All posts filed under: kids

Discovering Mabo Kids

Every now and then I come across something with an aesthetic that immediately strikes my fancy and sparks intense admiration. In the past I’ve shared how Dinosaur Designs does this for me, and how I’m creating quite the little curated collection of their works in our home. Today I can’t help but share one of my recent discoveries, Mabo Kids. I encountered Mabo Kids on Courtney Adamo’s instagram feed. Courtney, of the online kids boutique Babyccino, has a dreamy feed with zillions of pictures or her really cute kids and their family’s life in London. I have no idea how she keeps herself and her kids so stylish and makes it all looks so effortless (wait, yes I do, social media is the ultimate platform for curating the “best” moments of your life) but her photography is downright lovely to look at and her kids are adorable. In the past few weeks as the weather has warmed, I’ve noticed that a good few of her photos are of her lovely children in simple yet beautiful, textured outfits from Mabo Kids. So always drawn …

A New Room for Little L

Textured Modern has been filled with kid-related posts recently, which goes a little against what I was hoping to create in this space. The thing is, we’re tossing around some ideas to liven up some of our spaces and have been industriously engaged in some pretty full on home reorganization, and out of all of this has come a lot of kid-related reflection. To those of you without kids, please bear with me through this a-b-c, 1-2-3 time, I promise lots of good adult-focused content in the coming weeks. I want to share what I’ve been working on for the revitalization of Little L’s room. I love his room now, I really do, and those of you know me are aware of how meticulously considered his first room was. After all, we didn’t anticipate a lot of kid things seeping out into the main living area (and other than the playroom under the stairs, we were pretty spot on) and so I wanted to create a space for him that would be full of things he …

Design with(out) kids in mind, Part 2

So now that we’ve talked about designing a beautifully curated home that is simultaneously right for the whole family, it’s high time to turn to some of the specific little things I learnt while designing our home. I’m talking about the juicy little tidbits that make up (the beginnings of) a list of things to keep in mind when designing a home for your family. I searched high and low for lists like this and didn’t find much so I hope this will be helpful to those of you in the throes of planning, designing, or renovating. The standard-height bathtub. I made a fly-by mention in the intro post about the bathtub issue. When we were renovating our home, I was (as I’m sure you might imagine) pretty focused on the details and left very little up to the professionals involved as far as fixtures, finishes, and furnishings were concerned. In an incredibly ironic twist of fate, the one thing I left up to someone else ended up being less than ideal. It was the bathtub for …

Design with(out) kids in mind, Part 1

As I previewed earlier this week, I spent a lot of time thinking about whether and how to design our home with kids in mind when we completely overhauled our apartment two years ago. I was heavily pregnant with Little L at the time (you can read more about that and our terrible timing here) and how he’d fit into our lives was at the forefront of my mind. Reflecting back, almost two years after we (finally) completed the renovation, I can safely say that we chose the best route for our family: we designed a home for us, a home that we love living in, and it has turned out to be a great home for Little L too. Lesson #1: You can totally have the house you want, stark white walls, uncarpeted floors, open stairs, the lot. To some it might sound blindingly obvious and to others it may sound a little controversial. But here’s the thing: the choice to pursue the aesthetic you want, to have a house that takes design into account, …

Design + Kids = ?

When I started dreaming up all the ways we would transform our apartment into an incredible living space, I spent a decent amount of time with my good friend Google, searching for “kid-friendly design” and “home design for small children”. I had a little debate going on in my head about whether we’d design the house for our future kids (I was heavily pregnant with our first at the time) or whether we’d design the house for us and help our children learn to live and play in it (safely). I was looking to The Internet for answers, for guidance, for help, and it just didn’t get me very far. I don’t know whether I was simply looking in all the wrong places, my Google skills weren’t up to par, or there just wasn’t all that much out there, but I really drew a blank in terms of finding the resources I was looking for. Specifically, I wanted someone to say, “hey, when you design your kitchen, don’t fret about explicitly choosing cabinet pulls that can be childproofed because …

Getting Away: Design in the Dominican Republic

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping it’s a stellar one for all of us, full of fun, excitement, and adventure. Speaking of which, we just returned from a lovely vacation in the Dominican Republic. We’ve been once before and stayed in the rather heavily trafficked Punta Cana area; this time we opted for the quieter Samaná Peninsula. We spent a week lazing in the sun, riding mules to go see gorgeous waterfalls (Cascada El Limón) and boating around Los Haitises National Park. It was, as they say, just what the doctor ordered. What I really wanted to share though were some pictures of our accommodations. You’ll know from my last post that I’m always on the look-out for holiday accommodations that aren’t the standard from a architecture and design perspective. So I was pleased to happen upon the Sublime Samaná, a modern hotel just outside of the small town of Las Terrenas. It is comprised of multi-bedroom rooms and suites, each with its own fully-equipped kitchen and outdoor jacuzzi. And in front of each of the casitas runs a …

Those little gingerbread houses on Pinterest

I succumbed to the pressure of Pinterest this weekend and decided to make those little ginger bread houses that have been showing up in everyone’s Pinterest feed. I thought that since they’re really graham cracker houses that it would be a pretty straightforward project for me and the kid to try while we had four days of fun without the husband.  It certainly wasn’t as straightforward as I anticipated (boiling sugar syrup isn’t exactly super toddler friendly) but on balance it was really enjoyable and an entirely worthwhile project. We ended up making a whole village, but alas I only have two of the houses left to share with you since a large furry natural disaster (read: our big friendly Akita) made a meal of the rest of the village when our backs were turned. Anyway, as I created gummy bear wall patterns and tiled roofs with twizzlers, it dawned on me that with a little imagination I could have been making modern masterpieces à la Dwell Magazine. I’m pretty excited about the prospect and while it might just …

When you’re constructing/renovating/moving at the WORST possible time

I was just sitting here in our living room on this dreary day in Boston thinking back to when we first moved in. It made me remember just how terrible the timing of our renovation and move was and how, surprisingly, that didn’t end up meaning the end of the world. If I have my dates correct, we bought our loft in April. I was pregnant at the time (but only about 8 weeks) and so we thought (incredibly naively) that we could get started on our dream renovation and move in just in time for the arrival of our baby. And if it wasn’t finished, we’d just live in our old apartment until we could move, right? Wrong. Firstly, no major renovation that turns your house into this sort of gorgeousness can be completed in 8-10 weeks (despite each of the four contractors quoting it as possible). Secondly, the real estate market is, well, pretty unpredictable. Who would have thought that our old apartment would go under contract the day after we put it …