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Don’t Lose Your Cool: Dishwasher Safe Kids’ Name Labels

Once Vince started using sippy cups and snack traps, I searched high and low for dishwasher safe name labels so we could keep track of our things at playdates, and eventually daycare or preschool. Of course I wanted something super cool, and not too cutesy baby poo-poo. (That’s a legit term, right?) No luck.

Thankfully for all you design-conscious moms out there, minted just released a collection of dishwasher, waterproof, laundry safe and non-toxic labels with outrageously cool designs. It takes two seconds to personalize and order them – you’ll spend more time trying to decide which one is your favorite.

And who’s to say the they’re just for kids? I may need some of my own! Shop the collection here:

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Minted’s Super Cool Collection of Kids’ Name Labels

In Like With: 20 Favs at IKEA

With the holidays right on our tails, now is a good time to put the finishing touches on your living space, pick up a couple things for entertaining, stock up on hostess gifts or get ready to deck the halls.

IKEA is a great place to hit up for inexpensive extras and essentials. I was there last week and came across some great stuff so I put together these roundups for you broken into groups of 5 Favs.

5 Favs for the Living Room:

Raised by Design - 5 Favs at IKEA Right Now - Living Room

  1. Cozy up a dark corner of your entertaining space with this floor lamp. Hektar Floor Lamp, $69.99
  2. Break up your seating arrangement – to allow for better conversation – with this small arm chair. Ekenaset Chair, $199
  3. Refresh your space with cabin-y pillow covers in this buffalo check fabric. Berta Ruta Fabric, $8.99/yard
  4. Don’t hide your good china or collection of travel clocks. Displaying your favorite things can lead to good conversation. Fabrikor Glass Cabinet, $199
  5. Layer a colorful rug over a well worn space for a strategic pop of color. PS Flatweave Rug, $129

5 Favs for the Kitchen:

Raised by Design - 5 Favs at IKEA Right Now - Kitchen

  1. Set out inexpensive tumblers for guests to make their own cocktails. Pokal Tumblers, $1.49 each
  2. Add sophisticated color to your holiday table with these lucite settings. Dito 20-piece Flatware Set, $14.99
  3. You can use this baby everywhere – in the kitchen for extra storage or as a bar cart at the door. Raskog Kitchen Cart, $49.99
  4. I would prefer to make my gravy in a cute mint green saucepan this year. Kastrull Saucepan with Lid, $19.99
  5. You can never have too many pots this size and shape over the holidays. Trust me. Kastrull Pot with Lid, $24.99

5 Favs for Hostess Gifts:

Raised by Design 5 Favs at IKEA Right Now - Hostess Gifts

  1. These paper napkins are so posh, who needs good linens? Fanigt Paper Napkins, $1.99/pack
  2. Wrap your favorite host in cozy knitted warmth with this chunky throw. Vinter Throw, $29.99
  3. Bring your cookies or hors d’oeuvres on a tray your hostess will want to hang on to. Barbar Tray, $6.99
  4. Good for friends with kids, this design-minded memory game will be a regular on Family Game Night. Bevisa Card Game, $9.99
  5. You can’t go wrong stuffing a cute basket with wine and fruit or bread and cheese – or all four! Gaddis Baskets, $4.99 each

5 Favs for the Holidays:

Raised by Design 5 Favs at IKEA Right Now Holiday Decor

  1. Who wouldn’t feel gay and bright with these guys hanging around?! Vintermys Glass Owl Ornaments, $7.99/2 pack
  2. Upgrade your holiday packaging with these dapper bows. Vintermys Bows, $1.99/4 pack
  3. A classic vintage spire at a 1950’s price, yes please! Vintermys Tree Spire, $1.99
  4. Glam it up this year at the holiday table with this runner. Vinterfint Table Runner, $9.99
  5. Ice for your tree. Enough said. Vintermys Hanging Gems, $3.99/set of 8

 

Jo and Joe’s Tribeca High Rise

Today I’m excited to give you a peek at an e-design consult I’m currently working on.

Joanna and Joe are moving into a fabulous high rise apartment in TriBeCa next month and they’re in the process of defining their style as a couple as they merge the contents of their respective bachelor and bachelorette pads. Always a fun exercise.

Joe is a music/tech entrepreneur and Joanna is in finance and active in the NYC theater community. They’re both live music junkies and fell in love shredding fresh powder and building bon fires at a ski house they share with friends in Vermont.

In their Manhattan pad we’re pulling together a palette that will feel cozy in the winter and breezy in the summer. Grays, blues and whites anchor the living room, paired with warming wood surfaces and leaving room to introduce city-chic feminine details and layered masculine textures. 

Here’s the mood board I put together:

Raised by Design - Jo + Joe's Tribeca Highrise - Wintery Palette Mood Board

Our first step was to establish some basics in the space – they needed help putting together their living area starting with a new couch, area rug and end tables. Most of the furniture they’re bringing into the space, including their coffee table, is darkest brown wood so we wanted to lighten things up a bit.

I sent them to shop for couches at Room & Board‘s SoHo showroom, my favorite source for big ‘All Growns Up’ furniture purchases. Everything at R&B is American Made with high quality craftsmanship. Their pieces are gorgeous and it’s a great place to make that first investment purchase for your home. The Jo(e)s ended up going with the super versatile Metro Sofa in a custom L-shape with cement-gray upholstery.

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Next we chose an area rug from West Elm – the Andes Wool Rug in Dusty Blue. Rugs are tricky and Joanna was leaning towards a playful chevron pattern but we agreed that chevron is a well-worn trend and she’d be sick of it in a matter of weeks. We settled on this more sophisticated, subtle iteration of a chevron in a wool blend that will stand up to high traffic but still feel soft under bare feet.

WE-andes-dusty-blueWith these anchor pieces locked in our next thing to tackle was end tables. Here’s where things got fun. I try to avoid anything too matchy-matchy or strictly symmetric in my designs – although the eye likes symmetry it can sometimes feel too rigid or bossy.

I think living spaces should make people feel inspired, calmed and comforted. The best way to achieve a relaxed vibe is to establish a balance while maintaining an ‘undone’ or organic feeling.

So to start down that path, I recommended that we go with two different end tables that will bring asymmetry into the space but play well with each other.

Joe and Joanna describe their style is ‘classic’ and didn’t want anything too ‘crazy, art deco or modern’. I turned down the funk and stayed away from anything too artistic, abstract, vintage or bohemian and tried to choose pieces that were simple and clean lined without being boring.

Here are some of the options we’re considering:

Raised by Design - Joanna and Joe's Tribeca Highrise - End Table Roundup

  1. Distressed Metal End Table from Target – $83
  2. Safavieh Wynton Table from Target – $136
  3. Allard End Table from Room & Board – 429
  4. Wicker Drum from Pottery Barn – $149
  5. Eden Table from World Market – $70
  6. Driftwood Side Table from Crate & Barrel – $399
  7. Martini Side Table from West Elm – $119
  8. Oslo End Table from Target – $129
  9. Safavieh Josef Table from Target – $229

The Jo(e)s are leaning towards the Driftwood Table from Crate & Barrel so I’m encouraging them to bring a new material into the mix. I’m loving the balance that a steel or bronze piece would bring into the picture. What do you think?

Loveyoubye! Maggie

 

Love Fest 2014

Valentine’s Day has always been one of my most favorite holidays. There’s something about a whole day dedicated to telling people you love them that I just…well, LOVE. Looking around my home yesterday, I realized I’ve surrounded myself with little bits of Valentine love everyday, everywhere. What does your Valentine’s Day look like?

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Row by row from top: Le Creuset Classic Tea Kettle, Vintage Mugs collected here and there (you can buy a legit Milton Glaser I Heart NY mug here), red Baker’s Twine, Vintage Paper House Ornament inherited from my Ma, Red Lipstick, Wedding China bowl filled with dime store heart candies, Sharpies, Essie Nail Polish in A-List and Ballet Slippers

LOVE, Maggie

 

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