Time Magazine Top 50

August 25, 2010

What a morning. It’s Olive’s 9th birthday today (and Ralph’s 13th birthday tomorrow). We have a tradition of breakfast in bed on birthdays, so I got up extra early to cook some bacon at Olive’s request. The house still smells bacon-y wonderful. Then it was time to get cupcakes ready for Olive’s class. Once the big kids were off to school, the little ones helped me wrap Olive’s presents. She’s obsessed with lime green right now, so we picked out lots of green things and wrapped them like this:

After the presents were wrapped, I started on a project for Ralph’s birthday. (It turned out super cool. I’ll share photos and DIY after Ralph opens the present.) Around 11:15 this morning, I stopped at my computer to check in and the first thing I saw was an email with some very fun news:

Design Mom made Time Magazine’s 50 Best Websites of 2010. (!!!)

Holy moly. I can’t even believe it. I’m completely honored to be listed with sites like Etsy and Babble (who I write for). Of course, Oscar and Betty are impressed that I was listed with Sesame Street. And frankly, I’m not-a-little-stunned to be on any list with sites and services I love and frequent, like The Onion, LinkedIn, Tumblr and TED.

Three big thank yous: 1) thank you to Leap Design for working so hard to make my site awesome, 2) thank you to Time Magazine for the acknowledgment, and 3) thank YOU for reading — your comments and emails always make my day.


P.S. — I shared the news with Ben Blair and he immediately wanted to celebrate. Happily, cake and ice cream are already on the schedule today.

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1 Ali August 25, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Happy Birthday Ralph! My son, Kyle, turned 13 yesterday and everytime your birthday rolls around I remember how great it is that there is another boy out there who has a birthday at the very beginning (or sometimes prior to) the school year. We get a lot of flack about why Kyle isn’t a grade higher and it always makes me feel better to know there is another newly 13 year old eighth grader out there. Too bad we all don’t live closer!


2 Design Mom August 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Happy Birthday to Kyle!


3 lizzie August 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Wow! Congratulations. A well-deserved recognition. Keep up the good work.

And Happy Birthday to your kids!


4 Design Mom August 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Thanks, Lizzie! I’m excited to share the news with my big kids when they get home from school.


5 Mary August 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Congratulations! Well-deserved. Yours is a site I visit almost daily, for good reason. It’s a happy place to visit! Enjoy your happy day!


6 Design Mom August 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Wow, Mary. What a kind thing to say. Thank you!


7 MsAmanda August 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Good on you! I happen to agree with TIME!


8 Deb August 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Congratulations! What a tremendous validation of your work. And also a confirmation of what we, your readers, already knew :-)

Enjoy your many celebrations today!


9 olga August 25, 2010 at 12:39 pm

hi gabielle – first i wanted to say congratulations on the Time nod, but also, belatedly to say that it was nice to meet you at Martha’s Circle party! I can’t believe you have 6 kids! That’s amazing!


10 Design Mom August 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm

It was nice to meet you too, Olga. The Martha folks were such great hostesses. They even found me a quiet place where I could feed Baby June. So nice!


11 Abby @ abby & her boys August 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Congrats! You deserve it!


12 Natalie August 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm

TIME magazine! That is AWESOME Gabrielle! And just like Olive, lime green was my favorite color… through middle school AND high school. Happy birthday to Olive and Ralph!


13 Melissa August 25, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Congrats, I love reading your site!


14 Jessica August 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Congratulations!! Happy Birthday Olive and Ralph! So much to celebrate!


15 Sarah August 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Congratulations! What a big honor for you and your work! And happy birthday to Olive adn Ralph. :)


16 Kate August 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Congratulations on this fantastic honor. It is so, so well-deserved. I’m single and childless and not particularly crafty but I still find your posts to be charming, edifying, and endlessly informative. You are such an inspiration!


17 Erica August 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Congratulations, Gabrielle! Very cool! I love your idea of choosing gifts for your daughter all in the same color palette. What a good idea! I will have to remember that for my own kids birthdays.


18 Camille August 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Congrats! What an exciting acknowledgment, well deserved for sure. Happy Birthday to Olive and Ralph!!


19 christy August 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you – I LOVE your site and you and your lovely family. So sorry I missed your blogher presentation this year, but this nursing momma had to hide in my room and pump. Hope your kids birthdays are awesome – and I just love the idea of color themed presents and wrapping paper! Ingenious, yet again!


20 Jan (Family Bites) August 25, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I’m not at all surprised! Congrats to you and Happy Birthday to the kids…..


21 MJ August 25, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Congrats, I totally agree with Time. I “treat” myself to reading your blog usually mid point of every day after my kids have drifted off to naps and emails have been sent. It helps me feel like a good mom, and a great designer. Love it.


22 Adventures In Babywearing August 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm

That is SO fabulous (the gifts, and your inclusion in Time- MUCH DESERVED.)

Many well wishes!!



23 Maren August 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Congratulations! What an honor! I am not at all surpsised though! You are fabulous!


24 Sandra Gonzales August 25, 2010 at 1:13 pm

A big CONGRATULATIONS to you!!!! And by the way, I don’t hate you for being so perfect. I love your site because it’s so upbeat despite all the chaos involved with being a wife and a mother. Plus you introduce us to things and ideas that make us happy. I get so tired of the media trying to tell women that something is missing. Nothing is missing- we can be very happy with what we have around us- namely our children. And fyi- when I am feeling blue- I watch the “Kiki and Coco in Paris” video you linked on your site. I absolutely love it!! Thank you! Gracias! Merci!


25 Leslie August 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm

well of course you were on the list! checking your blog is one of my favorite treats of the day. part of my nap-time mama recharge. :)

happy birthday to your kiddos… sounds like there will be a lot of celebratin’ these next few days.


26 Anne August 25, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Congratulations! Enjoy the cake and birthday celebrations!


27 Mel August 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Congratulations, very well deserved. And in good company, indeed.


28 Freida August 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Congrats to you and Happy Bday to Olive and Ralph!
I am hardly surprised that you made the top 50 in Time magazine…I love reading you and all the joy that comes with your very busy life!
Take care


29 jill August 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Congratulations! Amazing job!


30 Torrie @ a place to share... August 25, 2010 at 1:27 pm

That is so very, very exciting… not surprising at ALL… but exciting indeed.


Happy birthday to both of your children and I love the green themed gifts. Can’t wait to read about the project tomorrow.


31 naomi August 25, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Wow! Congratulations to you!!

I LOVE the lime gifts – what a fun idea. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Ralph. I hope you have a lovely celebration.


32 heather August 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Congratulations Gabrielle!!! Of course we all know you rock, btu I’m so happy for you to get this recognition! Enjoy dessert!! :-)

Happy Birthday to Ralph and Olive! Loving the lime green gifts and can’t wait to see Ralph’s gift too!


33 Angela August 25, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Holy cats! You are totally famous and I almost know you.


34 Caroline August 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Congratulations! I’m sure there is some scientific/study/evidence/data that would say this, but one of the reasons I think your blog is so lovely and appealing to so many is rooted in your generosity. You are generous with your sources, your personal life, your weaknesses, etc. You are obviously secure enough with yourself to not hold back where you found the “perfect find”. I think that is remarkable and refreshing. (Of course there are MANY other reasons your blog is lovely and appealing–flawless taste and humor being just two.) Celebrate big!


35 Sonja August 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Happy Birthday to your kiddos – my brother and I are one day apart as well, I love getting to celebrate with him.

And congratulations on the Time honor!


36 Patty August 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm

NO surprise here!! YOU ROCK GABBY! Happiest of birthdays to both of your dear children.


37 Susan August 25, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Happy Birthday to both kiddos! My Gabrielle just LOVES lime green right now too!! She is 11… it must be the “new” color! Congrats on Time, I just love your blog, you deserve it!!!


38 Jen Porter August 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm

So much fun for you! I’ve read your sister’s blog every day for over a year, but I’ll have to start frequenting yours as well. Big time congrats!


39 kayce hughes August 25, 2010 at 1:47 pm

You go girl! I am so excited for you.


40 Kristen August 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Hip, hip hoooooooray! Yay Design Mom!


41 Karen M August 25, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Happy Birthday Olive & Ralph and CONGRATULATIONS to you!!! How HUGE and AWESOME is that recognition?!! And very well deserved. Enjoy! :)


42 Russell August 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm

YES YES YES,, excellent, congratulations!!!


43 Danielle B. August 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Congratulations! It is well-deserved. Although, I expect there will now be a whole lot more people that know about your fake boob. ;)


44 Wendy August 25, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Yay for you! Congrats and happy celebrating a well deserved honor!


45 Emily Marie August 25, 2010 at 2:29 pm

What exciting news, and completely deserved! Congrats!! Happy Birthday to your kiddos!


46 Lisa Mackin August 25, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Wow! Congratulations. I can see why though – you’ve become one of my favorite daily reads. Keep up the good work!


47 Jennifer Brailsford August 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Happy Birthday to your little ones…I guess they are not so little now :) Also congratulations on your Time Magazine debute. Your posts always make my day.


48 Ashlea Walter August 25, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Congratulations! And thank YOU for all your hard work. I love my daily dose of Design Mom almost as much as my first cup of coffee. And that, my friend, is a lot.

Cheers and hip hip hooray for the birthdays!


49 Mary A. August 25, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Congratulations! I know I don’t really “know” you, but I’m proud of you anyway :)


50 Carolyn August 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Congratulations! That’s an amazing accomplishment. You so deserve it – Design Mom is always an inspiration.


51 ElsMom August 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Yay for you! Love love love the lime-green, what a great idea! Congratulations!


52 Elisabeth@YCCII August 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm

HOLY COW! But of course! Babble, Etsy, Sesame Street and Design Mom. You should be there. I’m addicted to this site the most. :-)

Happy birthday to Miss Olive and an early hat tip to Master Ralph. Your life is certainly rich.


53 amyks August 25, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Happy Bday to the kiddies, and also a huge Congrats on the Time Magazine accolades. You are so deserving of it!


54 KarinS August 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm

What an amazingly fun day for your family!
Nice to see that Time has some style and now knows what we’ve all known for a while. ;) Congrats to you!


55 Happenstance August 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm

That is absolutely wonderful! What an honor! Of course you should be celebrated! You are a great example of a mother who is a giver and a nurturer to both her family and very importantly herself. Plus, you have this great creative outlet that many of us are still learning to balance. You’re good. And apparently so is your blog:)


56 Happenstance August 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Oops, and a very happy birthday to Olive and Ralph!!:)


57 shari August 25, 2010 at 3:03 pm

So well deserved… seriously!


58 Krystle August 25, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Happy Birthday Ralph & Olive!

Congrats on the Top 50! It’s such an awesome accomplishment to add to your other equally awesome accomplishments! As always I love your blog! Have fun celebrating =)


59 Alli August 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm

happy birthday to your kiddos!
I love the lime green theme. clever!

I thought you would enjoy this picture on my blog..



60 Stephanie August 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm

That’s awesome!! Happy Birthday to Olive–one of my favorite nursery kids in NY. She and my Kate are getting so big!


61 Tanya August 25, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Congrats! Seriously you rock! I want to shadow you for a day;) But only one day because more than that I would be worn out!!! How do you do it:)?!!!


62 redmenace August 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I think this is absolutely a cause for celebration. Congratulations!!! You deserve it. I LOVE this site and always look forward to your posts. xoxoxo


63 Anne August 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I really want to say that I love the color palette idea. What a great way to make a big impact no matter what size the gifts.
It’s useable ideas like this–bringing beauty into the small things–that make this one of my favorite websites, too.


64 Kimmie S August 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Congratulations! You hardwork and heart show through day in and out! Happy birthday to Olive and Ralph!


65 Jus August 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Congrats! I too, love your site, and I think its a well-deserved thing! :)


66 Nicole W. August 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Congratulations! I look forward to reading your blog and get so much yummy goodness. It’s delightful to see you recognized!


67 Sundeep @ Designwali August 25, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Congrats! It is well deserved. you are an inspiration to far more than you know.


68 Jen Byard August 25, 2010 at 3:47 pm

What incredible news! That’s such a great compliment. You are definitely my first daily blog read. :) I love too how personal you make all of your kids celebrations, and what little individuals they seem to be. Inspires me to pay attention to the little things about my boys…thanks.


69 Jill August 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm

that’s GREAT!!! so glad you were recognized. you are still so grounded and….YOU JUST ROCKKKK!

happy bday to your little ones.


70 Bree Harris August 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Wow! So many exciting things today. 1. I love all the lime green! Everything down to the wrapping paper. Adorable! 2. Happy Birthday to your little and 3. Congratulations! What a wonderful day!


71 Barb @ getupandplay August 25, 2010 at 4:05 pm

You deserve every bit of that accolade! Congratulations and happy birthday to your darling kids.


72 sara August 25, 2010 at 4:18 pm

WOW!!! Congrats on such a distinction!! And, happy birthday to your cute kids.


73 Deb August 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm

So happy for you! No one deserves it more! xoxo

Happy Birthday, Olive & Ralph!


74 Sara August 25, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Congratulations!!! You SO deserve it!! Hooray!!

Happy Birthday to Olive and Ralph, too!


75 Christina August 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Congrats on the top 50! I know you are human and all, but I’m still amazed at how much you do AND have the six kiddos. Go ahead, have two pieces of cake!


76 Bethany Jackman August 25, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Wahoo, congratulations! I’m not surprised in the least, your blog is my favorite! Happy birthday to Olive and Ralph too, have a wonderful time celebrating. :)


77 Melanie Nelson August 25, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Wonderful news, Gabrielle! Well-deserved recognition. :) So exciting.


78 Barbara August 25, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Happy birthday Olive! today is my birthday too. And congrats on making Time magazine!


79 CEO August 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Congrats.. way to go… you are such an inspiration to all women esp mom’s out there…..



80 Ren August 25, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Mazel Tov- I love your blog!-
And I LOVE that even though you are a BIG blogger you still pay attention and comment and send emails to your followers/readers like ME!

Thank YOU!


81 twirling betty August 25, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Congratulations – on all three exciting things! I think you thoroughly deserve your spot in the Top 50. You bring us such interesting and beautiful things every day but each post also has such a warmth that is often lacking from many of the other bloggy arbiters of style and design.
And I hope Olive and Ralph both have very Happy Birthdays. It’s all off to a great celebratory start – I mean, how could that much lime green fail to bring happiness?!


82 Jennifer August 25, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Congratulations! That’s fantastic news….but I have to admit, as a longtime reader I’m not that surprised :)


83 laura trevey August 25, 2010 at 5:38 pm


What an accomplishment!!


84 Summar August 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Congratulations! So well deserved. Enjoy celebrating with your beautiful family!


85 Kirsty August 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Congratulations!! That is an amazing accomplishment-well deserved, I never miss a day of your blog :)
Happy birthday to your babies. Love the lime green package.

Congrats again-what a great day!


86 Chris August 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Woot woot! That is wonderful news for you! Your site is stupendous, you hear? A daily must stop.


87 Kim August 25, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Aww, happy birthday guys, and congratulations Gabrielle – truly well deserved! Please pass some cake and ice cream my way! And how great do those gifts look?!


88 DeeAnna August 25, 2010 at 6:42 pm

What a wonderful day for all of the Blairs! Wow!! Congratulations for all of you.


89 Kidlet August 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Congratulations indeed. I’m shocked that you’re writing about this so calmly :)


90 Miranda August 25, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Horray for Gabby!

What a cool acknowledgement of your great blog. I think I felt a little of that same excited thrill when you mentioned me on Design Mom…YOU ARE the big time!

Enjoy that cake and ice cream. You work hard for it.

And happy happy happy to the kiddos. I can’t wait to see Ralph’s gift!


91 Robin August 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm

So wonderful, Gabby! Congratulations on well-deserved acknowledgement of your good work! I’ll be bragging about you to my friends!


92 Robin August 25, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Happy Birthday wishes to Olive and Ralph!


93 kaela d. August 25, 2010 at 7:32 pm

the happiest birthday wishes for olive and ralph!! : ) …
and a huge congratulations to you!! you absolutely deserve that recognition. you are such a strong and kind mother, wife, friend, blogger….thank you for sharing your greatness with the world.

p.s. feels pretty darn cool to be a follower of “the best” haha


94 dana August 25, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Congrats Gabrielle! That is very, very cool!


95 Tatiana August 25, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Congrats! That is so neat to be honored in Time Magazine. Well deserved.
Happy Birthday to olive and Ralph. Can’t wait to see what project you did for Ralph!


96 Beth August 25, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Please…it’s obvious you are one of the top 50…I tell people, if you aren’t reading Design Mom, you are missing out. Happy Birthday to little Olive and Ralph. Congratulations to you.


97 Sarah Buttenwieser August 25, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Oh so well deserved & happy birthdays to boot!


98 annie August 25, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Oh, Gabrielle, you definitely deserve it! Your site is so refreshing in the hodgepodge that is the internet. Thank you for all your hard work, your interesting topics, letting us see a bit of your life and family, and of course, being such a great inspiration for me! Keep up the great work!!


99 Sandi August 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm

WOW, that’s awesome – congratulations!!

I love what you wrote in a previous post, about the joy you get from knowing there are beautiful things in this world. I get that same joy from your blog. Thanks for that!


100 Anneliese August 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Whoooohoooo! So awesome to be recognized! You deserve it. Congratulations. Happy birthday to Olive too. Love the lime theme and the wrappings…


101 autumn August 25, 2010 at 8:48 pm

wowzers! congratulations.
you totally deserve it.
and, i was so excited to open my “womens day” magazine today and see your beautiful face staring back at me! loved the fashion tips…i think my faves were the benetton dress and the riding boots.


102 Jenny August 25, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Congratulations! Your site it so great! Good luck with the birthday celebrations.


103 Gandhali August 25, 2010 at 9:31 pm

#11, congratulations!!! :D

wow, i always thought you were a graphic designer!!!

enjoy your day!!! we love your site!!


104 Heather Thoming August 25, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Congrats! What an amazing accomplishment! I know that I have found your story rather inspirational and am striving to create something that would receive the “Design Mom” seal of approval!


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