House tour - Kilim Love

I simply just had to share another post with you today as it seems quite fitting given that we have just interviewed Lisa from Siggada Kilims this morning. I wont ramble of but Oh lordy! How flippen cool is this place with all of these amazing, fabulous, swell Kilims throughout.



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Heaven, don't you think?

Amy x

Shopkeeper Interview - Lisa of Siggada Kilims

It gives me great pleasure to introduce Lisa of Siggada Kilims for today's Milo and Mitzy shopkeeper interview.


Name: Lisa Reid

What do you do for a living? 

I sell kilims from my house in GreyLynn (Siggada Kilims) and I also freelance as a graphic designer.

How does a normal day fold out for you? 

Theres not a lot of normality to it! The beginning is always to get the kids organised and off to school. I open up Siggada to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-3pm, so those days I am pottering in my studio which is in the front room of our house. The rest of the week its a mixture of organising stock/media/paperwork/outside of hours clients if Im not out of the house freelancing at various design agencies around town. Afternoons its all about my kids and their activities, thats why Siggada is ideal for me, to be able to facilitate my kids social lives!

Who inspires you? 

I love being inspired and its always from a vast range a sources, art galleries for example leave me reeling with possibilities. Recently its been Sibella Court, the Sydney based stylist who has a gypsy heart very like my own and knows how to put a scene together especially with kilims!

What websites/blogs could we find you reading? 

I fall into this one by default really. I receive Remodelista daily via email, the clean chic aesthetic of which I greatly admire. My absolute love is Pintrest  I can loose hours at this, what a great way to see the world. Treehouses, landscapes, remarkable houses, gardens.


What is your interior style?
 
Clean lines. I like space, high ceilings, big windows that lets the light ooze in and anti clutter, I don’t do stuff for the sake of stuff. I adore eclectic mixing of styles, and artwork. To me the biggest luxury in this world is artwork, I find it so interesting to see what people collect and how they display it. So artistic homes for me are heavenly, I don’t mind if the sofa is beat up if the art is good. I also like comfy looking spaces to curl up in for cat naps in the sun.

What is your fashion style? 

You know I have learnt a lot from Trinny and Sussanah! I now know what cut suits and what doesn’t.(Thats what turning 40 does to you). Being a bit busty has its limitations and advantages so I am no slave to fashion. What Id like to put across is a casual designery look with a little bit of rocknroll mixed in. Well, thats what Id like to be giving out ha!

From your store, what is on your wish list to buy right now?

Top of my list is an antique Kuba kilim. It has the most ideal colourings (all hand-dyed with sage, blue smoke, rose, and greys) and is very precious because of its rarity. Next would be a Tavas floor cushion that I find the workmanship/style very pleasing. It has beautifully crafted over stitching. It is old and that is its charm, its utterly unique and rich in texture. You just can’t get that on the high streets.

From anywhere, what is on your wish list to buy right now?

Where to start. Obviously a big buying trip overseas would be first, but if it were to be locally I have been eying up a gorgeous mirror for over my fireplace from Zoo Warehouse on Ponsonby Road, 3 big silver trays from Citta Design for my kitchen wall (Ive always adored their design/style aesthetic), and a gorgeous big wingback chair for my studio so I can curl up and read a book in the sun in the winter.


What is your favourite holiday destination and why? 

Cinque Terre in Italy. Set on the Med clutching the cliff its extremely picturesque and feels like heaven when you are there. I have been there twice. The first time was with my best friend Merrin when we backpacked around Europe and were young and carefree and full of romantic notions. The second time was with my husband Trevor and our two boys. We were blissed out and they were a nightmare! As my eldest shoved his elbow on a medusa and screamed the beach down and I frantically raced up to the pharmacia via the piaza in my togs in front of many chicly dressed Italians - a togs togs undies moment I never want to repeat again! 

What is your favourite meal to cook or have cooked for you? 

Cevich or Kokado as they called it in Fiji when we honeymooned. Raw fish salad. Its something I don’t make at home as the kids won’t eat it (spoilsports) and yet it makes my wheels spin. 

Any 5 year plans you would like to share with us? 

To be the #1 place for New Zealanders to source their kilims and textiles. Always travel, to bring my family with me to share in the adventures. To grow my kids up to be happy balanced adolescents and to enjoy my husband each and every day.

All images via Lisa's Pinterest boards

Thank you so much for sharing that all with Lisa. Do pop over to Siggada Kilims to pick your own gorgeous rug or cushion

Amy x


The Blogger Shares - Shannon of re:address

I am thrilled to introduce the lovely Shannon of New Zealands re:address this morning for The Blogger Shares. Thanks so much Shannon. 

Cinematic Light Box
Inspiration via Honey and Fizz
Great minds think alike as Shannon and I both are lusting after this cinematic light box. Shannon states - I am sure, like all interior addicts my wish list is loooong and ever growing so it is tough to pick out just one. But this beautiful light box is definitely being purchased this month. I first spotted the light box in an INSIDE OUT Magazine and have coveted it ever since.  I love how Simone from Honey & Fizz uses hers via her Instagram account.


Blog wise, again, there are so many where I get inspiration.  Lately I have been loving Lark & Linen.  I follow the blog and Pinterest page for the perfect mix of interiors, recipes, art and lifestyle.

Thanks so much for sharing Shannon.

Amy x

House Tour

Okay okay so I am not a pink person at all. Don't really wear it much and the only place you will see it in my home is the odd pop of pink amongst the black, white and yellow in Frankies room. But I mean come on! How the heck could I not love this place? Firstly it is that lime washed floor that floats my boat. Mix in the black, white and those subway tiles and finish off with that banging art work and soft furnishings and I reckon there is a pretty perfect apartment right there!







via MOHV

Below are a number of items from the lovely folk at Paper Plane to get you started in achieving a similar look as seen here in this apartment.

Happy Monday y'all.

Amy x

The Family Co - weekend shopping


Listen up, The Family Co are offering us free shipping on all orders over $25 from tonight (Friday) through until Monday evening. Hows that for cool? Happy shopping. 

Amy x

Ay Illuminate exclusively at Indie Home Collective

Claudia Kozub is a name I have been hearing around a lot lately. Why? Because she is an interior stylist with exquisite taste who now also runs a fabulous store by the name of Indie Home Collective. Having not long being open, Claudia is already adding new exciting items to an already amazing selection of stock at Indie Home Collective.




Claudias latest addition is a range of unique Ay Illuminate lights from the Netherlands based on designs from Asia and Africa and incorporating the natural materials and cultures of our world.

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Above are several examples of how to display these incredible lights in the home. Pretty swell right? Do pop over here and pay Claudia a visit to get your hands on one of these beauties. 

Amy x

The Shopkeeper Interview - Nardine and Hayley of Baz*ar The Empire

I am thrilled to introduce you this morning to not one but two amazingly talented and stylish fashionistas, Hayley and Nardine of Baz*ar The Empire. You get double the interview here, so grab yourself a cuppa, sit back and enjoy.


Name: Nardine Ataera

What do you do for a living?

Enjoy it! As one of the Directors @ Large for Baz*ar The Empire how can I not! NB: @ Large as we roam a lot – it keeps things interesting.

How does a normal day fold out for you?


5am wake up call (husband’s gym alarm) - daily devotional/meditation - 6am workout - 7am get ready; my favourite time of the day and quite a ritual for me which involves numerous cups of green tea, burning multiple WoodWick candles, make-up, hair, outfit, social media updates, family phone calls & general bliss - 9am green smoothie (yes I’m on that buzz and loving it) - 9.30am the scenic drive from Hastings to Ahuriri to get to work - 10am decaf Americano from milkandhoney and time for business which can involve any of the following – shop floor, financials, marketing, buying appointments, general shenanigans - 5pm the relaxing drive home on which I generally try and think of something creative for dinner - 6pm cook something not very creative for dinner - 7pm relax and catch up with my husband - 9pm bedtime – I love my sleep! (In our Californian super king bed which helps.)

Who inspires you?

Elle McPherson – The Body, The Business, The Longevity. And satorially, Emmanuelle Alt.


What websites/blogs could we find you reading?

Australian Harpers Bazaar – in hard copy. It’s now been over 10 years of love and I have kept every single issue. Iherb- for all things health-related – I can waste a lot of time trawling through their products and creating wishlists - I’m vitamin obsessed! Style Runner - for all things sport related – as above, this satisfies my workout gear weakness. Mrs Lilien - this lady has a seriously cool way with words. Milo and Mitzy - interior inspiration that makes me want to get my DIY on! Sincerly Jules - LA based Julie Sarinana has a style I admire – easy, effortless chic, girly with an edge.

What is your interior style?


Strong, industrial, masculine, opulent, art deco, baroque, black & white.

What is your fashion style?


Lady-like with a tomboy twist. Sport-luxe COMPLETES ME.

From your store, what is on your wishlist to buy right now?

Classic black & white Converse high-tops, RUBY Giovanna nail polish (this is on repeat), WoodWick Havana candles, Grown Polishing Facial Exfoliant (my new years resolution is to buff myself beautiful) & new season RUBY!

From anywhere, what is on your wish list to buy right now?

A crystal clear Kartell Ghost Chair, pinky-sized gold signet ring and Chanel sneakers.

What is your favorite holiday destination and why?

Taranaki – my family is there & Rarotonga – ultimate relaxation and a simple way of life.

What is your favorite meal to cook or have cooked for you?

Spaghetti Bolognese on a bed of spinach topped with loads of parmesan cheese.

Any 5 year plans you would like to share with us?

I prefer to leave it in the Lord’s hands – I’m already blessed beyond belief with the life I live.


Name:Haley Stuart-Malcolm

What do you do for a living?

Director: (big girl) at Baz*ar The Empire. A retail/lifestyle store, also a part time enthusiast of textile illustration...

How does a normal day fold out for you?

Finding coffee and half a hour of peace, normally outside to ponder/meditate/eat... A bit of exercise, get ready for work! Late start at 10 awesome!!! Work day consists of : emails, dancing, coffee, lists, selling, conversations, eating, clothing, sometimes drawing and on a good day lots if laughter.. Then Home time... Dinner catching up with hubbie or friends or reading Etc etc

Who inspires you?

Everyday People who are not afraid to be themselves, who push the envelope and there comfort zone!! 
people who go out and get what they want with hard work, and not stepping on other people to get there!
People who are extremely successful at bring happy!! Any one who falls into this category: Also all the people in every single autobiography I've ever read: too many to mention. Buddha seems to be pretty clued up tho ! Love that chubby fella.

What websites/blogs could we find you reading?

I am a sporadic reader of blogs. I tend to love artistic ones more then clothing blogs as I find they get a bit monotonous! But I love the web sites Trendland, TheSelby and Milo and Mitzy of course ;)  I am a huge fan of  Instagram as I can look at the photos of my favourite people without all there blog hoopla... (Love  Camilla Franks) 


What is your interior style?

I'm am just renovating my kitchen at the moment so I'm mildly obsessed with interiors! Clean white spaces with exotic splashes of colour and native timber, wooden floors, love a country cottage house with all the original details. Nothing sterile and has to be a bit lived in!! I'm in love with yellow and navy and turquoise at the moment so this will be the colours featuring in my house..

What is your fashion style?

My own ! Eclectic and ever changing growing and fun!! It honestly depends on what my personality is doing I can love being a bit tomboy/gangster or a bit boho like love colour and I love love love contradictory and eclectic outfits so a mix of high and low cost style and design something original spontaneous and clever, nothing that looks like you have tried too hard! Fashion should be Fun if you can't laugh at yourself your doing something wrong!!!!!  

From your store, what is on your wishlist to buy right now.

A loumina garnet nature bow ring !! It will be my 30th present to myself in march!!! 

From anywhere, what is on your wish list to buy right now?

A pair of gangster pants on sale $150 they are all sequinned and the jasper mirror from Freedom.


What is your favorite holiday destination and why?

Anything with a beach ! Hawaii want/need to go there!! And Mangawhai (up north New Zealand) as it's were my mama lives and it's so beautiful.. I miss it..: 

What is your favorite meal to cook or have cooked for you?

Pizza or Mexican or my mums quiche, oh and apple pie love love love.

Any 5 year plans you would like to share with us?

To continue to be creative and hopefully full time creating textiles and most certainly having a huge vege garden !!!

Thanks so much for sharing ladies.

Amy x

The Blogger Shares - Julia of Studio Home

I am thrilled to have Julia of New Zealands Studio Home on board this morning for The Blogger Shares. Thanks Julia


This week on Julias wishlist is the Large Paper Tote in black by Uashmama. It may look, act and feel like leather but it is actually made from paper!


Julia states " There are very few blogs on the reading list at the moment (Julia is one busy lady) except for my allllll time favourite: Miss Moss.

The Blogger Shares - Vic of Cush and Nooks

Today we have Vic from Cush and Nooks joining us for our Blogger Shares series.


Vic tells me she always has so many things on her wishlist,that she finds  it hard to narrow it down to just one. I have a slight cushion fetish, and have always wanted a Bonnie and Neil cushion (or two or three). I love their Tropical Floral Green Cushion with Diamond Trim


A blog that Vic loves following is Design Love Fest, a lifestyle blog run by LA based Bri Emery. I love Bri's style - bright, fun, and full of life. She covers a range of topics including graphic design, fashion, food, travel, entertainment, and the coolest DIY projects.

Thanks so much for sharing with us Vic.

Amy x

Shopkeeper Interview - Tory of Juliette Hogan



Name: Tory

What do you do for a living? 

I work for Juliette Hogan looking after her 2 boutiques & the online store

How does a normal day fold out for you? 

I live by the beach so I start the day with a beach walk or run & a fresh juice then off to work. After work my bf and I go for another beach walk and then he makes me dinner :)

Who inspires you?

Family / friends / fashion / interior design

What websites/blogs could we find you reading?

They All Hate Us, Milo & Mitzy, The Design Chaser, Sincerely Jules

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What is your interior style?

All things Scandinavian!

What is your fashion style?

Casual, simple, classic

From your store, what is on your wishlist to buy right now.

The Queenie Rabbit fur jacket

From anywhere, what is on your wish list to buy right now?

ACNE Moi Leather jacket

ACNE Moi Leather jacket
What is your favorite holiday destination and why?

Anywhere hot with beautiful white sandy beaches

What is your favorite meal to cook or have cooked for you?

My boyf makes the best home made soft shell taco's all from scratch!

Thanks so much Tory for sharing this with us.

Amy x

House Tour - Coastal living

This home thanks to The Design Files, situated on Australia's NSW central coast, absolutely blows my mind. Check out those exposed ceiling beams, the enormous windows and those views are to die for.




The lime wash used through out on the ceiling and floor boards gives a feeling of light and bright while the clever use of Armadillo & Co rugs add interest and texture.




The kitchen in this  house is what first caught my eye. A mix of all styles. That kitchen island and those wooden cupboards add a vintage feel, the stainless steel bench screams industrial while the lights and those bi fold windows add a dash of modern to the mix.



This house screams easy, carefree yet functional family living. I wouldn't mind waking up to those views... at all! Below is a collection of products to kick start you off in achieving this look. Happy Monday.


Bamboo Light Shade from Everyday Needs
Hinoki Bathroom Stool from Everyday Needs
Trestle Desk from Company 
Armadillo & Co Marigold Rug from The Ivy House
  
Amy x

Foodie Fix

If you have followed this blog for a wee while now you would have heard me mention that I am a big fan of cooking. Cooking, (being in the kitchen in general) is like my chill out from everything else time. I love to cook however it is a bit hard at the moment to find the time to do it with a new born on board. This weekend I am going to make that time! As part of my being more organised on the blog thing, I want to share recipes with you more regularly.


At the moment I am suffering from a real sweet tooth. Makes for a bit of a challenge especially when I am trying to get fit again. Anyhow, much to my delight I have discovered that there are a lot of amazingly delicious recipes out there to fix that mid afternoon sweet craving without being overly unhealthy for you. Here the lovely Elenor from Petite Kitchen shares with you a gorgeous Nut Butter Chocolate Recipe where you can add pistachios and lemon zest if desired. 

Happy Friday.

Amy x

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