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Design Mom: How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide Hardcover – April 7, 2015

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“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 décor 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.”
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“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.”
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About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (April 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579655718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579655716
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absolutely beautiful! I was worried the book would simply be a rehashing of what's already available on the blog. Instead I found it to be original, informative and very non-overwhelming. Most design books make me feel like I need to throw out everything I have start over. This is helping me find beauty and simplicity in my as-is home.
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This book is so useful to me and this might sound odd, but it gave me hope. Last year I went from having 2 kids to having 6 kids when I got married and I just felt like my life was out of control and that I would never be able to get my home organized and beautiful for the next decade plus. Reading and implementing suggestions from this book has helped me take control of my home environment and has empowered me and has given me peace. Thank you thank you Gabby!
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Every now and then, we borrow a book from the library that I decide to purchase. This time it was a gift for a family member. Design Mom is well-illustrated with photos, plus text to flesh out ideas for enjoying both children and style in the home.
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I am such a fan of this book by Design Mom, and I'm not just saying that because I am a fan of Gabrielle. Yes the book is beautiful, well designed, and inspiring. Yes it teaches you how to analyze the spaces in your home and determine how to improve them for your family living. But it's so much more that. You find yourself tearing up as she describes how to arrange a comfy chair in a nook--perfect for one-on-one private conversation. I cried when she discusses how to make brushing teeth easier for toddlers. She just has a way of understanding how much you love and care about your children, and then she turns that into practical application. You can tell through every page that Gabrielle is not only a designer, she's also a really good mom. And she's not pretentious about it, not even a little. I guess what I'm saying is, I'm really glad I bought this book!
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Few good ideas, but does not reflect a typical family (especially of 6) home at all, looks like a very expensive home that is not lived in. Would like to see a book showing this was our problem, here's a solution.
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As a reader of Gabrielle's blog, I found it refreshing to find that her book goes on a totally different direction. This is a practical guide to decorating a house with kids, that I find useful and inspiring. It is also a fast read and a guide I can come back to for many years to come.
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Underlying her ideas of order, deliberate choice, and design, Blair's respect for her role as a parent comes through. Each child needs school papers signed, gym clothes cleaned, places to work/create, and meal prep they can count on. They flourish with good books, reasonable screen rules, conversations that teach, family unity, and rocking out during kitchen clean-up. Blair sees herself meeting their needs with a compassionate, shepherding eye--a mother's eye. This is not just an "Ain't We Got a Swell House" design-y book.
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I typically check out design books from the local library, as I normally don't find them very useful. This book is an exception. It's simple but goes through your home room by room helping families create great design and great function. I'm someone who kind of "gave up" on making the house look nice since I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old. But this book changed my mind! I'm convinced I can make our home a little more stylish and comfortable! Great read.
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