For those of you who haven’t already heard of these ladies, I am so thrilled to introduce to you the talented team of New York City-based boutique baby planner and concierge, SISSY + MARLEY! I started out as a huge fan of their nursery designs and just recently became aware that they do MUCH more than just design! A mother and daughter team made up of Mom, Diana, and sisters Chelsea and Rachel, these fabulous ladies help families prepare for welcoming baby in every way you could ever need. With a passion for all things beautiful and a treasure trove of knowledge for everything baby and beyond, the ladies of SISSY + MARLEY have really made a name for themselves and I’m so excited to share with you a little more about how they got started, some advice they have for other working moms as well as photos of their beautiful designs. Enjoy!
What inspired you to become the ultimate baby planners and ultimately to found SISSY + MARLEY?
Starting a business together and combining our diverse careers and similar passions had long been a dream of ours. The dream did not become a reality until we (sisters Chelsea and Rachel) had children of our own around the same time. We became determined to do it all…balance successful careers, busy social calendars, and tendencies for perfectionism, all while making room for baby. Obsessed with creating the perfect nursery, finding the safest and stateliest gear, creating the ultimate closet for our newborns, and finding chic baby announcements, we scoured the world over and then some. A daunting task! It quickly became clear that many other busy career women were similarly interested in creating beautiful beginnings for their little ones but didn’t know where to start.
And so, together with our incredibly talented mother Diana, SISSY+MARLEY was born. We offer virtual services to clients around the world and full-service to clients in the New York area.
What is your favorite part of your daily work … when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?
Helping expectant and new mommies make their design dreams and party planning needs a reality makes all the hard work and late nights worth it. And, since we left our corporate and full-time jobs, we now have the luxury to be home for the things that matter most to us…pick-ups from school, play dates in the park and dinner with the family at night.
What is your most memorable project, party or design?
Each project becomes our baby so it is too hard to pick a favorite. We have so much fun dreaming up every space we design, party we plan and new project we take on.
Do you have any advice for other working moms?
Don’t try to do it all, just do your best. [We are still working on this one ourselves!]
If you could work with anyone in the world, who would it be?
We have always wanted to work with each other so in many ways we are living the dream. We have been so lucky to work with clients all over the world and our reach is growing. This has been a nice and unexpected surprise. And if Sarah Jessica Parker or Claire Danes called upon our decorating or party planning services we would be over the moon.
What thing/place/event were you most recently inspired by?
We recently returned from a week at the beach together with our children and husbands. This much needed break allowed us to recharge and spend time dreaming up some big ideas.
Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?
Collectively, we love to visit the coast of Italy. The casual and chic vibe, the amazing food and the breathtaking views make this one of our favorite places ever.
Where in the world are you dying to go next?
We would love to visit Marrakech to soak up the culture and shop the amazing textiles, carpets and local objects. Sensory overload in the best way possible.
What is your favorite Rosenberry Rooms product(s)?
RosenberryRooms.com is chock full of all the brands we love, admire and work with all the time. Too many favorites to list!
What makes Rosenberry Rooms continually stand out among the rest is the impeccable and consistent customer service our clients receive.
Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming events or projects?
Decorating is all about the details and often we can’t seem to get our hands on just the right accessories, bedding, and wall coverings to complete a room. We are in the process of collaborating with designers we adore to create these goodies for children’s spaces. Stay tuned!
Now, just for fun:
Chelsea: Cockles in Broth with Orzo and Parmesan Toast
Rachel: Wood-fired Pizza
Diana: Lemon Risotto [when Sebastian helps her make it!]
Favorite TV Show
Chelsea: Yikes…no time to watch tv
Rachel: “So You Think You Can Dance”
Chelsea: “Something’s Gotta Give”
Rachel: I haven’t stayed awake for a movie in five years!
Diana: “The Pursuit of Happyness”
Favorite Weekend Activity
Chelsea: Movie Night in bed with hubby and little one with a big bowl of buttered popcorn
Rachel: The beach in Summer and skiing in the Winter
Favorite Musician/Band (Type of Music)
Chelsea: Brazilian Music
Rachel: Latin Jazz Music
Diana: World Music