Friday Blog Crush: Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom

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photo via: Gabrielle Blair / Design Mom -- Isn't she cute?

Loving Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom this week and wanted to introduce you to her on the off-chance that you’re not already a reader.

Here’s why I’m crushing:

* Who she is as a blogger is perfectly clear, and I find that inspiring. She says of herself that she is a designer and mother of six, and she posts on “where design and motherhood intersect.” Brilliant.

* She’s a mother of six — !!!!!! (That’s six exclamation points, one for each kid.) Wow. Talk about “I don’t know how she does it.”

* Her site introduces me to new and beautiful things and ideas all the time. Like these tiny, adorable owl-shaped crayons.

* She has an awesome, accessible voice — I feel like we’re having a friendly conversation when I’m reading.

* Last — and this one is a biggie — she and her family have moved to France for a year! I’m experiencing big-time envy. They were featured on House Hunters International (which I love), and we happened to catch the episode this week. Fun! They had three amazing homes to choose from — here’s the fabulous house that they settled on, in Normandy:

La Cressonniere

La Cressonniere, photo via Design Mom

Feeling like you might want to make a move abroad, too? I know I am. Here’s more on the house the Blair family is living in, as well as some great links to sites where you can find furnished, long-term rentals.

And here’s a great post Gabrielle wrote on financing a move abroad.

Check out Design Mom! See the 10 posts to get you started on her home page — including this cute porch makeover that she did on her own home before moving to France. (We have the same, exact red mailbox hanging in front of our house!)

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And now, for some unrelated weekend goodness:

Take the kids to the NEW part of the Highline — it’s open! And it features Rainbow City, an inflatable sculpture garden that kids can explore, via Mommy Poppins.

Bought one of Diana Kane’s open circle pendant necklaces for myself this week (thanks, mom!) and am loving it, too. Maybe it’s time for you to drop in and see what catches your eye for the summer?

Last…. Mother’s Day is a bit of a stress and a flail in our house — who takes care of mom? — but the pressure’s off for Father’s Day! Happy Dad’s Day, though, if you’ve got one to fete in your house.

Have fun celebrating family!

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5 Responses to “Friday Blog Crush: Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom”


  1. 1 Lynn June 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    How does anyone who has six kids look so good?
    Lynn

  2. 2 monica June 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    ha – i’ve been living vicariously through this blog for a while now…. sigh…….

  3. 3 Melisa June 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    i know, Lynn, right? not to mention, how does she ever get anything done?!

    i’m living vicariously, too, Monica re: moving to France. but you never know — with some planning and determination, it could happen. :)

  4. 4 Debra June 18, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Great post – I didn’t know about.Gabrielle Blair/design mom. Now I do, and I’ve just scratched the surface of her wonderfulness!!! Thanks for sharing

  5. 5 Melisa June 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    glad you liked the post, Debra! Design Mom is fab — check out this post on her daughter Maude’s bedroom in France:

    http://www.designmom.com/2011/04/la-cressonniere-maudes-bedroom/

    so sweet. promise you’ll love it!


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