Kirsten Krason Interiors + Poppin Giveaway



As someone who spends a lot of time in their home office, I love seeing how other people create work spaces in their homes–especially when they are colorful, fun and inspiring! This creative space belongs to Utah interior designer Kirsten Krason and I love all that's I'm seeing here! Like my own office, she has a neutral backdrop with splashes of fun color and pattern throughout. The curtains may be my favorite thing ever!! She actually got the fabric for $3/yd at a local fabric store and is not sure where it is from or what it is called. Someone out there must know?! I'm dying here!! You can see more great images taken by Jessica Kettle Photography over at Kirsten's blog 6th Street Design School!

Jillian + Katie Pilcher



TGIF! I thought this cheerful room brought to us by Jillian and Katie Pilcher, the mother-daughter duo from Dothan, Alabama, made a perfect ending to the week! What makes this space extra special is the fact that it belongs to Jillian, and she's only 13! She and her mom worked together to create a vibrant, happy space that describes Jillian's personality to the T. It was important to Katie that her daughter have the space to show off her creative abilities (the crafter/writer/artist even has her own blog!), so plenty of her art and crafts are on display. But she's not the only talented one here...Katie made the window coverings and bedskirt herself with all the great fabric Jillian picked out on I especially love the floral fabric with the birds, it's gorgeous! The two did have some help from Tim, Jillian's handy dad who built the tables and the cornice. Team project all around! You can read all about the makeover and see more images, including before shots, over at Katie's blog Bellamia!

The Right Retail Interior Design Will Have Your Store Bustling


When it comes to dressing your shop, you need to ensure that it is a space which people will enjoy. You want people to enjoy their time in your shop so that they will come again and spend money with you. If you don't take the time to dress your shop for the customer then you can expect not to see them again.

The interior of your shop isn't all about the sale displays and ensuring that customers can find what they need, your shop needs to present the right image of the company. If a lingerie shop is dark and dingy then people will associate it with being a place they shouldn't want to be spending their time and so they will avoid the shop. It doesn't matter how fantastic the lingerie is in that store, people will not want to shop there because it doesn't make them feel good.

Your shop should make the people in your store feel good, they should enjoy looking round and they shouldn't feel confused by the layout. In clothes stores it is important to ensure that all rails and displays are spaced out well, you want people to be able to easily walk between them and stop to look at clothes without automatically disrupting someone else. People will need to move for other people within your store but make it much easier for them so that they don't need to move as much, if you leave enough space between rails and displays you will find that people aren't causing disruptions or blocking spaces.

It should be easy for people to find what they are looking for within your store, whether you have big signs saying where separate items are such as shoes and accessories within a clothes store, this means that someone who is looking for a pair of shoes can see the sign and make their way over to the place they want to be. We've all managed to get lost in a big store and usually the one thing that helps us work out where we are in relation to where we need to be is the signs that are dotted around.

One of the most important things about a store is the lighting, customers want to be able to see the items well, and the colour they see in the store should be the colour that it is when they get home. Most stores have a white interior for this reason, white allows the light to reflect and it also enhances the natural light that comes into the store.

Your shop needs to be a place where customers will want to come back, and it is not just customer service which makes them come back. If you offer the same product as another store but your store is dark and people can't see, then they're going to go and buy the product from the other store where they can see the product clearly. A customer wants to be able to see the product that they are buying, they don't want to get it home to find that it looks different to how it did in the store.

Interior design is one of the many things that people can forget about but they don't realise just how important it is to have it right otherwise it can have detrimental effects on the business. If you don't know how the interior design should be for your shop then make sure you hire an expert who has plenty of experience with the interior design of shops, so that yours is the best it can be.Advertise with my Blog

New Home Design

Our new cover is on newsstands today - the beautifully crafted home on it is by Michael O'Sullivan, the photograph is by Emily Andrews, and the shot was styled by Yvette Jay. 

 Inside the issue is an abundance of great stuff, including homes by Wellington's Tennent + Brown Architects, Atelierworkshop, Christchurch's Wilson & Hill and Auckland's Andrew Patterson, as well as our former art director Miranda Dempster's New York apartment and a beautiful cabin built by expat New Zealander Adrian van Schie in New York State's Adirondacks Mountains. 

Also! We present our biannual bathroom design focus, travel to six chic global destinations, design writer Douglas Lloyd Jenkins tells a tale of the rebirth of a sleek mid-century hotel in Putaruru, we feature Kate Sylvester and Douglas + Bec's new furniture range, and much more.
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