Minty Magazine [Issue 15] Mindful Matters

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Inspiring Spaces for Children

Issue 15

Mindful Matters A New Education for Young Minds Three Surprising Benefits of Imaginative Play Real Room Reveals for Babies, Kids and Teens




Publisher and Editor Nicole Ray editor@mintymagazine.com.au Partnerships Hayley Ruby sales@mintymagazine.com.au Submissions Minty welcomes submissions for our magazine and blog. editor@mintymagazine.com.au Front Cover Designer – Nicole Rosenberg Photographer – Rochelle Eagle Design Albert Jantong Contributing Writers Celine Barnes, Hadassah Hine, Kate Rabbitt, Jacquie Ward Contributing Photographers Françoise Baudet, Rochelle Eagle, Dylan James, Jemma Johnson, Jess O'Brien, Nat Spada Contributing Designers and Stylists Heather Gampe, Zhana Garkinis, Jemma Johnson, Madeline McFarlane, Jess O'Brien, Nicole Rosenberg

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Editor’s Letter

Editor’s Favourites

MINDFULNESS REALLY DOES MATTER. When I was planning this issue, I knew I wanted an emphasis on mindfulness, but I felt apprehensive. Is it a bit 2019? Hasn't it been done to death? Is it up there with 'pivot' and 'unprecedented' as words so overused, they have come to mean nothing?

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But, when I really thought about it, I realised mindfulness can't be a trend. It is actually an ancient practice that has stood the test of time in serving humanity, and for many in our contemporary world, it’s an essential way of life. So here we are. Issue 15, where mindful really does still matter. I called on my friend Jacquie Ward, founder of The Brave Space, to share her expertise on the subject. For me she summed it up perfectly with this 'Mindfulness demands only that we raise our consciousness to prioritise living in the moment.' Succinct and brilliant right? Yet, I know in this world we live in, this is far easier said than done. I believe instilling this principle from a young age is critical for our children's successful life-long mindfulness practice. Thankfully, we are lucky to have access to many tools that will help us do just this. I have rounded up some of my favourites in our Be Mindful, Shop Mindful feature. As for living in the moment, what could be more aligned than play? We uncovered three benefits of play that may just surprise you. Be sure to check them out, along with some play must-haves that will offer boundless opportunities for imaginative play.

Cheeky Peach Decals by You Give Me Grace www.yougivemegrace.com I've been in love with these decals from day one. When we had the pleasure of shooting them for this magazine, my love grew even more! The quality is beautiful, application is fun and easy, and they are removable so an investment piece that can grow with your family.

Kinsfolk Wooden Peg Dolls by Little Big Learning www.littlebiglearning.com.au Just like all of us, these beautiful, hand turned peg dolls each have their own identity to share. Kinsfolk are made from sustainably sourced woods types. There are no dyes or stains used, just different trees, carved into different shapes to bring representation right into your kids play.

Tan Fawn Sandals by Oak and the Little Folk www.oakandthelittlefolk.com.au These unisex baby sandals have me feeling very clucky! Made from gorgeous waxed leather with a soft suede sole, they are the perfect blend of 'vintage cute' and 'sensible choice' for growing feet. They are also available with a hard sole for the bigger kids.

I was lucky enough to squeeze in a trip to Brisbane to visit Françoise Baudet, Minty's inhouse photographer and master of minimalism. Françoise generously shares her tips on running a mindful home and how she manages to combine minimal design with kids. No easy feat! And, as always, it is a delight to share the beautiful rooms created by interior designers and mums alike, all with a shared goal. To offer kids a place where they can be themselves, be safe and ultimately loose themselves in many moments of joy. I hope these pages bring some light in these heavy times and inspire you and your family to breathe a little deeper, love a little harder and play with reckless abandon.

Chunky Knit Rainbow Jumper by Aster & Oak www.asterandoak.com.au This cosy knit will be sure to keep your little one warm as the sun goes down on Spring days. The earthy tones match everything, and the soft organic cotton and oversized fit make it perfect for layering. It would be so cute with bloomers!

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A SHOUT OUT TO OUR

A heartfelt thanks to our wonderful regular Minty contributors.

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MINTY TEAM Françoise Baudet @francoisebaudet Françoise is a freelance interiors and architecture photographer. She is passionate about photography, health and well-being. She is a perfectionist who particularly loves to support local, small and authentic brands and designers. Françoise has a soft spot for architects and interiors designers as they can take a space beyond imaginable. When she’s not working or with her two small children, you can find her at a yoga studio, on a bush walk or in the ocean.

Madeline McFarlane @madelinemcfarlanestylist With a foundation in fashion design, Maddie began her styling career working as a fashion stylist in London. In 2012, she followed the sunshine and relocated to Sydney, making a natural extension into styling Lifestyle and Interiors. A greenie at heart, Maddie finds creative inspiration in the great outdoors. She’s working hard to advocate for stylish living that minimises harmful impact on the environment.

Céline Barnes www.scribewise.com.au Céline runs her own consulting business Scribewise Pty Ltd and specialises in business writing, process improvement and strategy. For her creative outlet (aside from writing for Minty) Céline teaches tap dancing to a merry group of tappers each week and hopes to help turn around the declining interest in tap. Céline lives in the Adelaide Hills with her husband and two children where they are slowly resurrecting a neglected plot of acreage and enjoying their own free-range eggs.

A special thanks to Kate Rabbitt A regular contributor to the Minty blog, Kate keeps us up to date with the latest trends in kids rooms and shares stories from our favourite brands. Originally from Adelaide, Kate now calls Bondi home. When not writing for Minty, she enjoys listening to 90's house, sipping chai and spending time at the beach with her husband and two kids.

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Hadassah Hine www.threelittlehines.com Hadassah runs her own parent-centric website where she reviews kid-related events and products. When she’s not writing you can find her in the kitchen baking up a storm because Hadassah is the face behind Das Makes Cakes, custom cakes, cupcakes and so much more! Originally from London, Hadassah lives in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs with her husband and three children.

Jacquie Ward @the_brave_space_ Jacquie Ward is a Provisional Psychologist and Postgraduate Psychology student with a special interest in Developmental Psychology. She is the Founder of The Brave Space; an online support hub for parents raising children who need a little extra support. Jacquie is also a Mama to three young children, aged 6, 5 and 1. If she’s not chasing them around at the beach, there’s a good chance you’ll find her drinking coffee or escaping to a yoga class for a hit of peace amongst the happy chaos.



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Mindful Matters Why mindfulness matters for kids, and in the spaces we create for them

Minty Inspiration Minimal Monochrome

P16 Minds Full Three surprising benefits of imaginative play

P32 At Home with Françoise Baudet We take a peek into the home of our resident photographer

P46 P24 A New Education Raising resilient, kind and compassionate kids with Mindful & Co Kids

Be Mindful Shop Mindful Our favourite tools to create a successful mindfulness practice with your kids

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Let's Shop Baby A round up of essentials for every baby

Let's Share A shared room for brothers with a special bond

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Oh the Places We'll Go Hugo's nursery for a future traveller

Timeless Beauty Matilda's classic room designed to last

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Step Right Up A beautiful room with a subtle circus twist

Coastal Dream Three serene rooms in a modern home

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Minty Inspiration Colour Bomb

Smallist Shop small for your kids

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Mindful Matters Why mindfulness matters for kids, and in the spaces that we create for them.

"You only need the light when it’s burning low, Only miss the sun when it starts to snow..." – Passenger

"You only need the light when it’s burning low, Only miss the sun when it starts to snow." He’s singing about lost love of course, but the sentiment is very much relevant to our lives today. As much of the globe finds itself in times of unprecedented uncertainty and upheaval in light of the corona virus pandemic, many of us are searching for peace and a sense of security in our day-to-day lives that seems to have gone amiss. Our children are no different of course – for many, this is the first time in their young lives that they have experienced things like lock-downs, that they’ve been unable to connect with friends and family, or have the adventures they might have had previously. We are all craving the freedom and sense of calm we once took for granted. While we may not be able to influence the state of the pandemic, there are absolutely things we can be doing to restore equilibrium and wellbeing in our homes. Mindfulness – the practice of ‘paying attention, on purpose’ – is the antidote to getting

caught up in our feelings and anxieties. The goal of mindfulness isn’t to control your thoughts, it’s to stop letting them control you. Put simply, mindfulness is a state of consciousness in which we intentionally observe what is happening in the present moment in our bodies, our minds and the world around us. By existing in this way, we can acknowledge how we’re feeling, and then, let it go. It’s a deceptively simple concept, but one that has been linked to a whole host of benefits including reduced anxiety and depression, higher self esteem, greater resilience, improved cognitive abilities and lowered stress levels. It’s likely that you know at least a little about the practice of mindfulness; it’s hard to scroll Instagram or read any media article related to wellbeing without hearing mention of the term. This is no short-term fad however; it originates from ancient Eastern Buddhist tradition and has been practiced by individuals seeking everything from enlightenment to inner peace for literally thousands of years. So how to do we introduce this into our children’s lives, and into the spaces we create for them?

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n Passenger’s international hit Let Her Go, songwriter Mike Rosenberg sings the lines:

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"Often it will mean embracing simplicity, choosing a few quality pieces that reflect your aesthetic over an abundance of ‘things’, which in turn allows the space for creativity and calm to preside."

The Brave Space www.thebravespace.com.au @the_brave_space_

Children are naturally mindful. You only need to walk in nature with them for a short while to realise this. They get lost in the rhythm of their steps, are fascinated with the texture of leaves they collect, the feel of sand and dirt beneath their toes. The secret is to tap into this inclination and make space for it to bloom. Bedrooms and play areas that have been mindfully created might include soothing colours, unique textiles offering tactile experiences, and décor that speaks to the individual child’s interests. Often it will mean embracing simplicity, choosing a few quality pieces that reflect your aesthetic over an

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abundance of ‘things’, which in turn allows the space for creativity and calm to preside. It gives our children the opportunity to grow and play, mindfully. The beauty of mindfulness is that we don’t need to wait for the light to burn low, or the sun to go, to start. Mindfulness can undoubtably help restore a sense of wellbeing during challenging times, but it is just as valuable and important for wellbeing and happiness when things are going well, too. It demands only that we raise our consciousness to prioritise living in the moment. What could be more nourishing?


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Minds Full

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But there are other benefits to imaginative play that aren’t as commonly discussed. Here are three lesser-known reasons why imaginative play is so important for the development of our children. Imaginative play exercises the muscles of emotional intelligence According to Neuroscientist, Dr Stephen Porges, play is a neural exercise that helps children work through their fears, whether they be conscious or unconscious. Dr Porges refers to the neuroception of safety as an indicator of how well we develop in an unknown and often frightening world. Paediatric Psychologist, Dr Mona Delahooke further explains that when children feel safe in body and mind they can undertake essential requirements for healthy development – to play, grow and restore. When they don’t feel safe, they move into fight or flight, a state in which spontaneous play shuts down. P 17

Dr Delahooke concludes “Play is exercise for the child’s brain and body (they are connected) that enhances the development of emotional health. Play is fun, but it also allows children to explore uncertainty and fears under conditions of safety, gaining mastery over fears and across emotional states.” https://monadelahooke.com/cantlet-play-disappear-childrens-lives/ Imaginative play helps with smoother school transitions A 2020 study on the Effects of an Unstructured Free Play and Mindfulness Intervention on Wellbeing in Kindergarten Students, found that incorporating opportunities for unstructured play in conjunction with mindfulness practice could facilitate a smoother transition process in kindergarten children. The study found “through play and self-reflection, children strategize about change and transition which characterize early childhood.” In examining physical, emotional, and social wellbeing, increased physical activity (contributing to physical wellbeing), happiness (contributing to emotional wellbeing), and playfulness (contributing to social wellbeing) were identified following this combined intervention. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/ articles/PMC7432887/

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ost of us are aware that imaginative play fosters creativity, improves problem solving and promotes both fine and gross motor physical development. It’s been well documented, and we may have experienced these benefits first hand with our own children, or children in our care.


Imaginative play isn’t just for kids

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Dr Stuart Brown ascertains that we all, children and adults, have untapped play resources that we can draw on in difficult circumstances. Our ‘play reservoirs’ have been provided to us by nature, and have seen the human race through varied historic situations. When we tap into them, we remain positive, upbeat and resilient. Dr Brown explains “When examining the lives of non-players, comparing them to play-fulfilled individuals, research has been able to show how play itself contributes to getting along better with ourselves, (play as a good anti-depressant) and certainly provides the tools to better get along non-violently, cooperatively and innovatively with each other.” https://www.playcore.com/news/ play-is-a-universal-gift-of-naturein-times-of-challenge-and-stress

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MINTY PICKS FOR CREATIVE PLAY

"Play is the royal road to childhood happiness and adult brilliance." – Joseph Chilton Pearce

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Created to push the bounds of play, these oversized and lightly padded shapes give children an open-ended invitation to create, build and explore. Soft play has long been recognised as a building block of emotional and physical development as children engage, take risks and work through creative play scenarios. Jnr.play is available in four shapes in a beautiful tonal rainbow that complement each other as you build your collection. www.jnrlife.com

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jnr.play is a collection of oversized soft-décor ‘play shapes’, handmade in Melbourne by the jnr.life team. With a passion for sophisticated and considered design, Jnr.Life are dedicated to producing high quality, family friendly products that complement grown-up interiors.


– Little Big Learning – Little Big Learning is an Australian women-led company on a mission to create beautifully designed, purposeful, and ethically made products.

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Inspired by Dr Emmi Pikler, Little Big have created a range of Pikler Triangles and accessories to provide children the opportunity for safe and self-paced exploration of body and mind. A Pikler Triangle is suitable from 6 months to 6 years of age and offers endless opportunities to develop gross motor skills, and nurture creative play as it transforms from climbing frame to car track, and cubby house to the winner’s podium. Add on the Little Pikler Arch & Rocker and watch in awe as babies climb before they walk, toy’s hit the high seas and dolls are rocked to sleep. The only limits are your child’s imagination. Made from sustainably sourced FSC Certified European birchwood ply and hardwood dowel, Little Big products are designed to last, to be handed down through the generations and to tread lightly on our environment. www.littlebiglearning.com.au

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"Play energises us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us to new possibilities." – Dr Stuart Brown

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Perfect as a first weaning table for the youngest of babes, The Tecla Table is a contemporary kids’ table take on an old favourite – the simple school room desk. Its compact size will fit into the smallest of spaces and can be mixed and matched with the Little Big Mylk Stools or Cube Chairs to make the perfect configuration for your home. Handy features such as the shelf with its lift up lid and the 'ink pot' holder make this desk the perfect place for creative minds to flourish.

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"Let the children play! And if you have a few minutes, play with them. It's that easy, just follow their lead and they will work out their concerns and fears. It's the most therapeutic and growth promoting activity for kids." – Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.

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– Cattywampus – Born from a nostalgic appreciation of the simplicity enjoyed as children, Cattywampus set out on a mission to bring back the beauty of imagination by generating magical spaces that cultivate creative play. They created a range of play tents that are contemporary in design and made of 100% pure cotton canvas, offering a soft, yet durable haven for children’s imaginations to take flight. Providing children with a space of their own for play fosters independence, allows for privacy and provides a familiar sanctuary for endless adventures with their toys and friends. A cosy nook for cuddles and stories, or a well-needed shelter from siblings, you can be sure it is a place where many memories will be made. www.cattywampus.com.au

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– Moov Baby – Have you ever met a Storyteller? One that weaves the most magnificent tales and makes you feel like you are right there in the story? Under the timber arches of the Moov Baby Storyteller every child is at the centre of their own story, transported to a world of creative play. This Waldorf inspired play stand with its child-centred design creates a space for quiet play or a retreat from the world. It is Australian made using

100% Australian grown timber and comes uncoated to bring the beauty of nature right into your home. Children may be transported into a magical forest, a sweet shop, cave, outer space, or under the sea! The Storyteller brings the beauty of wooden play equipment and imagination together, perfectly at home in any space. www.moovbaby.com.au

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Raising Resilient, Kind and Compassionate Kids with Mindful & Co Kids

A holisitic mission Born out of the innate groundings that our mind, body and spirit are holistically intertwined, Mindful & Co Kids has a mission to inspire, strengthen, and foster happier, healthier more resilient young minds through mindfulness. The end goal? To change the staggering and alarming mental health statistics for young people. Mindful living Throughout her years of study, Mindful & Co Kids founder, Jacqueline Yeats, found herself spending countless hours researching the art of mindfulness, and the indisputable benefits it has for the mind, body and spirit. With the light, however, comes the dark. As a mother, child psychotherapist and qualified youth counsellor, the confronting truth about mental health and youth suicide statistics in Australia truly struck home. It was her work as a psychotherapist that opened Jacqueline's eyes to the benefits of mindfulness.

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Grounded by the belief that the principles of mindfulness and self-awareness can confront negative emotions before they take hold, Jacqueline began to introduce the concept of mindful living to her own child from a young age. The results were incontrovertibly positive. Before her eyes, she saw her daughter, during moments of overwhelm, hold the ability to self-soothe, regulate emotion, and practice self-awareness. Not just to herself, but to those around her, even their pet dog, Charlie. Mindful living had an immediate and positive effect on her child. This started a ripple effect throughout every area of her life. Jacqueline spent a further two years conducting research on the scientific benefits of mindfulness as a treatment for anxiety and depression as part of her research-based Master’s degree. As a result, Jacqueline holds the firm belief that mindfulness has the ability to help decrease youth suicide rates and helps young people overcome stress, anxiety, and depression.


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"Our mission is to inspire, strengthen, and foster happier, healthier more resilient young minds."

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"Through yoga and mindfulness exercises, we invite our children to connect deeper with themsleves and the world around them."

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Jacqueline and her team believe the greatest gift we can give our little humans is the knowledge and strength to move through life, gently and consciously. To teach them how to be comfortable in silence, how to love themselves fully, and how to unashamedly trust their inner voice. "Through yoga and mindfulness exercises, we invite our children to connect deeper with themselves, and the world around them. We give them the tools to take into scary situations, difficult relationships, big life decisions, and feel assured and safe in their choices" explains Jacqueline. A new education By instilling the practices of gratitude, self-affirmation and kindness, and

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inspiring a future where every child has access to an education in self-awareness, Jacqueline believes together, we can influence and empower the next generation to live the fulfilled life they deserve. Driven by the desire to help other parents educate their children in the art of mindfulness – it is Jacqueline’s hope that she is able to inspire a new generation on their journey to success, growth, and happiness through Mindful & Co Kids. A range of beautiful resources designed to teach our children to unwind, see the world beyond the gadgets and become emotionally smarter is on offer at Mindful & Co Kids. A few minutes a day dedicated to mindfulness is all it takes to see significant improvements in the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of our children. The Mindful & Co Kids games and resources make these daily practices achievable and enjoyable for the whole family.

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Beyond the yoga mat At Mindful & Co Kids, mindfulness goes beyond a class, or a yoga mat. It is a way of being that empowers and encourages young minds rather than hinder them. It is distinct. A new perspective. And ultimately, a better way of life.


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M I N T Y I N S P I R AT I O N

"Black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony play."

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Françoise’s innate sense of style, photographic talent and all-round passion for design make her an obvious choice to include in our ‘AT Home With’ series, but it is for reasons other than these that we couldn’t wait to share Françoise’s kids’ rooms with you. For one, Françoise is an avid devotee to the practice of mindfulness. It plays an integral role in her family life and her aesthetic values, which is naturally reflected in the way she has designed her home and her children’s rooms. And two, Françoise is a self-confessed minimalist. We all know minimalism and children don’t always go hand in hand so we are thrilled to showcase the approach Françoise has taken to minimalise their home with two young children, and show how it’s possible to achieve despite the perceived difficulties.

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So here we are, in the beautiful home of Françoise, her husband Matt and their two children, Xavier and Lucette. Xavier is a seven-year-old boy with ‘a tonne of energy’ as described by Françoise. He is inquisitive and loves sport. He particularly enjoys mountain biking, surfing, swimming and soccer. Lucette is a sweet and bright fouryear-old with a love for all things rainbows and unicorns. Their rooms have been thoughtfully designed and curated by Françoise to reflect their interests and passions while maintaining the minimalist philosophy. What was the brief for Xavier & Lucette’s rooms? Having recently moved the family to Brisbane, I wanted the kids to feel excited about their new rooms. I felt it was important for them to have their own special space. My brief was also to inject some personality with fresh colour, and design it to grow with them so that it wasn’t too young and wouldn’t need updating for a while. I wanted them to be practical and prioritised the custom joinery in the budget to create the desks and shelves.

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his may not be the first time you’ve seen the name Françoise Baudet on the pages of Minty Magazine. For the past five years, Françoise has been an integral part of Minty, bringing her expertise behind the lens as our in-house photographer.


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Xavier’s room is designed to double as a guest room, so I wanted it to also feel appropriate for someone my age. A quick swap of some books and toys for vases and magazines and we can have guests in there.

inspired by their work and especially their use of colour and texture. I tend to also do a lot of shopping from what’s on set as there are often so many delicious accessories, lights, linen and toys.

We had recently bought Lucette the Plyroom bed and so I wanted her room to feel more grown up. My goal was sophisticated and feminine without it being too soft.

We often talk about the mood of the room. I wanted to create something calming for Xavier’s room so took inspiration from the Noosa Surfer picture. As the room is also our guest space, lush bedding was an important consideration.

What was your inspiration for each room? I am very lucky to be working with Minty Magazine on a regular basis where I get to visit so many amazing rooms and work with Nicole and Madeline in creating such beautiful spaces. I’ve learnt so much from them and always make mental notes of things that I really like. I am always

I wanted a brighter and more energetic mood for Lucette’s room to match her personality. I have family in New York, and spent time there myself, and as such felt drawn to the “I’m in a New York State of Mind’ print by Hotel Magique. It created the foundation for the room.

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Your use of colour is beautiful, how did you settle on your selections? I’m a minimalist at heart and find colour hard! But, I wanted to make sure the kids’ rooms were warm, inviting and fun. The navy Mustard Made cabinet was my starting point for the colour palette in Xavier’s room. I felt it needed a strong wall colour in a similar tone to complement it. I went with Porter’s Paint Newport Blue. Xavier also loves surfing and chose the Noosa Surfer picture. Blues and greens were then a natural choice. Lucette is very feminine so I knew I had to incorporate pink or I would be in big trouble. Wanting to stay modern, we selected a warm grey (Porter’s Paint Smoke) half wall as our base so that we could add pinks to soft furnishings which we can change over time. I added terracottas, reds and blacks to the palette to toughen the pink, match the hardware and avoid it being too pretty.

What is your favourite feature in each room? I love the built-in desks. It was the perfect solution to those nooks. They feel so grown up at their own desk and it’s nice to be able display their favourite toys and books on the shelving above. If you had to pick one thing you most love about each room, what would it be? I think I would say having colour on the wall! It instantly brought both rooms to life. I find the Newport Blue in Xavier’s room so calming. You have a beautiful playroom for the kids – what were your must have’s in this space? My must have for the playroom was nice storage for the toys. I don’t like clutter and wanted a solution that would hide the bulk of the mess but was still easy for the kids to access. There are such beautiful kids toys these days so it’s nice to be able to display them properly. P36


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I ended up creating a built-in cabinet along one wall by doing a little IKEA hack. It’s been a great place to store and organise our Lego – phew!

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With a concrete floor and white walls, I brought in some wood furniture to warm up the space. I love pieces like the white Mustard Made locker – so beautiful and practical. We can store a lot in there! What are your must haves/must do’s for keeping your home calm? While my home is rarely calm, what we can control – well mostly – is our physical space. My husband and I like having a place for everything so we can keep things relatively tidy and organised. Custom cabinetry has been a life saver. We recently installed a mudroom style cabinet in our entry way which means all that junk goes straight in there as we walk in the door and not littered throughout the house! A designated cupboard for the kids really helps and teaches them to put their things away, out of sight. P39


"Plenty of nature time is another remedy for us in keeping our home calm. We love bush walking and getting to the beach as much as possible."

My other go-to is Marie Kondo’s book, The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up. It’s an oldie but a goodie. Living in Sydney in a tiny apartment helped to train us into living with what you need and love and skipping on the clutter.

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Plenty of nature time is another remedy for us in keeping our home calm. We love bush walking and getting to the beach as much as possible. We know you practice mindfulness at home regularly. Why is it important to you? Any hot tips? Life as a parent and small business owner is pretty full. I try to not to put too much pressure on myself to practice mindfulness perfectly. But it is an important part of surviving family life. I know it really helps me and helps the kids. Xavier has a lot of energy, so we try to incorporate mindfulness into our evening routine to help him wind down. Small things I aim to do regularly after dinner is light some incense or a candle, keep the lights low and have no screens. Quiet activities like looking at books or puzzles are helpful if I need to kill some time with the kids before they sleep. It’s small but helps to set the tone. My husband and I both meditate, so we like to share that with the kids. We love Insight Timer’s kids’ section. Or a simple meditation like putting a small cold stone, tile or crystal on their forehead and asking them to try not to let it slip is a good one. We also have a grateful jar which we all enjoy.

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"While my home is rarely calm, what we can control - well mostly - is our physical space."

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Welcome to The Little Potion Co where a world of imagination and creativity awaits! If you ever made potions as a child, you will love our potion kits for your little magic makers! Little potion kits are not only a fun activity and a magical sensory experience, but they can also help to create a positive mindset. Mindful potion kits come with spells for potions P4 4

which can really come true for young children, such as a potion for self love, a spell to calm the beast inside you and an elixir to give you the confidence of a mermaid. To believe in magic is to believe that anything is possible! With bio glitter, sparkly liquids and fizzing fun, our potion kits are non toxic and great for little potion makers from 3+.


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The Grow Journal Are you looking for a way to help your kids slow down, reflect and connect? The Grow Journal has been created to help kids do just that, and to empower them to take on their days with confidence, self-awareness, and positivity. As they fill out the guided journal pages, they build their ‘GROW Superpowers’ –

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Husband-and-wife team Sam and Sarah Hall started Able Cause out of love for their daughter Eleanor who lives with disability. The #ablemovement recognises that ability is not limited by mental or physical capacity, that we are all able in our own unique ways.

'My Magic' Intention Board & Crystal Grid Setting daily intentions allows us to be mindful about our mental, emotional and physical self, a way to focus the mind and create positive thoughts. The Little Potion Co ‘My Magic Intention Board’ is a fun way to create a virtual potion whilst

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Gratitude, Resilience, Optimism and Wellbeing. For you, it’s an evidence-based tool to support, and strengthen your connection with your kids. For them, it’s some simple relaxation, creativity, and fun – which begins as soon as their journal arrives, as they personalise the cover with the included stickers.

www.ablecause.com Through their lived experience raising Eleanor and celebrating her achievements, their mission is to empower all people with the belief that they are capable of more than they realise. Able donate 10% of profits to Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Shop their tees, hoodies, and accessories to help spread this important message.

www.thelittlepotionco.com.au setting an intention for the day. Choose from the 6 double sided word disks and then add one of the 20 symbol disks as a representation of how you’d like to feel. Double sided, it also has a crystal/mandala grid on the other side for mindful reflection and play.

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Able Cause is a clothing brand that advocates for ability.

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Skateboarders Print Skwoodle is a Brisbane based social enterprise teaching kids environmental and social justice issues through facts, stories, and design. Their environmentally friendly products include prints that shift stereotypes, educational posters, activity decks, and handcrafted

Conscious Kids Affirmation Cards

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Eagle & Owl’s Conscious Kids Affirmation Cards were created to help children thrive in life. These are the ultimate tool to holistically educate children of the mind, body and spirit, developing a person to be the best that they can be. Help your child create a positive thought system from a young age with the Conscious Kids Affirmation Cards to navigate the challenges of life by having a positive outlook with a strong moral compass.

I AM Mandala Puzzle Created to promote expression and connect into our feelings and thoughts, this 16-piece puzzle is centred by the sun with the strong word “I AM” and surrounded by a range of emotions and thoughts engraved on one side and patterns and symbols on the other. It has been designed for all ages and all spectrums to express and

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www.skwoodle.com timber items made from recycled local wood, to inspire around the home. Their collections are thoughtfully created, tested by kids and grown-ups, illustrated by them, and reviewed by science & bias professionals.

www.eagleandowl.com.au Encourage and inspire positive self-talk to self-regulate and cultivate self-love, self-confidence, self-belief, and awareness. Experience these powerful affirmation cards as you seed and sow the adventurer within by discovering the Earth’s Energy System, the Chakra System, and the spirit of fauna. It’s more than just an affirmation.

www.playtolearn.com.au share how they are feeling, acknowledging what is going on for them that day and allows them to communicate with others on a deeper and more empathetic level. Your children can check into their thoughts and feelings and with the other pieces that do not resonate, simply flip them over and use the symbols as patterns.


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Sunchild Yogi Yaga Mats Sunchild Yogi provides premium kids-sized yoga mats for the little people in your life. Designed with only the best interests at heart, their mats are made from 100% natural tree rubber with a beautiful, soft microfiber suede top. Kids love the feel of them under their little hands and feet.

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It is said these rhythms help children feel safe, develop life skills and build healthy habits. For parents, they may help us feel organised, reduce stress and find time for enjoyable activities.

Wellbeing and Affirmation Cards Developed with two psychologists and a life coach, the Two Little Ducklings Kids’ Wellbeing and Affirmation cards can be used to help children build a strong mindset and resilience from a young age. The cards include: 12 question cards to encourage children to

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The mats are eco-friendly and biodegradable with no nasties (free from silicone and PVC with no phthalates) and include a handy carry strap. Perfect for yoga, pilates, mindfulness, meditation, stretching and other activities to promote happy, healthy, and calm children.

www.secondscout.com.au This hands-on Routine Helper makes these everyday rhythms a simple and fun process for kids. The magnetic timber tiles are made especially for little hands – easy to grasp and also a breeze to wipe clean. When a task is complete, flipping the tile over to reveal a star gives a sense of achievement, encourages responsibility and provides positive reinforcement.

www.twolittleducklings.com.au think differently about their day; 12 activity cards to help children practice mindfulness or to help them improve the way they are feeling; 8 feeling and emotion cards to help children understand and describe their feelings; and 32 positive affirmation cards to help encourage, support, and inspire children.

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The benefits of a gentle daily rhythm have been widely reported to help family life run more smoothly and help families enjoy more time together.

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Hand-Knitted Monkey Her Hands exists to provide sustainable employment to women in communities in need. They strive to empower these women through financial independence – providing them with a pathway out of poverty, which in turn helps transform whole communities.

www.her-hands.com.au Intelligent, caring and with a hint of cheekiness – this monkey loves being dragged around by her long arms or tail. The pure wool used is grown locally in Kenya, spun on recycled bicycle wheels, and then dyed using all-natural dyes from plants and vegetables.

Each purchase of this handknitted monkey empowers artisans in Kenya.

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Grateful Heart Poster Decal Let's help our kids be grateful for the more important things in our life like our health, the roof over our head, family, and friends. The other "stuff" we have is just a bonus. Practising gratitude with children can be a very powerful tool, with lots of benefits to mental and physical health.

Yoga Flash Cards Encourage the practice of Mindfulness on-the-go with these beautifully crafted Yoga flashcards. The pack includes 26 beautifully hand-illustrated poses from celebrated children's illustrator, Chloe Jasmine. These flashcards are exclusively designed for Mindful and Co - Kids, and make the perfect study tool for your

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www.wondermade.com.au This inspirational Grateful Heart poster is a perfect way to gently instil this important practice. This high quality, fabric wall sticker is easy to use, reposition as you wish, free from harmful phthalates and customisable so your family can truly relate.

www.mindfulandcokids.com little human to learn and continue their yoga practice from wherever they are. With an accompanying explanation of each pose, how to achieve it, and its benefits on the back of each card, your child will not only gain the knowledge they need for their own practice, but the ability to show others how to embrace yoga for themselves.


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Mend and Make Do The Goldie + Ace philosophy is to make high quality clothing that will last. Clothes to wear, cherish and pass on. They believe that taking care of our clothes to extend the lifecycle of each piece is the first step towards a sustainable future.

Calm Down Bottle

The DIY Calm Down Bottle is a unique sensory bottle, where you

Slow Down Bring calm to a busy world with 50 nature stories All around us, nature is turning, growing, and working. Every day, hour by hour, magical transformations happen right in front of you. But it's not always

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In keeping with this core values, Goldie + Ace offer a mending service to preserve the life of your kids’ clothes. Simply return your laundered pieces and their team will lovingly repair any original Goldie + Ace garment for free. All you need to do is pay for is the postage.

www.thecreativetoyshop.com.au receive all the creative elements required to create a sensory bottle perfect for your child. Just add water and a dash of washing up liquid and it's ready to go! With this option you can refill and reuse the sensory bottle for endless creative options.

www.nestlingandnook.com.au easy to see them. Discover 50 nature stories, paused just long enough for you to watch them unfold. Then go outside and explore... and see what you find when you take the time to slow down.

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Sensory bottles are used by parents, teachers and therapists to help children self-regulate their breathing, thoughts, and improve their focus.

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BABY VILLAGE. THE ONLY PLACE YOU NEED TO VISIT WHEN PREPARING FOR YOUR BABY. Our range has been carefully curated to ooer new parents everything you need to prepare for baby's arrival, from Cots, Prams, Car Seats & Carriers to Maternity Wear, Baby Sleepwear Toys and much more! We know it can seem overwhelming, so we invite you to share the load, by setting up a Baby Gift Registry, you can share your wishlist with family & friends, and have everything delivered to your door! It takes a village to raise a child! Visit babyvillage.com.au


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RUBY MERINO WOOL BASSINET BLANKET – BUTTER $159 WWW.UIMI.COM.AU

ROVER 3 PRAM $799.99 WWW.BABYBEEONLINE.COM

BLAKE PERSONALISED LOUNGE TOP $39.99 WWW.IPDIPDO.COM.AU

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LARGE SAHARA / LITTLE TROOPER PLAY MAT $189.95 WWW.RUGABUB.COM.AU

COCOON SWADDLE BAG – DESSERT BLOOM $39.95 WWW.ERGOPOUCH.COM.AU

FREEZER PODS $25 WWW.WEANMEISTER.COM.AU

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CONVERTIBLE PRAM / SHOULDER ORGANISER $149 WWW.TOOTSANDCO.COM

QUILTED LINEN BABY PLAY MAT – CHESTNUT $154.95 WWW.MYWARRENHILL.COM

GOLDEN DAYS REVERSIBLE BABY BONNET $34.95 WWW.ACORNKIDS.COM.AU

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icole Rosenberg knows something about the importance of children’s spaces within the family home. Founder of Liberty Interiors, the interior decorator and mum of three has honed her passion and expertise for creating beautiful spaces that are also practical and reflective of its inhabitant’s individuality. First-time parents, Jessica and Carly Wilde, were eager to reap the benefit of Nicole’s years’ of experience as they planned for the arrival of their baby. HUGO’S ROOM Wanting a room that was warm and inviting, the pair worked with Nicole to create a timeless space that could evolve with their child and reflect a few of their favourite things. So with travel, books and animals slotted into the design agenda, Nicole started with a foundation of earthy tones and classic navy blue via the Thibaut Pinellas wallpaper from Natty & Polly. The natural tones of the Bayliss Rugs Stripe Taupe White Rug and the Leather Stitched Stacked Handle by Made Measure add the desired warmth to the space.

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"We loved the idea of adding in lots of animals in the art and soft furnishings – Nicole even found the cutest lion cushion to sit on the chair!"

“We wanted something that we could adapt as Hugo got older, and we could with time incorporate his favourite things.” Working against tight timelines, made more difficult by the global pandemic, Nicole certainly had her work cut out for her. But though the realm of international travel may have hit the pause button, inside little Hugo’s sanctum of love it became a focal point thanks to the beautiful world map artwork Nicole was able to source. Undoubtedly the highlight of their firstborn’s room, Jessica and Carly are avid travellers and fell in love with the geographic piece that will enable them to share their passion with Hugo while they wait for the world to catch up. Taking turns to sit in the Sarah Ellis Alva feeding chair, both confess to being initially uncertain about such an extravagant purchase but in retrospect deem it to be one of the greatest additions to a room with relaxation at its core.

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“We loved the idea of adding in lots of animals in the art and soft furnishings – Nicole even found the cutest lion cushion to sit on the chair!” From the magnificent giraffe print to the various plush animals dotted around the room, including Noah the Dog from Cuddle and Kind, Nicole has created a warm and happy space for Hugo to live and learn in.

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BENTO WOVEN CUSHION $69.90 WWW.CITTADESIGN.COM.AU

LEATHER STACKED JOINERY HANDLE $65.50 EACH WWW.MADEMEASURE.COM

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hotographer and mother of two, Jess Obrien, has a passion for styling both her children and the interiors they inhabit. With an eye for beautiful details, notable in her dreamy Instagram feed, Jess is drawn to an aesthetic that is rich in warm tones and rustic timber accents. When she is not on the tools in her own home, Jess spends her time capturing real-life moments through her photography business Dusk Til Dawn.

RIVER’S ROOM Creating a space for her son, River, Jess wanted to incorporate those warm hues and the particular Scandinavian trends of styling that most appeal to her. Taking her design cues from the fun and frivolity of circus and carnival, Jess found an adorable cream and deep caramel canopy tent and bunting from Bee&M Kids to set the tone and dictate her colour palette of sage, caramel, cream and mustard. P 69

The Namely Co personalised blanket in sage, combined with the Seakaboo Kantha Half Moon quilt, complements the palette beautifully and creates the perfect home for River’s tonal soft toys. Jess effortlessly incorporates the rattan trend with functionality through her choice of the stunning desk and wall shelves from Poppy’s Little Treasures. The rattan softens the aesthetic and provides the most gorgeous setting for the treasures and trinkets in the room. Perhaps the biggest scroll-stopper of all is the timber feature wall. Jess created this look with Bunnings Laminate flooring, cut to size and hung from the ceiling down. Paired with Dulux Bryophyte, it instantly captures the coveted hygge atmosphere. Adorned with rattan animal heads, the muted bunting and canopy, and a handy leather wall hanging, the stunning feature wall becomes a playful, yet sophisticated backdrop for River’s room.


“I do love the canopy tent and also the rattan wall animals. They bring the overall theme together.” says Jess.

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Reflecting the wild and vibrant personality of her almost 5-year-old without wanting to overcrowd the room, Jess achieved a harmonious balance of colour, light and shadow in the pieces she chose. From the rattan animal heads from Nestling and Nook and spotted floor bean bag from Hunter & Nomad, to the gorgeous calendar from Oskar’s Wooden Ark – these beautiful pieces string a story together. The inclusion of the Rugabub padded playmat grounds delightful, imaginative play in comfort, providing River the perfect place to explore his toys and books. Whilst styling is always front of mind, it wasn’t the main objective for this space. Jess sums it up beautifully; “As much as I love creating a styled space, I still wanted something fun and inviting. My son’s imagination is amazing, and that was why I created this space for him. To see him being inspired to play out his own stories is incredibly rewarding.”

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"As much as I love creating a styled space, I still wanted something fun and inviting. My son’s imagination is amazing, and that was why I created this space for him. To see him being inspired to play out his own stories is incredibly rewarding."

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BOW AND ARROW SET $60 WWW.BIRDEEANDBEE.COM

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MOI MILI CANOPY – CIRCUS $220 WWW.BEEANDMKIDS.COM.AU

MAILEG MOUSE CAR & GARAGE $160 WWW.NESTLINGANDNOOK.COM.AU

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Let's Share Zhana Garkinis, owner of Fourteen Oh Five, was approached by Kim, mother of three, to design a new room for her youngest son, Eli (two), before the arrival of their baby girl. Zhana found that after getting to know the family, the brief shifted from a room for Eli to a shared bedroom for Eli and his older brother Isaac (four). In this interview, Zhana discusses how she reworked the brief to cater for their unique family needs and delivered a delightful space for two brothers. Tell us about this project and how it came about? My client Kim is a mum of two boys and at the time, pregnant with her third child. She contacted me to design a bedroom space for her youngest son, Eli. The idea of narrowing down her inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram was daunting and she wasn’t sure where to start. With a lot already on her plate, the idea of sourcing everything and then pulling it all together was feeling overwhelming. What was the brief for this room? Kim wanted to create a tidy and uncluttered space that reflected their love of animals. She told me that she was looking for a concept that was unique and special. The idea was to design a room for the youngest boy, Eli, who was ready to move into his own big room, however there was a sense of nervousness as he had some health issues since babyhood. Working so closely with clients helps me to understand their needs (plus I have two boys of my own) so I presented an option for her boys to share a room instead. This meant that Eli and Isaac could be together, which gave Kim some comfort and reassurance, especially with a baby on the way. P79


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"It is very rewarding when you walk into a room and get that sense of calm and feel at ease. Good design can directly impact how we feel day to day."

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Before we launch into discussing the project, tell us a little about your business, Fourteen Oh Five After working for many years in the corporate world and then having two boys of my own, I went back to study and explored the world of interiors and design. Following that, my business Fourteen Oh Five was born. I’m very passionate about design and the way that a beautiful yet functional space makes you feel. It is very rewarding when you walk into a room and get that sense of calm and feel at ease. Good design can directly impact how we feel day to day. I truly believe that every space has the potential to be beautiful. What was your inspiration for this project? I connected with my client Kim on a personal level as I have two young boys of my own. I can appreciate P83

how hard it can be when your children are struggling with their health. It really pushed me to design a space that I knew her sons Eli and Isaac would both enjoy as they grow up together. How did you select your colour palette? Kim loves navy and green tones and I took some inspiration from the jungle, as both boys love all things animals! I then introduced mustard and navy accents as well as muted grey tones to soften the space. Tell us more about the wallpaper selection To create something truly unique for the boys, I reached out to Kristy the owner of Minnie & Me Interiors. After going back and forth with a few variations, we landed on a bespoke wallpaper with animal spots which is perfect for the space.


What is your favourite feature in the room and can you tell us why? The bespoke wallpaper is the highlight for me. It’s fun and bright, but the colours are still subtle enough to feel calm. The added bonus is that it’s removable so if they decide to update or change the room it’s an easy fix.

selections were well considered. It was still important to source good quality furniture and décor items that would grow with the boys. The other challenge was trying to fit in two king single beds (which were on the must-have list) plus a bedside table but we made it work!

What was the biggest challenge with designing this room? The biggest challenge was the budget because initially the brief was for one room. When we agreed to go ahead with a room for the boys to share, there wasn’t a significant increase to the budget so I made sure that the

What is your overall favourite thing about this space? I really love the reading nook that’s tucked in the corner with the jungle wall decal, because I can see the boys playing and making memories there as well as sharing stories and reading their books at bedtime.

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t is an exciting milestone when your child is ready to move from a nursery with a cot to their big girl or boy room with a bed. For the child, it is when they start to gain more freedom in how they use the room, while for the parents, it is an opportunity to invest in helping their evolving little human use the space in a mindful manner. For Matilda ‘Milly’ her new room just had to be green and Mum, Jemma Johnson of Styled By Jemma, more than succeeded with the custom designed wallpaper from Minnie and Me Interiors. Jemma asked for the ‘Milly’ wallpaper to be a delicate floral on a sea-green background. The result is a stunning motif which is modern yet will age gracefully as Matilda grows up. Jemma explains, “I wanted to create a room that Milly loves now, but one that is classic and will also suit her as a pre-teen and even as a teenager.” The bonus being that the wallpaper is removable and reusable so if the Johnsons ever move house, they can take it with them!

The choice of bed is all-important, being the raison d’être of a bedroom. Jemma took her time in choosing Matilda’s bed to ensure it set the vintage tone she was aspiring to. The Macy bed from Village Little Interiors is a work of art and an heirloom in the making. “It’s so special knowing that each piece of Matilda’s bed was hand-cut, joined and hand-turned. In a world where so much is made by machinery, it gladdens me to know we have such a special piece of furniture created by the hands of skilled artisans from my hometown of Perth WA”, says Jemma. When selecting other colours for the room Jemma wanted contrast to the green but in a way that created cosiness and warmth. Enter the caramel tones of the Rumi and Fae French Oak wooden hook rack, rust tones from the Pop Ya Tot canopy and tan of the Ohh Happy Home Cotton Berber washable rug. To complement the colour palette and continue the feminine theme,

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Jemma chose the chalk Bonne Mere pillow and bedspread set from Willow and Reign with its beautiful, scalloped detailing.

Being realistic about what can be achieved in a room is a hurdle for every design. Blocking out the noise of so much choice and honing the vision is a process which often benefits from some expert help. Jemma has found that her dual skillset of interior styling as well as product photography and videography has given her ‘snapshot vision’ where she can see each part of the room as an image yet can link these images together to achieve cohesiveness and a story that makes sense. For Matilda, her story was all about the calm of green whilst taking you on a whimsical European jaunt. “Milly loves her room and so do I. It is a space which invites her in to make childhood memories which she’ll recall fondly as she grows up”, confirms Jemma.

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Jemma was purposeful in her design, wanting to promote imaginative play and make it a technology-free zone. To encourage Matilda to interact with the space this way, Jemma took care in keeping the space open for fun and relaxation. “Milly will often curl up and look through her favourite books or play with the antique dollhouse I upcycled for her. What both Matilda and I love is that she can be in here independently, or we can be doing something together which was a challenge considering the room size”, explains Jemma.


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"For us a ‘dream home’ should not just look great, it should be a dream to live in."

With practical ideas and tips for everyday families at the helm of their business philosophy, the pair launched their debut online video series in 2020. These YouTube episodes add another dimension to the women’s existing Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest platforms, with two further video series due out this year. When it came to her children’s personal spaces, Heather was eager to apply all she’d learned from her years

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of home redesign. With particular attention to proper storage to keep their bedrooms looking tidy, the Mum of three included built-in desks in each kid’s room. “We wanted them to have a place they could sit and do quiet activities, whether it be colouring in or building LEGO – we just didn’t want it spread through the house.” Taking her design cues from the timber ceilings that feature in all three kids’ bedrooms, Heather wanted to create a warm and relaxed coastal aesthetic with a minimalistic approach.


STELLA’S ROOM Music-loving Stella is the oldest of Heather’s tribe.

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Wanting to give her literary and art-loving 9-year-old a special spot to escape to, Heather had to pay serious mind to the makeup of the timber ceiling as her design choices involved drilling into it to accommodate the hanging chair from Barbara’s Storehouse, that she had chosen for her daughter. “I love coming into her room and finding her sitting in it reading. I just have to make sure her brothers don’t swing in it and hit the walls.” Both a highlight and challenge to the way Heather chose to style Stella’s room, the ceiling lends a hard, rustic feel which led the designer to offset it with soft, feminine Adairs bed linen and a statement pink palm print European

cushion from CottonBox. Adding to the overall coastal, holiday vibe of the room, the colour palette of muted pinks is perfectly complemented by the pops of white, rattan and gold interwoven throughout the interior. “She may not want pinks in her room forever but for now I love the softness and almost gentleness it creates against the hardness of the timber ceiling.” As a family who love to curl up in bed with a book at night, Stella’s fabric bedhead from BedsAhead is a feature that is also repeated in her brothers’ rooms. Encouraging her children to immerse themselves in literature as a way of both learning and spending quality time with their parents, Heather was adamant that their bedroom interiors would reflect this.

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"He loves to build LEGO and just tinker in general, so having a space for him to sit and do that quietly is great."

Ami is Heather’s middle man. He loves sports, cars, LEGO and has a keen interest in anything mechanical. Wanting to facilitate her 8-year-old’s passion for connecting those little bricks while maintaining a sense of decorum, Heather installed a bedside table with drawers for tidy storage. Noting that the greatest challenge when designing a kid’s bedroom is creating a stylish look which can easily be kept in order, Heather paid close attention to practicality. “He loves to build LEGO and just tinker in general, so having a space for him to sit and do that quietly is great.”

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Thinking ahead, the reno-expert Mum chose a double bedhead for Ami’s King single bed with a view to upgrading it as her son grows. In the meantime, the empty space provides the perfect spot for that all-important bedside table. One of Heather’s favourite colours features prominently in this room, with a soft green feature wall and matching cushion perfectly tying into her chosen muted coastal colour palette. The vintage looking surf van print from Little Ink Empire is the perfect artwork for automotive-minded Ami, its monochrome style expertly complementing the minimalist aesthetic of this relaxed haven.


ACE’S ROOM Ace is the baby of the family, Heather’s inquisitive little creative. “We often find Ace playing alone quietly in his room – usually drawing or engaging in make believe play.” Heather’s choice in beds for each child’s room, feeds into their unique personality traits. Each room features a King Single bed with a trundle underneath allowing them plenty of space to explore their individual play pursuits by day and share their space with cousins or friends by night.

Positioned at the front of the house with a view of the Dragon Tree beyond the double sliding doors separating his room from the outside world, 6-year-old Ace’s room is filled with natural light. Given their home’s generous acreage, all three children benefit from the same light-filled space.

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Light is certainly a theme Heather applied to the whole interior, still with that holiday vibe in mind. When it came to the carpet of her children’s rooms, she opted for a solution dyed nylon fabric that could better withstand the test of time, not to mention the marks typically incurred by the

A love for nature and the ocean is evident throughout the room, from the surfboards artwork from Boho Art & Styling to the ‘mountain stream’ blue feature wall behind it. It is the perfect sanctuary for Ace to hide away and enjoy his own peace and quiet.

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Her attention to detail is impeccable, extending to the Laminex desktops which can easily be kept intact regardless of how many crayon slips occur during an enthusiastic art session.


"We often find Ace playing alone quietly in his room – usually drawing or engaging in make believe play."


Big Design for Small People Curated by the team at Minty, Smallist is a boutique shopping directory that takes the overwhelm out of shopping for the children in your life by carefully selecting the best independent Australian stores and brands in one place. We understand the modern, ethically conscious shopper and take great care to bring you a directory showcasing local businesses doing things the right way. www.smallist.com.au @small.ist

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babybeeprams.com.au Babybee are committed to bringing you unbeatable value, contemporary design and most importantly safe products that are a dream to use. Their Melbourne based team are devoted to understanding exactly what Australian families want; from the convenience of online shopping to smart product features, practical storage, and sleek design.

Acorn Kids www.acornkids.com.au Acorn Kids deliver gorgeous beanies, hats, knitwear and accessories made with love, care and a big dose of fun. Only using the highest quality yarns and fabrics Acorn Kids ensure the protection of your little-ones heads throughout the year with 100% Australian Merino wool and soft pure cottons.

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www.alphaberts.com Alphaberts is the home of big letter posters that offer a unique & colourful *pop* of fun to transform your child's room. With a bold retro inspired lettering style, their posters inject a hint of nostalgia and a big hit of personality.

www.blondnoir.com Blond + Noir is the place to go for wall art, reusable decals and wallpaper for your kids rooms. Designed by their in-house artist and interior designer, the products are then hand made in their Gold Coast studio using only the highest quality materials. From custom name prints to abstract pieces for any room palette, Blond + Noir have you covered.

www.bluebirdco.com.au Bluebird Co offers a modern take on the traditional idea of a bluebird keepsake with unique, personalised jewellery that has been lovingly designed in Australia and crafted by skilled artisans from quality materials. Inspired by the wonders of nature, the keepsakes make a perfect go-to gift for baby showers, birthdays, and special occasions.

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Design Kids www.designkids.com.au Design Kids Australia is an online store dedicated to providing you with the best range of modern nursery furniture. Adhering to Australian and New Zealand safety standards, their range of furniture gives you the peaceof-mind feeling knowing you’ve invested in a piece that will be safe, practical, and well loved by you and baby.

Aster & Oak www.asterandoak.com.au Aster & Oak is a West Australian children’s label that offers a beautiful and artistic collection of certified organic clothing & bedding for the precious little people in our lives. All of their designs are hand illustrated in-house, making each season’s exclusive collection as original, unique and distinctive as the babes who wear them.

Boori www.boori.com.au For over 25 years, Boori has stood for quality and innovation. Boori combines classic heritage with contemporary trends to create timeless nursery and kids' furniture. Crafted with sustainable and durable solid wood and finished with eco-friendly paints, their pieces are built to withstand the bumps and knocks of family life, whilst also caring for our environment.

Designstuff www.designstuff.com.au Designstuff presents a world of adventure, fun, and eclecticism through their curation of Scandinavian inspired kid’s furniture, toys, décor, and accessories. Designstuff is a must-see store for kid’s room furniture and décor pieces, gorgeous birthday present ideas, and stunning baby shower gifts.

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Dots by Donna www.dotsbydonna.com Artist, Donna Taylor, has an amazing gift for the drawing technique known as stippling or pointillism. The bottom linethere is none. It comes down to dots and thousands of them forming unique and incredibly beautiful visuals, ranging from animals to dream catchers and the highly coveted African Goddess print. Donna’s illustrations are all original with each piece taking up to 200 hours to complete.

www.ergopouch.com.au ErgoPouch Australia is the reliable and trusted innovator of organic, premium, TOG-rated sleepwear for ages newborn to 5 years. Ergonomically designed for your child’s age and developmental stage and made using the highest quality materials to give your child safer and more comfortable sleep in their early years.

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Goldie + Ace www.goldieandace.com Goldie + Ace is an Australian designed mini label with a focus on quality fabrics in simple, easy to wear shapes. They live by a philosophy of quality over quantity, buy less, wear it more and pass it on. An obsession with ensuring each individual garment is made to perfection means Goldie + Ace’s soft, high-quality clothes are made to last.


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Good Art

www.gotobedthelabel.com Sleep is the new happy hour: Go To Bed, is a range of super-soft children's bed linen that are available in stylish colours at accessible pricing. Their unisex, muted palette works perfectly in any bedroom.

www.goodart.com.au Calling all dreamers and thrill seekers! Inspired to paint artworks her boys would love, artist Jaelle Pedroli of Good Art creates art that grows with your child. Give the very best to your child with museum quality prints. Thoughtfully printed in Australia on premium Fine Art bamboo paper.

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www.hellokitco.com Hello Kit Co. offers a range of design driven party ‘kits & bits’ to celebrate and decorate! Rather than shopping for gift and party related products across many different stores, you can find all you need here packaged up beautifully and delivered to your door.

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Honeysuckle and Lime

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Ip Dip Do www.ipdipdo.com.au A fun, relaxed baby wear brand that designs gender neutral pieces in beautiful organic fabrics and organic dyes at accessible price points. Fashion with integrity is the heartbeat of this brand with ever evolving sustainability practises at its core from the packaging to the vegan friendly vinyls used.

Honeysuckle and Lime offer a unique range of personalised décor and keepsake pieces for family celebrations, home, loves ones and little ones. Founded in 2014, all their products are designed, hand printed and handmade with love on the beautiful NSW Central Coast. From their signature range of personalised Santa Sacks and stockings to bean bags, bags, cushions, and wall hangings, they use only the highest quality materials to make sure that all their pieces will stand the test of time.

www.hunterandnomad.com.au Hunter & Nomad is an eclectic decor store, bringing to you a thoughtfully crafted collection of stunning and unique handmade products for you and your home. Drawing from their Dutch heritage, Hunter & Nomad design ethical products with a European edge. Hunter and Nomad are well established as a go-to store for kid’s interior design.

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Her Hands www.her-hands.com.au Inspiring both a sense of wonder and wanderlust, all Her Hands products are made by female artisans from developing countries. Sourced from Peru, Nepal, Kenya and beyond, their toys, clothing and décor bring story and soul to your little one and their space. Every piece provides financial empowerment to women who need it most.


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Kippins www.kippins.co Love sleep? So do the Kippins. These insta-famous cuddle blankies are made from pure organic cotton - a big tick from us! Designed in Australia and made ethically with love the world over, their range now includes muslin swaddles, soft toys and sleepwear for the cutest Kippins twinning.

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www.jnrlife.com jnr.life was born in Melbourne in 2018 from a desire for thoughtful, family-friendly products that complement grown-up interiors. Founders Nikki Davis and Ashleigh Pyke felt there was an opportunity to enter the baby and children’s interiors space with a more sophisticated and considered design approach. Their range includes boom boom playmats in a stunning collection of colours and the new jnr.play range of soft play shapes.

A family-owned Australian brand inspired by their children's innocence and love of play. The range is all about getting back to basics and utilising quality raw materials to create a gender-neutral range of wooden toys, teethers and musical instruments. The interactive nature of these wooden toys is aimed at supporting the boundless imagination of children, as well as the development of social, musical, and motor skills.

www.littlecloudlane.com Little Cloud Lane is a handmade home decor brand specialising in unique tassel and felt nursery and children’s room décor and accessories. Designed and created by hand using quality materials, the beautiful made to order range includes tassel mobiles and wall hangings in various sizes, bunting, decorative flowers and bunnies.

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Little Connoisseur Little House of Timber Incy Interiors www.incyinteriors.com.au Allow your little one to dream big and sleep easy with nursery furniture from Incy Interiors. Incy have a range of bassinets, cots, change tables and rockers. While style and versatility are on top of their agenda, they never let this compromise the safety of their designs so you can always shop in confidence.

www.littlehouseoftimber.com.au

Little House of Timber craft customised 3D wooden name signs. The pieces are unique and original, designed to be fun and make a statement in any room. Each piece is hand crafted in Brisbane, using locally sourced timber.

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www.littleconnoisseur.com.au Little Connoisseur specialise in creating luxury decor and accessories for your little ones. Here you’ll find a range of unique pieces ranging from their signature personalised floor cushions to wall hangings, playmats and more. Made with love in Melbourne, all of their pieces are handcrafted by skilled artisans using only the finest materials so that they’ll be treasured for years to come.


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Little Lion House www.littlelionhouse.com.au Little Lion House specialises in creating magical spaces for your little lions through their range of wall friendly peel and stick wallpapers and wall decals. Their collections will instantly beautify your space with a wide range of unique and fun designs. Inspired by colour and playful illustrations as well as incorporating an educational range, the possibilities are endless.

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www.livly.com.au Livly is a designer lighting store inspired by the heart and delivered with love. A place where imaginations are illuminated by the curves and colours of each magical piece. Where the everyday act of lighting a room becomes a special experience. That’s what we’re talking about right?! With the Luna Pop Lighting collection, you and your child can enjoy the warmth and enchantment of Livly lighting in your home. Each piece a perfect balance of aesthetics, functionality, and fun.

Loog www.loogguitars.com.au Loog is a range of guitars designed specifically for kids. These award-winning instruments are ergonomically designed to make learning to play simple, fun and rewarding. They come in a range of sizes, a rainbow of colours and in both electric and acoustic versions. With flashcards and the free accompanying Loog app, beginners can learn to play chords and songs from day one. Learn on a Loog, play any guitar.

Love Mae www.lovemae.com.au Love Mae has been bringing joy to the lives of little ones by creating beautiful and functional products that make mealtime fun for the past 12 years. Based in the heart of Byron Bay, Love Mae is a heartfelt brand, passionate about designing things of beauty and function for little hands. They are constantly inspired by creating a better planet to leave our children and are committed to ensuring their eco-footprint is as light as a feather.

Luna’s Treasures www.lunastreasures.com.au Luna’s Treasures® focus on designing and manufacturing their own extensive range of baby and kids essentials from Australian businesses. Their bamboo muslin baby wraps & accessories, bamboo jersey baby wraps & accessories, cot and knit blankets, bamboo jersey fitted sheets for bassinets / cots / change tables, hair accessories, knit beanies for the whole family, are sure to impress.

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Maison Duex www.rhinorhino.com.au/maison-deux Maison Deux is a Dutch design studio founded to design fun, minimalist products for contemporary homes. All products are made from high quality materials and are designed to be simple and iconic with a playful twist. The Maison Deux rug collection consists of high-quality kids rugs that are 3D textured. A true statement piece for any room, made from super soft 100% New Zealand wool. These fair-trade rugs are certified with the Good Weave label. The best assurance that no child labour, forced labour or bonded labour is used in the production cycle.

Miffy Plush www.rhinorhino.com.au/miffy-plush

Miffy® Plush are officially licensed plush toys, celebrating the iconic Miffy bunny character – first created by writer Dick Bruna in 1955. They are a cult product sold throughout Europe, UK, US and Asia. Handcrafted from sustainable and natural materials, each plush toy is made of 100% recycled PET stuffing. Miffy® Plush are available in a huge variety of fabrics, sizes and on-trend colour options, with new collections added each season. From bold corduroy to denim and even 100% organic cotton, there is one for everyone.

Mini Village www.minivillage.com.au Mini Village offers modern eco-friendly children’s toys, essentials, decor and books. They belief that “eco friendly” and “aesthetics” can blend together seamlessly. Everything Mini Village stock is beautiful, natural, ethically made, and made to last. Beautiful pieces to hand down from generation to generation.

Minnie and Me Interiors www.minnieandmeinteriors.com

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Minnie and Me Interiors are a family operated wallpaper and wall decal business. All of their one-of-a-kind products are lovingly custom made in Victoria, Australia. Their DIY, premium wallpaper and wall decals are printed on a re-positional polyester, adhesive fabric that can be easily applied almost anywhere.

Mr Maria www.rhinorhino.com.au/mr-maria Designed and made in the Netherlands, this iconic Dutch brand needs little introduction. Featured in design journals and magazines across the world, Mr Maria's Miffy and Friends night lights are not just the must-have practical nursery item, but they make for beautiful statement pieces around the home. Ever expanding and ever improving, this innovative Dutch company has received countless awards including the prestigious Red Dot Design Award for the Miffy First Light. The Mr Maria collection of lamps is a celebration of innocence and the security that a loving home provides.

Mulberry Threads

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www.mulberrythreadsco.com.au Made for the sleepy heads. Mulberry Threads creates luxe bamboo bedding and sleepwear using the finest natural and organic textiles. Their collection has been designed with uncompromising comfort, quality, and style in mind. Founded through a shared love of soft, natural fabrics, we love their commitment to luxury with an eco-friendly ethos.

www.mustardmade.com Mustard Made creates lockers perfect for little ones. Sisters Bec & Jess run this show and their aim is to make products that are as functional as they are beautiful. With a selection of colours perfect for rooms of any style and a range of sizes, Mustard pieces will stand the test of time in your home.

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Nana Huchy

Nestling and Nook

www.nanahuchy.com.au Established in 2003, Melbourne-based brand Nana Huchy curates classic toys, gifts & baby blankets made from beautifully soft materials & produced with superior quality – a nod to Nana & the things she used to craft. Made with love, the goal is always to encourage imagination & of course, to make memories for a long time to come.

www.nestlingandnook.com.au Nestling and Nook combines nature and play through a curated selection of toys and resources intended to spark your child’s curiosity, encourage their sense of wonder, and foster a love of learning. Each resource is meticulously handpicked to combine the properties of sustainability, and a holistic approach to children’s learning.

Party Love

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www.partylove.com.au Party Love offers luxury bespoke party ware in Australia. They design and pack their own range of balloon garland kits, tassel garland kits and balloon bunch bouquets. You can choose from their huge range or design your own decorations to match your colours or theme. Party Love specialise in custom personalised party invitations and matching printable stationery to make your event unique.

Peggy www.peggy.com.au Named after the Melbourne designer’s grandmother, the label aims to keep an air of ‘old fashioned whimsicality’ in its gorgeous designs. The range features dresses, shorts, playsuits, nappy covers, swimwear and hats for girls ages 0-12 – all of which can be mixed and matched for a quirky boho effect.

Oak and the Little Folk

Oh Happy Home

Peppermint Tree Creations

www.oakandthelittlefolk.com.au

www.ohhappyhome.com.au Imagination comes home with this collection of ethically made rugs and homewares handmade with family in mind. Oh Happy Home have designed a bespoke range of rugs and cushions for the entire home that are easy to clean and care for. Designed in Perth, Oh Happy Home only use natural fibres in their range of hand loomed rugs and their washable range of rugs.

Peppermint Tree Creations specialises in handmade kids decor cushions, the perfect addition to every magical kids space with plenty of colours and designs to suit all spaces. We love their philosophy for children – to create spaces to let them dream, imagine and adventure in their own little worlds so they can keep a little piece of that childhood magic in them forever.

Inspired by vintage designs with heirloom quality their range is perfect for every occasion. Lauren of Oak and the Little folk hand sews all the clothing in her little studio and makes sure each piece is full of love, care and passion. High quality leather shoes complete each outfit and are designed for adventures both big and small.

www.pepperminttreecreations.com.au

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LESS BUT BETTER Picca Loulou

www.rhinorhino.com.au/picca-loulou

Pickawall www.pickawall.com.au Pickawall is a custom-made self-adhesive fabric wallpaper, decal, and flooring product. Easy peel and stick application onto any smooth surface. Removable and reusable, re-positionable with no residue or damage to your walls. Choose from over 120 million designs or upload your own. Proudly Australian owned and made in Melbourne. Print your passion with Pickawall.

Pop and Oli

Plyroom

www.popandoli.com.au Pop and Oli celebrate the love of sleep, rest, relaxation and family. They pride themselves on their beautifully curated selection of Australian and New Zealand brands. Their range covers clothing, bedding, decor, play and relaxation products specially for newborn, baby, kids through to tweens and special pieces for mums. We love their commitment to quality, comfort and style.

www.plyroom.com.au Plyroom creates sustainably made minimalist furniture for a simpler life. Proudly made in Italy and Australia, Plyroom are passionate about made to last craftsmanship, functional design, and modern simplicity. Their products are designed to be loved by every member of your family for years to come.

Pretty In Pine

Play To Learn

www.prettyinpine.com Pretty in Pine handcraft children’s toys and wall art that can be cherished and passed down for years to come. Grounded in the philosophy of ‘quality over quantity’, they craft their products here in Australia from 100% sustainable hoop pine plywood harvested from plantations in Southeast Queensland. Doesn’t get much more local than that!

www.playtolearn.com.au Play To Learn captures the essence of childhood by providing the ingredients for children’s growth and development. Their range of resources encourage children’s imagination, sense of wonder and curiosity. Play To Learn proudly supports the best quality products made from sustainable materials that are safe, non-toxic and eco-friendly. Doing things right for your little ones and our planet.

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Let's get back to traditional play! In a magical world, not far from ours, live the wise and happy creatures of Picca Loulou. They bring joy and happiness to children all around. The colourful characters are designed to stimulate children's creativity and imagination. Designed in The Netherlands and handcrafted from sustainable and natural materials including 100% recycled PET stuffing, these plush toys are packaged in adorable gift boxes – each one with a printed bedtime story. Picca Loulou products make for a unique gift that can be enjoyed for years to come.


Pumpy Boy

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KEEP IT SIMPLE

www.etsy.com/au/shop/PumpyBoy Pumpy Boy is the design and illustration of Carmen Rocha, based in Melbourne, Australia. With a love for retro style, the joy for typography and graphic patterns, Carmen creates personalised playful, colourful and bold art prints designed for children’s bedrooms, playrooms and nursery. From personalised and alphabet prints, affirmation prints to seasonal collections, each piece is diligently created with hope that Carmen’s creativity will inspire children and bring forth their dreams to come true.

Ruby Rabbit

Rugabub

www.rubyrabbit.com.au Ruby Rabbit loves to party! They stock the very latest on-trend party, event and wedding supplies. We love visiting Ruby Rabbit for all things birthday parties, baby showers, christenings, engagements, bridal showers, weddings, and special celebrations. Their extensive range will have you covered every time.

www.rugabub.com.au Rugabub Play Mats are beautiful, soft and earth-friendly. Crafted from sustainable, biodegradable, and non-toxic TPU, their mats create a safe play space that the whole family will love – without compromising the design of your home. From colourful ethnic parades to plush beachy naturals, we love that their obsession with fine-looking mats has translated into an astoundingly diverse collection. Elegance that respects play, respects parents and respects the environment.

Sand N Salt Kids

Second Scout

Skwoodle

www.sandnsaltkids.com Epic clothing designed around the love for surfing, skateboarding, beach days and good vibes. Designed & hand printed in Phillip Island, Australia. Sand N Salt Kids clothing, and accessories are ethically sourced from suppliers with high ethical and sustainability standards. Clothes your kids will want to wear.

www.secondscout.com.au Second Scout creates picture-based organisation solutions that can be interpreted by even the littlest family members, well before they’ve learned to read. Designed and made in Australia, the range of practical and stylish routine helpers, timber tags & adhesive labels are perfect for empowering little ones to help around the home, whilst also satisfying the design-conscious interior lovers among us.

www.skwoodle.com Skwoodle is a Brisbane based social enterprise teaching kids environmental and social justice issues through facts, stories, and design. Their environmentally friendly products include prints that shift stereotypes, educational posters, activity decks, and handcrafted timber items made from recycled local wood, to inspire around the home. Their collections are thoughtfully created, tested by kids and grown-ups, illustrated by them, and reviewed by science & bias professionals.

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Spark of Wild www.sparkofwild.com.au No daggy baby bags here! Spark of Wild is an accessories brand for Mums who refused to sacrifice style. Modern, luxe, and minimalistic Spark of Wild focus on using beautiful leathers that will withstand the test of time. Practical and beautiful – the ultimate accessory for mumma’s!

The Koko Collective www.kokocollective.com.au Koko Collective is the collaboration between two sisters with a passion for bringing you sustainable and ethically sourced items for your home. Each piece is considered and handmade, creating a unique item for every customer.

The Little Potion Co www.thelittlepotionco.com.au The Little Potion Co creates magical mindful potion kits and accessories for growing young minds. With positive spells and affirmations, bio glitter, sparkly liquids and fizzing fun, their potion kits are non-toxic and great for little potion makers from 3+. Hand crafted in Melbourne Australia by two sisters, their kits inspire a world of creative imagination and whimsical play.

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The Nappy Society www.thenappysociety.com.au The Nappy Society Baby Bag Inserts are the perfect solution, ideal for modern mamas who don’t care for the traditional baby bags on the market. They allow you to turn any tote into the perfect baby bag and will help keep your life organised while maintaining your sense of identity and love for fashion and style.

The Upsy Store www.theupsystore.com.au The Upsy Store is the home of the Upsy. The Upsy booster seats are adorable, wipe-clean & lightweight for kids aged 18mths – 8yrs. Upsy’s are 100% cotton laminated for messy little eaters and were originally designed for that extra boost at the dining table. They are the re-invention of a vinyl vintage design from the 1960’s and are designed to be useful as well as pretty darn cute.

The Slumber Co www.theslumber.co The Slumber Co's range of kids felt ball rugs captures the magic that is childhood, encouraging imagination and inspiring play. Each and every rug is handmade by a gorgeous Nepali woman, and we’re proud to say we are one of the few companies who are certified by GoodWeave, an organisation that works tirelessly to put an end to child labour, a cause that is very close to their hearts.

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Toots + Co

Ubabub

www.tootsandco.com Luxe Italian leather baby-bags that are stylish, yet instinctively practical, keeping mum and bub essentials separated and organised. With perfect sized pockets to allow you to grab wipes and nappies in seconds, external slip pockets to have bottles and sippy cups at the ready and multiple ways to wear each bag you will love them too!

www.ubabub.com When parents Natasha and Daniel Dumais had trouble finding nursery furniture to suit their modern taste, they decided to create their own. Ubabub is a proudly Australian designed premium-end nursery and children’s furniture brand available throughout Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada.

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LOVE SMALL Uimi www.uimi.com.au Established in 2009, Uimi creates a unique range of slow fashion and textiles from renewable extra fine Merino wool, Egyptian cotton and Cashmere cotton. We love that they only choose natural fibres because they are biodegradable, naturally soft and breathable. All Uimi products are proudly designed and manufactured from their factory in Thornbury, Australia.

Warren Hill Linen Play Mats www.mywarrenhill.com Linen play mats designed to look beautiful in your home. Warren Hill play mats are made from 100% French Flax linen and supported with luxurious padding. We love that for every Warren Hill play mat sold, they will plant 10 trees, giving right back to Mother Earth.

Wean Miester www.weanmeister.com.au Wean Meister have a simple ethos - to empower Mum’s and Dad’s to have fun and easy mealtimes! They provide uniquely designed baby feeding products – that are genuine time savers – and made out of the finest quality silicone. They are an investment in quality, that provide an alternative to buying often and contributing to landfill.

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We Might Be Tiny www.wemightbetiny.com.au We Might Be Tiny’s award-winning range of beautiful, minimalist tableware inspires and delights even the fussiest of eaters. Pop them in the freezer, use them to whip up quick microwave snacks and even bake them in the oven. And best of all, you can simply let your dishwasher deal with the mess when your adventures come to an end.

Wild Indiana www.wildindiana.com.au

Wild Indiana create a clutter free, minimalistic range of products that are safe and stylish, and help with the development of your little loves. Their range spans from Beechwood play gyms through to silicone bibs and bowls and accessories. They offer limited edition pieces combined with a staple range in beautiful colours to ensure you can always find something you love!

Wondermade www.wondermade.com.au Brighten your wall and inspire your world with Wondermade reusable wall decals. Their wonderful, qualitymade wall decals have been created to be educational, thought-provoking and conversation-starting. Think modern kids posters, without the hassle of framing & hanging, inspirational quotes, education, height charts, photo decals and personalised designs.

WWF Plush www.rhinorhino.com.au/wwf-plush-collection

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The WWF Plush Collection is a wide range of super-soft plush toys, especially designed for the World Wide Fund for nature - WWF. All WWF plush items are eco-friendly and stuffed with a 100% PET bottle filling and have a super soft exterior. Designed to introduce the concept of environmental responsibility to little ones, this range aims to do its part in ensuring nature is preserved for generations to come. For every plush sold, a donation is made to the local WWF office to support their conservation efforts.

Young Willow

You and Me Prints

You Give Me Grace

www.youandmeprints.com You and Me Prints create bespoke custom portraits from your everyday snaps. Each piece is a unique, personal work of art that will brighten any family home and guarantee to melt hearts. Alongside their stunning portraits, they also offer a selection of fine art nursery prints and personalised name artworks that will inspire creativity and wonder whilst complimenting contemporary children’s interiors everywhere.

www.yougivemegrace.com Looking to add a pop of colour and fun into your home? Lee from You Give Me Grace has created a line of Fruity Decals that will brighten and add life to any room. Proudly designed and printed in NSW Australia, these fabric decals float seamlessly on your wall and are super easy to apply and remove – perfect for anyone renting or for the weekend DIY project.

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www.youngwillow.com.au Spoil a new arrival with a most memorable Young Willow gift. All the best treasures for celebrating babies, deserving mums and toddlers too. Carefully crated gift boxes that take the stress out of gifting. Designed to add to the recipient’s unboxing experience, the artistic interior compliments the layers of love they thoughtfully package within.

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