Art Institute of Chicago with Liv

Going through my pictures last night to organize and print some and I realized I have a bunch of pictures from the past few years of Liv and I in the galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago. She’s only 2.5 years old, but I love that we have captured a bunch already. I hope she grows to be inspired by it as much as I am! (I have zero that I can find with Cohen, so…haha! Gotta take him in, too!) :)

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 Pregnant with Cohen, two weeks before he was born!

Pregnant with Cohen, two weeks before he was born!

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 anddddd 33 weeks pregnant with Liv (thanks for the pic,  Jane !)

anddddd 33 weeks pregnant with Liv (thanks for the pic, Jane!)

Building a Home

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It has been such a dream to start decorating and making our new home our own. We’ve only been here for 7ish weeks, so it’s all new and still very much in the works..although I’m always drawn to dark walls we chose a bright white (benjamin moore chantilly lace) and I’m really happy with it!! We have some high ceilings and I knew the bright white would capitalize on all the light. anyway, I always want to live in every Soho House I see, so I’m constantly going back to those images..so beautiful!! I just discovered they have a shop too!

soho house favorites: the allis, 76 dean street

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to design our home..what I want my children to see on our walls, the feeling our friends/family will have when they come over… how can I create a space that is warm, orderly, kid-friendly and full of artwork that is meaningful to me…these bits from different interviews I’ve read have been on my mind…

Dax Roll and Joyce Urbanus of Amsterdam-based design studio Nicemakers, from “House to Home” (via SohoHouse) talk about their design philosophy and the feeling they try to create in their spaces: something warm, lived in…

Joyce— ‘What’s most important to us is that the spaces we design don't feel new. We had a couple of openings, in a bar and in one of the penthouse projects we did, where people said to us when they arrived for the first time it felt like it had already been there for a long time. It feels very natural, considered, but not contrived.’ 

Dax —‘It feels like the restaurant had been open for a long time already, or people had been living there for a couple of years and had already travelled the world and collected some nice art and objects.’

 Dax Roll and Joyce Urbanus bedroom (above)

Dax Roll and Joyce Urbanus bedroom (above)

I’ve been also thinking about the artwork I want to display..where..how much..which ones etc…Anna Bond’s beautiful home really inspired me to be selective. Anna hung only one painting on her dining wall and really let it have it’s own moment. Thinking about having your home be a serene haven from the fullness of the day, a blank canvas when your day is full of busyness and color…

Anna Bond and her husband Nathan spend their days running Rifle Paper Co., the beloved stationery brand with more than 175 employees, so they want their home to feel like a haven. “Friends come over and say, ‘There’s no color!’” says Anna. “But we need a place that is totally serene.” (via)

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The Butcher’s Daughter in LA is also one of my favorite interiors— soooo insanely amazing inside- the plants!!!

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Tips For Painting with Kids & Watercolor Wrapping Paper

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We bought a home at the end of August and many of our non-essentials (like wrapping paper!) are still packed in boxes. We are celebrating my sister, (aka Aunt Bear’s), birthday tomorrow and Liv and I threw together some fun wrapping paper this morning. I hadn’t planned on using the painting for wrapping paper, but the colors were so fun! After showing Liv how to add water to the paint and mix it up, I just let her loose to paint. When she was ready to move on to a new fresh page I added some geometric shapes to her painting and we let it dry. I couldn’t find any tape, so I ended up using binder clips! :) (Worked pretty well if you’re ever in a bind!)

I’ve always dreamed of doing a lot of different types of art & art projects with my kids. I was just as excited as Liv to paint together this morning!!

A few tips I’ve discovered for painting with kids (Liv is 2.5 years old).

  1. -Use BIG pieces of paper! This helped us get Iess paint on the table.

  2. -If your child isn’t interested wait a few months and try again. Liv wasn’t really into the paint set when I bought it for her 2nd birthday (again, I was super excited about painting with her, haha). She wasn’t feeling it and got frustrated with adding water to the paint, butttttt a few months later and she was super pumped when I pulled it out this morning!

  3. -Use a bowl for the water and only put enough in to cover the bottom of the bowl: using a bowl helped us not knock it over (a cup was more dangerous)..and putting a TINY bit of water in also helped make the whole thing less dangerous! :)

  4. -don’t let the activity go on for too long! After about 20-30min Liv started painting her shirt and face haha..at that point we decided to wrap it up and go back to crayons haha :)

***The Mattise print above is from the MOMA online archives (ahhh, it’s amazing!). It’s a exhibition brochure that I discovered while digging through all the incredible stuff they have archived. Insanely cool documents!