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Sophie Demenge Of Oeuf Shows Us Her Insanely Cool Family Home

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Photography by Photographed by Heather Moore

Before there was Instagram and a bazillion cool kiddie brands, there was Oeuf. Founded in 2003 by husband-and-wife team Sophie Demenge and Michael Ryan as a response to the lack of chic and modern children’s furniture for their first child, Oeuf (pronounced oof and meaning “egg” in French) is still going strong a decade and a half later, and now includes a supremely covetable array of children’s clothing and accessories, cheeky home textiles, and playful furnishings. As bonafide O.G.’s of the hip kids’ world in the U.S. (and the eco-friendly kids’ industry), perhaps it’s no surprise that the Brooklyn-based home of Demenge and Ryan and their children—Mae, 17, and Marius, 14—is also incredibly original (to note: there’s a trapeze in the living room and an entryway placard reminding all to “make today your bitch”). Follow along as the matriarch of the family gives us an inspiring tour of the eclectic space, whiling discussing her heartfelt approach to raising teens, how her French upbringing inspires her own parenting, decorating to “spark joy,” and running a pioneering family business.

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