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High-Design Nursery Style
We’ve partnered with Dyson to show off some of our favorite high-design nurseries from some of our favorite high-design mamas. One of the best parts of baby prep is designing your dream nursery. Yes, that nine months is crucial to getting life in order before your little one arrives, but it’s also crucial to scouring your feeds for inspo, shopping till you drop, and rearranging that furniture justonemoretime till you’ve created a room that will make you swoon during every change, cuddle and late-night feed with your baby. To help you get inspired, we’ve rounded up some of our very favorite nurseries from some of our very favorite mamas, filled with high-design from corner to corner. But what makes these nurseries special is not only what you can see -- it’s what you can’t see. Which is quality air (in this case delivered from high-design Dyson products). And that’s way more important to the babies and mommies that live in these spaces than a cool lamp or a fab crib sheet. Although they have those too. Pin away. Amie Cunningham, Designer/Owner of Thief & Bandit, Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada Mom to Wolfgang (6), Dutch (3), and Viggo (1.5) This room is shared between my 6-year-old boy, Wolfgang, and our littlest 21-month-old Viggo. We recently renovated our old house so we chose stained white hardwood floors and white walls throughout. I love a clean aesthetic and we have so much artwork that we've collected over the years, colorful Persian rugs and lots of printed Thief & Bandit home goods so it's nice to have it all stand out on the white. My favorite parts of the room are the hand made art that is displayed throughout. The pizza slice and the beehive were made by my husband, Johnston Foster. He makes sculpture out of essentially trash. It's really fun to hang artwork in their room that is made from reconstructed/repurposed materials, especially since it's made by their Dad. Annie Lin, Founder of A Little Bundle, Austin, TX Mom to Indie Rey (4.5 months) My nursery inspiration is quirky, clean and modern, with a pop of color! The nursery really started with this beautiful horse photograph I purchased from the local outlet. Since I’m constantly shopping and looking around for A Little Bundle, it gave me an idea of how I hoped for the nursery to turn out to be before Indie arrived. Vané Broussard, interior designer and blogger, Brooklyn NY Mom to William (10 months) As an interior designer, I always feel like I'm my most difficult client! But Will's room actually came pretty easy to me. I always knew I wanted something neutral and modern that wouldn't look too "baby" so it could grow with him, so black and white was an easy choice. The pops of color ended up coming from the art and little details around the room like his Artecnica mobile and Bright Lab Lights garland. A lot of the art I already had and just picked up a few extra pieces, and I love that we arranged them in a very clear band, similar to the dark band at the bottom of the wall. Andrea Faulkner Williams, Owner of Tubby Todd Bath Co., San Diego, CA Mom to Josie (5), Walker (3), James (4 months) My nursery is decorated like the rest of my house: not one specific style, but just a collection of things we love. James is my third baby, and now more than ever I am embracing the cozy, warm, cuddly season of a newborn. It goes so, so fast and I want to soak it up as much as possible. His nursery contains a lot of sheepskin, soft fabrics, blankets and basically anything that inspires cuddling and love. A clean, natural feeling with a touch of bling because James likes to keep things classy. Lindsey Belle, photographer, New York City and the Hamptons Mom to Stella (4) and Liam (9 months) My nursery style is pretty modern with a slight twist. I love the Oeuf bunk and the Bloom crib. I found the rug as part of Jenny Kayne x Pottery Barn and love that it adds a warm texture to the room. Stella loves butterflies so we added the butterflies on the wall and pink lights near her bed to make her feel like the room was really special to her too. I looked around a lot on Instagram and Pinterest and realized that I love mixing styles up. I love the clean aesthetic mixed with some fun pieces and colors. The light is my favorite part of the nursery. It just pours in in the afternoon and evenings. I love to sit up there with the kids and watch them play with that glorious light shining through. Amie’s nursery photographed by Amie Cunningham, featuring Dyson’s Pure Hot+Cool Link. Annie’s nursery photographed by Annie Lin, featuring Dyson’s Pure Cool Link. Vané’s nursery photographed by Vané Broussard, featuring Dyson’s Humidifier. Andrea’s nursery photographed by Kelly Fondots of A Bluer Sea featuring Dyson’s Pure Hot+Cool Link. Lindsey’s nursery photographed by Lindsey Belle, featuring Dyson’s Humidifier.

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    Ara Katz/Seed

    We spoke to Ara Katz, co-founder and co-CEO of Seed, who shared her journey to (and through) motherhood—and gave us the lowdown on how probiotics can benefit mamas and children alike.

    Chances are, you're aware that probiotics can help us digest the food we eat, keep inflammation at bay, synthesize essential vitamins and more. But here's the thing: When it comes to probiotics, there's a lot of misinformation… and because of that, it's hard to know what's actually a probiotic and which is the right one for you.

    That's why we chatted with Ara Katz, who is a mama to son Pax and the co-founder of Seed, a company disrupting the probiotics industry. The entrepreneur told us about her motherhood journey, what led her to start her company and what she wants other parents to know about probiotics.

    Q. What was life like for you before you became a mama?

    I was bi-coastal after co-founding a mobile tech company in New York City with a partner in LA. My life was, for as long as I can remember, consumed by creating and work. I was fairly nomadic, loved to travel, spent many hours reading and practicing yoga, being with friends [and] waking up at the crack of dawn. [I] was fairly sure I would never marry or have children. And then something shifted.

    Q. What were some pivotal moments that defined your journey to motherhood?

    Ha, that makes it sound like motherhood is a destination when at this very moment, more than ever, it evolves daily. I lost my mom when I was 17 and spent most of my life believing I didn't want to be a mother. I had a lot of wiring about its limitations and constraints—I'm sure relics of grief and the fear of loss.

    My journey started with a physiological wanting to be pregnant and have a baby. There was a kind of visceral sense that my body wanted to know what that was like and a strange curiosity that, at least for that period of time, usurped my ambivalence about motherhood.

    Then I had a miscarriage—a beautiful inflection point in my story. I resigned from my company, chose a coast, committed to be more committed to my (then) boyfriend, now husband, and tried again. I got pregnant shortly after that and found pregnancy to be a profound journey within, a reshaping of my life and the tiniest glimpse of how motherhood would unfold.

    In the 55 months since giving birth (and I like to use months because I have learned in the moments that I am most frustrated as a mom that he has only been on this planet for less than 14 fiscal quarters), I have realized and surrendered to a definition of motherhood that is a process. One of cultivating, creating, recreating, shapeshifting, learning, feeling, healing, hurting and experiencing the most potent form of presence I have ever experienced—and an aching, expansive love I didn't know possible—not just for my son, but for all living things.

    Q. How did motherhood change your approach to your career?

    Becoming a mother is certainly a persistent lens on all of my choices, but it was really my miscarriage that recalibrated my path. My pregnancy rekindled my love of biology and health and led me to my co-founder and the microbiome. My breastfeeding experience incepted our first product focus, and the newfound accountability for a human inspired our brand.

    Q. What inspired you to co-found Seed?

    I met my co-founder, Raja, during my pregnancy with Pax. [I] was immediately awestruck by his ability to both deeply understand science and to methodically break down a product, dietary question or piece of advice in a way that's educational (you actually learn something about your body), actionable (you understand what to do with the information) and foundational (you can build on that knowledge in the future to continue to make better choices).

    As we spent more time, our combined passion for microbes, their potential impact on both human health and the environment, and how to set up a child for a healthy life became increasingly clear. And through birth, seeding (the process by which we get our foundational microbes and the inspiration for the name of our company) Pax and my struggles with breastfeeding, my entrepreneurial spirit was lit to build something with Raja. His deep experience in translating science to product, and mine in consumer, community-building and translating through storytelling, culminated in a shared vision to set a new standard in health through bacteria.

    Q. Probiotics have been trending in recent years, but they're nothing new—can you talk a bit about the importance of probiotics?

    Interest in gut health and probiotics increases month by month. However, despite the quickly growing number of "probiotic" supplements, foods and beverages out there, there's still a lot of consumer confusion—particularly around what they are, how they work and why we should take them. Probiotics have been studied extensively across various life stages, body sites and for many benefits. Digestion is an obvious and immediate one (and the primary reason most people currently take probiotics). But other strains have also been studied for skin health, heart health and gut health (including gut immune function and gut barrier integrity). But this doesn't mean that any and all probiotics can do these things—this is the importance of 'strain specificity.' In other words, ensuring that the specific strains in your probiotic have been studied for the benefit you desire is critical.

    Seed Daily Synbiotic

    Seed

    Seed's Daily Synbiotic is a 24-strain probiotic + prebiotic formulated for whole-body benefits, including gut, skin and heart health.


    Q. How do probiotics play a role in your life?

    I mean, I take them, I develop them and I work with some of the leading scientists from around the world advancing the field—so they play a big role. As for my personal health, I take our Daily Synbiotic daily and my son also takes specific strains for gastrointestinal health and gut immune function. Beyond that, it's the re-orientation around my microbiome that guides many of my choices: how important fiber is, specific compounds like polyphenols found in berries, green tea and other foods, avoiding the use of NSAIDS like ibuprofen and antibiotics when not needed, exercise, sleep and time in nature [are] all aspects of our daily life that impact our microbiome and our health.

    Q. What are some misconceptions about probiotics that you would like to set straight?

    There's one main myth on from which all the other stem: that probiotics aren't considered a serious science. On the contrary, it's a field of inquiry that demands incredible rigor and extensive research. And when anything and everything from chocolate to ice cream to fermented food and kombucha to mattresses can call itself "probiotic" due to underregulation in the category, that grossly undermines the science and their potential.

    The term 'probiotic' has a globally-accepted scientific definition that was actually co-authored by our Chief Scientist, Dr. Gregor Reid ,for the United Nations/World Health Organization.

    At Seed, we work to reclaim the term for science, through the development of next-generation probiotics that include clinically validated strains and undergo the most rigorous safety, purity and efficacy testing procedures. Because why would you invite billions of unknown microbes into your body without asking "what's in here, is it the correct dosage that was studied, and has that strain in that amount been studied in human clinical trials to do something beneficial for my body"?

    Q. Can you tell us a little bit about what product you plan to launch next?

    We are developing a pipeline of consumer probiotics to target specific ecosystems of the body and life stages, including a synbiotic for children. Our next product will reflect a unique breakthrough in the field of pediatric probiotics, which we are excited to announce soon.

    This article was sponsored by Seed. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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