I recently witnessed the birth of Olivia, the firstborn baby girl to proud parents and good friends of ours, Audrey + Greg. Have you ever witnessed a birth? If not, add it to your “things to do before leaving this planet” list. It was amazing, made me think about how precious life really is and how we all begin naked, crying, and needing… It’s one of those OH WOW moments. The whole process of watching someone give birth is very spiritual, extraordinarily moving. Experiencing the entire nine months of pregnancy, from the time they first heard the news to seeing the baby via ultrasound, planning the baby shower, shopping, and packing the suitcase for the hospital, I felt like I was having a baby – what a process it is! I received such a thorough education about breast milk and pumping that I’ll never look at my own breasts the same. Ever!
Amidst all the excitement, there was a downer. At least for me. I kept circling back to the fact that there’s a real lack of quality modern baby bedding and furniture out there. Standing in the middle of Babies R Us and Pottery Barn, I felt like I was dropped on an alien planet of pink and powder blue. Fortunately for Audrey + Greg who have a traditional style home with cherry Ethan Allen furniture and cabbage roses everywhere, it was easy to find something to fit their space. For me, on the other hand, I would have had a nervous breakdown if I was having a baby and forced to decide between gingham, roses, or bold primary colors with a swinging monkey motif. Oh. My. Gawd.
Thankfully, Design Public has come to the rescue of parents and parents-to-be everywhere with refreshingly modern baby bedding from Dwell and furniture from Nurseryworks. Now that’s an irresistible treat worth going ga-ga over.
Doesn’t this room totally speak to you? Extreme clean all the way. The airiness of the table, the window seat chairs with peek-a-boo cut outs, the minty fresh walls…so uplifting. I don’t know whether I want to eat in this space or grab a plank mat and strike a pose.
Do you like the table? It’s from CB2 and is a great value at $299; I’m marking this a budget find. I think the frosty glass on top is cool without being cold. The simple shape makes it easy to seat 6 of your pals for dinner, and after they’ve left, wake up the next day to start working on your wireless laptop since the top has plenty of work space.
Here are some more CB2 finds for minimalist chic!
almost as good as being beneath one.
haiku serveware $4.95-14.95
Is your platter also
city plate, $22.95
buy a few for sets in the city
satellitte dishes, orange or ice blue, $3.95
tune in tokyo!
spring vase, was $19.95, sale $14.95
puts a spring in your step at this price.
We took this photo in October 2006 while inside the Niki de Saint Phalle grotto, 3 stunning rooms made entirely of glass, in the Hannover Herrenhausen garten. I love the vivid colors forming a mosaic collage of mirrors and colors. Maybe you recognize the nana in the fountain?
What do you think of it? Do you like it? Dislike? Your thoughts?