With its toy-laden shelves, full-size crib and row upon row of color coordinated books, it’s hard to believe that baby Holly’s room was once part of a hallway. This clever reworking of a tight space came about because Holly’s parents, Craig, an art director and his wife Lisa, a marketing executive, couldn’t afford the cost of up-sizing to a two-bed in their Brooklyn neighborhood – where apartments that size average almost $4000 a month.
Taking your kids for a hair cut (normally a total chore) just got way more fun with the opening of marine-themed, Edamama Cute Cuts & More on Williamsburg’s Union Ave.
Long-time pals and fellow Park Slope moms, Julia Austen-Brown and Melissa Vaughan (who live just two blocks away from each other and both have two kids a piece,) hit on the idea of doing a pop up craft pow-wows in people’s homes when they realized that, well, no one else was doing it.
Before I became a mum, I convinced myself that I WOULD be the Miranda Kerr of mothers. I would be well dressed and bouncy and amazing at all times. I would not leave the house in my PJ’s or covered in baby vomit and without a scrap of make up. My hair would always be washed, and I would lose, quite by accident, those 40-odd pounds I’d piled on. Because, well, if Miranda can do it can’t we all? Oh and I would also live a beautiful, organized house where healthy meals would be on the table each night for me and my adoring husband…
The floor-to-ceiling library rails, the garland-decked zebra head, the zingy bright art work; we had serious nursery envy when we saw little Charlie’s mood-lifting space. His parents Sarah (Hair Stylist) and Matt (Painter and Creative Executive) wanted to fashion out a space that felt “optimistic and fresh” for Charlie in their top-floor Williamsburg apartment.
Last week we went to scope out Playtime New York, the springtime get together of more than 120 indie kids brands from around the world. It was a total inspiration. Here are the 10 things we learnt. Warning..this article will induce the need to shop!
After the initial buzz of my wife’s pregnancy subsided, more practical concerns arose. How on earth would we squeeze our new family member into our one-bedroom Williamsburg abode? Naively thinking we’d just up-size to a two-bed we drew up a basic criteria (elevator, non-sketchy neighborhood, new kitchen), but our search hit a brick wall as soon as we realized that we’d need to spend $4k or more to get what we wanted. In short far higher than the rent-stabilized place we’ve been living in for the past three years.
Given NYC’s capital-of-fashion status it’s little wonder that we’re swamped with covetable kids labels. From designers up-cycling mens shirts into sweet summer dresses and Kickstarter-funded ‘Dope’ tees to these adorable wood and pastel beaded accessories – there’s so much to choose from, we say, why buy anywhere else? Which is why we love the ethos behind new online retailer Fantaserini, which launched last October and will focus on NY-based children’s designers. There are 17 so far, but they have plans to expand in 2014 with knitwear from Misha & Puff and Lucky Fish’s ultra comfy hand silk screened t-shirts as well as more one-off collaborations like these limited edition stripy merino leg warmers.
When chef Grant Achatz grumbled via Twitter about a couple totting their 8-month-old babe to his triple Michelin-starred restaurant Alinea, it set off a heated debate. (His exact words were “Tbl brings 8mo.Old. It cries. Diners mad. Tell ppl no kids? Subject diners 2crying? Ppl take infants 2 plays? Concerts? Hate saying no, but..”) In their defense the couple had been let down last-minute by their sitter. But you can imagine their mortified faces as they tried to calm a wailing child, avoid the glares of other diners and tuck into a black truffle “explosion” of romaine and parmesan and try and enjoy it. Not so fun.
With Christmas less than a week away (huzzah!) we caught up with Courtney Ebner and Avi Kravitz, owners of Norman & Jules in Park Slope. Their obsession with rooting out the most vibrant, creative and inspired artisanal toys from around the world (plus a sharp design eye) means you won’t find any ordinary Toys R Us […]
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