Monthly Archives: March 2012

Mommy Moments: Magic Beans

Last week, Liam and I were doing our typical Friday morning grocery shopping. We got to the produce section and Liam went crazy because he saw string beans….it went something like this “MAMA!!! BEEEEEEAAAANNS!..Ovah you see dem mama, do you see dem??”  I could not believe how excited he was over string beans, but, his likes and dislikes are changing daily, so I let him get out of the cart/car
(another post on those grocery store cars later, am I the only mom who tries to avoid them at all cost??) and take as many as he wanted, I let him put them in the bag, and decide exactly the perfect spot in the cart for them.  He decided to put them on the seat right next to him, he was very excited ( ps..he decided on about 10 beans).
I thought it was odd, but went about our grocery shopping, with the beans never to be thought of again until Saturday morning. Liam woke up, and out of the blue, said, “MT BEAAANSS!!! We gotta Plant my magic beans” Grant and I looked at each other and absolutely melted…it was so sweet, he didn’t want the beans to EAT…DUH!! he wanted them so he could PLANT them and grow a magic beanstalk!! I asked him what would happen if we planted his magic beans..he told me that it would grow very tall, and there would be treats and candy at the top….just like on Max and Ruby ( Yikes..too much TV??) SO, we went planting 🙂

On a magic bean mission!!

He needed just a little help from daddy…
He founds the perfect spot! Not in the garden ( my suggestion) but right next to the driveway 🙂

He dug, and buried, and watered…

It was a lot of work for this little guy…and we let him do it by himself unless he needed our 
help. It was so cute..

AHHH..a very happy boy ! Magic beans all we do is wait 🙂
The sweetest thing about this, is that every single morning, he asks to go check on his magic beans, and every morning, I take him out there, and we check. I explain that it takes a very long time for an entire beanstalk to grow, and also reminded him that sometimes, if it doesn’t get enough sun, a big beanstalk wont grow, but the magic powers will leave a little candy right in the exact place that you planted them 🙂
I love being a mommy. Its the best gift in the world. Its the moments like this, that reminds me that there is a balance to everything. 
Happy Hump day Everyone.

Architectural Digest Home Design Show-Part 1

SO on Sunday, My friend Michele ( Mod Design Guru) and I made our way into the city to check out the Architectural Digest Home Design show ( thx for ticket M). We weren’t sure what to expect, as we heard, and read mixed reviews. I was pleasantly surprised by the “made” section, to be specific. The innovations and ideas coming from these brilliant artisans was amazing! A word we both used way too much this day!  I felt at every corner, there was another brilliant artist, using metal, or wood, or dried bamboo reeds, in a crazy innovative way, that made us stop and drop our jaws!
Here are a few of my fav’s from the “made” section.

1. Rail Yard Studios. – This booth BLEW US AWAY. The material, the story, the amazing, knowledgeable, friendly “point” person, Erica, who was working the booth. Every aspect was cuh-ray-zee!
A tiny snippet from their website, to give you the “idea” behind their furniture.

We create one-of-a-kind custom furniture from historical century-old railroad steel and hardwood timbers. Preservation and sustainability are our goals.” 

Their concept, totally meshes with my passion for helping to bring MEANING to beautiful things. Take a look at a few of their pieces below, and please be sure to take a peek at their website.

2. WUD Furniture   There is a special place in my heart for Brooklyn Based, WUD Furniture Design. Waaaay back at the “kinda” beginning of this blog, I came across an amazing picture of one of their benches, and HAD to find out what this company was all about! ( HERE is my original post). They are Brooklyn based husband and wife team who knock it out of the park ( “IT” meaning, cutting edge design, purity, and a sense of “real”ness). Corey Springer is the artist ( and husband, equally as important fyi) and with a background in sculpture, its no surprise that every single piece, is more than just another hand crafted piece of furniture, it is a beautiful piece of art.  
As soon as I saw their booth, I knew I had to finally meet this awesome team, whom, I STILL get at least 5 referrals per week from their website!) I was so happy to finally put faces with the names I had read about, and I instantly could see why their business was so successful. They are, like their furniture, beautifully pure and real, and I instantly felt like I could be friends with them! ( eek, does that sound like a total stalker..well..maybe if I lived closer ;)) ANYWAY…the furniture does speak for itself, so take a look, and PLEASE, stop by their website to see their full line.

A picture of me with Corey, and Keren, Husband and Wife team.
WUD “Lolita” Bench
I saw this tray in person. It is so beautiful! Leather handles, and a beautiful finish!
Do you Love?? Me too!!!  Don’t forget to check out their website!
3. O&G Studio– “Modern Home Furnishings with an old soul“.  As soon as I turned the corner at the design show, and saw bright Orange bench seating with the tag lines stenciled on their wall, I knew this was a company after my own heart!! Again, just really sharing a passion for bringing meaning to beautiful spaces!! I love the idea of people recognizing furniture as “having a soul” don’t you??
I met with the owners/artists, Sara and Jonathan , who rally took the time to speak with me, and although it was nearing the end of the last day of the show ( EXHAUSTING if you have never been part of, OR attended one) they still took the time to show me the love they  have for each of their pieces!  Located in Warren. RI with all manufacturing done in the states, this is my type of furniture!!  Here are a few pics from the show, and please check out their website for their full line at

Those were my 3 fav’s in the “Made” section of the show, stay tuned for part 2,  for the amazing table designs as well as a kick ass Brooklyn based furniture showroom that knocked us OUT with coolness as soon as we entered!!!
Hope you are enjoying this beautiful Monday, and if you are in NYC, holy cats, hang onto your hats!! It is WIIIINNNDDDYY out there!!

Before I share my enjoyables 2 days late, I need to share current happenings around the
 Design Thoughts Empire…
I fear that this last week, is starting to feel a bit like it will feel when we have another baby ( NO! this isn’t an announcement). My first born ( Design Thoughts) is bigger now, and can handle more things on its own, so I have paid less attention..and my brand new baby ( Design Thoughts Shoppe/Mini Thoughts) is getting every piece of me!! I am smitten, in love even, with the paintings that I’m doing, mostly because with each character, I step back in time to my childhood…and I CANT wait to actually launch my Shoppe on Etsy. Every thought lately, is of hang tags, and Etsy Banners, and new characters to draw and paint, and realizing that OHHH in order for my pen to not run while using watercolor paints over it, I must use waterproof ink..brilliant..duh..Anyway, I am feeling mama guilt, and decided that I need to have A little one on one time with my first baby, so THAT is why I’m sharing my Wednesday Enjoyables on Friday 😉
Are you ready for this?? Macrame..that’s right, I said it…what am I enjoying lately ??MACRAME..some of you will LOVE, some of you will DESPISE, but either way, its so fascinating that it is actually making a comeback!!
An AWESOME Macrame Lamp!! from an Australian Company called Smalltown.

 Both images above are from artist Sally England


Also seeing Macrame in fashion! (Rings, Bracelet)
And of course, the ever so popular Pouf! Its cute though, no?
So be honest, do you love or hate??
BY THE WAY~~  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, to Noodles on The Wall Blog, for Featuring me today, as their very first creative mama spotlight! Im so honored! Check out the interview here !!
Happy Friday!!