Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Good Prods: Karen Walker Homewares

Oh Karen Walker, you sneaky sausage.  You do no wrong.

I see you and your new homewares range.  I see it and I like it, which is no surprise really as I love most things you do.  

Thank you in advance for my christmas present. 
To me, from me.

For more in her homewares range go see online here 
or at The Department Store in Auckland

Monday, October 21, 2013

10 Tips and Tricks: Pinterest

Hands up who is out there pinning up a storm.  Me.
Both mine are up.

Pinterest is such a niffy tool that I could not imagine life without it.  
For those of you that don't know, Pinterest serves as a kind of visual 'wishlist'.

Let me break it down for you - prepare for 'bunnyears' abound.

To set up a Pinterest account you ask to be 'invited'
Once setup you can create 'boards'
Users or 'Pinners' can 'pin' images to boards that they organise under their user name
Pinners can pin straight from the interweb, from your own snaps, or from others pinners pins.  
Pinny pin pin.
It's actually really easy pease.  Just start.  You won't stop.  I tried.

Image from here

What MAY help you are some of my tricks and tips that I have learnt along the way to make 'pinning' easy and to max out it's potiental.

1.  Start by calling it it's proper name.  It's Pinterest.  As in Pin-ter-est.  NOT Pininterest. PININTEREST.  PININTEREST.  Sound it out stoopid.  Just Pin-ter-est.  Touchy much?

and breathe

image from here

2.  Good, now set up boards.  Some pinners have found snazzy ways to be cool with making boards name look tripster but I kinda missed that memo and just called things as I see them.  Some use capitals (eg: YUMMYINMYTUMMY - which is kind of shouty but hey - your board), some use symbols (eg:  //Kitchens//) some just state the obvious.  Whatever you do, make sure that you fill your boards with good images that reflect the name of the board.  It can also be highly responsible to have a good spring clean out now and then - that board you called 'Stain removal' and has only one pin in it with a tip of how to cat vomit may need to go (or not - your board - not mine).

Image from here and taken by Kirsty Gibson

3. Let you boards be reflective of you.  Especially if you are linking yourself with a blog, a business or a brand then consider your boards to be an extention of that.  Think about what your readers or consummers would like to see, but utimately pin for yourself as that will tell a far intimate story.  

Image from here

4.  You can choose to follow a fellow pinner (and all their boards) or you can choose just a few select boards from that pinner.  You may find your new pinner 'friend' from sweden has immpeciable taste in homewares but also a fasination with exposed body parts.  Hey, that's cool man, but somethings can be un-follwed no worries.  Sorry Hedwig but I'm unfollowing 'Mighty Manslem's'.

Image from here

5.  Download the 'pin it' button onto your desktop.  That way you can pin images you see while eyeballing the web.  Now you don't have to try and manage web pages - just store them in the pinning boards you have created.  If there is an image that's not worthy of a board then just 'like' with the heart button.  Your Pinterest will remember those and you can refer back to them anytime you choose under 'likes'.

Image from here

6.  Get the app and pin from your phone.  A good and easy way to load a photo ready for a good viral thrashing. You can also view your pin 'stream' when bored and have 5 minutes to spare on the toilet.  
I would love to know those stats.

Image from here

7.  Link, name, and put in as much information as you can.  I always try and think of the clever photographer that took the image.  Let's share the love and link link link.  Credit everything to the original source where poss and try and be a good, safe and thoughtful pinner.  That's good pin-karma.

Image from here

8. Be interactive with your pins.  You can change the setting of a board to have other pinners be 'contributors'.  No Hedwig, not this time.  You can also interact with fellow pinners just like in istagram and twitter just by adding the '@' symbol.  Nice.

Image from here

9.  Finding different pins and pinners.  You don't have to rely on the people you follow to give you inspiration - broaden your horizon by looking at your favourite pinners and who they follow.  Same applies for your pins - quite often if I find a pin I really like I will keep scrolling downwards and it will show you 'like-minded' pins.  It's a rabbit hole so do try to remember to come up for some real air from time to time.  As much as we love time on the net, don't forget the real world exsists too!

Image from here

10.  Shhhhhh, secret!  Use the secret boards to design a new logo,  plan a surprise party or imagine your special day when you are not even engaged.  I also use these with clients so that we can share ideas without worrying that others may be watching.  You ony get 5 of these so use them for current stuff.

I'm sure there is more but that will keep you pinning for a while longer!

You can find me here on Pinterest under user name alexfultondes
All the images I have shared are all from my boards - so yeah, go look and pin.

If you have a tip or trick for Pinterest please share!  
That would pin-tastc (too much?  too much.)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Giveaway: NZ Interior Style Book by LeeAnn Yare and Larnie Nicolson

** We have a winner - Crisanna Nel - congrats and thanks again for all your amazing comments!  I think I will have to do a special post just about them! **

You know that book I mentioned last week?  

Well...thanks to Penguin books,  I have one to giveaway.

NZ Interior Style written bu LeeAnn Yare and photographs by Larnie Nicolson.
You can buy it here

As this book is filled with tips and tricks for making a house a home I thought you could tell me your favourite design trick, either comment here on the blog or on the facebook.

*If the tips are tops, there will be a runner-up prize, so get entering*

I'll start you off with one of mine from the book:
"The best budget idea in our home is garlands, it's party on a string!  They add instant colour, fun and a sense of playfulness."

Sick of seeing my house much?!  BUT check that party on a string.

I will draw it randomly this friday the 11th October 2013, so good luck and get sharing!  Shares will get an extra name in the hat.  Go you design buns.

Images by Larnie Nicolson

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Attending: New Zealand Interior Style Book Launch, The Bloc, Auckland

If you are connected to any sort of interior design blog or social media you will have noticed that there is a new book in town.

It's not just any book.  It's a uniquely New Zealand Interior design based coffee table book that is superbly photographed by Larnie Nicolson and handsomly written by LeeAnn Yare.

This dynamic duo have been writting and snapping interiors for years and are on high rotate in most of the NZ shelters mag so it's no surprise that they have extended this successful formula into the book world.

Stylie peeps getting their book on at BLOC

Love this gal - Ju from Studio Home Blog.  Love this shop - Collected by LeeAnn Yare

They have handpicked 24 homes that are based all over NZ and certainly capture the creativity, design and uniquely kiwi interior flavours of this wonderful country.

I can also proudly tell you that I was luckly enough to be chosen to be one of the houses and it's quite the wee thill to see your home in glossy big pages.  An even bigger surprise was being featured on the back of the book - the cover went to LeeAnn's own house so I'm in good company.

Speaking of excellent company - some of my favourite homes included are by my colour design sister Anya Brighouse, the urban funked-out pad of the Federation couple Nick and Jenny Clegg, Wellington style queen and owner of Small Acorns Amanda Holland and furniture rad couple Stu and Melissa Bowman from Apartmento/Meluka.

The stunning home of the Bowmans of the Apartmento/Meluka fame

My skinny bathroom and white hallway

Dining in the dark (Walls painted in Dulux Piha) and kitchen

Jeff (my husband) and I also got to go to the launch up in Auckland at BLOC.  It was a fantastic night - catching up with old faces and meeting lots of new ones.  It was an absolute  treat! 

Showing off the back of the book - the girls surprised me on the night  with my  'Jungle Room ' on the reverse.
Oh and look at Larnie looking all hot in front of the camera

With my gals Ses and Jen Style Files
Wanna win this book?  I'll post on Monday on how you can...

Thanks again LeeAnn and Larnie.