Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Home tour + Jamie Kay

Thursday already? Heck time flies. I have been busy gearing up for Sunday with Milo and Mitzy and Opera Kitchen with guest speaker Claudia of Father Rabbit. Its all coming together so nicely but I do feel I deserve an hour of quiet time on Sunday evening with a good book that's for sure!

This beach courtyard house in Victoria, Australia has caught my eye today by the insanely talented Auhaus Architecture and interiors firm. Photography by Derek Swalwell, styling by Nina Provan. Modern and industrial mixed into one. And using indoor outdoor living to the absolute maximum. That is everything that I love.

And secondly today, have you had a chance to pop over and check out the new home ware range from Jamie Kay? Its all looking so good. I am loving their new range of cushions as seen above.

Amy x

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Home tours meets photography session

I thought I would start off the week with a bit of home tour love and a little bit about the photos that I have been taking lately for both Milo and Mitzys instagram and the blog.

A gorgeous gorgeous home found thanks to Desire to Inspire by design firm, Alexander & Co. I would totally recommend spending some time over on Desire to Inspire if you are seeking inspiration for a new build.
I have been working this year on taking my own photos as you might well have figured out. I am using these mainly for my instagram. Being the fussy over the top person that I am, particularly when it comes to photos, I always very hesitant to use my own as I am clearly no photographer. However, to stay fresh and ahead in this game, I think it is essential. Hence the reason I purchased a new camera, a Canon 70d which I fought until the very end to win on a Trade Me battle. And heres the thing, I still don't know how to use it but when I get the time, I sit there and watch youtube clips to better my skills.
My focus at the moment is taking product shots, I also am taking the photos for our Frankie wears along with a few interior shots from my own home and I take my camera when I head to visit stylish eateries as you know I am all for amazing café interior.
The biggest thing that I have learnt is that the lighting is key. So here I was trying to stick my products beside a window but then I found it was too bright on one side of the photo and not bright enough on the other. Its been all about playing around and experimenting for me.

These shots here that I have taken have been edited for instagram purposes. I am still getting my head around editing and getting the exposure right as well the brightness and contrast etc. If you can recommend any great editing programs, let me know.
The other thing I wanted to add in here is that photos are crucial. If you own a store or you are designer of some sort yet you are not great at taking photos, I would highly recommend paying for some photos. The amount of emails that I have had from people who have great products, yet have just taken a quick phone snap on their kitchen table, I cannot count. And it is no offence at all but myself, along with a lot of other design bloggers, I would say, are very fussy about the images featured on their site. SO on that note, whilst I am still learning, if you would like to find out more about getting me to photograph some of your products, drop me an email for information and prices,
Amy x

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Kitchen Love

Totally my kind of kitchen. A little bit country, a little bit industrial, a lot Cool! With thanks via The Generalist.
Amy x

The wedding of Kendel + Tim by Melissa Mills Photography

You all know that I am a massive fan of Hawkes Bay based photographer, Melissa Mills. I have worked with her on several occasions here and here. When I came across her amazing images for the wedding of Kendel + Tim, I just had to share. Yes yes a bit different for me as I am not a wedding blog, but these are too good. And I do get inquiries from readers re Hawkes Bay based wedding photographers. So if you are in the market for a photographer, Melissa is you gal.

Incredibly natural photos which is exactly what I love. The most amazing light, a beautiful bride and groom and im a wee bit bias as my brother in law is in the bridal party also. Be sure to touch base with Melissa here if you are looking for photographer for any wedding or family photos. Super talented is all that I can say.

Happy Wednesday.

Amy x

Monday, May 9, 2016

Biasol Design Studio X Duffle & Co

Morning to you all. I trust that all is going swell. I am busy getting everything finalised for the event that I am hosting next Sunday with Opera Kitchen. I am very much looking forward to Claudia of Father Rabbit speaking to us about running a successful business here in New Zealand. See flyer for more details above.


First up this morning, I have been admiring the work of Biasol Design Studio for some time now. The Melbourne based, internationally recognised company are known for working with a holistic approach, allowing them to tackle the  hardest of challenges. The work that I admire of there's is in hospitality. Always on the look out for amazing café designs, Lucky Penny by Biasol Design Studio ticks all of the boxes for me.

And secondly, I am pretty mad about leather and in particular, tan coloured leather. Im always on the hunt for great leather products. I am also always on the hunt for cool presents for the husband. So when I came across these guys, Duffle & Co, it was a win win all around. I am head over heels for these two above overnight bags. Handcrafted in India using 100 % leather, these bags are an absolute timeless classic. And believe it or not, AMAZINGLY priced considering the time and materials invested. I will definitely be grabbing one of these for my husband and filling it with goodies for Christmas. (Yes I know, I know, long time away! One can plan ahead right?)

Amy x

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Frankie Wears - Mabel's Garb

I am thrilled to bring you a new Frankie Wears post today featuring a gorgeous Australian store that I have followed for sometime now on Instagram.

Todays stunning dress is from Australia's Mabel's Garb. Mabel's Garb stock amazing Spanish, Danish, American and Australian designers and offer world wide shipping. Here Frankie is wearing a dress by Danish brand Gro Company. Its a beautiful midnight blue stretch fabric and of incredibly quality. The fabric is heavy with plenty of room as Frankie gets bigger.

The hat is a Cotton On number, great for winter. The mustard tights are from Charlie and Me and her trusty Barbour Wellies are from Wellies NZ. An outfit essential for us.

That's all from my little thumb sucker!
Amy x
This was a sponsored post with thanks to Mabel's Garb. Email if you would like to find out more about being involved in our Frankie Wears series. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Superette Store X Milo and Mitzy Chunky Knit Throw

I have had a few queries recently about the Milo and Mitzy chunky knit throws. We are no longer stocking these, however you can still purchase them from Superette who now exclusively sell them. And how cool do they look as part of the new Superette home wears lookbook? 

A couple more images for you from the very clever, very cool Superette Store. Happy weekend. Ill be back on the blog later this evening or over the weekend as I have lots of new exciting things to show you.
Amy x

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Home Tour, Maman Boutique and Holiday Goodness

Whoopsy, Wednesday already and I haven't posted yet. I will try and make this one a goody to make up for lost time. We were away over the weekend which was nice although never long enough. Back to school for me tomorrow which will be good to get back into the classroom. And how good is this weather? Mind you, we are screaming out for rain.

This gorgeous property caught my eye over at Est Magazine. That black joinery and gorgeous lighting is what sold me. Described as an entertainers dream, this inner city Sydney cottage sure ticks all of the right boxes for me.


Next up today, I have had my eyes on Maman Boutique in Aucklands Remuera for quite some time now. Maman Boutique proves to unique and ever changing, mix fashion and home ware with art and music. Not only do they stock brands such as Springcourt, Ulla Johnson and J Brand but they also have an incredible gallery in which they feature a new artist every 6 to 8 weeks.


I thought it was only fitting that I include images from Maman Boutique of their incredible Hale Mercantile linen that they stock in store. Another beautiful brand stocked by the clever ladies at Maman. These gorgeous images above were styled and photographed by the clever Kara Rosenlund using beautiful Hale Mercantile products.

And lastly, a couple of snaps from our weekend away at the lake. Amazing Autumn weather, lake like glass and even a successful afternoon of fishing. Happy days.

Amy x