“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 email@example.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
Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted, I’ve been extremely busy with work and family. Most days I give myself time for a devotional and afterwards I journal to keep record of my experiences. The journal entry that I wrote a few days ago was meant for my eyes only but it’s been pressing on my heart to share with you.
Do you have a dream? Can’t we all relate to being exhausted at pursuing something that God has put on our heart? I feel it’s human nature to doubt at times and this week I had one of those days. Thankfully it quickly passed, but if this blog is meant to be about “All Things Baby” then it’s only appropriate to talk about that “baby” we all have… That deep rooted dream within our soul that we’re pushing to give birth to and share with the world! I hope this encourages you to KEEP PUSHING and to NOT GIVE UP!!
Journal Entry from October 08, 2013 (Unedited)
“So this is what it feels like right before your huge breakthrough and blessing. This is what all the Greats of our past and present must have felt. You feel disappointed, you feel deceived and you want to give up. The point that you question everything that you’ve done and are doing. The point that you start considering other options, different directions.. Wondering what made you select the road less traveled in the first place.
That voice that says you’ve Been turned down and rejected and it’s only a pipe dream.
So….I too feel all those things… I AM at the point that even though all those things run through my mind there’s still a relentless drive that says to believe, to have faith, and to keep going.
The stronger voice of the Holy Spirit that says I have the power to call things that be not as though they are. That supernatural power that makes me feel like I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.
Today I have lots of emotions but the strongest one that continues to win the battle of the mind in the midst of the confusion Screams one of HOPE!!! Plans to be prosperous and unharmed, plans of hope and future! So I will continue to stand strong and be courageous. I will not be afraid or discouraged for I stand ONLY on the promises of God and not of mans… #undaunted #intrepid”
Please share with me your DREAMS and how you’re encouraged to keep going.
Wishing you all the BEST!
Yesterday I had a photo shoot for Localiez Magazine with an amazing photographer Daniel Gonzalez. It was such a honor when I got a call from Super Model/Actor/Designer Sam Sarpong, to model his new clothing line Future Stars Collection. The magazines concept was for Sam to select Rising Stars in Hollywood to represent the fashion line and I was blessed to be one of the people he chose.
They wanted to shoot me in my element followed by a personal Q & A. Here are some of the behind the scenes photos. Follow my Twitter, Facebook or Instagram account to get updates on when the issue is coming out.
I hope you’re all having an amazing summer! Sorry for the delayed post but in case you missed it, here is the clip of celebrity Nursery Designer and Baby Concierge Shalena Smith on Entertainment Tonight. There was so much buzz around the Royal Baby, I was excited to be apart of ET’s segment surrounding the birth of Prince George.
Watch Entertainment Tonight this evening at 7:00pm PST to see Baby Concierge, Shalena Smith’s segment on celebs favorite items for their babies!
It’s always such a blessing to be called upon as the expert in all things baby and nursery design. I never have much time to prepare for these interviews, they are always unexpected and I usually only have a few days notice, but that’s what fun about the whole experience.
Stylist and actress Aonika Laurent ran to my rescue to help me find the perfect look for the interview. I fell in love with the dress and the ladies at DVF Los Angeles. In past after my TV segments air, I’m overwhelmed with emails about what designer I’m wearing. This time, I’d thought I’d share with you in advance pictures and information about the dress.
Be sure to watch my segment this evening on Entertainment Tonight!
Here are a few pictures that were taken during the ET interview last week!
Make sure you tune-in to VH1′s special, “TOTALLY ROYAL TOTS” (American Edition) on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 11PM PST.
As a pioneer in creating extraordinary and luxurious living spaces for children, I’m often contacted by various media outlets to discuss All Things Baby! When the producers from ABC News called asking to interview me about my Baby Concierge experience for a VH1 special, I was “totally” excited to participate!
Here are a few behind the scene photos while shooting for the VH1 segment! If you would like to create an amazing space for your home or you see products in these pictures or on the show that you’re interested in, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help!
Enjoy the show!!
God bless you,
This blog isn’t always about interior design & celebrity lifestyles, but about my life experiences. Today I want to share with you the legacy of my Grandparents, Winston & Pansy Greene.
“We write the story of our lives with every decision that we make and in the end, all the stories and all those decisions ultimately become our legacy,” Pastor Chris Nicely. (Legacy Minded Church.)
I’m writing this post with overwhelming emotions after listening to my Grandparents on a radio interview ‘Despite Alzheimer’s, Couple Holds Tight To Old Memories.’
Too many emotions to describe but the one feeling that is screaming from my heart is how PROUD I am of these two amazing people!
Being leaders in their community and public speaking is nothing new for these too, so I wasn’t surprised when I heard they took a trip to DC to speak out on Alzheimer’s or when I saw their most recent article.
My fondest memories as a child are the times that I shared in their home. They have served their entire lives as members of Marriage Encounter and frequently opened their home for a place for couples to reconnect and share their experiences. I remember looking forward to these meetings and helping them prepare. One time we had a visit from a Priest that played his guitar, sang to us and for some strange reason he brought a snake for show and tell, LOL!!
I watched them weekly gather in their home with small groups, hold hands and pray together. I remember them laughing, sometimes crying, but what I remember most that has had a deep impact on my life is a phrase that was always visible, “Love is a Decision!” This phrase was on wall plaques, T-shirts, and something I often heard them say to each other. This phrase is engraved on their hearts!
As I write this I’m reminded of, 1 Corinthians 13:7. “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
What makes me so proud is that these aren’t merely words to them but a daily action that has been shared and absorbed by thousands of others to witness and spread. I’m so blessed to still have them both as strong examples in my life. They have shown me the light and love of Jesus, period!
I want to continue to focus on their journey, their decision to love and their amazing legacy, not the disease.
They are a true success story! Today, my husband and I lead weekly small groups in our home. We come together for prayer, fellowship and worship. Need I say more about the impact that they have had on my life.
Thanks for reading. I pray that in some way this stirs your heart, as it has mine. Their story today has made me reflect on the kind of life I want to live for my children and others.
What legacy will we leave behind?
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love!
Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I had such a busy May! I will fill you in on all the latest fabulous designs, events and new television interviews very soon.
In the meantime, for those that missed the E! Special, ‘Blinging Up Baby’ here is my segment on the show. They interviewed me about my clients Sean Combs & Kim Porter and Nick & Mariah Cannon.
I hope you enjoy the segment, shout out to the producers for doing such an amazing job!!
Enjoy your summer!!
E! Entertainment producers called nursery expert and baby concierge to the stars, Shalena Smith to be interviewed on their upcoming program special, “Blinging Up Baby!”
Make sure you tune-in to watch the amazing show that they’ve put together. The show will premiere at 10pm on Thursday, May 2. For the schedule and time in your area check-out E-Online.
We hope you enjoy it!
The photo below was taken during the “Blinging Up Baby” interview…. Speaking of bling, the fabulous bracelets that Shalena was wearing are from, Bling Design by S.