Monthly Archives: September 2007

Meritalia coziness…

This afternoon as I was out and about on a potential labor inducing power stroll, I passed Meritalia’s showroom that was displaying an extensive collection of pieces I had seen previously exhibited more as prototypes in last spring’s furniture fair. While I usually prefer simple shapes and subdued colors, I am a total sucker for one or two more quirky pieces– particularly if they perfectly meld comfort with design. These 2 groups are so fresh, versatile and playful and I love the size options and soft edges. After visiting the website, and viewing the pieces myself I must say that they are even more cozy and nap-inviting in person:

La Michetta is a system of modular components coming in all sizes and colors, meant to be constantly changing and rearranged. Ultra soft and beautiful available in a neutral palette as well (not shown here):


Shadow chairs are unique in their construction to allow for constant flux and adaptation to the sitter. They are big and cozy without being sloppy and even come in a “mini-shadow” size for the piccolo design enthusiast:




Pancia pics: overtime




Inspiring pics of the day: Jane Birkin

Not only was Jane Birkin a huge sex symbol and fashion icon, but what an interesting activist mum. I love these pictures of her as a young mom in the 60s and 70s.







Still expectant: overdue and waiting for the timebomb that is not ticking

WARNING: This entry is mostly my whining and complaining about waiting to be in labor and trying to just relax
These days are creeping by. Milan is lonely without friends to lunch with, family to laugh with, and a working husband. The house gets cleaner every day (I have come to the notion that the only things that seem to satisfy me in these days are shopping and cleaning). Even my cuddly little dog is bored with me, I am certain. I walk marathon laps around the city center in hopes of kick-starting the grand finally only to experience only minimal twinges of discomfort and achy hip joints afterwards. I had a false alarm nearly two weeks ago, and now I am 2nd guessing myself that I even know what a contraction feels like. Waiting like this is such a drag and I wish my little guy would just come on out! I have tried talking to him gently, knocking him around with jumping-jacks, reading him stories about really fun things waiting for him outside of the womb. I have no patience for design, and looking at ingeniously crafted baby knits just makes me writhe with impatience. I have designed, undesigned, and redesigned his baby announcement to the point where it now looks like nothing to me.

I made an appointment for a pedicure thinking that it would calm me and perhaps stimulate some of my labor inducing pressure points I have read so often about. NO DICE. It Italy– or atleast in Porta Romana, Milano, pedicures are all function and NO frills, except for the frilly pricetag. There are no comfy chairs with heat and massage settings, no whirlpool tubs with organic salts. I perched uncomfortably on a metal folding chair facing my pedicurist while she took my leg at a 90 degree angle into the air and steadied it with her knee. This would not be relaxing for a contortionist, but for a pregnant woman in her 40th week, it is laughable. Finally, after cutting my foot with her clipper and then a super lazy massage of each foot that felt like a limp handshake, she just started painting my toenails a color that we had in NO way agreed upon. $50 for the worst pedicure ever. LAME LAME LAME!!! Oh how I miss my NYC nail salons.

Any ideas on how I can make the time pass? Or any good products for expectant mothers??? And not the stretch-mark cream, that stuff is depressing. I want relaxing and revitalizing. Any tips will be greatly appreciated.

Potentially crazy day @ 39 weeks…

Just thought I would update the due date situation, as today I am having a prior surgical procedure reversed that will dramatically up my chances of going into labor pronto. Today feels like the first day of the rest of my life, for lack of a better cheesy expression, and last night sleep was nearly impossible. Between the crowded somersaults occurring in my abdomen and the nervousness about becoming a mother I found myself wide awake and nearly nauseous, reminiscent of my own anxiety ridden childhood nights before a first day back at school.

So the procedure is happening at a hospital but provided that I do not immediately go into labor as a result (which is still totally possible) then I plan to go to the Casa di Maternita mentioned in earlier posts for the birth. Regardless, we are still coming to this hospital with overnight bag in tow.

Today is also the day that I meet our future pediatrician for the first time, armed with a list of interview questions and a fierce sense that this is all very very real and totally amazing. Promise to write more, be it from my computer tonight during another up-all-night-waiting episode, or from the other side of motherhood. Ciao 😉


Ikea hacks for the expat baby…

As we know that we will only be in Milan for the first several months or so of our baby’s life, we have been hesitant to invest too much financially in the designing of our nursery. Keeping in line with this mentality of making the most of the inexpensive and easily obtained, here are a couple of great Ikea hack ideas I have found. A perfect way for spiffing up the creative expat nursery on a budget.

Mod revision of the Gulliver crib from ikeahacker



curbly’s lilybee LACK hack table

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angelique’s decoupaged hack toychest



Hand painted GRONO hacked lamp by Irina Troitskaya…



Milano humor

I pass this little hair dressing outfit nearly everyday, and everyday it makes me smile.