Design Mom Book


By Gabrielle. Book photos by Seth Smoot, styled by Kendra Smoot for Design Mom.

The Design Mom Book is officially out on April 7th, is available for online orders now! It’s filled with tips and strategies for making your home beautiful, comfortable, functional and kid-friendly — a place where both you and your kids will thrive.

You can find your copy at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Books A Million. Or, check out Your Closest Independent Bookstore. If you’d like a SIGNED COPY, be sure to order through Diesel, A Bookstore, here in Oakland. You’ll need to order by April 6th — I’m going to stop by and sign every single one.

Oh. And you can come to see me on my book tour! See info below.

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Book Tour Dates! There are fourteen stops and counting. I’ve packed in as much travel as I’m able over the next couple of months, and I can’t wait to meet you guys! Pull out your calendars, this is where you can find me:

Tuesday, April 7th – Oakland, CA
Book Launch Party at Diesel, A Bookstore, beginning at 6:00 PM. Book Q&A, food, photos, goody bags! This event happens the day the book comes out and is the official kick off of the book tour. It’s going to be awesome!! I can’t wait.

Saturday, April 11th – Provo, UT
Book Party at Deseret Book, University Mall, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. The amazing Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show will be there to quiz me on all my motherhood secrets! We’re working on a photo booth, yummy treats, the coolest party favors, and a fun Q&A too! I hope to meet you at the event.

Saturday, April 11th – Salt Lake City, UT
Book Party at Deseret Book in Fort Union, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. The always lovelySmall Fry Ladies will be there to grill me on all things motherhood. Plus gift bags, refreshments, and a fabulous photo backdrop! Will you be there?

Tuesday, April 21st – Boston, MA
Book Party at Trident Booksellers on Newbury Street in the evening. The brilliant Christine Koh of Boston Mamas will be co-hosting, and is all prepped to interview me with some Design Mom Q&A. Expect the prettiest decor, something delicious to eat, and gifts for attendees! Crossing my fingers you can make it.

Wednesday, April 22nd – New York, NY
Book Party at DwellStudio, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM with the always fabulous Christiane Lemieux. Join us for cocktails, parenting discussions, and a book signing at DwellStudio SoHo. Something extra special about this event: A proceed of the book sales will benefit Every Mother Counts, a cause near and dear to my heart! If you can join us, please send an RSVP to

Wednesday, April 29th – Phoenix, AZ
Book Party at Changing Hands in Tempe, 7:00 PM. Another fun gathering with food and Q&A. Plus, the super talented Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook will be there to ask me about the book.

I’ll arrive in the Phoenix area that day to attend the Mom 2.0 Summit in Scottsdale. I’ll be speaking at the conference on Friday of that week! Maybe I’ll see you there. But even if you can’t attend the conference, you are definitely invited to the Book Party at Changing Hands.

Saturday, May 2nd to Saturday, May 10th, at Pottery Barn
During the week leading up to Mother’s Day, I’m working with Pottery Barn on some awesome in-store events that I’m crazy excited about. Pottery Barn is hosting 4 Book Parties for me. How awesome is that? This is where I’ll be:

- On Sunday, May 3rd, I’ll be in Seattle, at the Pottery Barn in University Village from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. And my co-host is the lovely Ashley Rodriguez of Not Without Salt. Store Address: 4627 26th Ave NE in Seattle.

- On Tuesday, May 5th, I’ll be in Chicago at the Lincoln Park Pottery Barn, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. My co-host is the fantastic Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely. Store Address: 1000 W North Ave in Chicago.

- On Thursday, May 7th, I’ll be in Atlanta, at Pottery Barn Lenox Square, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, with my amazing co-host Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte. Store Address: 3393 Peachtree Rd NE in Atlanta.

- On Saturday, May 9th, I’ll be back in the Bay Area, at the Pottery Barn in Corte Madera, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. And my sister, the wonderful Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day, will be my co-host. Store Address: 1822 Redwood Hwy, Corte Madera, CA in the Bay Area.

These Pottery Barn Events are FREE to attend. No need to RSVP. At each event there will be book signing, a parenting Q&A, a craft project, and treats — including a custom cookie made just for these events. And Pottery Barn will be remain fully open during these events which means you can browse the store as well. So please come by and say hello. I really hope to see you there!

(Wondering what the craft is? It’s that cute You Are Special Today plate pictured below. If you can’t make it to the events, you can also find the DIY in my book.)

Monday, May 18th – Houston, TX
Book Party at Blue Willow Bookshop, starting at 7:00 PM. I love everyone that I’ve ever met from Texas, so I already know I’m going to love this event. Food, discussion, pretty things, gifts. The beautiful Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks will be there to lead the discussion. You should totally come!

Tuesday, May 19th – Denver, CO
Book party at Tattered Cover Books in their new Aspen Grove store in Littleton, 7:00 PM. Join me and Aimee Giese of Greeblehaus for a Q&A about the book and about parenting, plus food, gifts and so much fun! It will be terrific to be back in Colorado for a bit.

Where else?
We’re also looking to schedule a stop in Austin. As soon as I have a firm date and location, I will let you know. Then, in June, I’ll be at Alt Summit in Salt Lake City. And we may be adding one more June date as well.



Here is a sampling of what people are saying about the book:

Cool Mom Picks

Boston Mamas

Babyccinno Kids

- Oh Happy Day

Would you like to write about the book? Super! Send me a link to your post — I’ll be posting some of my favorites here. Also, you are welcome to use any of the photos on this page on any posts about my book. Please credit: Photography by Seth Smoot, styling by Kendra Smoot for Design Mom. If you need hi-res version of these images, please email me.

Oh, and feel free to pin these photos as well!



The photos in the book were captured in dozens of beautiful homes around the world. Prepping your home for a photo shoot is no simple task — it’s a big commitment of time and patience. So special thanks to the following homeowners for graciously opening their doors, and, in some cases, acting as photographers and stylists as well:

Courtney Adamo, Mariana Anderson, Meta Coleman, Sara Davis, Leigh Deighton, Ruth de Vos, Jamie Diersing, Katy Dill, Paul and Jordan Ferney, Tina Fussell, Alexis Garrett, Kirsty Gungor, Laura Hall, Mary Heffernan, Agnes Hsu, Amy Jacobs, Rae Ann Kelly, Jenny Komenda, Kate and Ed Lewis, Janette Maclean, Jeanne McGuire, Trina McNeilly, Shannon Molenaar, Jo-Anne Pabst and Grant Taylor, Rachel Peters, Jane Rhodes, Sarah Sandidge, Rachel Shingleton, Liz Stanley, Candice Stringham, Joslyn Taylor, Michelle Turchini, Esther van der Paal, Fleur van Kesteren, and Liz Bell Young.

You Are Special Today Plate - Design Mom


Make a You Are Special Today plate using one of these 3 designs:

You Are Special Today Calligraphy

Download them for free! Calligraphy by Melissa Esplin. Finished plate photo by Amy Christie.

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Make flexible crate shelves with the instructions in this DIY post.

How to Build a Giant Work Table

Build a giant work table with the instructions in this how-to post.

P.S. — Wondering how this book came about? Looking for behind-the-scenes info about the process? Here are all the blog posts I’ve written about it.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen Pollard May 24, 2015 at 12:48 am

Beautiful work! My favorite is the DIY crate bookshelves. They remind me of building blocks from childhood. And I’m a sucker for color sorted books. Thanks for sharing!


2 Kellyn Ellwood June 11, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Hi -
I just love your book. I am curious if you know where the wolf lamp is from on page 138 in the Kid’s Bedrooms Chapter. My son just loves wolves and I know he would adore this lamp. Thank you so much!!!!


3 Bryn July 30, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Did you ever decide on an Austin book tour stop? I’d love to come!


4 Heather August 7, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Good evening!
We just moved to a new house a couple days ago and I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed and stressed, not knowing where on earth to start sorting everything out. I am vowing to never move again in my entire life.
I sat down this morning with a notepad, pen and your book. Now (at 9pm) I have just finished it. I could hardly put it down all day and I have several pages of scribbles and ideas for our new house that I can’t wait to discuss with my husband when I get home. And most of all, the feeling of stress and being overwhelmed has been replaced with finally feeling excited and inspired to get to work making this house a home for OUR family.
Thank you so much for the help and ideas!!


5 Nitasha October 14, 2015 at 7:25 am

Hi – Love love your blog and the book!! I felt like you solved a big issue in our house with the recommendation for the roll up Japanese futon and was wondering if this was the kind of thing you use?
We have lots of guests especially with small kids and would love to add a few.
Many thanks! Nitasha


6 Heidi January 16, 2016 at 2:19 pm

Hello, Gabrielle,
I just wanted to say I read your design mom book from the library from cover to cover. WOW! I wish it had been available when my kids were small (I have 5 young adults now). You are a delight to read, funny, intuitive and concise IN REAL LIFE design as you have 6 kids and know what it is like with the chaos. I love the cover, wipeable, and with cute kid handprints. Oft times people who claim to know design have information that is impractical, if not impossible with multiple children. I also identify with your design style. (I love your new hair…it suits you!) Thanks so much for such a wonderful, insightful book. I am going to use it to re-do my house and try to take it back from my very messy teenagers!!!! Also, you have a way with words. It’s not cute-sy, or snobbish, or dry and boring. It suits your design style and I think the combination is A+!!! Thanks again. SIncerely, Heidi from Abbotsford, BC Canada.


7 Viv Jordan March 13, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Gabs, your book is such a gift to me. I have a 2.5 year old and a 4 month old and a precious 1500 square foot home and your tips about how to truly make a house a home are invaluable to me. After listening to your podcast with Jess Lively, I finally felt the confidence to accept that the reason I care so much about the way things look is because God has wired me as a designer to be visual, but also to be a problem solver. Reading your book and listening to your podcast is like sitting down with a cup of coffee with you as I prod you with the million questions I have for you about your life, your endeavors, and your family. I appreciate your transparency about your struggles and imperfections in both book and podcast and I love how practical and family-centered your home advice is. I have been a long time fan of you, your blog, and Alt (I attended 5 years ago when I won a ticket the week before the conference – it was basically like Willy Wonka’s golden prize) and to have your book in my home and your wisdom in my head means so much. Also, I might have put my firstborn on a bookshelf because you did it. =) I love the way you see and walk through the world. Thanks for what you do mama!


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