back when I lived in Singapore, I enjoyed the sweet and refreshing Orange Julius from time to time. Can you imagine it? Singapore…. hot… humid…. and Orange Julius. Yum!

There is no Orange Julius or Dairy Queen in Australia, so  I have to be creative and try to re-create the recipe. It might be a while ago when I had my last Orange Julius (they finally opened in Jakarta and I had it when I went back home) , but I remember the flavor to be orange (duh~), really sweet, kinda milky, icy cold and have hints of vanilla.

I won’t say that this is the exact replica of Orange Julius, but it’s just as yummy, and certainly is healthier. With this recipe, you can have dairy-free option by omitting the vanilla yogurt.


 

ORANGE JULIUS-ISH SMOOTHIE

serves 1

Ingredients:
2 Oranges
half a ripe banana
3/4 cup of Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 tbsp of Vanilla Yogurt (optional, but if you’re not using yogurt, add an extra 1/4 cup of the Vanilla Almond Milk)
1 tsp honey (optional if you don’t want it to be too sweet)
1 cup of ice (or as you wish, this is just to add more chill to the drink)

Blend them all together using a blender. Serve cold.

You can use any kind of milk that you like. I just prefer Almond milk because of its lower calorie and because I happen to find unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk in my local grocer. Just remember that you need to add Vanilla Essence if you’re not using vanilla-flavored milk.

Try This:

Add 3 Strawberries for OrangeBerry Julius-ish!