Confession: I am mildly obsessed with Design Mom.
Gabrielle Blair is the wildly successful blogger behind Design Mom, all about motherhood from a designer’s perspective. From a two-year stay in the French countryside to the house they’re currently renovating in Oakland, California, she manages to make raising six kids look stylish and almost effortless.
The series that most moves me is her Living with Kids posts. I love looking inside these fabulous homes from all over the world. Design Mom has a knack for showcasing places that are put together on shoestring budgets, in out-of-the-way places, or occupy tiny footprints. Instead of envy, they fill me with a sense of possibility – as if we all have the potential to live in such great spaces.
Does it go without saying that Gabrielle and husband Ben are great namers? There’s Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar, Betty, and Flora June – known by her middle.
Plenty of the design-savvy families profiled in the Living with Kid series are, too, and while I love the home tours, I’m always looking out for the great names of the lucky kids that live in these homes.
Here’s a selection of the notable names from house tours over the past few years. Enjoy!
Living with Kids: Singletons
Cosmo (mom’s name is Amity!)
Huxley Wild (b)
Living with Kids: All-Girl Sibsets
Amelia (Mia) and Julianne (June – one of my favorite contracted names, ever!)
Caroline, Johanna, Ainsleigh, and Annabelle
Chiara and Ines
Cora and Greta
Elena and Tallulah
Evelyn and Wren
Genevieve, Hope-Elizabeth, and Lily
Grace and Jane
Ida and Amy
Karuna and Ora
Layla and Hadley
Lila and Louisa
Lillo and Elsa (Sweden)
Mary Frances (Francie), Mary Marjorie (Maisie), Mary Jane (JJ), Mary Teresa (Tessa)
Miette and Amelie
Miriana, Noa, and Zoe (Italy)
Stella and Hazel
Viola and Elenor (Germany)
Winnie and Pippa (Canada)
Living with Kids: All-Boy Sibsets
August and Liam
Colin and Graham
Grant, Nicholas, and Sebastian
Henry and Conrad
Herbert and Huxi (Denmark)
Jude and Liam
Luke and Charlie
Oscar and Archie
Otto and Max
Riley, Noah, Owen, and Finn Henry
Ross and Ben
Ryder, Bryce, and Finn
Simon and Monty
Sutton and Miller
Tommy and Moses
Vijay and Vikram
Wesley and Chandler
Living with Kids: Sister-Brother Sibsets
Adelaide and Oliver
Alia and Kian
Anton and Naomi
Atticus, Eleanor, and Ike
August, Markus, Peder, Magnus, and Alva (Norway)
Ben, Bo, Jackson, and Lily
Bright (b), Decker John, and Chapel (g) – mom is named Sunshine!
Bryce and Kinsey (g)
Cana (g), Wake (b), and Wren (g)
Charlie and Tessa
Drake, Ella Rose, Duke, and Emmie Kay
Easton (b), Quin (b), Ivy, and Marlowe (g)
Ella, Luke, Liam Brave, and Rocco Royal
Ella, Samuel, William, and Amelia (Dad’s name is Jory!)
Emilia Emanuele and Lucien Michel
Emm (g) and Roan
Esme and Cormac (England)
Ethan and Eden
Ginger and Rad
Gunnar, Sawyer, and Greta
Henrik and Maja
Jackson and Clare
James and Maureen
Katie, Jack, and Madeleine
Kiana, Myla, KJ, and Sela
Lena and Gil
Lucy, Solomon, and Frances
Lula and Diesel
Maelle and Desmond (Canada)
Magnus and Freya (New Zealand – the mom is of Danish heritage)
Måns and Anna (Sweden)
Max and Madde
Meredith and Isaac
Mischa (g), Romy, and Emmett
Mollie Lou and Ryle
Nina and Tor (Kenya)
Ozzie, Espen, Tilly Jane (Matilda), and Griffin William
Parker, Monty, Elliot, and Scarlet Evangeline
Quinn (g) and Bennett
Reese (g) and Finn
Ruby, Herbie, Moses, Linus, Penelope, Archie
Sadie and Eli
Sara, Pim (b), Ava, and Casper (Netherlands)
Shelby, Tristan (g), Mackenzie, and Brett (b)
Sophi, Anna, Stewart, Naomi, and James
Stella, Cedar, and Jules
Taye, Arrietty, Micah, Neville, and Imogen
Tipp and Loula (Netherlands)
Trent and Lila
Tristin (g), Silas, Enid, and Tom
Yahli (g), Ben, and Daria (Israel)
Zachary, John, Jessy, Anna, and Eve
What are your favorite names from this list? Do any of the sibsets stand out to you?
I spy some Gaines kids on this list!
Pompidou for Pompeiana, the site below shows her use in the 6-7th century. Just so you don’t think I am crazy. It really was a name.
Pompie for Pompeiana, sorry my phone is autocorrecting.
Pompie would make an excellent nickname for Pompeiana. I’ve seriously been considering the name Pompeiana for a while now. I can’t believe that this frilly name went obscure and now I have a nickname option besides Anna. This is exciting, thank you for sharing this post. Soo many interesting names and ideas to stem from.
Holy moly! Thanks so much for putting this together. I only read her blog on Tuesdays for the Living with Kids series and have jotted down some of my favorites from time to time, but this is extensive.
I love Cosmo and the sibset Sara, Pim, Ava, and Casper. Another favorite sibset that isn’t included is River and Oak, LaTonya Staubs’ daughter and son.
I love the Design Mom blog!!! Living with Kids is one of my favorite features. I have lately been paying attention to the names on her blog, but also on Apartment Therapy kids rooms to help gauge popularity of some names I have been ruminating over.
It is always so inspiring to see how other people live with children and incorporate all of their accessories 😉 into their homes.