Some of our favourite design blogs – share yours with the Babyology community!

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It was 2001, I was 26 years old and on the trip of my life with my boyfriend. We were under the spell of the divine city of Lisbon, Portugal when we stumbled upon an exhibition that would change our lives forever. It was a
Verner Panton
extravaganza at the
national museum and it had almost every piece ever designed by him on
display. If you peruse his designs you might see why that
experience impacted us so deeply. It changed the way we saw everything,
our whole sense of aesthetics shifted that day into something
far more refined and sophisticated and we lapped up information on
mid-century design and other defining designers of that era.

I tell this story because I have found in the baby and child design
world, people’s interest in design began long before the arrival of
children.
There is often a great commonality shared between new parents obsessed
with finding gorgeous products for their children – that of a love
of form, of art, texture, light and feel, all combined to make a
luscious environment for the entire family.
Those of us with the means and the desire aim to live our aesthetic
dreams partially through our
children and lovingly select those objects which thrill our senses. Now
that boyfriend is my husband and we have our boys, this
certainly applies in our household even though we can’t indulge every
design whim!

Out of a great love for design, for the online treasures to be found
and shared amongst the like-minded, Babyology presents for our
readers a host of quality design blogs. Whether we’re aware of it or
not, we apply a lot of the same aesthetic
principles to our purchases for children and interest in child-focused
design as we do to the rest of our abodes.
We’ve included blogs that are a feast for the eyes, photo-heavy and
full of energetic inspiration – we love ones that visually
astound and make us
smile. We hope homes all over Australia and beyond benefit richly from
these cyber-havens of style.

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First up is the very wonderful
Design Sponge,
a trip into interior heavens and sourced
from all around the world. I adore the ‘Sneak Peeks’ sections which
give you a thumbnail-sized pictorial roundup of the articles
published. There are DIY projects and guides to ‘Mini Trends’ and
cities worldwide. Perhaps my favourite part is the ‘Before and After’
section where you can see the amazing transformations people have made
to houses and furniture. Design Sponge celebrates all that is
beautiful in an eclectic and most definitely not minimalist way. Recipe
and video sections have just been added to add culinary delight
and moving pictures to the site.

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Next is a charming little blog by talented graphic artist Helen Dardik.
Orange You Lucky
will melt your heart, with cute designs by Helen posted
the minute they’re done plus beautiful peeks into her busy life. She
has three small daughters and her home is a treasure trove.
This blog really allows you an insight into a life where fun and
brightness pervade every nook and cranny. There is such joy to Dardik’s
work that I am drawn to it again and again as I go back for the newest
updates.
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Ok, so this is a bit of a personal indulgence – this is a blog about
doll houses. They still feature the most impeccable interiors ever,
and the fact that they’re in miniature is all the more amazing. Check
out
Mini Modern for the very best in tiny interiors. I’m just drooling over that
Charley Harper artwork on the walls!
 
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Oh Dee Doh’s
mission has a resounding clarity which Babyology identifies with
on every level: “This is a site for people who care about good design,
but happen to have children.” Oh yeah. This, the kiddy-focused
arm of Apartment Therapy is eye candy as far as the eye can see. Oh the
joy of that raspberry carpet!
 
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Bloesem is another wonderland of pretty objects and the best thing is its sister blog
Bloesem Kids. Yum yum. Rik & Irena over at Bloesem welcomed a new son last week, so a huge congratulations on their new arrival.
Because there are just so many and featuring them all is impossible, here’s the remainder of the roundup for you to explore.
We can
hardly wait to see the ones our readers uncover! Feel free to contribute your own finds in the comments
section.

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