Friday, October 31, 2014

Renovated Melbourne Villa



Blog posts have been a bit short and sweet this week. In my other life I am a teacher. This week I have been teaching most days. A bit chaotic getting out the door with two littlies early in the morning, but then I look at those people with 4 or 5 kids and remember not to complain. I don't usually blog on the weekend but while browsing online over lunch I became besotted with this gorgeous Melbourne home designed by architectural firm Robson Rak in association with Made by Cohen. I thought it would be selfish of me not to share.



 
Since having young children, I have paired back my interior style somewhat. Removed those nick-knacks. Hidden away the dust collectors. That's what caught my attention with this home. The clean lines and the simplicity of this place and yet it still has that playful family vibe.
 

 
http://style-files.com/2014/10/23/a-renovated-edwardian-family-home-in-melbourne/
Found via The Style Files
 Would you believe that the front of this house is an old brick villa? Clever huh? Happy Saturday.
 
Amy x

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Styled Nook by A Merry Mishap





These gorgeous images were a collaboration between the very talented Jennifer from  A Merry Mishap and Target. Jennifer styled a reading nook using cosy textures, neutral tones and a touch of brass tones thrown in the mix. 

I would park up here with a cuppa and a new magazine any day.
Amy x

Monday, October 27, 2014

Summer lust haves.


Happy Tuesday. Was a long weekend here in New Zealand so after a relaxing time at the beach we are all getting back into the swing of things.



I have been eyeing up these bad boys for a while now. Hobes. Ridiculously cool! Insanely comfortable. Oh so practical.


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Lastly, fashion and interiors really do go hand in hand so it is only fitting that I feature some eye candy on this Tuesday morning.

Amy x

Thursday, October 23, 2014

End of week mix up featuring Rooms to Love by LeeAnn Yare and Larnie Nicolson

It feels like this blog is becoming a once a week thing and for that I am sorry. Being a Mum proves challenging and rewarding all at the same time. For me, the biggest change is the lack of time that I get to do things. Today in my neck of the woods it is a public holiday so I am taking advantage of the husband being home to get some blogging done. Bit of a mixed post today. A few things that I am loving of late.
  


First up a huge congratulations to both interior stylist LeeAnn Yare and photographer Larnie Nicolson on their second gorgeous collaboration - Rooms to Love. And an even bigger congratulations on the announcement of a sell out. Thank you both very much for my beautiful copy. I am working my way through it and love everything that I see so far. Grab yourself a copy here. You wont be disappointed.
 
Clockwise from top left, Maya Trio, Bentwood Stool, The Jimmy Stand, Hudson Chair

As a young family who like the nice things in life but are also trying to get ahead, I don't have copius amounts of money to spend on furniture. This is where well known and on trend brand Mocka comes into play. Such fabulous, timeless and practiacal products without that hefty price tag. My kind of store. Constantly upping their game, Mocka are a proud New Zealand family business with a growing Australian team in place.






Photography by Caroline McCredie
And lastly I am just absolutely swooning over this Bondi home designed by the clever team at C + M Studio by the name of Cross Street Project as seen over at Est Magazine. Can I move in now please?

Happy weekend.

Amy x

Monday, October 20, 2014

Jardin Outdoor

 

Don't you think that sunshine is the answer to many of life's problems? I do! Gosh it is good to see the sun. We have been enjoying lunch out on our deck recently looking out upon our property. I feel so fortunate to be able to do that. So while I am always looking at new interiors for inside the house, my focus has shifted some what of late.


I am delighted to have discovered the gorgeous Jardin Outdoor and even more thrilled to come across their range of the iconic French Bistro chairs. First developed for Parisian lemonade sellers in 1889, The French Bistro chair recently celebrated 125 years and today is still as popular as it was when it first emerged onto the market. 
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Speaking of summer and outdoor living, just a quick couple of inspiration pics just because. Now image the gorgeous French Bistro chairs amongst that lot will ya? Perfection right?
 
Amy x

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cream Empire

It is no secret that I just adore childrens bed linen. Infact, I am a real sucker for it. You know that one item that you hav heaps of but you just keep buying more, childrens linen is mine. My weakness one might say. I wish I was clever enough to make it, ahhhh but I am not. I'll leave that up to the experts. One expert who is just going from strength to strength, producing the coolest of cool is Carolina from Cream Empire. Honestly, I would own the entire range if I could! I was lucky enough to get a behind the scenes glimpse of the fantastic brand that is Cream empire.



Tell us about yourself Carolina, Cream Empire and most importantly what inspires you.
 
I am a mother, wife and part-time scientist. All of my other time goes to my home based Cream Empire business. I am the one who designs and creates all of my products. 
 
My greatest inspiration comes from my son Javier. (pronounced Havier, Spanish for Xavier) He is 18 months and its already running us off our feet! My Hubby and family inspire and support all of my silly ideas! Love them to bits.

I launched Cream Empire in November 2013 on Etsy, however I was only using fabrics from fabrics stores. This was proving quite difficult to find exactly what I wanted.
 
Twelve weeks ago cream empire had a makeover and I launched my own range of designs on fabrics and a new website. Since then I have been very busy designing, printing and painting new designs. And of course sewing all my items together! 

My designs are scandinavian inspired. I love minimalist interiors and designs but I also do love a bit of colour! I like to make my designs fun and modern to suit any age group. 
 

Favorites- Books/magazines/blogs/foods/places.
 
I love reading girly girl books. One of my favorite authors is Monica Mcinery (not that I get much time to read these days!) 
 
My fav mags are of course Real living, la petite mag , Frankie mag(basically any interior, baby and design mags and the odd science journals) My geeky side sometimes comes out! 
 
I love Melbourne. It is my fave place in the whole world. I was born in chile (south america) and came to oz when was a young tacker. NYC and Florence are equally second on my fave places list! NYC was actually one of my biggest inspirations to start my own business when we travelled there in 2012 . My hubby (Joel) and I use to sit at borders at times square and read Rich Dad Poor Dad. A very inspirational book for all people wanting to start a business. 
 
One of my favorite blogs has to be The Design Chaser and also Curated By. Love their style.

My favorite food has to be pasta! l love my carbs! and chips... and smoothies! Maybe one day my designs will be inspired by these foods!
 
Thank you so much for your time Carolina. Seriously you would want to pop over and check out this range. Also available here in New Zealand at The Foxes Den. It is insanely cool.
 
Happy Monday.
 
Amy x