Ready to decorate the playroom? Or, for city dwellers, define a cozy and stylish spot in the room where your toddler can set up shop. We’re crazy about the Cubino chair and loveseat by Monte! It’s the perfect perch from which to read, play or relax, meshing seamlessly with a sophisticated and modern interior. The chair is made of thick durable foam covered with a soft durable microsuede. Add a shelf of books and voila! Shop Monte at Babesta.
We’re totally stoked to welcome Quinn & Fox to the fall lineup at Babesta! We are smitten with their hand screened tees and sweatpants with the adorable and quirky circus prints! The company, founded in 2013 by self-described “parents of two curly haired girls,” works with artists to design their funky graphics, and the tees and sweats are organic and made from scratch in California. And, per the kids who wear it, it’s super comfy to boot!
Today’s rockers aren’t your grandmother’s rockers. They’re sleek, modern and can work as easily in nurseries as they can in living rooms. And gliders, once large, clunky eye sores, are now high style contemporary nursery-musts, available in tweed, micro suede and leather—some even go so far as to kick back and recline.
Choosing between a host of good options may make decision-making even harder of course. Tribeca Pregnancy and Parenting Education Director Erica Lyons confirms, “There’s no real difference for soothing a child,” when choosing between a glider and rocker. But for families with toddlers, she adds, gliders have an added benefit: “Gliders don’t rock on little hands—but as long as mom is aware of no little fingers under the rocking chair, either is fine.”
Ralph Montemurro, co-owner of Monte Design Group, a family owned Canadian company founded on the concept of locally manufactured chic chairs, gives his own take. “A glider is great because it is a quiet, stable option that looks great in any room—and the glider-recliner gives you that and the ability to put your feet up and lay back. A rocker, on the other hand, is a classic choice because of its timeless style and design, and, with no moving parts, can last generations.”
Montemurro says he and his wife Michelle started Monte Design after successfully identifying a void in the market, and notes, designing a better nursery chair wasn’t easy. In fact, they made 40-50 prototypes of the original Luca glider (named after their third child) before going to market. Since then, they’ve been manufacturing gliders and rockers in Canada, without seeing a trend in preference between gliding and rocking. It seems in the end, it comes down to personal preference and aesthetic taste.
So, what do you say? Are you going to rock or glide?
Whatever you choose, we salute you.
Some questions to ask after you’ve decided to rock or glide
Is it easy to clean? Is it comfortable? Does it fit in with my decor? Is it easy to get out of (not too low)? Where is it made? How is it made?
Whether on a onesie or a national ad campaign, Swedish designer Cassandra Rhodin deftly pulls from the beautiful, quirky fantasy world she’s envisaged, replete with anthropomorphic animals and vintage references, served up with a modern twist. Wielding her pen she knows how to entice and entertain, possibly a genetic talent passed down from her great grandfather, circus king Brazil Jack. Though her heritage and own childhood inspire, when it comes to designing her children’s wear label Mini Rodini, Rhodin notes, “My biggest inspiration definitely comes from hanging out with my two kids. Their imagination is unbelievable.” Fall ’13 is arguably her strongest collection to date, and, we hear, Rhodin is growing the label from kids’ wear into home goods. We were psyched to sit down with ringleader Rhodin and hear the ballyhoo on the brand.
Tonight’s the night! It’s Project Runway All-Stars time! We at Babesta will be glued to the TV this season, rooting on Jeffrey Sebelia, one of our fave designers at Babesta (he does the uber rad La Miniatura line, of course)! Check out some of his designs in store this season & get a sneak peek of next season (it’s awesome!)
We’ve got gems galore from Mini Rodini this season! Now we know that technically diamonds don’t shine, they reflect; but because they’re reflecting the sheer awesomeness of your kid’s style we figure we can get away with the phrase.
We think Mimi had it right with regards to styling the print, but you can definitely get away with a ton of cool outfits by breaking up her look into separates. We’d love to hear how you style your kids’ gems, so hit the comments and let us know!
Shop Precious Diamond with a Mini Rodini style in your Babesta store
Mini Rodini loves Snow Leopards this season and so do we! Their animal prints are always super fun, but the snow leopards are especially cool this season. We’re kind of all about the Snow Leopard Sweatshirt (you can even complete the look and grab the ear hat here); it’s a great way to express your child’s wild side and it’s super cozy. Or you can go extra wild with the Berlin Cheetah Jeans which add a great pop of color on any dreary winter day. Or you can go uber-wild and do both. Whatever you decide to do, let us know in the comments! We love hearing about what awesome outfits you come up with…