Archive: Design

Dazzling Decor: Superior Interiors – Part Duex

Sack me_donut bed_CMYK

Nothing humdrum in these Babesta inspired bedrooms. Boost your toddlers comfort and cool quotient with sleep solutions from beloved Oeuf and yummy newbie pick Sack Me.

Oeuf River twin_CMYK

Latest from Brooklyn-based design company, Oeuf,  is the River twin bed. Pulling double duty, the space saving gem is built for a city lifestyle, with all the features an urbanite would need. The end of the bed is designed with a shelf, functioning as storage for books or stuffed animals. Option #2: Use it as seating while putting on shoes and socks in the morning. The trundle allows for easy sleepovers, and if not being used as an extra bed, the pull out drawer can earn its keep as storage for clothing or bedding.

river bed_CMYK







Pillow Talk: Sleep stylish with Nook’s Pebble toddler and twin pillows. Breathable, made from organic cotton the pillows are both colorful & comfy designed specifically for kids’ developing necks and spines.

Nook - Toddler Pillow_CMYK

Sack Me, our choice for the yummiest bedding around, is making bedtime a little more desirable! New Aussie brand has created a sweet collection of duvets, pillows, and sheets that are 100% cotton bursting with bright shapes, vibrant balloons, and a bounty of delish donuts.

Sack Me Up, up and Away Reversible Quilt Cover_CMYK




Adding some pizzazz to the nursery or bedroom.       Sack Me Krispy Dreme cushion_CMYK





Lofty Digs Highlighted Throughout TriBeCa

Photos courtesy of Friends of Duane Park.

Photos courtesy of Friends of Duane Park.


Friends of Duane Park in conjunction with Friends of Bogardus Garden hosted their annual Inside TriBeCa Loft Tour featuring deluxe residential spaces and for the first time a commercial loft joined the bunch. Being a first-timer I was not quite sure what to expect but the tour provided as much insight into prime real estate as it did a tour of the TriBeCa ‘hood. Being a self-guided tour participants could view the 8 units at their leisure and linger for as long as they wanted between 1-5pm on a gorgeous albeit chilly Sunday afternoon. Deciding to hit the tour in the planned route, we explored north to south from Laight Street to West Broadway at Chambers street.

Laight Street: Was a beaut and definitely set the tone for the lavishness to come throughout the day. Bringing new meaning to the word spacious in New York city the multi-floor penthouse featured views of St. John’s Park and One World Trade, a huge JR painting in the dinning room, 3 Banksy pieces and a two-story wine cellar.

Hudson Street: This wild card was the only commercial space chosen to be included in the tour. Washington Market Pediatrics is the friendliest doctor’s office around. Filled with engaging examine rooms each exquisitely designed to bring a smile to young patient’s faces  hides the feeling of being at a doctors office. Instead kids are transformed to the ocean, safari or even among dinos. The piece de resistance was the entire story of “The Little Engine That Could” sprawled out on the waiting room(playroom) accent wall. The entire office, the vision of interior designer Diana Mui and Dr. Tiffany Otto Knipe, garnered exclamations of “beautiful,” “awesome” and “I wish I was a kid!”

Franklin Street: This welcoming, open and bright space left no corner undone; featuring fabulous details at every turn. You could not miss the spiral staircase in the center but the light fixture over the kitchen island and Polaroid picture display in the powder room were equally not to be missed touches of design inspiration.

loft tour!

Leonard Street: Only walk-up off the bunch, this loft felt the most traditional of the bunch. With a narrow staircase that lead to a picturesque loft bedroom the artist has more room in the painting studio half of the apartment, keeping the Bohemian lifestyle alive and well.

 West Broadway: Showcasing the keen design of Brad Ford, the final apartment we saw on the tour was a prime example of how to create a soothing home amid the hustle and bustle of NYC. We were wowed by the solid granite soaking bathtub that accentuated the overall calmness yet livableness of this loft. Plus we couldn’t help but notice of the Staple street Skybridge family portrait or Oeuf and Spot on Square furniture and Yummy World Plush accents in the children’ rooms (Babesta faves)!


Inside TriBeCa Loft Tour spotlighted some of the biggest, boldest and brightest Tribeca has to offer. Friends of Duane Park scored over $22K for charity and made for an exciting day for interior design and architecture buffs and novices alike, generating real estate envy in all. Opportunely made for a parents only afternoon, TriBeca Loft Tour, featured true stunners with infinity pools, dine-in-kitchens to die for, to the coolest lofts retaining their original artist edge.


by: Pia Finnigan


Spiffy Miffy: Celebrating 60 Years of the Beloved Bunny

Miffy, the cherished girl bunny, has been delighting children since her inception in 1955. This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the beloved character. Miffy officially became 60 years young on Sunday, June 21st, and premiered her movie in London’s West End. The beloved bunny, however, deserves more than just one day, why not a parade? The Miffy Art Parade has no less than 60 statues designed in the bunny’s honor by esteemed artists and will be touring worldwide. Throughout Japan and Holland, where Dick Bruna created Miffy, more than half a decade ago, the statues are on display to delight Miffy fans. Since March, one by one, a new Miffy doll has been revealed. The final statue shown, designed by Marte Röling of Holland, (Miffy’s birth place), is all in gold.
miffy xl
Another Miffy favorite was designed by two New York based artists Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin using florals, Drew Barrymore and Lara Stone (a Holland model) for an inspirational mashup. While some statues have replicas for you to snatch up, the original statues will be auctioned off for UNICEF after the tour is completed this October. Happy Birthday Miffy!

by:Pia Finnigan

MOVE! – Art & Fashion Extravaganza

MOVE! into October with fabulous fashion & art courtesy of the new downtown mall, Battery Park City’s own, Brookfield Place. Home to luxury staples DVF, Burberry, Vince, Scoop & Babesta, who will all participate in the interactive MOVE! experience. Kicking off Friday, October 2nd, at 12pm the event will last all weekend pairing designers and artists.

Talk about a true selfie, “Pose”, matches Diane Von Furstenberg and Ryan McNamara creating an original wrap-dress donning you! McNamara’s art has been displayed in local museums such as the Whitney and MoMa. Playing with gender, “Crossover” plays with the transformation of females to males and vice-versa with a little help from Cos Bar featuring Yves Saint Laurent Beauty products and artist James Kaliardos. To earn a special (yummy) treat, Le District is taking “singing for your supper” up a notch. Learn a choreographed dance from artist Elana Langer in “Dance Deal” and a pastry snack will be yours.

Babesta will be celebrating the event with two opportunities (including opening day) for participants to add their artistic flair to our store windows! One window will feature a painting-on-denim communal project to celebrate the newest fashionable stroller, the denim Diesel x Bugaboo collaboration! The other will feature an image by illustrator James Gulliver Hancock and participants will get to color the image themselves. Both art pieces will be displayed through the month of October in Babesta’s window. Visitors can participate & enjoy the art, nibble on some snacks and sip a wine or juice box.

Brookfield Place
250 Vesey Street
Friday 10/2 & Saturday 10/3 12PM – 8PM
Sunday 10/4 12PM – 7PM

Walk This Way :Akid & MiniMode Sneaker Launch at Babesta

akid minimode edited
Babesta shoe brand best-seller, Akid, is teaming up with chicest spot on the web for stylish moms, MiniMode. Babesta at Brookfield Place is hosting “Walk This Way,” the Akid & MiniMode collaboration with a little get together September 30th! Wine, cupcakes, an awesome photo booth and lots of fun will help celebrate a new super cool sneaker launch! Akid’s collection is already full of the flyest footwear this season; from Axel Lip sneakers to Jasper Metallic boots and of course classic Black Knight Snake sneakers. Created by Maria Benetos and Colleen Crivello, MiniMode, has become the destination for savvy moms (& moms-to-be) who know how to keep their fashion edge.

Insta-Infant Influencers: Meet @badboi_vivi

Rocking so many of Babesta’s favorite brands including Mini Rodini and Bobo Choses, with the effortless style only a 1-year old can pull off, we have to introduce you to an Itsy Bitsy Instagrammer. Meet super-fly Vida (aka BadBoi_Vivi), a fashion influencer to watch in today’s world of younger and younger style stars.

Handle: @badboi_vivi
Age: 1 year
Hometown: LA
Fave Fashion: vintage Levi’s jean jacket
Must Visit: Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena (A.K.A. Baby Coachella)
Follows: @tinykaper, @momcrushmonday

Vida 1_CMYK
Little Vida is looking forward to seamlessly transitioning his layette from summer to fall. “I can’t wait for layers! Lots of darker staple items; boots, chunky cardigans and denim jackets,” says Natalie (aka Vida’s mom). She notes his vintage Levi’s jean jacket is a can’t-live-without!
vida 6_CMYK
Vida’s style extends to bedroom decor too. We loved watching Vida’s nursery unfold on Instagram. “I thought it (a revamped bookshelf) would look nice against a black chalkboard wall, says Natalie, I then picked up some colorful tape and free-styled a geometric wall…It’s cheerful and fun, just like him!”
vida room_CMYK

by: Pia Finnigan

Perfect Pairing: Aden + Anais Exclusive Collab with Babesta

pizza and pretzel set up
An exclusive launch of the Aden + Anais + Babesta collection, especially crafted for a NYC city infant, is days away. The swaddle masterminds behind adorable and organic infant gear from crib sheets to baby wraps will launch their handpicked new assemblage featuring NYC staples from poppy yellow taxis to street cart snacks. Celebrate your newbie’s urban adventure with the gender neutral muslin goodies. Little ones from any borough will enjoy snuggling up in these city selection (perfect for gifting).
dream blanket_CMYK

Crib sheets in Pretzel/Hotdog 23871, $30, or Taxi 23870, $30; Burpy bibs two-pack, 23872, $22; Dream blanket (reversible, one pattern on each side), 23873, $50. Sleeping bag in both patterns, S/M/L, 23879, $32 & nibble bibs, 23874, $20.

by: Pia Finnigan

Jungle Room by Dwell Studio

dwell studio jungle print sheets furniture babesta modern furniture kids nursery

Elvis isn’t the only one with a jungle room. This fanciful bedding by DwellStudio, featuring animals galore in a fitted sheet and bumper, can transform your New York nursery into a safari adventure!  The “wild” pattern also finds its way onto sleep sacks, play blankets and more.  The exotic animals will feel right at home in your home, especially if accessorized with a Mid-Century crib, changing table and bookshelf also courtesy of the style setters at Dwell!


Mother-daughter getaway at the Brooklyn Museum’s High Heel Art Show


Make like Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise for some mother-daughter bonding at the Brooklyn Museum’s high heel art show. This fall, art and fashion collide in one of history’s most iconic objects of desire –  Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe exhibition from September 10, 2014, through February 15, 2015.

Represent, by showing up to Brooklyn “Fresh to Def” in the latest in citified fashion event for trendsetting tots.

Over 160 symbols of elevated elegance will be on display, running the gamut from some of the earliest historic examples, to traditional modern classics, and futuristic conceptual pieces that bear a very loose resemblance to an actual shoe. Also featured, are six high heel inspired short films that were specifically commissioned for this exhibition from artists Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome.

Presented are works from both emerging and established designers, including Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Tom Ford, Zaha Hadid and Iris van Herpen for United Nude, Pierre Hardy,  Nicholas Kirkwood, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Winde Rienstra, Elsa Schiaparelli, Noritaka Tatehana, and Vivienne Westwood. Also included are classic shoes by André Perugia, Pietro Yantorny, Roger Vivier, Beth Levine, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Sorta a who’s who in fashion!

Early shoes on exhibit include seventeenth century silk Italian chopines, eighteenth century European leather and metal patterns, and nineteenth-century cotton and silk embroidered Manchu platforms from China.

Ready for some stand-outs: Look out for Marilyn Monroe’s Ferragamo stilettos from1959 (awesome!), stiletto mules of silk, metal, and glass by Roger Vivier for House of Dior (1960); and a wool “heel hat” made by Elsa Schiaparelli in collaboration with Salvador Dalí (1937–38). How bout a black leather platform bootie with an 8-inch heel designed by United Nude for Lady Gaga (2012); Céline’s fur pump (2013) covered in mink; and several other designs made in collaboration with United Nude such as Zaha Hadid’s chromed vinyl rubber, kid nappa leather, and fiberglass “Nova” shoe (2013). Don’t forget “Printz,” from Christian Louboutin’s Spring/Summer 2013–14 collection, and Iris van Herpen’s 3-D printed heel, “Beyond Wilderness” (2013)

So: now the point: Start your pint-sized shoe diva off early with the flyest kicks at Babesta,

So if you’re looking for mother-daughter bonding this fall,  consider a playdate that everyone will enjoy at the Brooklyn Museum . Inspired? Shop cool shoes (that aren’t so high & treacherous)

And, for the latest in the scene’s hot independent artists and everything cool, subscribe to the Babesta Blog for the illest style in children’s fashion.

-Asa Barnla

Modern Tots need Modern Toys: Hittin’ the Beach in Style

beach toys 2_ by QuutWe think that every modern tot needs modern beach toys. These sleek and artful toys are beautiful objects in their own right, but to boot, they’re super fun. Meet the Quut sand rake, Ballo pail, sand sifter and sand castle maker. Let the fun in the sun begin! Shop Quut!

coolest beach toys by Quut