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September 28, 2016
by Jessica
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HOW I BABY-PROOFED WITHOUT COMPROMISING STYLE

How I Baby-Proofed Without Compromising Style - Oh, I Design Blog!Well, here we are at almost one year (one more day!!) with a mobile little babe. Right now Evie mostly army crawls since we have wood floors and she works on crawling on on our rugs – walking is in her near future. But now that she is mobile and exploring our home more, we have decided that it’s time to do some “baby-proofing”. I do want to encourage Evie to explore her environment/our home and not be restricted from every single cabinet and drawer, however, there are a few things that are non-negotiable in my opinion. I am excited to share the changes we’ve made in our home along with some attractive kid-friendly decor pieces that we love using for Evie.

I should also mention we are not the type of parents that are nervous about every little thing because that’s just not our personalities. I mean, the amount of restaurant bathrooms we’ve had to change her on the ground (with a changing pad…but her hands don’t always stay where they are supposed to) would probably make a new parent cringe. I won’t even go into the time I had to wash Evie’s entire body in the restaurant bathroom sink…#momlife! HA! However, we do want to make sure the bigger things on our list are safe for Evie so that we don’t have to watch her every single move and she can explore without a big accident happening. A little bruise here and there doesn’t worry me, but a piece of furniture falling on her, terrifies me. So let’s get into it!

How I Baby-Proofed Without Compromising Style - Oh, I Design Blog!1.  OUTLETS.

Luckily with the help of my friends at Legrand, and their gorgeous adorne collection that you may remember I wrote about here, we have updated our outlets. I learned from the Legrand team that “All adorne outlets and GFCI outlets feature a tamper-resistant design that has a patented shutter system to prevent a child from inserting small objects into the outlet.” So the fact that our outlets are way more attractive than before AND they are baby-friendly is a game-changer! No need for those plastic covers that little ones probably figure out how to take out anyway. You can read more about Legrand’s Tamper-Resistant Receptacles here.How I Baby-Proofed Without Compromising Style - Oh, I Design Blog!2. SECURING FURNITURE TO WALL.

We have a few bookshelves and an ikea dresser we have secured to the wall using furniture straps. I am still working on actually moving my breakable decor items from said shelves, but like I mentioned above, we will accomplish things when we feel it’s needed. Our plan is to put baskets on the bottom shelves with a few of her books and toys in it so they are hidden and so that she doesn’t rip every page out of the magazines that are currently on the bottom shelves. How I Baby-Proofed Without Compromising Style - Oh, I Design Blog!3. TRAVEL CRIB + GATES.

We placed a travel crib in our living room so that if we need to put Evie down while we do something around the house, she can play without us being in the same room. We keep a small basket of toys in the crib and she loves to take everything out and put things in the basket. It’s been quite the life-changer if I have a deadline and can’t give her my full attention at the moment. But don’t worry, it’s rare she is in there alone because it unzips and we can use that space and the rug to play on together. We also purchased a couple of gates we are going to set up on either side of our home so the hallway is completely hers.img_5809_1How I Baby-Proofed Without Compromising Style - Oh, I Design Blog!

4. RELOCATED MEDICINE + CLEANERS.

So this one was easy for us because our medicine cabinet is already high up and we only use natural cleaning supplies so I am not too concerned about this. We have magnetic cabinets in the kitchen so they are too difficult for her to open right now, but when/if the cabinets become an issue in the future, we will find a solution.How I Baby-Proofed Without Compromising Style - Oh, I Design Blog!5. ITEMS STILL ON THE LIST.

We were thinking of getting a new round coffee table and putting our existing one in the basement, but I can’t find a coffee table I love better yet. So we are going to see how it goes the more she pulls herself up on it and make a decision. It would give more room in the living room, so it’s up for debate. We want to add a runner in the hallway so it’s easier for her to crawl and play. Anything I am missing that you recommend??

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September 23, 2016
by Jessica
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BOSTON DESIGN MARKET // DETAILS

Okay New Englanders, I have some very exciting things for you to put on your calendar for October! October 5th + 6th is the Boston Design Market at the Boston Design Center featuring keynote events, pop-up vendors, demos and workshops, panel discussions and more! It’s an exciting time to celebrate the world of design in Boston.

Although every event on the schedule sounds amazing and I will likely be at most of them, I want to highlight a couple events below.
ofnote-1-30-120everydaynapkinjan2016_0250bmpopup_sq_21. Boston Made & Friends Pop-up Market:

Boston Made was founded by my lovely friend Kathryn of The Everyday Co. and Kate + Isabel of Of Note Stationers. Last year I went to their pop-up and had a blast meeting new creative businesses and perusing all of their amazing products. At this pop-up, the following vendors will be there:

Annie Myer Studio, Craft & Caro, Gray Green Goods, Orly Khon Floral, Moss & Blue, Myrth Ceramics, Of Note Stationers, R. Murphy Knives, Salty Oat, Structure Design and Build, The Everyday Co., The Maine Blanket, The Third Piece

We have chosen each of our Boston Made & Friends vendors because of their thoughtful design and conscientious approach to the materials they use. From large scale paintings, to customized furniture, to hand-carved wooden spoons, our vendors craft quality wares that elevate daily everyday life. We can’t wait to showcase these wonderful makers!” – Kate Kellman, co-organizer of Boston Made and co-owner of Of Note Stationers who will be selling their letterpress paper goods.

When? October 5th  + 6th from 11am-4pm //  RSVP here!! :)

2. How to Turn Followers, Fans & Likes into a Successful Marketing Strategy:

Join Linda Davis of New England Fine Living magazine, Jessica Klein of Oh I Design *AHHHH!!, Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess and Homes Editor of New England Home, and Rob Murray of Farrow & Ball as we explore the art of successful social media practices and learn how to convert likes into a successful strategy to drive your business. Panel moderated by Dennis Sarlo of Dering Hall.

Yes you read that right, I will be speaking on the panel about all things social media! It would mean the world to me if you are able to attend :)

Date: Thursday, October 6th at 4pm-5pm // RSVP here!

Check out the rest of the Boston Design Market Schedule here.

September 22, 2016
by Jessica
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AN EVENING AT COST PLUS WORLD MARKET

Hi guys, just a heads up, we have teamed up with Cost Plus World Market on this post which means it is indeed, sponsored. All of the opinions shared below are, as always, my own! I want to keep everything transparent and make sure you know we only choose to work with brands we really love. OID appreciates your support!Cost Plus World Market x Oh, I Design BlogIt has been a good couple of weeks you guys (well other than a few days of being really sick…blah). A few things: my favorite season and weather have officially arrived, Bella got her teeth cleaned/pulled and she’s like a whole new doggie, I visited Portland to celebrate my friend Jenny’s birthday, we’ve hosted some of our best friends in Boston, and….COST PLUS WORLD MARKET has officially arrived in the Cape! Boom. I really can’t get over how happy I am when I’m in this store! I mean, I’ve said it before here, here and here. I even drove all the way to the Cape (okay, it’s only an hour and fifteen minutes without traffic) feeling sick to be there for the blogger party…that’s how much I love it. Anyway, I wanted to share my experience in the store, what I went home with and what’s on my wish list.
Cost Plus World Market x Oh, I Design BlogFirst of all, the Cost Plus World Market store is laid out in organized sections that include: kitchen/dining, art, home decor, food/wine and beer (well, when they get their liquor license that will be filled in), lighting holiday decor, etc. Everything is easy to locate and the store is a breeze to navigate. It’s one of those stores that once you have their layout down, you can run in and find whatever you need in a second…except you will never want to leave once you are in the doors.Cost Plus World Market x Oh, I Design BlogI had fun seeing a few blogger friends at the party: prim & propah, domestikated life, the boston fashionista, by gabriella & more! It was also great to see the furniture and unique jewelry & boho clothing I have been eyeing in real life. I was pleasantly surprised by the clothing as it’s something I would typically overlook, but some of the pieces caught my eye! Cost Plus World Market x Oh, I Design Blog Cost Plus World Market x Oh, I Design Blogworld-market-ohidesignblogMY SHOPPING BAG:

one // linen tobacco flower candle – their candles are to die for, I might be going back to stock up on more Fall candles because I’ve been burning candles every morning when I begin working.

two // gray stripe twill potholder – I went home with a few kitchen items because it’s the one thing I rarely splurge on. I have needed a new potholder like yesterday considering the only one I have has SO many stains on it.

three // marble ceramic candle – again, I LOVE THEIR CANDLES.

four // aluminum scoops – I recently organized some containers in our kitchen and am going to use these scoops for the sugar + flour containers.

five // california olive ranch olive oil – Because we ran out and Cost Plus World Market is so convenient they have everythingggg, including olive oil!

six // white ceramic baker with trivet lid – okay, kate of domestikated life and I were freaking out about these bakers…the lid turns into a trivet, genius! Inexpensive and genius!

seven // wood salt & pepper grinders – because I’ve never owned any! WHAT?!

eight // round marble and wood pedestal stand  – Evie’s FIRST birthday is in ONE WEEK! We are having an outdoor bithday party for her and are going to use these pedestal stands for food + flowers on the table.

nine // gold box wine rack – finally invested in a wine rack!

September 13, 2016
by Jessica
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INSPIRED BY: DAHLIAS AT WINSTON FLOWERS

dahlias via oh, i design blogWell here we are entering my favorite season in New England, the leaves are turning, pumpkin spice lattes are being ordered (personally I am not a fan of the basic PSL…am I alone?) and we can add a few light sweaters to our wardrobe. With the new season comes new flowers and apparently I have been overlooking a beautiful flower…the dahlia. It’s not that I didn’t know they existed, I guess I just haven’t given them a chance. The gorgeous arrangement above was sent to me by Winston Flowers from their late summer collection and my oh my…I kept moving it from room to room because I couldn’t get enough of it. It’s funny how flowers can make a room feel put together!
dahlias via oh, i design blogdahlias via oh, i design blogLook at how big they get! WOW, talk about wanting a large garden to grow these bad boys. Speaking of, I got a little background from Winston Flowers about where they source their dahlias from:

“…all the dahlias in the collection are sourced from a local, family owned farm, Ferjulian Farms in Hudson, MA. The Winston family has been buying from the Ferjulian family for over two generations, close to 30 years. Ferjulian Farms grows dahlias, mint and annuals exclusively for Winston Flowers.”

How great is that? Apparently the Ferjulians deliver freshly cut dahlias in this season at least 3 times a week to the Winston locations. Meaning, customers are getting the freshest product.

dahlias via oh, i design blogSo I am ready to go get a few more to put around the house in celebration of my favorite season’s arrival! Do you have a favorite late summer flower?

Thank you to Winston Flowers for inspiring this story and sending the loveliest arrangement to my door! Local love right there.

image sources: one via ohidesignblog instagram // two via ohidesignblog instagram // three via floret // four via wit and delight

September 8, 2016
by Jessica
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THE HOTEL OF MY DREAMS

Can we take a moment to “ohhh and ahhh” at this gorgeous hotel in New York designed by SPACE Copenhagen?! Worth making a special trip just to stay here in my opinion. I love the incredible use of materials – stone, leather, woods…plus I have been really into navy with a hint of blush pink. The furniture + lighting are just SO GOOD.space-copenhagen-11howard-1space-copenhagen-11howard-1 space-copenhagen-11howard-3 space-copenhagen-11howard-7 space-copenhagen-11howard-21photos via design milk // hotel: 11 howard // design by: SPACE Copenhagen