Wednesday, March 23, 2011


The enchanting exterior of La Cressonniere


Like ducks in a row
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that periodically I wanted to feature a new place on the web that I've become enamored with.  I obviously have been living under a rock because I never came across the fabulous blog I'm about to share with you.  It's called DESIGN MOM and it's this gorgeous jewel box of anecdotes, stories, PHOTOS and just plain old mommy goodness.  Gabrielle Blair is the shining star behind all of the fabulousness that is DESIGN MOM.  Her site has been recognized by too many people/publications to name including TIME MAGAZINE and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL!  Her moniker is "where design meets motherhood", and it IS that and oh so much more! 

A marvelous detailed knocker on THE BATHROOM DOOR
The gorgeous photos are what captured my attention about a month ago.  I began to read her blog and found out that Gabby and Ben Blair (she delightfully refers to her husband with his first and last name) moved their little family of 8 to Normandy France on February 1st for a year!  I was enthralled.  Sometimes getting my little family of 5 ready and together to go to the movies is a monumental and exhausting task.

The Blair family has children ranging from middle school to diapers.  They packed them all up and moved across the big pond to an incredibly gorgeous French home that is called La Cressonniere.  The house actually has a NAME, not an address. How COOL is that?  Gabby has me on the edge of my seat waiting for each photo installment of the tour of La Cressonniere.  Each room is almost more beautiful and charming than the next!  The house was built in 2 seperate segments, one in the 17th century and the other in the 18th century.  I'm in awe just typing that!

Those FLOORS...and that DOOR!

Hand painted walls

A fabulous headboard

Everything about Gabby's blog is engaging.  You feel like she's a sophisticated, very cool friend that is down to earth and elegant at the very same time.  The type of friend that has fabulous adventures and it's exciting just to know her but at the same time she's REAL.

If you don't already read Design Mom, check it out, you won't be sorry!  Gabby also contributes to several other sites including Babble and she is the founder of the social media community called Kirtsy.

Something as mundane as grocery shopping seems to be an impressive adventure


Anonymous said...

It is a great blog with a lot of great ideas!
E + J

Sara @ thesherlockshome said...

I think I've been under the same rock! But I'm on my way to check her out now!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Beautiful! I don't know if I'm under the same rock or not. Probably a different one since I can't remember if I'm following this blog. About to go see. Obviously, I'm behind on my visits if I do. Thanks for the nudge!

Stitchfork said...

Will have to go check it out. Meanwhile, happy I landed here! Love your blog name and will be back!
xo Cathy

oldgreymare said...

I'm not sure whether to thank you or curse you. I just spent 30 minutes over there and will have to go back..sigh...i have so much to do

I'll trade you.

Do you follow American Mom in Paris?
Bet you can't read just 50 of them. I had to go to the beginning and catch up with every single one. MJ is hilarious!