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.
I’m super excited to host a giveaway today. Not just any giveaway, but a birthday giveaway. It’s my blogging birthday this week, and you all get the gifts! I’m putting together 3 identical packages for 3 lucky readers. The gifts will include items from some of my favorite friends and brands that I’ve been so lucky to meet and partner with along the way:
capturing collections and special this and thats and any random thing under bell jars. I’ve been wondering what to do with our sofie the giraffe and now I know. Should I admit that I also have a stuffed squirrel (like pictured above) tucked away somewhere? It was given to my brother when he was a kid. Maybe I’ll tuck in under a bell jar. That might scare the kids friends away.
I’m curious. When it comes to clothes do you change colors schemes when seasons change? I’m beginning to notice that my style is somewhat skipping seasons. It moves along and morphs from boots to sandals, from long heavy sweaters to swinging flowy dresses, from ripped up jeans to their shorter variety, and so on. However, the colors I’m continually drawn to seem be on repeat each season. I kind of dig it because it lets me crossover seaons items and mix and match.
Shopbop is having a major sale (25% off code below), so I’ve been setting sights on a few pieces I’m loving for spring and summer. This is where and when I like to purchase a pair of sandals. I’m especially loving mules and wedges, at the moment. Here are a few of my faves.
And how about these accessories? I said I’d NEVER wear a Fanny Pack, but here I am suggesting one to you. I guess because I’m wanting one too. Hey the 90’s called and they said Fanny Packs are cool again.
And, a few clothing stapes for summer. Yes, I’ve included a sweater. Because where I live we still pull out sweaters and long sleeves when the sunlight leaves for the day or when we are indoors under all that air conditioning. Do you too?
What is on your wish list for spring and summer?
You can get 25% off your order at SHOPBOP by using code: SPRING25 when you checkout through April 9 at 11:59 p.m.
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