4 Ways to Take Your Nursery Walls from “Blah” to “Ahh!”

Happy Earth Day!

This is a guest blog post I wrote for Pish Posh Baby Blog that I think you will enjoy. You can apply these same tips to your master bedroom, family room or any space in your home that you want to quickly transform.

Is your nursery or kids space feeling unfinished or boring? Is it lacking warmth and personality? As a celebrity designer, I’m often hired—after someone has already spent thousands of dollars—to come in and makeover a space. If you feel that your nursery or kids room is missing that little something special and you want to turn it from “blah” to “ahh,” the best place to begin is with the walls. Many people feel intimidated by the thought of tackling the walls of any room, but there’s no need to fear. With the right products, tools, and a little know-how, you can make a big difference in your little one’s room no matter what your budget or skill level might be. Here are a few tips that will make you go gaga!

 

  1. 1. Color: Why not add a pop of color to your bare walls? When you walk into your nursery or kids room, what’s the one color that stands out the most? It may be a little blanket that inspires you, a colorful picture frame, or a cute pillow. Pick that one color that will tie in with your favorite nursery accessory and paint your walls to match. Be sure to take that item into the paint store, and they can match it for you. Easy peasy!
  2. 2. Stripes: If your space already has painted walls and you’re still not happy, then go with a striped wall. Pick the most prominent wall in the room that will get the most attention and paint stripes. Use a darker or lighter version of the color that already exists on the wall to create a tone-on-one striped wall. Or find a metallic color paint to fancy it up even more, as seen here. IMG_1034You can hire an experienced designer or painter to do this for you, or there are many great online tutorials that will show you exactly how to paint stripes using a level and high quality painter’s tape.
  3. 3. Decals: Placing an inexpensive personalized decal on the wall can add a custom feel to the nursery. Oftentimes my clients have no idea what to put on the wall above the crib. Decals are fantastic because they are lightweight and do not pose a safety hazard. They’re affordable and removable too. Here is one of my favorite decals: https://gagadesigns-com.3dcartstores.com/Princess-Personalized-Wall-Decal_p_3352.html
  4. 4. Wallpaper: I love that wallpaper has made a fierce comeback over the last few years and has made its way back into nurseries. Depending on your budget, you can wallpaper the entire room or just a single wall. Here is an example: (To purchase wallpaper visit Tempaper.) nursery wallpaper

Transforming the walls of your nursery or kids room takes just a little TLC from you. It’s truly the first step in turning the room from “blah” to “ahh!” In some cases it may also require patience as you shop around and find the perfect pieces that are within your budget. It may be a project that you have to do a little at a time or, if you’re lucky, all at once. Either way, just be patient, you’ll eventually get there. And whatever you do, be sure you enjoy the process!

Have fun!

Shalena Smith

 

Tamera Mowry-Housley’s Sweet Baby Shower!

Hello everyone!

A few weeks ago, I celebrated the upcoming arrival of Tamera and Adam Housley’s daughter at their “Pretty in Pink” baby shower, held at the Casa del Mar Hotel in Malibu. It was beautiful! I was greeted with such love and warmth, as all her closest friends and family gathered to celebrate such a special occasion. They hired the talented Mindy Weiss to create the sweetest girly environment. Everything was perfect, from the flowers to the favors, and of course the glowing mommy couldn’t have been more radiant.

Be sure to pick up this weeks US Weekly magazine for the entire scoop and visit Tamera’s website for more pinterest worthy photos. I was able to capture a few images of my own and I thought I would share.

Enjoy, Shalena

Pretty in pink baby shower goodies at Tamera Mowry-Housley Baby Shower

Nursery and kids room designer Shalena Smith with event planner Mindy Weiss

Nursery designer Shalena Smith and event planner Mindy Weiss take a selfie at Tamera and Adam Housley’s baby shower.

Tamera and Adam Housley, photo by Shalena Smith

A special moment captured between Adam and Tamera Housley.

Tamera Mowry-Housley and her nursery designer Shalena Smith at the baby shower.

It's a girl Tamera's has a bun in the oven cake!

Gaga Designs gift basket with Lucky Jade Cashmere blanket and Romper, plus a Yikes Twins Princess Hooded Towel.

Gaga Designs gift basket with Lucky Jade Cashmere blanket and Romper, plus a Yikes Twins Princess Hooded Towel.

The Depth of your Struggle…

My sister just texted me this quote to encourage me after some disappointing news I received today. In return, I wanted to share it with you.

“The depth of your struggle will determine the height of your success!”

She ended her text by letting me know that it’s okay to be disappointed tonight as long as I know that, “Joy comes in the morning.” I’m thankful to have people in my corner, cheering me on, dusting me off along the way, but mostly I’m thankful that my encouragement and hope comes from the Lord. I know that He is the ultimate decision maker and that as long as I rely on His direction, nothing is impossible!!

I’m reminded of a scripture in Galatians and as I’m feeling a little “tender” (as my dear friend Angie would say) I will keep it close to my heart. I pray that you have the same hope in the Lord and if by chance you’re struggling with something today, that you will also hold this scripture close.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Continue to press on and never give up on your dreams!

Love,

Shalena

 

Happy March!!

I hope 2015 is off to a great start for you, I can’t believe March is already here!

I just wanted to hop online to say hello and that I hope to blog more in the near future to update you on the amazing things going on in the world of Baby Concierge and Interior Design.

I also wanted to encourage you to use this year to pursue your dreams without hesitation. Enjoy life by doing what you love, while serving and giving to others! Be undaunted, without fear of the future!!

God bless you!!

Shalena

Macy’s Distinct Decor with a Purpose!

I love turning the look of a space around or making a moment that much more special with simple decor and accents. It’s even more amazing when you know that what you’re purchasing is making a difference and changing lives. With that being said, I was thrilled when I was asked to collaborate with Macy’s to design a space using their exclusive Heart of Haiti and Rwanda Path to Peace collections. I love that both of these collections are Gifts That Give Hope!

Whether you need a room makeover or hosting an afternoon or evening tea with a friend, this collection has a unique and distinctive look that will definitely turn any space from Blah to AHHHH!!!

Like all my projects, I started off with a design board to select all the pieces that I needed to transform the space.

 

Is there a room in your house that needs a “space-lift”? Here’s an example of a living room that needed my help!

This living room needed more color, texture and more dimension. I knew immediately that I would build the design around the Heart of Haiti Vase with Neutral Floral.

Be creative with this unique collection, I was!!! I used their Tobacco Leaf Placemat as a center piece to add texture to the table and I used their Metal Bowls as candle holders because every space could use candles to create a soothing and peaceful environment. My favorite item in the photo below is the picture frame, which can also be a great Christmas gift this year!

I used the fireplace mantle to display their candle holders and the Heart of Haiti Nesting Trays. The trays made more of a statement to me when I used them as artwork verses flat trays, so think outside the box when purchasing your pieces from the collection.

You can also select inexpensive pieces from this collection to make your afternoon or evening tea more festive, while changing the look of the space at the same time. Below you’ll see how this simple, yet distinctive decor changes both an outdoor and indoor space.

I had so much fun collaborating with Macy’s to transforms these spaces, now it’s your turn! What space do you need to transform in your home and what are some of your favorite pieces from this collection?

I can’t wait to hear from you, contact me and lets decorate!!

Shalena xo

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with product for this post about Macy’s Heart of Haiti and Rwanda Path to Peace. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. 

 

Vote: July Room Finalist! Modern Circus Nursery

Hello Everyone!

Exciting news! Project Nursery has picked our Circus Themed Nursery as one of their favorite picks for the month of July.

Please cast your vote for our Circus nursery, it will only take a few seconds. Click on this link, scroll all the way down and place your vote. http://projectnursery.com/2014/07/vote-july-room-finalists-2014/

You can vote every 24 hours until the end of the month ;-) To get more information on the furniture and accessories in this room please visit Gaga Designs or email us at info@gagadesigns.com. I enjoyed creating this nursery with our clients in Los Angeles and I’m so excited that so many others also think it’s amazing!

Of course what I love most about this nursery is the amazing blend of colors and Mr. Giraffe! Thanks to Studio SLP LIfestyle Photography I have a few great pictures to share with you!

Thank you for all your continued support!!

God bless you,

Shalena

June Bloom of Blessings!!

June Bloom is a new family tradition that we started today! Will you join us this month and participate in June Bloom with our family?

June GLOOM as defined in Wikipedia is a southern California term for a weather pattern that results in cloudy, overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early summer, most commonly in the month of June. The overcast skies often are accompanied by fog and drizzle, though usually not rain.

June BLOOM as defined by the Smith family is a daily commitment to acknowledge the blessings in our lives. It is a daily pattern of showing gratitude which will results in happiness, contentment and a spirit of thankfulness. June Bloom is a month of expectancy, a forecast of clear skies, prosperity and overall well being.

Today the girls covered a mason jar with a sign that says, June Bloom. Everyday we will write on a piece of paper what we’re thankful for, share it with each other and place it inside the jar. A thankful heart is often accompanied by joy, peace, kindness and a clear perspective and awareness that God is merciful and sovereign, always present.

Our family has had a challenging year and these thank you notes will be a constant reminder to “Be present in all things and thankful for all things,” Dr. Maya Angelou. They are also seeds of faith that we’re planting and believing God for supernatural things, knowing that He hears our cries, and yet we are grateful.

I’ll be on Facebook and tweeting #JuneBloomBlessings. You can follow me @shalenasmith and share with me what you’re thankful for by using the same hashtag.

I pray that June is a month of blooming blessings for you!!!

Love,

Shalena

P.S. “Say thank you because you know God can put a rainbow in the clouds.” Dr. Angelou

Pin Party with Project Nursery & Britax

Join me for a Spring Fling Pin Party on Pinterest this evening, April 2nd at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT. This party will have you falling in love with spring all over again!#BRITAXStyle

I quickly created a design board inspired by the Cool Berry Affinity Stroller. I got the ceiling inspiration photo from Gigi’s big girls room that Pam from Project Nursery designed for her daughter with Serena and Lily. So much fun!!!

Join in on the fun!!

SS

 

 

Wait on God! :)

Waiting on God is sometimes the hardest part…

Trust me, I know… But there is strengthening in the waiting period. Trust God without any boundaries or hesitation. The process produces perseverance and brings you to a place where you’re at your fullest potential. It’s difficult but this is the most important transition of your life. When you are in a season of hopelessness, if you hold on, supernaturally you’ll arrive to your season of prosperity. You have to go through some things to arrive at that place that God specifically designed for you. Don’t move too fast or get ahead of God, TRUST His plan! Ignore the distractions, ignore the negativity and get to a quiet place and God will bring you restoration! Don’t forget, He is your Rear Guard, your Redeemer!!
I can’t just talk about design & baby concierge without talking about Who and why I exist!
I woke up today with this message in my heart and I wanted to share it with you. Somebody out there must need it…

God bless you!
Love,
Shalena

 

Vote Project Nursery February Finalist

Woohoo!!

Exciting news!! My nursery has been chosen as one of the six Project Nursery February finalist and I would love your help! They will allow us to vote every 24 hours. Voting ends Feb. 28,2014 so please continue to vote daily. Please go vote now and share this post or the link below on your social media accounts and ask them to Vote for the beautiful Hollywood Glam Nursery. Once you scroll down all the photos, there is an option to vote. Click the button that says the Hollywood Glam Nursery and submit your vote!! Last night I only had 16 votes, one of which is my vote LOL!! Wonder Blog powers activate!! Thank you for all your support!!

Love,
Shalena
(Pictured below is the fabulous nursery)

http://projectnursery.com/2014/02/vote-february-room-finalists-2014/