The Only Way To Shop For a Mattress with Kids : ECOSA MATTRESS



When we moved into our new home in Auckland, our bedrooms were the first rooms that we wanted to work on putting together. Moving into our house happened rather suddenly and with just a week to prepare for our actual move-in date, I frantically realized that we were going to have nowhere to sleep! When we left California, we decided not to bring along our mattresses as we figured they would unnecessarily take up a lot of space in the container and would be something that we would be able to easily replace when we arrived here.

However, shopping for mattresses with kids is not the most ideal shopping experience  (I could just imagine the scenario: Holden jumping on the mattresses with his shoes on and Gray hiding under the beds and laughing hysterically), not to mention the sheer selection of mattresses is actually quite overwhelming! So when Ecosa offered to send us a few of their mattresses to try, we couldn't say no. The mattress arrived in a tiny vacuum-sealed box and within minutes of cutting through the plastic wrapping, it had unfolded and expanded perfectly into place. The boys pitched in to help open them, making the entire mattress shopping experience (from ordering to delivery to unpacking) a seamless, simple, and fun one for all of us!

As a pregnant woman (in my third trimester mind you), I take my sleep (or the little bit that I am getting at this moment) very seriously and I was a little hesitant at how comfortable a vacuum-sealed mattress would be. I've been sleeping on it for about 3 weeks now and I can honestly say it's one of the most comfortable mattresses I have ever owned. The boys seem to love theirs too seeing they are both sleeping through the night on them without so much as a peep.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, but I was generously gifted an Ecosa mattress to try. All opinions are my own.

Creating the Perfect Neutral Interior

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Our homes in the past have always been infused with color, bold print and patterns, and lots of artwork (you can see our previous home tours here, here, and here), but this time around I'm finding myself wanting to create a completely different type of space. Maybe it's being right on the ocean or how this house of ours is conducive to indoor-outdoor living, but I'm currently drawn to rooms that have bright white walls, warm and neutral materials, and a mixture of wood and woven textures.

Picking neutral pieces means I won't tire of them quickly, allowing me to invest more in staple pieces and easily change up the look by switching out simple accents such as throw pillows and blankets, art, and decor pieces. We have a large open floor plan where our kitchen, dining, and living room are all combined into one great room and I am currently working to pull this space together, starting with the dining area. I've included my inspiration for the space below (I'm going with a neutral bohemian dining room) and how you can recreate the look yourself!

What do you think of the space?? 


Image Source: The Grove Byron Bay

1. Dulux Paint in St. Clair Quarter // 2. Pop and Scott Plant Pot ; Fiddle Leaf Fig //3. Citta Design Ambient Pendant Light //4. Early Settler Elena Dining Table // 5. Indie Home Collective Leather & White Dining Chair // 6. Citta Design Gava Round Tray // 7. IndieHomeDesigns Mud Cloth Pillow // 8. MINImalist2015 African Mud Cloth Throw // 9. Freedom Furniture Madeleine Floor Rug 

Home Tour: Bold and Colorful Kid-Friendly Living Room Design

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Photos by Chrissy Powers

If you're following me on Instagram, then you will know that we have moved out of our house in San Diego and are currently traveling while we wait for our next home to be ready - we are hoping to have everything in place by September. Before we moved out of our home, I had some photos taken of the space that the boys and I created together and I was honored to have our home featured on Design Sponge. I wanted to share a few more photos that didn't make the cut here.

When my husband accepted a job in San Diego two years ago, we decided to move somewhere close to his office, which after years of a long commute, was something that was very important to us. Dropping home for lunch and being home for dinner at a reasonable hour were huge to us. Everything happened really quickly with my husband's job and we weren't able to find and buy a home before he needed to start work and be in the office so we moved into a rental while continuing the search for our perfect home. But as is life, what we thought would be six months stretched into a year and half, a new job (based in L.A. which meant the commute resumed), and a new baby.

I feel that is so often the case - time ends up passing without you even realizing it - which is why I think it's always important to settle in and make a place feel like home from the get-go. Rental or not, I want my boys to immediately feel at home wherever we are. Knowing that this was a rental and not our forever home, gave me the opportunity to make it fun, colorful, bold, and playful - and allow the boys to incorporate their own ideas into the design of our space to make it a kid-friendly and family-friendly design.

***Source list for everything at the bottom.  livingroom11


^^^I needed more photos for our gallery wall so I added some of Holden's artwork into it. He was so proud to have his art hanging on his wall.


^^^We have a tradition of taking photo booth photos whenever we are at the zoo. We tape up our most recent ones on the mirror.


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^^^The side table books include one of my favorites, about style, and then one of Holden's favorites, a behind the scenes look at Disneyland.


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^^^Print and pattern play with Caitlin Wilson Textiles





^^^One of my favorite purchases, a custom chair from Joybird Furniture untitled-1-47 copy livingroom

^^^We used this Baby Bjorn bassinet when Gray was younger and I love that it integrated easily into the style of the room.


^^^Giant family photos in Ikea frames







^^^We had all of our wedding guests sign this poster. Love that we can look at the messages and well wishes from our closest family and friends daily. We don't have the room to keep the boy's Tnees Tpees teepee up all the time so we leave in the corner so that it's easily accessible and the boys can take it out themselves.


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^^^This amazing runner from Pink Rug Co. is everything. I love that it pulls all the colors in the room together and really makes everything flow.


^^^I choose this bookcase from West Elm instead of a traditional, rectangle one and I love the way it adds dimension to the room. It holds random pieces we have collected over the years and some of the boys' artwork. The bottom two shelves hold books, puzzles, and toys that the boys use on a daily basis.



^^^Trinkets and treasures that both the boys and I have collected.


^^^That Ikea walking man that Holden painted and theSpin Gallery Goods wanderlust globe are two of my favorite pieces on the shelf.




^^^I will treasure this custom Sophie & Lili illustration of the boys and I from last Halloween forever.


^^^Handmade art of Holden's can be found all over the house.


^^^I got these giant marquee lights years ago (aren't they fun?) and more of the boys artwork and some recent photos hang underneath.




Living Room:

Sofa: craigslist
Throw Blankets: Ikea & Target
Coffee Table: All Modern
Floor Lamp: All Modern
Indoor Plants & Planters: Pigment
Fluffy Stool: Furbish Studio
Black & White Striped Teepee: Tnees Tpees
Bassinet: Baby Bjorn
Yarn Art: DIY
Horse Bookends: Vintage
Media Center: Ikea
Large Frames: Ikea
Runner Rug (Teal Coloring): Pink Rug Co.
Custom Illustration: Sophie & Lili
Wanderlust Globe: Spin Gallery Goods
Plant & Planter on Bookshelf: Pigment
Dining Area:
Dining Table: Industry West
Yellow Chairs: Amazon
Eames Style Chairs: Amazon
Love Marquee Lights: Carnival Letters
Happily Ever After Print: Ashley Goldberg

Interview with Bramwell Designs

_MG_8972 Today I wanted to share one of my favorite new brands for children's bedding, Bramwell Designs. I have found myself consistently drawn to Australian designers and this brand is definitely one of my favorites. Bramwell Designs products are bright, colorful, and fun, and just perfect for a little one's bedroom. I had the honor of asking the designer and owner, Emma Rodney, behind Bramwell Designs, a few questions about the brand and her stunning creations...so let's all get to know Bramwell Designs a little more...




A little intro please... At Bramwell Designs, we create organic hand printed bedlinen & accessories.  We also specialize in custom design orders to create bedding to suit our clients or interior stylists needs and desires to a ‘T’. That is great fun and I love a challenge.

Who inspired you to do what you do? Since becoming a mum to two adorable little boys my passion for color and design led me down this path to create imaginative playful bedding collections for little peoples bedrooms.

How would you describe your line? I strive to create bedlinen that will grow with the child over the years. Our designs are contemporary, classic and a little bit quirky, whilst sourcing a high quality organic cotton which is super soft and cozy. All our design work and everything else is done in our studio, by the sea on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

What influences your work? My childhood and the children in my life...how their little faces brighten up to the most simplest of things in life and their appreciation for their natural surroundings. We all need to remind ourselves to simplify our lives and appreciate the simple/little things in life and to take time to play and have some fun.

What does a typical day look like for you? Busy busy busy! As a mother and designer, I try my best to be super organized and allocate time for my designs and custom bedding orders, and when I am with my boys, I’m 100% devoted to them. My bedding collection is an extension of them, being free spirits, having fun on the journey and taking some risks. My passion for business and design drives me to continue and always will.

Tell us about your background before Bramwell Designs? I always aspired to create my own business doing something I was passionate in. I painted my big bold designs onto canvas and following a stint in London working for the worlds number one online fashion forecasting and trend service, my passion for design and beautiful things was ignited, so I took the plunge and haven’t looked back.

What is your favorite product you create and why? It’s all lots of fun & imaginative, our whole bedding range and recently we’ve launched these funky kindy sheet sets with hand printed name badges & organic canvas storage baskets and totes. A few other amazing products will be launched in 2015, but keeping the range fresh and limited, whilst on trend is essential and I truly love creating custom designed orders for my clients too, where I work with them and ultimately create a bedding collection that is unique for them and their little ones.. We also do adult size bedding, which has been a hit overseas.

What are the future plans for Bramwell Designs? The future is going to be an adventure where dreams come true. Some new collections will be launched in 2015, while still keeping our favourite ingredient, pops of neons, but we will offer something a little different to this years collection’s in the bedding range. Additionally, we will have an official launch of our Kindy sheet sets, which we hope will grow and give children something bright and playful to take to daycare/kindergarten. Plus a few other big surprises we are keeping a little secret for now…

Find and follow Bramwell Designs here: Website // Facebook // Instagram

Home Inspiration :: Amanda Brooks' English Home














7_17_12_AmandaBrooksOBS193511 I stumbled across this glamorous country home over the weekend and couldn't help but share for a little Monday inspiration.  Living in the country on a large plot of land with animals is something that is constantly tugging at my heart, this gorgeous family and their country-chic home and lifestyle has me packing my bags and heading to the English countryside for good.

Images via The Selby
















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We finally found a home and have decided where we are going to settle down (at least for the next six months or so).  Last weekend while visiting family in San Diego, we stumbled upon a historic beach cottage just two blocks from the ocean.  We fell in love immediately and upon deciding that it was the perfect place for our little family, we spent this week packing up our current house and will be spending the long weekend moving into our new home.

Naturally, my mind has been spinning with design possibilities for the new place (meaning that is all I have been thinking about for the past week), but when it comes to interior design, I'm slightly all-over-the-place.  I just can't quite narrow down what style truly fits our family.  I like so many different types of interior decor and just can't seem to fully commit to one.  Are we the type of people that have a minimal home, a bohemian adobe, a modern space, or a glamorous getaway?

Since I have decided that none of the furniture we currently own work with our new space (my excuse for a redesign),  we are selling almost all of our furniture and are starting from scratch in our new home.  The cottage has lots of light and lots of open space, but it is on the small side and has a unique layout so I'm pretty perplexed as to where to even start.  If any of you are design aficionados and want to so graciously offer your design services, feel free to send some ideas over because right now I can use all of the help I can get.

In looking at a few of my favorite home images (below) from my "mi casa" pinterest board you will quickly show you my dilemma when it comes to decorating.