We are constantly inspired by the work of creative women working within the field of home design, and when those design professionals are also moms, we are floored by their dedication to both their work and their children. To celebrate Mother's Day this year, we asked some of our favorite design industry professionals to tell us how being mothers has also inspired their work. Keep reading to see how moms like Kathryn Ireland, India Hicks, Cat Seto, Tamara Kaye-Honey, and many more find balance, inspiration, and humor in their lives as designing moms.
If you loved the last Novogratz for CB2 collection, then you'll flip for the latest collaboration inspired by the designer couple's family vacation home in Brazil. Filled with playfully modern pieces like swing chairs and monkey lamps, the Novogratz Brasil Collection for CB2 launches tomorrow, along with a sweepstakes contest that boasts a pretty sweet prize — a slumber party at the couple's vacation pad in Brazil! Seriously. Keep reading for a first look at the whimsical new collection and details on how to get in on the grand prize.
We're not talking about vinegar scrubs and dusting marathons. In the design world, Spring-cleaning often translates to three simple practices: purging, organizing, and refreshing. We turned to Gilt Home creative director Tom Delavan to discover what Spring-cleaning means to him. Keep reading for the skinny on his must-have products, favorite blooms, and decluttering tips!
POPSUGAR Home: Let's talk bedding. What are your favorite components of a Spring bed?
Tom Delavan: White linen is a classic. Invest in simple but great-quality sheets, like Frette Linens or Matteo bedding. There's something so serene and unfussy about crisp, white bedding, and you'll be surprised how it'll keep your space feeling clean and airy.
PS: What are your go-to Spring flowers? How do you arrange them?
TD: I really like to keep it simple. Cherry branches are by far my favorite, and arranging them is not that tricky once you get a large, tall, heavy vase. White tulips are my second favorite. Buy loads, and don't mix them with anything else. I also like the way hyacinths smell, but I'm not crazy about the look. They'll look nice in a silver cup in the bathroom.
PS: What are your favorite vessels for corralling clutter?
TD: I used to love shallow bowls, but ultimately they are only as nice as what ends up collecting in them. Now I go for boxes that can be closed and trays to contain objects in some sense of order.
PS: Do you have any tips for switching up decor for Spring?
TD: Spring is really just a good time to freshen up and purge. A fresh coat of paint and paring down to your favorite objects will always make you and your home feel a little lighter.
It seems eco-lifestyle expert Danny Seo was destined to become the environmental force he is today — Earth Day is his birthday, after all (no, seriously!).
While most of his peers were cartoon binging, 12-year-old Danny was forming his charity, Earth 2000 — a grassroots organization that became the largest teenage activist charity by the time he turned 18.
Today, we look to him on guidance for everything sustainable and stylish. Between developing his expanding home collections, penning books, and styling the homes of celebrity pals like Kerry Washington, Danny definitely keeps busy. We caught up with him to chat about his latest obsessions, just in time for Earth Day!
Think of it as the floral arranging class you've always wanted to take — only now, it's in the form of a jaw-dropping coffee-table tome: The Flower Recipe Book ($25). Perfect for everyone from the DIY bride (yep, just in time for wedding season!) to the avid farmers market flower forager, this new book makes artful arrangements look doable — even for amateurs.
Created by highly sought-after floral designers Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo, the book includes step-by-step tutorials for creating arrangements, bouquets, wreaths, and garlands categorized by season and formality. Breathtaking visuals aside, sections like the tool box stock list, vessel guide, techniques tutorial, and helpful hints section are the meatier portions you'll want to curl up with and study.
We're tempted to gather a group of girlfriends together for a spin on the traditional book club (think seasonal floral arranging instead of literary discussions). Fun, right? For just a taste of what this book has to offer, keep reading to discover how easy it is to create this purple and yellow anemone stunner.
You may know her as a Million Dollar Decorator, but these days, designer Mary McDonald is leaving her edgy-femme mark on more than just interiors. With a successful line of lamps under her belt, a freshly launched Schumacher fabric collection and Patterson, Flynn & Martin rug collection, and rumors of a new reality show, there's clearly something about Mary that we can't get enough of! We caught up with her to chat about the scents, sweets, and stylish finds that make her tick.
You don't need to live on an island to covet India Hicks's earthy yet sophisticated aesthetic. The entrepreneur and style icon lives with her family in Harbour Island — a tropical paradise in the Caribbean — that never ceases to inspire her. She recently opened her doors for a Pottery Barn catalogue shoot and interview, dishing on everything from color obsessions to office essentials. Keep reading to discover the five design ideas we can't stop thinking about!
- Adopt a subtle island aesthetic
- Display your collections
- Add color with unexpected items
- Liven up your office (literally)
- Choose a sofa that matches your lifestyle
Island decor isn't just about pineapple motifs and mosquito netting. In her home, India swapped out harsher materials like glass, tile, and cement for earthier wood, paper, and straw to create a softer foundation.
India relied on a collection of straw hats to add personality and texture to her office. "We call them our lending library, and whenever we have guests come and stay, we have a shelf where these hats live in among our library. And the guests will help themselves to one and wear them while they're here," she says.
To create visual interest in a room of creamy neutrals, India pays attention to smaller details. "I'm a huge scrapbook person," she says. By using red Smythson albums to contain her scrapbooking projects, she's able to display them in a way that makes a bold color statement.
With a work schedule that sometimes requires spending 12 hours in her office, India stays connected to the outdoors by making sure there are always fresh flowers or foliage in the space. Her go-tos? A vase of bright bougainvillea or a green palm frond.
India relies on Pottery Barn sofas that can easily be reupholstered. "You need very practical pieces of furniture that can be reupholstered very easily. They're very useful for people who have a lot of dogs and children and a thoroughfare of activity, and that's very much the way we live our lives," she says.
Check out Pottery Barn's Inside & Out blog for the interview and even more pictures of her home!
It's no surprise that designer Sheridan French's Texas home is infused with the same layered prints, exuberant colors, and exotic influences that her collections are synonymous with. After spending years as a student and model in Europe, Sheridan landed a job at Prada's London Press Office but continued to create her own collections on the side. It wasn't until Sheridan returned to her hometown of Fort Worth, TX, to raise a family that her lifelong dream of developing her own label, Sheridan French, came to fruition.
As a line previously dedicated to fashion – think shift dresses, tunics, and shorts with a luxury resort twist – Sheridan French now carries equally exquisite home goods. We asked the Southern style maven to let us peek into her vibrantly decorated home to get a sense of how she melds fashion and interior design, both professionally and personally.
We are excited to kick off our new Ask a Designer series with design consultant Christiana Coop. As one half (the other half is her childhood friend Aimee) of both Hygge & West and Ferm Living Shop, she spends an inordinate amount of time around wallpaper, and she wouldn't have it any other way. "I'm kind of a wallpaper junkie," jokes Christiana, who has wallpapered everything from her stairs to her kitchen.
To help us get peel back the mystery behind one of the most enduring, but intimidating, aspects of home design, Christiana sat down to answer all of our burning wallpaper questions.
So, you've decided to gift a beautiful bouquet of something for Valentine's Day. We applaud the choice, but you have more of them to make. There's technical considerations like color, fragrance, and form that can be sneakily stumping — especially if you aren't consulting a florist.
Luckily, we know a guy. Michael Gaffney's floral chops range from designing arrangements for movie sets (have you seen Black Swan?) to creating ambiance for New York fashion shows, but we're most excited about his teaching gig. As the founder of the American Schools of Flower Design, Michael has a tip (or five) up his sleeve for creating a Valentine's Day bouquet that hits the mark.
Take it away, Michael!
- A Floral Story
- Fragrant Flowers
- The Classic
- Focal Flowers
- Don't Skimp
"People love arrangements that create a floral story by mixing different types of flowers, like calla lilies, orchids and stock flowers. This classic American design works for many occasions, especially Valentine's Day. The arrangement also makes a great DIY project, since the flowers are readily available at farmers markets or grocery stores."
"Who doesn't love the lovely aroma of flowers? Fill bouquets with a variety of fragrant blooms including roses, stargazer lilies, wax flowers, and freesia. These arrangements will fill any space with wonderful scents long after the holiday is over."
"You can't go wrong with a classic rose bouquet. It's the number-one most requested arrangement in America. From a single rose to a full bouquet, the flower still stands for love. Just avoid purchasing 'bullet roses,' which have tight bulbs and will never open. Instead, choose a rose slightly 'unfurling.' These roses have been harvested later and will open and last longer."
"An arrangement that has tons of flowers is everyone's dream. Try combining mass flowers (full and round blooms) such as lilies, roses, sunflowers, hydrangeas, magnolias, and daisies into a grand arrangement to really make a statement and make the person you're giving them to feel special."
"A person will know when you skimp out on the good stuff. On Valentine's Day, try to avoid the overdone arrangements filled with carnations, baby's breath, lots of greenery, and other mass-produced fillers and flowers."
Thanks for sharing your tips, Michael! Wishing you a very happy Valentine's Day.