Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Audrey Fitzjohn X Caroline Walls X NZ House & Garden

I dont know where time has gone lately. I think its true, the older you get, the shorter the years. Can you believe it is nearly spring. I am really ready for some sunshine. One downfall of rural living is the amount of mud and dust and the washing that comes along side of it. I think Patch goes through about 4 changes of clothing each day. Such a dream for someone who is not great at keeping up with washing!

Exciting news, Milo and Mitzy has been nominated for the Amara International Design blog awards. Im stoked and thankful to whomever did nominate me. Id be super grateful if you could pop over and flick me a quick vote by clicking here

Lately, I have been so inspired by the work of French born, kiwi living Audrey Fitzjohn. Her style is immaculate and her photography is beautiful. Not to mention her incredible house. That bedroom. Such a dream. And she can sew, knit and lately has put her hand towards pottery. 

Crushing on Caroline Walls art right now which was introduced to me by a friend who told me not to post about it as she wanted to keep this amazing artist all to herself. Be rude not to share it right? Sorry friend :) Beautiful paintings and nude drawings and so reasonably priced. 

Its that time again when another beautiful edition of New Zealand House & Garden magazine is out. I was stoked to see the beautiful familiy holiday home in Greece of English born, New Zealand living photographer, Georgina Skinner whos work I have long admired. Georginas family were capitivated by the Greek lifestyle and 3 years embarked on buliding a contemporary traditional Greek holiday home. 

Being so far away when the build took place was challenging for Georgina but they couldnt be happier with the results. Sitting out on the main bedroom balcony looking over the Albian Mountains is a favourite past time for Georgina and her family. There is no trouble slipping into island life and holiday mode in this beautiful setting.

Amy x

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Home tour x Ceramics from Tea Pea x Veda House

Massive apologies for my lack of posting. Here is me thinking I would get lots of blog work achieved over the school holidays. Not to be. Last week saw us waking up to the most snow I have ever seen on my front door step, me fighting off a cold and finishing off the week with a fleeting girls trip to Wellington. This week sees us catching up with cuzzys, a trip to the Wiggles and hopefully we get out to the beach at some stage. 

With a bit of winter cabin fever hitting, I'm dreaming of winter escapes to the the beach. Clovelly House by Sydney architect Madeleine Blanchfield is an absolute dream. Ill wake up to that view any day if I must. 

I am an absolute sucker for amazing ceramics. These new pieces available from Tea Pea Store by the talented Jen Watts are perfection.

Cassie Ballards Veda House is a small branding and photography studio and boy is her work inspiring. Oh to photograph and design like Cassie. 

Amy x

Thursday, June 29, 2017

NZ House & Garden and Kitchen Tour

Happy Friday! Fridays for us, are home days. No preschool, no teaching. The kids spend the day playing and blobbing out. I kick the day off with a bootcamp and spend the rest of it cleaning the house and drinking tea whilst I hang out with the kids before the days get busy again over the weekend with sport and catching up with friends. 

Its that time of the month again when another copy of NZ House & Garden is about to hit the shelves. Ive been super lucky to get a sneak peek inside of the July issue and what an issue it is. You can imagine my delight when I came across the home of Claudia and Nick of Father Rabbit who are such an inpiration to me and have been for some 6 years or so, now.

Claudia and Nicks home appears in the special feature, More or Less where NZ House & Garden features 3 minimalist homes and 3 maximalist homes. For minimalist Claudia, everything in her home has to have a purpose or things must be absolutley loved.  

NZ House & Garden's intention this issue was to show the contrast between homeowners who collect and display their treasures and those who prefer the clean, uncluttered look in their homes.

Another little surprise in this issue was the bonus mini recipe book that I found inside of the magazine. A beautiful collection of Italian recipes inspired by winter and the warmth and generosity of the Italians and their hospitality skills. Hearty soul-soothing food that doubles as both comfort food yet still impressing your weekend guests. Be sure to pick yourself up a copy on Monday. So much goodness to ponder over with a good cuppa tea.

Since spotting this home in the Australian Interior Design Awards a few weeks ago, I have been in awe. The whole home is fabulous, but the kitchen is really quite something else. Oh and those chairs! The perfect pop of colour in an otherwise neutral room. This project was completed by SJB and photographed by Anson Smart.

Happy Weekend.

Amy x

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


If you have followed Milo and Mitzy for some time now you will know that I am a big fan of cafes and restaurants, the culture that comes with these places and most importantly the design and food. So I am excited to launch my series - Milo and Mitzy Visits.

I have had my eye on this new Palmerston North joint, Local, since it opened in March this year. I was lucky enough to visit upon closing recently to photograph their incredible space.  Their aesthetic is amazing. Every little detail has been thought through down to a tee. The colour choice is bang on point, those indoor tiles are really quite something else and that amazing front signage, you cannot miss it, thats for sure.  With the help of design company Material CreativeCafe Local owners, Father and Daughter duo Bex and Tim, really have hit the nail on the head.

And now let me get to the good bit. The coffee, honeslty I can say was to die for, creamy and full of flavour, just how I like it. And while I only had a savoury muffin, I am pretty fussy with my savoury muffins as my mother in law makes the best in the country, but seriously, these were spot on, heated with a good side of butter! Whats not to love? Local, A must visit when in the mighty Manawatu.

Amy x

Phototgraphy by Amy Tennent for Milo and Mitzy

If you have a space that you would like Milo and Mitzy to visit, be it a design store, fashion store or an eatery of some sort, do drop me an email. This post was created in collaboration with Cafe Local. All opinions are my own.

Lujo, Koyoto Indoor Beanbag Collection

I am all about comfort in my home. One of my absolute favourite things to do is to kick back with a new magazine and a cup of tea; a very rare treat in my household. So when I mention comfort in my home, of course it has to be stylish, too. Thank goodness that New Zealand’s boutique relaxation-inspired furniture manufacturer Lujo have incorporated my two must haves into their latest Kyoto Collection of Indoor Beanbags.

This luxurious range features a deluxe XL beanbag chair, an ottoman and a footstool all made from easy care commercial grade Textilia® fabrics. The Koyoto range is modern with a classic spin, meaning that the pieces wont date and will fit within a wide range of interior and decor styles. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is immaculate and the colour range is second to none, a sophisticated colour palette suited to a variety of styles.

Lujo believe that each of their pieces of furniture must impress visually, must maximise relaxation and must stand the test of time (their five-year warranty speaks volumes!). This latest range of Kyoto bean bags certainly does that and they offer free shipping!

A piece of furniture for my home that is extremely comfortable and enduring, as well as being aesthetically pleasing, making a real statement in any room. That sounds right up my alley. The tough choice now is which to pick.

Amy x

This was a sponsored post in collaboration with Lujo. All opinions are my own. I only work with brands that fit with Milo and Mitzy.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

GABBE X By the horns X Staple + Cloth

Happy hump day. Change of career for me today. I go from being a primary school teacher one minute, to spending my day at home blogging, photographing and answering emails. Suits me well as I am get bored very easily. A bit of art love, fashion and some gorgeous interior inspiration on todays post. Enjoy.


Again, kicking off todays post with another flippen incredible kitchen and living area by design company GABBE. I can't get enough of this companies work. I mean seriously, those tiles, the wooden accents and those black window frames. What is not to love? Oh and did you see that there is a kilim in their kitchen... I die!


You know how much I love a good farm print? Amanda King, creator of new company By the horns nails it. I am loving what I see so far and I am excited that Amanda is in the process of adding to her range and building her profile. I was lucky enough to have Amanda share a bit of an insight on what goes into creating By the horns.

First and foremost, I am a mother, farmer's wife, school teacher, children's photographer and now the creator of 'By the horns,' fine art prints. I grew up in Australia, met my husband in Croatia while on our OE, and now both living on the family farm in a small town called Windwhislte. I studied Education and have been teaching for 11 years, but during this time discovered my passion for photography. Anybody who knows me will tell you my love for animals, and I find myself lucky to be living on a farm and looking at these beautiful creatures every day! If only I could keep them all as pets. I plan on building on my portfolio in coming months, and years.  
By The Horns started all because I decided I wanted a large print for myself of a Highland Cow in my living room. After taking the picture, getting it printed on museum quality paper and then of course framed,   I started to get interest from other people and decided to get out there and take more photos of all rural animals for prints! 
 Great photographs move me, so I am happy to be an avid photographer hoping to produce my own moving images.  Photography forces you to look at the world much harder than normal. It makes you find intriguing, unusual, and stunning beauty in unexpected places, and forces you into new spaces looking for more! I really do enjoy what I do, whether that is taking photos of children or animals!
I get a lot of inspiration from Instagram. I love to see how people are using artwork to accentuate their living spaces.  Some of my favourites I am currently following are @thewhiteroominteriors_nyc, @themodestfarmhouse, @well_isnt_that_lovely, @norsuinteriors, @_myhousemystyle_, @the_stables_   just to name a few!!!
Thank you so much Amanda for that insight into life behind By The Horns. If you are looking for a special piece to add to your walls, this is your place. Happy Shopping.

As a long time fan of New Zealand designed and made, Staple + Cloth, I am noticing that the brand just keeps going from strength to strength and is only getting better with age. Classic and modern, understated and elegant, the Spring Collection of Day Vs Night has my name all over it.

Amy x