Monday, January 14, 2013

My life...

Hello. It's been a long time. I know. So many things I want to share. Having two children is incredible. Incredibly beautiful, incredibly challenging and all that falls in between. Moments of total bliss and moments of total failure. I want to share my thoughts and the happenings in my life. The moment of silence on my blog (as many of you know) is by no means a reflection of a quiet life. In fact, quite the opposite.

For so long, I've wanted to post to this blog; it has always had a special place in my creative heart. And I've met so many beautiful and inspiring friends through this blog. After many months of not posting, I feel like I should come back with this major, earth shattering blog post. Well, not this time around. But I do want to share with you a few photos of the last week of my life. I'm now on instagram, after much insistence by so many of my friends. It really is a great way to connect with so many of people I admire. And it's fast, easy, and visual.

I still plan on blogging here. But my interests (my life) have changed a lot since I started this blog. And I want this blog to be a reflection of all the new things I love and my interests. It's going to be a bit more personal - a better reflection of my daily life & interests.

I think that's why I love instagram. It's visual. I won't be posting here on a daily basis, but will be on a weekly basis. I'll be using instagram more throughout the week as it's a simple and honest way to share thoughts and happenings in my daily life.

My instagram handle is @thoughtfulday

I look forward to being connected again. Thanks so much. xxx

top photo - kids at patrick's studio making some art
middle photo - ives waiting patiently to watch us eat icecream, and lyla finally playing with her dollhouse after i took the dolls out and put in the horses (she's obsessed with horses)
bottom photo - lincoln center. i'll share more about that later this week. exciting times.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

104 N. 7th / Faile

faile tile2 Well, well, well - hello! SO - I had a baby boy! He's a beauty and I'll share my story and photos here real soon. But I have to say, this whole two kids thing is NO JOKE. One child is a breeze. Seriously. But our son is a beauty and Lyla Belle is an amazing big sister. More on this front later....

I'm really just popping in quick to spread the love on a new project my husband just completed. Faile tiled a building on N. 7th in Williamsburg. If you're in the hood, be sure to check it out. It's really beautiful. And here is a nice little video about their process and some past works. It's super inspiring.

Check out the video! And photos!

faile tile3 faile tile1

video from vice and photos from faile

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Speakeasy Style

This past Fall I worked on an amazing wedding with Jillian for a beautiful couple in NYC. They were located in London, but met and fell in love in NYC and had an incredibly lovely and personal wedding at the Foundry in Long Island City. Thoughtful Day designed all of the paper elements as well as the day of signage. Shannon, the bride, was really creative and had an amazing vision (1920's Speakeasy) for her wedding day. Everything came together beautifully and all of the amazing vendors Jillian put together truly pulled off a very New York wedding.

100 Layer Cake did a wonderful feature on this wedding here .

{all photos via 100 layer cake by weddings by two}

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Street Color

Late this past Fall, my husband and his partner who go by the name Faile put up a massive mural in NYC on the corner of Bowery and Houston Streets. This location is an iconic and highly prominent wall in the city painted by well known artists throughout the years, so it's pretty awesome to walk or drive by and see this huge colorful mural done by them. It's been up since late last Fall but this past weekend we finally got a chance to take some photos of Lyla in front of it. How cool for her to have these photos in front of a huge mural that her daddy made?

Below are some process photos of Faile's studio prepping the giant mural in the studio as well as the installation.

{photos by faile}

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Infinite Color + Play

I've loved Yayoi Kusama Dot exhibitions ever since learning of her work back in art school. This past summer we visited the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh and I was excited to see her Mirror Room.

But this particular exhibit at the Queensland Art Gallery might be my favorite yet. It started off as a completely white room and she allowed kids visiting the exhibit to become artists themselves and completely cover the room in colored stickers. Absolute amazingness.

{top 3 images for Queensland Art Gallery by Mark Sherwood
bottom image by Stuart Addelsee

all via inspiration lab

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sculptural Function

I really love the new pieces by Stephen Antonson at West Elm. My favorite is definitely the sculptural ledge. It's a nice little decorative surprise for a wall shelf.

{photos from west elm}

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Purple Power

Lyla's favorite color is purple. It's funny because, while I've never disliked purple, it's never been a favorite color of mine. Don't get me wrong I like it, but Lyla loves it. So I bought her all purple bedding and accent pillows.

I went with Serena & Lily's Delphine Duvet (It's on sale right now!) and their Heather Bloom pillow as the base.

I bought the purple Pillow Pal by Blabla (we've been fans of them for a long time). It's super cute.

Possibly one of my favorite purchases for Lyla recently was the purple robot pillow. Leading up to Christmas, all Lyla wanted was a robot. I'm not sure where she got that from but she told everyone she wanted Santa to bring her a robot. The last thing I wanted to buy her was some cheap, plastic, annoying thing that makes noise, lights up and will break after a week. So I started researching robots and found this wonderful brand called Kauzbots. Every robot has a cause and dedicates 10% of the sales price to their particular cause. Kourage, the purple robot, supports childhood cancer. Lyla loves it, and it's absolutely adorable and comes with a little pink heart that fits in it's back pocket. I highly recommend these robots, they are a great price with a great cause. A wonderful gift for future occasions.

{photos top to bottom}
top two photos from serena and lily
pillow pal from land of nod
robot from kauzbots

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Year, New Baby

Above photo is Lyla at 8 months and the following are from this past Summer & Fall.

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and wish you all the best this year.

2011 was a crazy, wonderful year for us. We traveled a lot - I was away for 4 months throughout last year so I wasn't able to devote much time to my blog (as many of you have noticed). We were in Venice, Ca for June, Maine in August, Florida, Minnesota, London, Chicago, Arizona throughout other times in the year. Traveling is fun of course, but can be very exhausting, especially with a 2.5 yr old. But I can't really complain because I know how fortunate we are to be able to get on a plane and head somewhere fun.

One amazing little tidbit that I haven't shared on the blog is that I'm pregnant and due in less than a month! It's always such a miracle to get pregnant and I feel very blessed. The last month has been busy getting ready for the baby and more importantly, making sure this shift is easy for Lyla, my 2.5 year old. Everyone says how important it is to make sure Lyla is happy during this time and when the baby arrives. I've been told not to open presents for the new baby in front of her and for close family and friends to buy Lyla a little gift instead of the baby. From friends and family alike, everyone says you'll realize how easy a healthy newborn is to take care of and how hard it is to take care of a toddler.

One big question I had for friends that have gone through this before is what if I have two crying kids at the same time? Who do I console first? Lyla. The toddler will remember and the newborn won't.

This pregnancy has been similar to my last but more extreme - more tired, more sick, but I think it's because I'm already a mom and don't really have much time to myself or rest to begin with. We don't know the sex of the baby - like last time, everyone thinks I'm having a boy. I go back and forth between boy and girl. We finally figured out a boy name that we both love and have had a girl name picked for a while so we're set on that front. I recently finished up all my design projects for a good while, so it's nice to not have to think about work (well sort of) and just focus on my kiddos.

I'm also experiencing a different type of emotion this time around. Last pregnancy I would get sad that it was no longer going to be just me and Patrick. But now, I feel guilty that Lyla's life is about to change more than she'll ever know. I feel sad that I won't be able to devote all of my time and energy towards her and that she'll have to share Patrick and me. I guess it's normal to feel this way. To Patrick's point, he almost feels guilty for the new baby that it'll never get total focus and devotion like Lyla had for almost 3 years.

And my biggest question of all is - Will I love this baby as much as I love Lyla? I can't imagine loving anyone more than I love Lyla but everyone says you do. Just like how you have no way of comprehending a love for a child pre having a child, I imagine it'll be a similar feeling. I just can't wait to experience that burst of love all over again.

One of the biggest differences in this pregnancy is preparing for labor is ALL about logistics with Lyla. To be honest, I haven't even thought about mentally and emotionally preparing for labor like I did last pregnancy, because it's all about logistics in making sure Lyla is ok and taken care of. We have about 4 different back up plans if I were to go into labor pre-family arriving. We can only prepare so much but it helps to know we have neighbors in our building that could help out, babysitters that'll be on call and friends who live in Brooklyn that are willing to head over to our apt. to help out.

It's all overwhelming, but like everything else, you just figure it out and do it.

Going through Lyla's personal blog just makes me so sad & amazed at how quickly time has gone. The top two photos are from less than 2 years ago and the rest are from this Summer and Fall. It's amazing how quickly time goes in two years in the life of a child.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mirror, Mirror

I've always loved Jonathan Adler's apple mirror. I think I'm finally going to buy it for Lyla's bathroom. It's such a fun and colorful piece.

And speaking of mirrors, I recently bought this one from Jayson Home and Garden. It's quite lovely and I was sold on it's hanging attachment.

However I have to say my favorite mirror right now is this one by Grain, but it is very much out of price range.

photos top to bottom:
{apple mirror by jonathan adler}
{freeman mirror by jayson home and garden}
{bound mirror by grain design via remodelista}

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Little Style

I'm looking for a cute little winter coat for Lyla. These Max & Lola jackets are high on our list.

They sell them at Les Petits Chapelais, one of my absolute favorite children's clothing stores in NYC. It's right on Thompson Street in Soho, across from a playground, so I shop while Lyla and Patrick hang out in the park - it's super convenient.

{photos from max & lola}