Sunday, July 20, 2014

MintSix madness

Quick post today as the school holidays are over and I am back in the classroom teaching, so time is precious.  I know this brand needs no introduction as I have mentioned them on here often. They are one seriously cool company. MintSix is who I am talking about, run by sisters Talia and Vic in the deep south of New Zealand.

Anywho, I dont find enough time these days to read blogs, hence the reason I havent been onto the MintSix blog for a while. However, when I did find the time to browse blogs over the weekend, I spent a long time checking out the MintSix site. Those girls know style. Here is just a wee snippet of the awesomeness. Head over here to check it all out for yourself and while you are at it, pop by their amazing online store too.

Amy x

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Friday - my home and beyond.

Do you have instagram account? I am fairly new to the whole instagram thing but I must admit... Hi I am Amy and I am addicted to instagram! 

A few snaps taken from around my home and regrams from other fave instagram feeds of mine. Head over and follow Milo and Mitzy for your behind the scenes fix. And drop me a line with your instagram account too. I love finding new people to follow. 

While we are on the subject of homes, a new fave blog of mine - My Unfinished Home. Love it. A few snaps that float my boat below as seen on My Unfinished Home.

Happy weekend everyone. New blankets have arrived, but sorry all sold out. Will be getting another shipment which will be my last of the Circle Grid Blankets so do place your pre-orders to ensure you dont miss out.

Amy x

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Book shelves

I am mad about these wall displays from the home of fashion blogger REBECCA CENTRÉN as seen on Cherry Blossom Blog.

I am also a big fan of hard cover coffee table books. I swoon over the pages of some of these books for hours. A few of my faves below from the gorgeous Tessuti and fun filled Collected.

Am definitely looking forward to the second New Zealand Interior Style by LeeAnn Yare and Larnie Nicolson. What are you favorites? I would love to hear.

Amy x

Monday, July 14, 2014

Home Tour and other goodness

Loving loving loving this small apartment as found on Fantastic Frank on Sunday. Jeepers it is neat!

That bedroom, the couch, those coffee tables, the subway tiles in that rad ktichen. Love it all. Actually I'll tell you showing us how to do fantastic kitchen subway tiles at the moment. One of my favorite bloggers, Katrina of Love and Ginger. Have you checked out her home build? Pop over and get ready to laugh and be inspired. One cool, funny and talented lady!

Speaking of coffee tables. I ummed and ahh-ed about sharing this one with you. Wanted to keep this little beauty all to myself as it is soooo good, but that would be completly selfish of me, Mocka, dear Mocka, always doing right, Mocka!!!! Yes Mocka, they have just brought out the coolest set of coffee tables and even better, the price point! Seriously, you need to head over and check them out for yourself.

That is all.

Amy x

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Little Co

Right, so I am set. Ready to kick off the week with a bang. Feeling organised. Washing all done, meals planned and prepped and Im feeling energised to make this week a goodie. Working my butt off to get the blog back in the game so that I dont slip behind once I start teaching again next week. Feeling good. 
Also feel good when I receive mail. No I dont mean mail via my inbox, I mean actual snail mail. LOVE IT! So was jumping for joy when a sweet wee parcel arrived in my mail box a week a go. Who or what was in it? Betty and Nigel, that is who. These rad people came all the way from the lovely Nikki at New Zealands, Little Co. They are in fact part of the awesome growing family that is Naked Lunge. Naked Lunge just keep getting better and better, and you know what, I already want more.

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So although these sit proudly in my wee Patches room, I dont believe that they are just for the kids. Us big kids can enjoy these guys too. For sure. Pop over and check them out here. 

Speaking of Little Co, have you spotted the Little Ward shelves designed by the talented Janice Kumar-Ward. I dont know about you guys but we are massive book readers here in our household (actually I tell a lie, the kids are massive book readers, me... addicted to magazines actucally but thats another story) so a good looking shelving system is high on my wish list.

One last thing, I couldnt resist adding a few more of my favourite things from Little Co. These make fantsastic gifts and if your terrible at getting things into the post like me, order online and get it sent straight out to who ever you are gifting to. Perfect.

Happy Monday and be sure to visit me on instagram for the latest behind the scenes.

Amy x

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Home Tour

Life is short sometimes. I realised that this week when our friends and community were hit with some sad news. Makes you think about how important it is to tell those close to you that they are special, that you are there for them and that you love them. We live in such a whirl wind of a world these days, that sometime we forget that it is the small things that count. Its easy to get wrapped up in your own world. 

I am trying juggle family life and work life which is a challenge. A challenge that I enjoy but one that is hard at times. I feel as though I have been neglecting the blog lately which really is such a passion of mine and neglect is the last thing that I want. I know that you have heard me say this before, but I will work my butt off to get on top of the blog and work hard to keep up dating it regularly.

Right after that deep piece of writing, onto something a bit more brighter. This gorgeous home is part of UK based company, Light Locations. Light Locations provide beautiful inspiring lifestyle locations for the photographic, film and TV industries. This home above is only one of many amazing locations. Check here for more. To acheive a similar look start by adding products to your home such as these below.

Dont be afraid to change your kitchen cabinetry to a darker shade. These images above prove just how effective this can be. And lastly if you are lucky enough to have brick somewhere in your home, how cool do they look painted white?

Amy x

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Swell Cafe style

Wexlers Deli

Those who know, know that I love food. Love cooking it, love eating it. (work hard not to let that second bit get too outta control!) I love nothing more than going out for lunch to a rad little cafe. My hubby thinks its weird that I could sit for hours by myself in a cafe, people watching and feel relaxed! Stepping into cafes these days, jeepers there some goodies. Its not like the old days where you went to the local and the decor consisted of fruit curtains and red gingham table cloths. Yuck! Nope, these cafes are seriously cool! 

Hams & Bacon

Hallys Parsons Green
Us at home, we could learn a thing or two from cafe owners. they know their stuff when it comes to interiors. I strive to have my kitchen looking good at the best of times. Boy would I love it to look half as good as some of these cafe interiors. 

Seriously amazing cafes out there. And actually speaking of amazing cafes, I really should get out in my own neighborhood and snap some images of the cafes situated in my hometown. Hawkes Bay, (my home) we are super lucky in that we have so many great options for all of you foodies out there. 

To achieve the cafe style look in your own home, mix and match some cool looking chairs, add some wooden crates stacked with gourmet drink and wine and get those industrial pendant lights hung up and you are on your way to a pretty sweet looking kitchen.

Amy x

Sunday, June 29, 2014

feather the nest

I am in the middle of changing the kids bedrooms around. I am hoping to move them into the same room soon. (When Patchy stops waking in the night, grrr :) Yes yes I am going to stick with blacks and whites as I find it hard to get away from them but I have decided to have a bit of fun. Add a pop of colour. Im thinking black and white as my base and add in colours such as primary colours- blue, yellow and red. There is one cushion that inspiring me to do this. Yes one cushion! That cushion being the Uimi Indiana cushion from New Zealands feather the nest. Would look very rad against our black and white bedding I think!

I was lucky enough to catch up with Portia one half of the creative duo behind feather the nest.

Tell us a little bit about feather the nest, Portia, and how it began.

When we discovered that we were expecting our first baby, we were part way through a major house renovation.  We quickly reworked our planned office into a nursery and I started searching for stylish, modern accessories to decorate our daughter's room with.  I found that the majority of items were readily available, but I couldn't find any cool modern organic bed linen (this was 2 years ago), so we started looking at options overseas and discovered Uimi and Goo Collection.  We launched feather the nest right after our daughter was born and bring Goo Collection's linen in NZ exclusively.  We've just been up to NYC earlier this year on a buying trip and we're heading to Asia in a few weeks, so we'll be continuing adding to and expanding our range.

And what is inspiring you right now?

I read a fair few interior and fashion magazines and blogs - favourite mags would be Your Home & Garden, Real Living, Inside Out and Vogue Living.  For blogs, it'd be Tiny Tribe Magazine, Studio Home, Juniors Design Blog, The Design Chaser, Cush & Nooks, Ses & Jen, Milo & Mitzy, Little Gatherer, LeeAnn Yare, Babyology, Mini Style Blog and Love & Ginger to name a few.  I can never keep up with my blog feed!  I am constantly in awe of the incredible interior and styling talent that is coming out of NZ.  I think that in general we've got a really down to earth, but well styled lifestyle.

Thank you so much for your time Portia. Do pop over and visit feather the nest. Above are some images that are inspiring me right now in terms of creating the kids joint bedroom.

Amy x

Thursday, June 26, 2014


I am a sucker for beautiful bed linen. I love nothing more than jumping into bed at the end of the night with a new magazine.  So I am always on the look out for fabulous bedroom images to inspire me. This image below caught my eye recently. It reminds me of the beautiful linen range of New Zealands own Gorgi.

My love for Gorgi products has been an on going thing for a while now and what attracts me even more to this company is that it is fully New Zealand owned and operated with all of their bedding 100% NZ made. I was lucky enough to have a 'cyber chat' with Julie of Gorgi.

Tell us about how Gorgi started, Julie.

We purchased the Gorgi license for New Zealand in 2011. I have a corporate background in Marketing to NZ small businesses, and I knew it was critical for the right business opportunity to be one with points of difference that really set it apart. I had been a Gorgi customer myself, I knew there was a loyal customer following, and I knew it was something I could have a passion for. It really seemed like fate when the opportunity presented itself and so we took the plunge! I love that we have moved the brand to place more emphasis on gorgeous Grown Up rooms (without forgetting the kids) and that we can offer a really unique tailor-made service with gorgeous fabrics, here in NZ. And we do it direct to our customers, so we're not trying to accommodate extra margins in our prices as well.
Shop here
 What inspires you? Favorite websites? Magazines? Books?

The Design Chaser, Milo and Mitzy, Roomie, Your Home and Garden, Homestyle, Urbis - your usual culprits. I spend far too much time on interior blogs and pinterest - it's addictive and doesn't leave time for others. It's also necessary for Gorgi for our own interiors photography, ensuring our styled rooms work, and that we can offer the right inspiration. Part of our philosophy is to not get too caught up in the latest trends though as we believe in purchases of 'base' items that will stand the test of time - although this approach does let you have fun adding in some new pieces to the mix too.    

Shop here and here

Any recipes or meals you are loving right now?
At the moment I'm a convert to My Food Bag - we do it fortnightly and it's meaning we are taking more time to cook properly and eat amazing gourmet meals. We've just come out of a super busy patch - new baby, recent major house renovation, and running a business so we're focusing on getting the basics right again - cooking great food, eating together, exercising and having time away from the laptop (phone, ipad..). I also had a copy of My Petite Kitchen Cookbook arrive a fortnight ago, and I've made the Spiced Chai Carrot Cake twice in as many weeks (add all ingredients, mix, pour in tin, bake in oven!). It's just a gorgeous book, which makes me want to try more of its recipes.  

Thanks so much Julie for taking the time to chat. be sure to pop over and visit Gorgi and see for yourself why I have had such a long love affair with this particular New Zealand brand.

Amy x

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Izzy and Jean Co goodies

I am at that age where all of my friends seem to be having babies. I love buying gifts for their new additions, I really do, but jeepers we are spoilt for choice these days. I find it hard to decide! 

Luckily for me Izzy and Jean Co are onto it and just quietly I reckon I have nailed it with my above choices, dont you? As a Mum of a rough and tumble tot I find it hard to keep shoes on my wee Patch so stylish socks are a must. Also, you will never go wrong with a fouta towel and how could one not look cute in that insanely delicious onsie?

Happy first birthday Claire and all of the Izzy and Jean Co team.

Amy x

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

by nord at Surrey Park

It is absolutely no secret that I am a massive by nord fan. So much so that I have a new duvet on the way for my wee Patchy. Yippee! You can imagine my disappointment when I went hunting for by nord products in New Zealand last year to find that I couldn't buy from anywhere. Luckily for me, Kim of Surrey Park stepped up proving to us again that Surrey Park is definitely one to watch.

Not only do they have a fantastic selection of by nord bedding at Surrey Park but they also stock a huge amount of the most fabulous cushions.

Kim tells me that she loves the simplicity and timelessness of by nord designs. A huge factor for her when choosing products for Surrey Park is that they stand the test of time.  Being  100% cotton, Kim loves the pureness that by nord products offer and the fact that they merge and compliment the rest of Surrey Parks monochrome pallet.

I am not kidding, these beautiful by nord products do sell quickly so visit Kim here to check out the range. I look forward to showing you pictures on Milo and Mitzys instagram when our by nord duvet cover arrives.

Amy x

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Home Tour

If I did live in my dream home or if I was lucky enough to own a weekend apartment (Such a dream of mine) it would go a little something like this. Fresh white walls, painted wooden floor boards, tonnes of light streaming in, cool decor... you get my drift? I reckon this space is getting close to bang on perfect. Yup I can see myslef here, kicking back for the weekend....Sigh!

And how blimmen brilliant is that study nook? Fabulous space saver if you don't have the room. Speaking of which, head over to Cush and Nooks as Vic, the creator of Cush and Nooks has done a brilliant little section of space saving nooks.

Happy hump day.

Amy x