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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Living room trapeze

My friend Sophie (of the children's brand Oeuf) might be the coolest mom ever, since she hung a trapeze in her Brooklyn living room. Her kids like to "swing really high and scare people," she says. "They love to triple-dog-dare our poor guests to do knee hangs." I interviewed her for Martha Stewart Living, and you can read the full interview here, if you'd like.

P.S. Alex and I took a trapeze class and bombed:)

(Photos by Stephanie Deleau)

74 comments:

wonderchris said...

Bad ass!!! What a cool house!!

Megan said...

HA! This brings back great memories for me. I had a trapeze in our tv room growing up. I loved it! I also used the back of our couch as a balance beam, not all couches are cut out for that. So fun!!

Kathryn Humphreys said...

This makes the ikea swing ladder and rings in our basement seem quite tame.

Catherine said...

I am a full-blown adult and I would kill for this in my house!

celia said...

This is sweet ! People are so cool and creative. I have a friend who has a rock climbing wall in her living room.

Charli said...

I wanna be as bad ass as this mum!

Kiera Jean said...

Can she adopt me? I would love to be a kid in that living room!

Amble said...

I am not showing my this to my daughter. She saw the trapeze in the book "The Saturdays" and has brought up the in house trapeze idea on multiple occasions since.

Joanna said...

No way! That plus a slide next to the stairs and secret rooms make a kids (or kids at heart) paradise!

Wendy said...

I don't know about the trapeze but I'm loving that rug!

Krysta said...

Ok, that is insanely awesome... I think I'm just a bit too chicken to actually do that!

Magdalena said...

so much fun!!


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Alexandra Doerge said...

That looks like so much fun! I would have loved that when I was little.

Love the new look by the way, looks great.

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Danie at Pasadya said...

I'd be so afraid that I would accidentally let go and fling myself across the room. Oh well! This is awesome anyway!

CHEVRON and GEOMETRICS said...

This is way too awesome. I hope someday that I'm this cool of a mom. xxx

Mariely said...

I love the idea and her living room!
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Kristen said...

How very random, but I must say I would have loved this when I was a kid.

Jessica W said...

Crazy! I love it :D
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Jesse said...

I had a trapeze in our living room growing up too! I used to choreograph dances to Diana Ross, "inside out, boy you turn me, upside down, and round and round..."

Kate {Modette} said...

Oh my god, this looks like so much fun! I want one! x

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Sobrina Tung said...

ohhh that is so awesome. I would love that and I don't even have kids!

Shailene said...

Promoting Much??? A 2010 blogpost being reposted with a few switches in 2012 is just lame.

Hannah said...

Oh my word this is amazing! I want one!

calcuLATER said...

am i the only one who thinks this is a disaster waiting to happen?

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Wow, she is a cool mom! I don't know if I could be that cool :)

Anonymous said...

Are you SERIOUS with this??? Did you learn nothing from the response to the July 12 piece in which you plagiarize a 3-year-old piece you wrote for Glamour (arguably not even content owned by you?)

http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2012/07/what-sex-feels-like-to-guys.html

Now you're recycling 2010 posts from this blog?

http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2010/10/home-inspiration-trapeze.html

If you were just a "busy mom" who blogs as a hobby, that would be one thing. But you call yourself a professional writer and this is a highly commercial blog and your full-time job. Lazy.

Pandemona said...

This might seem like a good idea, however about 10 years ago a friend of mine broke her back because of such a device in her house.

Stella said...

ah, that's cool! we had a swing in our flat when I was little :) pretty fun too!

Jenny said...

My grandfather built a huge log cabin/house and had a rope swing that swung from the kitchen and over the stairs to the downstairs. It was awesome!

**Marta** said...

oohh!! it's so cool. I want to have one. I think your friend is a great mom.
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DazedandCreative said...

Absolutely brilliant!

Joanna said...

I love this! Always wanted to do a trapese... like in Sex and the City!

xoxo

Heidi said...

Love this! We have a trapeze for both our girls, they have stopped playing on the computer and now spend all their time playing on the trapeze! We have other friends whom influenced us with their own trapeze for their kids because they live in pole houses with no outdoors. Best thing we ever did. Builds their strength and their agility and their confidence.

Jeanne said...

Very few homes could pull this off. I love that she took advantage of a long narrow room and an extremely high ceiling. A terrific way to get the kids to exercise and a wonderful conversation piece.

Shulamit E said...

NICE!

Melody said...

No freakin way! This is so cool, I want it in my living room and I don't even have kids. lol

Valerie said...

This was a cool idea when you wrote about it in 2010 and it still is today, but ... what happened to "original" content?

penelope said...

cool trapeze, but that RUG!

chic81.com said...

What a fun idea!

Alex said...

Good lord, the anonymous commenters are annoying. I always wonder about people with the time and inclination to be so negative about things on the internet...? Anyway, I missed the earlier post and loved seeing this one - what a sweet interview, too!

ana {bluebirdkisses} said...

haha this is my husband's dream! he's been bugging me to put a hammock in our living room forever

Alisha E. said...

Saw this on Pinterest and fell in love--this is so, so cool!

Alisha E said...

P.S. have you seen Oeuf's new line? It's so stinkin' adorable.
Also, I'm with Alex, I missed this the first time and thought it was a fun little read this am

StyleLinx said...

I don't have kids but I'd love it looks like fun for this ex-gymnast! I want one!

Sally said...

What a lucky little dude!

Becca said...

This sounds insanely dangerous . . . I mean, I'm not an especially cautious person but no way would I do that. Is there tons of padding under that rug to cushion falls?

Aurelie said...

This is awesome!

clarissel said...

Wow.... I would love to have grown up with that kind of freedom but also, dangerous much?

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Kelly Golightly said...

I'm pretty sure that is the definition of amazeballs. Wow.

livefreeandfashionable said...

I want one for me! That looks like so much fun!

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Brave Leather said...

What?! Amazing! And rad apartment.

Brynn Snow said...

How cool! I would have loved to have that when I was growing up.

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Anonymous said...

Seriously? You're re-posting old articles again?

Anonymous said...

Really? I wonder about people with the time to fawn all over bloggers regardless of how bad or how unoriginal the content. I don't know why other people don't get this... people who hold themselves out as "journalists" and make their living from writing (and indirectly from READERS) should meet certain standards. There's nothing wrong with saying so.

Anonymous said...

This will be ironic, coming from an anonymous comment, but perhaps you should do away with anonymous commenting! It's very distracting, as a casual reader of your blog, to see these people with some sort of vendetta posting over and over. I read this blog for fun for five minutes before starting my workday and I read it partially because it is (was?) one of the few peaceful, positive little corners of the internet. Anyway, getting rid of anonymous comments may tone down the venom. (I find people aren't as critical and rude if their actual name is attached to the words.) Anyway, that's my humble suggestion as a long time reader, very occasional commenter. :)

Gleemonex said...

Looks like a good way to die ... it's rad, but omg it looks dangerous!

Alex said...

I guess my point was, if you don't like it or it upsets you, there's a very easy way to avoid that! Why would you keep revisiting a blog that's making you crazy? The very defintion of insanity!

Louise said...

That seems rather unsafe however I think I'd spend more time on it than the kids. :)

putu eka darmadi said...

looks fun...
but lack of safety..



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Kelly Thompson said...

Holy geez, that looks so fun! If only my ceilings weren't so low...



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Anonymous said...

So fun! And what a lovely looking living room. :) Love your blog. If you happen to have an interest in blogging soon about where someone could get fun rugs like this, I would be a very interested reader!

Anonymous said...

Yikes! Amazing. Love it!

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Furniture Store In Southern California said...

This is so clever and something I never really thought about doing..printing the images myself I mean.

I always go looking for vintage postcards or images but I will definitely be trying this next time.

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What a fun house.

Agen Sbobet said...

I like this blog so much, saved to my bookmarks. "American soldiers must be turned into lambs and eating them is tolerated." by Muammar Qaddafi.

Paul Scholar said...

I am waiting for the young boy to loose his grip, and go flying through the window that is so close behind him. Lawsuit!

Jason Murphy said...

Wow, what a gymnast, but be careful with those equipment.

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Estelle Sacre said...

That's the most amazing thing I see installed in the living room :) You made my eyes widely open and I couldn't believe what I see. You have done very well by thinking first of the wishes of your children rather than making a living room that your guests would like to see.
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Estelle Sacre said...

That's the most amazing thing I see installed in the living room :) You made my eyes widely open and I couldn't believe what I see. You have done very well by thinking first of the wishes of your children rather than making a living room that your guests would like to see.
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