Sunday, December 4, 2016

Bali Villa x George and Willy x The French Cafe

Images by Prue Roscoe

After a busy week and weekend with school and dance shows, its nice to have a day at home. The husband has popped in from the farm to pick up the kids. They have headed off on a christmas tree hunt. Lucky us having them at our fingertips. Although it usually involves me stealing one from the road side that I have had my eye on for some weeks due to its nice size and shape. Who knows what they will come back with this year!

I am dreaming of summer as I sit here watching the  grey skies outside. This beautiful Bali villa that I spyed over on Homes to Love has my name all over it. I am dying to get to Bali. I have never been. I feel as though I would be in my creative element in Bali from stories I have been told.

I actually love buying presents for my husband. It means I need to put my thinking cap on a bit. George and Willy have so many cool gifts and not just for the man in your life. That mouse pad is all sorts of cool.

I have been to The French Cafe before but that was quite some time ago when I resided in Auckland. How amazing is this image? I really need to get myself up there to visit all of these incredible eateries. Old and new. (If you want to fly me up, feel free!)

Happy Monday, the troups are home. I better go and check what giant tree we have brought home!

Amy x

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Little Additions x Hometour x Juliette Hogan Eyewear

Happy Hump day. Can you believe we are into December tomorrow? My birthday this month. Im a real birthday girl. My husband calls them my birthday festivals because I like to get as much out it being all about me as possible. Although I am still unsure of what I want. I actually asked for tea and toast in bed for breakfast with a new magazine, a day out at the markets in Hawkes Bay finished with wine and good food on our deck in front of the outdoor fire. Perfect weekend to me.

Right first up, I want to introduce you to a new online store. Well, technically not new, but a complete rebrand and an overhaul- Little Additions. As the name states, Little Additions is all about providing beautiful, statement pieces for your home to add that perfect little addition.

How awesome is this Paddinton, Sydney Terrace house which has been renovated by Adrian Amore Architects? It actally goes to show that you dont have to stick to the one colour tone of natural wood. Mixing them together looks just as cool. As always incredible photography by Felix Forrest.

And lastly, incase you were interested in what I am currently saving for. (which you are probably not) This is it. The amazing eyewear by the clever Juliette Hogan. Its love.

Amy x

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Amelia Boland, Dream Kitchen and Sophie Store

Fashion and interiors, my two loves. That is what is on the menu for you today. And yes, as always, a cause close to my heart, I am suppporting local. Enjoy.

Leather bags made right here in New Zealand. What more could one possibly want? The work of designer Amelia Boland has pulled me in - hook, line and sinker. I can tell you first hand that the quality of these bags are incredible. With form being led by function, every design aspect of an Amelia Boland item has a purpose while being visualy stylish and comfortable to wear at the same time.

This gorgeous renovated kitchen belongs to Kate Arends of Wit & Delight and photographed by 2nd Truth. That painted brick, those rich blue hexagon tiles, that kilim rug finished with touches of gold. A perfect combination.

I have long been a fan of accessories label, Sophie Store. The attention to deatil that goes into each of their items is quite something. Their hats are this summers (not mention last summers) must have item. I am also eyeing up their gorgeous torty bangles to finish off the perfect day to day outfit. Each item is thoughtfully designed, yet simple, functional and cool. And can I just say, that owner and designer Belinda, is possible the kindest soul. She helped me out with something. She didnt want anything for it and defintly didnt want me to mention it! Good things happen to good people.

Amy x

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Mini Hearts Club, foodie love and a home tour

I had this post all set to publish this morning but somehow my three year old deleted the entire thing! Clever kid he is!!! :) So here we go for round two.

New brand alert and it is a goodie. I am super stoked to introduce you to new childrens clothing range, Mini Hearts Club. I am predicting big things for this brand. Mini Hearts Club designer, Amie Cholmondeley-Smith, says that their philosophy stems from a desire for simplicity and a pared-back aesthetic. Certified Organic Cotton and made in New Zealand, Mini Hearts Club is designed to mix, match and layer, perfect for my playful minis whom I intend on ordering for.  

I am always on the hunt for healthy recipes to cook for myself and the kids. This Donna Hay Choc Almond Fudge is next on my bake list for sure.

Photography by Eve Wilson

Lastly before I get my head back into teaching mode and finish my planning for tomorrow, how could I go past this bright and vibrant Australian home belonging to Arabella and Chris Wilson as seen on the Design Files. I am loving the colours, the patterns, the wicker and wood and those kitchen tiles. Perfect combination.

Amy x

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Endemic World, French Country Collections and a home tour

Good morning to you all. Can you believe that it is only a month until Christmas? Crazy. My birthday comes before that. Last years birthday was pretty non eventful. The husband tried but I was crook at the time so this year I plan to really reap the benefits. (Yup, I am a real birtday person!)  My husband keeps asking me what I want but I actually havent come up with anything yet. Best I put my thinking cap on. Yesterday we drove to Wellington to Early Settler to pick up one of our new Sofas. You may recall that we recently got new Sofas from Early Settler. A few days in we knew that the slouch wasn’t going to work in our space.  We worked with the Early Settler Team to quickly return and replace the Slouch with two more beauties. We have gone for a mix of a classic vintage leather, The Stockholm and a timeless linen, The Rochelle. I look forward to showing you images over on instagram.

So because the look our living room will be quite different now, I have been keeping an eye out on artwork to compliment the space. Endemic World is always my first go to. The above prints are high up on my radar. The top print, Dried Flowers, is by Cloud Nine Creative designer Lee Sinclair, the middle, Winter Wanderers, is by an absolute favourite of mine, New Zealand photographer, Georgine Skinner and the last, Spotswood Community Hall is by another New Zealand photographer, Nic Staveley who travels the legnth of the county photographing interesting spaces and people.

Lately I have heard from and seen on various decor facebook pages, people doing up their kitchens. People are keen to makeover their kitchens on a budget and with a point of differece. If  I was at a stage where I was making over my kitchen I would certainly include a unique kitchen island, work bench or a console table of some sort. These two from French Country Collections fit the bill perfectly for me.

Lastly, this Australian beach home designed by Bower Architects caught my eye this morning on Pinterest.


Amy x