Photos by Chrissy Powers
If you’re following me on Instagram, then you will know that we have moved out of our house in San Diego and are currently traveling while we wait for our next home to be ready – we are hoping to have everything in place by September. Before we moved out of our home, I had some photos taken of the space that the boys and I created together and I was honored to have our home featured on Design Sponge. I wanted to share a few more photos that didn’t make the cut here.
When my husband accepted a job in San Diego two years ago, we decided to move somewhere close to his office, which after years of a long commute, was something that was very important to us. Dropping home for lunch and being home for dinner at a reasonable hour were huge to us. Everything happened really quickly with my husband’s job and we weren’t able to find and buy a home before he needed to start work and be in the office so we moved into a rental while continuing the search for our perfect home. But as is life, what we thought would be six months stretched into a year and half, a new job (based in L.A. which meant the commute resumed), and a new baby.
I feel that is so often the case – time ends up passing without you even realizing it – which is why I think it’s always important to settle in and make a place feel like home from the get-go. Rental or not, I want my boys to immediately feel at home wherever we are. Knowing that this was a rental and not our forever home, gave me the opportunity to make it fun, colorful, bold, and playful – and allow the boys to incorporate their own ideas into the design of our space to make it a kid-friendly and family-friendly design.
***Source list for everything at the bottom.
^^^I needed more photos for our gallery wall so I added some of Holden’s artwork into it. He was so proud to have his art hanging on his wall.
^^^We have a tradition of taking photo booth photos whenever we are at the zoo. We tape up our most recent ones on the mirror.
^^^The side table books include one of my favorites, about style, and then one of Holden’s favorites, a behind the scenes look at Disneyland.
^^^Print and pattern play with Caitlin Wilson Textiles
^^^One of my favorite purchases, a custom chair from Joybird Furniture
^^^We used this Baby Bjorn bassinet when Gray was younger and I love that it integrated easily into the style of the room.
^^^Giant family photos in Ikea frames
^^^We had all of our wedding guests sign this poster. Love that we can look at the messages and well wishes from our closest family and friends daily. We don’t have the room to keep the boy’s Tnees Tpees teepee up all the time so we leave in the corner so that it’s easily accessible and the boys can take it out themselves.
^^^This amazing runner from Pink Rug Co. is everything. I love that it pulls all the colors in the room together and really makes everything flow.
^^^I choose this bookcase from West Elm instead of a traditional, rectangle one and I love the way it adds dimension to the room. It holds random pieces we have collected over the years and some of the boys’ artwork. The bottom two shelves hold books, puzzles, and toys that the boys use on a daily basis.
^^^Trinkets and treasures that both the boys and I have collected.
^^^That Ikea walking man that Holden painted and theSpin Gallery Goods wanderlust globe are two of my favorite pieces on the shelf.
^^^I will treasure this custom Sophie & Lili illustration of the boys and I from last Halloween forever.
^^^Handmade art of Holden’s can be found all over the house.
^^^I got these giant marquee lights years ago (aren’t they fun?) and more of the boys artwork and some recent photos hang underneath.
Throw Blankets: Ikea & Target
Yarn Art: DIY
Horse Bookends: Vintage
Media Center: Ikea
Large Frames: Ikea
Plant & Planter on Bookshelf: Pigment
**Thank you Carter’s for sponsoring this campaign. All opinions are my own.
When it comes to your baby, there are so many different things that you are told that your little one will need, and you will probably buy or receive all sorts of things that you will never end up using (that’s happened to me both times). But when it comes to the basics, I want soft, comfortable pieces from a company that I know and love. That’s why when I’m looking for baby basics, I turn to Carter’s. From simple white and striped bodysuits, to footie pajamas with the cutest animal faces on the bum, and hooded towels with sweet animal ears attached at the top – Carter’s has classic pieces that you will use over and over again for the first couple years of life.
I’ve included a few of my must-have neutral baby basics that every parent needs for their little one below….
- 3-piece Terry cardigan set // 2. 3-Piece Footed Pant Set // 3. Little Lamb Hooded Towel// 4. Cotton Sleep & Play // 5. 2-pack Babysoft Pants // 6. Original Bodysuits
Kid & Coe Zuma Barn from Juice Box Media on Vimeo.
A few weeks ago, we went to Malibu for a quick getaway. Dustin works out of LA for part of the week (every single week!) and being alone with the boys can get well, lonely…so we decided to surprise him one day by picking him and kidnapping him for a local getaway.
We rented the Kid & Coe Zuma Barn and it is probably one of the most amazing houses and properties that I have ever come across in my entire life. It was one of those places that was so amazing that I just wanted to everyone I knew to know about it!
Kid & Coe is a family friendly rental service that provides houses that are made for children. If you are traveling with kids, I can not say enough good things about Kid & Coe. Think, Airbnb, but designed specifically for family travel. All of the homes are impeccably designed and most importantly, made for families that want a home away from home.
Before staying with them, to be honest, I wasn’t so sure about the whole concept or how it would differ from any other home rental service. I figured my children are adaptable and I don’t need a rental home designed specially for them…or so I thought. When we walked into the Zuma Barn, the fridge and counter were stocked with snacks for us and the kids. There was baby shampoo and body wash in the bathroom plus a baby bathtub, there was a crib that they had brought into the kids room for us, a changing pad and wipes on the bed, and an entire playroom filled with books, toys and art supplies. Not to mention the huge yard that was basically a child’s dream come true. We didn’t have to bring anything other than clothes, we didn’t have to run out last minute once we had arrived to pick up something from Target that we had forgotten to bring, and not having to worry about anything made it feel so luxurious. It was like everything had been taken care of and all we had to do was relax and enjoy ourselves. Although there is so much to explore in Malibu, we pretty much never left the house because it had everything we needed.
****UPDATED**** Kid & Coe is offering $50 off for all of you!!! Just use the code ISOBEL+KIDANDCOE when checking out. The code will expire in 3 months on September 1, 2016 so make sure to book before then.
Illustration done by Melanie Burk
Welcome to Joshua Tree
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Chrissy Powers, and I took the boys on an adventure out to the desert town of Joshua Tree. Joshua Tree is the site of a huge national park known for it’s rock climbing and hikes, and a handful of eclectic towns in the middle of a vast wilderness.
Here’s my guide on where to stay, shop, eat, and explore in Joshua Tree…
If you’re looking for a luxury spot in the desert, check out The Joshua Tree House. It’s a two-bed, two-bath 1949 hacienda resting just west of Joshua Tree National Park, close to the downtown. Check out my post on The Joshua Tree House for more information!
Jen’s Pirate Booty – We happened to be in town during the designer’s pop-up sale at her soon-to-be newest retail location. Filled with boho fringy dresses, desert hats, and gorgeous accessories this is one of the best place to shop in downtown Joshua Tree for women’s clothing.
Coyote Corner, Joshua Tree National Park Store – A great spot to find trinkets, keepsakes, and treasures to remember your trip to Joshua Tree. Great selection of toys for little ones and the friendliest staff ever.
Natural Sisters Cafe – This is a great spot for lunch in the center of downtown. Here you will find healthy smoothies, vegetarian sandwiches and burgers and vegan desserts.
Pie for the People – Delicious pizza that delivers when you don’t feel like strapping the kiddos in their carseats and going out for the night.
Country Kitchen – Right in the center of Joshua Tree is a delicious spot for breakfast food. Nothing fancy, the place was filled with climbers and hikers, and felt like a true diner. Anthony Bourdain even ate here and there is memorabilia and enlarged photos strung up to proudly to prove it. The service was pretty horrible; it was actually kind of comical like a Seinfeld episode. Our server was also the owner and the only one on duty waiting tables that morning and probably every morning….but the food made up for all her short comings. Oh and be prepared they only take cash but there is an ATM in the gas station next door.
Joshua Tree Coffee Company – Arguably the best place in town to grab a good cup of coffee in the mornings before heading out for an adventure.
Hidden Valley Loop Trail – A great place to explore with little ones. A one-mile loop surrounded by tall boulders, this hike is great for inexperienced hikers and children that just want to climb around. Also just walking around town and window shopping was fun for us with small children.
A few weeks ago, my friend, Chrissy Powers, and I took our boys on an adventure out to the desert. Two mamas, four boys, and nothing but dirt, cacti, and Joshua Trees. It was our first time visiting the town of Joshua Tree and it was such a magical trip.
We stayed at The Joshua Tree House, an amazing house that we found through Airbnb. When booking a place to stay on family-friendly vacations, I try to find places that they are not only kid-friendly, but are also impeccably designed, where the decor blends seamlessly into the surrounding environment of the location and you feel as though you have been transported into a completely different space. I not only want an adventure for the kids, but to feel as though we have escaped into a whole new world for a day or two. The Joshua Tree House was all of the above!
The house is located within walking distance of downtown Joshua Tree, but set back on enough land that you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. The decor is just amazing and you can tell that the owners, Sara & Rich, have put thought into every single detail of this home. We basically didn’t want to leave the house and didn’t venture out as much as we could have because we enjoyed hanging around the house so much. It has a hot tub in the back that we all used after a long day of exploring and a huge front porch where we sat and drank coffee in the mornings while the boys ran up and down the driveway with the dump trucks that we brought collecting rocks and stones and other treasures.
If you have any plans to head to Joshua Tree, make sure to check this out: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/32694