hello! neighbor on the ipad

How many of you out there own ipads? What's your verdict? I'm curious to hear from those of you that own one how much you use it, what you use it for, and whether or not it is any improvement over having a laptop computer. I've had very little personal interaction with ipads. Other than peering over someone's shoulder as they use one or swiping a few screens in the Apple store my experience is pretty limited.

And how are the apps - particularly the magazine ones? I'll admit that the most impressive thing I have ever seen on an ipad is Martha Stewart's magazine. I seem to remember a peony flower blooming before my eyes on the cover! Are there any other magazines on the ipad that are more impressive than their paper cousins?

Of course, if I did own an ipad I'd be able to see some of my own stories on it. 2 For Couples magazine publishes some of my Hello! Neighbor stories on its website and ipad app.

I just received the latest one in my inbox. Up to now, I've only experienced these stories as still photographs. Maybe, it's time I invest in an ipad so I can see them in action! To see the full story and more photographs, you can purchase the app here.

If you're an ipad owner, I'd love to hear what you think of it!


hello! neighbor on the ipad

As I alluded to on Friday, I have some exciting news to reveal! A little while ago, I was approached by a great magazine called 2 for Couples about my Hello! Neighbor posts. They were looking for some design content for their new ipad app and thought my house tours of Toronto homes would be a great fit.

Well, hello! Yes, I would be interested! I've always been absolutely fascinated (some might say obsessed) with the magazine industry and to finally be a part of it was in essence a dream come true. The thought of having my own monthly column (so to speak) is beyond exciting for me. You know that saying, "if you build it, they will come" well it's true. I think so many of us have a hidden talent or dream and for whatever reason we drag our feet or make excuses and don't do it but I think if you just do it and absolutely pour your heart and soul into it the results will follow. (Sorry, that's a bit sappy but it's true!)

If you happen to own an ipad (sadly, I don't but that might have to change!) you can download the first issue of the app here for free!  You'll notice that we've added a few extra touches; a photo of the couple, an extended interview, and a "how to get the look" page. I'm really happy with the way it has turned out. Of course, none of this would have happened if Kristin hadn't been aboard. Her photos are what make these Hello! Neighbor stories so great. She has a knack for bringing rooms to life. Thank you, Kristin!

Each month, 2 for Couples will run a new Hello! Neighbor story on the ipad with the same extended content. Thanks to everyone over at 2 for Couples but especially Diane and Kelly for getting this thing off the ground. And hey, if you're getting married sometime soon (101 bridal gowns app - need I say more!) or you're planning on doing some entertaining check out some of 2's other ipad apps. So much great content!

So, that's a little taste of it ....what do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts!