Mercer and Mercer X George & Willy X The Style Tales by Christall Lowe X Blackbird Goods

Back to school this week. I can hear the cheers from Mums around the country. Back to work for me that means. It was so nice to enjoy some time with the kids at our new home over the holidays. Nice not to rush in the mornings and can I just say how awesome it was not having to make school lunches!






If I rememember rightly, I think it was the ceilings of this home that caught my attention. The use of concrete blocks and the cedar cladding is a real winner. Raw materials, the lack of lining and unfussy details is what makes this house work. Designed by New Zealand architect firm, Mercer & Mercer, the brief from the clients was different and fun which has certainly been acheived. Interior by Grant and Liz Davis and photography by Patrick Reynolds. 



George & Willy's reputation just keeps going from strength to stregnth. As a magazine addict, I regularly buy home and design magazine, a lot of these been Australian based. Its not often at present that I dont pick up an Australian home magazine and George and Willy dont feature. These guys are killing it here and internationally. My picks for today is the leather skipping rope and the leather mouse pad. Such cool unique gifts to give. 



I have always been a fan of Christall Lowe of The Style Tales. So much talent and so inspiring. This girl knows how to create, cook, style and photograph all in one and guess what, shes happy to teach you, too. If this is your thing, or you have an inkling to learn, I strongly recommed you to purchase a ticket to her workshop. I hope to be there for sure. 



And lastly, when I see clothing like this I go all clucky like! Why cant my babies still be small?! Stop growing already would ya? These gorgeous denim numbers are from local faves, Blackbird Goods

Amy x

New Adairs bedding for Patch



I have recently painted Patchys room. It was a yellow colour with a floral freeze, so, being a real boys boy I thought I that I had better tackle his room first and do away with the floral. I still have a paint feature I want to complete but for now the white has refreshed the room. 

We decided it would be cool, being a larger room, to put up the trundler bed if Patch has a friend to stay. I had the job of choosing new bed linen from Adairs. I thought I would go for something a bit fun for Patch as hes a kid with a lot of personality. The marle dinosaur throw at the end of each bed adds character to the muted denim blue quilt that I chose. I also like to hide things under the beds hence the reason I went for the longer quilt. I can safely say, Patchy is a massive fan! 

Amy x

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Home Tour X Alys & Bibin

Happy Easter, I hope you all had an amazing break be it heading away on holiday or spending time at home getting much needed jobs done. We were the latter. Kicked off by a fun late night party at our house on Friday with friends. I actually enjoy time at home over Easter and it was nice to have some down time enjoying our new property which we are absolutely loving. I am nearly finished Patchys room which has been the first room to makeover. This needed to happen as it was yellow and floral which somehow didn't really match my farming, sport mad boy!





We managed to achieve a bit in the garden. Always satisfying seeing the results. Hence the reason I am showing you this property today. This came about as I was madly searching and pinning courtyard images. Design company Kennedy Nolan approached this renovation with the idea of English Style arts and crafts house in mind and to reorganise the living to engage the interiors directly with the courtyard and garden. 


This, in particular was what drew me in, the large black framed doors opening up onto the courtyard of this property and the fact that they lead off from the main living areas. 



And that cladding on the wall of the room by the swimming pool. I am all over that. In fact I am looking for something clever and stylish similar to this to hide a tank near our back door. If anyone has a suggestion, let me know. 





Next up, I would like to introduce you to Alys & Bibin, an incredible homewares store drawing inspiration from island life and relaxed vibes. Alys & Bibin owner Caitlin, believes that your home is a place to rejuvenate and relax and that your home is a place to fill with your loved treasures and unique homewares. Filled with gorgeous products, Alys & Bibin is definitely one to watch. 

Amy x

Parex MultiTap


As you all know, we have moved into a new home. I am absolutely loving our new spot. Such a nice feeling about this property that will become our forever home. So in saying that and me being me, I am definitely but slowly taking on some renovations throughout the home to really stamp our mark. One thing I will be working on first, is the kitchen. Its a beautiful kitchen with an amazing outlook but for our active wee family there are some changes that need to be made. So as you can imagine, I have been intensely researching. One kitchen must have that I am absolutely loving right now is the Parex MultiTap. 



The Parex MultiTap provides filtered near-boiling water for effortless coffees and teas, as well as filtered hot and cold water from the same tap. A win win if you ask me. Switching between making myself a cuppa and doing the dishes never looked so easy. And waiting for that hot hot water to boil my hungry kids vegetables would be an absolute breeze. Not to mention the fact that I could do away with our old kitchen jug that clogs the bench. The MultiTap is easy to install with plug in convenience and tool free connections, it really does seem like a no-brainer.  

Amy x

hej hej

I am thrilled to pieces to bring you an exclusive interview with the designers behind womenswear brand hej hej who do linen like no other, Kiki and Alice. And thanks to these talented girls, I am lucky enough to be giving an indigo tie cami and white shorts set away to one lucky follower over on instagram. 


How and why did hej hej begin?

Alice has been working in the industry for over 12 years in Auckland, Sydney and Hong Kong. Kiki has been on the ground in Greater China for nearly 5 years and has a background in the tech world.


We have been friends since uni and always shared a love of clothing, sewing and fashion. We’ve talked about starting something together for years.

After travelling and living in Asia, we discovered linen clothing was the best to beat the heat. But we couldn’t find stylish or affordable 100% linen pieces that we loved, so we started making our own.


It has been amazing working with other creative friends around the world. Our graphic designer & art director Macarena is based in London and our photographer Tane, an old school friend, flew over from Sydney to work with us.


What inspires you?


Colour!
Premium fabrics that are high quality, functional, easy to wear and look fab. We love linen(obviously!), cashmere and silk.
● Brands like Triangl, who are located close to their suppliers, develop products with interesting fabrics and have found success with their online model.


What online accounts/websites do you follow?

● Instagram: Teddys Store, Tane Coffin (our amazing photographer), The Brim Label, Sauce Mag, Greta van der Star, Anyone Girl.
● Pinterest is a big influence for us, we love seeing different people wear clothes in their own
way.


If we were visiting your town what could we do?

Start with brunch at Kokako Cafe followed by shopping on Ponsonby Road. Take an afternoon dip at Point Chev then finish the day off with dinner at Coco’s Cantina on K'Road.


Where would we shop and eat?

Shopping

● Simon James Concept Store in Herne Bay
● Centerpoint Fabrics in Newmarket - they have a great selection and the staff are super helpful
● Father Rabbit for homewares
● Ponsonby Road for everything else


Eating

● Tiger Burger for the amazing Gang-jeong Burger (chicken burger) and Kimcheese Burger
(cheese burger with kimchi)
● Kokako Cafe in Grey Lynn for brunch
● Blue Breeze Inn for modern Chinese food
● Ripe Deli for great takeaway lunch options and iced coffee
● Toto Pizza (we’re big pizza fans around here)
● & Sushi for the best looking sushi in town
● Mt Albert Markets on a Saturday morning for our weekly shop


Thank you so much to the girls at hej hej, Kiki and Alice. Such incredible wares. I will be watching the future of this brand closely. Im thinking big things. For your chance to win an indigo tie cami and white linen shorts, head over to Milo and Mitzys Instagram page.

Amy x

Interview with Georgina of Gigi Goods & Co

I am super excited today to be sharing an interview that I did recently with Georgina of Gigi Goods & Co and also the very talented photographer behind Print by George. 





Tell us about Gigi Goods & Co and what inspired you to start this journey?

Gigi was an idea I had long before even Print By George came about.  It was a project that I  had in in the back of my mind for a long time and just couldn’t shake it. Originally I thought Print By George would turn into a travelling gallery, but overtime it progressed into selling items that I personally love and use into setting up a travelling homewares shop. The gallery is now something I will incorporate into Gigi. 


When I set up Print By George, I didn’t have the funds to jump straight into buying and renovating a caravan and so I ran a business online from the farm until I could afford to buy Gigi and do her up. 

I am not sure what inspired me to start a caravan mobile business, but I think I have always been interested in buying a caravan and I was always keen to set up a pop up shop of some kind, whether it was selling my photographs or putting my love of interiors and design together to sell homewares…these all worked hand in hand. Also part of it is that I live slightly remotely here in NZ and to set up a shop from home wasn’t going to be the most profitable for a shop like this unless online, it had to be mobile and able to travel.

Where do you you draw your inspiration from?

Magazines. I am in LOVE with print! However, in the last couple of years, I have really got into online blogs, Pinterest and Instagram. Following people online is so simple and to see every day people and what they love is so personal and easily accessed.

What accounts/websites do you follow online?

A lot from the UK and Australia. Of course NZ too, but I find I still adore my roots of the UK style and design. There are a lot of bloggers and places in the UK who inspire me on a day to day such as The Frugality and Artist Residence and then in Australia I love the likes of Byron Beach Abodes and Designstuff. Within NZ, I am obsessed with getting Homestyle magazine delivered to my doorstep every issue! Its the most peaceful interiors magazine I know. Pinterest is also a total babe in helping with all areas of inspiration.

Best  thing to do/eat/visit for someone visiting your local area?

Give me a few months and I would recommend coming to stay at our very own farmstay in the Grey Valley on the West Coast!!! (WIP!!)

But for food, I would certainly go down to Hokitika beach front and say hi to Jeb in her coffee cart Bloom Coffee. She hand bakes some fab treats and the coffee is gorgeous. Then a must visit is to take a coffee from Greymouth town and some fish and chips from Cobden and drive up to one of the piers and watch the waves (& surfers) come in. You are then totally set for a cheeky date night with your best mate!

Thank you so much to the gorgeous and talented Georgina of Gigi Goods & Co.

Amy x

Home tour X Formantics X Willow & Ash

I was just looking over the images in today's post, a very clean, fresh, white post for you today. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, there is a bit of  a de-clutter trend going on, at present. I guess I have no choice but to de-clutter as we move houses in a little under 3 weeks! Crikey! Ive added in some gorgeous artwork by an artist whom I have always admired as I feel this art work adds a bit of interest and fun to any space. 






This home screams relax and chill to me. Not so much with kids but, relax and chill for a weekend with your partner and a good book. Thats more what I am meaning. And hey, I am fine doing that for a weekend, trust me! How cool does that Ochre coloured bedlinen look against the white. You can purchase similar here. 





I have long admired the work of talented artist Susan from New Zealands Formantics. Contemporary and vibrant and as I said earlier, these pieces add a touch of playfulness to any room. These above are just a few of my many favourite Formantics pieces. 



So with my family being on the move comes a good time for me to declutter and reorganise. (or in my case, organise) Willow & Ash have come to my rescue providing a great range of products from Tosca which make organising your home a breeze. Made out of coated steel and an ash coloured wood, these kitchen accessories make putting some order in to your home a breeze. 


Amy x

Summer House X George and Willy X Mr Bigglesworthy

Happy hump day. Ive mentioned in a couple of posts on instagram that I have some excting things coming up which I can now tell you about. One personal, and one business. The Milo and Mitzy news is that I will be launching a small jewellery range in the coming months and the personal news is that we are moving house and farm in four weeks. Very quick and exciting stuff. Hence the reason I am busy seeking inspiration and looking around at furniture as the house we move to is much bigger than our current. 







Although back at work, I cant quite seem to snap myself out of holiday mode due to this hot weather. Im drawn to beautiful summer houses at present. This incredible home located in the Hamptons screams peaceful summer to me. Renovated by designer Jessica Helgerson, that dining room setting, both indoor and out is truley something special. Oh, and I will be stealing that window seat design for my own up and coming renovations, for sure. 




New Zealand brand, George and Willy just keep pulling out the goods, gaining quite a name for themselves in the design world. Their latest, The Table Mounted Paper Roller is an innovative way to dispense paper in your shop, office or home. Simple yet fucntional which is what this brand is all about. I truely reccommend keeping an eye on these guys, always going one step ahead. 




So as I mentioned, I have been busy looking around and seeking inspiration for our future move. One brand that I often turn to for furniture is Mr Bigglesworthy. Why? Aswell as offering new and unique pieces, this brand is leading the path for vintage. I am one to shop around for something a little different. Mr Bigglesworthyhttp://www.mrbigglesworthy.co.nz/ offer timeless designs in both their new and vintage lines that are of the highest quality.

Amy x

Mercer and Mercer X George & Willy X The Style Tales by Christall Lowe X Blackbird Goods

Back to school this week. I can hear the cheers from Mums around the country. Back to work for me that means. It was so nice to enjoy some ...