Interior & Home Wares

Our family is expanding, and there will be a new roomie coming into our home sometime in April!

The three bedroom once made up of one master bedroom for us, a guest bedroom, and my creative space. The guest bedroom’s windows are too small for a nursery (my son has to be able to see the world out there very clearly), and I don’t want to have to work there either. So I decided to move my creative space to an extra open space that has never really been used for anything, and I’m so glad that I did!


New Creative Space | DESIGN IS YAY!

My new creative workspace has all the things I’ve been looking for: spacious, full of natural light for photography, a big chunk of plain walls for my vision board and wall planner, and I like the fact that I’m able to look out the window. I love watching people walking by with their dogs or baby prams, stopping to smell the rose plants in front of my home, and the other day one of my neighbour’s cats even paid me a visit. It sat outside my window for a few minutes, watching me work!

New Creative Workspace | DESIGN IS YAY!

New Creative Workspace | DESIGN IS YAY!

If you’re wondering why there’s a christmas tree in my workspace, that’s because I put it up all year long for the last three years. I only change the decorations from time to time. A lot of the toys displayed here were gift from past christmas/birthdays. They came from different places in the world.

New Creative Workspace | DESIGN IS YAY!

My desk isn’t always this neat. But I always try to put everything back into place every other day.

If you’re thinking of venturing into self-entrepreneurship, or if you already are, you really need a space where you can feel inspired. Here are some workspace organising tips for you to get started:

  • Your workspace has to be a space that inspires you. Put up things and images that makes you feel happy when you look at them, and your inspiration will pop up easily.
  • Working on a plain white canvas is always a good idea (white walls, white desk, etc), and you can always brighten them up with colours of your choice. Pick 2-3 main colour theme, and you can refer to them whenever you’re buying stuff for your workspace.
  • I find that having a vision board is essential in a creative workspace. You don’t have to purchase a board if you don’t want to, you can always stick things up on the wall using blue tacks and washi tapes. The point is that you envision how is it that you want your business to be, the type of products you want to create, or work of artists that inspire you. As you can see, mine has the artwork of Anna Bond from Rifle Paper co because I really adore her as an artist as well as creative entrepreneur, but they also shows images of cities that I like, because I love travelling!
  • Storages are very important to keep your workspace neat. My favourite is Raskog trolley from IKEA. I’m sure you’ve seen this trolley shelf a lot on pinterest and instagram accounts. It comes in cute colours, such as the turquoise one that I have, and the wheels at the bottom are very handy to drag around. If you’re a crafter, you’ll definitely love this for your craft supplies. The Spencer drawer cabinet from Officeworks is also great because the shelves are not too deep, so things don’t get lost in there. I use mine to organise my printing paper by each type, as well as stationery such as pen and cutting tools.
  • Containers made of paper or fabric such as the Le Sac en Papier bag or Ferm Living storage baskets are cute for craft or art supplies that you need by your side every so often, or ones that don’t fit the shelves, such as wrapping paper. Plus, you can chuck anything you want it there, and they won’t look messy from the outside

 

 

 

 

 

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?
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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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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
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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.
Website

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.
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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.
Website

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.
Website