You know I love a good book. Whether fiction, personal growth, or design related, I only share my favorite – “you must read and add to your collection” – books. And, Gabrielle Blair’s (a.k.a Design Mom) new book, Design Mom: How to Live With Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide, is one of those. It’s one you’ll want to have on your coffee table, and reference often because it’s both informative and beautiful.
I’ve been long awaiting this book, because I love everything Gabby does and, also, because my home is featured in it. I’ve had my home featured online and in a catalog, but to be in print, in a book, is pretty exciting!
This past weekend we had to make a quick trip to Georgia. There was nothing quick about the drive, but what it did provide was hours to pour over my copy of the Design Mom book. I don’t usually spend hours pouring over design related books. Rather, I ooh and ahh over pictures and tag stickies on spaces I’d like to emulate. But, I am not exaggerating when I say I spent hours. I read every page. It was that informative. Yes, I oohed and ahhed over the photos — they are stunning, but I also oohed and ahhed over the wise ways Gabby has made her home functional for her six children, and how she teaches her children to function in it, everyone doing their part.
I knew I wanted this book. But, I didn’t know how much I needed it.
For awhile, now, I’ve been wrestling with simplifying. I make starts at streamlining, scour for solutions to save time and frustration (for both parents and children) only to keep taking steps back or stopping at my starts. I’ve known some things I need to do, instinctively, but just didn’t have the stamina (I suppose) to push myself into implementing change. This book, has really become a catalyst for me.
For instance . . . .
I am all for easy when it comes to eggs, Easter, and everything and anything crafty and holiday, really. For as long as I can remember Easter eggs have been synonymous with PAAS. Dipping and dying was where it was at – – since I was a kid. And, don’t get me wrong, I love a good color dunked egg, but I also love the idea of doing things a little different….especially when different entails endless design possibilities, and a promise of way less mess.
Enter the idea of . . .
a pink playroom with a marble esque floating desktop. i’m crushing on this pink, throughout, dutch home.
disney donuts created by forktobelly. these are so darling, i almost wouldn’t want to eat them.
no chance toasty pants. our current fave kids book. it’s for anyone who’s ever wondered, “am i good at anything” and tells the story of trying new things. we love having a copy on our iPad.
making cloud art.
a skateboard toilet paper holder. fun DIY idea for boys.
this week we made it through a flooded basement, little mermaid tryouts, basketball, and valentines boxes. well, the basement is still in disaray, but the play parts are being assigned today and the valentines boxes have been brought in. as usual, this “should be ahead of holidays” blogger is always behind (both on the blog and at home). i procrastinate on my children’s homework just as much as i did my own. i guess some things never change. well the one thing that has changed is that the
it’s no secret that i’m a huge land of nod fan. love the products. love the people. love their never ending commitment to creativity. they continue to create products that are for families, not just kids. my house certainly tells this story. remember that time they came over and we were in the catalog (gosh that was fun). my living room is both sophisticated and so fun because of that collaboration. i mean they just know how to design products that work in a little’s room or a living room. This lamp, which we have in my living room, is a great example (and my favorite).
i always look forward to their catalog because it’s so darling and honestly, i get a lot of great design ideas from their excellent styling. i’m loving the latest catalog so much, i thought i’d share a few of my favorite items right now:
1. electron pendant lamp / how cute would these look hanging over nightstands on either side of the bed? in a kid’s room or a grownies.
2. where the heart is art / this hometown personalized art makes my heart swell. personalized without being too personalized. you know?
3. color static rug / i recently saw a photo of this rug being hand loomed in india and it was ah-mazing.
4. jenny lind doll bed set / everything is better mini. i wish la la was little enough to put this on her christmas list. it’s so darling and certainly the type of toy that gets passed down through the generations. matching beds for you + dolly. and, this is the doll, i’d want for the bed. you know, if i was going to play house.
5. raindrop sheets / we have these in rocco’s room (did you see the update?) and LOVE them. so cute and super soft. i’m also crazy about these new retro looking flannel sheets.
6. now you see it acrylic desk chair / because i still like see through chairs.
7. ombre play home canopy / forget the kids, i’d like one of these to hide out in. i can’t pick my fave color, cause they are all so pretty.
i’ll probably be adding a few of their products to my upcoming holiday gift guides, because of things like this carry home dollhouse – – so much fun.