DESIGN MOM - How To Live With Kids: A room-by-room guide.

By Gabrielle.

I could not be more excited to announce: My book is available for pre-order!

DESIGN MOM — How to Live With Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide will be available in stores on April 7th, but you can pre-order today from these lovely booksellers: AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Books A Million. Or, check out Your Closest Independent Bookstore (and yes, they take pre-orders, too). If you’d like a SIGNED COPY, be sure to order through my local bookstore, Diesel Bookstore, here in Oakland. I’m going to stop by and sign every single one.

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And oh my goodness.  I hope you LOVE the book!

There are 288 pages packed with every bit of info and advice I’ve got on creating a home that you will love, and that your children will thrive in. There are tips on organization and family-friendly furnishings. Parenting tidbits about things like getting your kids involved in the kitchen, and dealing with cartoon-characters-on-clothing. You’ll find practical advice to help you with questions like: what in the world am I supposed to do with all the art projects my preschooler brings home? Plus, I included a fantastic+easy DIY project in each chapter. The best part? The whole book is gorgeous! Every photo is beautiful. The layout is clean and crisp. It’s a joy to flip through.

If you’re a long time blog-reader, you’ll also be glad to know, this is NEW stuff. This book is not a printout of my blog. Not at all. It’s fresh content. Written just for the book. Written just for YOU.

What it does share in common with this blog, is that as I wrote the book, I tried to imagine I was having a conversation with a dear friend. The kind of really good conversations we have here. The tips and tricks are meant to be completely accessible, very useable, and totally within your grasp.

I 100% believe you can have a home that’s beautiful and comfortable and functional and kid-friendly. If you need help making it happen, my book will show you how it’s done.

As you know, the book publishing world is new-to-me and I’m definitely no expert, but I have been told repeatedly that pre-orders are key to the success of any book. So if you are planning to purchase the book — for yourself, or perhaps as a baby shower gift, or a Mother’s day gift — I hope you’ll consider placing your pre-order today. I would very much appreciate it!

Two things that surprised me about writing a book:

1) The permanence.
I can’t believe how nerve-wracking it is that I can’t keep editing it! Such a strange feeling for someone who works on the internet. With blogging, you can add notes and updates at any time. You can fix typos. You can clarify. You can respond to comments and have a real-time conversation about your work.

But a printed book. Man. It might as well be carved in stone. It feels so permanent!

Of course, it’s also this same feeling of permanence that makes me so happy I completed this task. If the internet should someday fade away, I will still be able to hold some sort of tangible proof in my hands that I created something. Created something good.

2) The satisfaction.
It’s been mentioned before, but the first conversation with my publisher about this book happened in 2010, while I was sitting in my home office in Colorado. Now, here it is five years later!

I can say with all honesty that this project is the culmination of years of work and revision and life experience. And as much as I dragged my feet when I was in the thick of it, and wasn’t sure how I was going to make time to get everything done, it was the most satisfying feeling in the world to get an email from my editor that the book was at the printing press. Done! Finished! Complete!

Many people told me how hard it is to make a book, so I tried to go in with eyes wide open. But I didn’t understand what they meant. I’m not sure I could have understood until I’d gone through it myself. This was a tough project for me. And I’m proud to have finished it, and even more proud that it’s awesome!

I hope you get your hands on a copy. And if you do, I hope you find it helpful and informative and beautiful.

Now your turn, Friends. I’d love to hear: what’s the hardest project you’ve tackled? And have you ever been surprised when a project was harder than expected? Is writing a book on any of your goal lists? And do you remember what it felt like when you accomplished something big? I love hearing your stories. Feel free to chime in below!

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P.S. — You can find all the older posts about this book here. Ready to order? Here are the links again: AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Books A Million. Or, check out Your Closest Independent Bookstore (and yes, they take pre-orders, too). If you’d like a SIGNED COPY, be sure to order through my local bookstore, Diesel Bookstore, here in Oakland.