Tuesday, January 20, 2015

House Tour

Happy hump day. A busy few days in my world. Heading away in a couple of weeks and I am counting down the minutes. Todays house tour particularly caught my eye because of that rad kitchen dining area.

I am a massive fan of the black cabinetry, the kilim rug, that rustic table and those white kitchen tiles. This incredible home was built in just four months and really does do justice to the talented lady, single Mum and Co Founder of Swedish homes company Birkaboo that is behind it all.

What is so cool about this home is the fact that they have kept the base simple. Black, white and concrete and from there added personality such as the gorgeous rugs cushions and artworks.
Shop your Kilim rugs here, your black and white striped rug here and the most awesome gorgeous range of cushions here.
Amy x

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Burrow and Be giveaway

It brings me great pleasure in introducing the latest works from the talented Catherine at Burrow and Be and illustrator Becky Ollivier. The inspiration behind this series comes from the name Burrow and Be - be happy, be true, be kind, be you.  Each print is an A3 size, made from a rose copper foil and retails for $40.
 Burrow and Be has kindly offered to give two lucky Milo and Mitzy readers the chance to win a set of 4 prints valued at $160. To enter simply head to our Facebook or Instagram pages, tag a friend who you think would also enjoy these prints also and you could both be into win a set each. Competition open world wide and closes on Sunday evening at 8pm. Good Luck and a huge thank you to Burrow and Be.
Amy x

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Green with Envy lighting

We moved into our newly refurbished house last March. Don't get me wrong, I love it. The previous owners did such a good job. When you are married to a farmer it is about the farm not the house, so we were very lucky to get both an awesome farm and house. There are things that I would change but that is just to suit my style really. For example I really would love white walls but ours are a quarter tea. They look great but that's just the fussiness in me coming out.

Another smaller change that I want to make is to do with the lighting. The current lighting in our open plan living and kitchen area are lots and lots of small lights fitted into the ceiling. I am happy with this but to add character I am hoping to get an electrician in sometime in the future to hang two pendant lights above my breakfast bar. I have been on the hunt for the perfect light for sometime now and I think I have just found it.
These gorgeous metal, copper and wood pendant lights from Green with Envy would fit perfectly. I am mad about the white one but the copper is very cool too.
Do check out the other gorgeous lighting options from Green with Envy. So much to lust after.
Amy x

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Home Tour

Oh lordy, I have fallen in love with this gorgeous home like you wouldn't believe. This is my kind of modern. I spotted this home whilst browsing through a recent Inside Out Magazine.

Husband and wife Andrew Benn an architect and Alice Penna an interior designer call this award winning house, home. 

 Next door, through an interconnecting door, lives Andrews mother. This link could prove very beneficial when the couple look to eventually sell.

 A little beach, a little retro with all of the modern day to day comforts, this is one stylish place to call home that is for sure.
Amy x

Monday, January 12, 2015

Leather Planters

How are amazing are these leather planters, the latest addition to the Lightly Assemblages Collection? I don't have the desire to kit my whole house out in indoor plants, just the odd one here and there. This amazing leather planter would be exactly what I would use to showcase my greenery. Shop here.
Happy Tuesday. For those of you whom have just headed back to work this week, I hope you are coping and heres to a brilliant year. Please do keep those submissions coming through with your works that you think may fit on Milo and Mitzy. I do really enjoy receiving your emails. Email miloandmitzy@gmail.com
Amy x

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Grove Byron Bay

A friend asked a question yesterday about accommodation in Byron Bay. One thing led to another and after a bit of research I came across the most incredible place - The Grove Byron Bay. I had previously seen some images of The Grove kitchen but on further inspection the whole darn place is beyond amazing.

The use of natural materials gives that ultimate Byron beach vibe and that concrete bench top with the large bi folding windows is a definite winner in my eyes.

Those bathroom tiles are just insanely good and work nicely with the heavy duty bench top. Add netting around your bed to achieve that summer feel and scatter storage baskets around the place and there you have it, your home acts as a get away. Bu seriously, who can argue with me here? The Grove Byron Bay has nailed it in terms of relaxed luxury accommodation. Thanks to Simone of Style.life.home for introducing me.

Lucky for us, Freedom Furniture is bang on trend. Get this look using pieces from Freedome Furniture such as these that I have used above.

Amy x
All images via @The Grove Byron Bay Instagram

Monday, January 5, 2015

Modern House Tour

Its funny how individual style changes. My style over the past couple of years has changed somewhat. I am not sure whether this is due to having toddlers running around in my home now, but I find myself being drawn to the less or more approach these days. I used to be someone that displayed all that was special to me - in a round about way. I also was very much an industrial, vintage, country kind of girl and while I still fancy these styles I find myself being drawn more and more to the clean, modern look.

So the attraction for me to this home is the clean, modern lines. The open living and the feeling of ease and simplicity. The brief for this home was practical barefoot living. Situated on Sydneys Coastline, that easy coastal vibe has been achieved in a modern way.

AND ... what I just adore about this home are the gorgeous bird prints. So cool! You can pick up very similar from Endemic World. On my wish list is one of the gorgeous Margaret Petchell prints. They make such a statement.
Amy x

Images thanks to Est Magazine, photography by Justin Alexander

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Summer Entertaining

Jeepers 2015?!! Can you believe how quickly the past year went? I just want to say a huge thank you to all of my regular readers and a big welcome to all of my new readers. It blows me away to see how much Milo and Mitzy has grown in the past year. Last year was a hugely busy year for us. Starting a new farming business with my husband, having 2 babies in the house and teaching 2 or 3 days a week in the classroom, life was crazy hence the sporadic blog posts. We have big things in store for you this year. A couple of new projects on the go with some serious bloggy goals being set!

Summer to me is all about good food wine friends and family. You will all know by now that being in the kitchen is a passion of mine. (Not so good for the 2015 health kick!) I love nothing more in summer than to entertain and be entertained. Don't get me wrong, I am not one of those fancy schmancy entertainers, for me it is more about the company, but if I was, I would definitely be setting my table out a little something like this.

broste COPENHAGEN, one of Scandinavia’s leading interior brands, based in Copenhagen really has nailed it here. Seriously! May Time Marketing represent broste COPENHAGEN in both New Zealand and Australia. Check here for store locaters or try for Tessuti for more gorgeous dinner wear products. (I am in the market for new dinner wear so do let me know of others that you think I may like)

Recipe found here

Recipe found here
I also couldn't help but add a few delicious nibbles onto this post. As a lover food, nibbles and starters are just as important and a great conversation starter seeing ladies swapping recipes by the end of the night.

Happy Monday. Cheers to summer and good things that lie ahead.

Amy x

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mini Grandi Artist

I am thrilled to introduce you to New Zealand based artist Sophie Melville of Mini Grandi Artist. Sophie, a painter, graphic designer and mother with a background in fine art and graphic design seeks inspiration from the small and precious moments of wonder that surround her children.

Her prints are all painted, scratched and hand drawn textures, digitally produced in simplistic forms.  Sophie,a lover of beautiful texture combined with sophisticated yet simplistic shapes especially targets the Scandinavian + monochrome enthusiasts.

Mini Grandi Artist is an ever growing avenue for Sophie to explore various artistic avenues that she has under utilised until now. These gorgeous images have been photographed by the lovely Nicola of Concrete and Honey who has styled each of the Mini Grandi Artist prints to absolute perfection showcasing the fact that Sophies prints can be used for both kids and adults spaces. 

Amy x

Monday, December 8, 2014

Living room swoon

Quick post today. It is my 30th birthday party this weekend so I am madly trying to get things done for that. Spotted this wicked living room on the fantastic blog that is My Unfinished Home. (Well worth a read)

What I love is the edginess and the masculine vibe that this room has got going on. I am also a big fan of this mixed sofas. I would love a mixed set of sofas in my own home one day.

Here I have put together a couple of moodboards to achieve a similar look. Clockwise from top left, Arohanui Print by Hannah Jensen from Endemic World. Master floor light from ECC. Looped Nodi Staples from Nodi Handmade Rugs. Boston Sofa in Black leather from Freedom Furniture and the Tilly Sofa from Freedom Furniture.

And above are some wicked cushions from the always cool Goods by Aroha.

Happy Tuesday. Hump day tomorrow. Hella flippen luja!
Amy x

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Gift Guide for that hard to buy for Man in your life

Some people despise it, I love it. Christmas shopping for the husband. I usually give him a selection of smaller gifts rather than one big one. I love putting my thinking cap on and buying him prezzies that he would never buy for himself. Here I have put together a small gift guide for that hard to buy for husband... And yes I have a couple of these things wrapped and ready to be popped under the tree.
From left to right. SodaStream Maker in black, for stockist visit SodaStream NZ. The Ride from Paper Plane Store, a fantastic book for that speed demon hubby. The Horse Watch in black from Paper Plane Store. Male Huia printed Wire Tee from Aroha + Friends.
From left to right. Trivoli Model One blue tooth from Paper Plane Store. Wall Chart Map of New Zealand from Father Rabbit. Boards by Blank, Duffle day bag in army green from Father Rabbit. Digging Spade from Father Rabbit.
Happy Christmas shopping.
Amy x

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Tis the season right? I love giving gifts. Love putting thought into buying for someone. Not so fond of the mad Christmas town rush though. I tend to stay clear of that. In fact I have nearly completed my Christmas shopping. All online. Makes it easy when you have fabulous online stores such as XO Home to shop at. We were lucky enough to have a chat with owner Sarah about behind the scenes at XO Home.

Tell us a little about XO Home.

The idea of owning my own business had been working away in my head for many years and after getting married in March I decided it was time to take the plunge!  The hour long commute each way from East Auckland to Ponsonby was wearing thin and the time felt right.

Having worked in the homeware industry for many years and in various positions from buyers assistant, working in home staging to retail and office manager I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience.
I wanted to provide something different to what was currently on the NZ market and made the decision to sell only products that are from independent suppliers.  Most of the business I work with only consist of themselves or a small team of 5 - 10 people.  Being a small business myself I wanted to support other small businesses.

Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from magazines, blogs, Pinterest and the world around me. I am an avid magazine reader, my husband despairs at the pile of magazines around our house!  I regularly read Inside Out, Fete Press, Frankie, Your Home and Garden and Homestyle.

My current favorite blogs are Fancy! NZ Design Blog, The Design Chaser, Milo and Mitzy, Studio Home and The Design Files.

XO Home is always evolving and the constant hunt for new and interesting suppliers has lead to a slightly unhealthy addiction to Instagram. There are so many wonderful new businesses popping up on there.  I also love trawling Etsy and easily get lost, wondering an hour later what I was originally looking for!  Pinterest is also a great time waster, ahem business tool!    
I hear ya Sarah. Thanks so much for your time. How cool would the above products be as Christmas gifts? Im lusting after those salt and pepper dishes. Very rad indeed! Pop over here and get that Christmas shopping under way would ya?
Amy x

Cafe Love - Lloyds Kitchen

You should all know by now that I just adore cafes. Everything about them. The culture, the food, the people, the design, the décor- EVERYTHING. My dream one day is to travel around our beautiful country visiting the best of the best that we have on offer. Actually I dream of owning a café one day but that one, I shall just keep as a dream.

I think I just dream of owning a café purely so that I can decorate it. Im thinking huge big industrial lights, a cool bench top, baskets of bread, subway tiles, tolix chairs! You name it.

I am always admiring café pictures. Recently this café, Lloyds Kitchen, situated in Devon, England caught my eye. Designed by Woodford Architecture and Interior Design, the idea was to create, modern and atmospheric interior that doubled as a café and a restaurant at night. I think they have certainly achieved that.

On that note, I best hit the hay as I have sick kids, but please do drop me a line if you know of a cool café or eatery that I should check out.
Amy x