Monday, November 24, 2014

Leven Home and Design

I do love introducing new stores to Milo and Mitzy readers. It gives me such pleasure to see a new business grow. Today I am thrilled to introduce you all to Leven, a home and design store bringing you something with a bit of difference. Below, owner Kath shares a bit from behind the Leven scenes. Thanks Kath.


It has been a long held dream of mine to open a home & design store, showcasing great products from both NZ & around the world.  I had been a stay at home Mum for the past 6yrs & I didn't want to go back to my previous career, so I decided to make the dream a reality & began working on doing that about 18mths ago.  I opened Leven in Cambridge in April of this year. The website is a relatively new thing as I wanted to focus on the store first.


I have a magazine addiction according to my husband....I love them & any magazine featuring interiors is bound to be found at our home!  My favourites are homestyle, Inside Out, Real Living, frankie, Living etc and Vogue Living.  I also have a looonnnngggg list of blogs/websites that I follow, with my current favourites being The Design Chaser, Milo & Mitzy, Fancy! Design Blog, The Design Files, Cush & Nooks, My Scandinavian Home & The Interiors Addict.

Thanks so much for your time Kath. Do pop over to Leven to shop these goodies and like their Facebook page to stay up to date with the going ons.

Amy x

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Country Road Summer

 
Summer has never looked so good than it does here with Country Road. Country Road has kicked off their festive season with a bang, that's for sure.




We all know and love Country Road. They just keep getting better and better. Simple, stylish and sophisticated. Summer is looking good thanks to the good team at Country Road.

 
Ending on an exciting note, there is a seriously seriously good competition going on right now over on the Milo and Mitzy Facebook page. There will be more about it on the blog over the weekend but for now be sure to pop over and check it out. I would hate for you to miss it.
 
Amy x

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Etsy pick and mix

A little something different on the blog today. Etsy has been a bit of an obsession of mine lately. So so many talented people offering such awesome things. Leading up to Christmas, why not get all your shopping done on Etsy in the convenience of your own home. So easy. Here I show you a few things catching my eye lately. (Hint hint, it is my birthday soon too!)
 
A New Wall vintage map
Kids D├ęcor by Studio Meez 
Textiles by Bubble at the head

Kingston Jewellery

Seriously Etsy is incred! Don't believe me? Im no expert at trawling through Etsy but if you do want to see what the expert picks pop over and check out A CUT ABOVE THE RETSY - the best of Etsy written by stylish Australian Melanie Beauvironnois. She updates the site daily with the most amazing Etsy finds.

 
Amy x
 

Monday, November 17, 2014

House tour- open plan living. MAKE Architecture

I am mad about the open plan living displayed in this gorgeous Australian home. Cleverly MAKE Architecture has altered and extended this Melbourne home to create an easy living open family space.




I have been asked several times lately where one might get great looking, heavy duty, good quality wooden tables like both indoor and outdoor tables seen above. William Worsp of WRW & Co creates the most exquisite tables, with each piece made to have integrity, simplicity and strength with a fresh contemporary aesthetic.

 
Happy Monday. Do drop me an email with your latest finds. I love receiving your mail even if I am a bit slow to get back to you sometimes. Sorry!
 
Amy x
 
Found via Desire to Inspire with thanks

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

TEAM WORK - Studio Homes second collaboration

No introduction needed here really. We all know Julia of Studio Home right? Well Julia has kicked off her new series TEAM WORK with an absolute bang. The idea behind TEAM WORK is a chance for Studio Home to get involved with various exciting New Zealand and Australian creatives.  

Photography by Greta Kenyon of Vela Images

Her debut project allowed Julia to work along side the clever Trestle Union team. Her second project sees her working along side sisters Kirsty and Kate of KM2 Creative. The collaborative project that these ladies have created consists of a collection of 'grown up' felt ball garlands which can be purchased from here. That dusky pink has my name all over it.
 
Amy x 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Home tour - Weekday Carnival

I thought that it was only fair that we kicked off the week with some to die for eye candy. Below is the work of one my favourite bloggers and artist Rikka of Weekday Carnival.





An extremely talented lady oozing with skills and style. Pop over and check out Weekday Carnival if you haven't already. Its filled with inspiration, DIY ideas and gorgeous artworks and jewellery.
 
Happy Monday.
 
Amy x

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Muesli Hub

If you are anything like me, you live for breakfast. I mean I practically go to sleep just so that I can wake up and have breakfast, I love it that much. So I am beyond excited to introduce to this ridiculously cool New Zealand brand - The Muesli Hub. The Muesli Hub is run by New Zelanders Lucy and Jono. Lucy and Jono are taking the breakfast world by storm and are proving that they belong. I was lucky enough to get some time from Lucy and Jono to answer a few question for our Milo and Mitzy readers.

 
Tell us a bit about The Muesli Hub and how it started.

The Muesli Hub was born from a love for mornings and a desire to find the perfect breakfast which we quickly realised was different for everyone. We couldn't find a perfect option on the shelf and often found ourselves adding things in or taking things out. After travelling, we came home to New Zealand with an idea to shake up the breakfast scene and encourage people to love breakfast again, which has since seen The Muesli Hub come to life.

What inspires and drives you?

At The Muesli Hub we aspire to a single vision 'to inspire New Zealanders re-priortise breakfast'. Morning's are a beautiful time of day, it's to early for the day to have gone wrong, we say enjoy the peace of mornings and then you're on the right track to a good day. We aim to bring a little bit of happiness into peoples morning, and what is better than your own personalised breakfast to enjoy. 

Favorite blogs, websites, magazines?

There are so many epic blogs out there at the moment, both large established ones and little side projects. A great food blog we love is Heartbreak Pie, while The Denizen and They All Hate Us are great for a little lifestyle inspiration. Sometimes nothing beats getting a little lost on Instagram or Tumblr and just jumping from page to page.  
 
In terms of magazines we love Cereal magazine (what a name!!) - the imagery is so clean and fresh, we're always hunting out each new edition.
 

If we were holidaying in your current city of residence (Auckland) what would you recommend we do for the day?

We love coffees and a Masters Shake from Fred's on Franklin Road in Ponsonby and then Swashbucklers is brilliant for a chilled out, well priced beer in the sun. For a bite to eat it is hard to go past fresh oysters and Depot has them nailed, and dinner at Blue Breeze Inn always wins, its popular, but for a good reason. 
 
A great day trip is to head up to Brick Bay Vineyard for an afternoon. There is an awesome sculpture walk there which conveniently ends at a beautiful little wine restaurant called The Glasshouse. Perfect for a glass of wine and platter - such a gorgeous location.
Thank you so much Jono and Lucy. Such a wicked brand. Be sure to stop by and create your own muesli.
 
Amy x

Friday, October 31, 2014

Renovated Melbourne Villa



Blog posts have been a bit short and sweet this week. In my other life I am a teacher. This week I have been teaching most days. A bit chaotic getting out the door with two littlies early in the morning, but then I look at those people with 4 or 5 kids and remember not to complain. I don't usually blog on the weekend but while browsing online over lunch I became besotted with this gorgeous Melbourne home designed by architectural firm Robson Rak in association with Made by Cohen. I thought it would be selfish of me not to share.



 
Since having young children, I have paired back my interior style somewhat. Removed those nick-knacks. Hidden away the dust collectors. That's what caught my attention with this home. The clean lines and the simplicity of this place and yet it still has that playful family vibe.
 

 
http://style-files.com/2014/10/23/a-renovated-edwardian-family-home-in-melbourne/
Found via The Style Files
 Would you believe that the front of this house is an old brick villa? Clever huh? Happy Saturday.
 
Amy x

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Styled Nook by A Merry Mishap





These gorgeous images were a collaboration between the very talented Jennifer from  A Merry Mishap and Target. Jennifer styled a reading nook using cosy textures, neutral tones and a touch of brass tones thrown in the mix. 

I would park up here with a cuppa and a new magazine any day.
Amy x

Monday, October 27, 2014

Summer lust haves.


Happy Tuesday. Was a long weekend here in New Zealand so after a relaxing time at the beach we are all getting back into the swing of things.



I have been eyeing up these bad boys for a while now. Hobes. Ridiculously cool! Insanely comfortable. Oh so practical.


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Lastly, fashion and interiors really do go hand in hand so it is only fitting that I feature some eye candy on this Tuesday morning.

Amy x

Thursday, October 23, 2014

End of week mix up featuring Rooms to Love by LeeAnn Yare and Larnie Nicolson

It feels like this blog is becoming a once a week thing and for that I am sorry. Being a Mum proves challenging and rewarding all at the same time. For me, the biggest change is the lack of time that I get to do things. Today in my neck of the woods it is a public holiday so I am taking advantage of the husband being home to get some blogging done. Bit of a mixed post today. A few things that I am loving of late.
  


First up a huge congratulations to both interior stylist LeeAnn Yare and photographer Larnie Nicolson on their second gorgeous collaboration - Rooms to Love. And an even bigger congratulations on the announcement of a sell out. Thank you both very much for my beautiful copy. I am working my way through it and love everything that I see so far. Grab yourself a copy here. You wont be disappointed.
 
Clockwise from top left, Maya Trio, Bentwood Stool, The Jimmy Stand, Hudson Chair

As a young family who like the nice things in life but are also trying to get ahead, I don't have copius amounts of money to spend on furniture. This is where well known and on trend brand Mocka comes into play. Such fabulous, timeless and practiacal products without that hefty price tag. My kind of store. Constantly upping their game, Mocka are a proud New Zealand family business with a growing Australian team in place.






Photography by Caroline McCredie
And lastly I am just absolutely swooning over this Bondi home designed by the clever team at C + M Studio by the name of Cross Street Project as seen over at Est Magazine. Can I move in now please?

Happy weekend.

Amy x

Monday, October 20, 2014

Jardin Outdoor

 

Don't you think that sunshine is the answer to many of life's problems? I do! Gosh it is good to see the sun. We have been enjoying lunch out on our deck recently looking out upon our property. I feel so fortunate to be able to do that. So while I am always looking at new interiors for inside the house, my focus has shifted some what of late.


I am delighted to have discovered the gorgeous Jardin Outdoor and even more thrilled to come across their range of the iconic French Bistro chairs. First developed for Parisian lemonade sellers in 1889, The French Bistro chair recently celebrated 125 years and today is still as popular as it was when it first emerged onto the market. 
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Speaking of summer and outdoor living, just a quick couple of inspiration pics just because. Now image the gorgeous French Bistro chairs amongst that lot will ya? Perfection right?
 
Amy x