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Mother Essentials: Karolina Petersson

Written by Erin Feher

What happens when a designer for Céline pivots to kids’ clothes? The answer is the incredibly cool in-house line for Maisonette, Maison Me. Today’s Mother Essentials subject, Karolina Petersson, has designed for Jill Stuart, Theory, and Céline (under the iconic Phoebe Philo) and was tapped by the founders of Maisonette last year to create a line of elevated, everyday essentials for kids, all priced under $100. The current Spring 2020 collection was inspired by Petersson’s childhood, and summers spent in Cap-Martin on the French Riviera. Originally from Sweden, she  currently lives and works in the North Fork of New York, a sleepy little seaside town known for its bucolic pastures and oyster-abundant coast. When not designing, she can usually be found at the beach with her 3-year-old son, Leo—who will soon have a permanent beach buddy, as she is currently pregnant with baby number 2! We had to know the Mother Essentials that help this mama juggle a thriving career in fashion with pregnancy, motherhood, and a laid-back life on the coast. She shares her 18 picks below.

Yeti Rambler For Kids. “Leo loves this sip cup!” YETI Rambler Jr. 12 oz Kids Bottle, $29.99, Amazon.

Solid Stroller. “I am super happy with Leo’s Bugaboo Cameleon stroller and plan to update it with a new Sun Canopy and a platform Wheeled Comfort Board for Leo to ‘skate’ on.” Bugaboo Cameleon3 Plus Classic Complete Stroller, $1.099, Bloomindale’s.

Blackthorn Oil. “A must for my growing baby belly.” Dr. Hauschka Blackthorn Toning Body Oil, $29.99, Amazon.

Snuggly Bunny. “I am stocking up on a few new stuffies for the new baby. This one is so cute!” Moulin Roty After The Rain: Mist Mouse Doll, $29, Smallable.

Portable Baby Nest. “I love when we get hand-me-downs, especially from family. This cozy portable sleeper was from my new little nephew, Phillipe.” Najell SleepCarrier Baby Nest, $140, Alex and Alexa.

Local Coffee Shop. “Aldo’s is my favorite coffeeshop in Greenport, NY, where I live most of the time. I come here when I need to get away from home to do work.” Aldo’s Coffee Company, 103-105 Front Street, Greenport, New York.

NoseFrida Snotsucker. “I’m pretty sure this is the best invention EVER!” Baby Nasal Aspirator NoseFrida the Snotsucker, $17.71, Amazon.

Fun Floor Lamp. “It’s so fun and perfect for Leo’s new bedroom.” Mirobolite Floor Lamp, $590, Tse Tse.

Juno Crib. “My parents shipped this vintage Juno crib from Denmark for Leo. It is so classic and cute, the new baby will love it, too!” Sebra Juno Convertible Bed, $988, Smallable.

Alvar Aalto Children’s Table and Chairs. “This is where Leo does all his art work. He’s getting creative inspiration from one of the best!” Artek Alvar Aalto Children’s Stool, $306, and Table, $695, Connox.

Classic Striped Pocket Tee. “This is one of Leo’s essentials for sure. It’s made from a soft cotton jersey, and this red and pale blue stripe combo feels on point!” Maison Me Drew Long Sleeve Pocket Tee, $15.50, Maisonette.

Easy-On Jogger Shorts. “This is the other half of Leo’s current uniform. It’s easy to pull-on and comfortable to the max.” Maison Me Theo Jogger Short, $32, Maisonette.

Zoom Rocket Zoom and All The Elsa Beskow Books. “We read a lot! The Elsa Beskow books keep the Swedish going strong in our house.” Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! by Margaret Mayo, $6.47, Amazon; An Elsa Beskow Gift Collection: Peter in Blueberry Land and other beautiful books, by Elsa Beskow, $24.47, Amazon.

Sweet Sibling Bracelet. “I can’t wait to get this bracelet with a pair of baby profiles once we welcome the new baby—boy or girl, we still don’t know!” Aurelia Demark Delicate Two Silhouette Bracelet, $1,645, Maisonette.

Wood-And-Leather Teether. “This adorable teether is from a favorite brand, Garbo & Friends, and is made of untreated wood and leather.” Mr Mouse Teether, $23, Royal Design.

Tripp Trapp High Chair. “This model is a bit more practical than the mid century Danish high chair we used for Leo. Now the baby will be level with the rest of us at the dinner table.” Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair, $269, Maisonette.

Yoga. “This is  my sacred time to myself!” Lucent Yoga, 172 Norman Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Livly Pajamas. “They are sooo soft!” Livly Sleeping Cutie Cover Footie, $44, Maisonette.

For more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with designers Anna WallackCynthia RowleyRebecca AtwoodDana HaimRachel Zoe, and Taylor Jay, Olympian Alysia Montano, Wiley Body founder Vanessa Wade, cookbook author Hetal Vasavada, Partake founder Denise Woodard, model and muse Slick Woods, children’s author Serena Minott, clean living expert Kristian Henderson, June & January founder Amy Richardson-Golia, Bubbsi founder Sweta DoshiOakland retail queen Sherri McMullenShahidah Zareef of Bossmom NationJoanne EncarnacionLaTonya YvetteMorgan Walker of Make.doIguehi James, and more!

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