Interior & Home Wares

Roomie February Picks | DESIGN IS YAY!

Happy New Year!
This month’s picks are selected a little differently, instead of random musings of products we are loving, we have based them on an image we are loving right now.
so we have taken it, and shopped the look, resulting in our February Picks. Viola!
1. This gorgeous apartment was recently featured on Domain Home – you can snoop around the rest of the home here
2. There is always a place for Midcentury German Pottery in an eclectic home. We love everything at Mr Bigglesworthy, and this Scheurich Inka patterned vase is no exception.
​3. ​Urban Outfitters  is awash with typography prints, but this one by Matthew Taylor Wilson was our pick of the bunch.
4. Midcentury furniture is getting hard-to-come-by, so this sleek little number from Freedom Furniture is a great alternative
5. Baby Head Ceramics. Need we say more?
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.


Roomie December Picks | DESIGN IS YAY!

Yep it’s that time again. As christmas rolls around, the team at Roomie literally dive for cover at the site of red/green anything. So here are a few Roomie-worthy christmas decorations!
Merry Christmas!
1. Owls: Gold, white and wood. Thankyou Ikea. (ps. please open a store in NZ)
2. Deers. Pastal. Thankyou Collected!
3. Sweet wee santa sacks, not just for the kids,  from Henry & Co Home (cleverly converts to a pillowcase!)
4. Aesthetically pleasing gift cards from Father Rabbit. Phew.
5. Some serious bling for your tree, from LET LIV
6. Perfect colourways and a little christmas message from Tales at Sea
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.

5 Creative workspace inspirations | DESIGN IS YAY!

I cannot wait for December holidays this year, because I already have a few projects lined up. With my husband being at home as well, I could get him to help me out with the heavy things!

I have had this workspace for the past 1,5 years, and I think it’s time to make some changes. What could be better than starting off the new year with new inspiring space to work at? After all, this is the space I spend most of my time of the day. It should be special.

Looking at this inspiration board I created in 2013, I realised how my interior style has changed evolved. At the moment, I am really into pegboards. They are so stylish! I am also loving pastel colours  on white walls. Next year, I aim to have a creative workspace that’s stylish, colourful but also functional. With my design work focusing on print stuff (invitation, prints and stationery), I need a dedicated space for my printers and for me to cut and assemble. I am also planning to create a mini photo studio using simple items such as table , roll of white paper and foam board, just like what Remove the Background did in this post.

I will surely post updates on what I do with my workspace, especially because this time requires a bit more DIY than the last. For now, have a look at my Creative Workspace board on Pinterest to get some inspirations for yours!

Fabric Paper Glue | Cush & Nooks  | Peter Fehrentz | Decor8 Blog |  Daria Daria
Find more Creative Workspace inspirations on Pinterest.

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.

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!
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.

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!



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 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.



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. 

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