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Introducing: Posh Lead Designer, Mary Hannon Packard

A North Carolina girl with southern charm, eclectic taste and a craving for color, Mary Hannon Packard was destined for design. After starting her own business and turning houses into true homes in the residential market, this design dynamo was snagged by PoshTots/PoshLiving as our new Lead Designer. Whether it’s an Italian villa, a good cup of coffee or fabulous animal-print footwear, this chic fashionista and first-time mom lives her life out loud. Her inspired determination is delightfully infectious. Meet Mary Hannon…

Design Background: BA in Arts Studies with a focus in Furniture Making – NC State, BFA in Interior Design – VCU

Projects: Two Richmond Symphony Designer Homes, Homes in various VA Garden and Holiday Tours (Virginia Garden Week Tour, Urbanna Holiday House Tour), Features in R Home, Richmond Magazine & Chesapeake Living Magazine, Owner of Residential Interior Design Company Silver Spoon Interiors since 2002

Design Philosophy: A well-designed home is a key element of a well-lived life. A home should reflect the people that live in it.

Inspiration/Influences: I find inspiration in anything from a stroll down the street in a quaint town to a drive in the country past front porches, farms and cottage gardens. I am also influenced by the Italian coast – the beautiful blue water contrasting with brightly painted homes and the old streets. The Italians love modern edgy art and furnishings and have a keen ability to mix the old with the new.

My Style:
I am a traditional southern girl at heart with a flair for the bright and funky with a modern twist. I love comfortable furniture, clean lines, bold printed fabrics and modern original artwork.

Favorite Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. My dad read it to me as a child and it is still my favorite. I think the world would be a better place if everyone read it!

Favorite Website: – I love to dress my son in longalls and “Jon Jons” – smocked and everything. They have great sales and I figure I should take advantage of dressing him that way before he objects!

On My iPod: Jay Z, The Grateful Dead, Prince, The Embers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Black Eyed Peas…just to name a few.

Must See TV: Rachel Zoe Project, Mad Men, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Favorite Expression: Patience is a virtue! And I have none…so I am constantly reminding myself.

Favorite Things: The way my son smells when he is fresh from his evening bath, a good cup of coffee, peonies, animal-print shoes and homegrown tomatoes.

To follow Mary Hannon’s design eye, take a peak at her pinterest board found here!

Mother to Mother, and Additional Benefits to Baby Wearing.

Blake Mycoskie may not be a household name but his TOMS shoes are quickly becoming a stylish wardrobe staple. The TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver was armed with just an entrepreneurial spirit and a dream when he decided to be the change he wanted to see. Now, with every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need – One for One. Today, April 10th, is TOMS One Day Without Shoes, a day to spread awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life by going footwear-free for a day. But Blake’s unique story doesn’t stop there…

Inspired by Blake and the women of Haiti, mother of five Kathryn Wiley purchased Rockin’ Baby in 2011 and established a “Mother to Mother” movement. Realizing that Haiti has the highest infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere Kathryn stood determined that, with every sling sold, Rockin’ Baby would donate one to a mother in need. Today, the giving goes far beyond that to actually educating mothers about the benefits of babywearing, from bonding to breastfeeding. Not only can you feel good keeping baby close with a Rockin’ Baby sling, but you are also making a difference in the lives of other mothers. Read more about Kathryn, her mission and how you can help make the world a better place to be below.

Kathryn Wiley, of Rockin’ Baby Slings

Rockin’ Baby Mission
For every sling purchased, Rockin’ Baby donates a new sling to a mother in need, while educating her on the importance it holds in her baby’s life. Mother to Mother.

Rockin’ Baby Story
With every sling that is purchased, Rockin’ Baby will give a sling to a mother in Haiti. As a mother of 5, American and Rockin’ Baby owner Kathryn Wiley knows the profound effect a mother can have on her children. But the giving does not stop there!

As there are so many cultures that tend to not hold their children, Rockin’ Baby will also educate those mothers on the impact a sling can have on their lives. In addition to making it easier to nurture, bond and breastfeed, these slings will allow mothers to continue gathering food and water for their families.

The attachment of a mother and her infant could be a matter of survival — education and slings will impact this need dramatically. Today, you are actually giving the gift of life to another mother and her child in Haiti (and eventually beyond). The impact is huge! Now mothers can learn that slings can be part of their daily lives, no matter how they struggle with their basic needs. In turn, these babies will be healthier, more attached to their mothers and begin a life more fulfilled and optimistic. A gift of life, from you to them. Mother to Mother.

When were you established, how did you get started?
Through college and into my adult life, I have spent many hours in Haiti. As a mother, I understood the importance of baby wearing, and the strong impact it can have on the mother-child bond within a few hours of a baby’s life. With that being said, I saw that this opportunity was being missed through out Haiti. Mothers were tasking, working and providing food and water for their families sometimes hours after they have given birth. I bought Rockin’ Baby from two Los Angeles mothers back in 2010. Inspired by the one for one model of TOMS shoes, I knew that making Rockin’ Baby into a Mother to Mother company was the only way to go. Today for every sling sold, Rockin’ Baby will donate one to a Haitian mother, and educate her on its importance. Mother to Mother.

When and how did you get started working with mom’s in Haiti?
I know several people that live in Haiti, and I was given a contact within Heartline Women’s Program in Port au Prince. I began my discussions September, 2010, several months before purchasing the company. Beth McHoul has been in Haiti over 20 years was the person I spoke with first. She challenged me with how these slings were going to change women’s lives in Haiti. I was charged with a responsibility after speaking with her, and Nadene Brunk of Midwives for Haiti. After our first sling drop in August, 2010, they left with the request for us to bring thousands back!

What are some benefits of baby wearing?There are so many. First and foremost is the mother/child bond that develops. This is a magical time for a brand new infant to learn and be comforted by their momma and papa. There is also the opportunity to breast feed on demand. There is also scientifically backed studies that show children who were “worn” cry less, have higher learning potential, better problem solving skills, and are better organized.

Design philosophy:Rockin’ Baby’s design philosophy is sophisticated and beautiful. While studying the latest fashion trends, colors and fabrics, the seasonal offering will always have the Haitian culture in mind. In addition, our slings and pouches have the safest hardware on the market, to allow comfort and piece of mind for the child and its parents.

Inspirations/Influences: My mom, Gandhi, Blake Mycoskie, Mother Theresa

Favorite book: The Bible

Favorite Websites:,,

On Your iPod: Patty Griffin, The Civil Wars, U2, Josh Garrels

Must-See TV: I don’t watch much TV, but anything Documentary interests me.

Favorite expression: act justly, love mercy, walk humbly
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”

To shop Kathryn’s entire line of beautiful and inspirational slings and pouches, please click here

Happy Birthday Baby! Our Newest Posh Family Member.

Please welcome the newest addition to our PoshTots family, Logan Maddox Sikora Robinson! Born Thursday, March 29th at 3:18pm measuring 21.5 inches and weighing in at 7 lb. 6 oz. to proud parents Paul and Shenna.

Here is the last photo taken of Shenna (left) before she headed to the hospital to meet this sweet boy! Shenna is shown at 39 weeks and Carley(right) is shown at 34 weeks.

We’ll keep you posted on all the adorable details as Logan grows into our very own posh tot.

Congratulations, Shenna & Paul!

Diaper Duty! Diaper bags we adore.

Spring seems to be a popular season for baby showers and gift-giving galore! A favorite gift is the infamous diaper bag. Selecting a stylish and functional diaper bag is not as easy as it seems – so our office pulled together to come up with their favorite picks in the diaper bag realm. Some of these are actually being used currently for our very own posh tots.

Without further ado, our posh people’s picks for this season’s hottest bags:

Andrea’s bag of choice is a decadent diaper bag with the modern mother as its muse!

Mary Hannon chose a leather diaper bag that is both durable and fashion-forward.

The bag Cindy chose can be used as a functional diaper bag for tiny tots or as a carry-all for the toddler years and beyond.

Our favorite fashionista, Susan, chose a bag that reinforces her fabulous taste while still proving to be functional.

Sue Ellen’s personality can now be defined as somewhat exotic, as her giraffe-print diaper bag whisks us away to a warm safari.

Sarah’s bag of choice features a unique, versatile print that can be dressed-up or kept casual. It moves effortlessly from satchel to backpack and from diaper bag to handbag.

New dad Branin reminds us that diaper bags aren’t just for mommies. He has this fabulous Scout bag at home, wait…actually, it’s probably in his car or somewhere within arm’s reach.

Our bright and bold merchandiser, Ashley, would choose no less a bag than one that encompasses all her personality has to offer.

Expectant momma Shenna decides she may need a bag that is more substantial for trips with her new boo, so she springs for the Petunia Pickle Bottom Playful Poppy Wistful Weekender.

Jason opts for a bag that is convertible as a messenger or backpack and finds that all the compartments fit his everyday needs.

Our Baby Parade expert, Erin, finds that this bag from our sister site captures the perfect balance of style and function.

Design Consultant Cathy thinks the boxy backpack is a modern mom’s necessity for hands-free trips to town or just a stroll by the seashore.

For more posh people’s diaper bag picks, please visit our pinterest board

What do you look for in a diaper bag? After all, it’s more than just your ordinary bag, isn’t it?

It’s a _____! Gender reveal party, revealed.

(Img Source: The Gender Reveal)
Carley here, at 32 weeks pregnant (51 days to go!). I’m here to share some details on if I’m buying tutu’s or tonka’s for my future babe and how I found out! I am a Type A, planner to the nth degree. When we found out we were pregnant, I was just as excited about finding out what the baby was, as finding out there was a baby at all! When I realized our 20 week appointment fell just a couple days before Christmas, I came up with all sorts of plans (type-a I say!)! I asked the ultrasound tech to write our babe’s gender on a card, and my Husband and I would open it on Christmas Eve, and share the news with our family on Christmas Day!

Our friends, however, were forced to wait for new years eve to find out at our gender reveal party! For the party, I had a couple tricks up my sleeve, it was a “Chinese food potluck” where everyone brought their favorite Chinese takeout. I made fortune cookies, that had funny sayings inside, for example “A dirty diaper is in your future” and “You will be babies favorite!” and I passed those out shortly before midnight. At midnight, my plan was to have a trunk full of colored (pink or blue) balloons that we opened in front of all of our friends, out the balloons would fly:

Similar to the photo seen below:

(Img Source: vol25)

Well I had purchased several plain latex helium balloons, and one foil balloon. The latex balloons were too large for the trunk, so I let out half of their helium, but they still floated just fine (when they went into the trunk) so everyone counted down in anticipation… 3.. 2.. 1… We open the trunk, and WALAH! 1 puny foil balloon floats up! The rest lost their helium charge from either the air I depleted or being locked in a trunk for two days. Anywho, the plan didn’t exactly go off as I imagined (so much for my type A!)! But everyone was so excited to see that one blue balloon that it didn’t matter much, and made it all rather comical.

So there you have it, how we found out we were having a boy, and how we announced it to the world!
Do you have a gender reveal story that is special, or didn’t go as planned? We’d love to hear about your little lady or gent!

Posh People: A Few Questions for Susan Wagner

You know that woman in the office who has so much sparkle and style that her infectious personality walks into the space before she does? We do too – meet Susan. While she’s one of the newest additions to the posh family, Susan already feels like an old friend. Take a minute to get to know her. We guarantee you’ll hear from this kindred spirit again sometime.

Name: Susan Wagner

Design background: BA in Fashion

Design philosophy: Eclectic. Do what you love as long as you’re mixing, not matching.

Inspirations? Influences? My design inspirations come from everywhere. I’m constantly inspired by new people, new cultures, music and lots of travel! My design eye is influenced by many including Kelly Wearsler and Milton Glaser.

Favorite books? Websites? Design Sponge, Decor8, The Sartorialist & Tastespotting

On my iPod: M83, City and Colour, Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Cut Copy & The National

A Few of My Favorite Things:
Some things I like, in no particular order, include: french press coffee, ripe avocados, letterpress, NPR, Scottie dogs, swimming in the ocean, yoga, crazy art installations, ikat prints, farmers’ markets, rainbow macaroons, San Francisco, freshly laundered sheets, getting out of town, cookbooks, Instagram, Eames chairs & the NY Times.

Susan’s Posh Picks:

1. Marias Lamp in White

2. Catherine Mirrored Glass Dresser

3. Glam Glider in Choice of Fabric

4. White Moroccan Leather Pouf

5. Insigna Rug in Pale Stone

A Room for Children, Interview with Author Susanna Salk

Designing a child’s room is no small task. On one hand, it is simply a space, but you are also setting the stage for who you want your child to be and how you will inspire them. After all, it’s truly your dreams and desires that go into your child’s room design. Once they start developing their own personal tastes, their influence may change the space a little – or even a lot. Design disputes and compromises aren’t uncommon in the teen years! The bottom line is that a child’s space is a place that they will someday consider part of their identity and, as parents, we want to help that unique personality shine through.

For advice and insight on creating the perfect children’s space we turned to design dynamo and author Susanna Salk. A contributing editor to 1STDIBS.COM and and a frequent Today Show guest, we champion her book Room for Children filled with over 200 captivating photographs of children’s spaces. It truly inspires the imagination of parents and decorators alike.

Susanna Salk, Author of Room for Children & Be Your Own Decorator

© Room for Children by Susanna Salk, Rizzoli New York, 2010.

1. What is the most important advice that you would give an expectant mother when planning a nursery?
This room is not forever! Although it often will feel like it, this room is going to evolve into many different incarnations as your child grows – hard as it is to imagine.

2. Do you think that it’s important for the nursery to be cohesive with the other interiors in a home?
Not necessarily. It should feel like a haven from the rest of the house where parent and child can rest, revive and get to know each other apart from the hustle and bustle right outside the door.

3. What is a common mistake parents make when planning a nursery or child’s room?
They overinvest in pieces and then need to buy new ones as a child grows into his/her next stage. It’s like a rocket ship with each part dropping into space and the child grows/surges forward. Don’t waste your money on an extravagant changing table, when a beautiful grownup bureau with a pad on top will do.

4. What trends are you noticing in children’s rooms right now?

Fabulous Art: It’s the best investment you can give your child from the get-go! Also, thankfully, we’re finally steering clear of themed rooms.

5. Your new book, Be Your Own Decorator, debuts next month. Please tell us what we can look forward to!
You will see my favorite rooms from the world’s top designers and tastemakers categorized and showcased in ways I hope will inspire and empower readers, no matter their style or budget.

“This is not a ‘how to’ design book but a ‘why not?’ book,” says Salk. “Designing our homes is one of the few creative ventures where we can – and should – pluck ideas from the pros without fear. The idea here is that it’s about echoing a spirit rather than a swatch. I wanted to gather a compilation of many different kinds of rooms, from traditional to whimsical, in hopes of showing readers that the best spaces are the ones that resonate with personality, not perfection.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Susanna!

Salk’s engaging new book is hitting the shelves in March of 2012.

© Be Your Own Decorator by Susanna Salk, Rizzoli New York, 2012.

Taking a babymoon, how to honeymoon before baby comes.

You may be asking yourself, what is a “babymoon” and how do I get one? A babymoon is a vacation for the expectant parents to take alone together before baby comes. It’s meant to give them some time to sit back and relax and enjoy some peace and quite, before peace and quite is a thing of the past! I jumped at the chance when I first discovered this exciting opportunity to peel my husband away from work and put all of our priorities on hold, to decompress and relax in a nice weekend getaway. We took our babymoon this past weekend, to Savannah Georgia from Richmond VA. And while I’m no expert on this topic, I do feel I have some insight to share on the babymoon experience.

First things first, select a date and stick to it. We chose this past weekend because it was President’s day and we had a three day weekend. However as the time approached we both got anxious about all the balls we were juggling and if we needed to reschedule it for a future weekend. We ended up letting all the balls stay in the air and making it work for us. But it was something we tossed around back and forth until I booked the non-refundable hotel fee and there was no turning back. Besides the convenience of a three-day weekend, there are some other factors that need to be considered about when is the best time to travel. For instance, I didn’t realize that in my 28th week of pregnancy edging on the third trimester, I would be back to that exhausted state of my pregnancy (aka Zombie status), where I would need at least two naps a day, and even if I am resting, I may not actually be able to fall asleep. It was especially exhausting because I get so giddy and anxious about traveling that I cannot sleep even without the pregnancy sleep issues! Besides the lack of sleep, I’m also carrying a lot more weight, than I was even a couple weeks ago. This led to lots of sore body parts and many stops on the beautiful park benches in Savannah (which is not necessarily a bad thing!). According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the safest time for a pregnant woman to travel is between 18-24 weeks. If I could do it over again, I would definitely encourage staying within those time frames.

Savannah, Georgia; caped with canopied trees and beauty

Second learning experience, keep your ambitions to a minimum. I was so eager to visit all of the places I had researched that I wanted to knock out as many as I could and walked many miles, overextending myself on the first day of our trip. I didn’t listen to my body, and didn’t drink enough water or take enough breaks. When we finally arrived back to our hotel, I crawled in bed feeling crippled and sore, and to my demise that lasted the rest of the trip! The second day of the trip, we chose to use the trolley tour guides and let them provide the entertainment and travel for us. I wish we had done this the first day, as they would have familiarized us with the area, and kept my tired feet from being even more tired than they needed to be. Pace it out, listen to your body and try to relax (after all isn’t that the point?).

Third, travel somewhere close. It might not be as exciting or exotic, but it will make all the difference! We took a 7 hour road trip for our trip, and I think that was a bit much. It actually was about an 8-9 hour trip with all the extra bathroom breaks that were needed! And sitting for more than 2 hours at a time can lead to leg cramps and reduced circulation. I’d say a 3-5 hour trip would be much more realistic and comfortable for the expectant Momma’s.

Me and the Mr. on our Babymoon

My final suggestion, spend some quality time with your spouse. This was the most beneficial part of the trip, and when I look back 20 years from now, I hope it’s what I remember most about the babymoon. I lucked into not booking a room with wifi and had terrible cell service, so instead of focusing on what we were missing at home, we focused on each other. We read baby books, and rented a movie. We had some good conversation in the car and talked about our present and our future. It was just the dose of medicine I needed to tackle the third trimester, and I’m so glad we were able to fit it in.

Do you have any advice for a babymoon? I’d love to hear about your trip or your words of wisdom!

Thanks for reading,

Meet the Artist, Marnie Vollenhals

Recently we had the pleasure of featuring this fabulous artist’s work on The Today Show. We just love the Modern Owl Canvases that were featured so much that we knew they would go viral on Pinterest, in our Pin It to Win It Contest!

(Pin this fabulous artwork now to be entered in our contest, ending at 5PM EST today!!)

Without further ado it’s now time for you to meet the talent behind the paintbrush, the fabulous Marnie Vollenhals!

When did you know you were going to be an artist? I was born with it to be completely honest. From Preschool and up, I was told I had some talent. It was during my last years of High School though, that I really wanted to pursue it as a career.

What inspires you? My vendors like you (PoshTots), fans, and all of my customers that are all around the world. All of the thankful emails that I receive and constant orders, really inspires me to keep going and create more unique art. I LOVE you guys 🙂

What is your favorite part of your job? I started keeping a map of the world with a little dot next to every place I have ever shipped to. I love shipping out an order and placing a dot on its destination….silly. I feel like all of my customers have a little piece of me in their home. That’s my favorite 🙂

Favorite PoshTots product? My favorite product are any of the large outdoor playhouses that you have. Those things are amazing.

Custom Home Replica Playhouse

Favorite Food? Aything healthy- I’m a health food junkie, but a sucker for red licorice.

Weekend Activity? My weekends are honestly packed with painting and attending my boys’ sporting events. We are a huge football family also. We live in Texas and the youth here play year round, it’s fun.

Here are a few of our favorite items from this talented artist!

Alpha Tree Hand-Painted Canvas
Letters are growing on this fun and modern tree! Perched on a branch is Smarty the Owl. Bright and preppy colors make this piece pop. Your little one is sure to pick up the alphabet on this painting.

Love Chics II Hand-Painted Canvas
These sweet little birds are too cute! Hand-painted with added felt, and hand-made printed paper, are simply perfect for baby’s nursery.

Rocket Dog Hand-Painted Canvas
Blast off to space with the coolest dog in the universe. Hand-painted with fun bold colors, this piece of work is an eye catcher.