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/

Voted Best of Houzz 2014 Award!

I hope you all had an amazing weekend!!
You can’t image how excited I was to receive the email that Shalena Smith Interiors was voted Best of Houzz 2014! It’s such a honor and it definitely motivates me to continue to pursue my dreams while making customer satisfaction my number one priority.  Thank you to those that have visited my Houzz page and who have written reviews. Here is the press release that was sent out his week:

Remodeling and Home Design

Shalena Smith Interiors of Los Angeles Receives
Best Of Houzz 2014 Award
Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.Los Angeles, CA, February 4, 2014 – Shalena Smith, founder of Gaga Designs has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The interior design company that specializing in nurseries, children’s rooms and playspaces was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

“I was so thankful to receive this award from the Houzz Community,” Smith said. “I love what I do because I enjoy helping people and creating beautiful kids spaces!” 

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Shalena Smith Interiors among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Shalena Smith, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

Follow Shalena Smith Interiors on Houzz share and like her page!

About Shalena Smith Interiors & Gaga Designs

Shalena Smith, founder of GaGa Designs, brings more than 15 years of innovative Interior Design and Management experience to her clients. As an national and international Celebrity Designer who specializes in custom baby nurseries, children’s bedrooms and play spaces, Shalena offers a variety of personal services including baby concierge.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit www.houzz.com

Glamorous Nursery without Breaking the Budget!

Get the look of a celebrity nursery without breaking the budget! Recently this non-celebrity nursery was featured on MommyNoire and I gave tips on how to create a budget friendly nursery! This particular client is located in Houston,Texas and purchased our virtual interior design package with a $3,000 budget. After creating a concept board, placing orders and lots of communication with my client we created her dream, Hollywood Glam nursery!

We’re not just for celebrities, we want everyone to go Gaga! xo SS

P.S. ProjectNursery also picked this nursery as one of their favorites of the week!

Hollywood Glam Concept Board by Shalena Smith

 

Happy New Year!!!

Sorry this post is a little late but I didn’t want January to end without wishing some of my biggest supporters a Happy New Year!!

The beginning of a new year brings many resolutions and new commitments. My prayer for you is that as you seek Gods will for the next season of your life that you receive the direction and momentum that you need to have a successful year!

Every year I select a scripture that I STAND on and a SONG that I sing. One is spiritual and the other, NOT so much… Haha! My scripture this year is Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.” For my song of choice I’m taking it way back in the day with Diana Ross “I’m Coming Out”! Now I know that song means different things to different people but for me at this stage of my life, it’s the perfect song choice. :) I’m so excited for what this year will bring for my family and I.

What is your New Years resolution and is there anything specifically that you do to prepare for the new year? Please share, I can’t wait to hear!

Love,

Shalena

 

The Coolest Black Family in America, No.32: The Smiths

The headline read, “High school sweethearts Shalena and Calvin Smith have nurtured their love through 14 cool years of marriage.”

What a blessing to honestly and openly share our testimony with Ebony.com! I can’t say that we’re the coolest but we definitely are a family! Thank you Jesus for being the glue that keeps us together. I’m so thankful for my husband and my two daughters…. And how can I forget to mention our multipoo Kobe!

It was pretty amazing to wake up yesterday and see our family on the home page of Ebony.com! Thank you Alexandra Phanor-Faury for contacting us and telling our story!

I look forward to celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary in 2014 and all the other awesome things that God has in store for our family!

Wishing you tons of love and success in the New Year!

Shalena xo

Ebony Magazine Home Page Slide- The Smith Family

Miracle Twins

You can’t tell just by looking at someone that they’ve struggled, you can’t see the true depth of their pain or their courage for that matter. Sometimes all you see is the victory and the Glory that belongs to God. I saw this picture today of my friend and client that has an amazing story. It’s not mine to tell, but let me just say this…
Miracles happen and God is always faithful to complete the good work that He begins in you. This photo of a “real life” family and their little boys is my proof that God is the greatest!!
And by the way, their nursery is super cute!! One day, I’ll have to share.
Love,
Shalena

Modernized Circus Themed Nursery

“Lion, and tigers and bears! Oh my!…”

I couldn’t be more pleased with how this nursery came out! You have to be careful to not overdo it when creating a circus themed nursery. To accomplish a modernize look we stayed away from the traditional primary colors and used soft neutral tones. I customized the furniture with a grey paint blended with a carmel stain to tie in the clients windows. The roman shades I designed also tied in with the accent color. I love how the rug by Surya added a pop of color with the orange stripe. We personalized it with a custom canvas centered with the crib, adding a monkey and elephant on each size to complement the subtle theme. Last but not least, we went over the top with the life size giraffe!! Mr. Giraffe was a total hit at the baby shower by the way when I delivered it. (Ask us about our exclusive Baby Registry Concierge.) So much fun!!!

There was also an unexpected little nook in the corner of this nursery. I used that space to put our Gaga Designs custom chair, side table and sconces. Oh, and did you see the navy blue trim out on the ceiling? It highlights the chandelier and it adds a nice surprise without having to paint the entire ceiling.

I loved creating this space. Email us at info@gagadesigns.com or call us at 818-366-8787 to purchase any of the items you see in this awesome nursery.

I love my job!! xoxo

SS