I’m always excited in picking out Calendar for the coming new year. There are so many design to choose from!

Here are some of my favourite 2015 Calendar picks. Which one is your favourite?

2015 Calendar Picks | DESIGN IS YAY!

1. Pei Design ; 2. Rifle Paper Co ; 3. Little Low ; 4. Leif ; 5. Loopzart

Road Trip: Long Weekend in Wollongong | DESIGN IS YAY!

During the Labour Day weekend, my family and I went for a weekend getaway in Wollongong. We have never been to Wollongong, and we just wanted to find out what it’s like, since it’s only 2 hours and 40 minutes from Canberra. Also, I kinda miss being at the beach. The beach is very beautiful, I especially like the lighthouse side of the beach. We were lucky to have the sun out during both days we were there.

Road Trip: Long Weekend in Wollongong | DESIGN IS YAY!

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Featured - Glorious Mess Daruma Lasercut Goal Setter | DESIGN IS YAY

How cute are these?

Darumas are traditionally seen as symbols of good luck and the Japanese often use them to make wishes come true. Glorious Mess has created three laser cut Daruma designs that you can pre-order now. You can choose between Aussie, Floral and Celebration Daruma. 

Featured - Glorious Mess Daruma Lasercut Goal Setter | DESIGN IS YAY

Write down your goal or wish on the paper insert, slip it into the Daruma, and hang your Daruma somewhere you can see to remind you of your goal or wishes.

Fingers crossed and hope it comes true!

Featured - Glorious Mess Daruma Lasercut Goal Setter | DESIGN IS YAY

Pre-order your Daruma here.
Check out Glorious Mess etsy shop for Missy Messy’s stunning creations and her blog.

{All images are taken from Glorious Mess}


Roomie October Picks | DESIGN IS YAY!
Hi Guys
Since the last Roomie picks when we were feeling the winter blues, spring has finally sprung in NZ, so it’s off to the plant nursery we go!  Loving the explosion of gorgeous vessels onto the market this year – truely an excuse to bring the outdoors in.
1. Hugely popular – these hexagon ceramic wall planters fly out the door at Collected 
2. Gasp! It’s art imitating life. ADORABLE cacti planter sets from the ever quirky Iko Iko 
3. Woolly Pockets are the last word in amazing planters.
4. What’s not to love. Ma and Pa vases. Yes please Santa!
5. New Kiwi Collaboration from Studio Home & Trestle Union. Hello.
6. Yellow and herbs. This vertical garden from Freedom screams spring.
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.

PartiArti Scary Party in a box | DESIGN IS YAY!

I am so lucky to have a bunch of talented friends!

My friend Helen has just opened her etsy shop, PartiArti, specialising in themed party kit in a box. For Halloween this year, PartiArti created “Scary Party” kit, which features the scary character from scary movie.

PartiArti Scary Party in a box | DESIGN IS YAY!

The box has a complete set of party goods, such as invitation, place cards, cupcake topper, buntings, popcorn bags, balloons as well as paper plates, cutleries and cups. Also included in the box is a party ideas guide. Basically all that you’ll need to prepare are the food and drinks (and pumpkins. Pumpkins in the photos are not included :P).

Here is the link to purchase the Scary Party Kit by PartiArti.

PartiArti Scary Party in a box | DESIGN IS YAY!

You can expect more pop culture themed party kit popping up in PartiArti’s etsy shop anytime soon. I’ve had  a preview and they’re looking awesome!

Follow PartiArti on Facebook for news updates.

PartiArti Scary Party in a box | DESIGN IS YAY!

{Photos by Wita Puspita for Design is Yay}

Wanderlist: Kyoto, Japan | DESIGN IS YAY!

We are hearing from Amanda Thomas from NZ about her beautiful journey to Kyoto, Japan. Follow Amanda’s instagram account for snapshots about the things that she loves (cats, books, nature, coffee & her husband).

Wanderlist: Kyoto, Japan | DESIGN IS YAY!

1.    Tell us about your trip to Kyoto, Japan.

My husband and I went to Japan, just for a holiday. It’s always been one of the places we’ve wanted to go to most. We visited Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka, but Kyoto was our favourite.

2.    What do you like about Kyoto?

We loved the history and the scenery and the amazing food. We had so many amazing experiences in Kyoto including feeding monkeys, seeing real life Geisha, going on a rickshaw ride through a bamboo forest, visiting temples and eating delicious tofu based meals.

Wanderlist: Kyoto, Japan | DESIGN IS YAY!

3.    Tell us one best experience/moment you had there.

I loved the day when we fed the monkeys. We hiked to the top of a huge hill and once we got there we could see the whole of Kyoto. Not only was the view stunning but there were monkeys everywhere and it was just a surreal experience. Definitely hard to walk away!

Wanderlist: Kyoto, Japan | DESIGN IS YAY!

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

1. Visit the monkey park called Iwatayama
2. Go for a rickshaw ride through the bamboo forest
3. Explore all the hidden streets and alleyways around the Yasaka Pagoda area – lots of amazing food and knick knacks to be found
4. Visit the Golden Pavillion and take part in a tea ceremony. We also lit prayer candles at the alter and thew coins for good luck!
5. Take a walk through the bamboo paths of Fushimi Inari Shrine

Wanderlist: Kyoto, Japan | DESIGN IS YAY!

5.    Where would you like to go next?

Next we’d like to have a relaxing island holiday where we snorkel, sleep, read books and enjoy sunshine and outdoors!

Wanderlist: Kyoto, Japan | DESIGN IS YAY!


All images are courtesy of Amanda Thomas.
Thanks Amanda for sharing your journey with us! 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.