We’ve all thought about getting rid of our belongings and traveling the world, right? Well, Hailey Andresen of Household Mag did just that! Along with her husband and son, they traveled the world for a year before returning to Brooklyn to start building their nest. With our help, Hailey created a simple and sweet kid bedroom for her son Owen to grow up in. Keep scrolling to see the space and learn more about Hailey’s travels with her family and inspiration for Owen’s room—and be sure to check out additional photos of the room on her blog.
What inspired you to sell all of your belongings and travel the world with your family?
The idea to sell our belongings and travel came from my husband, Zack. After commuting and working long hours in a corporate position, plus freelance writing on the side, he craved the flexibility and quality time he saw I was getting to experience with our son Owen. After doing the math, he realized that if we sold all of our belongings and traveled we would actually cut back our expenses dramatically and we could both grow our businesses while simultaneously experiencing Owen’s childhood in such a unique way. Plus, we got to see the world. It felt like a no-brainer!
What did you learn from that experience?
We learned it was possible! In fact, it took us just a few months to get our business to a place where we could support our family with ease in NYC. But, we didn’t want to turn around immediately so we kept at it for eight straight months. This led us to a clear definition of what home means for our family and that our home base was in fact Brooklyn all along.
Did your travels inspire your home decor or way of living?
Absolutely! We traveled with just two backpacks and a stroller all that time and made a very conscious decision when we returned to the states that we would only bring items into our new home that we absolutely loved. We don’t claim to be hardcore minimalists, but after living with so little, we knew we wanted to keep that mindset as we built our home again.
What’s one of the best things you’ve learned from your son Owen?
Owen has taught me so much in his two-and-a-half years of life, but above all he’s taught me the importance of slowing down, being intentional with my time and how to go with the flow a bit more. I can absolutely fit into the Type A mold, but Owen reminds me how much better life is when I let go of control a bit and leave my checklist for tomorrow. He is so in-the-moment all the time and it’s the absolute best.
What was most important to you when creating Owen’s room?
I wanted to create a space that would be inviting for Owen today, yet give him the ability to grow into as he gets older. We did this by pairing larger, quality furniture pieces that wouldn’t look out of place in a teenager’s room with some smaller, more affordable pieces that speak a little more to his age today. I’m so happy with the result!
How would you describe your design style?
I have a thing for anything mid-century style, but aside from that particular aesthetic, I would say intentional, functional, timeless design.
Where do you go for inspiration?
Pinterest and interior design blogs!
What inspired you to start your blog and podcasts?
I started the blog in the midst of my pregnancy with Owen while I was working as a recruiter from home. We had recently moved to Brooklyn from Phoenix and I was dying to scratch my creative itch and connect with other moms. I was lucky enough to have met a photographer who had also moved to Brooklyn from Phoenix around the same time, Amy. She was interested in building up her portfolio, so my idea of capturing my pregnancy, early motherhood, recipes, interior design, fashion and NYC became a reality. We launched in July of 2015 and it’s one of the best decisions I made as a first-time mom, especially since I was the first of my friends to have a baby. The community that surrounds Household has become my tribe of sorts and I am beyond grateful.
Mom and Dad Made a Podcast started just after Owen’s first birthday. Zack is a comedian so podcasting felt like a natural next step to take for the Household brand. It gives us a chance to catch up, do something creative together and the motivation to have meaningful conversations about all things parenting. It’s fun and casual. Once a week after Owen goes to sleep, we drink a bottle of wine at our kitchen table and record our conversation. If you’re a parent (especially a new parent) make sure to tune in. Our podcast can often serve as a reminder that you, in fact, are not alone!
Building Household with Hailey & Amy launched early this year and sheds more light into the business side of Household Mag as well as Amy’s photography business. Our goal is to establish solidarity as business owners and help you build your own brand through our personal experiences. We love answering questions from our listeners about things they’re curious about when it comes to freelancing, social media, work/life balance and more.
Favorite destination you’ve traveled to? Is there a place you’d still like to visit?
It’s a toss-up between Paris and Berlin for sure! Paris for vacation, Berlin for living (if I lived outside the U.S.). Yes, there are always places we’d still like to visit! This fall we will be traveling to Portugal and Italy and Japan is at the top of our bucket list!
What do you love most about Brooklyn?
There’s no other city I’ve been to that matches the creative energy I feel in NYC. I know for some the chaos of it all would be overwhelming, but it’s incredibly calming to me. There’s no shortage of opportunity or inspiration and it’s available to you right when you walk out your door.
The Room & Board product featured in this post was gifted to Hailey Andresen for her son’s bedroom. All opinions are her own.