Franco File Friday: Design Mom

16 September 2011

When I think of the women who inspire me, more often than not they are entrepreneurs who juggle a large family, a prominent digital presence and maintain superhuman work hours. I can’t even imagine having children (we knew this about me, though) let alone trying to push a business, freelance work, and a blog while playing mom and wife. I truly believe some women thrive off a full plate and Gabrielle Blair is certainly one of them.

A graphic designer and art director by trade, Gabrielle is also the mother of six children, the creator of one of the most celebrated lifestyle blogs, Design Mom, and the co-founder of social media community for women Kirtsy as well as the annual Alt Design Summit. Like her sister Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day!, Gabrielle picked up and moved to France for the year with her family and documents their adventures on her blog.  I’m exhausted just thinking about how she manages it all! I love her photos from Normandy and her fresh take on life in France….

Describe what you love about France in three words. 
Slower paced life.

What attracted you and your family most to France when you were considering moving abroad?
France itself is a huge attraction – there’s so much to see here. But it’s also well-situated geographically. It feels like you can easily visit all of Europe from France.

Most kid-friendly spot in Normandy (that’s also fun for parents!)?
If you visit Normandy, Pointe du Hoc, part of the D-Day memorials, is wonderful for kids to experience. It’s a beautiful coastal spot marked with the remains of war. Seeing children play there is a wonderful reminder of why the battles were fought.

Most surprising or amusing interaction with the French (thus far)?
We were told over and over again about all the French red tape. But I think we over-prepared from all the warnings because so far, no paperwork situation has been too shocking!

Favorite French treat you can’t get in America? 
Pain au chocolat. I love that it’s acceptable to eat it for breakfast!


Thanks Gabrielle! Be sure to follow Design Mom on Twittershe has fantastic ongoing series and giveaways! Click HERE for Gabrielle’s posts about France.

{All photos courtesy of Gabrielle Blair}
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