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LN Spotlight: Prism Autism Center

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We are thrilled to have our latest LN Spotlight be on Rebecca Giammatti of Prism Autism. When we first met Rebecca we were so excited for Little Nomad to be a part of this amazing facility that she and her Co-Founder (and twin sister!), Rachael Coburn, created. 

What is our background and how did Prism come to be?

My Co-Founder Rachael Coburn and I have been involved in the treatment of children with autism for nearly 20 years now. After summer internships during Freshman year of undergraduate studies introduced us to this wonderful population, we knew we would never leave! After many years of providing intervention in home and school settings, we also wanted to create a center where very young children could come and receive their applied behavior analytic intervention (ABA). Prism Autism Center provides this space where, using scientifically-validated, naturalistic, play-based instruction, our Board Certified Behavior Analysts and technicians work to remediate the core symptoms of autism.

Prism

Tell us a little bit about your school and services.
Due to the intensive nature of our programming, our clients spend large portions of each day, every day here. We wanted to replicate a more natural and comfortable environment. As we work with the very young, we play on the floor most of the day. The mats provide a soft, washable surface to play and learn on.

Prism
Who are your students that attend Prism? 
We serve children with autism aged 1-6 at our Center who require intensive services.

Prism
What drew you to Little Nomad play mats?
Unlike other foam mats, LN mats are not overstimulating, nor are they commercial looking. We want our client to focus on us and the intervention, and not be overly distracted by the decor.

How will the mats benefit your instructors/technicians? How does the decor affect your learning spaces?
The mats contribute to a beautiful, warm, welcoming environment for staff and clients alike, while also providing a more comfortable surface to play and learn on.

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LN Spotlight: Julia Dzafic of Lemon Stripes

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Lemon Stripes

We are so excited to have this week's LN Tribe Spotlight be on Julia from the blog, Lemon Stripes. Get to know more about Julia below -

Where do you live? Apartment? House? 
House
What do you do professionally? 
Can you share your child’s name / ages / or when are you due? 
I have one daughter, Amalia. She is 9 months old
How would you describe your style? 
My home decor style is preppy, clean, and colorful. I think that people should have fun with their design. You don't have to follow any rules!
Where is your Little Nomad play mat in your house?
We turned our dining room into a playroom but left many of the design elements from the dining room which makes it look more elevated.
Lemon Stripes
What are three of your favorite nursery/playroom/decor pieces that share a room with your Little Nomad play mat? 
I love the Land of Nod bins for toy storage because they look nice and fit so many toys in them. I also love the crystal chandelier that was actually in my house growing up. We had it in the space when it was the dining room and decided just to leave it because why not! The last thing I love about the room is the matching Moroccan mirrors on either side of the window.
What has been the most challenging aspect of decorating your space? What about the most fun? 
I really wanted the room to look beautiful but be functional as a playroom. That is no easy task! Luckily the Little Nomad play mat totally made that possible.
Where was the last place you traveled? 
Sarasota, Florida for our first family vacation as a family of three!
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LN Spotlight: Chelsea Carp

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Mom holding baby in air

We are thrilled to have our latest LN Tribe Spotlight be on Chelsea Carp. Chelsea is a Mama to a baby boy, Asher and we are loving what she did with Asher's play room!

Where do you live? Apartment? House?

I live in a 2 floor house in South Florida, it’s big which has been so much fun to decorate!!! Lots of room for lots of babies :)

What do you do professionally?

I’m a stay at home mom now but before we were blessed with our Asher Maddox, I did blogging and social media.

Can you share your child’s name / ages / or when are you due?

Asher Maddox is 6 months old.

baby crawling on play mat

How would you describe your style?

Modern/contemporary. I like to say my style is very sleek and chic! Lately, I’m loving the black and white monochromatic trend and that’s exactly what I went with for our playroom.

Where is your Little Nomad play mat in your house?

We used our Roam Free Feather play mat wall to wall in Asher's playroom! We love it!

What are three of your favorite nursery/playroom/decor pieces that share a room with your Little Nomad play mat?

Number one would obviously be our Little Nomad play mat, but if I had to choose three others they’d be the ball pit, storage wall, arcade table! It’s so hard to choose! That playroom means so much to me! 

chic nursery with ball pit

What has been the most challenging aspect of decorating your space? What about the most fun?

The most challenging was trying to make sure all the colors matched right! The arcade table and the ball pit couldn’t supply me with color swatches so I had to wing it! I love interior decorating, it was such a fun project to work on! Thank goodness for Little Nomad sending me swatches of the different playroom mats! 

Where was the last place you traveled?

We’re new parents so we don’t get to travel much! I definitely wish we got the opportunity and plan on it once Asher gets older. Lately I’ve been obsessing over Greece - I am just dying to go!

baby's play room with LN play mats

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LN Spotlight: Nikki Matlock of House Freeform

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LN Spotlight

Today's Little Nomad Spotlight is Nikki Matlock, owner of House Freeform and Mama to adorable Rye. We are so excited to get a peek inside Nikki's home.

Where do you live? Apartment? House? 
We bought our very first home this last July in Long Beach, CA.

What do you do professionally? 
I'm a full time mom but I also make custom embroidery hoops. I've created embroideries for nurseries, weddings, pop up shops, storefronts and in-home artwork. My days are dedicated entirely to my son - It's wild toddler crazy chaos in the best of ways and I love every minute of it. My nights are dedicating to creating. It's my calm after the storm.

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Can you share your child’s name and age? 
Rye Matlock - 16 months

How would you describe your style? 
My style is very California inspired with an eclectic feel. Most of our furniture is mid century modern. Our smaller decorative pieces are playful and fun (like the tree branch I keep on our coffee table). I'm definitely a believer in less is more and also a total crazy plant lady. We have at least one plant in every room of our house.

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Where is your Roam Free play mat in your house/apartment?
Our Little Nomad play mat was one of the first things I ordered when I found out I was pregnant. At that time, we lived in a small 1 bedroom apartment in Manhattan Beach and the play mat was in the same room as our kitchen table. I called it our "play corner". Since moving, our LN play mat is in our son's play room. It's great for our son to have a space downstairs that's all his own. It's the place where we can be completely free, roll around, make a mess and be silly together. Until having a toddler, I never realized just much much time I would spend sitting on the floor. Our LN play mat completely pulled the room together from both style and comfort standpoint.

What are three of your favorite nursery/playroom/decor pieces that share a room with your Little Nomad play mat? 
1. We have so much fun with our Tnees-Tpee tent. We use it for hide-n-seek, reading time and quiet time.
2. I love to cook and Rye loves to help me cook so he is obsessed with his Teamson Play Kitchen. I love seeing the way he reorganizes the play food everyday and bangs around with the pots and pans.
3. Although his littler roadster car doesn't always stay in the playroom, that's where we park it at the end of the night. He loves riding it all over the house. It's such a cool, timeless toy that will grow with him.

What has been the most challenging aspect of decorating your space? What about the most fun? 
The most challenging part about decorating the playroom was making it aesthetically pleasing for adults but also super fun for Rye. Since our playroom is near the kitchen and den, it really had to flow. I kept the play room light, bright and simple. This way when there are toys all over the room, it doesn't feel like the walls are caving in. The most fun aspect of decorating the play room has been seeing it come to life one piece at a time. Since we moved into this home fairly recently, I brought in new pieces slowly and seeing the excitement on Rye's face as the room evolved has been the best part.

LN Spotlight - Roam Free

Where was the last place you traveled? 
We spent 2 weeks in the Greek Islands before we decided we were ready to start a family. It was such a freeing experience and the timing in our life was just perfect.

 Thanks, Nikki!

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LN Spotlight: Sophia Vincent Guy

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Sophia Vincent Guy for Little Nomad

How fitting that our latest LN Spotlight be our very own (insanely talented) Little Nomad mat designer, Sophia Vincent Guy?! Here's a little behind the scenes look at Sophia's life and her inspiration behind her beautiful LN designs.

Where do you live? 

I live in a house in Herzliya, Israel.

What do you do professionally?

I am an Illustrator/Designer

How did you find inspiration when creating the LN designs?

Inspiration for the LN designs came from looking at a lot of carpets and various motifs like Moroccan screens.  I am also obsessed with plants so they have a way of making their way into just about everything I do.

Sophia lives in a house

Do you have any children? 

Aviv - 5 yrs

Adele - 17 months

How would you describe your style?

Modernist Scandinavian hippy hipster with a touch of old-timey flair.  That’s a category…I swear.

Where is your Little Nomad play mat in your house?

When it first arrived it was in the centre of our living room.  My daughter was about 8 months old at the time and started walking at 9 months so loved walking over it while my four year old jumped and played on it and rearranged the puzzle pieces.  It now lives in the play zone of my son’s bedroom and a portion of the second one is on the floor of my closet.

Sophia on her play mat

What are three of your favorite nursery/playroom/decor pieces that share a room with your Little Nomad play mat? 

-Three hanging hot air balloons

-Two gorgeous paintings my father made that were hung in my room the year I was born and stayed with me ever since.

-A simple Ikea bookshelf with a really nice finish packed with all the great children’s books we have collected.

Has there been a challenging aspect of decorating with little ones? What about the most fun?

My husband and I tend to collect ‘the perfect things’ slowly so it takes a long time to really pull things together.  Aviv’s room was one of the first places to come together in the house and soon it will have to also accommodate his little sister so we will start to do the shuffle. The most fun is seeing it done and the kids enjoying it.

Sophia's favorite Little Nomad Accessories

Where was the last place you traveled? Where do you want to go next?

We were recently in Crete for a gorgeous wedding.  The rugged hills and clear blue waters were like a magic tonic - such a special place!  I would love to go to Norway to see some close friends and take in the incredible landscape.  There is a specific drive along the coast full of designed pavilions that has been my top travel destination for the past 7 years - one day I will get there!!

What’s your professional background?

I got my masters degree in architecture and worked in residential architecture for about seven years.  Drawing and painting has always been a big part of my life and I constantly dreamed of dovetailing my career into the realm of visual arts.  Although I have a great appreciation for architecture and enjoyed working in the field, when the time seemed ripe to transition into illustration, I went for it and haven’t looked back.

What did you enjoy most about designing for Little Nomad?

Designing the Roam Free Play Mat was not only about creating a pretty pattern, it was also a puzzle getting a single tile to combine in the right way to get a seamless carpet-like effect.  It was challenging, and I whined about how it didn’t seem possible and then it was so rewarding to see it come together and work.  Each new pattern poses this same kind of challenge and now that I know it can be done, working out the puzzle has become fun.

Sophia playing with kids

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Inspiration comes from all kinds of things.  I feel very close to plants - their elegance and beauty is always a wonderful source of inspiration. I love colour and am constantly looking out for interesting colour combinations in all kinds of places. There are also many incredibly talented artists out there to draw inspiration from - I have spent a lot of time looking at the work of others to help me connect with my own visual style.

What other kinds of projects do you work on?

In addition to the pattern and logo design for Little Nomad, I have worked on children’s books, product packaging illustrations, editorials, greeting cards and ad campaigns.  I love having a wide range of creative work;  I find one project tends to inspire aspects of another and the practice continues to feel exciting.

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