Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fabric makes my heart flutter.

Sure, I love boots, bags, and really amazing coats just like the next girl.

But it's fabric that I really covet.

Once, I went to LA for a fabric research trip. I spent hours running in circles with a rapid heart beat that was caused by the excitement of wall to wall, floor to ceiling fabric.

Settle down. Take a freaking breath.

Unlike my old company Abe Jones, Nohi Kids is less woven and more knit (organic cotton and bamboo knit, that is). I love what I am doing now, but I long for woven. I don't know that I can hold out any longer.

Check out Funky Fabrix, Saffron Craig, and of course, the always impressive and gorgeous Liberty of London.

Here are some that have me drooling (and rapid heart beating...) at the moment.

and, I do think that this one below is in the running for our dining room chairs. I hope. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Barcelona Beauties.

Check out these fabulous, vibrant prints from Barcelona based illustrator, Judy Kaufmann.

Dancers and People and Birds, oh my!

Find more at Judy's Etsy shop.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Blank ain't so bad.

I love what I do.

For as long as I can remember I knew that my life and career would somehow revolve around kids. Those little munchkins are certainly who bring the biggest smile to my face.

I dabbled in many different kid based career options before I finally discovered that owning my business and designing clothes for kids was the only thing that was going to fulfill me completely. There are many amazing parts to doing this job, and my photo shoots are certainly Top 5.

Not only do I get to meet sweet new kiddos every season, but their fun families as well. We play silly games, make lots of inappropriate noises, and mostly just goof off all day. Perfect.

I have been so lucky to work with my friend and amazingly talented photographer, Heidi Alletzhauser, for 5 seasons now. Each shoot is better than the next. For Fall/Winter, we had the shoot at my house and her backyard barn/studio in SF.

You know all of those blank walls in my house that I can't wait to adorn? They were the perfect backdrop for our yarn-filled, 80s-esque, winter wonderland.

Here are some of my favorites.
Mr. T. Edible 2 year old cuteness. Each time I would ask him a question, he would say, "Ummm, yeah" in the cutest voice.

Beauty and personality. Love this little one. She wants to be an actress and told me all about her part in the play. Love her.
I tend to have a way with kids, if I do say so myself. But, my little buddy was totally playing hard to get. This is the face that I got most of the time. And, it was cracking me up. His parents had warned me that he just learned how to furrow. He practiced a lot. Adorable.

Brother and sister. So cute together. This one may not make it into the catalog, but I love the laugh so much.

Furrowed brow baby's big sister. She was so helpful getting him to smile and her mom bribed her into posing for us. Such a pretty little thing.

This is one of my top favorites. Tutus, roller skates, and seriousness.

One of Heidi's 4 (yes, I said 4) handsome, talented boys. The creativity runs deep in this family.

Ms. B, the rockstar. Her mom is a fashion designer and this little lady certainly has her own sense of style, with many opinions on what she wanted to wear. I loved her spice. She didn't say one word to me for about 30 minutes--once she did, the cutest little mouse squeak of a voice came out. Could eat her up too.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


I am a design junkie.

Show me bold colors and abstract shapes and you've won my heart. If I had it my way, my home would be dripping in a slew of Etsy finds, with bold and vibrant wallpaper covering each blank wall, funky pillows strewn about.....but, alas I have to tone it down and meld my loud and vibrant, with my fiance's refined and modern.

It usually turns out to be a great collaboration when we finally agree; but more often than not, we just sit and stare at our blank walls and contemplate how we would decorate them if we had it our way...and, a million dollars.

We do agree on our love of fabulous art from local artist
Hilary Williams, and I was lucky enough to receive my first piece as a birthday gift this year. It's gorgeousness is gracing our living room (otherwise, blank) wall.

So, in addition to lots of kid talk and all things Nohi Kids related, this blog will be a homage to all things that I love about design--a menagerie of finds, a wish list of sorts...

Today, while reading one of my all time favorite blogs, Design Sponge,I came across these little lovelies that caught my eye from local company, Modern Twist.

A little blurb from their about us page:

Modern-twist is a San Francisco/Oakland based company that thrives on the great multi-cultural and diverse community of the Bay Area that is passionate about the planet, our differences, and our similarities. Bringing art to the table via collaborations with independent artists and designers, m-t is a pioneer in the use of food-grade, hand-silkscreened silicone. With a minimalist aesthetic, Modern-twist home accessories exhibit unmatched elegance and innovation in the design and use of silicone.

Well, that all sounds great.

I will take all of these items, please.
All of which can be found here.

Have you seen a cuter trivet? I mean, I don't think that I own one trivet and quite possibly have never used a trivet. But, I can assure you that I will start just to have these in my possession.

Hello, adorable placemats made from food-grade, hand silk screened silicone.

And, last but certainly not least, these coasters. I secretly wish that I could tattoo this pattern all over my body. You will soon realize my freakish obsession with circles, and my deep love of the color teal.

Monday, February 14, 2011