Nespresso | The Art of Coffee + Milk

8.29.2014



When it came to purchasing a coffee machine for our new home we didn't think twice about choosing a Nespresso. One of the best decisions we made, our Umilk machine has already done a lot of mileage yet still looks and works like new. Beautifully suited to our white kitchen, I love its sleek, compact design which includes the very clever Aeroccino, a simple and fast automatic system for the preparation of light and creamy hot or cold milk froth.

I'm sure like me, many of you are Nespresso devotees who have enjoyed tasting the extensive range of Grand Cru coffees. What you may not know however, is each Grand Cru actually develops new taste variations when combined with milk. Depending on which Grand Cru you use, a cappuccino, latte or macchiato can reveal many different, delicious aromas. To try for yourself take a look at these recipes, which show you how to enhance your favourite coffee moments throughout the day.

To assist you with your search, use the drop down keys on the left hand side of the site, to choose your preferred Grand Cru, type of milk and even mood. Stepping outside of my (flat white) comfort zone yesterday, this tool helped me find the Winter Breeze coffee recipe, a spicy winter warmer with honey, ginger and cinnamon. With a chill in the air, and a new box of Indriya from India Grand Cru capsules waiting to be tasted for the first time, I couldn't wait to give it a go!


I'm not a fan of sweet coffees, so I adjusted the recipe slightly to include just a drop of honey, rather than a whole spoonful. The touch of ground ginger perfectly compliments the spiciness of the Indriya Grand Cru. I also learnt a new technique of adding the espresso to the milk rather than vice versa, which results in a lovely creamy texture.


Using my favourite mug, I couldn't resist spooning on a bit of the milk froth on at the end because I love the taste. I also made one in a glass to show you the layering effect. 


So pretty, easy to prepare, and it tastes delicious. I will definitely be making this one again soon! 

Now it's your turn to get creative....

To celebrate The Art of Coffee & Milk, Nespresso are giving away two incredible prize packs, including the new Lattissima+ Limited Edition coffee machine and selected Nespresso accessories. Simply share your coffee and milk creations by uploading a photo to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, tagging #NespressoCreations and @Nespresso by 31st August. For more info and T&C's, take a look here.

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Monochrome | Latest Loves

8.27.2014

Some monochrome inspo for you today, starting with the latest project by Studio Oink, an interior design company based in Germany. Founded by creative directors Lea Korzeczek and Matthias Hiller, I've been following their work for some time, so I was excited to see a sneak peek of their latest project for bastisRIKE. Showcasing the beautifully simple aesthetic and playful vibe they are known for, I can't wait to see more.

Images via Studio Oink

I'm a little bit in love with this with the new Ikea Sillerup rug. Designed by Synnöve Mork as a tribute to Sergels' square, Stockholm's main focal point, the striking graphic pattern of both the concrete and rug has been captured by photographer Christian Gustavsson. 

Images via Livet Hemma Ikea

And a few more black and white things I'm coveting right now...

Indoor Stoop by Thing Industries | Light Container by Martín Azúa | Room Safari Triangle Hanger | Hans J Wagner CH33 Chair | New Balance 620 Black Trainers | J W Anderson Drawstring Bag

Interior Styling Inspo | x 3

8.26.2014

I have three fabulous finds to share with today, each unique in terms of interior style but all undoubtedly Scandinavian. Let's get started!

First up, here's a peek at the new Autumn Winter 2014 catalogue from Danish homeware brand OYOY. Their 'less is more' mantra, fun graphics and gorgeous styling wins me over every time. The delightful new collection includes the introduction of OYOY MINI, designed for both children and playful souls!


For the full range, take a look at the OYOY AW 12014 catalogue

One of my favourite interior stylists, Susanna Vento has teamed up with the beautiful design brand Studio Macura who are based in the Netherlands, to produce these stunning images. While the products alone are exquisite, Susanna's styling which includes the perfect mix of marble, pale wood and black accents takes it to an entirely new level. I'm lusting after the Visi Coat Hooks, Lako Magazine Holder and Bocca watering bottle for plants. 


Lastly, Norwegian paint manufacturer Jotun has launched a new collection of paints which will no doubt inspire those of you who are loving dusty colours right now. The nude, green and grey are my favourites. 

Lovely styling by Kråkvik & D'Orazio. Images via Eget Rom and La mason d'Anna G

For some added reading today, take a look at Daily Life where I was asked to give some 'dos and don'ts' of decorating living rooms. Daily Life is Australia's number one women's website and part of the Sydney Morning Herald website, so I was honoured to offer some inspo for all those stopping by today! 


Mocka Jimmy Stand | Two Ways

8.25.2014

The Mocka Jimmy Stand is a stylish storage solution, designed for keeping everyday items organised in the home. To demonstrate its versatility, I've styled it in two different ways to share with you you today. 

The first is in my office, below the Stendig Calendar. This spot had been calling out for a piece of occasional furniture for sometime. I often place one of our extra stools there but mostly it has piles of magazines on the floor and artworks leaning up against the wall below. While I do quite like this relaxed look, lately I've been wanting to get a bit more organised. I wanted something that had a simple low-level design, clean lines, and of course a place to store and display things. The Ikea Trendig cart which I featured here was a strong contender but thanks to a contact in Scandinavia I found out it had sold out worldwide. Not long after, I came across the Mocka Jimmy Stand and I knew right away I had found a fantastic alternative. 


What I love most about the Jimmy Stand is that it can be moved around from room to room, wherever extra storage is needed. The hallway is ideal, providing additional space for shoes and bags. Looking right at home below our Muuto Dots, I actually really love this little area of our home, which I walk past many times a day to and from my office. The Garcon Cap and White Feltball Garland are new in from Style Trader, and the artwork is part of a series that belonged to my Dad. Passionate about his work in textiles, Dad loved the vintage loom drawings, and passed them on to me and my sisters.


The Jimmy Stand also works well in the bathroom, where extra storage is needed for towels and toiletries. Also available in pure white, it super affordable, priced at just $49.95 NZD! For more info take a look here

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Mocka 

Tableware | Ideas + Inspo

8.21.2014

This post had been in the plans for a while, but seeing these stunning images by London-based photographer Jake Curtis yesterday made me realise I couldn't wait any longer. One of  the UK's leading interior photographers, his portfolio includes compelling dining, still life and and tablescape images. Known for his 'meticulously crafted lighting' Jake captures the spaces with extreme clarity and attention to detail. I can't help but be inspired by the gorgeous tableware and beautiful styling. 

Photo credit: Jake Curtis

While I'm no gourmet cook or avid entertainer (relaxed summer barbies are more my style) I love ceramics and serveware. I'm always on the lookout for pieces that are stylish but can still be used everyday. Pure white will always be timeless, but marble and wood are also high on my must-have list right now. Here are some gorgeous examples. 

Beautiful Marble Porcelain dinnerware by H&M. If only we could get it in NZ!

I'm loving the new tableware from the Country Road Spring 2014 range via Est

A fabulous new range from Finnish homeware brand Iittala, beautifully styled by Susanna Vento/Varpunen

A selection from the lovely French Country Collections' summer 2015 range, beginning to land in stores now. For stockists, take a look here 

I'm a big fan of Auckland store Nest, who have an extensive collection of European kitchen and tableware, as featured recently in this post

I couldn't possibly do a tableware post without including sought after Danish brand Menu who have an incredible range of kitchen and dining products. A selection available in NZ from Simon James Concept Store

Another local favourite, Father Rabbit offers a carefully curated range of homewares. For quality tableware, check out both their kitchen and dining sections 

Cushions | Grown Ups + Kids

8.19.2014

The majority of the cushions I've bought over the last couple of years have been online purchases. Being that they are a textile product and I'm quite a tactile person, not getting to feel them first has taken a bit of getting used to. With each new brand I buy from, there's a feeling of the unknown, even when their reputation precedes them. In saying that, I haven't been disappointed yet. In fact quite the opposite, I end up wishing I'd purchased more! In some cases I have actually gone back for seconds or even thirds. Some great examples include Fine Little Day, Kauniste, and most recently Kowtow whose limited edition range of Support Surface cushions I featured in this post. The cushions are a first in terms of homeware for the fashion label, who are known for their beautiful organic cotton and stunning signature designs. I was lucky enough to nab a Black Eyes on Blush cushion in the sale - take a look at my Instagram pic here - and sure enough when it arrived, I was so taken with the feel and look of it I wished I'd also got the grid design, which I ended up going back for!  The good news is they are doing more cushions this season, so make sure you sign up to their newsletter to stay in the loop.  

The same goes for kids cushions and a standout would have to be Danish brand Lucky Boy Sunday. You simply cannot appreciate the softness of the products (made from Alpaca wool), until you feel them in person. When you do, it's hard to stop at just one! 

Today I've rounded up some current faves, starting with the grown ups, although it's worth noting that some of these (in both categories) are designed to work in either adult or little ones' spaces...

1. ferm LIVING Maya Cushion
2. Teepees Black and White Cushion
3. Country Road Servi Cushion
4. OY! Funfetti Throw Pillow
5. Reversible Plus Cushion with Pom Pom Trim
6. ferm LIVING Black Triangle Cushion

And for the kiddies... 

1. Rebecca Kiff Panda Cushion
2. Colette Bream Mountain Cushion
3. Fine Little Day Bird Cushion Cover
4. Lucky Boy Sunday Bobby Crystal Cushion Cover
5. Eye of the Dreamer Cushion by Club of Odd Volumes
6. Lucky Boy Sunday Secret Man Pillow
7. Fine Little Day Gran Cushion Cover in Japanese Linen
8. Anny Who Lion Cushion
9. Snow Caps Pastel Cushion


Monday Mix Up

8.18.2014

First up in today's mix up is The Poster Club, a new Copenhagen-based webshop offering a unique selection of handpicked posters from around the world. From minimalistic black and white drawings, typography and edgy photo prints to muliti-colored graphic posters, the range is inspired by the trends within Scandinavian design, lifestyle and interiors, but served with an international twist. I was very happy to see many of my favourites that I've featured here on the blog before such as Playtype and My Deer, as well as new posters that are exclusive to The Poster Club. With international shipping (free if you order 2 or more posters), this shop is definitely one to bookmark!


Do you remember the Book Hanger by Hanna Trotsman that I featured in this post? Unfortunately for those of us living outside of Scandinavia it's not easy to come by, so as an alternative, I wanted to let you know about this fantastic Rope Magazine Holder by one of my favourite bloggers, Joyce Croonen of MyDubio, who I previously featured here. As with all of her stunning, minimalist DIY creations, Joyce includes simple step by step instructions. Pop over for a look, where you'll also find a link through to an earlier post on how to make the gorgeous grey storage boxes with leather handles. 


Based in Spain, Inbani specialises in innovative bathroom furniture. While the simple design features the clean lines and elegant aesthetic that I love, I haven't seen anything quite like this before. These images feature the Bowl collection which is inspired by the harmony and contrast between forms, volumes, spaces and materials. The styling, which includes copper and marble accents together with some of my favourite products from Menu, certainly transports me to my happy place!



My friend Natalie of LET LIV kindly asked me to check out the new ferm LIVING Catalogue as she is currently selecting products for her fabulous online store, and wanted to know my thoughts. Of course I was more than happy to oblige, especially when the products on offer are this good! The new range of rugs and cushions immediately jumped out at me, as did the marble candleholders. The exclusive Enter Collection, a collaboration between the New York based Søren Rose Studio and ferm LIVING is also stunning. Designed to match the classic and simple look of the ferm LIVING clothes rack, it consists of a mirror, a wall box, a magazine holder and hooks.

Check out the AW 2014 ferm LIVING catalogue here

 

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