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crib-made crib

at the beginning of january i mentioned that husb and i are building a crib.  rather than doing a typical product post this week (er, last week since i'm a little behind), i thought it would be fun to show some in-progress construction shots.

below are from our woodshop in san diego.  we brady carefully cut and prepared all of the wood to be brought back to our apt in switzerland for assembly and finishing.  

once we got back to our swiss crib, it was time to start working on the baby's crib.  we didn't have the convenience of our woodshop, so the project quickly spread into the living room, dining room, the basement, on the balcony/ patio, in the hallway, and just about everywhere else.  in the process not only did we learn that it's not the most convenient to build here, but it is also WAY more expensive.  WAY.

the rails are zebrawood (as shown in the san diego pics) and everything else is birch ply.  the bottom cubbies will be drawers.

the power drill was huffing and puffing (especially in the second to last picture) to get through the super dense grain of the zebrawood.  that darn, beautiful grain that makes me giddily jump up and down while clapping because i love it that much also makes the wood twist like a dance floor full of teenagers in 1960.

honestly, the project has been a little stressful because we didn't have the building conveniences we're used to, but it's always fun to work with the one i love because we 'get' each other. brady respects that i pretty much control the design aspects of things and i respect that he pretty much controls the building aspects.  we definitely ask for each other's opinions (especially when the hardware or construction can greatly affect the design ;), but the bottom line is that we respect each other's strengths and i think we're more productive because of it.  something that i have recently had an 'aha' moment about is that when you're younger you typically want people to feel proud of you, but as an adult it's more important to feel respected.

ok, enough sappy stuff.  the finishing touches on the crib are so close that i can't even smell fresh sawdust anymore!  i'll post the completion pics soon.

welcome to stockholm! kinda.

i'm so bummed that i missed out on the stockholm furniture fair last week!  apparently traveling when you're full-term prego isn't recommended.

however if i had been able to stroll through those glorious aisles, i would have had a large marzipan pastry in one hand, maybe a cookie in the other, a bottle of water, and a bag for lots of catalogues and product literature.  i then would have continued in strategic meandering to studio vision a&d--a company that has only been around since 2010, but has some cool products and impressive buildings on their resume.  included is their 'carry on' seating:

after studio vision a&d, i'd most certainly be lured in by the bold colors of a2:

i would then probably make a quick stop to finish off my pastry, and out of the corner of my eye i would most definitely spot the angular lines over at johanson design:

so long stockholm!  hopefully i'll get to see you in person next year!  yikes, while toting around a 1 year old?!  surreal!

da pillow and throw

scottish designer donna wilson is well known for her quirky knitted home accessories.  to her, knitting means,"i have complete control over the fabric i create, color, pattern and texture as i am making a fabric from a piece of yarn."

the wool she uses is spun in a yorkshire mill to create the required thickness, and then woven at a 100-year-old mill in wales.  this method allows for donna's complex patterns and surface textiles.

wilson created the 'nos da throw and pillow' in 2009, which are named for a welsh phrase meaning "good night".  i totally love them and their modern aztec-ness!  available in licorice and blush.

*images from dwr.com