Powerful in Pink: Ariah’s Nursery Reveal

And at last, the reveal of Ariah’s nursery in this feature post from my incredible designer, Shalena Smith. She’s been designing beautiful rooms for little ones for over 20 years and it shows. She’s also the the founder of Gaga Designs and Shalena Smith Interiors. See pics below and hear how final pieces were selected. This room is a little slice of girly heaven! 

All along this fun, creative journey, we’ve referred to this nursery as “Pretty In Pink”. It was the theme of Tamera’s amazing shower and made sense–but as I look at the finished product, I can’t help but think that while yes, it is “pretty”, what we really created for sweet little Ariah was a space that says “Power in Pink”.

Ariah Talea Housley Nursery

For months, Tamera and I have been preparing for her baby girl’s arrival and along the way I’ve been able to share with you how-to’s and tips based off of my design process. So today I’d rather share with you the part that doesn’t come with a how-to… the heart and spirit that went into it.

It is so easy to get wrapped up in the sweetness of a little girl! We did tap into that, as it is almost impossible not to. However, as I know from experience with my own two beauties, it is so important to not just give our girls the idea that their power and worth is tied to their beauty and sweetness, but more so to their faith, heart and conviction.

Ariah Talea Housley Nursery

Ariah Talea Housley Nursery

A room fit for a queen.

When I look at the crown above the crib, I don’t see the crown of a princess, but of a future queen of creation and love. When I look at the angel wings on the wall, I don’t just see that they are there because Ariah herself is a heavenly, little angel (which let’s face it, she is), but that they are a reminder that all the heavenly angels above will be watching over Ariah as she plays, sleeps, and grows. They will protect and guide her spirit.

Ariah Talea Housley Nursery

Speaking strictly about the design elements, I would have to say that my most loved aspect of the room is the way the gold crown and the beautiful Bratt Décor crib look against the two-tone striped wall– it adds sophistication. And while the personalized ceiling medallion, pillow and gorgeous chandelier add a perfect hint of glamour, my most favorite touches came from the heart, with anticipation of love-filled moments of the future. Like the tiny stool in the corner that Tamera has had for years. She thought it was the perfect addition to the room, because one day, big brother Aden will sit there and read his baby sister stories. Or the soccer ball artwork hanging on the wall that was Daddy’s special addition to the room, because yes she’ll be Daddy’s little girl, but that only means he’ll be cheering her on that much louder from the sidelines when she scores the winning goal for her team.

Ariah Talea Housley Nursery

Adam’s pick!

Ariah Talea Housley Nursery

I know Tamera can’t wait to add a picture of Ariah to this frame.

No matter the project, or the client, the final step of my process is to stand in the finished labor of love that is the nursery and say a prayer asking for only the deepest, most profound love and protection be brought to the little soul whose cries and laughter will soon fill the four walls around me. I had that moment with Tamera. That moment, more than the nursery itself, is what keeps me coming back for more.

Little Ariah will surely be pretty in pink in this nursery for many years to come, but she will be powerful in purpose for all the years that follow.

– Shalena

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The Perfect Accent Pieces for a Pretty in Pink Nursery

Today, I’m thrilled to feature a post from Shalena Smith, the creative brain behind Aden’s nursery and my soon-to-be baby girl’s. She’s been designing beautiful rooms for little ones for over 20 years and is the founder of Gaga Designs and Shalena Smith Interiors. As her and I work together to dream up my girl’s room, she’ll be sharing with you the process and tips to help you with your own interior design. We’ve already decided on a color scheme, now it’s onto the accent pieces…

Decorating for girls is always so much fun. The smallest inexpensive details that can make any nursery fabulous. We started with organizing and clearing out the room, we decided what pieces we would repurpose from Aden’s nursery, and from there Tamera approved the concept design of the new one. Our overall theme is elegant with a super feminine feel with pink as our main color and white furniture with added gold accents.

Pretty Pink Wall Color

We went all out with pink walls and hired a muralist to create an accent wall for the main focal point. The base coat of the nursery is a soft, soothing pink by Benjamin Moore. We went with Pink Cadillac (#2002-70) in an eggshell finish for easier cleaning and selected their Natura line that is safer for family and the environment.

Tip: Before scheduling your painter, purchase small cans to test your color directly on the wall during daylight to determine its true color. It sounds like a simple step, but it’s often the easiest step to overlook. Assuming the paint swatch is the perfect color without testing could be a timely and costly mistake!

Shimmering Accent Wall

An accent wall is a way to create a focal point in the nursery without having to do the entire room – you can make a statement without going overboard and it can save you money. Depending on your style, you may want your accent wall to be a bolder color. Wallpaper is another option that can add a fun texture and multiple colors, or you may want a detailed mural. For Tamera’s nursery, we decided to go with a tone-on-tone vertical stripe separating each color with a white gold metallic stripe. It’s a tedious process but it’s definitely a fun DIY that most people can tackle.

Tamera Mowry's Pretty in Pink Nursery | TameraMowry.com Pink Cadillac base with alternating Rose Petal (2010-60) by Benjamin Moore

Adding Bling to the Knobs

An inexpensive and quick way to transform the look of repurposed furniture is by switching out the knobs. Although Aden previously had all white furniture, the case pieces had chocolate brown knobs that were too dark and heavy for the new nursery. We quickly changed out the dark ones for these fancy pink and gold circle knobs.

Tamera Mowry's Pretty in Pink Nursery | TameraMowry.com

Rose Petal and Gold Refinishing

I mentioned that we also had a chocolate brown changing tray for the top of the dresser. This was a challenge aesthetically because it was such a large dark piece that it overpowered the soft colors. I decided that it needed to be refinished and painted the accent rose petal pink with a gold leaf trim. That pop of gold on the changing tray ties in with the other gold accents splashed around the nursery. Tamera also had few white shelves that we refinished in the accent rose petal that will float above the changing table.

Tamera Mowry's Pretty in Pink Nursery | TameraMowry.com

Tamera Mowry's Pretty in Pink Nursery | TameraMowry.com

Nursery Topper

Aden’s nursery had a unique baseball chandelier so you know we had to make sure baby girl’s had something equally amazing! This time I added a monogram ceiling medallion that’s personalized with baby girl’s first initial. It is finished in pink with a gold trim accent and hanging below it is a beautiful crystal chandelier that will add just the right balance of elegance and glamour.

Tamera Mowry's Pretty in Pink Nursery | TameraMowry.com

I’m SO excited! Everything is coming together. I can’t wait for you to see the finished results!

– Shalena

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Design Tips for Creating a “Pretty in Pink” Nursery

Today, I’m thrilled to feature a post from Shalena Smith, the creative brain behind Aden’s nursery and my soon-to-be baby girl’s. She’s been designing beautiful rooms for little ones for over 20 years and is the founder of Gaga Designs and Shalena Smith Interiors. As her and I work together to dream up my girl’s room, she’ll be sharing with you the process and tips to help you with your own interior design. Without further adieu… 

Oh how I love working with the Housley’s! It was just about three years ago when I first met Adam and Tamera while she was pregnant with their son Aden. Like most busy parents, they hired me as their baby concierge and interior designer to help them design their nursery, create a registry, get all their essential items, and organize along the way. I loved how attentive and very involved in the process they are. So I can’t tell you how excited I was when they called me to design for baby #2 and they told me they were having a girl!

Immediately I knew that my job was going to be to create a space that was completely opposite from the sporty nursery I designed for Aden. This nursery would be something softer and more feminine–and I was right, Tamera wants PINK!!! I set out to create a room she will love by following the below steps that you can apply to your decorating process as well.

Consider Your Entire House

The first step of the design process is accessing the design style of the rest of the house so that everything flows together. Along with this, I conduct a fun interview with the couple to learn more about their vision, their needs, likes and dislikes, colors and themes for the nursery.

Designing Tamera Mowry Baby Girl Nursery

Repurpose Decor

If you have other children who have grown or are on a limited budget, it can make a lot of sense to repurpose items you already have. So, the second step when working with Tamera was to decide what we were going to use from Aden’s existing nursery. Above is a “before” picture of the room, which is in need of a girly makeover. We decided to incorporate the changing table (with a chocolate brown changing tray, not shown), the armoire, and the glider from Aden’s room in the new design.

Quick tip: With baby products, you always want to make sure that the items are still in good condition and have not been recalled.

Luckily for Adam and Tamera, all the furniture from Aden’s nursery was custom-made by Newport Cottages and is still in excellent condition. The design challenge will be how to make the existing pieces that are all white with a chocolate stain—which were specifically chosen to give the room a more masculine look—suddenly transform into something soft and girly. More on this in the next blog!

Designing Tamera Mowry Baby Girl Nursery

We are going with a new white crib that has become my design inspiration for the nursery. The Bratt Decor Chelsea Lifetime crib is not only beautiful, but also has the feminine balance the room needs. It’s breathtaking, yet practical because of its features. I always try to select pieces that grow up with the baby, and this crib conveniently converts into a toddler and full size bed.

Designing Tamera Mowry Baby Girl Nursery

Select a Color Scheme

The next step before getting started on the room is picking a color scheme. Tamera is very creative, which makes this process even more fun and exciting–we discussed with the option of a custom mural and sorted through fabrics. Once these important elements are decided upon, I create a design board and present it to Tamera and Adam. After their approval, I immediately create my must-have checklist.

Next, it’s time to get everything organized and cleared out of the room to start the prep for their dream nursery! From this point on, it’s all about going gaga and turning our vision into reality. I can’t wait for you to see this “Pretty in Pink” dream nursery for sweet baby girl Housley!

– Shalena


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