juniper wilde is no stranger to our blog [debut here], but we love these products so much, we felt an encore was more than warranted. plus, this post is more about the power mama behind these baby gems – nicole vandertoorrn who recently shared a bit of her life with us.
juniper wilde was born four years ago, when owner and designer, nicole vandentoorn decided to open up shop and provide hip, eco-friendly products for the fashionable littles in our lives. all juniper wilde products are made using certified organic cotton material that is printed using water-based non-toxic inks. all designs are created by nicole and available exclusively through juniper wilde. when nicole became pregnant with her first child it seemed natural to dive into nursery design and decor. from there a passion was born, soon to be followed by an etsy shop and hence, some of our babes’ favorite crib dressings.
what makes your world go round?
definitely all three of my boys! first my husband dustin – we have known each other since i was 9 and he was 10. we were “boyfriend and girlfriend” (whatever that really means at that age! lol!!) back then for two years!! then drifted apart since we went to different schools. he called me randomly when i was a freshman in high school and we’ve been inseparable ever since. he is an avid outdoorsmen and such a hard working man – he is a total inspiration to me. together we have our oldest son dawson wilder coe (3 years) and beau william boone (4 months). i am one lucky lady to have these three rambunctious and adventurous boys in my life. but in addition to my guys i have an innate need to design and be creative, setting aside time for creativity is essential for me.
are you an early bird or a night owl?
this one is easy. NIGHT OWL!! even with beau still waking up 1 to 2 times a night i have such a hard time making myself go to bed at a decent hour. those quiet hours in the evening when both babes are in bed and i can do whatever i feel like doing, uninterrupted… i can get so much done when i’m not being constantly interrupted.
what about motherhood surprises you the most?
i would have to say how self-less you have to become, but also how self-less you want to become. when i think of my pre-baby self i have to laugh at how clueless i was about becoming a mother. i had of course heard all of the jokes about rarely showering or sleeping (which needless to say are entirely true) but i definitely didn’t fully grasp just how much work it would be and how much these sweet, innocent little people would need from me. it became second nature and now i can’t imagine my life any other way. but there is no way any book or any amount of advice could have described motherhood to me before i actually became a mother myself.
if you had a whole day to yourself, with no commitments, what would you do?
i would definitely pack as much in as possible! a couple of things that come to mind first are: sleep in, eat delicious food at a nice restaurant downtown with good friends, hit a BUNCH of flea markets and antique stores and spend hours browsing. find something outdoorsy to do with my hubby, maybe a canoe or kayak trip with a picnic lunch and lots of design mags to page through while we float.
what was for dinner last night?
let me preface this by saying last night we were at a 4 year olds birthday party! the menu consisted of hot dogs, brats, tater-tots, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, snow cones and confetti cake with sprinkles on top. (yes, i did squeeze in a workout today…).
what baby essential can you (or your littles) not live without?
blankets!!!! you need so many blankets!! which is why i started my line originally. i had way too many blankets that i really didn’t like but i used them all the time anyway. you need blankets for just about every event that happens in a day with a baby! i use them for everything. even the things that you wouldn’t automatically think of; as a changing surface or to prop beau into his bouncer/activity center or highchair since he’s still a little too small to hold himself up but he’d rather be upright. good baby blankets are definitely an essential item.
any advice or tips to share with other moms figuring out the fine art of balance?
honestly… there is none. just do the best you can! some days i find myself feeling guilty because i worked too much and the house is a disaster and my toddler ate pb&j’s all day. then the next day i put all of my energy towards my children or home and I feel guilty because i missed some emails. i really don’t think there is true balance but if someone out there has figured it out, i could use some tips too!
what are your daily must-read blogs (or favorite instagrammers)?
i love reading Design*Sponge, Apartment Therapy, Emily Henderson, Oh Joy, Design Love Fest, Little Green Notebook, Young House Love, Décor8, Binks and the Bad Housewife and bfy.vintage … i’ll stop there because i could go on and on.
if you could have only one: instagram, pinterest, or facebook, which would you choose?
now tell us, are you black, blonde, or brunette?
black. i was born with super dark hair and have tried many times to lighten it but to no avail…. two summers ago i got it in my head that i could be blonde. well, 8 hours and LOTS of toner later i finally realized i could never be anything other than black…. with maybe a few highlights here and there for depth .