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Just wanted to give a shout out to Elyse Kroll Interiors–the mastermind behind the Babesta Threads revamp. We can’t say enough about Elyse – and we give her our highest recommendation if you’re looking to spruce up your home or professional space. We didn’t even know we were going to revamp Babesta until Elyse came in (after we tapped her to do the consultation we “won” at the PS 234 school auction). Her ideas were great and we could see her vision in our first conversation. Our interest was immediately piqued and we decided to just go for it. Our contractor was surprised (“we’re revamping the space, are you free next week!?”) but somehow it all came together. (OK I say somehow, but really it was all of us working round the clock). We love her creativity and resourcefulness coupled with a great ability to listen and understand our business needs and come up with attractive solutions to address each one. She definitely captured the Babesta vibe, helping us make our miniature space much more useful while keeping it super-cool. Some of the highlights: The orange and grey accent walls, the framed t-shirt wall, the center locker-tables, the back counter made out of kitchen cabnitry. We look forward to working with Elyse again-She rocks!
OK, yes, I always do these windows at night! But I couldn't wait to reveal our back to school window! Pencils by Lotless, Book-table by ebay, backpacks by Madpax (you can buy them inside!!!!) And (this is really exciting for us) if you bring in 2 new or nearly new books to Babesta for Room to Grow charity (for in-need families), we'll give you 10 percent off your back to school purchase! Back to School Rulez indeed!!! www.babesta.com.
As this will be the last day of Olympic window at babesta (the first window after our renovation) I thought I'd post a few pictures. I'm trying to capture all of our windows as we have so much fun doing them and are always sad to see them go (but always excited about the next.)
Note the British brand tees by Rowdy Sprout and the gorgeous "British flags" in poppy colors created by Elyse Kroll Interiors.
We're heading over to One Art Space at 23 Warren tomorrow after we close (@7:00) in order to check out artist Brady Smith's wrestlers, bunnies, skeletons & such! Come meet us there. It will (shamefully) be our first visit to the cool space!
23 Warren Street, btwn Church & Broadway
Here's a taste!
So I just went to the Moma yesterday to see "Century of the Child: Growing Up by Design, 1900-2000." It's a comprehensive exhibit that interplays history with the common perception of children and childhood (it wasn't all fun and games for kids, especially in the early years where they were a key & cheap laborers). It walks through the early 20th century as kids started to become more of a focus – in some ways an unspoiled canvas on which adults could imprint our ideal of what society could be. The exhibit also highlights Montessori, and the idea that children have intrinsic ideas and capablities and can independantly interact with the world around them, and the toys and tools to support that school of thought. The exhibit takes you through both World Wars, Italian modernism, the Space Race (and the resulting toys), Disneyland, PeeWee's Playhouse, electronic games and japanimation. There's also a ginormous Stokke Trip Trapp chair! In all, it's a very cool exhibit, and kids will like it for its bright colored vehicles of fun, but there are many more layers and interesting questions that it makes you ponder as a consumer, a global citizen and a parent. It's a great one to visit, and if you can, try to hop on the tour. Runs from July 29-November 5, 2012.
Photo: Ladislav Sutner-Porototype for Build the Town Building Blocks 1940-43. @ the MOMA.
We never posted the photos from pop culture phenom Toddlers and Tiaras own Eden Wood and Isabella Barrett's visit to Babesta showing off the new CicciaBella boot-slipper line. The girls were having a very pink and frilly blast, enjoying every nook and cranny of Babesta Cribz for the paps. We at Babesta wish them the very best with the line an applaud their spunk!
The toddlepreneurs showing off their boots & a few of her paparazzi fans getting a shot of the girls hamming it up….
Introducing ESP No. 1 at Babesta! Super cute skinny jeans in candy coated colors! Some even with ankle zips. ESP No. 1 is the brainchild of two creatives who joined forces to make a great range of unisex basics. We're totally loving them – the pop of color is simple yet statement making and the fit is perfect.
So when we got the Ugly Buddies, Ugly Dolls' newest pre-packaged set of stuffed monsters, we fell in love. And we knew everyone else would as well. So we decided to do a giveaway – so that some lucky person could win a buddy for himself AND for his or her buddy. Wanna enter? Super dooper! Go here, fill the form and cross your fingers — and your buddy's fingers!
Second prize is an Ugly Buddy just for you. First Prize is a buddy for you AND a buddy for your friend (think of how heartwarming it will be for your BFF to get this surprise in the mail!!!!)