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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Elizabeth Street

IN THEIR ROOM WITH MARISSA KRAXBERGER

In Their Room with Marissa Kraxberger

Oscar de la Renta's head of creative Marissa Kraxberger's West Village apartment was bubbling with warmth and activity on the cold November morning we visited to rifle through her kids’ amazing wardrobe and nursery. As a director for Oscar de la Renta Kids who writes the company blog George and Ruby, Kraxberger knew just what to do with the nursery, which she calls her favorite room in the house. The closet was arranged with all the frills and peter pan collars a little girl could dream of twirling in. And, it was clear that perks of having two creative professionals as parents transcend great clothes. Beautiful wooden toys, an original art collection and beloved books will serve Alexa and Hayden long after ruffles go out of style. —Artie Niederhoffer
SEE A VIDEO OF ALEXA AND HAYDEN'S CLOSET

Alexa and Hayden are the stars of Kraxberger’s blog, George and Ruby, where they are known by followers as the Little Lady and the Little Prince. 

Kraxberger devised this ingenious storage tool out of a basic bin from the Container Store, which perfectly fits Alexa’s array of headbands perfectly around the outside and holds her hair ties and bows on the inside.

Kraxberger says that Alexa loves to dress up with her mom so the two can twirl together. As for Hayden, Kraxberger is all too aware that the time is short but sweet when his peers won't tease him for wearing all the velvet shorts and rompers his mother's heart desires. She plans to make the most of it!
SEE A VIDEO OF ALEXA AND HAYDEN'S CLOSET

Mom and dad wasted no time in starting Alexa and Hayden on their very own art collection, which includes this original pen drawing from a talented aunt (right) and a memento from the kids’ first trip to Paris (below).

The shelves were stocked with toys from Melissa and Doug and books in a variety of languages, which the kids like to recite by heart. 

The nursery was accented with colorful pots of easy-to-care-for eucalyptus and cacti, all of which were ordered from The Sill, a plant delivery service that demystifies the New York apartment home greenhouse. 

Two favorite stuffed animals were born on the kids’ first trip to New York toy institution, FAO Schwartz. 

Bedding was lined with Kantha quilted blankets from Gilt Home, which are made in India out of recycled saris. Kraxberger loves them for the crib because they are super soft, beautifully printed, and completely unfussy.

Alexa’s portrait was lovingly painted by Natalie, the close friend “on set” the morning we visited. Hayden’s portrait, which was done in a similar but unique style, is also nearing completion.