20 March 2012

Design Classic for Baby

As I've mentioned previously, the objective of my latest decor projects is to incorporate baby friendly options that meet a sophisticated sensibility. In other words, I want to minimize the garish plastic baby paraphernalia taking over our living space, yet do not want to compromise our baby's happiness.

The style quotient of my kitchen was just markedly increased thanks to Stokke, who kindly sent us the Tripp Trapp chair and baby set to review for my son. I chose black to match our Thonet cafe chairs and my husband and I were extremely pleased with how it tastefully it fit in our little kitchen nook area. Compared to our previous high chair (which is not a garish plastic item, but quite nice), the Tripp Trapp has a remarkably small footprint and is a true chair, not a high chair.
Can you find the high chair in this picture?

It is designed to slide right up to the table, which has enhanced the dynamic of our morning breakfasts together. He is happily sitting right there with us, not isolated on a perch (although some isolation can be good when managing the messiness.) The Tripp Trapp has a table tray that is sold separately if you want some sort of containment for spills and sticky fingers.
Stokke is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the chair this year, which is a testament to this classic design. The chair looks and feels quite solid, and it adapts with easy adjustment as he grows. For now, my son obligingly lets me place him in the seat, and he loves to slide his feet on the footplate. My only minor complaint is that the harness, while secure, isn't as smoothly integrated with the baby set, and sometimes it's a bit challenging to buckle him in. But then again, all buckles are challenging with squirmy babies.

This is a fantastic baby chair for design-conscious parents who want to sit and dine at eye-level with their little one. The price tag is on the higher end, especially when adding accessories, but the chair will outlast his childhood (hard to believe right now. Can he be a baby forever?)

"E is for Eames..." Learn ABCs and classic chair designs with the alphabet color print, shown above.

14 March 2012

Embrace Time

Maybe it's the designer in me, but I love when I find something that perfectly blends form and function. The playful look of bright, colorful enamel bracelets debut in Kate Spade's new watch collection (also at Nordstrom.) I love every little detail about the carousel bangle watch: the smooth enamel in bold colors and patterns, the plated gold trim, the spade icon at 12 o'clock, and the clever little sayings etched on the inside.

The dilemma is which one to choose?

09 March 2012

It's a Date

Happy Friday! Very excited for the weekend. Family time, warm weather in the forecast, longer days as we Spring forward.

And tomorrow night, my husband and I have a date.

We have made a deliberate effort to go out every so often and enjoy an evening just the two of us. It's different now-- it's nice to dress up and it does feel like a date, reminding us of the excitement in our early days years and years ago. For a while, our jobs and responsibilities would make us tired and we'd bail on tentative plans. Now with having to make arrangements for the babe, we always follow through even if we're a bit tired, but it's exactly the break we need.

So off we go to the symphony. I went for the best seats available with a promotional code earlier in the season and happily discovered we are sitting front row for the performance. Having a world class symphony so accessible in Pittsburgh is something we do not take for granted.

01 March 2012

Nest Effect

I've been a bit busy with a work proposal and hopefully soon another design project bringing me to full capacity. I notice my posting frequency reflects that! But yesterday with my mother-in-law in town, we stopped into home decor shop Boxwood in Bakery Square and I came out with a lovely packaged scented candle-- Nest Fragrances' Black Fig and Honey. I am hoping that this will be a nice (read: a bit more affordable) alternative to my absolute favorite candle, the Parisian diptyque Figuier. My first boss gave me that candle for Christmas and I was instantly attracted. Such a great gift.

The verdict: Upon taking it out of the box, I realized the glass container was not as interesting as the sporty sleek outside packaging, nor as pretty as the French label. I lit it last night and it filled the house with a subtle sweet scent that still lingers just a bit. It is slightly more powerful than Figuier but it isn't give-you-a-headache strong. It also made me want to clean up the little piles of things I needed to put away. The impact scent has is so interesting.
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