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New Antiquarian Wallpaper

October 22, 2012

By Raleigh-Elizabeth.

I like plain, clean walls. They’re the perfect canvas for art, photographs, you name it. But the minute I open a decorating magazine, I’m mesmerized by all pretty wallpapers! Even though it’s the exact opposite of my plain jane walls, I can’t get this wallpaper from Anthropologie out of my mind. It’s so quirky! It’s not too floral, or too graphic, and it’s definitely original.

I imagine it in a hallway with a great umbrella stand in the corner and some dachshunds running around, which, like the wallpaper, I also do not own. But I bet they’d go very well together. What do you think? Is it busy? Disruptive? Or just the thing?

P.S. — As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to wallpaper a powder room in old New Yorker covers. If you could use anything to wallpaper a room, what would it be? I think your children’s drawings would be so cute, too!


By Gabrielle.

The first time I saw photos of Tracey‘s home, I thought that there is no way this is a house that holds four boys and all of the dirt and noise they carry with them. It’s far too beautiful, far too white, and with such healthy doses of femininity! But then I read her story. And with every answer to my every question, I learned that this gorgeously decorated house has nothing on the beauty that’s happening inside this family’s hearts. There’s no way this house can’t hold those four boys and all of the dirt and noise and goodness they carry with them! Sheer loveliness and a pretty unbelievable story of how this family came to be, straight ahead. Please enjoy it!

Q: Please tell us about the family who makes this house a home!

A: Within these four walls resides a family of six. Two amazing, doting, giving, selfless, magnificent, parents (wink wink) and four adorable, energized boys. Josh, the hubs, is an amazing father and supportive husband. Our boys idolize him and I adore him. He built the chickens a dollhouse-styled coop, all because he knew I would love it. He’s a keeper.

Shy, our oldest Thing, is eight. He came to us when he was just three, an absolutely adorable terror. Now, he’s still adorable and has outgrown most of the terror! He is my mama’s boy, already planning out how he’s going to take care of me when I’m old. Ari, Thing 2, was 15 months old when he came home. He is our sweetheart who just wants to love and be loved. He is also our muscle man, and conquered the monkey bars at two years of age. If you are wondering, Shy and Ari are biological siblings. Bryce, Thing 3, is four. He showed up to the party nine months after we brought our oldest two home. OOPS! He is the family cuddle bug, social butterfly, girl crazy, knight/superhero/tiger, resident expert on everything. Last but not least is Cooper, Thing 4, who just turned two this summer. The boy is always on the move, determined to keep up with his brothers. If he’s not scaling a wall, tackling the pup, or chasing the chickens, chances are he is reading a book or cuddling on someone’s ear.

And then there’s me, Tracey Lynne: wife, mama, blogger, amateur photographer, beachaholic, party thrower, DIY enthusiast, reception coordinator/designer, and boogey monster chaser. I wear dresses as often as possible and love pink, bows, and ruffles. Cupcakes are my favorite.

You won’t want to miss the rest of this family’s story.


A Few Things

September 7, 2012

Hello, Friends. How are you? Did this week run away from anyone else? Or is it just me? I told you I would share a report from our Swiss trip, plus our back to school photos, and I haven’t posted either. Oh dear! But on the bright side, I made a little dent in my inbox. Which is something!

I’m really looking forward to the weekend. Our kids have sign up sessions for their fall extra-curricular activities — stuff like dance, trombone, horseback riding and tennis lessons. I’m sure it will be busy and full. And I’m sure my lack of French will ensure I misunderstand at least half of the instructions we receive. : ) How about you? Any fun plans for this lovely September? Maybe some apple or peach or blackberry picking?

While I map out the weekend schedule, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:
-A la la lovely little girl’s room. Dancing unicorn included.
- A sweet way to tell someone they mean more to you than the Sun and the Moon. And even Saturn.
- Vote for your favorite American Made artisan!
- Animal badges to make with your kids.
- The Diminutive Review. A new blog focused on finding beautiful children’s clothing at deeply discounted prices.
- Fabric on the walls instead of paper.
- Have you entered the $5000 Pottery Barn Kids Sweepstakes? You could win a design consultation with me!
- Find a new artist featured on the excellent site, Wondereur. (And she’s a mom!). Plus, they built a web app, so now you can access their great content even without an iPad.

I also write for Babble. Here are some fun slideshows I put together this week:
- 22 Ideas for Creating a Gallery Wall.
- Inspiring Nursery Decor — projects you can make yourself.
- Scarf Style. Don’t be intimidated by wearing scarves. I’ve gathered tons of great ideas.
- Decorate for Fall! DIY ideas you’ll love.
- Are your kids already talking Halloween? Mine too. Here are clever costume ideas to get you inspired.

I hope you have a marvelous late summer/early fall weekend! I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.


P.S. – We did a little more cottage hunting this week. One house featured that staircase above. It’s still on my mind…


Peter Brown would make the best dinner party guest. He’s witty with even a minimum of words, has charming stories from his childhood (The first line of his entertaining bio reads: “I was born and raised in Hopewell, New Jersey, which is a great place to live especially if you like mosquitoes and poison ivy.” Ha!), and would be the absolute best teammate for a post-dinner game of Pictionary. These same qualities make him a pretty wonderful children’s book author and illustrator, too. When he describes his process — “I say as much as possible with my paintings, and whatever I can’t say with the art I say with words. My stories don’t have many words, but it takes me a long time to think up the words that I use.” – it makes me want to choose my words more thoughtfully. I’ll start with Peter Brown’s ever so thoughtful ones! Please enjoy them.

Q: What’s the one childhood memory that still seems as clear as the day it happened?

A: I’ll be honest. I don’t have a good memory. But my childhood memory that stands out most has to be during one of my family’s summer trips to a little island off the coast of Maine. I was returning to the house from a morning spent picking wild blueberries. I used my shirt as a basket to carry the berries when a deer walked out of the woods (the deep, dark, scary woods) and right up to me. The deer just stood there looking at me, a few feet away, so I grabbed a handful of berries and reached out. The deer licked the berries right out of my hand, and then walked back into the woods. I was about five years old.

Q: What qualities do you think contribute the most to your success in children’s book publishing?

A: I think my ideas for stories are unusual enough to be interesting, but familiar enough to be relatable. I’ve had good luck creating characters that people seem to really enjoy. My pictures don’t make sense without my words. And my words are useless without my pictures. This makes for an engaging reading experience.

Click for more Peter Brown!


Raise your hand if you’ve read every single Skippyjon Jones book aloud to a little one. Keep it up if you did so in a truly authentic cat-who-believes-he’s-a-Chihuahua voice! We can all thank Judy Schachner for these unforgettable moments and, with every new Skippyjon Jones book she releases, our well-honed and probably pretty hilarious Spanish accents! Friends, I loved getting to know Judy. Her understated response to my first question floored me, and I’ve since softened my tone when reading Junebug Jones’ words out loud. I hope you enjoy her, too.

Q: I always ask about childhoods. For some reason, we all imagine that a creative mind like yours was inherited! How would you describe your upbringing and early family life?

A: I grew up in an Irish Catholic working class family where money was as tight as our apartment was tiny. My brother Kevin, who was six years older than I, was the funny-bone of the brood. My brother Ted, who was eight years my senior, was always considered the family artist. My Dad, a man as decent and honest as they come, was a machinist, and my musically gifted Mother was a homemaker. She was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer when I was eight.

Anxiety was always the elephant in the room and my way of not getting trampled was to escape through my imagination. I sketched thousands of characters on long sheets of shelf paper taped to the wall of our one and only bathroom. But as I’ve come to realize, it was never really about the art; it was more about being able to morph into every creature that I put down on paper.

Many of my characters’ stories began in orphanages or convents. I loved drawing nuns in their habits…I loved rags to riches stories with incredibly happy endings…it’s what I wanted most for my own life. Other potent themes in my secret world of morphing centered around beautiful women of questionable virtue, with exotic accents, tragic lives, and fabulous wardrobes. On the other side of that bathroom door, little Judy was smoking her pencils and drinking water like it was champagne.

Q: We would love to hear about your studio and where you’re most creative; what’s your view while you work?

A: I have a brand new studio in my home which for me is a dream come true. It has great windows and plenty of storage. I have a large drafting table and several work tables that are usually covered in projects, reference materials, and art supplies. There is also a floor-to-ceiling bulletin board wall which doubles as a painting area for larger works.

I am surrounded by things that inspire me: toys, textiles, books, and taxidermy (somebody’s got to love those poor creatures). My studio is on the second floor, up in the trees, and it’s beautiful during a snowstorm. I listen to all kinds of music, including my daughter Sarah’s compositions, which she scores for film and television. I’m a huge fan of all things NPR, as well.

Don’t miss the rest of Judy’s interview! Just click to see it.


I’ve told you before that I’m not a super emotional person, haven’t I? It’s really true. Usually. Just not after reading Regina Sirois‘ interview answers. They are so genuine, written straight from her sweet heart, and her last three answers left me sitting sentimentally for some very long minutes. This is certainly a lovely home, friends, but this tour left me admiring so much more than the Sirois family furnishings. Please enjoy it.

[ 6/19/12 Update: This just in! Regina won the Young Adult Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for 2012. That's a big deal! Go Regina!! ]

Q: Tell us about the family who makes this house a home!

A: We have an unconventional home because we have an unconventional life. (Don’t we all?!) My husband is an artist who does visual special effects and computer animation, and I am novelist. We both work from home with our two daughters who are four and nine. With all this togetherness (day after day after day) we need a home that we like to be in because we are always there! Together. Always.

You’ll love the rest of the tour. Just click to see it!


Scrolling through Cortnie’s photos made me a little sleepy, and I mean that in the most wonderful way! Her home — despite being filled with twin boys who probably fill up the space with lots of laughter, dirt, and noise! — seems so calm, content, and positively airy. All the perfect conditions for the perfect nap, wouldn’t you agree? It honestly made me think back on my own childhood, especially those lazy afternoons with the ceiling fan making the curtains dance, lulling me into an unexpected slumber. Enjoy the tour, Friends, and be sure to tell me if you had the same reaction to this sweetly sleepy home!

Q: Tell us all about the family who lives here!

A: In our home lives my husband Gary, myself, one huge black and white tomcat, one petite calico, and our twin three year old boys, August and Liam.

Click to enjoy the rest of the tour!


Did you know it’s Babar’s 80th Anniversary? We are big Babar fans at the Blair house — even before we moved to France.: )  In fact, I have very specific memories of being 6 or 7 years old, sitting on the floor in the children’s room at our local library, and enjoying a stack of Babar books. I’ll bet many of you have similar memories!

The newest Babar book is Celesteville Games. Athletes from all over the world come to compete. Oh. Plus, Flora is all grown up and getting married! If you’re already a Babar fan, I’m sure that mini synopsis is enough to intrigue you. And if Babar is new to you, I hope you’ll hit the library and read up on his adventures. There are over 40 books — and the  stories are always matter-of-fact, calming, and fascinating all at once.

How about you? Any Babar fans at your house?

P.S. — The New York Times shared a neat video of an interview with Laurent de Brunhoff.


One of my favorite qualities in a friend is the ability to find happiness. No matter how much rain falls, she waits happily for the rainbow. No matter how much trash piles up around her, she spots the treasure. No matter how much chaos fills her life, she always seems to keep calm. I imagine Sarah would make the perfect friend.

When she asked if my readers might like to see what it’s honestly like living with kids during a major home renovation, I immediately said yes. And when she sent a photograph of her husband working on her home’s electrical while holding their daughter, I gulped. Twice! But she has reminded me of a few important parenting ideals, as well as a few unforgettable redecorating with kids warnings, all while making me smile throughout her entire interview. I’d like you to meet my new friend, Sarah. Enjoy the tour!

Q: Your sweet family, as seen on your blog header, is adorable!

A: Our family consists of 4.5 members; we only count the dog, Mollie, as a half-member since we’ve had kids! My husband Jay works for a specialized cable manufacturing company. Not TV cable, but cables that go on military aircraft. He is a regional sales manager, which means he travels a lot…making our renovations even more exciting!

I’m Sarah, a stay-at-home mom, the owner of an online children’s clothing store called Lula in London, blogger, and wife extraordinaire! I am not a photographer, but I sure wish I was!

The little people in our lives are Lula and Diesel. Lula is almost three and full of personality. Diesel is almost one and just about the sweetest, happiest little guy you’ll ever meet. They’re both the most flexible, adaptable kids, which makes our constant changes so much easier.

Click to see more of Sarah’s lovely chaos home in progress.


Nicole seems like she has endless amounts of patience. Rooms full, actually! Nearly every corner of her home is adorned with art she has created with her four young daughters, yet none of it looks messy or hastily made. Rather, it looks intentional, harmonious, and made with care. There is a difference, isn’t there? Anyone who has attempted a handmade décor knows it’s definitely a trick to execute, and Nicole does it very well. You’ll see. I hope you enjoy the interview and the inspiration!

Q: Please tell us about the artists who live in this handmade home.

A: I am Nicole Shiffler, mother of four lovely little ladies: Caroline (6), Johanna (4), Ainsleigh (2), and Annabelle (2). My husband, Bobby, is one outnumbered man in a home where dolls and tutus can be found strewn across every room. I am a stay-at-home, blogging, homeschooling, want-to-be artist who knows very well the privilege of me-time. I absolutely love creating with my children and for my home. It is a stress-relieving, gratifying, incredible process to create. It is even more so when I can share it with my children.

Click here to see more of Nicole’s handmade home.


Author Interview: Mem Fox

February 6, 2012

I love Mem Fox’s books. If you haven’t been lulled to sleep by Time for Bed or wishing for a moment or two of invisibility like Hush does in Possum Magic, you are definitely missing out! Her website is wonderfully full, too. And entertaining! I was so tickled to read Ms. Fox’s list of Loves and Loathings. Among her loves are green paper clips, world peace, and a clean kitchen sink. Among her loathings are cleaning up dog vomit, racial intolerance, brown clothes, and mobile phones in airport lounges. Agreed. Friends, I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did.

Q: If you close your eyes and think back on your earliest memory of your youth, what’s the one image that springs to mind?

A: Playing a game with stones, a game that included a chanting rhyme, with other little girls on the mission I grew up on in Africa. The others were all African. None of us noticed.

Click here to read the rest of the interview.


I’ve long thought that Dallas Clayton is pretty awesome, but I was still completely floored when he answered my questions with the most staggeringly thoughtful answers and observations. Awesome doesn’t even begin to cover it. If you enjoy this interview half as much as I did, you’re in for a wonderful day! I promise.

Q: For some reason, we all think the most creative writers had either ridiculously happy or tragically lonely childhoods! How do you remember yours?

A: Having a child has made me realize how much of our youth we don’t remember at all. My son is eight years old, which is right around the age my real memories of my childhood start to kick in. This means I’m missing eight whole years of experiences that were probably super fun from my memory banks. If someone created a service to help explore those memories via Universal Studios’ virtual reality simulator, I’d certainly sign up for that! Maybe there would be some good creative-writer back stories locked away in those forgotten years. Otherwise, the rest of my youth was great. Lots of climbing things and throwing things at other things, and then in my teens lots of angry music about the government, and also spray painting.

Click here to read more of Dallas Clayton’s magical words…


You know I love a crisp and colorful Swedish home, and Cina Kjellsson’s does not disappoint. As the designer behind the boldly patterned products at Camp Cirrus, she and her husband, Matts, have created a shared space that incorporates their entire family and still conveys the message that a group of creatives lives here.

The emphasis seems to be less on designing a space to look beautiful, and more on building rooms in which to live beautifully. Collections are few and chosen sparingly, but still with impact. The walls are white – of course! – and the walkways clear. There is space to share and space to be alone. Such brilliant take-aways to apply to any home, don’t you agree? Enjoy the tour!

Click here to see the full tour.


I love how each room in Kim Sly’s home holds a dedicated space for her two young sons; inclusion is a grand part of good design, don’t you think? But, friends, I really love her studio. I am admittedly an art room junkie – there’s just something so galvanizing about seeing the space where something artistic originates – but this one looks like it’s used happily, doesn’t it?

The proof sits virtually in Kim’s Etsy shop; an abundance of crisp graphic work and some pretty magical city prints perfect for those of us with a healthy case of wanderlust. Her shop motto is to create fun and personal design for all ages, and she’s achieved the same result in the Portland, Oregon home she shares with her husband and two sons. You’ll see!

Click here to see the full house tour.


First, can I just say I loved coming up with this list and really thinking about the books that my children love the most — I kept having endearing flashbacks to cozy reading sessions and quiet bedtime routines. Second, coming up with this list was such a challenge! There is an incredible amount of excellent work out there. Narrowing it down to fifty was tougher than I expected. Most of all, I’m over-the-moon about the reaction to the Children’s Library Giveaway. Yay for books!

A few notes: As I compiled, I realized I want to make a few different lists — favorite toddler books, favorite chapter books, favorite holiday books… But for this list, I’m focusing on picture books. I had in mind children ages 3 to 10 — though some books skew younger than 7 and some skew older than 6. I also included a few books that would fall under the toddler book category, but that are loved by most everyone of any age. There are a couple of well-illustrated chapter books too — selections that even my young children enjoy.

The other thing I tried to do as I compiled the list, was to include as many authors and illustrators as possible. For example, there are at least 6 Dr. Seuss books I would consider essential to a children’s library, but I only included one here. Lastly, I made sure to include a Fairy Tales collection, Mother Goose collection and Fables collection — it wouldn’t be a decent library without them.

I’d love(!) to hear how your list might look different. Any picture books that would make your top 50 that didn’t make mine?

P.S. — Image by Brooke of Inchmark. She writes wonderful library book reviews.

Click here to see the Top 50 Picture Book List.


Gift Guide #2: Cozy Things

November 16, 2010

Are you ready for gift guide number two? (Just when we’ve been talking about doing more with less. Hah! What can I do? There are just so many pretty things to share.) For gift guide #2, I’ve gathered together a collection of items that seem cozy in one way or another. During fall and winter, cozy is the feeling I’m craving the most. How about you?

[ This holiday gift guide is underwritten by Pier 1. Pier 1 is your one stop for unique, imported decor, gifts, furniture, glassware and more this holiday season. I've included some of my favorites from Pier 1 below.]

- Mercury Glass Candleholders. I love the way mercury glass looks aged with a nice patina, even when it’s new.

- Baby Moccasins. Susan of Freshly Picked makes these teeny tiny, buttery soft leather mocs for babies. I have a pair in gold and they are to die for.

- Hot Cocoa Set. What’s cozier than a mug of hot cocoa? These mugs are on the mini side. Perfect for kids.

- Forest Fir Candle. Bringing an outdoor scent in, makes the room feel all the warmer.

- Leather Cuff. The aged leather on this wide cuff is neat. Rustic and cool at the same time.

- Bookplates. Labeling your own little library of books is such a warming thought. Bookplates and a favorite book would make a charming gift.

- Maryjane Slippers. Slippers always feel like a splurge. Which makes them a nice gift. I love the shape of these maryjane versions.

- Embellished Blanket. A cozy wool throw blanket that’s so pretty it might be a scarf. Except it’s a blanket.

- Polar Jacket. Your kids will stay warm, and look like adorable little eskimos in this (faux) fur lined parka.

- Moon Necklace. Now you can give her the moon! So sweet. (It reminds me of Many Moons.)

- Snowy Day Book & Doll Set. Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, is the coziest children’s book around.

- Cozy Cookbook. Harvest to Heat explores the relationship between farming and eating with recipes from America’s best chefs, farmers and artisans.

- Mittens/Gloves. In cheery yellow with lovely details.

- Wool Acorns. Etsy shop Fairyfolk makes the happiest little acorns — in both brights and neutrals. I want a bowl full.

- Chenille Peacock Feather Rug. A chenille rug is the ideal spot to cozy up with your kids for a snowy day of board games and puzzles.

- Kindle Reader Cover. In boiled wool with leather detailing. This will help your techy reader feel a bit warmer.

- Furry Earmuffs. Cozy!

- Cashmere Scarf. Yes it’s a splurge, but the recipient will want to wear it every single day. In several luxurious colors.


Spur Store Giveaway

November 11, 2010

Today’s second giveaway is sponsored by Spur Store. They are offering two $75 gift certificates to two lucky winners. Yay!

Spur Store is the shop run by witty design group, Spur Design. They offer a super-hip collection of prints, posters, notecards and totebags featuring original designs (including 15 different robot designs!).  I love browsing their site. I find their work very inspiring — I think I could take any one of their prints and create a room around it.

If I won, I would pick the giraffe poster and the skippy robot print and their new children’s book of poems.

Visit Spur Store and leave a comment below to enter. The two winners will be announced on Monday. Good luck!


Katie and Tara are the lucky winners!

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A Few Things

July 16, 2010

Hello Friends! Two things had me flash-backing to my teenage years today. First, the photo above. Did you soak up the sun as a teenager? I would lay out on our trampoline for hours with the sprinklers on below me. It felt cool and hot at the same time. Second, while Maude was at her ortho appointment this morning, I picked up a copy of Teen Vogue. They were offering a poster of Joe Jonas to subscribers. I remembered the poster of The Outsiders on my big sister’s bedroom wall. I thought C. Thomas Howell was beautiful.

While I think teen-agery thoughts, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

-In a continuation of my growth chart obsession, I featured this amazing DIY tape measure on CaféMom. Thanks, Cathe!

-Holy cow! A 300 square foot apartment transforms into 24 rooms.

-Huge sale at Cambria Cove (70% off!). Now’s your chance to grab a set of my favorite serving trays — or this $7 tea towel.

-Susan’s before and after sofa pics will blow your mind + a time lapse video.

-I like this funny poster.

-Doesn’t this book look cool?

-Another darling pillowcase dress tutorial.

-Tiny party.

-Playing with food.

-Are you an entrepreneur? Cute shop Magpie Lovely is for sale.

I write a daily post for Babble’s Family Style blog. Here are my posts from this week:

-A diaper bag with a built-in drawer.

-Cheeky family tree poster.

-Old school Atari for your walls.

-Embroidered growth chart.

-Tea Collection (one of my favorite lines of children’s clothing) is growing!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I miss you already.


P.S. — My harddrive died last night. Boo! The Genius Bar has ordered a new one and will call me when it’s in. So today (and for the next week or so),  I am working on Ben Blair’s old, slow laptop. The one we gave to the kids. (Still. How lucky am I that I have a back up computer?). Ultimately it’s all for the best. My computer has 32 days left on its warranty so the hard drive is covered. And this will be a good opportunity to upgrade my OS. (I’m trying to have a good attitude.)


Ask Design Mom

February 10, 2010

I love Ask-Design-Mom questions! If you’d like to submit one, you can do so by emailing I typically post answers to one or two Ask-Design-Mom Questions on Mondays. And twice a year, I host an Ask-Design-Mom-Week where I post answers to as many questions as I can. Below, you’ll find a directory of all the Ask-Design-Mom Questions I’ve answered so far, organized by category.

Need an answer in a hurry? You can search my site in the right-hand sidebar, or browse the questions below to see if your topic has already been covered.

Favorite vaccuum
Displaying heirlooms
Where to find a pretty wall calendars for 2010
Where to find good-looking file cabinets
Dinner planning
Displaying holiday cards
Custom self-inking stamps
Sticker chart
Budget closet organization
Photo storage
Children’s artwork storage
Pretty binders
How to spruce up a closet
What to do with children’s artwork
Day planners
Good looking 3-ring binders
School supply labels
Toy storage
Jewelry organization
Fabric storage
Notebooks for storing decorating ideas
Bookmark storage
Recycling containers
Cool pushpins
Organizing childrens school work
Seasonal clothes storage
Organizing kids’ art supplies

Teacher gift: DIY custom soap dispenser
How to take DIY photos of your baby
How to have custom wrapping paper made
Homemade gift ideas that kids can make
Preserving your blog
Embroidery on stockings
Homemade vanilla
Sew-in labels
Crib bedding pattern
Book-binding service
Online fabric sources
Toddler dress pattern
Where to find ric rac
Cupcake liners
Felt crafts and paper embroidery

Wedding Clothes for Boys
Toddler shoes
Flowergirl dress sources
Kid size legwarmers
Boy clothes
White dress for a girl
Classic girls nightgowns

What to wear to a German Wedding
Bras for flat chests
Affordable maternity clothes
How to wear shortish dresses
Accessories for mom

Letting Kids Decorate
Preparing siblings for a new baby
Harry Potter and Age Appropriateness
Siblings sharing a bedroom
Kids & Allowance
Announcing a pregnancy
How do you decide how many kids to have?
Baby names
Tips for taking family pictures
Tips for being artsy-craftsy with your kids
Urban family photos
Lunch ideas for 2 year olds

Bedrest gifts
Ideas for making gifts
Sources for Foreign Newspaper to use as Wrapping
Gifts for New Dads
Teacher gift: DIY custom soap dispenser
Housewarming gifts
Matchbox car playmats
Where to Find Striped Socks for my husband
Homemade gift ideas that kids can make
First Christmas present
Teacher gifts, 2nd version
Family Christmas gift
Swingset commemoration
Thank you/welcome gifts
Last minute hostess gifts
1 year old baby gift
Preserving baby’s first shoes
Daddy-to-be gift
Bike ideas for a 9 year old
3 year old gifts
Gorgeous chocolates
Maternity gifts ideas
Graduation gifts
Birthday present for Mom’s 50th
Housewarming gifts
First Father’s Day gift
Books for toddler boys
Retirement gift ideas
Mother-in-law gifts
Stocking stuffers/little gifts for my wife
Employer gifts
Hostess gifts
Holiday neighbor gifts
Baby gifts
Teacher gifts
40th birthday watch

Books without words
Cool clocks for kids
Rocking Chairs
Kid friendly dishes
Growth charts
Matchbox car playmats
Preparing for Baby: Layette
Preparing for Baby: Mom’s Needs
Preparing for Baby: Bathing/Diapering
Preparing for Baby: Feeding
Preparing for Baby: Sleeping
Playroom mats
Journals for children
Stroller advice
iPhone apps for kids
Good looking baby walker
Baby books
Sticker chart
PBA free bottles
Nursing covers
Baby memory books
Cradle bedding
Play makeup
Bike ideas for a 9 year old
Organic cotton bedding
3 year old gifts
European toys
Twin-size bedding
Baby slings
Waterproof bibs
Jogging strollers
Crib bedding
Toy storage
Children’s placemats
Dinnerware for kids
Orbit Baby
Antique rattles
Books for toddler boys

Alternative uses for formal dining rooms
Letting Kids Decorate
Roman shades
Decorating above wainscoating
Getting Interior Designer help on a small budget
Displaying heirlooms
Adjustable stools
Interesting wallpaper
Upholstery fabric
Kitchen throw rug
Fabulous bedding
Antiqued mirror
Preserving/displaying bits of nature
Wallpaper sources
Wall quote
Cabinets: price vs. style
World map ideas
Organic cotton bedding
Twin-size bedding
Nursery design inspiration
Rocking chair fabric
Painting the banister
Alphabet decorating
Too many paint colors?
Kitchen light fixture
Round rugs
Sleeper chairs
Guest room
Craft room paint color
Making computers look cool out in the open
Bathroom lighting
Name display
Simple doormats
Found furniture
Window coverings
Rocking chairs
Child’s playspace
Tablecloth sources
Decorating the mantle
Home office furniture
Hip shower curtain
Stylish shower curtain
Refridgerator art

Birthday Party resources
10 Year Reunion party favors
6 year old birthday party ideas
Graduation party
Spa birthday party
Couples baby showers
Housewarming party
Baby shower ideas

Coordinating Halloween Costumes
Seating for Thanksgiving Dinner
Too many Christmas Gifts
Dealing with Halloween Candy
Potted Christmas trees
Putting Christmas away
Homemade gift ideas that kids can make
Embroidery on stockings
Stocking display
Advent calendars
First Christmas present
Family Christmas gift
Christmas tree decor
Thanksgiving invitations
Holiday card display, version 2
Thanksgiving prep
Easter baskets
Christmas stockings
Holiday dresses for girls
Puppy Halloween costume
Holiday card display
Christmas and Chanukah together
Christmas decorations for a small space
Christmas music
Stocking stuffers/little gifts for my wife
Holiday employer gifts
Holiday hostess gifts
Holiday neighbor gifts
Holiday dresses for girls
Valentine exchanges

Dinner ideas
Products for curly hair
Shopping online as an Expat
Topless at the beach
Favorite anti-aging products
Form vs. Function
DSLR camera bags
Granola recipe
Caring for curly hair, version two
What kind of camera do you use?
Blogging advice
Salt and pepper shakers
Caring for curly hair
Cool man blogs
Hip laptop bags
Tea pots
Books for expectant mothers
Planting flowers
Funky wallet
NYC don’t miss list

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A couple of times a month, I invite a Guest Mom (or Guest Dad or Guest Aunt — we’ve yet to have a Guest Uncle) to share their thoughts, ideas and recommendations over the course of a week. It makes for fun new perspectives on my blog and enables me to introduce some of my favorite people to you. You can find an archive of all the Guest Mom posts below.

Note: I’ve suspended my Guest Mom series until this baby is born. Instead, every Wednesday I’ve been posting pregnancy, adoption and birth stories sent in by Design Mom Readers. You can find those here.


Lyndsey of The Stationery Place
A Paper Holiday: Photocards
A Paper Holiday: Eco-Friendly
A Paper Holiday: Best Of The Press

Kristy Glass of Glass Posse
Welcome Kristy Glass
All In The Details
All About The Makeup
All In The Alternatives
All About Halloween Ever
All About A Character

Carrie Lundell of This Mama Makes Stuff
Welcome Carrie Lundell!
The Birth Of A Family Heirloom
Journal Roundup
Putting Heirlooms To Good Use
Preserving Children’s Artwork

Allison Czarneki of Petit Elefant
Welcome Allison!
How To Wear Jewelry
An Outfit For Fall
How To Wear A Scarf
How To: Everyday Eye Makeup
How To: Smoky Eyes

Stacy of Seven Smooches
Welcome Stacy!
I Have A Dream
What Once Was
Under A Blanket Of Stars
Once Upon A Time
Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String

Lara Fishman of Designers Call
Hello Lara Fishman
Be Kind To Mom Space
Reincarnated Kids Furniture
Trash To Treasure DIY
My Daughters Bedrooms
Work Spaces That Work For Both Moms And Kids

Starr Keller of Starr Strung
Hello Starr!
Handmade Gardening
Paring Down & Upcycling
Be An Original, Upcycled Vintage Bride
The Perfect Dress

Amy Thompson of Progressive Pioneer
Hello Amy Thompson
City Chicks
Going Green
Artisan Bread At Home
Meeting The Queen
From Tree To Chair
Changing Diapers, Changing Minds

Beth Longtine of Where’s The Veil?
Hello Beth!
Simple Weddings
Reuse and Recycle (Or Borrow If Needed)
Wedding Clothes
Considering Others

Amy Smart of The Quilting Diaries
Hello There Amy Smart!
Why Quilts Are Cooler Than You Think
Charmed I’m Sure: An Easy Way To Avoid Fabric Overload
5 Easy Ways To Teach A Girl (or Boy) To Sew
How To Make A Messenger Bag In 32 Minutes
The One Thing I Hope You Remember

Jora of Domestic Reflections
Welcome Jora
Food Is Life
The Virtues of (Meal) Planning Ahead
The Dish That Keeps On Giving
The Truth About Kids and Vegetables
Because We All Need More Dinner Ideas
Dinner For Two

Kelly Wilkinson — our first Guest Aunt — of Make Grow Gather
Welcome to Kelly Wilkinson
Magnet Makeover
A Story Box
Fave Fabrics & Books
Upcycled Photo Cube
Potatoes & Printing

Stephanie Brubaker — of Stephmodo
Welcome Stephanie
Budget Bedroom Makeover
Wooden Mobiles
Favorite Desserts
Affordable Art
Make Someone’s Day

Amy Stigler — designer at Smock
Welcome Amy
Kid Friendly Dinner Parties
Setting the Stage
Food & Drink
The Foods
Keep Em Busy Activities


Rochelle of Studio G
Hello Again Rochelle!
Flower Shop
The Share Chair
Tree House Update
The Day They Parachuted Cats On Borneo
Schoolyard Gardens

Mrs. Dub of Mrs. Dub
Welcome to Mrs. Dub
Making Nice With Halloween
Flower Power by Guest Dad James
Glamma Fabulous
Baby Zee
Little Boogies
Spooky Snacks
Hosting For Dummies
Butter Issues
Sew What?
Farewell Friends

Wendy B.
Welcome Guest Mom Wendy!
The Thing I Wish All Parents Knew Before Their Kids Start Kindergarten
Gifted & Talented — A Semi-Rant
Children’s Books: My Favorites

John Spencer of Via Toy Boxes
Hanging Around — How To Easily Put Up Big Pictures
A Quick Lesson In Measurements
Outdoor Project — Making The Most Of It, Part 1
Football Season
Making The Most Of It, Part 2

Cathe Holden of Just Something I Made
Welcome Cathe!
Sketchbook: Never Leave Home Without It
Budget Birthdays
Home Arts, The Lost Art

Jane Maynard of This Week For Dinner
Welcome Jane!
Work at Home Office
Great Kids’ Room Finds
My Favorite Things: Framing Fun Stuff
10 Minutes A Day
Children’s Books
Diaper & Wipes Case
5 Minute Makeup
Auf Wiedersehen

Burgin Streetman of Scribbling in San Antonio
Welcome Burgin Streetman
Hello. It’s Nice To Meet You.
Books — Eye Heart Vintage
Books — Random Fun Picks
Books — New or Old… It’s All Good
Nature — Sense of Wonder
Nature — Butterfly Alphabet
Nature — A Few of His Favorite Things
Music — Music Together, LPs and More
Music — Random Fun Music Picks
Music — Peter and the Wolf
Art — Art Museums Are For Babies Too!
Art — Painting, Coloring and All That Jazz
Art — Stuff For Walls. Yummy.
Travel — Money is Time
Travel — Get Moving
Travel — The World of M. Sasek
So Long, Farewell

Kristin Fine of Shop With Love
Welcome Kristin Fine
A Few Things
My Current Design Obsessions
Child’s Artwork Collage
My Green List
I Heart Our New Jeans

Amy Turn Sharp of Doobleh-vay
Welcome to Amy!!
Inspire Yourself
Create An Artsy Fartsy Summer For Your Family!
Great Art Supplies
Creative Spaces
Grow Them Well
Simple Art/Learning Project For The Summer
Party Hats Hurrah!

Amanda of CrabMommy
I Heart Hedgehogs
I Heart Hedgehogs: Part Deux

Allysha of Bells On Their Toes
Goodbye and Hello!
Lotta Jansdotter
Anyone Up For Some Armchair Traveling?
Readable Children’s Books
I Heart Public Radio
Annie Selke’s Pine Cone Hill
Kids’ Art
Let’s Go To The Museum
Summer Reading List
Literary Stamps
More Goodbyes and Hellos

Marie of Makes And Takes
Say Hello to Marie
Tissue Paper Butterflies
Live Butterfly Gardens
The Purpose of Play
Shaving Cream Creations
Tips for Crafting With Kids
Great Kid Crafty Sites

Lindsey Rose of Café Johnsonia
Welcome Back Lindsey!
Kids in the Kitchen
The Felt Food Craze
Painted Wooden Dolls
Dorling Kindersley Touch and Feel Cards
Washing Dishes With Style
Plus-size Maternity Wear – What’s out There?

Vera Sweeney of I’m Not Obsessed
Hello to Vera Sweeney
Celebrity Gossip Roundup

Leah of Tiny McSmall
Welcome Leah!
Farmer’s Market
Bulletin Board Part One
Valentine Mixed Tape
A Picture A Day

Kyran Pittman of Notes to Self
Whoooo Loves You
Matryoshka Dolls
Apron Strings
Franciscan China & Pottery
Thanks Again Kyran!

Michelle Mitchell of Scribbit
Say Hello to Michelle Mitchell of Scribbit
Bringing The Outside In (But Without The Antlers)
Ode To A Loaf Of Bread
Beautiful Little Vanilla Vases
Passage To India
Giant Homemade Fortune Cookies
Thank You To Michelle From Scribbit

Leslie of A Room Somewhere
Welcome Leslie!!
Room For Inspiration
Bear By Himself
Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books
Gustavian Style
Family Trees Are Pretty
Thank You Leslie!!


Joslyn Taylor of Simple Lovely
Hello from Joslyn
A Theory and Some Essentials
A Room of One’s Own In Praise of Boredom
Get Into the Groove

Katherine Center of
Welcome to Katherine Center
Pirate Girl
Simms Taback
Dog Eared
The King is Naked
Dr. Suess
Moonlight, the Halloween Cat

Dutch of Sweet Juniper

Meet Dutch
Vintage Modern Chairs

Zanne Blair of Zanne Stars
Welcome Zanne!
Bonjour Boujour
Getting Cozy
Creative Spaces
Holiday Cards
Keep In Touch
Goodbye Zanne!

Kyran Pittman of Notes to Self
Hello Kyran!
Jewelry Box
Signature Pieces
Playing Dress Up, Playing Grown Up
Full Circle
Thank you, Kyran!

Debra Mitchell of Twisted Silver
Welcome Debbie
Twisted Design Mom
From Good to Great
Home Depot Drama
The Club and The List
Goodbye Debra

Rachel Jones of Black Eiffel
Welcome Rachel!
The Perfect Hideout
Beauty Products, Jr.
Keeping Memories
Board Books
Birth Announcements
Artistic Picture Books
Think Positive
Kids + Foodies
Final Post
Thank you, Rachel

Andrea Scher of Superhero Journal
Diaper Bags
Jill Platner
A Few Products To Try
Color & Photography
Andrea is a Superhero!

Skye Hoppus of Childish Clothing
Welcome – Blogging Light
Hello! Nice to Meet You!
Modern Baby Gear
Busy Busy…
Traveling With Kids
More Fabulous Sources
Thanks, Skye!

Ryan Wright — our first Guest Dad! — see his house tour on Cookie’s Nesting Blog
Welcome Ryan Wright!
The Soundtrack of Your Life
What Men Want (But Don’t Know They Want)
Interior Overhaul
Hang Up
Got Milk
Happy Father’s Day
Thank you, Ryan

Lisa Valentine Clark of Oh Judy
I’m Not Cool But My Brother Is

Hailey Meyer Liechty of Letter of the Day
Welcome to Hailey Meyer Liechty!!
Year of the Calendar
Egg Timer
Edible Glitter
Keeping My Hands Busy
The DMV, Deafness and My Children
AG Bell Walk
Drop Off Laundry Service
A Few Favorite Children’s Books
Favorite Spaces
Great Gift for a 15-year-old Girl
Thank you, Hailey

Amy M of My Words
Little About Me
Time For You
What to do With Your Favorite Photos
Making a Blog Banner
Gone to Ikea. Be Back This Afternoon.
One Last Thought
Thank you, Amy M!

Sara Stratford of Lewis Girls
Welcome Sara!
Stuff Sara Loves
Krypto the Superdog
The Quest for the Perfect Bathing Suit
Stuff I Love for Kids
The Great Rocking Chair Debate
Thank you SARA!

Courtney Kendrick of CJane’s Enjoy It
Stephanie Nielson of Nie Nie Dialogues
Monday Letter to Nie
Tuesday Letter to cjane
Tuesday Letter to Nie
Wednesday Letter to cjane
Wednesday Letter to Nie
Thursday Letter to cjane
Thursday Letter to Nie
Friday Letter to cjane
Friday Letter to Nie
Thank you to the Lovely Sisters

Lindsey Johnson of Cafe Johnsonia
Introducing Lindsey Rose Johnson!
Weekly Menu & Shopping Lists
Sitting Pretty
Cake Decorating 101
Homemade Ice Cream 101
Hand Painted Love Boxes for Easter
Sweet Things for Spring
Gourmet Easter Goodies
The Unique Toddler’s Bedroom
Displaying Your Photos
Dressing a Gentleman
Good Bye Dear Lindsey

Rebecca Bingham of Ignore the Crazy
Welcome to Rebecca Bingham!
Kids Clothes
Petit Collage
Good Mail
Wooden Toys
Conquering Poverty
Thank you, Rebecca!

Liz Fuller of Backwards Attraction
Welcome — I love this week!
Valentine’s Day Gift #1
Valentine’s Day Gift #2
Valentine’s Day Gift #3
Final Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
Faerie Tale Theatre
Inspiration: You Are A Superhero
February Date Night Ideas
Inspiration: Live What You Love
Thank you, Liz

Adriana Velez of What I Made for Dinner
Say Hello to Adriana!
My Favorite Kitchen Things
Fishs Eddy
Playing With Magnets
Croque Monsieur Thank you to Adriana

Laurie Smithwick of Upside Up and Leap Design
Welcome Laurie Smithwick!!
Hello! And The Amazing Kim Family Auction
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing
The Huddled Masses
Britax, Redux
Mahar Drygoods
Thank you, Laurie


Kacy Faulconer of Every Day I Write The Book
Welcome Kacy!!
The Elements of Style
You’ll Get a Fancier One Later
The Parenting Breakthrough
What I’m Getting My Kids for Christmas
Dirty Laundry
Shopping for Sam
Last But Not Least
Me, Myself and I
Thank you, Kacy

Rebecca Rather — see her house tour on Cookie’s Nesting Blog
Welcome Rebecca!
Steeped in Style
Spitting Image
Gift for Grandma
Perfect Floor Plan
Adorning Doors
Taking Great Pictures
Thank you, Rebecca

Laura Mayes of The Queso
Welcome Girl con Queso
Do Me A Favor
Easy As…
What a Card!
Happy Friday
Gracias Girl con Queso

Emily C. Spencer of Almost Halfway There
Introducing Emily C. Spencer
Cowboy Birthday – Yee Haw!
Chocolate Dessert Toppers
Placemat Turned Tote
Book of the Week: A Tree is Nice
Stocking Hooks
Goodbye to Emily

Rosalynde Welch Wells of Times & Seasons
Welcome Rosalynde
Can You Be Friends With Somebody That Has Bad Taste?
A Few Things I Love
Blind Spots
Come To Bed
Thank you, Rosalynde

Lisa Valentine Clark — The Original Guest Mom — of Oh Judy
Welcome – Big Day Here at Design Mom
Hello. A few of My Favorite Things
Changes In The Season
Slippery Slope
Fashion Consultant
Tikki Tikki Tembo
Mid-Century Modern
Thank you, Lisa

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