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Design Mom

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Ever since Gabrielle Stanley Blair became a parent, she's believed in one idea strongly: design doesn't disappear when kids appear. She has always felt that an intentionally designed environment is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your family. That the items and decor one chooses tells a story. That a home is truly a child's first and favorite picture book, and the comfort she reaches for when she needs it most. In this, her first book, Blair offers a room-by-room manual for keeping things sane, organized, creative, and stylish. She provides advice on making a foyer more functional; which sofas work best for different kinds of families; how to organize family photos; throwing birthday parties; kitchen organization; cooking with children; keeping a home office; how to deal with a never-ending stream of toys; traveling with children; how to balance it all, and much, much more.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 198.12 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 929.86g
  • ARTISAN
  • Artisan Division of Workman Publishing
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 250 colour illustrations
  • 1579655718
  • 9781579655716
  • 84,438

Review quote

"Finally, there's a book that provides professional-level interior design advice and solutions aimed specifically at families with children. While the book includes the occasional crafty how-to, it is far more focused on providing ideas for decluttering the household, facilitating family activities, and making even the laundry room pretty. Blair tackles the entryway first, but not in the passing fashion of the average interiors book. For families with young kids, the entryway is often the most problematic space, where shoes, coats, backpacks, keys, loose change, and old mail make ever-changing chaos. The author has six children, so interspersed with design ideas are incidental moments of parenting insights ("If kids are expected to rearrange furniture, hunt for sheet music, and haul their instruments from the opposite end of the house at practice time, there will be some resistance") and purposeful recommendations for making family life better, such as a page on teaching kids to do their own laundry. Blair even finds a way to keep mass-marketed character decor out of a child's bedroom by substituting NASA photos for Buzz Lightyear pinups. This is a happy marriage of interior design book and parenting guide." --"Publishers Weekly," starred review "A keeper. . . . Gabby guides us, room by room, through close to 300 beautifully photographed pages which will surely help parents achieve that elusive balance of practical function and beauty." --"CoolMomPicks.com" "A thoughtful take on how to create beautiful, well-organized functional family spaces, and a cool parenting handbook to boot." --San Francisco Chronicle "Blair's book . . . [is] broken down into numbered principles, each with uncluttered, simple and approachable photos. These aren't merchandise-y shots; they're pieces of doable advice such as 'Extra seating without extra chairs' and 'Artful ways to display your kids' art'--which includes a strategy session on how to decide which art to keep. Blair is all about the art of the possible and the workable, and remembering that those are moving targets." --Denver Post "Practical and inspirational advice." --Arizona Republic "Blends home decor ideas with parenting insights. . . . Design Mom is about creating interiors that encourage living together successfully and happily as a family." --Newark Star-Ledger "Finally, there's a book that provides professional-level interior design advice and solutions aimed specifically at families with children. While the book includes the occasional crafty how-to, it is far more focused on providing ideas for decluttering the household, facilitating family activities, and making even the laundry room pretty. Blair tackles the entryway first, but not in the passing fashion of the average interiors book. For families with young kids, the entryway is often the most problematic space, where shoes, coats, backpacks, keys, loose change, and old mail make ever-changing chaos. The author has six children, so interspersed with design ideas are incidental moments of parenting insights ("If kids are expected to rearrange furniture, hunt for sheet music, and haul their instruments from the opposite end of the house at practice time, there will be some resistance") and purposeful recommendations for making family life better, such as a page on teaching kids to do their own laundry. Blair even finds a way to keep mass-marketed character decor out of a child's bedroom by substituting NASA photos for Buzz Lightyear pinups. This is a happy marriage of interior design book and parenting guide." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "This book addresses design in a novel way--it's aimed at real, messy and boisterous families with children. No priceless vases or fragile materials are recommended here. Renowned interior designer, author of a top parenting blog and mother of six, Gabrielle Stanley Blair lays out her best advice in this warm, funny and down-to-earth guide." --BookPage "A keeper. . . . Gabby guides us, room by room, through close to 300 beautifully photographed pages which will surely help parents achieve that elusive balance of practical function and beauty." --CoolMomPicks.com A thoughtful take on how to create beautiful, well-organized functional family spaces, and a cool parenting handbook to boot. San Francisco Chronicle Blair s book . . . [is] broken down into numbered principles, each with uncluttered, simple and approachable photos. These aren t merchandise-y shots; they re pieces of doable advice such as Extra seating without extra chairs and Artful ways to display your kids art which includes a strategy session on how to decide which art to keep. Blair is all about the art of the possible and the workable, and remembering that those are moving targets. Denver Post Practical and inspirational advice. Arizona Republic Blends home decor ideas with parenting insights. . . . Design Mom is about creating interiors that encourage living together successfully and happily as a family. Newark Star-Ledger Finally, there s a book that provides professional-level interior design advice and solutions aimed specifically at families with children. While the book includes the occasional crafty how-to, it is far more focused on providing ideas for decluttering the household, facilitating family activities, and making even the laundry room pretty. Blair tackles the entryway first, but not in the passing fashion of the average interiors book. For families with young kids, the entryway is often the most problematic space, where shoes, coats, backpacks, keys, loose change, and old mail make ever-changing chaos. The author has six children, so interspersed with design ideas are incidental moments of parenting insights ( If kids are expected to rearrange furniture, hunt for sheet music, and haul their instruments from the opposite end of the house at practice time, there will be some resistance ) and purposeful recommendations for making family life better, such as a page on teaching kids to do their own laundry. Blair even finds a way to keep mass-marketed character decor out of a child s bedroom by substituting NASA photos for Buzz Lightyear pinups. This is a happy marriage of interior design book and parenting guide. Publishers Weekly, starred review This book addresses design in a novel way it s aimed at real, messy and boisterous families with children. No priceless vases or fragile materials are recommended here. Renowned interior designer, author of a top parenting blog and mother of six, Gabrielle Stanley Blair lays out her best advice in this warm, funny and down-to-earth guide. BookPage A keeper. . . . Gabby guides us, room by room, through close to300 beautifully photographed pages which will surely helpparentsachieve that elusive balance of practical function and beauty. CoolMomPicks.com"show more

About Gabrielle Stanley Blair

Gabrielle Stanley Blair authors the popular blog DesignMom.com, a daily dose of inspiration at the intersection of motherhood and design. She is also a founder of the blockbuster design conference Alt Summit. She and her husband, Ben Blair, live with their six children in Oakland, California.show more

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501 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
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4 46% (231)
3 21% (104)
2 6% (31)
1 1% (4)
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