Sunday, September 24, 2017

Farmers Home Styling

Recently, I was fortunate enough to be asked to go in and pick out some products for my home from Farmers.  Lucky for me I am an avid Farmers shopper. Their range is always fantastic and SS17 is no exception. The rich hues that they are bringing into the tableware, the large range of incredible linen bedding, beautiful rugs and quality furniture were all products that I had my eye on.

Farmers have worked hard to bring in an outstanding list of brand names such as Domani, Your Home and Garden, Tilly@Home and Sheridan bedding. Each piece has been thought about and carefully selected taking into consideration the lifestyle that New Zealanders lead.

I was particularly loving the tableware in dark navy and green hues. Teamed with a touch of a brass and I'd say that is the perfect start to a great dinner setting. I certainly know where I will be heading to get all of my Christmas shopping done, that is for sure.

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own and I only work with products and brands that are true to my style. Thank you very much to Farmers for sponsoring this post. Such a privilege to be able to style products such as these. The quality of the Farmers Homewares is second to none. 

Head over to Milo and Mitzys facebbook page to win yourself a $100 Farmers voucher. Good luck. 

Amy x

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mama's Brew Shop Kombuchery

I have been a massive fan of Mama's Brew Shop Kombucha since the get go. Their raw, organic Kombucha is made from the best tea, herbs and spices. With two flavours to choose from, Love and Warrior, I find it hard to pick a favourite. I drink Mama's Brew Shop Kombucha by itself as a refreshing drink or mixed with a gin or vodka as my new alcoholic drink of choice. 

So when I heard that Mamas Brew Shop were opening a Kombuchery in Helensville's, I had to get onto sending talented photographer Samantha Donaldson in to capture the place for me and you. Decked out in incredible trestle tables from The Vitrine, with amazing green tiling and an outstanding piece of artwork by Greg Straight, Mama's Brew Shops new Kombucha Taproom is the perfect hangout serving Love and Warrior Kombucha along side of Eight Thirty Coffee and Eats and treats to tempt the taste buds. 

Thank you to our hugely talented photographer, Samantha Donaldson. Check out her website here and please please do follow her gorgeous instagram page here. Her wedding and lifestyle photos are really  quite something else. 

Amy x

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Robson Rak X Saben @ Tea Pea X Copenhagen Bistro

Not too much to say today. Monday spent getting ready for the week of teaching, styling and writing jobs, a new 8 week bootcamp and another school visit for Frankie. I had the opportunity to talk at an event over the weekend and got to style a boys room. Was a cool experience and something I may look at doing more of. 

Yet again, Robson Rak Architects nail it with their skills. Another incredible home that they have produced. And can we just take a quick moment to appreciate that kitchen island! Lordy shes a beaut!

Saben know a good clutch. If anyone does, these guys do. Ive got a green crush going on at present. That green has my name all over it. These along with others avaliable from Tea Pea Store. 

How cool is this Copehagen bistro and coffee shop, Les Trois Cochons? Furniture, walls, floor, you name it, they got it! I think I have a thing for green at the moment. Images by Chris Tommesen. 

Happy Monday.

Amy x

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Hotel Les Roches Rouges X Souk Collective X Band of Boys

How insanely amazing is Hotel Les Roches Rouges? Honestly, can someone please fly me there? (When someone eventually does fly me somewhere because of my blog, that's when I have decided that Ive made it!) But honestly, the styling is impeccable, that burnt orange and olive. The swimming pool is heaven. Whats not to love?

I don't know what it is with me and chairs. I have this crazy obsession with them. Id have them all throughout my home if I could. The amount of incredible chairs that I have walked away from at second hand stores because I don't have the room, so sad! (First world problems, I know) 

Souk have some absolute beauties online at present. My picks, the Anya Lounge and the Rattan Lounge and the beauty is that both of these double as outdoor chairs, too. 

My Patch is a real boy. I know that sounds like, yea yea, all little boys are like that. But honestly, this kid! He doesn't know the meaning of walk. So generally I just buy cheap basics for him to wear. Lately however, he has become interested in what he wears. That is where Band of Boys comes into play. I have always brought a few pieces from this brand for 'good'. This year, Patchy and I chose together. He was very into it. Its hard to find really cool boys clothes and honestly, Band of Boys absolutely nail it. Every piece is of such good quality and every piece has been designed with the little lads in our lives in mind. (Not designed for the parents if you get my gist.) I cant speak highly enough of this brand.

Amy x

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Newton Espresso X Dave Strachan Architects

Happy Monday. Kicking off the new week I am so stoked to be able to introduce you to the team behind the Newton Espresso, the espresso maker that is environmentially friendly and cost effective at the smae time. And how good is that design? Its no wonder that they are finalists in the Best Awards for ‘Designed Product’ and ‘Colour’ Categories.

Why and how did Newton Espresso begin?

The Newton began when Hawkes Bay designer, Hayden Maunsell, wanted an espresso maker that would lower the environmental and physical cost of his own coffee making process without compromising on design.  After searching the market without success he put pen to paper and the Newton began to evolve.  He took the idea to workmate and craftsman Alan Neilson who worked through the prototype stages till they had what is here today. A simple, clean, lever press espresso maker with style and functionality at its heart. With the prototype stages over, the Newton Espresso team expanded to 4 with Alan’s son Josh and his fiancee Steph stepping in to run the day to day business and marketing.  Josh and Steph are professional photographers and videographers based in the Bay of Plenty. This allows Alan and Hayden to focus on the design and build process and developing new products for the future of Newton

How do you like your coffee? Describe the prefect brew to us?

The perfect brew is different for everyone.  All styles produce different tastes. Plunger, espresso, pour over… We don’t think there is such a thing as the perfect brew but there are some fundamentals in creating the perfect base for a delicious coffee.  The Newton can produce up to 120psi or 8-9 bar pressure which is what's needed to create an espresso shot.  We like our long blacks with a dash of cold milk, so when you have the shot just add a bit of boiling water and some milk and voila! Yum! 

What inspired you when designing the Newton Espresso?

When designing the Newton, Hayden researched the current market in the lever press espresso makers and rather than take inspiration from that he took the fundamental piston action and designed a new minimalistic body around that.  He wanted something that would stand out but also slip nicely into any kitchen no matter the style or size.

What instagram feeds/websites/and magazines do you enjoy reading when you have time?

We are an eclectic bunch but all seem to enjoy a lot of the same designs. Because of that we can happily sit and read through the same magazines which also helps inspire our development. The ones on the top of our pile today are Urbis Magazine, HOME and Homestyle Magazine (with our first print feature!!) We are also often found flicking emails back and forth to each other from websites like Design Boom and Kickstarter with new things we love or ideas for the future.  Instagram is an amazing tool to keep up to date with the current markets but also a great way to share our story. We love the image rich format and love to share our pictures there too! Its hard to not feel like a small fish in a huge sea but we are stoked to see the feedback from our followers!

What Next for Newton?

We have worked hard to get the Newton ready for the world to enjoy and have a planned release for the end of September 2017.  We have planned this to coincide with its entry into the Best Awards in Auckland which its currently getting judged for.  The Best awards is an annual showcase of excellence in Design and we are entered in ‘Product’ and ‘Colour’ categories. for this.  Our release will be on Kickstarter and will run into October.  If you subscribe to our mailing list here you will have access to the early bird discount available to our subscribers.

This very cool Mt Eden home is designed by owner, Architect,  Dave Strachan who lives there with his wife Colleen and daughter Thea. Dave has designed his robust home so cleverly that it almost blocks out the entire Mt Eden hustle and bustle that lives beyond their gate. 

Who would have thought that this was mid city?

Article by Home Magazine Photography by Simon Devitt.

Amy x

Cotton & Clay X Holiday Cabin X Charlotte Lane


I am excited to introduce you to Cotton & Clay, a gorgeous online store run by South African born, Wellington living, Michelle de Klerk. Cotton & Clay came about when Michelle was looking for things to fill her own home. She was drawn to the work of artisans who crafted products inspired by nature and the vibrant South African culture that she knows only to well.

Michelle takes pride in sourcing her products from artists and designers that have used their skill to create products that are special and unique, yet functional and of the highest quality. They embrace the use of locally sourced materials and value fair & ethical labour.

Above are some of the gorgeous baskets that you will find online at Cotton & Clay along with so many other goodies to choose from. Happy shopping. 

You all know I love a good cabin/holiday home. How incredible is this cabin designed by JacobsChang? Designed and built on a shoestring budget was one of the musts, the other being that the owners were able to construct the entire thing themselves. What a perfect little hide away. 

I am such a dress girl in summer. There is nothing easier and more satisfying that waking up with beautiful weather and chucking on a summer dress for the day. Easy to wear and they look good. How beautiful are these from one of my favourite stores at present Charlotte Lane? These are arriving very soon to Charlotte Lane and as a special for Milo and Mitzy readers, Becks of Charlotte Lane is offering Milo and Mitzy readers 15% off storewide. Simply enter the code "milo15" for your 15% off storewide. Your welcome.

Amy x