Wednesday, April 21, 2010

9 by Design's Novogratz home

Their new book, Downtown Chic. Get it here

Indoor basketball court and exercise room

The kitchen

Twin girls, Tallulah & Bellamy's room

Twin boys, Five & Holleder's room

Baby Major's room

One of my new favorite shows is Bravo's 9 by Design. Robert and Cortney Novogratz, began their design career by remolding their own home-- and quickly realized that people loved their style and wanted them to do it for them as well. And before they knew it they were in business, Sixx Design was born in 1995 (they only had 6 kids then!).
Their speciality: finding funky spaces (one project was formerly a gun shop) and transforming them into beautiful family homes. Neither of them is trained as a designer, Robert was a stockbroker and Cortney, an actress, but their unorthodox approach is fresh. The guiding philosophy is that "there are no rules," so therefore no mistakes. Their style is eclectic and casual, and definitely kid-friendly. They mix modern art with bouncy seats, Ikea rugs with iconic mid-century pieces, and rare flea market finds.

And on top of that...they have 7 kids under the age of 13!

This just made my day!

I was just about to shut everything down and call it a night, when I decided to take a quick peek at one of my very favorite blogs... The Neo-Traditionalist. And leave it to her to have found the coolest iPhone app around. POST by Gadabout allows you to design and send notes/invitations and send them via SMS or email. Genius! I just wrote myself a To-Do list for tomorrow...on my very own monogrammed notepad and emailed it to myself! The whimsical illustrations and and punchy color combinations make the list a little less daunting...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Cecil Beaton Fabric

The late Sir Cecil Beaton, two-time Academy Award winning costumer designer (for Gigi and My Fair Lady), prolific photographer, and has a line of fabrics to add to his expansive repertoire. His haute couture renderings and whimsical drawings have been translated into fabrics, silks and wallpapers. The sketches date from as early as 1929, but are strikingly modern. I especially love the ladies fashion illustration print, Beaton's Beauties, drawings of 1950s Dior and Balenciaga runway looks. How adorable in a little girl's room?!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Designer Spotlight: Robyn Karp Interiors

Images {Robyn Karp}

While Sunday blog reading, I found NYC designer Robyn Karp on Elements of Style. After flipping through her portfolio, I was delighted to see that she has done quite a few children's I thought I would share.

Tripp Trapps in action...

Images {via the boo and the boy}

I just re-discovered The Boo and the Boy blog and found this great collection of photos of the Stokke Tripp Trapp chair in some pretty fantastic kitchens. Get one here.

Mr. X goes to Hollywood!

Follow his journey on Bla Bla's blog... here.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sweetiepie Restaurant NYC

Images {Sweetiepie Restaurant}

While reading the latest T&C mag, I stumbled across a feature on a new restaurant in Greenwich Village, Sweetiepie. It is, as owner Julie Daniels Janklow describes "cocktails in a candy store." Reminiscent of diners from her youth, Janklow wanted to create an eatery that had "little enchantment" where she could eat with her son, August. The menu offers comfort food favs like Mac & Cheese, PB&J sandwiches, tater tots and sliders. And amazing sounding salads and signature cocktails for mom. Um yea...did I mention there is a FULL bar!! Or you can order from their wine list...Krug Rose, anyone? Mocktails are available for kiddies (so cute) my fav the "Pinkalicious"... muddled strawberries/raspberries/strawberries with lemon, cranberry juice and a splash of soda.

You can have your birthday party there or just arrange for an impromptu tea party. I cannot wait to experience this first hand on my next trip to New York!

Gwyneth Paltrow loves it too! Check out her review on her lifestyle blog, GOOP.
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