Tuesday, June 30, 2009
It's no secret that I am a wee bit obsessed with buying for my 17 month old. Every time I come home with a new purchase for Masha, my husband gives me a bit of a smirk knowing that it is likely a new summer dress. I am constantly on the hunt for the perfect pretty, practical dresses (it's become a bit of a hobby) and started a folder on my desktop of candidates for the few summer dress slots that are left in her closet. I think I can be held responsible for the words "cute" and dress to the little one's vocabulary. The arrival of a catalog requires serious self-restraint as I could truly order one of each. They really do a perfect job of combing well-designed outfits, fabrics, and practicality, and they are having a sale of up to 50% off on their website through July 2, 2009.
Here are some of the dresses on my wish list:
1. JCrew Gauzy Polka Dot Dress 2. Mini Boden Pretty Hotchpotch Dress 3. Gap Braided Flower Dress 4. Mini Boden Baby Day Dress
5. Floral Print Jumper 6. JCrew Linen Stripe Tuxedo Dress 7. JCrew Cotton Organdy Dress 8. MiniBoden Ribbon Dress
Monday, June 29, 2009
To enter, all you have to do is put your name and the area rug you'd like to win into the comments window of this post (see choices below). I picked out ten fun rugs you could set in your nursery or mudroom, so happy picking! This giveaway is open to all readers and Designing Moms alike and will run all week.
1. 2'x3' Seventeen Magazine Luxe Blue Rug
2. 2'x 3' Seventeen Magazine Luxe Pea Rug
3. 1'9 x 2'9 Rug Market - Labyrinth Kids Rug
4.2'x 3' Seventeen Magazine Luxe Light Blue/Green Rug
5. 47" x 36" Freckles - Hot Chocolate Cotton Rug
6. Dynamic - Fantasia Crazy Girlzzz Turquoise Flower Rug
7. 2' x 3' Seventeen Magazine Luxe Ivory Dots Rug
8. LA Rugs, David and Goliath Drama Queen Rug
9. 30" x 40" Migi Pinwheel Nursery Rug
10. Sorry! This rug is no longer available
Friday, June 26, 2009
I laughed so hard hearing about her son E's natural knack (directing shots, requesting water and
breaks ) at photo shoots. I think a star is born!
Happy weekend everyone. And keep sending me photos...we love 'em!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Designing Mom Jackie had a great idea to post our LO's Birthdays up on the blog. Send in a pic of your little one on their birthday and let's all celebrate (or in my case commiserate) together!
We celebrated in L.A. last weekend (cake and all!) with friends and family."
Since all of grandparents, aunts and uncles live out of state – I’ve been thinking of ways we can introduce them on a regular basis so he can “get to know” them in between live visits (and Skype). I thought it would be fun to hang photos – but this train vinyl frame set is even better. What a fun way to share photos in a little boys room. They also have some great stickers for grown-ups as well. They’re easy to move around and require no nails. I used some of these vinyl “stickers” at Ooma and loved them.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tell us a little about your space and how your work?
My work takes place in two different locations – my home office—located in Southampton NY and the Breakwater Design Studio, located in Bridgehampton NY. The two spaces are approx. 20 minutes away from each other depending on the time of year. The home office is where I get most of my designing and work done while my employees work in the Studio. I hold meetings and creative sessions in the Studio, and have at times had employees to my home for conferences.
What is a day in your life like? How do you organize your schedule?
Will is an almost 2 year old – he pretty much dictates my schedule. “A day in my life” has become quite regimented, as Will seems to be happiest with a routine. And as this routine changes he changes… we just go with the flow.
Lately Will has naps all morning. I’ll never understand it – he sleeps all night (most of the time) around 12 hours. Then crashes again around 9:30 am. It works for him though. During this time I get a great deal done… I check in on emails, voicemails return some calls… then I work on projects… prep for meetings… anything that needs to be done. Lately I’ve become addicted to blogging and Twitter—so much excitement online. He’s napping now!
The rest of our day varies… some days if I have tons to do, I’ll ask Hannah, our babysitter to come over to play. I hide away in my office and get to work. Other days, if I have meetings, I’ll leave him with her for about an hour or so, which I find hard to do…. Thankfully a lot of our clients love to see him so MOST days I take Will with me– we check in on projects and do whatever needs to be done.
When there isn’t much going on (which has been the case lately due to the recession, unfortunately) we will hit the library on our way home. Or the Children’s Museum of the East End. Warmer days—we go to the beach or the playground or just for a walk. Everyday is a new adventure for Will.
Greatest challenges of "balancing" work and life as a mom?
I am beyond grateful for Will—he has opened my life up in ways I never though possible. Before he was born I was a serious workaholic. I worked right up to the day he was born… I was up early – to the office, worked through lunch… late into the evenings… worked most weekends too. I never realized how addicted I was until he came along. He has completely changed my outlook and my plans for the future from an ego driven need to land that client and design everything to maybe I’ll slow down and have more kids…
Well—Will of course is my greatest personal reward…
To me, there is nothing more rewarding, work wise, than having a logo design approved, a website design launch, or have brochures go to press. It’s a great release to complete something that is going to help promote and generate success for our clients. I also enjoy collaborating with my associates on new projects. Everything that we do is very positive and that always leaves me with a good feeling.
Do you have any do's or don'ts on advice for moms out there who want to start their own businesses?
Do’s – Do - Go for it because having “it all” is really possible. Do, go with the flow. Do – remember to find time for yourself.
Don’t’s – Don’t plan ahead too much with how it will all pan out. I remember thinking – it will be great! I’ll bring my son to work with me everyday – after all I am the owner. Not so much – his crying interrupted work; I was totally embarrassed to nurse him in the office… Changing him became awkward on the conference table… And I found a privacy factor that I never considered – I wanted alone time with my little boy! Obviously, we worked it out.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
My biggest tip for planning a little party is to shop your own home (and your friends' homes) first, before buying a single thing! Luckily Carrie's nursery décor happens to be my own favorite color, green, so I had lots of "decorations" around already. I kept everything for the party in one cabinet to make it easier to keep track of progress (and it eliminated over-buying).
Monday, June 22, 2009
She had such great ideas I had to split it up as two posts...the first showing her sketches/ideas and the knockout invites she created. Check back tomorrow for the rest!
By Designing Mom Erika
I loved planning my friend Carrie's Little Lamb baby shower. Parties can be a lot of work, and by no means did I do it alone! I co-hosted the shower with 3 friends, and we all pitched in a little something (including baking skills, time, and a wicked Shower Shine recipe involving rum and pineapple juice!).
I have been looking for affordable stylish kid furniture as of late. Pamela, a mom of twin girls sent in this wonderful hi+low idea. She created a similar look of the more expensive storage unit with a rolling bench from IKEA. The bench has shelves in the back and is a great foil for toy storage. The addition of minimal decals add just the right touch.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Now I know all of you out there have some GREAT, silly, fun photos taken on the fly. So send them on over... we'll post them up on Fridays for everyone to ogle!
Happy Friday and weekend everyone...
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
above: this photo shows Johanna's 2 year old boy and the painting smock she made from Amy Karol's Bend the Rules Sewing pattern).
Monday, June 15, 2009
Pregnancy is tough. Who would debate that! You feel uncomfortable, swollen, dare I say it... F-A-T ! The days crawl by and you get bigger and bigger and your clothes get smaller and smaller. And while you have a glow about you, it's hard not to feel somewhat challenged in the beauty department.
I know, I know... I hear some of you moms screaming at me about "pregnancy being the most beautiful thing in the world" but I'm a realist... and acne, vomiting and gas just don't fall into that category for me!
A few years back, long before these complaints were on my list, I was invited to an . It was by far and away the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. The colors of the clothes and saris, the gems, the flowers, the detail that went into every last component of the wedding. The four full days of celebrating included a henna party for the ladies, the night before the wedding. While the bride received her traditional full hand, arm and feet henna, all the guests were also invited to partake and we got smaller, but no less amazing, tattoos of swirly flowers and paisleys... every last inch of our hands were covered with rich, painstakingly detailed designs that left a temporary tan-like tattoo for a few weeks.
This event made me hungry for more, and later that year when I turned 30, I decided to have an Indian-inspired - allowing all of us to dress the part with colorful and, of course, henna tattoos.
I searched long and hard, and found a truly incredible local henna artist named Darcy to decorate my hands, and all of my friends too. We went to her loft before the party to get our henna in advance, but I also hired her to attend the party so that all of our guests could enjoy her work as well. There was no one left without her markings... men and women alike all were excited to adorn their body with this colorful, and temporary art!
This was the invite I designed for the party:
Darcy Vasudev Henna Lounge
Here are some of Darcy's incredible works of henna art:
If you're in the Bay Area be sure to stop by!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
One of my very favorite stores in San Francisco, Lotus Bleu, just gave its website an update. I love this store for their wonderful collection of home accessories including a French company Robert Le Héros whom textile designs are to die for! But what I wanted to share is their Interior Design service section. Look how cute these baby and kid rooms are! So colorful and playful. Lots of great ideas for decorating rooms for little ones.
Baby Boy room from Liberty Hill
Baby Girl room by Liberty Hill
Boy's Bedroom by Richmond Modern Edwardian
Girl's Bedroom by Richmond Modern Edwardian