I recently collected a few amazing pieces for the a-frame from Lulu & Georgia and while I was on the site I just kept finding more and more and then more unique home pieces that I wanted to make mine. It was the best kind of rabbit hole to fall into. I’d previously known them mostly for their rugs so I was pleasantly surprised when I found all sorts of home decor goodies and I’ve rounded up some of my faves, including a few of those that I had to make my own.
It is blueberry season, which has to be my absolute favorite fruit season. I grew up in Michigan blueberry picking with my mom every year around this time. We used to go this old farm where the blueberry bushes were the size of small trees. I could literally climb up the middle of the bush to get to the high branches that were out of reach. And while living in California sometimes it is hard to even notice the seasons, the days are a bit longer and warmer and blueberries are a plenty. KitchenAid® recently invited me to try out their Pro Line® Series Blender so to add to the summertime vibe, I’ve been making these super simple and delicious ‘blueberries & cream’ popsicles for Archie and I to nibble on. I am trying my best to keep the taste of summer lingering on as long as we can.
We are BIG into children’s books around here, especially Archie. It’s built into our bedtime routine, nap routine, morning routine, and many times a day he will carry one around grunting in the way he does when we wants something, “eh eh, eh eh, eh eh” meaning read to me pleassssse.
I put a call out for everyone’s favorite books about a year ago, on instagram, and since then, we have been devouring them like crazy and I wanted to share my list of absolute favorites.
Some books don’t hold his interest at all, and some he wants over and over and over again. Of course it changes as he gets older, but there are some that I love for design/illustrations and storyline (huge bonus when it’s both like Gaston and Henry’s Bright Idea) and ones that he loves (the ones that hold his interest all the way through from start to finish) and those crossovers are what made my very select list of favorite books.
OH and I totally judge a children’s book by the cover. Archie is most attracted to clean illustrations (as am I, obv). When there is too much going I think it was hard for him to take anything in. He has started to look at busier, more detailed picture books now that he is older but from age 6 – 12 months those Moe Willems Pigeon Books were almost all he ever wanted. Each page is super simple with just a flat image of the pigeon on a solid color. We bought every single one of them because they are so good… clever, funny, well designed… and Archie was obsessed. Two of those made the list, but really all of them are great.
And still my favorite book of all is Gaston. I think I have bought this one book 7 times now giving it as a gift for friends with kids or babies on the way. It was one of the first books I got after Archie was born and there were many a night when I would stand by the kitchen extractor fan (serving as a giant white noise machine) bouncing a swaddled newborn Archie to sleep while reading “Fi Fi, Foo Foo, Ooh La La and Gaston…”. Each page is a frame worthy illustration and the story is so sweet.
If you are only in the market to add a few books to your library, make sure the top 3 (but really the top 6) are in there. Those are our absolute favorites of the favorites.
Last week I shared a bit about the design of the laundry room in the a-frame, and as you know from our LA home, I don’t like to short change a laundry room. I love giving what can often be a neglected space a little extra oomph with special touches like wallpaper and in this case we also didn’t hold back on the actual machines.
I worked with Electrolux who upped the style and the functionality of the a-frame laundry room and I’m excited to share a peek into the work-in-progress as well as the summer wardrobe staples they help me care for.