Something Extraordinary for Those That Make This All Possible

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When you think about this year, who would you say made your life extraordinary? Who is that person who lifted you up and reminded you of the goodness in life? Who did you count on? Who surprised you? Who inspired you? Who loved you? Whoever they are, I’m sure you would you agree: there’s really no better time than the holidays to let them know.
For me, two people that come to mind are my dear friends and long-term business partners Laura Mayes and Laurie Smithwick. I had some major upheaval in my business life this year, related to my conference, Alt Summit. I had to make really hard decisions and I had to take some big risks, personally, financially and time-wise. And I couldn’t really talk about it in public. But through it all, I would talk to Laura and Laurie. Two people that I actually met on the internet, and grew to love, before any of us had met in real life. This year, they offered support, wise counsel and friendship. And I couldn’t have made it through that rough spot without them.

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Living With Kids: Ashana Sophia

Ashana Sophia and her family live in a 150-year old farmhouse they rescued and renovated with intention. They filled it with heirlooms, like 60-year old couches and chairs, and turned the front yard into an overflowing jungle of vegetables, herbs, tropical fruit, and flowers.

And speaking of flowers and herbs, they’re also owners of Agua de Flora Botanical Perfumery, creating their old-world scents in a Little Perfume House.

It’s all pretty magical. Come see. Welcome, Ashana!

Wishlist: A Little Perfume House. Come see!

Speed Queen Giveaway

Speed Queen Giveaway - Win a High-End Speed Queen Washer and Dryer Set!

This giveaway is brought to you by Speed Queen.

Who’s in the mood in win a major award? How about a Speed Queen washer and dryer set?!! Worth over $3500!!! It’s time for a Speed Queen Giveaway! Last week, we talked about washers and dryers and how I fell in love with Speed Queen — American made machines, with all metal parts, that last for 25 years or more, and come with the best warranty in the industry. And now, you get to fall in love with Speed Queen too! Here’s what you need to know:

You can enter this Speed Queen Giveaway — exclusively for Design Mom Readers — here. The Prize is a Speed Queen washer and dryer set — any set you prefer! Are you a top-loader devotee? No problem. Do you favor front-loaders? That’s great too. Love the old school mechanical dials? Fabulous. Prefer electronic controls? You got it.

You can find all the Speed Queen washing machine and dryer models here. Take a look, so that when you win, you’ll know exactly which machines to request. : ) Follow Speed Queen on Facebook, and click this link to enter the giveaway!

Keep reading to find out how to get extra giveaway entries!

A Few Things


Hello, Friends! How are you? Was it a good week? Anything you’re looking forward to this weekend? Our weekend will be pretty much 100% Scrooge, because as I’ve mentioned, Oscar, Betty & Olive are all in the cast of Scrooge the Musical happening on Temple Hill in Oakland (tix are free — even if it says sold out, show up 15 mins before it starts and you’ll get a seat!). Tonight is the second night of performances. And there are two tomorrow. My mom flew out to see the show, so we’re loving our time with Grandma too.

The only other big thing on the schedule this weekend is getting our Christmas tree. When do you get yours? Is it already up, or do you wait until much closer to Christmas?

One fun thing is that we’ve been doing hair (lots of ringlets!) and makeup (lots of blush!) every night before their 6:00 curtain call. I’ve been sharing peeks on Instagram stories if you’d like to see. (@designmom) It’s actually time to get started right now — Betty’s hair is looong. : ) But before I go, I have a few things I’ve wanted to share with you.

Keep reading for my Friday link list.



Design Mom is all about the intersection of design and motherhood. I'm Gabrielle Blair (some people call me Gabby), a designer and mother of six. I think you're going to love reading Design Mom.

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